Portrait with the Pup

April 30, 2014

Blue Moonbeam and I are very attached to one another. This morning I went to get breakfast tacos with Sally at our favorite place up the street, Rusty Taco, and decided to leave Blue out of his kennel for the first time while being gone. It was a little test since I knew I’d only be gone for 15 minutes (Sally and I inhale breakfast tacos). Blue was barking a bit when we left but I figured he would love the freedom and either hop on the couch or play with his toys on his dog bed. Wrong…he was waiting…

Blue Moonbeam and I are very attached to one another. This morning I went to get breakfast tacos with Sally at our favorite place up the street, Rusty Taco, and decided to leave Blue out of his kennel for the first time while being gone. It was a little test since I knew I’d only be gone for 15 minutes (Sally and I inhale breakfast tacos). Blue was barking a bit when we left but I figured he would love the freedom and either hop on the couch or play with his toys on his dog bed. Wrong…he was waiting by the door when I got back and was making his piglet snorting noises and crying with happiness when I sat on the floor to hold him. Sweetest boy ever. I get major separation anxiety when I’m not with him and he’s like a breathing teddy bear that cuddles which makes it extra hard to leave him.

A local PR firm in Dallas, Droese PR, held a press day a few weeks ago to showcase their amazing portfolio of clients and bring us up to speed on the happenings for the season. They represent an amazing photographer who was on site and offering to take photos of any PR day visitors…Josh Welch is a serious talent and I was more than a little excited to meet him. After flipping through some of the portrait prints he brought with him I spotted a beautiful image of a girl and her dog and asked Josh he would snap a few shots of me and Blue. Luckily, Josh is as easy-going and cool as he is creative and welcomed the idea of doing a mother/son doggie portrait. I brought Blue back to the studio and we ended up with the shots above. I’m pretty in love with them. Capturing this moment in time with my boy is way more special than playing dress up. Thanks again, Josh and Droese!

Images by Josh Welch c/o Droese PR

(BCBG Max Azria Caralyn Slit Back Top // Old Navy ‘Diva’ Jeans // Golden Goose Sneakers (from Canary!) // BaubleBar Pearl Stud Wrap Bracelet // BaubleBar Ring)

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decorBase

April 29, 2014

Some of you might not know this, but I graduated college with an Interior Design degree. I slaved through four years of studio-based classes, learned how to hand-render and draft, learned AutoCAD, learned the Adobe suite programs, broke out in hives presenting projects each semester, and learned a year’s worth of architectural history I now don’t remember. The major was tough and some days I wish I had chosen to peruse Graphic Design, but everything happens for a reason and my first job and the two that came after it have led me to where I am now (working from…

Some of you might not know this, but I graduated college with an Interior Design degree. I slaved through four years of studio-based classes, learned how to hand-render and draft, learned AutoCAD, learned the Adobe suite programs, broke out in hives presenting projects each semester, and learned a year’s worth of architectural history I now don’t remember. The major was tough and some days I wish I had chosen to peruse Graphic Design, but everything happens for a reason and my first job and the two that came after it have led me to where I am now (working from home, with a sleepy puppy at my feet).

The reason I bring up this blast from the past is because I was trained in commercial interior design – not home design. After seeing my mom work as a residential interior designer I made a note not to go that route because of all the leg work it required…searching for the perfect fabrics, managing a client’s budget and expectations, being on-site to oversee quality control, and of course finding the furniture, lighting, accessories and accents that make a house a home. I remember her saying something along the lines of, “I can’t just give Client XYZ two lamp options, she wants 20.” I understand both sides: designers are hired for their taste, talent, and knowledge base so they want clients that go with the flow instead of second guessing but clients are spending a ton of money so they can live in a perfect environment and pulling the trigger is hard sometimes.

Basically, when my friend Pete McCarthy (husband of Biscuit Home owner Bailey and daddy to Grace and Harry) first told me about decorBase I told him he was a genius. After noticing how much time his wickedly talented wife spent scouring the internets for products to be used in her client projects, he saw a need for a one-stop-shop resource and had the intuition to fill the void. decorBase is the perfect tool for interior designers, design bloggers, and really anyone looking to spruce up a room in their home. The platform lets you find everything you want and need to design a home. The “shop” tab enables users to search and purchase decor items from a multitude of home goods stores from across the web (you read that correctly). To help you visualize how pieces would work together in your room the “create” feature lets you make an inspiration board (the answer to the prayers of anyone who doesn’t know Photoshop or CAD). And if you know what you like but don’t know how to pull it all together, you can browse their online database and “hire” an interior decorator who will make your room dreams come to life.

It all sounds too good to be true but it’s not. I’ve been playing around on the site and couldn’t believe all the retailers and brands that it pulls products from. This video does an better job explaining the ins and outs of the site but I really urge you all to head to decorBase to check it out!

(Images via decorBasethe Everygirl via Golden White DecorEmily Johnston)

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Striped Sleeves

April 29, 2014

Lately I have been trying to invest in a whole lot of basics for my wardrobe. After handing off a whole lot of not-so basic tops to our mom to take home to our little sister, I have come to the conclusion that my money is much better spent on things I won’t tire of. I have also become the master of shopping the sales/promotions, which is totally the way to do things. This dress was bought on sale + an extra % off which made it a total steal. Plus who doesn’t want/need a sweatshirt dress in their wardrobe?…

Lately I have been trying to invest in a whole lot of basics for my wardrobe. After handing off a whole lot of not-so basic tops to our mom to take home to our little sister, I have come to the conclusion that my money is much better spent on things I won’t tire of. I have also become the master of shopping the sales/promotions, which is totally the way to do things. This dress was bought on sale + an extra % off which made it a total steal. Plus who doesn’t want/need a sweatshirt dress in their wardrobe? It really is one of the comfiest things I own and when I wore it to work you wouldn’t believe the amount of compliments I got on how “comfortable” I looked. Wait, maybe those weren’t compliments? Regardless, its the perfect dress to throw on with a pair of sneakers and great for those transitional months or my visits to San Francisco. Other basics I have my eye on (or in my shopping cart as we speak)? This in both white and grey – its an extra 30% off and I am desperate for some tees that I actually like and a pair of these – also on sale and I don’t own any black pumps. Pretty proud of my sale skills as of late!

Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast

(J.Crew Side Zip Varsity Dress // Vince ‘Preston’ Slip-ons // Ray-Ban Clubmasters // Saint Laurent Cardcase // Zoe Chicco Nine Circles Necklace c/o // Jennifer Fisher Peek Cuff // Giles & Brother Hook Cuff // Maya Brenner Mini Letter Bracelet)

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Breakfast, I kind of loathe you

April 28, 2014

I have always been one of those people who has to start their day with breakfast. Not eating in the mornings leaves me lacking energy and with an instant migraine. Lately though, I wish that I were one of those people who could thrive off of no breakfast and make it until lunch. Not health, I know, but I am stuck in a complete breakfast rut. Cereal has been my best friend since childhood and there is nothing that I love more than a bowl of cereal (or three). But, the reality is that cereal is actually not that great…

I have always been one of those people who has to start their day with breakfast. Not eating in the mornings leaves me lacking energy and with an instant migraine. Lately though, I wish that I were one of those people who could thrive off of no breakfast and make it until lunch. Not health, I know, but I am stuck in a complete breakfast rut. Cereal has been my best friend since childhood and there is nothing that I love more than a bowl of cereal (or three). But, the reality is that cereal is actually not that great for you (even the healthy kinds contain loads of sugar), and it is less than filling – 30 minutes later and I’m starving again. I used to eat oatmeal, but I think I literally overdosed on that because I can hardly tolerate the taste now. Eggs are out of the question because I am kind of an eat and run/eat in my car on the way to work girl, so those would just make me late to work. For awhile I was making protein shakes, but since I am generally the first one up in the house, I hate to turn the blender on at such an ungodly hour and wake everyone else up.

I feel like I need to find some sort of a muffin recipe – read: healthy, protein-rich, muffins that I could make on a Sunday night and grab on my way out the door to work each morning. I feel like something of this sort has got to be out there, right? You know, something with oats, little to no sugar, and the like. I could go scouring the internets for this type of animal, but figured I would ask here first. Any go-to, filling and healthy muffin recipes that are relatively easy and could be eaten as a breakfast? So far these are my only contenders…

(Image via Gainsborough Girl)

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Millet Muffin Recipe

April 25, 2014

Excited to pass the requested Millet Muffin recipe on to you all from yesterday’s May Day project! It seems like every time we go home our mom has a fresh batch of these ready and waiting…they are so good and the millet seeds add an awesome texture. Hope you enjoy and let us know if you make them! Millet Muffins: . Ingredients: 1 egg 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup melted butter 10 Tablespoons millet 2 cups flour* 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk . Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 Beat egg…

Excited to pass the requested Millet Muffin recipe on to you all from yesterday’s May Day project! It seems like every time we go home our mom has a fresh batch of these ready and waiting…they are so good and the millet seeds add an awesome texture. Hope you enjoy and let us know if you make them!

Millet Muffins:
. Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 10 Tablespoons millet
  • 2 cups flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

. Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Beat egg and brown sugar well with electric mixer.
  • Add the melted butter and 1/2 of the buttermilk.
  • Stir in millet, sift flour (*we used gluten-free flour substitute Cup4Cup), baking powder, baking soda and salt together and add to the other ingredients.
  • Add the other 1/2 of the buttermilk. **Do not mix the muffins together too much or the texture will not be good.
  • Place in greased muffin tins or use liners (we used liners – easy clean-up).
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins and we doubled this recipe when we made ours. Store any leftover millet in the freezer for next time. Highly suggest enjoying these with a little butter and maybe honey (:

Image taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast // Muffins made for our Grown Up May Day project!

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