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On Friday morning, I sat down to write a post about strawberry buttercream. Then I realized I didn't want to write about strawberry buttercream. Not that there's anything wrong with it; it's wonderful, you should try it. But it's completely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Urban Comfort
January always takes more from me than she gives. Even in New Orleans, better known for its subtropical heat. But January or not, there's always dinner to be made, and in the winter, I'm less likely to be happy with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Urban Comfort
You know that feeling of being caught between lives, when you've outgrown one way of life but haven't comfortably shifted into another? That's been my life for awhile now. It's difficult, sometimes. I'm a person who sees possibilities, all of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Urban Comfort
I've made the mistake of perusing my blog list over the last couple of days; I'm already exhausted. So many resolutions and detoxes and ways to have more, be more, do more, more, more, more...and I suddenly realize exactly what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Urban Comfort
Remember when you were a kid and Christmas seemed to take forever to arrive? Sometimes I long for a return to that slow burn of anticipation. But here we are, with Christmas a little more than a week away! That... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Urban Comfort
I've been hard at work finishing assignments for next Christmas, dreaming of all the fun things I want to make and do for this Christmas. It feels like a late start this year, so I'm skipping most of the holiday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Urban Comfort
It's December, my favorite holiday season of all! And In this season of giving, I thought it only appropriate to start the month with a giveaway, made possible through the generosity of Smile Brilliant. When Smile Brilliant approached me and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Urban Comfort
Most Thanksgivings you'll find me in the kitchen making the traditional array of pies. But on Wednesday, when my cousin left a bag of beautiful satsumas and Meyer Lemons on my porch, I did a spontaneous turnabout and concocted a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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