Monday, August 18, 2014

Caramel Sailor + Giveaway Winner!

Hi guys!
I'm still in NJ visiting friends and family but will be flying back to Colorado this evening... definitely bittersweet!  
Outfit Details
Sailor Dress - c/o Oasap
Vintage Purse/ Sandals/ Sunnies - Mom gifts
Boater Hat - Brixton via Swell
*Outfit Photos by my mom!

    This darling sailor "dress" arrived at my parent's doorstep here in New Jersey (the beautiful one shown in these photos!) I love the color and babydoll cut, but there is no way this could ever be a dress on me so now its a cute new blouse instead.  Thank goodness for these little spandex shorts I bring with me everywhere.
    Even more impressive is my dad's tropical garden in front of the house!  There's even a baby pineapple growing there which you can kind of make out under the fringe of my purse in the 3rd and last photos!
    Last but not least, I want to announce the winner of my big Super Summer Giveaway that ended last week! (Drum roll please...) Congratulations to Jasmine Thomas!  I will be emailing your shortly so we can get you your prizes! :)
Have a great start to your week!
xo Hannah

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thistle Field

Hello hello!
   I did not fall off the face of the earth, as some of you may have suspected, but I'm actually home in New Jersey for the week!  I've had to keep it hush hush because I was flying home to surprise a friend for her bridal shower last weekend.  Anyway, I've been focusing more on catching up with friends and family than taking blog photos, but I had these saved from a fun lookbook shoot I did with Sunglass Warehouse a few weeks back.


Outfit Details:
Vintage Dress - for sale in the shop here!
Hat - Eddie Bauer
Sunglasses - c/o Sunglass Warehouse

You can see the full lookbook here, and read my interview over on their blog here!  I will try to update again shortly, but in the meantime, I hope you're enjoying these last days of summer!
xo Hannah

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sail Away

This outfit makes me feel like I should be on a beautiful sailboat cruising a coast in the Mediterranean Sea.  However, the most "Mediterranean" thing I probably did today was eat humus. Possibly straight out of the tub.  Possibly with my fingers.

Outfit Details:
Black Sunhat - Sears? (old)
Sailboat Dress - thrifted
Shoes - hand-me downs

This little wicker swing on our front porch is a great little spot to come hang with R after he gets off work and enjoy a beer. Especially since these beautiful pink hibiscus-looking flowers are in bloom! Anyway, this week is busy busy but I'm trying to keep things in perspective and soak up lots of sunshine!  
xo Hannah

p.s. Have you entered my super summer giveaway yet?  One lucky winner will get a $50 gift card to spend at my vintage shop, plus a custom flower crown and handmade fringe necklace!  Its open internationally and you have until this Sunday night to enter! :)
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Super Summer Giveaway!

Hi guys!  I am super duper excited to tell you about the giveaway I have lined up for you today!  What better way to ring in another dreaded Monday than with the chance to win free things, am I right?  To say a HUGE thank you for the love, sweet comments, and support I get from all of my lovely readers, I have decided to offer up a $50 gift card to my vintage shop!  The winner will also receive a custom designed flower crown in their favorite colors, and a handmade beaded fringe necklace!


All you have to do to enter is be a follower of this blog (via Google Friend Connect).  There are also a bunch of optional entry steps that you can do to increase your changes of winning!

This giveaway is opening internationally and anyone can enter! Thanks again for being the best readers ever!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Mountain Sun

Each time I come back to shoot blog photos on this little path in my neighborhood, these wild sunflowers are bigger and bigger.  Note to self when shooting on a dirt path though:  do not where stilettos.  I teetered around looking like a weirdo and sinking completely into the mud with each step I took.  I should just keep my mouth shut though and let you guys think I am graceful and sophisticated. 
Outfit Details:
Patchwork Jacket - c/o Oasap
Jeans - Volcom
Sunglasses - Lulu*s
Heels - Shoemint

Its been cool and rainy the past few days here, so I jumped at the chance to take both shop and blog photos as soon as the sun came out yesterday.  I threw on this beautiful quilted jacket I just got in the mail, even though it was already much too hot to wear it.  For anyone who runs any sort of online shop, you know that natural sunlight is best for product photos, but boy is it frustrating when you plan to shoot listing pictures and then its too dark and gloomy for days so your work is stalled.  I think I should probably just invest in a better indoor lighting situation so I'm not so dependent on the weather, but lack of sunshine isn't typically a problem here in Colorado!

Anyway,  I am completely baffled that August has already arrived.  Lots of fun things planned this month.  Cheers to making the most of summer while its still around!
xo Hannah

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tart Cherry Pie

I feel like a bit of a fake posting a pie recipe on the blog, since I have made a pie all of maybe three times in my life.  That said, this pie was delicious and this blog is for sharing, so I wouldn't want to hold out on you all. Also, I think I get major street cred for actually picking alllll the little cherries from the tree in our back yard.  Can't get any more local than that!

     So without further adieu, here's a super easy recipe for tart cherry pie.  Only bother serving this if you have a healthy portion of vanilla ice cream on hand.  The tart cherries with the sweet vanilla is heaven.  Also, as with most things, it helps if you have a beautiful assistant to help you out, especially with the tedious task of pitting a large amount of small cherries.  (Thanks R!)

Recipe by Felicia Amidon from Daves Garden here

Felicia's Famous Cherry Pie
(adapted from an old Betty Crocker recipe)
4 cups pitted tart cherries
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
(or 3 Tablespoons cornstarch)
juice of 1/4 lemon
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2-3 Tablespoons unsalted butter


Two 9 inch pie crusts

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F
2. Pie crust: you'll need a top and bottom crust
*I used store bought Pillsbury refrigerated crusts. 
3. Combine cherries, sugar, flour or cornstarch, and lemon juice.  Fit the bottom crust into a deep dish 9 inch pie plate, and mound the filling into the crust. Sprinkle with almond extract.  Cut the butter into bits and dot in on top of the filling.
4. You can either place the top crust over the fruit and cut some vent holes in it, or you can cut it into strips and weave a lattice top. Crimp the top and bottom crusts together around the sides, either shaping or trimming away any extra dough. 
*I cut a star shape in the middle and small holes to vent.
5. Put the pie in the oven and slide a cookie sheet on the rack below it to catch any juice that bubbles over. Do this even if you think your pie pan is so deep the juice could not possibly bubble over. It will.
6. Bake the pie at 425°Ffor 30 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°Fand continue baking another 15 to 30 minutes (allow up to 1 hour total baking time). The pie is done when the crust is nicely browned and thick juices are bubbling out of the vents in the top crust.
Let pie cool before cutting if you want pretty pieces. Warm pie, however, is delicious with vanilla ice cream, and nobody much cares how it looks.

*Mini Pies:
I used the leftover cherry filling I made to make some mini pies too!  Basically you follow the same exact recipe above, but use cupcake tins instead of big pie pans.  Also, the baking time will be shorter for these, so just keep on eye out until they turn golden brown on top! To make the miniature crusts, just roll out the dough and use something like the rim of a glass as a cookie cutter of sorts to cut out the mini top and bottom circles for the pie.  Put one mini circle crust on the bottom, fill 1/2 - 3/4 of the way full with the filling, and then press the top crust on and pinch the edges - voila! Mini pie!

**Also note:  These are not the large sweet cherries you usually find in grocery stores.  Its a backyard variety of cherries that are smaller and much more sour!

Enjoy!  What summertime treats have you been making?
xo H

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tangerine Dream

Just stopping in quickly to share a few more photos from my post over on the Flock Together Blog yesterday in case ya missed it!

 Outfit Details:
Dress Borrowed from TaylorVintage Blouse - for sale in my shop here!Vintage Purse for sale in my shop here!Black Boots - thriftedSunnies - c/o Sunglass WarehousePink Necklace - c/o Oasap

These purple thistle flowers that grow all over around here are so beautiful! That and the wild sunflowers that run rampant on the roadsides this time of year.  Summer please don't leave!
xo Hannah