- Silver Moon / Roo Planes
- Nothin On My Mind / Astronomyy
- Tears of Joy / Slow Club
- Rained the Whole Time / Shlohmo (Nicolas Jar Remix)
- Cirrus / Bonobo
- ILYSB / LANY
- Powerful / Major Laser (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley)
- What You Don’t Do / Lianne La Havas
- face the sun / Miguel Lenny Kravitz
- So leave / POLICA
- Truth / Alexander
- Until the Morning/ Thievery Corporation
- Sunsesame / Caribou
- Colorado / Lotus
Meet Clare Studwell, a talented baker that we're lucky to call our friend. This is Clare, with a Monet-inspired water lily cake that she created for her Birthday this past Monday. A lady that loves baking so much that she even bakes her own birthday cake - that's dedication! We loved this design!
Since we've known Clare, she's dazzled us with homemade cookies dressed up perfectly for any occasion (example: a 2012 Presidential election party). Then she goes on to impresses us by competing in a decorating contest put on by The French Pastry School and taking home 3rd! She even bakes cakes with unique decor designs for terminally ill children through a wonderful non-profit called Icing Smiles.
Clare runs her own baking business, Caketacular, and she's the first one our friends call on when a celebration is in order and cake is a must. It would be a shame to keep her baking talents hidden, which is why we're delighted to partner with Clare for a Yoga+ Cupcake Decorating Workshop on Thursday, July 23rd. The workshop will take place at the shared studio of photographer Lucy Hewett and Nourishing Notes (printed goods for the food obsessed). You'll learn decorating tips and tricks from Clare, decorate your own half dozen cupcakes, and also walk home with the tools to help you re-create the professional look again to impress your friends at your next gathering. Reserve your spot for next Thursday's class here (and get 10% off with code 'sweettooth'), and learn more about the lady behind the awesome decorating skills below!
How did Caketacular start?
Truthfully, I started Caketacular by accident! Baking has always been an important part of my life, but I would say I fell backwards into creating Caketacular and making my baking more official. Back in 2008, I was working from home, at a job that was paying my bills, but not fulfilling me personally or professionally. I wasn’t feeling inspired or creatively or intellectually challenged, so I decided to take a Wilton cake decorating class at Michaels – I had always been a good baker, but decorating had never been a strong suit of mine. After the class, which was really designed for beginner decorators, I started baking and decorating a lot more frequently. After bringing some cupcakes and treats to potlucks and parties, people started asking me if they could pay me to bake for their children’s birthday parties, baby showers, engagement parties, etc., and through that, Caketacular was born! My big win was in September of 2009, when I did my very first wedding.
Do you have a style you lean toward most when decorating? If so, how would you describe it?
I would say my style tends to be more on the simple side. Although I can decorate with fondant, I prefer to decorate with buttercream icing, which lends itself more to rustic, playful decorating, rather than the very pristine, sophisticated look you can achieve with fondant. I love to do a simply iced and textured cake in white icing with some metallic accents or a huge statement flower.
Best tip/trick when decorating?
Remember that you are always going to be your own worst critic. You can spend hours and hours trying to get your icing perfectly smooth, or your flowers just so, but you have to remember that you are going to be the only one who sees those tiny little flaws. At the end of the day, you are creating a delicious treat for people to enjoy – you aren’t creating a permanent piece of art that will live in a gallery forever. So be easy on yourself and have fun with your decorating!
What inspires you while decorating your cakes?
For me, and for my family, food and cooking has always been the way to show other people that you love and appreciate them. I feel that cake decorating is just an extension of that. I love creating something for someone I love that is not only delicious, but that is also beautiful.
I would be lying if I didn’t also admit that I love the compliments, too!
What's your earliest baking memory?
I don’t know if this counts as a baking memory, because I’m not the one who was doing the baking… But, I distinctly remember the cake my mom made for my 6th birthday– it was a chocolate Mickey Mouse cake that she decorated herself using a star tip. This is a pretty standard decorating technique that every beginner learns, but few people do it anymore because it is SO time consuming. You are basically covering the entire cake with tiny stars (and for many cakes, you are using a lot of different colors!). Although I didn’t appreciate it at the time, I definitely appreciate it now, and I remember calling my mom after we learned that technique in the Wilton class at Michaels to thank her for the countless hours she must have spent making that and all my other cakes from childhood.
So, this ties into what inspires me – I truly believe there is no better way to show someone you love them than to invest that time and energy into something they will remember and love.
Favorite cake flavor? Favorite icing flavor?
This is a tough one! My favorite cake flavor is Hummingbird – this is a traditional Southern recipe that I like to say is like banana bread on crack. It is very similar to a banana bread, with banana, cinnamon, and vanilla, but made even more delicious with the addition of pineapple (and sometimes pecans). However, this cake is best with cream cheese icing, which is not great for decorating, so I will only use this for my most rustic decorating projects.
When I am going to be doing more intense decorating, my go-to cake is a chocolate butter cake from Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. There are two not-so-secret ingredients that take the flavor of this cake over the top – a touch of cinnamon, and a lot of coffee. It is rich, moist, and delicious, and pairs wonderfully with a Swiss Meringue Buttercream, which is my preferred icing for decorating.
Tell us about the biggest/most challenging cake project you've taken on.
So far, I would say the biggest challenge I had was making a wedding cake for a wedding in which I was also a bridesmaid… and which was halfway across the country in State College, PA. That project required a ton of logistical consideration – can I bake and decorate a cake for 200 in my tiny Chicago apartment? Can I safely get said cake 568 miles across the country, while still getting there in time for the rehearsal dinner? Can I trust the caterers with the cake while I fulfill my bridesmaid duties? etc. etc.
It was incredibly stressful and I would be lying if I told you we (me and the cake) made it to the wedding in one piece and without a lot of tears, but in the end, the cake turned out beautifully, I made it to and was in the wedding as I was supposed to be, the bride and groom loved it, and it was an incredible honor to have been able to do it. BUT, I would not recommend you try this at home.
What's one baking pan/tool/supplies item you can't live without?
Do I really have to pick just one?! Honestly, I would recommend that everyone invest in parchment paper. It is SUCH a versatile kitchen tool. It makes your baking experience better and easier, it can even make prep cleaner and more efficient, you can use it as a decorating bag (which I will teach you in the upcoming Cupcake Decorating workshop!), you can use it to smooth your icing on your cake, and on and on.
We know you volunteer your time and skills to make cakes for terminally ill children through Icing Smiles. How did you get involved with that group and what's your greatest joy about making cakes for kids?
Icing Smiles is an incredible organization that I’m honored to be a part of! The mission is to provide cakes to children and the siblings of children suffering from critical illnesses. Although it may seem unimportant to outsiders, a custom celebration cake can provide a brief moment of escape from the daily stresses associated with battling these illnesses. I also love that the organization includes the entire family unit – when a child is diagnosed with a critical illness, it is not that child who suffers, but also his or her siblings, who sacrifice the attention of their parents during this trying time.
A simple Google search pointed me in the direction of Icing Smiles, and I love that they accept more amateur bakers like me, as well as professional bakers, who create incredible 3-dimensional sculpted cakes.
There are absolutely no words I can use to describe the humbling feeling I get every time I deliver an Icing Smiles cake. The families are always SO appreciative and thankful, but I truly think I get more out of the experience than they do. It is an incredible honor to be able to use my skills and talents to brighten someone’s day, and it feels like such a small drop in the bucket compared to the stress and challenges these parents and children face on a day-to-day basis.
Pressure / Milk & Bone
Coming Home / Leon Bridges
Prisoner / Jordan Bratton and Chance The Rapper
Santa Fe / Beirut
So Good To Me / Chris Malinchak (Radio Edit)
Jubel / Klingande
Paddling Out / Mike Snow
Hazey / Glass Animals
Frivolous Life / Yes You feat. Marcus Azon
Smug / Polica
Tessellate / Ellie Goulding
Move Together / James Bay
In Repair / John Mayer
Fortunate Fool / Jack Johnson
A Love Song / Garth Stevenson
Sea of Love / Cat Power
Silk / Giselle
Walking With A Ghost / Tegan And Sara
Gooey / Glass Animals
No Way Down / The Shins
No Way No / Magic!
We Used to Wait / Arcade Fire
When They Fight, They Fight / Generationals
Cameras / Matt and Kim
6am / Fitz and The Tantrums
1940 / The Submarines (AmpLive Remix)
My Type / Saint Motel
Wandering Star / Polica and Mike Noyce
Sound & Color / Alabama Shakes
Turning / Meg Mac
Rivers and Roads / The Head And The Heart
Belles / Andrew Bird
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It's been a wonderful first year of workshops, collaborations, learning new skills and making new friends and we want to celebrate with you! Come socialize with us while we enjoy a few of our favorite things - iced tea, light picnic fare, donuts, corn hole, croquet, and hammocking!
When: Sunday, June 28th, 2-5pm
Where: Palmer Square Park in Logan Square (east end - Humboldt Blvd.)
We'll see where the afternoon takes us...hopefully across the street to Parson's afterwards for negroni slushies!
Please RSVP for each guest so we can plan food & drink accordingly.
Midnight / Coldplay
Walk On The Wild Side / Lou Reed
Son Of A Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield
We Used to Wait / Arcade Fire
Steal You Away / Gold Spectacles
My Type / Saint Motel
Foods Gold / Fitz and The Tantrums
Lean on / Major Lazer feat. MO & DJ Snake
Pools / Glass Animals
California Soul / Marlena Shaw
You Don't own Me / POLICA
Feels Like We Only Go Bakcwards / Tame Impala
Gold / Chet Faker
Soft Shock / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Forever / Ben Harper
Uno / Deuter
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We're excited to join our friends at PINT for a Friday Happy Hour that the whole family can enjoy! On Friday, May 22nd, bring your little kiddos to Heritage Littles in Lakeview from 4-5pm for an afternoon of kid-friendly yoga and hands-on juicing demos and tastings with PINT. Enjoy samples of PINT's delicious Almond Milk, which pairs perfectly with the variety of delicious cookies from Mindy Segal's Hot Chocolate that will be available for purchase at the event.
Yoga photos by Lauren Butterfield of A Little Photo Studio; juice & milk photos courtesy of PINT
Fool / Perfume Genius
Blackbird / Boyce Avenue
Daydream / Youth Lagoon
Santa Fe / Beirut
Heartbreak / Clubfeet and Chela
Wonder What You're Doing For The Rest of Your Lift / Train and Marsha Ambroslus
Ship To Wreck / Florence + The Machine
I See My Mother / POLICA
With You / Flight Facilities
Mouthful of DIamonds / Phantogram
Things Happen / Dawes
Black Sun / Death Cab for Cutie
'Cause I'm A Man / Tame Impala
Tenerife Sea / Ed Sheeran
John My Beloved / Sufjan Stevens
A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning (Less) Process / Stars Of The Lid
Brandy Alexandar / Feist
Ms / alt-J
Daydream / Youth Lagoon
Cannons / Youth Lagoon
10,000 Emerald Pools / BORNS
Pull My Heart Away / Jack Penate
If I Could Change Your Mind / Haim
Crave You feat. Giselle / Flight Facilities
Genesis / Grimes
Smug / POLICA
Resolution / Matt Corby
One And Only / Adele
Like I'm Gonna Lose You / Meghan Trainor
Recycled Air / The Postal Service
Deep / Citizen Cope
A Love Song / Garth Stevenson
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We're convinced that yoga is the perfect activity before you dive into practicing calligraphy. Andrea led us through a relaxing flow in the sun-light Greenhouse Loft space. After yoga, we refueled with delicious juice from PINT and practiced calligraphy basics under the guidance of Alissa Mazzenga from Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy. Check out the playlist below, and as always, you can listed to our yoga jams on Spotify.
XO / John Mayer
Roll Up Your Sleeves / Meg Mac
If She Wants Me / Belle & Sebastian
Forrest Gump / Frank Ocean
Duvan / Amason
Uma / Panama Wedding
Holding Up Balloons / Graham Candy
Fade Out Lines (radio edit) / The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer
Wicked Games (radio edit) / Parra for Cuva
The Last One Standing / Tep No
2 Heads / Coleman Hell
Beggin for Thread / Banks
Gunshot / Lykke Li
Mistakes Like This / Prelow
Lost / Frank Ocean
Sex And Candy / Maroon 5
Let Her Go / Jasmine Thompson
Last Sunday, we learned all about essential oils from doTerra Wellness Advocate Katie Henry of Starting Smart. Katie diffused a blend of relaxing oils in the air and incorporated them into breathing and stretching exercises during Andrea's vinyasa yoga class. After yoga, she led us in an educational seminar where we learned about the health benefits of individual oils while we inhaled and sampled the different scents. She even baked cookies for us using the doTERRA cinnamon bark oil! This recipe was too good not to share (and relatively healthy too). Enjoy!
Banana Oat Cookies with doTERRA Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
4 cups of oats
8 tablespoons of agave
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (you can also use almond meal)
3 drops of Cinnamon Bark doTERRA essential oil
**option to add 8 tablespoons of cacao power**
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
2. Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the agave and oats and mix throughly. Add in the flour and mix again until smooth.
3. Spoon mixture into your hands, rolling into 1-inch balls, then place on a baking tray.
4. Place tray in the oven and bake around 15-20 minutes, until crisp.
5. Let cookies cool, then enjoy!
Inspired by a recipe from Kris Carr
If you'd like to learn more about doTERRA essential oils, or make a purchase, visit Katie's page!
For those of you that don't know Tiffany Wong, you should - she's the kind of genuine spirit that lights up the room she walks into and puts everyone at ease. She's not only gorgeous on the outside, but kind, funny, and extremely talented - a singer, songwriter, and artist among many other labels. After a few Instagram comment exchanges and an introductory email, Natalie and I made our way up to Tiffany's beautifully decorated home on a snowy January day for Yoga+ chat over hot tea. Homemade art was strewn throughout the space as good vibes swirled about.
On Sunday, April 26, we'll gather at Antique Taco's brand new event space, The Guest Room, for a lesson in watercolor basics lead by Tiffany, yoga, Antique Taco's signature rosemary margaritas and more. A few spots left; find the link to purchase your ticket below the interview!
Tell us about your journey to watercolors - is it a passion that you've had since childhood or a new interest that has developed in your adult life?
I don't know if I ever painted with watercolors growing up! My childhood comprised of other art expressions, but not watercolor painting in particular. I picked up an amateur watercolor kit in the winter of 2013 and decided to do a watercolor doodle every day of the month of December. I posted it daily onto my @instatiffanywong Instagram account and called it #tiffanywongartmas. After the 31 days, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and also how much everyone responded to it. I haven't stopped painting since!
What do you love about working with watercolors? How would you describe your style?
I love that it's tangible. I can work with brushes, paint, paper and create something that wasn't there before. Being also a singer-songwriter, I appreciate the contrast between music being abstract/audible and painting being more kinesthetic/immediate. I also love sitting by the window and being able to focus on one thing quietly. In such a distracting world, it's really nice to have a moment to do something that feeds my soul. I would describe my painting style as clean, minimal, and whimsical.
In order to create your first EP album last fall, you ran a successful Kickstart campaign. Congrats! You also created custom watercolor pieces for crowd funding rewards. Can you share a bit about your experience about crowd funding and creating so many individual pieces of art for the rewards?
Thank you! The experience was wonderful and strenuous all at the same time! I was amazed at how many of my friends, family, and total strangers supported me through the Kickstarter campaign. It showed me how it feels to be part of the larger community of artists and to be supported by people who just want to cheer me on to pursue art and music. One of the funnest part of it all was being able to paint the different pieces for my supporters and to mail them off to all across America and internationally too. I've done more than 50 pieces of original art for the campaign, and I'm still wanting to paint more!
What does your support network look like as an artist in Chicago?
Just through my Kickstarter campaign, so many of my friends supported me with their amazing skills and talents. My church, Missio Dei - Lincoln Square, has been my primary support. They keep me feeling loved and always are looking out for opportunities for me! My community is a big reason why I am pursue my love for art and music. They have loved me and encouraged me from the beginning, and it's good to know that I am not alone on this journey.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
My hope is to be financially supported by my art this year. The dream is to be able to do what I love and to be able to pay my bills with it!
What's one of your favorite places in the city?
Not to seem like a total home body, but I love my apartment that I share with my roommate Jaclyn Simpson! It's always peaceful and has incredible natural light. Jaclyn and I love hosting; so on any given day people will be over hanging out and eating. I also love Lincoln Square particularly in the summer. The apartment is only a couple minutes walk from the Square, and going to the weekly farmer's market on Thursday evenings is the absolute best!
We met Katie Henry of Starting Smart Wellness earlier this year and she is a total gem. Bright, positive, and the kindest spirit. What stood out most to us was the sense of joy she exudes when sharing her knowledge about doTERRA essential oils. Through education, Katie empowers others to be knowledgeable about natural remedies and take more control of their healthcare and wellbeing.
We couldn't be more excited to partner with her for two essential oil 101 workshops on Sunday, April 12th at Brique, the gorgeous new event space from Boutique Bites. Read on to learn more about her experience with doTERRA, incorporating essential oils in her everyday life, and her multi-faceted business.
Tell us more about your business, Starting Smart Wellness.
Starting Smart believes one can always start fresh on a path towards health, wellness and ability. In a loving and compassionate way, Starting Smart combines the principles of physical therapy and the mind body connection of yoga to offer a hands-on, personalized therapeutic experience. To support your entire family’s health and wellness, Starting Smart also offers education, doTERRA essential oils and wellness consultations. Starting Smart empowers people to take control of their healthcare. I am passionate about health, wellness and working with children. I am inspired daily by the children, families and individuals I work with. With a love of life and a passion to heal, I seek to inspire others the way my clients inspire me.
How were you first introduced to essential oils? What are some of the benefits you've seen since incorporating them into your own life?
I was introduced to essential oils in general through yoga and then to doTERRA essential oils from my friend, Sarah. I have found grounding and calm in my chaotic daily life. I have not gotten really sick (cross my fingers) since using essential oils. Working with children and running around teaching classes all day, I got sick several times a year for the past 6 years. I finally feel good. I also have more energy than ever even though I am busier than ever. I am able to finally sleep through the night (I have had insomnia and difficulty staying asleep for the past 10 years) and most importantly I am happy and healthier than I could've imagined and I feel empowered and in control of my healthcare.
How long have you been a doTERRA Wellness Advocate? What drew you to that company and their oils specifically? What makes them unique or better than other essential oil options out there?
I have been a doTERRA Wellness Advocate for almost a year now and it has truly changed my life. I have been using essential oils in my personal yoga practice and in my yoga classes as a teacher for the past 4 years. I knew I wanted to use pure and organic essential oils. I thought I was using good oils but then I learned about doTERRA. I looked at the ingredients of the essential oils that I had bought at a health store and realized I couldn't pronounce half of the ingredients. I knew there had to be something better. Thank god, I was introduced to doTERRA by my friend. Their oils are beyond organic. doTERRA Essential Oils are certified pure therapeutic grade and have a significant amount of science to support them. The science behind these essential oils was very important to me. doTERRA are the highest quality essential oils and they are also sourced from where the expert growers yield the best product. Also, doTERRA gives back to those people who use their products, supports those who do doTERRA as a business, donate money and time to people in the areas where the oils are sourced and have a whole charity Healing Hands. doTERRA is an amazing company with incredible products but the BEST part is the amazing people I have met through doTERRA...whether it's people I am doing business with or those sharing and using the products everyone is amazing.
What is your favorite thing about sharing your knowledge of essential oils and their many uses to a new audience?
I am very passionate about health and wellness. I love sharing all the benefits I personally have found with essential oils and all the stories of the people I have shared essential oils with. They have touched my life in many ways and have made positive impacts on so many people's lives. The absolute best part is empowering people to have a say in their healthcare. I love talking to a new audience about essential oils and getting people excited about the many ways essential oils can impact their life. Whether it's the oils themselves, doTERRA's vitamins and supplements, skin care, haircare and cleaning products, there are so many benefits of the natural pure certified therapeutic grade products that doTERRA has. There are many ways these oils can have an impact on your life and I love sharing that with people.
How can one incorporate essential oils into their yoga practice? Any recommendations on specific scents that are better for relaxation, rejuvenation, and energy?
Essential oils and yoga are a perfect combination. You can incorporate oils into your yoga practice and meditation practice. Some amazing oils to diffuse in the air while meditating are Sandalwood, Bergamot and Frankincense. Sandalwood is the best oil for meditation due to its grounding and uplighting properties as it still the mind and clarifies thought. Oils that are great for relaxing and oils I use in forward folds and savasana include: Lavender, Serenity (calming blend), Roman Chamomile, Majoram and Vetiver.
Oils that are good for grounding you include: Balance (the grounding blend which I personally use when I am practicing yoga), Clary Sage, Patchouli and Cinnamon. Oils that are rejuvenating include Citrus Bliss, Elevation Oils that are energizing and uplighting (these are oils I use in the beginning of class especially in a morning class) include: Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit (all the citrus oils), Citrus Bliss, and Peppermint.
Through Starting Smart Wellness, you work with children. Can you share a story of how essential oils have helped one of the children you work with?
At Starting Smart, I work with children for physical therapy. I incorporate essential oils into each client I work with whether it's physical therapy with the child, family's health concerns, enhancing my yoga clients relaxation, or my family and my friends. I have an amazing story from one of the children I work with. This little girl is nearly 2 years old and has a myriad of delays and always seemed to be sick. We had been using essential oils in our physical therapy sessions to help with her tight muscles and improve her circulation. Her mom was also using the essential oils with her other children for their ear aches, anxiety and ADHD. The mom called me almost in tears saying who grateful she was that she had the power to help her child instead of having to rush off the the ER and wait. She told me her daughter (the one I work with) was wheezy and barely able to breathe. Mom was about to carry her off to the ER but then she remembered she had her essential oils. She put some Breathe essential oil (the respiratory blend) on her chest and over her nose for her to breathe in and within a minute the child was able to breathe again. No trip to the ER and the child was able to breathe and slept through the night.
A testament from a friend and former client:
I never thought oils would be the solution to my medical problems and have always relied on medicine. After 26 years of being on constant medication and having to put up with side effects such as dry mouth, not sleeping as well, among so many others; I began to look for other solutions. Katie introduced me to doTERRA and I was of course very skeptical. We as a society have been taught that medicine is the only way to cure or help ailments. However, I don't think that many of us have taken a look back in time and realized that drug companies didn't always exist. I figured, why not! I'll give this a shot. The first time I used Peppermint oil? I could instantly breathe...that meant no more nasal spray. My next and biggest issue was sleep. Who doesn't have issues sleeping? I had major issues and would wake up every 1 to 2 hours per night. I bought a diffuser and oils and began running them at night and I found myself beginning to sleep for longer durations. I am now sleeping through the night if I place the oils on the bottom of my feet. I am 100% amazed what a simple oil can do and how it has drastically changed my life for the better. I can say I am off two of my meds and going to be off three of them in total after I am finished weaning myself off. This has been life changing for me and I could not be more grateful to Katie for introducing me to this wonderful product!
What's your favorite essential oil and what do you use it for personally?
I have several favorites but one of my favorite essential oil is Peppermint. I adore the smell and it has so many uses. I use it on my temples when I have a headache, in my latte for a delicious taste and no stinky coffee breath, rubbing on my stomach when I have stomach pain or nausea, diffuse in the air with some of the citrus oils or basil for focus and energy, and simply opening the bottle and taking a deep breathe in.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with essential oils. We can't wait to learn more at our workshops on April 12th!
In our upcoming workshops, each guest will take home an introduction to Essential Oils Kit, including 5 ml bottles of three of doTERRA's most popular essential oils: Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint (a $30 value!), in addition to oil samples for your individual health concerns. Read about the 101 uses for the oils introduction kit!
Take 10% off of our upcoming essential oils workshops with Katie using the code' NAMASTE'. Read the full class description here, grab a friend, and reserve your spots below!
On March 2nd we went from detox to retox. Andrea taught a yoga class accompanied by the below playlist, then we tried our hands at a few classic cocktail recipes under Micah Melton's guidance. Not a bad Monday night, not bad at all.
Lost In The Light / Bahamas
Harlem / Cathedrals
Coffee / Sylvan Esso
Coming Home / Leon Bridges
Murmurs / Hundred Waters
I'm Ready / Twin Shadow
Fade Away / Susanne Sundfor
Time To Run / Lord Huron
Black Rivers (In My Mind) / Kate Miller
Islander / Robyn Sherwell
All We Do / Oh Wonder
Fortunate Fool / Jack Johnson
Apologies / Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Your New Twin Sized Bed / Death Cab for Cutie
Warning Sign / Coldplay
Warwick Avenue / Duffy
In Repair / John Mayer
Yoga jams from this past Saturday morning's vinyasa flow in The Winchester's brand new second story Sun Room. After class, we shared a meal and conversation around the communal table in their main dining room while sampling some of the Winchester's best brunch plates.
When I Get My Hands On You / The New Basement Tapes
Flower / Cody Simpson
Swing / Zero 7|
I'm Ready / Geographer
Dearly Departed / Shakey Graves featuring Esme Patterson
Sugar / Maroon 5
Say My Name / ODESZA, Zyra
What Kind of Man / Florence + The Machine
Earned It / The Weeknd
Sparks / Coldplay
Orange Sky / Alexi Murdoch
Everything / Ben Howard
Svefn - G - Englar / Sigur Ros
Andrea taught an extra-challenging yoga class at our workshop with MANE Salon. She was determined to have us work up a sweat prior to our post-workout hairstyling workshop. Check out the tunes we flowed to at the event below!
New York I love you, but you're brining me down / LCD Soundsystem
Heart Beats Slow / Angus & Julia Stone
Any Emotions / Mini Mansions, Brian Wilson
Heaven / New Navy
Flashed Junk Mind / Milky Chance
10,000 Emerald Pools / BORNS
Burning Gold - Autograf Remix / Christina Perri, Autograf
Losing You / Solange
Our Own House / MisterWives
Ohio - filous Remix / Damien Jurado
2 Wicky / Hooverphonic
Georgia / Vance Joy
Suffering / The War On Drugs
Take the Night Off / Laura Marling
Welcome to the Jungle / Novo Amor
Tunes from our detoxifying evening of candlelit yoga at Owen+Alchemy, right before we dove into tasting their juice line-up and receiving one-on-one herbal medicine consultations with O+A's resident herbalist, Giselle Wasfie.
Bones / DeYarmond Edison
505 / Arctic Monkeys
It Gets Better / The Preatures
Good Intent / Kimbra
Mother & Father / Broods
Lay Your Cards Out / POLICA
Right Now / TV On The Radio
Fences / Phoenix
Tropical Chancer / La Roux
Luna / Bombay Bicycle Club
Sun / Two Door Cinema Club
Lonely One / Dresses
Orange Blossom / Gardens & Villa
Wait For Love / Tweedy
Bloodsport / Raleigh Ritchie
Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is A Season) / Nina Simone
We've rounded up our own holiday gift guide this year, highlighting some of our favorite Chicago makers and places, among others. While this season is not about gifting, these are some of the ways we like to treat ourselves or the ones we love throughout the year. Enjoy!
This Grey Infinity Silk Scarf in Gold Speckle Pattern from Argaman & Defiance makes us swoon. We partnered with A+D founder Lydia Crespo for a natural dye workshop earlier this year. It was so fun to get a peek into her creative process and all guests took home a gorgeous olive green ombre scarf (dyed with purple online skins!). Her scarves are delicate and elegant, and we can't wait to build or own collection.
When it's time to pamper, we like to head to the NoMi Spa in Chicago's Park Hyatt hotel. They use Butter London nail lacquers and even with just booking a simple mani or pedi, you'll get access to all of the spa's great amenities. And the basic manicure even comes with a small seasonal bite and refreshing beverage from the NoMi Kitchen! Make sure to plan extra time for a session in the steam room beforehand and a soak in the hot tub afterwards. Or better yet, book the appointment with one of your girlfriends and make a relaxing afternoon out of it. Once you're all cleaned up, I'd recommend heading across the street for a drink in the RL bar. Our friend Megan is one of those always in-the-know gals, and she clued us in to this awesome deal, if you plan the time to milk it for all it's worth :).
If you have a young child, nice or nephew that you want to spoil, the Bennet Balance Bike is the coolest gift around. Designed by the team behind Heritage Bicycles, this bike's frame is made from recycled milk jugs and comes in a variety of colors. When our nephew Colter is old enough to fit on a balance bike, he'll be receiving one.
I'm on a mission to fill my home with more plants, and the faceted terrarium from West Elm is one of my favorite vessels. Stuck on how to make it look as good as the picture above? I recommend brining it to the friendly folks at Sprout Home. There you can pick out your own succulents, air plants, geodes and other goodies to fill the terrarium, and their staff will help you select and pour the right kind of rock/soil for a minimal potting fee. You've got a new centerpiece for your dining table!
The Sunday Suppers Cookbook is on my Christmas list this year. With beautiful photography and a collection of recipes for small gatherings, this is a book I'd keep out on display for frequent use!
Delancey: A Novel - I'm a big Molly Wizenberg fans. In fact, I think Orangette might have been the first blog I ever started reading and her first book, A Homemade Life, has a great way of blending personal stories in with meaningful recipes. In her second book, Molly talks about the pizza restaurant she opened in Seattle with her husband Brandon.
We attended our sweet friend Rachel's wedding in Austin last April and it was one of the most beautiful events we've ever experienced. Rachel shared photos from her wedding on her blog, Coffee + Tacos, and the monogrammed Clare Viver coin pouches she gifted her bridesmaids (pictured above) were the cutest things ever (we're big Clare V. fans in the Pavela household). I think this would make such a sweet gift for your mom, sister, or one of your girl friends!
For the love of copper! These copper Moscow Mule cups are the coolest. I picked one up for my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago at a thoughtfully curated bar shop called The Proper Pour (housed inside an artisan food market called The Source in Denver), but they are also sold online! It looks so nice with his barware collection and I already want to snag another one to complete the set...or to use as a succulent planter.
And speaking of planters, I'm in love with this handmade hanging copper bowl. I bought a large hanging donkey tail succulent a few weeks ago and have been searching for a pretty vessel to rescue it from a plastic case with metal string. This would be the perfect change up, though pretty pricey. Credit goes to Wit+Delight for turning me on to Dot+Bo and this awesome planter!
And from our kitchen to yours, recipes from our family heritage and gatherings so thoughtfully compiled by our amazing older sister Danielle. This is such a treasured collection of important recipes that we'll pass down for generations. Danielle recently made the book available for purchase! Read what the book means to her and find links to purchase on her blog!
Happy Holidays friends!
Tunes from pre-coffee cupping yoga in Heritage Littles last weekend below and on Spotify!
- Let It Go / James Bay
- Lady Daydream / Mr. Twin Sister
- Ghost / Sir Sly
- Ghostwriter (Remix) / RJD2
- Sonsick / San Fermin
- If I Could Change Your Mind / Haim
- First / Cold War Kids
- Dissolve Me / Alt-J
- Young Blood / Bea Miller
- Bad Habit / The Kooks
- Prince Johnny / St. Vincent
- You're The Best / Wet
- Here with Me / Susie Suh, Robot Koch
- Thinking Out Loud / Ed Sheeran
- Powerful Stuff / Sean Hayes
- All The Pretty Girls / Kaleo
- Coming Home / Wild Child
- La Femme D'argent / Air
Check out jams from our October yoga class in Penrose's barrel room below and on Spotify! A perfect group of tunes to start off an afternoon of yoga before diving into learning about the brewing process and tasting all the delicious varietals Penrose Brewery produces.
Hang With Me - Acoustic Version / Robyn
Brandy Alexander / Feist
Hold Me Down / Mansionair
Learn to Fly (feat. Jordan Rakei) / FKJ, Jordan Rakei
Frivolous Life (feat. Marcus Azon) / YesYou
Love Lost / Temper Trap
Heartbreak / Clubfeet, Chela
MoneyGrabber / Fitz and The Tantrums
Disparate Youth / Santigold
California / Delta Spirit
Gun Has No Trigger / Dirty Projectors
One More / Elliphant, MO
Hummed Low / Odessa
Why / Andrew Bird
Into The Mystic / Van Morrison
Heartbeats / Jose Gonzales