haus: perfect california getaway

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Not until I started working in the corporate world did I realize how important (and hard to come by) vacations are. Ideally, I’d love to take a week in March, a week in August and week for Christmas (but that’s crazy right)?? I can’t ever imagine having that much time off (or the funds) to be able to do that, but I definitely would if I could- feeling refreshed is a must. We vowed not to go on a vacation until our honeymoon (NEXT AUGUST UGH) and it’s kind of killing me. I could reallyyy use one right now and for some reason, I can’t get California off the mind! From the beaches, to the mountains, to the serenity, it’s so beautiful and (in future years) I’d love to make visiting the Golden State an annual tradition. Santa Barbara has always been top on my list and I found this boutique hotel super charming, romantic and ohhh so enticing. For now, the pictures will have to do :) Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

haute: ankle-strap stilettos

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Soooo this is a total lust post, but I can’t stop staring at these shoes. I plan on spending this Spring/Summer in a pair of ankle-strap stilettos, and in my search to find the right ones, I came across a few drop dead gorgeous styles. They’re so out of reach but sometimes it’s just fun to look! And these Prabal Gurung for Target ones aren’t too shabby themselves…not to mention literally a fraction of the cost. Ok, you convinced me- I’ll go with those!

hear: robin thicke ft. pharrell & ti, blurred lines

Blurred Lines’ is a Pharrell-produced, infectious, smooth snappin’ reboot of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up.’ It gives an enticing taste of Thicke’s still-untitled sixth album, which is said to be due out this year.
 
Exciting new album releases:
How To Destroy Angels, ‘Welcome to Oblivion,’ Wavves, ‘Afraid of Heights,’ Ashley Monroe, ‘Like A Rose,’ Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park,’ DJ Koze, ‘Amygdala,’ The Strokes, ‘Comedown Machine,’ Depeche Mode, ‘Delta Machine,’ The Black Crowes, ‘Wiser For the Time’

hone: the intouchables

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I can’t praise this 2011 French comedy/drama enough. It’s based on a true story about a crippled man and the unlikely friendship that blossoms between him and his caretaker. It’s so touching and heartwarming. Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy who play the two men have such an adorable chemistry. Definitely one to try and catch.

host: passover macaroons

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Happy Passover! I can’t say I’m ever truly looking forward to the variety of food this holiday has to offer, but then I remember how much I love the coconut macaroons Manischewitz puts out annually. This year I decided to try and make my own, which I found to be a very simple, nostalgic and delicious process.

Ingredients:

3 cups of sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Add in the shredded coconut and mix until all is damp. Form one inch balls and place on a baking sheet one inch apart from eachother. This should make 20 macaroons. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops start to brown.

haus: blanket ladder

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Using a ladder to display blankets is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while…it was just a matter of finding the right ladder. I frequented a few local flea markets but found nothing. With instant gratification to blame and to my fiancee’s dismay (he was hoping to build one himself), I ordered a 6 foot ladder online from this Etsy shop. When it arrived, however, I really didn’t like how the unfinished wood looked against the ambiance of the room. I did some research and ended up using this blog’s instructions showing how to make a secret rustic glaze formula. I was extremely impressed with how well this glaze created the exact look I was going for. I love the look of the ladder and think it makes for a fun and interesting way to showcase a few of your favorite blankets. Have a great weekend!

haute: flower child chic

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I’m so happy I stumbled upon this little company that makes and sells the precious flower addorned hair halos in the above photo. Although it refuses to stop snowing, just thinking about wearing one of these gets me uber anxious for Spring and Summer. I’m so looking forward to bringing out my inner flower child…hopefully sooner rather than later (what’s that groundhog??)!

hear: sxsw music picks

This festival consistently delivers incredible music and showcases new artists to get excited about. Although it’s simply skimming the surface, below are 15 stand outs.

Haim, ‘Falling’

New Politics, ‘Harlem’

Skewby, ‘New Era’

Shakey Graves, ‘Roll the Bones’

Alex Anwandter, ‘Tormenta’

Divine Fits, ‘Would That Not Be Nice’

Hannah Georgas, ‘Waiting Game’

Fetsum, ‘Waitin’ For You’

Icky Blossoms, ‘Heat Lightning’

Lucius, ‘Turn It Around’

Carousel, ‘Where Have You Gone’

Savages, ‘She Will’

Hiatus Kaiyote, ‘Nakamarra’

Wildcat! Wildcat!, ‘Mr. Quiche’

Lianne La Havas, ‘Lost & Found’

…more to watch:

AVAN LAVA, PHOX, RHYE, WILD BELLE, FAMILY OF THE YEAR, K-X-P, PAWS, FOXYGEN, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, DIIV, NATALIE MAINES, LUELLA & THE SUN, KEN MODE, THE COMO MAMAS,  ORANGE GOBLIN, MARNIE STERN, ALT-J, YOUTH LAGOON, MAC DE MARCO, ANAMANAGUCHI, VACKAH REDU, THE SAIL & THE SUN, AIR REVIEW, KAIL BAXLEY, BRONZE RADIO RETURN, GUARDS, DANA FALCONBERRY, WAVVES, THE ORWELLS, MOTHER FALCON, QUIET COMPANY, NZCA/LINES, DAWES, SKINNY LISTER, CHANCE THE RAPPER

hone: somebody up there likes me

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This Bob Byington directed black comedy stars Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler and the comedic force that is Nick Offerman. It premiered last week at SXSW to very positive ratings and reviews. At first I had a hard time interpreting the message of this 75 minute film, but found some solace in its conclusion. Watching this can be compared to embarking on a bit of a philosophical journey. To give an example, the plot spans 35 years in a world where the main character doesn’t age. Although it may not be obvious, there’s a lot to get out of this film besides the sarcastic, quirky humor.

host: guinness pudding

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We don’t technically have any Irish in our blood, but my Dad and I have always considered ourselves honorary members of the nationality. From the expressive cry of the bagpipe, to the clothing, to the spirit; the Irish culture is one we’ve fallen in love with. Our St. Patty’s celebration is all about the music, food and annual movie viewings (i.e. The Secret of Roan Inish). Corned beef and cabbage are a must along with mounds of potatoes and a warm cup of  coffee with Bailey’s to wash it all down. But what would the holiday be without some Guinness?  So this year, instead of simply guzzling down bottle after bottle, I decided to try a recipe that includes the classic draught. This was definitely an involved and intricate process, but the final product turned out to be a real treat following our traditional meal. And they’re made to look just like a tall glass of Guinness! Too cute.