this or that.

this or that?

I'm in desperate need of a new work bag. I've carried a Longchamp bag for years, but the one I have now has seen better days and I'm tempted to mix things up. I've had my eye on Madewell's Transport tote, but the only thing that's giving me pause is that it doesn't close all of the way at the top (and I have a tendency to dump the contents of my bag all over the place)...but I also feel like it's classic and I'll use it forever. The price points are similar...what should I do?


cookbook wishlist.

  • Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker). I love reading Joy's blog for both recipes and anecdotes, and I don't think her cookbook would disappoint. Apple pie with cheddar-bacon crust? Bourbon chocolate pecan pie bars? Brown sugar cream cheese ice cream? Sign me up.
  • Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton. I loved Gabrielle's memoir, and while I haven't been lucky enough to eat at her restaurant, I'm up to the challenge of creating her recipes at home.
  • The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka. I've heard nothing but good things about this book--embarrassingly, I only recently started reading her blog but with bathing suit season rapidly approaching I'm going to need start incorporating these recipes into my weekly dinner plans ASAP.
  • Milk by Christina Tosi. Bathing suit season aside, I think everyone needs compost cookies, crack pie and birthday cake in their life.
  • Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook by Thug Kitchen. I never thought I would be adding a vegan cookbook to my wishlist, but this looks too good. Yet another cookbook based on a blog, it melds healthy eats like miso noodle soup and cauliflower tacos with profanity. What's not to love?


life lately: february edition.

I have been in complete hibernation mode as of late. New England has been getting absolutely slammed with snow and frigid temps, and all I've wanted to do is snuggle under a furry blanket and not leave the house. The times I did manage to venture outside I threw my back out (thanks, shoveling) and I got rear-ended on my way to work. Clearly, the universe is telling me to wait until the snow melts before I grace the outside world with my presence....which will be in May if I'm lucky.

Aside from hiding from the snow, I've been:

...enjoying the sunrise view from the safety of my bedroom window. It's pretty as long as you don't leave the house.

...admiring my new dresser hardware, available here.

...slathering myself with this body butter--I'm so late to the game, but it's SO moisturizing on my gross winter skin--it smells delish, and you can't beat the $4.99 price tag.

...spending some QT with this little lady. If she makes it to the porch when I take her out, I consider it a success.

...stuffing my face with comfort food. Granted, a girl's night out preceded this monstrosity, but I would order it without a hangover. It's my absolute fave.