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winding down . . .


Over here on the West Coast we’ve had a serious drop in temperature. We went from 80 degrees to 30 – 40 degrees in a little over a week. With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter, it’s time to hunker down in my apartment. I’ll be prepping the linens, eating warm meals at home with family, taking advantage of my blanket addiction by curling up in a few with my never-ending stack of magazine I need to read and beinspired by. When it’s time, I’ll pick out the perfect holiday outfit to celebrate this year’s festivities – who doesn’t love a little sparkle this time of year? What I’m looking forward to the most is having the alarm clock going off and being able to enjoy a few lazy mornings in bed.

What do you have planned this holiday weekend?

*Photos: 1. 3. 5. Twig Hutchinson 2. mary ruffle via tumblr 4. maison 23
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on the menu: cranberry sauce with pears

This cranberry sauce has been made by my grandmother, my mom, and now me. It’s simple but delicious. If there were one thing I could eat at Thanksgiving, it would be this cranberry sauce.

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ginger

Two peeled and chopped pears

12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries

Directions
Dissolve the sugar, water, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger items over low heat—about 5 minutes, depending on the heat. Then add the two peeled and chopped pears. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add fresh cranberries and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat when the cranberries begin to pop.


Enjoy! I tend to eat all of it before we even sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.

*Photo: flickr
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a stunning bedroom

I can’t even count how many times I have saved this image to my desktop – too many. But on this dark gloomy day all I want to do is climb right in and have a lazy day with a stack of unread magazines and a huge cup of hot cocoa (with marshmallows of course). It also doesn’t hurt that this room is gorgeous – the walls are amazing, the bed is dream-worthy and the doors opening to the outside are something I want in my next home.


*Photo: greige
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10 Things That Make Me Happy: Live Creating Yourself

Today, I’d like to welcome the talented Alaina from Live Creating Yourself. She’s one of my best blogger friends, when we first met in New York it was like we had been friends for decades. She and I talk about everything, from what fashion finds we’re dying to have, to interior design questions like “I changed this around, what do you think?”, to needing a pick me up on a bad day – we’re always there for each other. I feel incredibly fortunate to have Alaina in my life and feel lucky that she is a friend. We will forever have a bond that no one else has.


By day Alaina is a graphic designer for a non-profit, but at night she transforms blogs into beautiful sites – from banners to navigation bars to a complete site overhaul. She’s the girl to go to if you want a site re-design.

Thanks Miss Alaina for guest blogging here today! Miss you.

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Thank you, darling Caitlin, for asking me to share 10 Things I Love on Sacramento Street. I thought I’d keep the theme winter- and holiday-related in the hopes of giving some good gift ideas to your readers. I figured if these items make me happy, they might make the loved ones in your lives happy too! Enjoy.

Black Turtlenecks (J.Crew merino wool), $69.50

You couldn’t show less skin if you tried, yet somehow, the black turtleneck manages to be sexy. It’s my go-to article of clothing come cold weather – perfect for work, holiday shopping, dinner dates, cocktail parties, and for cozying up and watching a movie. Seriously, invest in one. I own at least four.

I was fortunate to receive a cream-colored cashmere Burberry hat years ago, and it’s still my favorite winter accessory. I know it’s costly, but it’s perfect and still looks and feels as beautiful as the day I unwrapped it.


These shoes literally bring smiles to people’s faces. Strangers on the street stop me to compliment them and ask where they’re from. My family laughs and says, “They’re so you.” And I discover an extra spring in my step when I put them on. Who knew a ballet flat could bring so much joy to the world?


Art and literature in one.


I made some hot chocolate, popped in Love Actually, turned on the Christmas tree lights, and cozied up under this lil’ number. What did you do this weekend?


The thrifty girl’s china cabinet.


I’ve never actually drank out of my A mug. It sits nestled on my desk, coraling pens and paper clips, and I love it. Given the personal detail of a monogram and the price point, I’d say this is one of the best gifts you can give a coworker.

My siblings and I were gifted Christopher Radko ornaments every Christmas from a very young age. Of course, we didn’t appreciate them then; we just tried very hard not to break them. Now I have my collection hanging on my first Christmas tree in my apartment and memories of Christmases past come flooding back every time I glance at them.


The kind folks at Pottery Barn sent one of these my way, and it is absolutely STUNNING when lit. I highly recommend these for your home this season. I know I want more!

If you’ve ever experienced Chicago winter winds, you’ll understand why this is my knight in shining armor.
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