Nine Favorite Things
Sometimes you just never know what the week is going to throw at you, and this week threw me a curve ball. I went from feeling like I didn’t have enough going on to feeling a little overwhelmed. But overwhelmed in the best way possible, with lots of excitement. Because as you guys know, I thrive on a busy schedule with just one too many things on my plate.
Let’s just say I’m never able to find the right balance. I either sway on the side of feeling like I’m not doing enough. Or I’m overwhelmed by the chaos of everything. I never seem to be in middle. Anyone else ever feel the same way?
Anyway, I happily have a fun overnight trip this week, 2 quick work trips coming next week, and then we’re planning a family trip in August before everything gets crazy with back to school and fall slowly setting in.
Can you believe we only have 1 full week left in July? Then we’re into August and basically, fall will be here, at least in planning. It seems every year by late August we’re happily awaiting the return of cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. These late summer days come and go so quickly but I’m really trying to enjoy them!
Oh, and I almost forgot, everyone is heading to southern California the first week of September for my cousin’s baby shower. We’ll all be there, which will be fun (and complete chaos). I’m excited to celebrate a new little baby (and it’s a girl!) coming into the Gerard family. We just keep getting bigger!
This week, I’ll be heading over to Aspen for a very quick trip with some of the family. In the summer Aspen is only about an hour and a half away over beautiful Independence Pass. I’m looking forward to walking around Aspen’s cute little town, taking Asher to do some shopping, and then heading back to settle into a cozy stay at The Little Nell. If you’ve traveled to Aspen, you probably know about The Little Nell. It’s one of the prettiest hotels right at the bottom of the mountain with quick access to the charming town of Aspen. I haven’t been in so long, especially in the summer. I’m sure it’s beautiful there right now so I’m excited to go! If anyone has Aspen suggestions (shops, foods, hikes, etc), please do share!!
Aside from that, just lots of cooking this week to get a little ahead in prep for days of travel. Plus working on some new projects that I’m excited about. Then on to August which is always one of the busiest months. We try to pack everything in before September hits!
That’s all for now, enjoy this week’s picks. As usual, I have a lot to share!
1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
loving…Staub ceramic dinnerware collection. I’ve never loved a dinnerware collection more. Staub got these pieces just right. I want to get the whole set, I have the dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and oval platter, but I need to get the mugs. LOVE this collection (plus, it’s currently on sale!).
loving…dad’s dahlias. He has them growing outside and I’ve been clipping them every other day to create small bouquets. They make me so happy. As does lighting this sweet ash candle from Snif. It’s one of my favorite scents.
everything in my cart…LOW. If you’re looking for a new swimsuit, I’m in love these this Tropic of C triangle bikini. It’s the driftwood shade, it’s super pretty. Also love this striped bralette bikini. And then, I adore the retro print on this Frankie’s Bikinis Enzo suit. If you’re shopping the Nordstrom sale, check out this Levi’s faux leather jacket. Also, this Clare V. suede tote, and definitely these Hunter rain boots (I have them and love them). And I love this Oseree open back one-piece swim suit.
This long maxi skirt from Mango is a great basic that’s on sale. Same with these black pants from Lioness. They’d be a chic office look with the matching corset top and blazer. If you need a white blazer, this one from J.Crew is on sale. Adore this long sleeve sheer top from Abercrombie, so pretty. This 525 collard daisy top would be super cute with a maxi skirt or jeans. And I have these Raquel high waist leggings from Splits59 in my Revolve cart. And last, Zara. Very into this summery white dress and satin effect mini dress.
listening to…Shea McGee on strategic growth as an interior designer on A Well-Designed Business podcast. I actually haven’t listened to this yet, but I’m looking forward to it! I have so much respect for what the McGee’s have built, and of course, their designs are beautiful.
dreaming of going to…Hidden Pond in Kennebunk Mane. This hotel in the fall looks magical. Would love to visit in October to see the leaves. Or maybe venturing out of the country and all the way to France. The Four Seasons Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat is stunning. Would LOVE to go and stay a week.
shopping…Tata Harper birthday sale. Get 25% off all orders. One of my favorite skincare brands. I love the eye serum the most.
reading…Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (well, my mom is). It’s about a high school senior, so maybe not for everyone, but well written and entertaining.
supporting…$5 challenge. ACF Adoptions is trying to win a $5000 grant by having the most individual unique donors. All of the funds raised will be used to subsidize special needs/medically complex adoptions and to assist pregnant and parenting women in crisis. Donate here.
testing…products for under-eye aging. My own personal pet peeve is the lines under my eyes that have slowly formed over the years. They drive me insane, so trying out some new products (slowly of course). Excited about Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules. I already have these and am prepped for the week ahead! I’m also reading this Vogue article, .(pricy, but I love this brand). Definetly ordering the . And
thinking about ordering…BeautyStat universal C skin refiner. I’ve heard so many good things. Plus Hailey Bieber swears by this product.
following…Elise Taylor. The senior living writer at Vogue. Experiencing her travels through her eyes is so inspiring. It’s just fun content that leaves you daydreaming. I found her through this story, . I love learning how others pack and plan for trips!
everything in my cart…HIGH. This Self Portrait floral midi dress is so pretty. It would be great for a wedding or a special night out. Eyeing these Khaite leather knee high boots for fall. If you’re looking for a perfect pair of simple, but pretty sandals, these Bottega Veneta heels in bitter chocolate are really cute. Or these Staud platform sandals for a more casual summer look. I have been looking for a new wallet, this black leather Gucci wallet is on my wish list. I love this Valentino halter dress. It’s a simple black dress, but the halter makes it special. Same goes for this stunning Balmain black velvet dress. The attention to detail makes this dress perfect. And from the Nordstrom sale, these Miu Miu square sunglasses are a must.
listening too…Unpacking Copenhagen fashion with Danish influencer Emili Sindlev. Love this episode of Friend of a Friend. Learning and listening about fashion trends excites me so much. Fashion is such a huge source of inspiration for me.
watching…The Bear on Hulu. Have you seen it? I’ve heard it’s a must-watch, but I have to say, I don’t love cooking shows. This sounds like more of a dram though.
2. Summer burrata recipes.
3. HBH Jewelry discounts for you.
I reached out to a few of my favorite jewelry designers and they kindly gave some incredible discounts for you all!
Maya Brenner – use HBH15 for 15% off all Collection Rings + a Free Travel Jewelry Case on orders placed now through August 1st. I LOVE the pave geo ring with black diamonds. An investment, but so pretty.
more jewelry to shop
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: do you ever eat out?
a: only when I travel! when I’m home, I’m cooking! my family will go out on nights when I haven’t cooked/or made desserts. my mom and Asher love the vibe/scene of eating out, so they’ll get the fam to go when I’m not cooking.
q: tell us about how all the adults kids live at the house together! None married??
a: OMG. this isn’t the case (though my mom would love it if it was), lol. everyone lives on their own excluding Asher and Oslo, who obviously are too young. Creighton and my cousin Abby have an apartment in SoCal, but as you can see, Creighton is here A LOT (he can’t stay away from Oslo). Trevor has a house in SoCal too. Brendan and his wife Lyndsie have a house outside LA with their baby, Bud. Kai and Red are ALWAYS traveling, but when they’re not they split their time between SoCal and here. I’m here in CO in my own house. We’re just a family that likes spending time together and fortunately, we’re able to get together often!
q: do you ever cook in your home kitchen?
a: every single night. I love my house.
q: favorite sauce in the whole world?
a: I could never pick just one. sauces make everything better. I just made a spicy mango sauce that I’m obsessed with. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to share it. I just didn’t like the photos of the dish it was paired with. we also love my buffalo sauce. Tzatziki is always good. a roasted red pepper sauce on pizza is a game changer. there are sooo many. I really can’t pick a favorite. depends on the day/food.
q: does it ever feel like everyone has made a recipe so why make another rendition?
a: Lol. honestly sometimes yes!!! but then I get into my head, I think about it and I put a new spin on the dish. I add this or that, somehow making it my own. usually, I think about the photo and how I want the food to look. how can I make this recipe unique to myself and my style? then I adjust the recipe from that visual I make in my head and usually I get a whole new dish that’s unique to me. it’s an odd process I could never fully explain. but I’m also a firm believer that everything has been done before, it’s how you create it that matters.
q: would you ever consider doing a cooking show?
a: yes! I’d love to. the right opportunity just hasn’t come yet!
q: what are your favorite pizza toppings?
a: honestly, the pizza diavola in the new HBH Every Day cookbook is probably my favorite. roasted red pepper sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and basil. classic, but the red pepper sauce makes it different. honestly though, I just love a cheese + pepperoni pizza.
q: do you grow any of your own herbs?
a: yes! in the summer we grow all of the herbs. basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, oregano, Thai basil, lemon thyme, lavender, chives, basically any herbs we can find + edible flowers.
q: sorry for the double ask, but you once posted a makeup account on IG?
a: Kelli Anne is the BEST! if you want to learn anything about makeup, follow her. her tutorials are the best on IG. she has soooo many tutorials already posted + the best product recommendations. and they are affordable product recommendations too! love her.
q: recipes that don’t require a kitchen? I spend a lot of time in hotels and just want good food.
a: head to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. stock up on produce, then get a few things from their deli bar/prepared foods bar + some sauces or dressing. make a bowl of food at the hotel with your favorite sauce/dressing. I’ll do this when I’m traveling and don’t have dinners out planned. if you’re doing a salad, use the greens container to shake up all your ingredients.
q: what are some things you do when you feel like your creativity is lacking?
a: right now, I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone more. more travel, new places, etc. I know we all can’t be doing that but it’s been really helpful for me to change up my day-to-day routine. it allows for new ideas to naturally come versus forcing ideas. of course, I can’t travel all the time, so when I’m stuck at home for a while and not feeling creative, that’s when I switch up the content I share. I’ll share something new with you all outside of the food space, like home decor or fashion. or I’ll switch up recipes and give myself a challenge (GF desserts, new-to-me cuisine, etc.). I’ll just do different things to allow new ideas to come naturally. and getting outside always helps. a walk around the block, a new hike, anything outside.
5. HBH x No Kid Hungry spatula for Williams-Sonoma.
I am so excited to share my No Kid Hungry spatula!! We’ve been working with the Williams-Sonoma team on this for almost a year now. I’m in love with the way our spatula turned out.
The No Kid Hungry campaign is one we’ve supported for years. Personally, I have bought dozens of the spatulas over the years (I own every last Christmas spatula they’ve come out with). They’re the only spatulas I bake with. I love them, and I love that they support such an incredible organization like No Kid Hungry.
This spatula is so special to me, however, it was actually Asher who drew the design of my house. So surreal to see it come to life! I love cooking/baking with my very own spatula!!
You guys can purchase the HBH spatula here, but check out all the other spatulas that were released too. There are some fun ones!!
6. Some of my favorite home decor sites.
Burke Decor – one of my favorite places for tableware. it can take some searching since they have so much to offer, but they have some incredible and unique pieces. I especially love their cocktail glasses. This is such a pretty throw and cuddly chair.
BDDW – Such pretty ceramics. I really want some of the mugs. I think I might need this mug.
Crate and Barrel – A forever go-to for me. I love CB. Amazing seasonal decor, in prep for fall, I’m very into these amber vases and mini pumpkins. And these handwoven vases would be so pretty with some summer florals.
CB2 – Love CB2. I just order these glasses, but they have so much and at a reasonable price too.
Pottery Barn – Long time favorite since I was a kid. Great classics.
West Elm – I can always find cute kitchen items.
Zara Home – I’m the biggest Zara Home person. My best-kept secret for unique pieces.
Rentrayage – for beautiful glassware.
(laid back, but fashionable)
(horses in the summer – I want my own)
7. Favorite links I’m loving.
…if you needed a weekend read.
…such a beautiful property.
12 Things I’d Buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…love Hilary Kerr’s picks.
…hint, shop the Nordstrom sale.
…instant mood shift.
…love a good discount.
Anastasia Beverly Hills is my favorite.…the
…I LOVE a Canva mood board.
…everyone loves Trader Joe’s.
…again with the Nordstrom sale.
…hmm, I’m skeptical but curious.
…what’s your favorite?
a nutritionist breaks it down.…
8. Summer dress edit.
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.