Nine Favorite Things.
We’re now one week into August…I hope everyone is enjoying these last weeks of summer! It feels like people are off traveling or camping more than ever, and especially this month! Everyone seems to be working hard at soaking up this last full month of lazy summer days!
Since we traveled a bit in July (Mexico and then our Alaska adventure), I’m home for a couple weeks before heading off to LA at the end of the month. I’m heading into town mainly for work. But hopefully to look at some areas to possibly find a part time home! I’m taking a couple days in the middle to go to Palm Springs for the weekend with my family for a little birthday surprise for Asher.
Asher’s birthday is August 30th and she’s turning the big 13! My mom and I have been trying to think of something fun to do that would be be a little different than the usual. Asher is big on travel and she loves Palm Springs, so we’re using my trip to LA as the perfect excuse for a weekend in Palm Springs to celebrate. It should be really fun!
Along those lines, I’m a little stumped on just what to get her this year. She’s currently eyeing designer hand bags…and yes, it’s all my fault.
Question: Any suggestions on cool birthday gifts for a 13 year old?
Moving along, this week was tricky. I had some “hate’ things happen on Instagram that were a lot to deal with for a couple days. Instead of dwelling on the negatives though, which I can tend to do, I’m instead focusing on three exciting things that happened this week!
First and most exciting, we finally made the decision to hire an interior designer to help up finish both the studio barn and my personal home. After years of trying to get it done ourselves (and just not having enough time), I’m so excited to finally be making moves in the right direction. This hopefully means a reveal for both spaces is coming soon! I’m sharing some design inspo below! Fingers crossed we can really get things done this time around!
Second exciting thing, well this actually happened before I left for Alaska, but I finally finished a huge project that I’ve been working on for over a year. I was way, way, past the final due date with this project. It felt so good to head to Alaska knowing I had gotten the hardest parts done. There’s still a little more to do, but I’m happy to have the big portions completed – and in. More on this project coming this fall!
And finally, the weather! For about four days straight it stormed and stormed here with super dark days that made capturing photos and video content incredibly hard. Thankfully, the sun peaked out Thursday afternoon and it’s looking like it’s here to stay for the next ten days. So happy about this! I just love a sunny Colorado summer day. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I’m so much more productive when it’s happy and sunny out!
Question: what are your plans for the remainder of August before all the craziness of September hits?
Let’s see, what else?! My younger brother Red and his longtime girlfriend, Hailey, made it here yesterday. They drove in from Lake Tahoe and are in town for a week or so. I love these two, so I’m excited to have them around. We’re going to celebrate Hailey’s 21st birthday sometime this week with a little dinner. I need to think up a fun menu for her. She’ll eat and try anything, so she’s really fun to cook for!
Coming up this week… A new summer pasta that’s Asher’s personal favorite. An insanely delicious ice cream cake that I’m so excited to share. A hearty new summer salad. And that fun cocktail I mentioned last week is finally coming your way!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…
watching…Jared & Genevieve Padalecki’s Family Farmhouse. Love, love the coziness of their home. Their kitchen and garden are a dream.
drinking…coffee mixed with Laird Superfood Performance Mushroom Powder. My brother Kai actually turned me onto this. He’s been putting it in his coffee for extra nutrients and says he really enjoys it. You don’t taste the mushrooms at all. It’s a blend of Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane and Maitake mushrooms. All of which have huge health benfits, like increased focus and everyday energy levels.
loving…Jenni Kayne’s Los Angelas home. I love the simplicity of this home, but yet the architecture and design elements are all so interesting and stunning. And the backyard is perfect.
loving…these Boll & Branch linen sheets. I’ve been using these on my bed all summer and they’re so light and breathable. Great for summer nights. Also, Boll & Branch is having a summer sale starting tomorrow. But, if you head to their site and use my special code Tieghan20 it will give you early access. You’ll receive to 20% off your order, plus, you’ll have first choice of their entire stock! This isn’t available anywhere else. So you can use this opportunity to get the items you want today…for less…and before others have access!!
listening to…Marianna Hewitt & Lauren Gores on the Skinny Confidential. My favorite podcast of the week. They talk tactics for success as creators, founders, and entrepreneurs.
reading…Byrdie. So many incredibly beauty articles. I can’t believe I’m just discovering this site.
emptied and re-ordering…the Augustinus Bader cleansing balm, Is Clinical pro healing serum, Tatcha the dewy skin cream, and Mutha body butter. You know their good products when you wipe them dry and then re-order.
dreaming of going to…Capri Palace in the south of France…oops a reader just pointed out that it’s actually in Italy (thank you!). What a stunning hotel! The south of France…and Italy…are high on my travel list. Have you ever been? We all need to go!
loving…the Kate Mcleod dry brush and body stone. I have the driest skin, especially when I am home in Colorado. I recently started using the Kate Mcleod set and have loved the way my skin feels. It takes a little extra time at night, but it’s worth it. Plus dry brushing is said to help with cellulite too!
loving… Tenerelli Orchards peaches (located outside LA) and then also, the Hood River Cherries. Some of the best two pieces of fruit I’ve eaten all summer. Lots of peach and cherry recipes coming soon!
ordered…these camis…in burnt clay and black.
listening to…Monica Padman on The Lady Gang. If you listen to podcasts, you probably know Monica Padman from Armchair Expert. I loved getting to hear her be interviewed for a change. Learning more about her personal story in such a fun, laid back setting was great.
ordered…these pretty Williams Sonoma Glow Tumblers. Future cocktails to come!
loving…these fun rain boots Mom and Asher bought in Alaska…Asher’s boots (in yellow…so Gillmore Girls!), mom’s boots (she bought the mens size 7 in navy/red). I’m thinking of joining them and buying these!
2. Top 9 peach, corn, and zucchini recipes…
sweet summer peaches
fresh summer corn
3. Affordable Home Finds from H&M.
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: If you could have a dog, what kind would it be and why?
a: Well I love an Alaskan malamute, but know they’re also a lot of work…but I’d still really like one! If not a malamute, then a golden retriever for sure! I just love bigger dogs, they feel more protective and friend-like to me.
q: What do you buy in bulk/consistently have on hand?
a: We buy so much in bulk. Either from Amazon, Thrive Market, or the grocery store when something is on sale. All of our baking supplies, olive oil, nuts/seeds, pasta, sauces. Anything that has a shelf life and that I regularly use we try to buy in bulk.
q: Have you ever tried painting? Like watercolors of some of your flower images?
a: Not since I was in middle school! I love to do anything crafty like painting, but not going to lie, I’m not a very good drawer/painter…unless it’s in say, a coloring book 🤷🏻♀️ But I do have fun doing both!
q: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
a: This is super hard because I’m really, really hard on myself. BUT I do love my drive and determination. I don’t ever take no for answer…but at the same time it can get me in trouble because I don’t easily “turn off”.
q: Best place to stay in Colorado during the summer? And also, must sees, do’s, and eats?
a: Colorado is soo pretty in the summer, but also very, very stormy. it’s been storming here for that last week, so I always say to come in late August or September. It’s always so beautiful then. Our leaves usually change that second or third week of September and it’s sooo pretty with full on sunshine 🍁 🌞
As far as towns, there are so many cute ones to explore. Aspen is always amazing. We all loving going there, and we love staying at The Little Nell! Then of course, there’s Breckenridge, and Steamboat too. I’ve never been, but my mom loves Telluride. Oh, and Crested Butte is the cutest little mountain town. My brother, Brendan, went to high school there. Super small but cute!
q: How do you handle negative feedback about your recipes?
a: If it’s legit feedback and something I can fix to make the recipe better/work more efficiently for people, I always adjust the recipe. If someone is clearly just hating on the recipe I ignore it and move on. People can be mean, especially on the internet, and I will not lie, some days it really affects me. But I try my best to let it roll of my shoulders and remember that whoever is having such an issue (and not being kind) is probably in a pretty bad place in their life. I always try to reply back with a respectful and kind comment, you’ve got to kill them with kindness.
q: Your favorite flower?
a: I have so many and it really changes with each season, but I think I love lilacs the most. I wish they bloomed longer!
q: What should I wear on a first date when it’s so hot?
a: I feel like you can never go wrong with a casual linen dress/little white dress plus a cute pair of slides. Add a fun bag to dress it up or down.
q: How did your parents meet?
a: High school!! They started dating the summer after my mom’s freshman year and my dad’s senior year.
q: What’s something random that makes you insanely happy?
a: fresh flowers and a sunny day, or a sunrise/sunset.
q: Where did you grow up/go to high school?
a: Rocky River, Ohio…as did my parents!
q: Is there a healthy food you hate?
a: straight green tea makes me gag 🤷🏻♀️
5. My Favorite Newly discovered Design Accounts.
M. Elle Design – based in Pacific Palisades, CA and run by sisters Marie Turner Carson and Emily Turner Barker. Their esthetics embrace the mood of a home, balancing elegance with comfort and livability. Also, I just love that this is a sister business. Nothing like sisters.
Vincent Van Duysen – the designer and architect behind that stunning Jenni Kayne home I talked about above. His simple and minimalist designs have a way of capturing your eye. He plays with light and mood of every space in such a stunning and creative way.
Clements Design – I especially love the outdoor spaces this duo has created. They have a nice balance of mixing simplicity with bold designs.
Atelier AM – vintage and country french vibes mixed with elegance. I love the attention to small details.
Jersey Ice Cream Co – I’ve followed these guys for years, but I just love the look of their french county side and vintage style designs.
Studio Lifestyle – a design firm with multiple designers, they’re a fun account to follow for different styles and inspiration.
If you’re looking for design inspiration in general, follow the account All Sorts Of run by the Amber Interiors team. They’ll often highlight designers both big and small, so it is a great resource for inspiration.
question: who do you love to follow for design inspiration? Anyone local to Colorado?
6. From my Camera Roll…
(smoky skies this week)
(my man – Oslo)
(my dad picked these for me while hiking – love them)
(favorite new APL slides)
(freshly picked from the yard)
(love this Summer Fridays body oil)
(sweet Hood River cherries)
(freshly picked arugula and herbs from the garden)
7. Favorite links I’m loving…
…the design is so unique.
…which show is on your list?
…we need to see them all!
…such a cool idea.
…lovely family home.
…man I wish I had a TJ’s closer to me.
…if you need tips.
…I’d gladly travel to any of these.
…such fun and easy ideas for date night.
…such doable and easy ideas.
…when done right, I love a little wallpaper.
…love these ideas.
8. Low Key Looks…
9. This week’s dinners + favorite weekend eats…
Wednesday: Caprese Pesto Tarts
Saturday: 5 ingredient Raspberry Peach Sherbet