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My childhood best friend's father died recently, unexpectedly. I was caught off guard when I heard, the way you are when someone seems too young to have died or you're suddenly aware of the passage of time. It had been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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A freelancer's life is often feast or famine and these last couple of months have been a blur of overlapping deadlines and assignments, leaving me on the unbalanced side of life. Still, I am grateful, a squirrel gathering the bounty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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How is it possible that it's Thursday already?! It's been a sprint this week, juggling multiple editors, magazines, and holidays. But it's been one of those awesome weeks, with all synapses firing and feeling like I'm in the zone. Getting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I know, it seems a little early to be posting Halloween stuff. (But honestly, who can tell anymore? If you go to craft stores, the Christmas merchandise is already out.) So we'll ease into it. I thought I'd start with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Time is a funny thing, it plays tricks on your mind sometimes. Thirteen years ago I was waking up on this morning, having just moved to New York a week before, a mixture of hope and nervous excitement that quickly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Okay, who am I kidding with all of this fall talk? It's still hot outside. ( I tried to fool myself the other day with a long sleeved T-shirt and nearly passed out from heat exhaustion.) So I'll have to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I learned to type at the age of 14, and yes, I learned to type on an actual typewriter, the IBM Selectric. I kind of loved it, the clicking and carriage return. There was something soothing about it and electrifying... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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My oven sat idle for far too long this summer and I suddenly felt the urge to bake something yesterday, but it had to be quick and simple. This recipe is both of those, born out of a Pinterest pin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I am done with summer. It's not the heat or humidity, it's psychological. I'm ready to turn the page, step into a new season. Professionally, it's been fall and winter for the last couple of months already. I've worked on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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As a child, much of my world revolved around reading. I moved through books at a clip, never enough hours in the day. But over the last few years there's been very little reading. In my undiagnosed state, I attributed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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We're in the height of summer now. I can tell because it gets more and more difficult to fully close doors, our home swelling with the humidity as I imagine it has done for the last 150 years. I saw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It's my birthday today, which is pretty much the only day I address beauty issues here (you can see previous years here, here, and here), but this year is a bit different for me - Last month I took my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Just crickets around here, but I've been going over old territory lately, cooking things I've already shared and making a ridiculous number of paper flowers, which you've also heard enough about even if I'm hopelessly, hopelessly obsessed. I've even had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Strawberry season comes earlier in Louisiana than the rest of the country. Just when it nears the end and I'm finally in step with spring, I end up scrambling to pick the last of the harvest. Which is exactly what... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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In the midst of the hustle and bustle these last few weeks, I’ve been making flowers. Every day, a flower in the morning with a cup of coffee, a flower before bed, a flower in the stolen moments between those... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Three times in the last month I've been to the woods where the wild blackberries grow. I've learned one thing about myself during these outings - if I see a berry that's ripe, it's impossible for me not to pick... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It's been so quiet here, and yet my life has felt so full. It happens to me sometimes, the need to go away and do things without documenting every moment for public consumption. But then I get excited about stuff... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Whenever I ask any of my mom friends what they want for Mother's Day, they usually tell me they want a day off, an opportunity to sleep in, or a massage (which also, conveniently, gives them an hour to themselves).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It wouldn't be springtime for me without flowers, even if it's just in craft form. So this weekend I decided to reinterpret a floral painted wooden bowl from Mexico that I'd taken note of in a friend's country house last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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The random number generator selected "2" this morning, which means that Jan Vallar is the winner for the Exquisite Paper Flowers book givewaway. I hope everyone else will secure a copy for themselves immediately. You won't be disappointed! We're on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Aesthetically, I've never been a big fan of colored plastic Easter grass. Even as a child it was simply at odds with my personality (and I may have wondered why the Easter bunny couldn't just tone it down a bit).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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After a busy weekend of too many parties, I found I wasn't quite up to creating Easter projects yesterday, so I settled for the bi-annual purging and organizing of my son's room. Something mindless but productive. It's all good in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've done exactly nothing for Easter so far, but first up on my agenda this weekend are these striped eggs from the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. The technique is so simple I can't believe I never thought of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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"Who needs another book of paper flowers?" you may ask. You do, because Livia Cetti's gorgeous interpretation of this timeless craft is not to be missed! The materials are humble - mostly tissue paper, bleach, and green paper, but the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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The orange blossoms are nearly spent now, the courtyard awash in a cascade of yellowing petals, the pungent aroma lingering, slowly stealing up through the decay. When inhalation isn't enough to sate the senses, it's time to move on to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Urban Comfort