fancy feet / 07

Fall is my favorite time of year to go shoe shopping. I lived for "back to school" shopping when I was younger, and would have to wait oh-so-impatiently to wear everything when school started. It was torture! Nowadays, my "back to school" shopping happens over the course of a month or two. Thanks to Pinterest, I keep track of the things I want and can shop strategically, rather than frivolously. 

First on my list are new booties. I wore last year's pair into the ground, and I'm praying a cobbler can put new soles on them. Everyone seems to recommend The Italian Cobbler, and I'm excited to take a few pairs that need some intense TLC. In the meantime, here are some gorgeous booties that caught my eye...

fancy feet | booties

Shop these booties... 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05

cook this 16 / caprese flatbread

We are officially nearing the end of summer, which also means the end of abundant summer produce. Hurry up and make this with fresh cherry tomatoes while you can.

caprese flatbread | colorwhirl

I'm a big fan of homemade pizza, but sometimes you just don't have time to make homemade dough. Either that, or you're craving pizza but don't want the calories that come with delicious, fresh dough. The flatbread doesn't really bring much flavor to the table, but it's a healthier alternative and you can top it with piles of cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, salami, and call it a low(er)-carb day. I'm not calling this a healthy recipe; I'm just saying it's healthIER :)

caprese flatbread | colorwhirl

You don't have to roast the cherry tomatoes before making the pizza, but you really should. I don't even LIKE cherry tomatoes and I inhaled these... that's how good they are. Roasting the tomatoes brings out a sweet flavor, reducing the sour or tart flavor they normally have. Toss them in olive oil, kosher salt & pepper, and they're so delicious, you could eat them on their own.

caprese flatbread | colorwhirl

Caprese Flatbread with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

2-3 flatbreads
1 pint cherry tomatoes
8 oz. package of fresh mozzarella
4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
4 oz. cured salami, sliced thin
Extra virgin olive oil (about 3 T.)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh basil leaves, torn

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Directions

Roasted Tomatoes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss cherry tomatoes in 2 T. extra virgin olive oil, a generous pinch of salt, and black pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast tomatoes for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.

Flatbread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flatbreads on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle each with 1 T. extra virgin olive oil. Season each with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Top flatbread with mozzarella, crumbled goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, and salami. Cook the flatbread in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese begins to melt. (All of the ingredients are pre-cooked, so you don't have to worry about anything cooking through.) Top with basil, and enjoy!

Other toppings
Arugula, spinach, roasted zucchini, roasted red pepper, balsamic drizzle

caprese flatbread | colorwhirl

pretty (and inexpensive!) rugs...

If you're in the market for a new area rug, consider yourself in luck! RugsUSA is having a HUGE Labor Day weekend sale, offering 70% off most items and 80% certain sale items. The sale is going on through September 5th. The site may seem cluttered and untrustworthy, but they're just in desperate need of a good designer ;)

I snagged a big area rug last year during one of their 60% off sales, and after a year of light foot traffic, crumbs, and close red wine spills, it's holding up very well. It's plush, durable, and looks like it should have been 10x more expensive than it was. Score!

After we refinish our hardwood floors, we'll need a huge area rug for the dining room. Here are a few different styles I'm thinking of... heavy on the textures, natural fibers, imperfections, and patterns.

rugs | colorwhirl

I feel like I'm doing a PSA by sharing this deal, but seriously... how can you pass up paying 20-30% for rugs that usually cost $800 - $1,200? I'll forever be a bargain hunter, and deals like this are too good to pass up.

Happy shopping!

Shop these rugs... 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06

meeting an idol...

It's Friiiiiiiday! Let's all dance in our chairs for a moment to celebrate :)

Does anyone have fun weekend plans? Are you squeezing all of your summertime activities in while you can?

It's been a whirlwind of a week, full of meeting a design idol, power outages (what the heck was that storm on Tuesday night?!), renovation brainstorming and budgeting, and lots of Grey's reruns (that show sucks me in no matter how many times I watch it!).

Here's a little bit about the highlight of my week (or maybe the past few months, let's be real!)...

I was lucky enough to attend the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest (WMC) this past weekend and listen to an incredibly inspiring speech by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. The speech, "Do The Things That Scare You", was all about turning your fear into getting what you really want. She spoke about rejection therapy, a practice of submitting yourself to rejection that ultimately allows you to desensitize from hearing "no" (more about that here and here). So often we're in fear of failure, but Grace reminded us that failing is way better than living with the regret of never trying (...let that sink in...). She encouraged us to acknowledge our weaknesses and throw ourselves into strengthening those weaknesses (example: Grace knew she wasn't great at public speaking, so she decided to host a radio show to improve her skills).

She spoke about how her business struggled in 2012, and how she feared that she wouldn't be able to pay her employees a fair wage. At that point, she wrote down all of her fears and said them out loud to someone else, which held her accountable to those fears. What if Design*Sponge closed? What would that look like? She wrote down each step, and the last step was "get a new job". The idea of having to work for someone else lit a fire in her that brought a new life into Design*Sponge, and made it a successful business once again.

Me&Grace

I snuck up after the speech and took a picture with her, and had a few minutes to chat one on one. I was SO EXCITED I can't even explain. We briefly talked about the idea of simplifying, which seems to be a universal trend in the design world right now. I told her how excited I was to see the Design*Sponge re-branding launch, and begin to match her content a little more. I was on cloud nine. Then she followed me on Instagram and I died. Needless to say, it was incredible to meet her and I consider myself so lucky to have been able to talk design with one of the leaders in the design community. Thank you so much for the invite, Charity!

Any highlights this week for you?

I hope you all have a great weekend! TGIF.