Tuesday, December 15, 2009

great quote

"One of the things that Americans do very well
is working with bright primary colors. 
Think Ralph, J.Crew, Gap. 
I guess we are a bold people"

-The Satorialist

Monday, December 14, 2009

twelve days of fitness

Just in time for the holidays, Gold Gym has posted an article that has twelve great workout ideas to rev up your fitness this season.  My favorites include:

     - Clock a 5K. Time how fast you can run 3.1 miles
     - Do 100 push-ups. Break them up throughout the day
     - Climb the Empire State Building: get on a stair stepper and climb 102 floors

For the complete list: http://www.goldsgym.com/healthy/newsletter/2009-12/12-days-of-fitness.php

Friday, December 11, 2009

A must read

I am currently reading The Philosophy of Sustainable Design by Jason McLennan, and it is the most captivating book that I have read in a long time.  I really highly suggest reading it; here is a good quote from the book that basically sums up its premise:

My past has taught me two important lessons;
that we have an amazing capacity to damage
the habitat of all living things while building our own,
but we also have an ability to heal it through good design.

also makes a great gift for the environmentalist in your life

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The owner of this gorgeous bed, Elise Vaughn, states "personally, I thrive when I am surrounded by bright colors and vintage treasures."  Ahh...I love that!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Discovering your Signature Look (part 1)

I was listening to Christian Siriano on NPR last week, and he talked about creating a signature look and I love this because everyone has certain looks that they are drawn to.  For example, I bet if you inventory the pieces that you wear again and again you will find that certain colors, styles, and fits are repeated many times.  The following are examples of shoes (apparently suede flats!!) that I am drawn to and that would seamlessly fit into my wardrobe.  What style shoes help complete your signature look?

black suede ballet flats, j. crew

golden discs oxfords, anthropologie

ruby & bloom gracious flat, nordstrom

LOVE this look, anthropologie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

back from my blogging sabbatical!!

In the interim, I have been working on getting my ducks in order.

Mama duck, getting her ducks in order

Friday, September 4, 2009

happy friday

Have a lovely holiday weekend!
image via apartment therapy
plum cobbler
ps  If you are looking for a wonderful and simple end of summer dessert to make this weekend, check out this cobbler recipe.  I substituted plums (about 4-5) for the cherries, but any stone fruit that looks good would work.  It was gone before I could take a picture of the center!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

fabric inspiration

I love fabric.  I am usually drawn to colorful patterns and playful designs.  I have been browsing Etsy's wonderful offerings for a while now, and last week I finally took the plunge and made my first purchases:

michael miller
alexander henry
I dusted off my sewing machine and started playing with my pretty new fabrics:
more to come...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New York

This summer, I took a short vacation to New York! I first went upstate to Saratoga Springs and then I took the train down to the city. The cool weather felt so good compared to the hot sticky weather that we have had all summer in Dallas. Between Saratoga's idyllic town setting and all the sights to see in the city, I just can't wait to go back! A few pictures from my trip:

Saratoga Springs Racetrack

Times Square

View from Central Park

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yellow Shoes

I am loving menswear inspired shoes right now (oxfords, anyone?) and I found/fell in love with these yellow peeptoes at Anthropologie (on sale!) earlier this summer. I love the playful tassles and the rich buttery yellow that can easily transition into the fall seaon.
Miss Albright Peeptoes

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hello and welcome to the Humble Artichoke!

Through this blog, I hope to explore many of my interests with you including: healthy cooking, not so healthy cooking, design, and fashion. And, maybe a few randoms thrown in. Without further ado:

My mom's brand new puppy meeting Colby, her 7 year old puppy