a beard and a bicycle.




This gentleman looks so dapper on his bicycle.
Gotta love that he rocks a Claus-esque beard, too!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE SARTORIALIST

 
 

tune in tokyo!












To those who have just recently started following this blog: First and foremost, THANKS SO MUCH for reading! It warms my heart. Secondly, these photos are making me miss Tokyo like crazy. After living there for nearly four years and returning Stateside last year, my heart still aches for the giant concrete jungle that I had once called home. Photographer Max Wanger captures the daily hustle and bustle of my life as I knew it then.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: MAX WANGER

 
 

HAND soap.






Happy Hump Day! How about we start the day off with this: {Eeek!} This made me laugh and cringe at the same time. I have no idea if this is creepy or genius or a little bit of both, maybe? Thoughts?






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: FOLIAGE

 
 

camera obscura.








It is a good thing that I have put myself on a shopping hiatus (until Black Friday--only 59 days from today!). Very good. Otherwise, I might actually cave and shell out over a bill for these super-awesome bracelets. Photographer Craig Arnold broke a lens and in turn gave birth to a line of camera-lens bracelets. How cool is that?






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: OYE MODERN

 
 

music is my boyfriend.










LOVING these prints from designer Gianni Rossi. I love how they are all done in "un style bien rétro"!






PRINTS COURTESY OF: FUBIZ

 
 

paper food.






German designer Sarah Illenberger has outdone herself. I am getting quite the giggle having a look at her "ingredients" for Chilli con Carne and her "breakfast" spread!






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: HELLO TIGER!

 
 

oh, burberry...




...you make me swoon.
Hard.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: WET BEHIND THE EARS

 
 

converse.




Loving the black and white and zig-zag all over. Plus, what's not to love about Chuck Taylor's, anyhow?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE MOUNTAIN LABEL

 
 

shoes shoes shoes!




First, Happy Monday! Second, okay, okay, I know these aren't real shoes, but c'mon, give me a break. They were exhibited at the Hunt & Gather show and done by Lab Partners. I couldn't resist!






PRINT COURTESY OF: LAB PARTNERS

 
 

surprise sunday breakfast #3: buns in the oven.













{Woah!} Before you get the wrong idea judging by the name of this post {teehee}, let me just say that I am referring to a breakfast pastry and not what the term "bun in the oven" really implies. Ha! That said, today is my Sunday to concoct a delicious breakfast while the husband sleeps in. Taken from the wonderful food blog gas•tron•o•my, here is an oh-so-delicious recipe for the perfect cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing!

INGREDIENTS

FILLING

  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

DOUGH

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

ICING

  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

DIRECTIONS

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 425°F. Generously coat both a 9-inch nonstick round cake pan and a wire cooling rack with nonstick cooking spray.

2. {Melted butter is used in both the filling and the dough.} Melt the total amount (7 tablespoons) all at once in a heatproof measuring cup, then use it as needed.

3. For the filling, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and the 1 tablespoon melted butter together in a medium bowl until the mixture resembles wet sand.

4. For the dough, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

5. Whisk the buttermilk and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter together.

6. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until absorbed (the dough will look shaggy), about 30 seconds.

7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute.

8. Pat the dough with your hands into a 12 by 9-inch rectangle.

9. Brush the dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

10. Sprinkle the dough evenly with the brown sugar filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Press the filling firmly into the dough.

11. Using a bench scraper or metal spatula, loosen the dough from the work surface.

12. Starting at a long side, roll the dough, pressing lightly, to form a tight log. Pinch the seam to seal. Roll the log seam-side down and cut it evenly into 8 pieces.

13. Turn the pieces over on their flat sides, and with your hand, slightly flatten each piece of dough to seal the open edges and keep the filling in place.

14. Place 1 roll in the center of the prepared pan and then place the remaining 7 rolls around the perimeter of the pan. Brush the rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.

15. Bake until the edges are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

16. Use an offset metal spatula to loosen the buns from the pan. Wearing oven mitts, place a large plate over the pan and invert the buns onto the plate.

17. Place the greased cooling rack over the plate and invert the buns onto the rack.

18. Cool about 5 minutes before glazing.

19. While the buns are cooling, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy cleanup); set the rack with the buns on the baking sheet.

20. Whisk the cream cheese and buttermilk in a large bowl until thick and smooth (the mixture will look like cottage cheese at first).

21. Sift the confectioners’ sugar over the mixture and whisk until a smooth glaze forms about 30 seconds.

22. Spoon the glaze evenly over the buns; serve immediately.

Phew! That's a long one but I'm pretty sure that these will be worth the time and effort. I can't wait to bake these! Happy Sunday to everyone!



PHOTOS AND RECIPE COURTESY OF: gas•tron•o•my




 
 

have a beautiful weekend!




Any plans for the weekend? I'm planning on staying in tonight with a bottle of wine, a long hot bath, and my DVR'd Grey's Anatomy Season Premiere. Also...(short and sweet)...

1. Buy some freshly-cut flowers.
{They are such an easy way
to brighten up any room!}

2. Play catch-up on the phone.

3. Write letters to friends abroad.

That's all I got!

Have a beautiful weekend!
xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: RODNEY SMITH

 
 

i'm blushing!




Oh, dear! I'm totally blushing right now!!! The lovely Joanna from one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, has decided to feature me on her Smitten blog on Glamour Magazine online! I'm so honored! Have a peak here!


{Update: Joanna posted this on A Cup of Jo, too! I'm dizzy with excitement!}



PHOTO COURTESY OF: WE HEART IT

 
 

style rookie.




Holy. Crap. I. Cannot. Believe. This.

A 13 year-old fashion prodigy?! I am blown away by Tavi Gevinson. She humbly describes herself as a "tiny 13 year old dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats" and yet there is nothing she should be humble about. She was at NY Fashion Week! And met designers! And attended shows! And her amazingly well-written blog is getting so much acclaim!

Well done, Tavi! Bravo to you!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 
 

happy friday!!!




Lovelies, aren't you so glad that the week is coming to a close? I know I am. While I have to admit, taking this past Tuesday off certainly sped this week up for me, I can still say that I am thrilled that the weekend is near. {Huzzah!}






PHOTO COURTESY OF: METROFLOG

 
 

random dose of loveliness.




Aren't deer so lovely?
That is all.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: WE HEART IT

 
 

cheeseburgers and the outsiders.






As a way to pay tribute to the late Patrick Swayze, Ryan and I decided to watch The Outsiders last night. Not only did we do that, we also indulged in a lovely Petite Sirah and (...wait for it...) home-made cheeseburgers! Oh, goodness gracious. First off, I had never seen The Outsiders before last night. Secondly, Petite Sirah's are my weakness. And lastly, who doesn't love a good cheeseburger?






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: BOX OFFICE and WE HEART IT, respectively

 
 

lab partners.








Loving how mid-century modern these prints are! They would add that extra "oomph!" to any wall.






PRINTES COURTESY OF: LAB-PARTNERS

 
 

surprise sunday breakfast #2: a perfect "sunday".










For those of you following my blog, you already know that I've implemented the Surprise Sunday Breakfasts. What you don't know is this: last Sunday, I was called in to work early and Ryan was called into work later on that afternoon. We usually have Sundays as our one full day to spend with one another and, well, a wrench was thrown into our plans. So what happened? Well...Ryan has every other Tuesday off and managed to convince me to take yesterday off, too! (Ssshhh!) The Sunday that was robbed of us was redeemed and it all started with a Surprise "Sunday" Breakfast consisting of Nutella croissants, freshly brewed French-pressed coffee, eggs, and orange juice. {C'est parfait, n'est pas?}






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: VINTAGE VICTUALS

 
 

the rainbow connection.







This display unit showcasing 500 colored pencils made me gasp. How gorgeous would this look in a stark white room?! It would be a beautiful addition to any home. {Love!}






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: SOCIAL DESIGNER

 
 

fall bootie.




I am in love. With this. So simple, so sleek. So perfect with everything this fall. {Swoon!}






PHOTO COURTESY OF: PIPERLIME

 
 

don't forget!












These shoes made me laugh. Self-taught Dutch designer and avid skater Parra created these Vans classics with his own post-pop take on them. It's so funny that Vans has become such a staple in both the skate world as well as the fashion world and more and more people who don't even skate are wearing them (I am guilty of this). But c'mon. Can you really blame us non-skaters? They're just too cute.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: FUSSHOP

 
 

have a sunny weekend!




Lovelies! What do you have planned for the weekend? After what seems like a relatively stressful week, I am glad that my weekend is here! Here's what I plan to do:

1. Have an after-work glass of wine.
2. Ride bicycles.
3. Make this meal.
4. {Continue} Reading this {very neglected} book.
5. Spend time with the boys.
6. Take photos!
7. Cuddle.
8. Donate some clothes that I've retired!
9. Enjoy a delicious Surprise Sunday Breakfast!
{It's Ryan's turn to make breakfast!!}
10. Enjoy some sunshine!

Have a sunny weekend, everyone!

xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF:
ILARIA ORSINI via FFFFOUND