bike awesome!






Gorgeous prints from Portland designers Liz Meyer and Gavin Potenza of Script & Seal. You can even buy them here! I think I would very much like a couple of these for our place. What say ye?






PRINTS COURTESY OF: S6

 
 

great white buffalo.




Last night, Ryan and I had date night. You know, a night where you and your loved one just spend time with each other, get dressed up, and do something nice together (like eat a delicious pizza pie and watch a movie on the couch at home while cuddling). In any case, we felt like watching a movie and since I had recently discovered our pay-per-view / on-demand setting on our television, we thought we should take advantage of what was offered. Our decision? "Hot Tub Time Machine". Before we knew it, we were both roaring with laughter over the smattering of one-liners throughout the movie.

The one-liner that stood out for me was: great white buffalo (repeatedly whispered, of course). Hilarious! This "great white buffalo" refers to a person who was once thought of as "the one" but has now turned into "the one that got away."

It got me thinking of people who have this "great white buffalo" in their hearts and how I actually truly believe that everyone has one. What do you think? Do you have a great white buffalo?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: RETROZONE

 
 

cozy.






This adorable vintage bicycle cozy is calling my name.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: LAURA BUCCI

 
 

it's a mad mad world.




Are you ready? This Sunday, the 25th, get ready to see Don, Roger, Joanie, Peggy, and Betty all over again. {!!!!!}






PHOTO COURTESY OF: AMC

 
 

finger-lickin' good.








These adorable miniature dessert rings are almost too cute. I said almost.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: DIVINE SWEETNESS

 
 

björk.






So random, I know. But I am loving these photos of Björk! The color saturation just makes everything look so dream-like.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: LOVELORN UNICORN

 
 

happy monday!...and the week of eating in.




As you all know, I really love food: buying, cooking, exploring, etc. So imagine my surprise when I happened upon this article by writer Cathy Erway. She is the brainchild behind Not Eating Out In New York (which sounds nearly impossible, if you ask me) from which the book The Art of Eating In stemmed. The article proposes an experiment for people to cook at home for one solid week because: "Not only do we think this will save you money and get you eating healthier food, we think this will be a fun consciousness-raising activity in better understanding where your food comes from."

It seems that many of us resort to a quick fix simply because it's easy and convenient. And while a lot of us are aware of some of the things we put into our bodies, wouldn't it be even better to know exactly what we were eating? Home-cooked meals not only provide hunger satisfaction, they also give us peace of mind. Don't get me wrong--I'm not saying that we should all forgo eating out and dining at restaurants. Far from it! I'm just saying that we all might get a little bit more out of food, especially if we spent some good old-fashioned quality time with it.

So, will you do this with me? What will you be making tonight? I'd love to know!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: FFFFOUND!

 
 

so sweet.




What could be sweeter than a girl with her yellow bicycle?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE SARTORIALIST

 
 

régalons-nous ce soir.




I don't know why but I'm really enjoying this French mood that I'm in. And so, tonight, Ryan and I will feast on Julia Child's Coq au Vin. Bon appetit!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: GETTY IMAGES

 
 

le quatorze juillet.










In honor of Bastille Day (even though I'm not remotely French), why not take a make-believe trip to a wonderfully dreamy 1962 Paris? {Thank you, Celia for this!}






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: TOMPALUMBO

 
 

yellow owl.










Well, I declare! I'm happy to report to everyone who has submitted their mailing address that he/she will certainly receive something in the post soon. Very very soon. Having said that, a good friend of mine recently introduced me to a wonderful shop called Yellow Owl Workshop. They specialize in paper goods and home decor and it's all so lovely. These correspondence and postcard sets put a smile on my face this morning. Perhaps I shall purchase some of these after my shopping ban for you!






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: YELLOW OWL WORKSHOP

 
 

surprise sunday breakfast #8: croque monsieur




Wow. It has been ages since my last Surprise Sunday Breakfast! Apologies for that. While I cannot promise that this will make their weekly appearance, I can certainly try, especially on the days that I'm not working! That being said, I know this isn't exactly a breakfast food. I guess it could pass off as brunch, instead. In any case, say bonjour to Le Croque Monsieur -- a super gourmet French fast-food sandwich. So gourmet, in fact, that it's smothered in a Béchamel sauce and a fork and knife are required! Oh, the French. How classy can they be? Bon appetit!


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes.

3. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened.

4. Turn off the heat and add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

5. To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.

6. Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere.

7. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes.

8. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.






RECIPE COURTESY OF: INA GARTEN
PHOTO COURTESY OF: BLOGTO








 
 

lately, my life has been...




Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! Taking a cue from Nina, I thought I'd update you on what's been going on in my life so far. So here goes. Lately, my life has been...

  • AWAKENING: Realizing that you are a real-life adult can be really terrifying. But having the right partner in crime makes that realization less scary and much more fun. {Plus, you can still be kids together!}
  • EVOLVING: I feel like I'm in the planning stages of...everything. It feels like I am in need of a career change and despite time, I am still trying to figure out what that change is. Hopefully soon it will make sense.
  • HEALTHFUL: I try to make cooking at home and riding bikes regularly de regueur in our household and I feel like the past few weeks have been proven successful. Let's hope that this lasts! I feel like I'm doing my body a favor.
  • COMFORTING: On the days when I am extra hard on myself (more often than not these days), I am comforted to know that I am not alone in how I'm feeling. Everyone goes through their own things. Everyone has days when they're blue. And everyone eventually figures it out. That is comforting.
  • LOVING: Every day, I am grateful for the people that are in my life whether it's the nicest, most accommodating Trinidadian waiter at the French café or the elderly man at the corner of my street who waves every time he sees me on my bicycle. But I'm most grateful for my friends (both new and old, in real-life and in the blog-world), my family, and most especially my husband. In turn, I feel like I've got so much more love to give. And want to give. It's really quite surreal to know that I've never, in my life, cared for anyone as much as I do for Ryan. It's seriously the best feeling in the world.
{Thanks, Nina, for inspiring me to do a mini-life inventory. It has put things into perspective!}

Have a wonderful wonderful weekend, everyone!

xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: TINY WHITE DAISIES

 
 

random dose of loveliness.



And this bunny's name is Marhsmallow! Marshmallow! Too cute.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: CUTE OVERLOAD


 
 

keep me in stitches.




For our one-year anniversary, I received a gorgeous sewing machine from a wonderful couple that we are close friends with. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I still have not learned how to work it properly (shame on me!). And I feel rotten about this. That being said, I scoured the area for local sewing classes that would fit my schedule. Lo and behold, one is starting on the 19th of this month at a place called Keep Me In Stitches! I'm so excited to finally get this started. I hope I hit the ground running.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: DANCING TO THE BEAT OF RAIN

 
 

tonight...




...feels like a pizza kind of night. That and Candy Bars, too! Can't wait.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: TINY URBAN KITCHEN

 
 

pretty in pink. and blue.




This girl's style is so effortless, understated, and adorable. Some people just get it.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: SCISSORS

 
 

shopping ban.



This past Saturday evening, I came home from work and decided to do a closet review. It's been long over-due and it had been on my mind to take a mental inventory of every piece of clothing I own, what I wear, what just hangs there with no prospect of ever being worn, and what just needs to be donated. Interestingly enough, I am pleased to report that what I do have in my closet now is everything I would wear and re-wear over and over again (which really means that I truly don't need to be making purchases as frequently as I do). However, I came to the awful realization that I do, in fact, have a spending habit. A bad one. The accumulation of dresses, skirts, and tops over the past few months is a little out of hand. And I felt so embarrassed by it! This is where all of my money goes?! No wonder. Yikes.

So, I've decided (after the weekend of mulling this over), that I am implementing a very strict shopping ban for, at the very least, the next three months. This means that I will have no frivolous shopping sprees both at brick & mortar stores as well as online (the death of me). None. After the ninety days lets up, I will reassess my ban and decide on whether or not this has enabled me to save.

Wish me luck! The ban starts now.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: SISIZZLE

 
 

air mail!




After letting all of you know of my letter-writing plan, many of you were kind enough to send me your physical mailing addresses. Thank you all so much! I've never been more excited to start writing to {new} friends both here in the U.S. as well as abroad! I will start writing this week so keep your eyes on your mailbox because you may be getting something very soon!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: A TRAVELING JOURNEYER

 
 

happy monday!...and a beautiful dress.








Dear Anthropologie,

This dress is beautiful and simple and perfect all at the same time. The price, however, is none of those things. Could you please tell me why? Thank you, kindly.


xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: ANTHROPOLOGIE

 
 

have a happy 4th of july weekend!




This weekend will be yet another busy one with work. However, on Sunday the 4th, I leave work around 4 o'clock and get to visit some lovely friends while they're in town and get some sun with them on the beach. I can't wait! What are your plans? Grilling, bbq-ing, sunning? I'd love to know!

Happy 4th of July!
xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: DINNER FOR MOUSCHI

 
 

a lost art.




I was thinking the other day about how much I enjoy receiving air mail from lands far and near. I used to do this as a hobby--write simple letters, not just "thank you" notes or congratulatory letters. I'm talking about an old-fashioned, "Dear So-and-So, How are you?" letter. A simple postcard, a hand-written note, or even a parcel in your mailbox are enough to melt anyone's heart. So the wheels started turning in my head and I am trying to revive this lost art. Who's with me? I'd like to start writing letters regularly and become a pen pal to anyone who wants in. So if you do, email me your postal address and I'll gladly get this thing started!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: COFFEE & PARCHMENT

 
 

random dose of loveliness.




How about a little doe-eyed deer to brighten up your day? You're welcome.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: CUTE OVERLOAD

 
 

london calling.




After two days of battling the flu, I am finally feeling better. Last night, Ryan and I picked a friend of ours up from the airport after he'd been gone for a week in London. Oh, London! And as said friend shared stories of his experience abroad (including picnics, museums, and architecture conferences), wheels were turning and we decided right then and there that we absolutely must take a trip to London some time in the future. But why stop there? I started talking about how we should really try to plan for one big ten-day trip a year. It would give us something to continually look forward to. A new destination each year sounds like so much fun, don't you think? How often do you take big trips or mini-breaks? I'd love to know!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: SERIOUSLY, DUDE