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Christmas has come and gone a little too quickly. Right as I was getting in the holiday spirit it speed by so fast. I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas wherever you might have celebrated! This week’s board is a collection of treasures I got for Christmas – I’m loving everything.

This week I have a special guest series for you – I’ve asked some of my best friends and fellow bloggers to put together their own inspiration boards about what’s inspiring them this week. I’ve already received a handful and they are fabulous. There is definitely something for everyone!

So I bid you adu and enjoy the next few days of inspiration!

I’ll be back next monday!

Photo by Caitlin Flemming
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happy holidays!

This year has been unforgettable – it’s definitely been all about following my heart and what I love. It’s been an incredible ride. From finally feeling as though I’ve found my voice right here on Sacramento Street, to completely changing career paths – the love and support that I’ve got on both ends is priceless. I honestly didn’t think that I’d be where I am today, and let me tell you, I’ve never been happier. Thank you all for always being there for me, you really don’t know how much it means to me.

As this year closes, I’m ready to take on next years adventures – whatever they might be. I have a feeling it will be a wild ride.

Next week I’ve put together some fun posts with of few of my best friends here in the blogosphere – they will be sharing their personal inspiration boards similar to my monday morning posts. So if you’re relaxing around a fire or laying on a beach, then pop back over to read their incredible posts. I want everything in the few I’ve received so far.

We’re off to Portland to spend quality time with both my family and Eric’s. I can’t wait to sip hot chocolate, gather with loved ones and help my mom pack up our house (she’s moving to SF!).

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. May it be filled with lots of love!

xx, Caitlin


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I’m Loving . . .

Pine cones are a holiday favorite of mine.
Love the modern twist this lighting gives this kitchen.

I’m all about black ensembles – they are perfect for day or night.

On the weekends, I keep it a little more casual with skinnies and a button-up. Then you can throw on your sunglasses and run out the door to complete errands.

This mantle has my heart swooning. The simplicity, neutral tones and decor are perfection.

What are you in love with this week?

Photos: Wit + Delight, Dunlin Home, Elle.com, unknown (anyone?) and Gilt Home
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The Art of Window Display

Since Bergdorf’s is incredibly famous for their holiday windows I called upon Lauren and Christen of Material Lust to document the incredible windows. This post exceeded my expectations – they are stunning! Enjoy a little dose of holiday cheer.

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For over two years David Hoey and the visual team behind the famous Bergdorf holiday windows have prepped for the fifteenth installment that lines Fifth Avenue. This year’s theme, The Carnival of the Animals takes the birds of ‘The Brass Menagerie’, the sea creatures of ‘Testing the Waters’, the zebras of ‘Teacher’s Pet’ and the polar bear of ‘Breaking the Ice’ into a lyrical setting of couture, antiques and detailed craftsmanship. Material Lust takes you up close to the art of window display.

Ten months in the making, this single window allows viewers to dip their toes in ‘Testing the Waters’ through a sea of hand cut Italian mosaic metallic waves, sequin coral and fish made by artist Brett Windham, and a seashell dress from the Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 collection.


Viewers then head to a colder setting ‘arctic party’ whose guests include a polar bear, a moose with silver leafed antlers and monkeys dressed with crystals and sequins. They surround the hostess who wears J. Mendel at a table of icicles and cakes of ‘Breaking the Ice.’


Layers of hammered brass and steel metal leaves against the vintage birds made by artist Sergio Bustamante, and a dress designed by Naeem Khan makes the window of ‘The Brass Menagerie.’


The teacher, dressed in a black and white lace Marchesa gown leads her class of a zebra, white peacock, ostrich and porcupine made of over 300 different pieces of paper and hand lettered labels by calligrapher Bernard Maisner for ‘Teacher’s Pet’.


Viewers then step inside the still life of the sculptor’s workshop filled with wooden figures and animal models that make up the concluding window, ‘Artists and Models.’

Take a look behind the scenes with the visual team photographed by Ricky Zehavi here.



Photos by Material Lust
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on the menu: roast carrot and avocado salad

Since lots of holiday dinner parties are in the works for the next week, I’ve been going through my recipe archives on pinterest to see if anything struck my fancy. This Roast Carrot and Avocado Salad sounds like it would be the perfect pairing with a hearty roast chicken or steak. There are so much options out there – how is one to choose?


Do you have any mouth watering recipes you’re cooking up this week for family and friends? Be sure to share if you do!

Bon Appétit everyone.

Ingredients:

• 1 pound medium differently colored carrots, with their leafy tops

• 2 level teaspoons whole cumin seeds

• 1 or 2 small dried chillies, crumbled

• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled

• 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked

• extra virgin olive oil

• red or white wine vinegar

• 1 orange, halved

• 1 lemon, halved

• 3 ripe avocados

• red wine vinegar

• 4 x ½-inch-thick slices of ciabatta or other

• good-quality bread

• 2 handfuls of interesting mixed winter salad leaves (like Treviso, arugula, radicchio or cavolo nero tops), washed and spun dry

• 2 bunches of cress

• 2⁄3 cup of sour cream

• 4 tablespoons mixed seeds, toasted

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Parboil your carrots in boiling, salted water for 10 minutes, until they are very nearly cooked, then drain and put them into a roasting pan. You should flavor them while they’re steaming hot, so while the carrots are cooking get a pestle and mortar and smash up the cumin seeds, chillies, salt and pepper. Add the garlic and thyme leaves and smash up again until you have a kind of paste. The idea here is to build up the flavors. Add enough extra virgin olive oil to generously cover the paste, and a good swig of vinegar. This will be like a marinade, a rub and a dressing all in one! Stir together, then pour over the carrots in the pan, coating them well. Add the orange and lemon halves, cut-side down. These will roast along with the carrots, and their juice can be used as the basis of the dressing. Place in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden.

While the carrots are roasting, halve and peel your avocados, discarding the pits, then cut them into wedges lengthwise and place in a big bowl. Remove the carrots from the oven and add them to the avocados. Carefully, using some tongs, squeeze the roasted orange and lemon juice into a bowl and add the same amount of extra virgin olive oil and a little swig of red wine vinegar. Season, and pour this dressing over the carrots and avocados. Mix together, have a taste and correct the seasoning. Call your gang round the table while you toast or broil your ciabatta slices.

Tear the toasted bread into little pieces and add to the dressed carrot and avocado. Mix together, toss in the salad leaves and cress and transfer to a big platter or divide between individual plates. Spoon over a nice dollop of sour cream, sprinkle over your toasted seeds and drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil.

Recipe by Jamie Oliver

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