Category Archives: living

Simple Pretty Chicago: the Holiday Edition

Chicago: a place that, after last year’s ridiculous weather, was somewhere I was in no hurry to get back to anytime soon. In fact, I swore that I was not. going. back. this year. Funny how family and the holidays changes that: once again, I found myself sitting on a plane headed west on Christmas […]

Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving morning in London, and though it still seems odd that it’s simply “Thursday” in my world, the omnipresent sounds of construction are here to remind me. We’re about half-way through our London experience (if everything goes according to plan), and I feel like we’ve finally settled into a rhythm, though that rhythm certainly […]

London Shop: Pedlars

One of my favorite shops at the moment has to be Pedlars, which is based in North Wales but has a retail shop in Notting Hill. (128 Talbot Road, a stone’s throw from Portobello Road.) Long known for its design-lover’s assemblage of clever-yet-quirky British homewares and accessories like Hovis tins and vintage bus blinds, the shop […]

Fall Books for Gifting (and Keeping)

If print is dead, someone forgot to tell the gift book industry — there are so many great new releases this fall. Perfect for holiday giving, and keeping, too: Minimalist Crafters will love Sally Shim’s book, Pretty Packages. I’ve followed Sally’s blog for years*, and have always marveled at her gift wrap and party favor […]

What Instagram has taught me about letting go

Instagram: it’s my of-the-moment social media salve. (Perfect for scrolling through at 3am London time, when I can’t sleep and it seems like my friends in California are having loads of fun.) Visual stimulation and inspiration plus connection? Yes, please. But Instagram has also taught me a lesson. Its policy of only allowing you to […]