That’s a Wrap!


For the most part, the temperature has significantly cooled. Last weekend, however, was so warm that it warranted indulging in a strawberry sorbet popsicle from Popbar. I am eager for the holidays, which in my mind officially begins on Halloween. From then on it’s a whirlwind of excitement, holiday lights, hot chocolate, and festive activities. Oh, and there’s also this. It’s not a truly fulfilled holiday season unless Bill Murray’s in it. Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

RUN THE SHOW: Hollywood’s top showrunners.

MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING: Is being turned into a TV comedy series.

CAT CORA: And how she overcame sexism in the kitchen.

LOBSTER LOVE: Behind Maine’s mysterious lobster bonanza.

MAKEOVER: Written recipes get a new look.

SELF-PUBLISHING: Why Hollywood keeps turning to it.

SMARTIES: The retro candy is thriving.

POTAYTO, POTAHTO: How to make potatoes.

SUCCESS: How to succeed in Shondaland.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

Image by Lauren Jessen


Thanksgiving Table Settings

We are 10 days away from Thanksgiving, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you want to set your table for the big night. Save yourself from the stress and rush of gathering the table settings days before and start now so you have time to pay attention to details. This year, I’m leaning towards a simple and unique table setting for Thanksgiving dinner. These are my favorite table details…

thanksgiving table settings 2013

{Images via: 1, 2, 3, 4}

That’s a Wrap!

It’s been 18 days since the New Year, and I’ve already watched Mad Men Season 5, Girls (half) Season One, and am currently making my way through Homeland. It’s better to get through all of these shows while still on holiday break, since I’ll soon be neck-deep in work, homework, and trying to maintain a social life of some sort. In the meantime, wrapping up the week with a recap…

* Not only is Jennifer Lawrence hosting SNL this weekend, but The Lumineers are the musical guest. Best combo ever.

* Halfway through Season One of Homeland. Claire Danes is slowly growing on me.

* Popcorn is always a great addition when watching intense shows (see above).


* Homemade jiaozi – didn’t take 3 hours this time!

jiaozi 2

* Pasta taken to a whole new level with sliced black truffles.


* These candle matches are adorable.

Have a great weekend! Are you doing anything fun?

{Photos by Lauren}

New Years Bash Part II: Attention to Details

Here is Part II of the New Years party posts. New Years is one of the best holidays of the year! I love new beginnings, and the new year brings new opportunities, experiences, friends, and adventures. Whether you are celebrating with family or friends, these are some great holiday party details that you may want to include at your big bash. Check out Part I for more celebration ideas!

{Add some sparkle to your donuts with edible glitter}

{Wine bottle lights – here’s how to make them}

 {Glitter stars on sticks/straws as drink accessories}

{Spray a mason jar with gold paint for festive and reusable party cups}

Friday’s Features

♥ Advent Christmas Calendar – even if you’re not religious, these calendars are the yummy way to count down to Christmas! (buy them here)

It’s officially December! The holiday season has finally arrived and I can’t wait to start celebrating. All I need to do is get through another week of work and then its time for me to bake up a storm and watch The Big Bang Theory all morning/day/night. I also have a long list of movies, books, and recipes that I want to get started on. Enjoy your first weekend of the last month of 2011! Before that though, here are the things that I have been watching and craving…

♥ New Year’s Eve movie – star-studded + romance + new beginnings

♥ Keep Calm and Snuggle Up Cup

♥ A night at the movies

♥ Artistic dessert