04.11.14

DRESS YOUR TECH / 44

happy

molly jacques is a typographical artist and has made some designs for you to download today! the “happy” one reminds me of the pharrell song, so that’s cool. take your pick below…

brave

CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE PATTERN WALLPAPERS…

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04.09.14

GIVEAWAY / KALON STUDIOS

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table

kalon studios is a young design studio focused on contemporary form and innovative design. their design focus is as much on quality of design as it is on method and process. they’ve followed a philosophy of local manufacturing and each piece is handcrafted to order from non-toxic and responsibly harvested materials by traditional furniture makers in new england.

kalon studios is recognized as one of the most influential and innovative sustainable design companies in the world and today one lucky ready will win the medium isometric table in bamboo, which can be used as a table or a desk!

CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY & REDEEM DISCOUNT CODE

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04.08.14

BEET COOKIES

shortbread cookies are so simple to make, five basic ingredients and you’re good to go. we added lemon zest to these ones and topped them with citrus beet glaze. you’d think frosting colored with beets might taste a little strange but it’s actually delicious…

Citrus Shortbread Cookies with Beet Glaze 
yield: 16 cookies

ingredients:

• 2 cups flour
• 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 + 1 cup powder sugar (more if needed)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons lemon zest
• 1 medium size beet

(optional 1 tbs coconut oil + 2 tbs white sugar for roasting the beets)

how to make it:

• combine flour and salt together in a small bowl and set aside

• zest the skin of your lemon, about two teaspoons or so and add to the flour mixture

• in a medium size bowl cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth. add in 1/2 sugar and beat for another minute or two. next add the vanilla and beat until mixed. slowly add the flour mixture and stir by hand until just combined. do not over mix!

• place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap and press into a disk shape. let refrigerate for at least an hour and up to overnight.

• preheat the oven to 375F and take the chilled dough and roll it out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. cut into desired shape and place on a lined cookie sheet, put in the refrigerator to chill for 10-15 minutes. remove and place in oven and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.


glaze: 

• preheat your oven to 450F and peel the skin from your beet and cut into quarters (optional: coat them with a bit of coconut oil and a few pinches of sugar before placing them in the oven)

• roast them in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until tender. remove and let cool completely. place the cooled beets in a blender with a 1/2 water. blend on high until the beets form a puree. the important part here is that it’s smooth, no lumps.

• place the remaining 1 cup of confectionaries sugar in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of the beet puree and two TBS lemon juice. whisk until combined and completely smooth, no lumps!  the color of the frosting will lighten and become thicker the more sugar you add so this is all personal preference. if it’s too dark add more sugar, too thick – add more puree.

• frost the cooled cookies with the beet glaze!

one quick tip – use the best quality butter you can find. when there are so few ingredients the taste of the butter really stands out. no butter substitutes, the real deal!

photos by: jesse chamberlin.
(frosting recipe by joanie cusack – want more food posts? go here!)

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04.07.14

COLORFEST / 69

This airy mint shade brings to mind a leisurely stroll in the sun, and your first ice cream of the season. Dreaming of a warm Spring day where anything seems possible. Happy Monday! –stephanie

shop these items: 1. woven sunhat by missoni, 2. mint shorts from zara, 3. palm drops from baublebar, 4. garden tools from anthropologie, 5. flip side clutch form ban.do, 6. lucia soy candle, 7. zara ballerina flats – inspiration tropical sweatshirt by zoe karssen.
(want to see more colorfest posts? they’re all here!)
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04.04.14

BLOGSHOP NEW YORK

we held blogshop in the green building over in brooklyn. our decor and florals were put together by tinsel & twine. i mean, how ridiculously cool is that photo backdrop??? this time around, chalkboard magazine came to interview us about the class and julia took some photos for the article.

if you’d like to join one of our upcoming blogshop classes…

san francisco in person (3 spots) |  april online class (april 26 & 27) | atlanta in person (may) | los angeles in person (june) | portland in person (august) | seattle in person (august) 

sources for the goodie bags…

pretty wild fern clutch made by kertis. (jealous of who won this!)

& color treasure baskets from baba souk. perfect for jewelry or desk supplies.

we switched up our usual goodie bags and used these black and white totes from pencil me in.

projecteo provided mini projectors and credit to make your own wheels from your instagram photos. such a cute little gift to give someone!

we got these cards and some colorful wrapping cloths from frances lab.

and i still can’t get over that geometric paper creation tinsel & twine put together!

mini gold planters made by concrete geometric. LOVE THESE.

tea towels from little korboose are a staple in my home. so soft and such good designs.

tons of student notes were taken in these patterned notebooks by dozi.

wonderful organic soaps from caru skincare co. who doesn’t like to have nice soap??

we always match our decor colors with the water bottles we gift from bkr.

snug studio sent over these cool graphic calendars.

pressed juicery sent over a bunch of delicious fresh juices for our break time.

we had saucy by nature cater our lunches. i really appreciated all the effort they put in on their setups.

one instagram winner won this green square print from gretel home.

i seriously love this class photo! so cute.

join one of our upcoming blogshop classes:

san francisco in person (3 spots) |  april online class (april 26 & 27) | atlanta in person (may) | los angeles in person (june) | portland in person (august) | seattle in person (august) 

*** do you want to be an intern in one of the cities listed above? apply here!

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