Friday, October 24, 2014

Gone Camping!

Happy Friday!  Today we're heading to Clifty Falls for a weekend of campfires, sleeping under the stars, s'mores, hiking, soaking in the fall foliage, grilled cheese, and simply soaking in the last beautiful days of autumn.  Our yearly camping trip is something I always look forward to as it is the perfect opportunity for me to clear my head and just be.  So cheers to a weekend of peace and simplicity!

Image via Lost in America

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Interiors :: A Traditional Chic Home Tour

Get ready to feast your eyes on this beautiful home designed by Irene of designstiles.  The traditional home is filled with elegant textiles, perfectly patinaed vintage rugs and mirrors, and a healthy dose of feminine glamour - all tied together with a lovely neutral palette {plus a few splashes of color of course} that makes the home feel elegant while being immensely relaxed and livable.  I especially love the wallpapered powder room, custom designed vanity, and the too cute for words nursery.  Read more about the home and design process here and see even more photos here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Travel :: Magnolia Plantation + The Angel Oak Tree

One of my favorite experiences during our trip to Charleston was heading out to the country and visiting a plantation.  It was my first trip to the South {can you believe that?!} and I knew I just had to see some of the famous mossy oaks during my stay.  There are quite a few amazing plantations in Charleston and we had a really tough time choosing which one to visit, but the gorgeous weather we had ended up swaying us to spend the morning wandering through Magnolia Plantation's famous gardens.  Asides from a near fatal encounter with the biggest spider I have ever seen {it still haunts my dreams!} we had a wonderful morning getting lost in Magnolia's romantic-style gardens.  

On the way back into Charleston we stopped to visit the Angel Oak Tree, a massive sprawling wonder that is estimated to be approximately 500 years old.  The light was a little off while we were there so the pictures don't really do it justice {plus I really could have used a wide angle lens to capture the tree in it's entirety}, but all I can say is it's a MUST see if you're ever in the Charleston area.  

For more of my Charleston adventures: Exploring the Battery, Market Pavillion Hotel

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recipe :: Radicchio, Pear, and Arugula Salad from Taffeta & Tulips

Well hello dear readers!  I have a very special surprise for you today.  A few weeks ago Kate from Taffeta & Tulips reached out to me to see if I would be interested in collaborating on a fall food post, and obviously I jumped at the opportunity.  We decided to create recipes based around one of our favorite autumn ingredients - pears.  I created a savory roasted pear and brie tartine and Kate made an absolutely gorgeous radicchio, pear, and arugula salad.  The photos clearly speak for themselves {YUM!} but I'll let Kate tell you more...

Hello Dreams in HD readers!  I'm Kate from Taffeta & Tulips and I was so flattered when Molly agreed to collaborate with me today!  I blog about fashion, food, decor and travel...with a sprinkling of my life as a mom of four littles mixed in.  There's never a dull moment in our busy home so when I'm not blogging, I'm chasing after my three spirited boys, spending quality time with my only daughter (who also takes all my fashion pics...I think she's pretty amazing) or trying to squeeze in a date night with my husband of thirteen years.  I reached out to Molly because she's simply a lovely person (she was one of my very first blogger friends) and I always feel inspired by her beautifully written and photographed posts relating to food, decor, art and fashion.  I'm super excited to meet up with my Molly in a few weeks when she's visiting New York.  Of course, we're going out to eat because isn't that what fellow "foodies" do??

Molly and I agreed on a pear post because we both enjoy seasonal foods and pears are a refreshing alternative to apples during this time of year.  I decided to whip up this radicchio, pear and arugula salad from Giada because I love the combination of the sweet pears coupled with the salty cheese and peppery arugula.  I tweeked the original recipe a bit...I omitted the walnuts, swapped out the parmesan for feta and instead of using the recommended dressing, I chose a lighter option.  Simply squeeze the juice from one or two lemons, add a 1/2 cup of olive oil, a dash of kosher salt and pepper and whisk it all together.  I usually wait to drizzle the dressing over the salad until right before I serve it to avoid wilting...personally, I prefer my salads cold and crisp!

Thank you for reading and be sure to connect with me on Taffeta & Tulips as well as on InstagramTwitterPinterest or Bloglovin.  You can also find me over on CGC Daily as a bi-monthly contributor.  You can read my latest article here.  Have a great day!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Hooray for Friday!  The rain has finally subsided and given way to an absolutely gorgeous day and {what's supposed to be} an absolutely gorgeous weekend.  I'm at home visiting my mom today and tomorrow will be going to a friend's wedding back in Indianapolis.  We're also planning on hitting up the farmer's market, going to the pumpkin patch, and attending a spooky organ concert in an old church on Sunday night...{muahaha}.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and savor every last drop of autumn!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Art :: Gray Malin Colors Your Dreams

Gray Malin does it again, this time with his fantastical "Dream" series.  The photographer explains, "Touched by a story I read about a Scottish sheep farmer, this series is born from the desire to inspire others to stand out from the crowd and foster a sense of individuality.  Traveling to rural Australia, I worked with a family of third generation farmers who professionally misted each sheep with a vegetable-based, rinse-able dye to give them a bright colored hue.  Through the transformation of these otherwise white creatures into a rainbow of color, I hope to spark an idea; that we are all individuals and should not be afraid to bare our true colors, dare to dream and shine for all to see.  20% of the proceeds from the series will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation to help inspire those who dream their ultimate dreams."  So inspirational! 

Images via Gray Malin