What’s Your Favorite Thing About Autumn?

September 23, 2014 by Ali

What's Your Favorite Thing About Autumn? {Gimme Some Oven}

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Fall Breeze by Leonid Afremov

Happy first day of autumn, friends!

I have to admit that this day always feels a little bittersweet for this summer-loving girl. While everyone else has been breaking out the pumpkin and chunky sweaters this month, I have been making coconut margaritas and playing Death Cab and freezing my toes off in flip flops and booking tickets for an upcoming beach vacation. It would be quite alright with me if summer spontaneously decided to pack its bags and stay awhile longer. :)

But as much as I love summer, I do really love the idea of seasons in life, and seasons changing. So if we must move on from summer, I suppose a beautiful season like fall will do. (Although autumn seems to me a much lovelier word, so we’ll stick with that.) So today I started making a little list of things I’m looking forward to about this season. So far, I have…

What about you? Do you love this season? What’s on your list this autumn?

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Things I’m Afraid To Tell You

September 21, 2014 by Ali

This weekend, I spent some time poking around the archives of a few of my favorite design bloggers, and happened to come across this wave of posts that hit the blogosphere two years ago called “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You”. It turns out that one of my favorite podcasters — Jess Lively — was actually the brave person who first posted on the topic, and then nearly a hundred other design and fashion bloggers followed suit. (Just check out the #thingsimafraidtotellyou hashtag to see what I’m talking about.)

I’m not one to really get “lost” browsing around online, but I got completely sucked in and spent an hour yesterday reading from woman after woman — most of whom I’d never before known — as they shared everything from their fears to quirky secrets to insecurities and everything in between. And I have to say, it was pretty moving and inspiring. And it reminded me of the tremendous power of vulnerability to unite and encourage one other, if for no other reason to give someone a chance to say, “What, you too?!”

As I was falling asleep last night, I started thinking about what items would be on my list. So without much editing or over-thinking, I thought I’d join into the little movement (albeit two years late) and share the random thoughts that first came to mind. I wouldn’t necessarily say that they’re things I’m afraid to tell you — as I’m a big believer in vulnerability and feel like I’ve already been fairly open on this section of the blog — but they’re probably things I haven’t told you before for one reason or another. And they’re all a part of my story.

So yeah, shout out to Jess and Ez and all of you bloggers who had this little wave of sharing two years ago. I guess that’s the fun of the blogosphere — two years later, those posts are still published on their pages for someone like me to see. Here are my 10 things to contribute to the mix.

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September In Movies

September 1, 2014 by sarah

How many of you went to see a movie on Labor Day? See anything good?? Well if you’re looking for more good films to see as the weather cools down this month, our film contributor Sarah is sharing some great recommendations today.

Other countries. Other conflicts. Other characters. Other crises.

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August In Photos

September 1, 2014 by Ali

There’s an epic thunderstorm and lightening show happening outside my window right now, which couldn’t make me happier. Storms in the Midwest are the best, and this one seems like a fitting end to an August that has been swirling with goodness.

The best part of August? I was home all month, and took the opportunity to spend most of my free hours with friends and family…and more friends and family…and even more friends and family. Thankfully I have a job which lets me be my complete introverted self during the day. So when 5pm rolls around and everyone’s off work, I’m more than ready to see them, which has resulted in all sorts of great, normal, everyday memories galore.

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Being Single (That I Didn’t Know 10 Years Ago)

August 21, 2014 by Ali

Thought I’d do a little #TBT post today back to 2004. The year I turned 21.

To set the stage…

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This Wild and Crazy Miracle We Call…Blogging

August 14, 2014 by Ali

Lately, I’ve been talking with quite a few bloggers who just feel ________ about their blogs right now.

Overwhelmed. Discouraged. Frustrated. Burnt-Out. You fill in the blank.

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How To Make An Animated GIF

August 12, 2014 by Ali

As some of you may have noticed, this seems to have become The Year Of The Animated GIF on my blog. I’m slightly obsessed!

Yes, I know that I’m a few years late to the “graphical interchange format” party. But now that I’ve figured out how to animate these mysterious GIFs, I am totally hooked. They are so much fun! Plus, I’d argue that they are especially fun when it comes to food photos and trying to capture those great “action shots” of a delicious drizzle, or pour, or a step-by-step tutorial.

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August in Movies

August 2, 2014 by sarah

For a nice palette cleanser between action flicks, here are four iconoclastic sleeper hits not to miss in the glare of the blockbuster season.

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