That’s a Wrap!

discovery of witches

I’ve gotten back into my reading groove and have finished up a couple of great books this month. The most recent book I read is the one you see in the photo above. It’s very rare when I read paranormal fiction, but I can’t resist a good witch story (getting ready for October, perhaps?). Already on a roll with witches and magic, I jumped right into the show Witches of East End. I’ll admit I was hooked, but it’s such a fun world to live in for a couple of hours.

I also watched The Longest Week and honestly the best parts of the movie were the stacks of books in the apartments and the jazz soundtrack. Olivia Wilde is also gorgeous in it, but otherwise the movie is slow and a boring plot-wise. My weekend movie time will now be occupied with Seahawks games (1-0!), but we’ll see what I can sneak in every now and then. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Yesterday was an emotional day for obvious reasons. It is with a very heavy heart that we remember the lost loved ones and heroes. Never forget.

* Having serious #travelenvy! The 12 best travel Instagram accounts.

* The United Sweets of America

* Interesting read about the psychology behind how see-through food packaging boosts sales.

* My Life with Piper: From Big House to Small Screen

* Life and work lessons from Joss Whedon.

* Discovering Nancy Meyers’s Instagram was awesome, so say the least.

* Female cartoon characters ahead of their time. Love this list!

* I want to eat every meal in this dining room. Gorgeous.

* The making of ‘Gone with the Wind.”

Have a great weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

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Movie List for Fall 2014


Since I’m all about lists, I thought I’d make a list of movies to watch in the fall that aren’t necessarily coming out in theaters. These movies are ones that I have wanted to watch for a while, and this season feels like a great time to do so. For this list I have pulled a couple of films from my ‘Best Picture’ Bucket List, as well as from my past (movies that I haven’t seen for many, many years). Here are the movies I plan on watching this fall:

1. La Vie en Rose

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. My Fair Lady

4. The Fault in Our Stars

5. An American in Paris

6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

7. Raging Bull

8. Lucy

9. The Monuments Men

10. August: Osage County

Eat & Watch: Eggs and Bacon & Love Story

Love Story 5

A few months ago, I finally watched the classic Love StoryI absolutely loved it and I adore Jenny, Ali MacGraw’s character. Jenny and Oliver together are an unstoppable couple, and their romance felt genuine and light. It is one of the best romantic movies I’ve seen. There are a couple of eating scenes in the movie, but this one stuck out to me because of how simple it is: eggs and bacon. There’s not even anything else on the plate. Plain, simple, and delicious. The recipe for this Eat & Watch? Simple: scramble two eggs and add salt and pepper; cook bacon. Voila! The next time you are having a lazy Sunday morning, cook up some eggs and bacon and fall in love all over again with Love Story.

Love Story 2



Love Story 3

{Photo via Paramount Pictures; food photos by Lauren}

Fall Must-See Movies

fall must see movies

Happy September! The rain has started falling and mornings have been greeting me with overcast skies. I couldn’t be happier that fall is so close I can quite literally feel it. Another great thing about fall: amazing movies! While summer blockbusters are great every now and then, I am partial to the movies that will soon be hitting theaters, such as The Theory of Everything, the British biopic drama about Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his wife Jane. I am also really excited to see The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The trailer makes me tear up, so I’m expecting a full-on heartache in the theater. When I read Gone Girl, I imagined the story playing out a little differently than what the trailer portrays, so I’m interested in seeing it more out of curiosity than anything else. I’m ready to be entertained this fall, to say the least.

What movies are you looking forward to this autumn?

1. The Longest WeekSeptember 5, 2014

2. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – September 12, 2014

3. Gone Girl – October 3, 2014

4. Birdman – October 16, 2014

5. The Theory of Everything – November 7, 2014

6. Foxcatcher – November 14, 2014

That’s a Wrap!

house blend boba

The week started off on a high note with the Emmys. While Seth Meyers’s opening dialogue and Jimmy Kimmel’s mini-roast were two of the best parts of the evening, it was entertaining and oddly comforting to slowly ease into Awards season. There are still a few months to go, but I’ll take any sign of fall and winter coming. While autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 23rd, in my book September 1 is when I’ll break out the knit sweaters and hearty stew recipes. The first recipe I’ll be making? This incredible country potato soup. For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* You can’t beat a bubble tea break [photo above].

* An excerpt from Lena Dunham’s upcoming book.

* A mini Friends reunion!

* Free coffee in NYC at Central Perk in honor of the 20th anniversary of Friends.

* Why Once Upon a Time took on Frozen.

* 25 great romantic comedies since When Harry Met Sally.

* I can’t help but dream about Thanksgiving already, especially when I see these gorgeous table settings.

* I have officially finished Dexter…and what a horrendous show finale. Disappointed, but overall, loved the show.

Enjoy the last weekend of summer!

{Photo by Lauren}

The Last Meals of Summer

summer 1

{Mozzarella and Tomato Basil Caprese Flatbread}

The summer is almost over, so what better way to wrap it up than with a few last refreshing meals. Spend the final week of August in the kitchen with the windows open soaking up the warm evenings. Gather fresh ingredients from the garden or the Farmers Market and prepare these five incredible dishes. Whether you choose a mozzarella flatbread, a light pasta dish, or a healthy skewer, these meals are the best ways to countdown to September.

 summer 2{Walnut, Parsley, and Parmesan Linguine}

summer 3

{Baked Pasta with Spinach, Ricotta, and Prosciutto}

summer 4

{Watermelon Salad with Mint}

summer 5

 {Ahi Tuna Lollipops with Sriracha Aioli}

 {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

Apartment Envy

apt 5

 {Sex and the City}

There are certain homes in television and movies that give me serious apartment envy. I am partial to cozy, eclectic apartments that depict the characters’ personalities, such as Carrie Bradshaw and Mindy Lahiri’s apartments. It’s always interesting to see how characters in movies and on television live, and getting a glimpse into their homes gives you a great sense of who they are. Notice Holly Golightly’s couch, which is half of a bathtub. Awesome.

P.S. Movie kitchens I adore.

apt 1

 {Breakfast At Tiffany’s}

apt 2

{Melinda and Melinda}

apt 3

{How to Marry a Millionaire}

apt 4

{The Mindy Project}

apt 6


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{Friends With Benefits}

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}