clickin’ around, vol. 40

hearts Ugh, how dreamy is that room pictured up above (spotted here)? I’m totally having a heart wall in my next house.

If you’ve resolved (like me!) to be less distracted by checking your phone in 2013, you might also find this seven-step article extremely helpful. I sure did.

Best thing I’ve seen all week: A photo tour of the world’s grandmas sharing their home-cooked meals via The Kitchn.

Two helpful cleaning how-tos for thrifters: Tips for cleaning white- and cream-colored leather and cleaning old flasks.

Did y’all cook a lot over the holidays? Here are a handful of recipes I pinned, made and loved: Muffin Tin Tacos, Pomegranate Margaritas, Banana Bread French Toast, Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes, Oatmeal-Chocolate-Banana Bites.

Speaking of the holiday, I treated myself to an Arcona enzyme facial with Savita at Spot Spa over the break, and oh my goodness, my skin hasn’t been so glowy in I don’t know how long. If your complexion is in the market for a nice little pick-me-up, I’d definitely recommend this treatment!

In other exciting beauty news, especially if you’re a for ’90s babies like me, Herbal Essences is bringing back their old bottles and scents, updating them to be sulfate- and silicone-free. Oh yeah!

xoxo,

Meghan

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I kicked off my birthday week last night with a visit to a hippie/punk alley pizza party that happens on Sundays at a house a few blocks from my house. My pal Dana and I had a ball, stuffing ourselves silly with delicious ‘za (favorite one pictured above was topped with squash sauce, sauerkraut, apple, ricotta & blue cheese…so yummy!) and cheap beers. It was a perfect end to the long weekend that’s for sure.

Check out the delightful styling put out by Antipast, a Japanese stocking company. I love the balance of brights and neutrals.(You can find more lookbook images from them here!)

Good question: Is our retro obsession ruining everything?

Thank you for this, Srsly Liz: How to not spend a million dollars at Target.

Three recipes I’ve pinned, made and loved this past week: Slow Cooker Bacon-Apple-BBQ Chicken (TO DIE FOR), Tomato Tortellini Soup (I swapped out the cream cheese for this and added a can of lightly draned diced tomatoes—so good and so easy!) and Pumpkin-Cider Beertails (sweet, spicy and dangerously easy to drink).

Have y’all heard of Retro Roadmap? I can see it being a super handy resource for summer road trips.

There’s a lot of inspiration to be had in the home tour of 100-year-old artist Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht.

I need to find some wall space at home ASAP so I can snap up this Veronica Lake print guilt-free. I’m smitten with it!

And finally, I was surprised (and humbled) to be named the no. 1 thrifting blog in this top ten list. Thanks catalogs.com!

I hope you all have wonderful Mondays. The birthday week celebration continues tonight with yet another lady date. Two of my favorite blondies and I are going to see my favorite Marilyn Monroe movie, followed by pie. I can’t wait!
Have good ones, loves!

xoxo,

Meghan

clickin’ around, vol. 36

 

In the super duper exciting life news department, my very first Vintage Betty post went live over on BettyCrocker.com this week. In it, I shared an easy classic Betty brunch recipe that’s been a family favorite of mine for ages. If you have a minute, please do go check it out!

 Have you guys heard about For the Makers yet? It’s this slick service that delivers materials for four DIYs for the super reasonable price of $29 AND provides online tutorials showing you what you can make with your batch of supplies. Definitely a fab gift idea to squirrel away, I’d say.

 As you all can probably guess, I don’t know squat about fine art. I do know, however, that this installation, made of 50,000 colored plastic balls, is pretty darn awesome to look at.

 This video may be a few weeks old, but it’s powerful and worth a watch. I saw it this week in a work presentation and teared up in two seconds flat.

 On a (much, much) lighter note, I added this Honeycrisp & Bourbon Spiked Cider to my list of Thanksgiving must-makes today. (How cute are those lil stars?) How are your menus coming along?

  If I knew how to work a drill, I’d totally put these shelves with built-in planters up in my bedroom. So brilliant!

 My current home is chock-full of girly everything (hello Dolly Parton themed bathroom!), but I envision a very ’70s vibe for my next home. Which is exactly why I’m saving posts like this one from SF Girl by Bay as deco inspo for my next go around. (On the same topic of decorating, this mood-board how-to on Decor8 knocked my nylons off.)

I hope you all have had wonderful weeks…it’s been a busy one for me, but I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend that’s 100-percent free of work. Fingers crossed I can make it happen!

xoxo,

Meghan

clickin’ around, vol. 35

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 Why is Stevie Nicks doing karate? I don’t really care because these photos are amazing.

Speaking of pictures I love, Nylon mag approved this picture of Amy Adams and so do I.

 What the heck is going on in my home state? (Really though, WTF.)

In other lady news, what do you think of this list of the 10 greatest working-women in pop culture history? Can you guess which one’s my favorite? (Hint: it’s no. 7.)

 I started following Richard Simons on Twitter not too long ago and boy was it a great decision. He’s just so darn peppy, it’s not hard to smile when you read his tweets.

 I’ve been working my slow cooker overtime ever since my oven died. Some recipes I’ll for sure be making again include: Asian Pork with Mushrooms via SkinnytasteDutch Apple Pudding Cake via Better Homes & Gardens and a Beef & Broccoli via Table for Two that gives my favorite Chinese restaurant a run for its money.

Speaking of food, I recently went on an organizing spree over on the ole’ Pinterest, making dedicated boards to bundt cakes, pound cakes and Thanksgiving. I’ve already got plans in the works for boards devoted to pot pies, dogs in costume and other important things of that nature.

How great are these images from a 1957 Better Homes guide to flower arranging? I just want to hang out in those rooms.

 Did you see that a writer from The Cut gave Marilyn Monroe’s diet a try? Bravo to you, lady…I for one, couldn’t stomach all the raw eggs.

 Honest posts like this one from Holly encourage me to keep keeping things real ’round here. Very refreshing.

On the topic of honest bloggers, I read Mary Beth’s post on her journey as a runner start to finish and just wanted to hug her when I was done. Super sweet and inspiring stuff.

And finally, I was so humbled to be featured as a Model Citizen over on MSP’s Style Parlor blog last week. And yes, the only comment on it is from my mom! (Love you!)

Sorry that list got a titch long…there’s a lot of catching up to do, what can I say. I’m out the door to treat my two favorite ladies to a birthday dinner in their honor at a fancy restaurant donwtown. Are you taking advantage of any Restaurant Week deals? There’s still time to if you’ve slacked on arrangement-making!

xoxo,

Meghan

clickin’ around, vol. 34

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♥ I can’t stop myself from re-pinning goodies from Quincy West lately. Take the image above of Priscilla Presley for instance..what a fox.

♥ Amen to all of this, right?

♥ Many thanks to Maegen for connecting me to La Perla lingerie’s stunning spring/summer campaign. From the beehive hairdos to the impeccable makeup, it’s all so, so pretty.

 Are y’all following Industry of One yet? They sure do find some inspiring people to profile, and the photos accompanying each Q & A are stunning enough to stand alone.

 I don’t know about you, but I found this video featuring Betty Glasgow, hairdresser for the movie “A Hard Day’s Night,” totally interesting.

♥ Gosh darnit if I don’t want a new pair of jeans after reading Adore Vintage’s love letter to Levi’s post. (Bird Trouble’s bell bottoms also got me to lustin’ this week.)

 If I had a limitless checking account, I would snap up every single one of these Fela-inspired purses. For real.

♥ Really digging the looks of this iPhone app that lets users feel what the weather’s like by using warm and cool colors, instead of hour-by-hour projections.

I really enjoyed this slideshow of retro hairstyles and their accompanying how-tos. Very useful stuff.

 Speaking of hair, how pretty is this half-up, half-down, half rolled style that Alli from The Vintage Valley rocked. I’m lovin’ it.

And lastly, in food news, here are three recipes I’ve tried and loved this week: Mexican black bean burgers, strawberries ‘n’ cream pie pops and spaghetti in garlic gravy with cherry tomatoes, chicken & herbs. I’ve really been enjoying cooking at home since I got back from my trip!

I hope your week’s are shaping up all right so far. It’s another busy one for me, with Mighty Swell’s rummage/bake sale around the corner, but I’m hanging in. Some weeks that’s all you can do!

xoxo,

Meghan

clickin around, vol. 33

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This plinko game creates poetry out of tweets from Fox News and the New York Times. Cool!

Loving both of these summery cut-off makeovers. Since I live in dresses and cut-offs all summer long, jazzing up my shorts is probably a good idea.

The vintage bathing beauty pics Cali Vintage dug up are so sweet.

A toaster bag that turns out perfectly grilled cheese sammies? I need it!

How did I not know about Retro Lush? Long may you live, Potion Lotion!

I’ve been on a major chicken kick lately. Last week this super easy crispy cheddar chicken was a hit with my sweetie. This week, I’m living off to Iowa Girl Eatsmayo-less chicken salad. Bird’s the word this month, I guess!

Anyone who’s suffered from a broken heart due to a vintage dress with a tiny waist will laugh at this.

How completely charming are these pre-fab backyard office spaces?

xo,

Meghan

clickin’ around, vol. 31

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I am making one of these air-plant displays as soon as humanly possible. I pass by loads of beautiful frames at the thrifts and now I’ll finally have a way to put one of ’em to use.

Former Sassy editor and Lucky founder Kim France has started a blog aimed at 30-something ladies, and of course, it’s a must read.

On a scale of 1 to 10, my desire to learn how to sew went from an 8 to a 9 after seeing Madeline’s refashioned floral pants. So cute.

Most boudoir sessions most often leaves me feeling embarrassed for the girl. This session—a deployment gift for the subject’s hubby—is an enchanting, tasteful exception.

Every time these gals say something negative about their bodies, they put $1 in a jar. Also known as an effing genius idea.

So John Mayer covered Lana Del Rey and I shockingly, I don’t hate it. I guess sometimes two wrongs really can make a right.

And, speaking of stars I never dreamed of mentioning on this here blog, Audrina Partridge (you know, from The Hills?), got a makeunder courtesy of xoJane and I couldn’t stop staring. Why is it so weird to see celebs sans makeup?!

And with that, I’m off to dig a couple pairs of tights out of storage. I’m heading to the Iron Range for a few days for a work assignment and it’s chilly up there!

xoxo,

Meghan