Friday, July 29, 2011

And the winner is...

Laura P!

Thanks to everyone who entered. Hoping to do more giveaways in the near future!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Right now I'm loving...

Sam Edelman leopard loafer at Piperlime
Chloe's seersucker monogrammed dress from the Laughing Giraffe & her sassy look

Essie Mint Candy Apple

This print from 20x200 - Baby Giraffe No 5

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stella & Dot giveaway

Cara over at An Urban Cottage just so happens to be a Stella & Dot stylist. Her and I are offering up these adorable ladybug earrings to one lucky winner! To enter:
1. You must be a follower of TCG
2. Tweet about the giveaway - be sure to include @ashk2 {that's me}

3. Leave your comment below

I will be drawing a random winner FRIDAY, JULY 29.

Have you all seen the fall S&D line?? This piece has to be my favorite

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Weekend Bike Rides

The best thing about riding a bike around the city is that you discover new neighborhoods, sometimes even fun new spots in neighborhoods you know well. The other weekend I discovered the cutest little coffee house in Andersonville across from an amazingly curated antique shop {Roost}.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lovely Pillows

I just snagged these on Joss & Main for under $50!! Clearly very excited for the new addition to the back room project.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Progress in the back room

This past weekend this guy and I spent what felt like endless hours working on our back room. When we moved in it was a nursery with white carpet. Our drooly bulldog, of course, likes to spend the majority of her time back there. The white carpet had to go. So, the boy invited/begged some of his handy friends and my little brother to help install new wood flooring. The transformation was incredible. This all happened about six months ago. Life got in the way and finally, this past weekend he and I got to the base boards and molding.

The finished product

The before

The chocolate wood with the bright white molding and dolphin fin gray paint is everything I hoped it would be and more. So happy with it.

As you may have noticed, I've been a bit obsessive with industrial-style lighting. The problem: everything that I found fell into the $200-$500 range. I came across this one at IKEA for $60! Perfect for our tiny desk space (doesn't take up any room on the surface) and it can swing over to the chair behind it and become a reading lamp.
Here is a little taste of what the room will one day be. It's not quite there yet, but well on its way. I'm picturing lots of textures, in all shades of gray and white. With some natural wood here and there. More to come!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Anthro takes it to the max

Loving these maxis from Anthro. Is there a more perfect summer outfit!? Cute, comfy, layer on some jewels and you're good to go.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eat like a veg

I've been a vegetarian for quite some time now {actually a pescatarian, meaning I am a vegetarian with the exception of fish}. I often get questions about my diet - what do I eat. So, I thought I'd share a few of my Summer time go-to's.

* Grilled Portabella burgers with pesto, grilled red pepper and feta
* Grilled Fish {halibut, tuna, swordfish, salmon, etc.} with roasted garlic, rosemary fingerling potatoes
* Quinoa salad with roasted asparagus, peppers, onion, zucchini, summer squash and pine nuts {add a little lemon juice and olive oil, also great for lunch the next day}
* Omelets with fresh herbs from the garden, tomatoes and goat cheese
* Couscous with grilled vegetables and a cucumber, dill yogurt sauce {super easy to make - greek yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, dill - great left over for dipping veggies}

Really, I like to eat what's in season. I try to make it to our farmers market once a week and grab what looks good. A great big salad with lots of ingredients is always refreshing in the summer. This week I made one with arugula, chickpeas, avocado, cucumber, green onion, artichoke and sun dried tomatoes. I always make my own dressing. Here's my go-to:

* Olive Oil
* Balsamic
* Lemon Juice
* Salt & Pepper
* Dijon Mustard

And that, my friends, is how you eat like a veg

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

GT Fish & Oyster

Before heading to the lake, we decided to kick off fourth of July weekend at the appropriately nautical-themed GT Fish and Oyster. Not only is the decor to die for, the food was INCREDIBLE. The menu is small plates, split into cold and hot - think tapas, Nantucket style. The lobster roll was unreal. Huge chunks of lobster in toasted brioche. Seriously, I have been craving this thing ever since.

Love this beach-house inspired chair.

The lighting was gorgeous throughout the restaurant. A mix between industrial and cottage-style.

Check out those fresh oysters! We got to watch the staff shuck oysters while sipping cocktails at the bar.

I highly recommend a visit.