Inspiration for the “New Look” in Our Apartment

 

We have a little over a month until we move into our new loft! Moving is definitely a hassle, but I like that you get the opportunity to start with a fresh, new canvas. You get to reorganize, redecorate (have an excuse for buying a new item or two ;)), and reestablish your home. I compiled a visual, showing some of the items I would love to see in our new place. Like I said in a previous post, we are going to try to go a little more mid-century/retro this time around. Hopefully, I can get some good before and after photos too!

Also–the list of items in the picture are below!

New Apartment Look

 

Call Me Old Fashioned ::: Katie Kime Print, $68.00

Rope Pendant Light ::: CB2, $79.95

Queen Anne Blush Wallpaper ::: Rifle Paper Co., $135.00

Eames Molded Plastic Chair ::: YLiving, $399.00

Spiers Sofa in Teal ::: Dot&Bo, $899.99

Turkish Throw Pillow ::: Etsy, $15.95

Mid-Century Inspired Coffee Table ::: OrWa Designs, Etsy, $220.00

Wood Wall Clock ::: Uncommon, Etsy, $65.00

Jake just saw the price for one Eames chair…Yea, I might be dreaming with that one. But if you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true? We do most of our shopping at outdoor markets, thrift stores and antique shops…and not a lot of that inventory is online. I keep my eyes open for a good deal :).

Always on the lookout…

Erika

 

 

 

The Matcha Machine ~ A Smoothie for Fighting the Summer Humidity

The Matcha Machine, a drink to fight the summer humidity…while it’s still here.

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August is already approaching it’s end, how sad. Summer was way, way too fast! I’ve been pinning all these smoothie and cocktail recipes (some seen in links below my recipe), but I decide to create one of my own. I basically just whipped together the ingredients I had in my fridge and it came out great! That’s really what smoothies are…some of your favorite things thrown together, blended to a perfect consistency and enjoyed as one awesome drink.

This one I like to call the Matcha Machine. What you will need for a single smoothie:

  • 3 tbsp Matcha Green Tea Latte Mix (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • A Handful of Frozen blueberries (around 20-30)
  • 1/2 cup Milk (Vanilla Almond Milk would probably be good too!)
  • 2/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Blender

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IMPORTANT: Put the single serving amount of matcha green tea mix (3 tbsp) in a cup and pour a small amount (3-5oz) of hot water and mix to create a fully liquid form. Going from powder to liquid. This helps dissolve the powder, so you are not tasting chunks of powder in your smoothie.

After that step is complete, combine ingredients into the blender until your desired consistency is created! Add more yogurt or a few ice cubes to create a thicker smoothie. Add granola, coconut and fruit on top if desired :).

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Scones in the Sky  Matcha Machine Smoothie

Here are some other summery drinks that I think your tastebuds will thank you for:

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Sangria Swirled Margaritas ::: Dessert for Two

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake ::: Shared Appetite

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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie ::: Dear Crissy

Caramel Frappe Recipe

Caramel “Frappe” Frozen Drink ::: A Pumpkin & A Princess

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Peach Wine Slushies ::: Dessert for Two

 

Enjoy!!

Erika

 

 

 

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

 

Punta Cana, DR was not only breathtaking but also surprisingly inexpensive! If you are looking for a tropical vacation spot, you should definitely consider taking a peek at Punta Cana.

Here are some of my iPhone photos from a trip I went on in March, with my great friend Leslie. We took a little getaway for her “spring break” from graduate school. We stayed at Ocean Blue and Sand, and all-inclusive resort with a great access to the beach,  pool-side bars and a variety of places to eat. They have tennis courts, snorkeling, and kayaking that is also included. Leslie and I love tennis, but man did we sweat in that heat. Haha.

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Happy travels,

Erika

Tips for Living in Smaller Spaces

Living in a studio or small apartment can feel cramped, but let these tips help!

I had to throw away a lot of my belongings when moving across the country–and then on top of that–I downsized from a two bedroom to a studio apartment. I have loved living with less (trying to be a minimalist instead of a hoarder ;)) but I sometimes feel limited in creativity when working with such a small space. I found these articles inspiring and encouraging. I want to tackle our new loft/studio with a new determination to make the space look bigger, feel homier, and show our creativity.

Scones in the Sky Rental Upgrades via Apartment Therapy

Let’s start by ways to upgrade a RENTAL space. Many of us are afraid to take extra steps to enhancing our rental…try out at least one of these awesome suggestions!

Scones in the Sky Creating Space

Here is a studio that is about the size of our current apartment, and they did an incredible job with the overall look and design of the space.

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This is a beautiful, colorful space that makes me feel at home.

Scones in the Sky Kitchen  via Home Grown Interiors

I am no stranger to limited counter space, but the apartment above has such an easy and practical solution.

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Another visually attractive small studio space. I love the reading nook by the window. Having great lighting in your studio is going to make it look and feel bigger. If you don’t have it naturally, here are ways to get it!

From my studio to yours,

Erika

Packing for a Summer Weekend Getaway

Jacob and I have had a quiet a few weekend getaways lately, mostly for weddings, but sometimes to visit family or for work. I learn something new every time I pack…some of my recent discoveries:

1::: I sometimes need two outfits for one day.

2::: I might change my mind if I like an outfit after I have arrived at my destination.

3::: I really don’t need four pairs of shoes…aka half my carry-on is shoes.

I have tried implementing the following things to compensate for those faults:

1::: Bring an extra dress, top or layer (that can easily be rolled up or not take too much space in your carry-on).

2:::Make sure you have some classic basics before you start with the outfits that you are unsure of. Or just don’t pack the “iffy” ones at all.

3:::Bring a pair of dressier sandals/heels and comfy sandals. Even while traveling, I know I will want to exercise, but maybe set the running shoes aside to save space and opt for a beach yoga workout, SUP, or kayaking for the weekend’s activity….something you don’t need shoes! ~also running on the beach barefoot is a serious workout~

::A lot of times I might pack my running shoes but wear my dressier sandals for the flight to conserve space.::: (Like in the picture below I might also wear the floppy hat and carry the market tote bag as my second item I’m allowed to carry-on. This just might mean you have more space in your carry-on for things to bring back from your vacation, not to just pack more unnecessary things.)

With the items below (3 tops, 2 bottoms, 2 dresses and 2 shoes), you could have at least 8 outfits!

Packing Weekend Getaway

 

What’s in the photo above, you may ask?

Big Felt Floppy Hat:::Top Shop $56.00

Chiffon Bird Blouse:::CiChic $15.00

Tassel Necklace:::J.Crew $35.00

Black Lace Kimono:::Top Shop $90.00  $24.00

Swimsuit Top, Bottom:::J. Crew $44.00, $34.00

Black & White Blouse::: CiChic $17.81

Bright Tropical Dress:::Top Shop $140.00

Woven Market Tote:::J.Crew $49.50

Striped Knit-Tee:::J. Crew $39.50

Boyfriend Shorts:::Top Shop $64.00

Red Skinny Pants:::CiChic $20.43

Chunky Wooden Heels:::Top Shop, $70.00

Pleated Maxi Dress:::She-Fashions $25.67

Yellow Birkenstock Sandals:::ASOS $86.09 $59.98

 

Hope you all had a great weekend!

And happy packing! 🙂

Erika

 

 

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

I love lemon and poppy seeds together…pancakes, muffins, scones, bread…it’s just a great pair.

I hope you try it…it’s delicious. Jake said it’s better than the lemon pound cake from Costco haha. So yeah, it’s pretty good. 😉

Poppy and Lemon

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:::Ingredients:::

1 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour

2 tbsp poppy seeds

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp lemon zest

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

3 large eggs (room temperature)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sour cream

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp lemon juice

:::Lemon Glaze:::

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

DSC_05091::Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2:::In a mixing bowl combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Set this mixture aside.

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3:::Next add lemon zest and sugar to a separate bowl, combine using your fingers, and until sugar is yellow and moist. Add butter to this sugar mixture until pale and fluffy. (I used spatula, but paddle attachment on mixer would work great.) Mix in eggs one at a time, finally add in the vanilla after the last egg.

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4::: In a third bowl, whisk together the milk and sour cream. Then warm it in the microwave until room temperature and no longer cold.

5::: Next, I poured half of my dry mix into a separate bowl (yes a lot of bowls being used…let’s hope you have a dishwasher ;)). Then pour half of your yellow sugar mixture into your starter dry mix, along with half  of the milk mixture and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Then repeat with the second halves along with the second tbsp of lemon juice. Basically, slowly combining all mixtures along with the lemon juice.

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6::: Butter and flour a 4 x 8 inch bread pan, pour in your batter and cook for 45 minutes, then create an aluminum “tent” (not touching bread) and cook for another 10 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.

Once out of the oven, cool for 5 minutes then pour on the glaze:

7:::Combing lemon juice and sugar and heat in microwave until sugar is fully dissolved. Brush the glaze on layer by layer, letting it soak in.

After another few minutes, remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. When storing, put into a closed container to keep in the moisture.

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Recipe Source : Cooking Classy 

Enjoy!

Erika

 

 

Randolph Street Market & Apartment Hunting

Last week we signed for another year in Chicago! We were shopping early online and stumbled upon a refurbished Brewery, loft style, in a new area near the lake! I’m excited to explore a new neighborhood of Chicago and also redecorate a new space :). So that means a lot of Pinterest browsing, antique market shopping, and also searching for organization tips.

While my mom was here last week, we went to the Randolph Street Market, which happens one weekend out of the month and has about 250 vendors! Here were some of my pictures from the shop-a-thon. 🙂

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Jake and I decorated our current apartment pretty simply. A lot of neutrals, vintage furniture and basic lines and colors. I am hoping to give a new feel to our next place. Jake says he wants it to look like “the Jetsons” haha aka retro, 70’s meets futuristic, with a splash of Palm Springs flare. That’s how I took it at least…I will have to give you a before and after to see how it turns out. We hope to incorporate things that we have gathered from our travels as well.  It’s a new adventure that gets me just as excited as setting foot in a new city.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Erika