I was recently introduced to BrewWell, a little sparkling gem of a coffee shop in Koreatown. The baristas are adorable, the customers are friendly, the pour overs are tasty – but what’s got me all weak in the knees might surprise you a little. You ready for this? I am addicted to their (drumroll please)…toast & jam. (Ah! SO simple, I know!) Now, I’m not talking about crumbly, dry slices of Wonderbread, soggy with Welch’s grape jelly (although there IS a time & place for that too…called My Childhood). No, no, I’m talking about thick slices of pillow soft bread with blackberry-ginger jam and a healthy slather of soft butter. You’re basically biting into a warm cloud. A warm, buttery, gingery, sweet cloud that’s toasted just enough to give a little crunch, but not so much it’s going to scrape up the roof of your mouth. I want some now.
It really IS the simplest thing that bring me the most joy!
Meet ResLo’s newest (& most delicious) series: Life is Sweet!
I’m the friend that always gets assigned dessert duty. I am 100% ok with this. My knowledge of wine is embarrassingly limited. But, dessert? Guuurl, I got this.
My life is only slightly (completely) controlled by my massive sweet tooth: I ALWAYS have room for dessert. I live for the little chocolates hotels leave after turning down my bed. I crave donuts every day of my life. About 90% of my pins on Pinterest are of sweets, desserts, cakes, donuts, donuts, donuts….Don’t EVEN get me started on chocolate.
In all their cheerful, sugary glory, they make me happy. So, naturally, I want to share some of that happiness with you!
I have a very special place in my heart (& stomach. Duh.) for donuts. They’re fried and delicious and…yay, rainbow sprinkles! I’ve had an unhealthy love for them for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it’s nostalgia that makes them so near & dear to my heart. Growing up, if my Sunday started with the Comics section and a grease stained, bubblegum pink cardboard box, it was going to be a good week. Also, long story super short, there was this one time in Portland when VooDoo donuts kinda saved my life. Like I said, near & dear.
When it comes to donuts, I’m a traditionalist. Chocolate glazed and maple bars are my standard.
What’s your go-to donut flavor?
via donut clock (unknown) | rainbow donut (unknown) | Know Your Donut illustration (unknown) | Donut photography by Maki Strunc | VooDoo donuts (unknown| Donut Macarons
If you haven’t already guessed it, I’m a bit of a (really huge) sucker for menswear & mixed prints. So, the fact that a happy little combination of the two is one of the hottest fashion trends for fall/winter…well, it probably makes me happier than it should.
Here’s a cheat sheet of menswear patterns for you, courtesy of MenStyle Digest. Lots of helpful pictures.
Herringbone, houndstooth, pinstripe, glen check…names you never thought you should probably know. But, see how many points you score when you properly throw out one of these names like it ain’t no thang. Tell someone you like their “herringbone trousers” and watch them be not-so-secretly impressed (and probably slightly confused, but impressed nonetheless).
LIKE A GENTLEWOMAN: Vince Camuto horn earrings | SEE by CHLOE herringbone jacket | Zara houndstooth trousers | Saint Laurent patent leather chelsea boots | Mango flowing blouse | Asos bow linked collar pins
LIKE A LADY: Mason houndstooth cardigan | TOPSHOP gold and black chain necklace | Helmut jersey tank | CURRENT/ELLIOTT leather skinny | Dolce & Gabbana herringbone plaque tote | House of Harlow horn ring | Need Supply studio flats
A clever little poem about the beautiful unicorn of a creature that is…a girl who reads. Written and performed by British poet, Mark Grist.
Cheeky? Yes. Cheesy? Just a tad. Romantic? For days. But also…true.
“Some guys prefer asses. Some prefer tits. And, I am not saying that I don’t like those bits…but, what’s more important, what supersedes, is a girl with passion, wit, and dreams, so I like a girl…who reads.”
Me too, Mark. Me too.
Oh, London. In autumn. For some reason, these images make my brain oh-so-very happy.
A nice, little much needed mental holiday.
via 1, 2-unknown, 3, 4
Clever design & candy…I mean, does it GET any better than this?
London-based designer, Samuel Carter Mensah (who I shall here on out refer to as the Willy Wonka of Words) is the mastermind behind this most delectable, most mouth-watering, most “I just wanna eat it all until my stomach hurts and then sugar high, and then sugar crash, and then realize I make bad grown-up decisions, and then not care and eat more candy” typeface.
So, I thank you, oh Willy Wonka of Words. My sweet tooth has now been taken to a whole new level.
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I’m a strong believer in wearing things that, if nothing else, just makes you happy. It’s your little bit of awesome for the day, right? And, this is why I’m a sucker for cheeky prints. They’re bold and, yeah, they’re a little obnoxious…but they’re also amusing and completely charming. Like I said, cheeky.
So, whether it’s bold hearts or gold-foiled dinosaurs, donuts (yes, I’ve seen donut print) or flamingoes, if it makes you smile, that’s reason enough to wear it!
As always, the easiest way to wear something seemingly unwearable, is to pick a familiar, classic silhouette. Maybe you’re not sure how to wear a big heart print? But, you know what you DO know how to wear? A v-neck sweater. Start there. You’ll be just fine.
What would your dream cheeky print be?
LIKE A LADY: Heart print dress | Vince ribbed cardigan | Target infinity scarf | Kendra Scott druzy earrings | Madewell lovelock tote | Forever 21 classic tights | Acne pistol ankle boot
LIKE A GENTLEWOMAN: Burberry Prorsum heart sweater | Madewell chambray shirt | Meredith Wendell leather belt | Nick Bronson knit tie | N.D.C. chelsea boots