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Torie & Tristan, Out & About

It’s been a busy last few weeks. Here’s a mini photo journal.

A friend invited us over for Moscow mules at her “carriage house.” I didn’t know what a carriage house was, either. But now, I’m obsessed – it’s basically a mini party house that lives in the backyard:

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Upon quick research, they appear to be universally charming. And this particular carriage house is shabby chic fabulous. The lights on the wall spell out BE NICE. And look at these Moscow Mules all lined up, begging me to take a picture (and drink one):

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Now that Tristan is advocating for local, organic food, I initiated him into the granola world that is the Ballard Farmer’s Market. If you’ve seen my recipes lately, you’ll know I’m already a fan.

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We made the mistake of going at lunchtime and so naturally, everything looked and smelled delicious. We made a pit stop at the Market Minis stand for some powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar fresh mini donuts.

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Then we opted for fresh tamales and veggies:

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And look at this!

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Later, using some of our veggie purchases, I created one of my first-ever “I think these ingredients should all taste good together” recipes: roasted red pepper, sauteed mushrooms, chicken, chestnut fettuccine, cucumber, basil, garlic…

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And, yay!

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Another night, when Tristan was in charge of dinner, he continued to confirm that he is a WAY better photographer than I am. I received this picture message on my phone:

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He just has an eye for photography which I try to fake. And I even have a better camera phone. Oh well, that’s why we’re a team! And the dinner was yummy, too :).

We also tried out two raw “healthy” cookie dough ball recipes – chocolate chip and peanut butter butterscotch. LOVED them both, and they lasted us all week and completely satisfied our sweet tooth (teeth?) while being a great protein boost.

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This weekend, we are having my aunt and uncle over for fondue (our fave) and I will be able to finally debut my Easter tablescape and new gold flatware. Pictures to come next week!

 

-t&T

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Three Day Weekend

Ahhh, the life-breather that is the three day weekend. After a fantastic Husky win, church and meeting up with friends last night, we wore ourselves out and have been lounging around in bed all day. Like, as I type this, I am in bed and it’s noon. But whatevs! We don’t work today.

Gal Meets Glam / Miss KL Blog / Unknown

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Sunday in Bed / Fashion-Isha / Brighton The Day

Sunday in bed!!!! Coffee & newspaper!!!!! Raised headboard, classically simple pillows -  ready for breakfast in bed + coffee and mags and @Eberjey Intimates Intimates in bed +

We decided to do breakfast in bed, which means we needed to get out of bed to make it. Kind of defeats the purpose, no? I didn’t have any fresh flowers on hand for the tray – does anyone our age? – and I’m completely fine with it.

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And my all time fave “snuggly looks” from movies:

Carrie Bradshaw; Sex and the City / Millinery Atelier:

Audrey Hepburn; Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Twenties Project:

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The Neutra-Luxe Bedroom

As we build our home together, we’ve discovered a few differences in taste. I like bold contrast and eclectic combinations; Tristan likes everything to be neutral colored, and the more matching wood furniture, the merrier. I can go neutral in color, as long as camel and dusty blue count as neutral and as long as there’s some texture to spice things up, such as a chandelier, fur (obviously), mirror or uphosltery. See how flexible I am?

As it happens, our apartment came chalk full of built-ins and customized touches, and our bedroom has a built-in jute area rug, white night stands, gold sconces, and linen-paneled walls. It is destined for this “neutra-luxe” look.

Here are some bedrooms I love right now that are inspiring my own bedroom’s design:

From Desire to Inspire:

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This Is Glamorous:

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Rue Magazine:

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Latest obsession? JuJu hats above beds. Cre8tive Designs:

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South Shore Decorators:

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Splendid Willow / Source Unknown / HGTV:

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And I would be remiss to not include Moroccan Wedding Blankets from Living for Pretty:

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What is the all-time most relaxing bedroom you’ve seen?

– t&T