It’s official: the madness of SXSW has begun! To kick things off, Nordstrom included #ProTips from me and about a dozen other local bloggers/social media experts in their SXSW guide to eating, drinking + style today. Check it out, or in true Throwback Thursday fashion, give these posts from SXSWs past a read.
Planning a Budget-Friendly Wedding
I'm just excited that my dear friend Lisa Rowan decided to include a few of my tips in her guide, "101 Creative Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding," this week over on The Penny…
Meatless Monday: Copycat Life Alive Bowls
Despite the fact that Austin is the capital of the world when it comes to delicious, healthy food, there's one thing I can't get here that I crave more than anything: Goddess…
TGWIF: Thrift Store Art DIY + Friluftsliv
A few weeks ago, my sister’s boyfriend — a fellow outdoor lover and former New Hampshirite — shared this article from Mother Nature Network about 7 cultural concepts…
Real Life vs The Internets
Lately, I've been thinking and talking a lot about real life versus the representation of it we all consume daily, hourly, on the internets, and about how much of an effect that…
Copycat: Naomi Watts Snake Necklace
Did you love Naomi Watts' diamond-encrusted Bulgari snake necklace from Sunday's Golden Globes? Then you won't want to miss this vintage "copycat" version from The Distillery…
Goodbye Etsy & eBay, Hello Penny
I teased you about reviving the much-loved Stoop Sales online, launching new vintage, handmade & thrifted items from the Shoestring archives for sale. Well, it'll be worth the…
Secondhand Holiday Style 2014
With the sparkliest, Champagne-iest, danciest, glitteriest, hopefully most friend-filled night almost upon us, I wanted to share a little sneak peek of the look book that I put…
Thank Goodwill It’s Friday! Last night, I made it home to the arctic tundra of Boston, and y’all: They ain’t lying. The struggle is real. Snow is EVERYWHERE. It’s well below freezing with the wind chill. Luckily, I found the most amazing and fortuitous ($4.99) score at the South Lamar Goodwill before leaving Austin: a pure lambswool vintage Irish fisherman’s sweater that is quite literally saving my life.
An oldie but goodie from my days as a Yahoo! Voices contributor, these get-out-and-sweat tips for my snowbound friends back home in Boston don’t require a car or a college ID discount.
If being a reality TV star is YOUR dream, then you should apply to be on Ca$h in Your Life — a new show “seeking out couples and families for a chance to cash in their lives for a fresh start. Maybe your real calling is to open up a bed & breakfast, a boutique, or run a yacht charter. Whatever your dream may be, we are ready to pull out the stops, appraise your life, and offer you a check to cash in and start the life you have always wanted.”
If you’re trying to get healthy on a budget this month, try one or ALL of these five favorite recipes from the Shoestring archives. They’re delicious AND verified crowd-pleasers, so you can put them into heavy rotation for weekly dinners and weekend parties, as well!
One of our biggest New Year’s Resolutions is to finally budget time and money for travel, often, and finally take that beachy, romantic vacation of a honeymoon we never got, and SOON. I found this Honeymoon Fund jar at Austin Goodwill for a few bucks and immediately scooped it up, and every time I spot it on the windowsill in the kitchen, I throw in whatever cash I have on hand in my wallet (usually between $5 and $20), and have been re-reading the top tips for saving for a dream vacation I shared with SmarterTravel earlier last spring — trying my best to take my own advice.
I hope that in 2015 I can inspire at least a few more people to be a bit more intentional and thoughtful about the way that we shop, and the snowball effect that each purchase can have in a positive way. To kick things off, I wanted to share with you a chance to actually shop my own closet. I recently sent 3 HUGE BAGS of gently-worn and new-with-tags items to thredUP, one of many favorite online consignment shops that are the next best thing to swapping with friends.
These potatoes were such a treat growing up, something that my mom made for us on special weekends and every New Year’s Day — a decadent little slice of down-home nostalgia that I hope you’ll try out for yourself. Together with my favorite egg & bacon cups, it’s a brunch that costs barely anything at all yet feels festive and fancy, my favorite combination!
By playing around with this classic Martha Stewart banana bread recipe and switching up the ratio of gluten-free flours, testing it about a half dozen times since the beginning of summer, I’m now pretty convinced this is the perfect gluten-free banana bread. And you can mix up the batter in less than the time it takes you to preheat the oven, for just a few bucks per loaf.
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea, need gift tags on the fly, or just something to keep the little ones busy, check out my DIY Home column for EatBoutique.com this month featuring my family’s tried-and-true salt dough recipe, which was also the very first kitchen craft I remember making with my mom!