November Favorites

1. Lebkuchen

2. Christmas decorations

3. Sweaters are out

4. Figured out a display

5. Cinnamon candles


What did you love in November?


Goodbye November







This month has flown by so quickly, I honestly don't even remember everything that's happened. Fall finally hit in it's entirety, and the festive season as well. Everything's a bit busy, and not necessarily in a negative way. November has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and I'm ready for a nap. I want to be completely prepared for December. It's only tomorrow. Who's ready?



Happy Thanksgiving






Happy Thanksgiving!

If you celebrate, of course. I'll be spending my day with extended family, and my evening with Christmas decorations and music, or possibly playing The Nutcracker rehearsals in the background. I could do both, really.

I'll admit that I didn't make pumpkin bread for today. Pie is the tradition, so pie it is, though I honestly prefer the bread. Don't tell my family. I'll leave the recipe I used below (you can also find it here), in case anyone wants to give it a shot on their own. Hoard your own pumpkin bread. I'm not judging. It's a slightly vague recipe in parts though. You've been warned, but really you can just wing it.

You'll Need:
3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. each nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon (add more than that if you'd like)
1 1/2 c. each granulated sugar and packed brown sugar
1 c. oil (vegetable, canola, whatever)
2 c. canned pumpkin
4 eggs
1. c each raisins and nuts (optional)


To Bake:
1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the sugars, mixing well.

2. Mix dry ingredients with the oil and pumpkin, stirring until well combined.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, blending thoroughly. Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 to 60 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and place bread on a wire rack to cool.


Hope you're enjoying your day!


The Nutcracker Rehearsal





The Royal Ballet has just finished the live stream of their rehearsal for The Nutcracker. I thought I'd leave it here in case anyone wanted to see it. I missed it myself (Thanksgiving prep y'all), but I'm probably going to watch it tomorrow when I decorate. The Nutcracker is definitely one of my favorite Christmas traditions, and I don't have plans to see it in person this year. Bless the internet, am I right? 

Enjoy!


Cashmere




You're really going to see just how far in advance I can plan and prepare for things. I think I need to stop that. I think I also need to retire these jeans. I'm not really into them so much lately, or jeans at all for that matter. Anyway, hello old hair, and hello "new" sweater. This was another piece that wasn't being worn before I swooped in a saved it. It's my only cashmere sweater, and I really get the cashmere thing now. It's so lovely. It's a bit oversized, of course, and it's the softest thing I own. This is possibly an option for Thanksgiving tomorrow (!!). I'll keep it in mind while I'm spending my night baking pies.


Doodle Every Day








If I remember correctly, the rest of these illustrations will be posted in larger clumps like so. That's just how it's worked out. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with these. They accurately represent everything I'm happy about right now: Thanksgiving, decorating for Christmas, Christmas, cozy clothes, and suits. Sure, that's about it. I'm just so surprised at how quickly this project is coming to an end! I've got over three hundred illustrations (obviously). You should see the stack.

I keep saying it, but I'm just so happy about this time of year. We're finally at that really hectic time of year as well though. I hadn't really thought about that aspect. Now is the time for planning and baking, and if you live in this house, laying down a new floor. Not so fun, not my idea, but luckily, I'm happily distracted by sweet dogs and all things Christmas. I suppose I should feel guilty for mentally skipping Thanksgiving, but it's been so hard not to. As I type this, I'm watching a Christmas themed episode of an unnamed show that I'm embarrassingly obsessed with rewatching. It's not Gilmore Girls this time.

I hope your week is treating you well. Is there anything you're really excited about lately?


Christmas Decor Wishlist


Thanksgiving is only days away, and that means my Christmas decorations will be up by the end of the week! I'm so excited, and though I've already rounded up the perfect decorations for my small space, it's always fun to look at more. Though I'm personally on a pretty tight budget, and I managed to come in under $15 (it's a really small space, and I already had a few things), I thought I might as well look at some things that are a bit pricier, and share them here. It's close to buying, right?

I don't think it's a secret that I love candles, and one day (crossing my fingers for next year) I'll have space to set aside a corner full of those tree candles. Green and white. They're a dream. Tapers and pillars are a must as well. I've somehow come into possession of quite a few candle holders, so why not fill them with gold and red?

I'm the kind of person who likes to bake every cake in a bundt pan. Bundt pans are the best pans, and Nordic Ware stole my heart ages ago. I dream of Nordic Ware bundt pans. The more ornate, the better (I accidentally typed "batter" and laughed for awhile). 

I think the gold bunting would look lovely intertwined with some greenery, lights are always fun, and as my old wreath has seen it's last season, this gorgeous pick from Williams-Sonoma looks like a nice replacement. As usual, everything above is listed below:



Is there anything on your decor wishlist?


*This is not a sponsored post. I do not own the images in this post.


Burberry Pre-Fall '16







Can we discuss this? It's basically flawless. Heavy coats and flares trousers are all I want to live in, and the dresses are the perfect mix of structure and ease. 

I picked out a few of my favorites above, but you can find the rest of the collection here.


*This is not a sponsored post. I do not own the images in this post.


Currently


I didn't realize how horribly messy my hair is in this photo. I swear it's fine. It's movement. Anyway, it's been a minute since my last currently post (a little over three months), so I thought I'd do a little update. I've also only just realized how similar the photographs are. Wow, whoops!

Reading: I'm really ashamed, because outside of blogs, I haven't been reading much. I've strayed from books lately, because I haven't really had an opportunity to sit in silence with a book. I do read a ton of blogs though, and I've filled my Amazon wishlist with over 200 books. I fell into a hole one night.

Watching: I started rewatching Gilmore Girls. I haven't seen it in years, and I'm on season two, and I'm just rekindling the love. I've also been watching loads of old black and white films. 

Doing: I've been painting a lot, like always, and I've been going through my oils. I've remembered that I hate oil paint a lot. I'm still going to use what I've got, but I really hate it. I've stocked up on my Christmas supplies, and I'm trying to sort out what to do to celebrate. By do I mean illustrate. I've also been listening to Christmas music already, and I'm brainstorming blog ideas for 2016.

Loving: It's my favorite time of year, and it's much easier to feel content. I love the crisp air and layering up. It's the first year I've ever struggled with the early nights, but I'm finally used to it, and I'm just really feeling pretty good you guys. It's nice.


What have you been up to?


Going On In November



Here are a few little things I've been thinking a lot about lately. I finally found a couple decent bras without padding, and I'm in heaven. It's a miracle. I've been thinking a lot about furniture, nothing new there. I'm really in love with old, ornate couches, but I'm starting to think it's not something I should plan on any time soon. My future place needs something comfortable. I don't think that's such an outrageous idea. And of course, it's time for Holiday food. Comfort food as well. I indulged quite a bit over the weekend, and some running time was very much needed. All is well, though I'm just realizing that I've got pies and breads to bake, and with adulthood comes responsibility and obligations to attend extended family gatherings because you have no excuse not to. 'Tis the season, and just give me all the lebkuchen.


Favorite Fall Scents





It's honestly just two. When Fall arrives and the holiday season sets in, I have an obsessive need to have pumpkin and cinnamon scents lingering in my space. It's a pretty strong contrast to the fresh scents I use throughout the rest of the year, but it's ingrained in my seasonal routine at this point. There's something so comforting about sitting down to illustrate with a sweater and a pumpkin pie candle burning in the background, as I am now. 

I mentioned earlier in the year that I'm making an effort to ditch using jarred candles. The waste isn't worth it. However, the tiny Bath & Body Works candle, that was free might I add, was too good to resist. I'll have to find a way to reuse this. Aside from that, I've just purchased a cinnamon stick pillar for December, and I've stocked up on wax melts to get me through winter. Something about the light from the warmer in the evening really sets the tone.

I'm just so thrilled about the time of year!


Sweater Chat




I think this week in posts is going to be a cozy one. Let's catch up and talk about what we love about this time of year.

Today I want to talk about sweaters. I've never met someone who didn't harbor a love for sweaters. This one above is new and old. I think I'm mentioned before that my mother and I sometimes swap clothes. She was going to get rid of this gorgeous work of art, but I swooped in and saved the day. Really though, how cozy does this look? I haven't actually had the chance to wear it yet, but it's finally getting cooler, and as I type this, I'm remembering that I need to move my sweater collection back to the front of my closet. That's exciting!

Back to this one. I'm assuming it's from Target, and the yarn almost bubbles. It's the sweetest color, and I'm still so in love. For a girl who wears quite a lot of black, it's a bit strange that most of my sweaters are some shade of oatmeal/light gray/etc.

While I'm here, I want to reiterate swapping clothes. It's a great idea when you have pieces you want to get rid of. I know that I'd much rather give something away than have it end up in a landfill. Give it a try some time. However, if you're looking to purchase a sweater or two, you can find some I've been eyeing up here, here, here, and here.

I hope Monday is treating you well.


I Love Tube Watercolors (A Ramble)


I've recently fallen hard for tube watercolors, and it's a real love. They're the best, and they're really so efficient. Using them from the tube is great for a sharp pigment, but I really love the fact that I can squeeze a bit into a tray, and then I've got this solid pigment to use. I don't know, this might not make sense, but I finally get it.

I've never actually gone out to buy tube watercolors myself. My collection is a mix of hand-me-downs from a couple different people who had never really used them for various reasons. I'm okay with this. I mean, I know I'm not painting huge pieces every day, but I do paint every day, and I don't know when I'll even need to restock my watercolor arsenal. Need is the keyword though. I miss roaming around for art supplies. I haven't done that in ages. 

That's the thing about small towns. I really love living in the country most of the time, but then I think about how nice it would be to walk just a few blocks to gaze longingly at the biggest canvas options in my spare time. I think about travelling, but I don't really know what I'm doing with that, like most people my age. Who ever really knows what's going on?

This is where I admit that I'm writing this at four in the morning, switching back and forth from Bloglovin' to YouTube to this gold. It's getting harder to type proper words, so I'll leave you with this: If you paint with watercolors, and you don't already, use tubes. Be efficient.

Okay.


Coveting: Coats

I think it's safe to say we can all drool over coat now. Though this may not be true for some, and it might've been true for others a long time ago, let's just go with now. Who doesn't love coats? I've found some I thought I'd mention here, and I've got a few different price points, though all are technically under $400. Coats are just expensive y'all, it's unfortunate. Let's continue...


Under $200






Under $300




Under $400








All of these coats are extremely versatile. The neutral colors go with most looks, and most of the cuts are pretty classic. I'm also pretty surprised by how "affordable" most of Zara's coat selection is. Go Zara. Although LaGarconne's sale is pretty fantastic considering, and I've already gone on about Free People here within the last week. Also I'm really late to the ASOS game, but I get it you guys. I get it. ASOS is good. ASOS is getting me visually ready for Winter.

Is anyone else really excited about wearing coats? Let me know.





Doodle Every Day








You know, you can't win 'em all. Actually, okay, I think I like most of these, but there are a couple I wish I didn't do. Such is life, right? In this nearly two week long set of illustrations, Halloween happened, short, red hair happened, and this blog post set my mind into a spin over green tile. I think I love it? In a shower, at least. As November moves on, I'm obsessing over cozy clothes, dark colors (nothing new), and trying to cope with daylight savings. I love Fall, and the cold weather, and even the long nights, but this is the first year it's really taken a toll on me. I swear it's getting darker earlier. The sun starts to set before five. It's dreamy outside though, and I actually got to wear my coat outside while letting the dogs out the other night. I should confess that it was only sixty-something degrees though. It's cold for Texas, or when you spend your days in a room that feels like an oven.

I'm just really happy it's been cold.





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