prepster

 Definition of a prepster: Really a chimera of two existing groups, the prepster is someone most likely raised in the suburbs and very preppy, that moves to a very hipster centered city (Brooklyn, Portland, Austin), and due to scene exposure adopts certain hipster trends whilst retaining the preppy spirit. Specific examples are skinny jeans with […]

key west

Key West is the home to the southernmost point in the continental United States. (The most southern point? That’s right – the place I’m lucky enough to call home – Hawaii, well that is unless you count territories, in which case it would be Rose Atoll in America Samoa). The island is only about 4 […]

the black tulip

The Black Tulip is one of my favorite books by Alexandre Dumas. Action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and tulips!?! Tell me more!  The city of Haarlem, Netherlands has set a prize of 100,000 guilders (a lot of money back then!) to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country’s best gardeners to win the […]

the secret garden

The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The […]

tiffany blue

Tiffany Blue is a colloquial name for light to medium blues (think: robin egg). The actual color of Tiffany & Co. boxes is protected by a trademark and was created for them by Pantone Inc. As a trademarked color, it is not publicly available and is not printed in their swatch books. Until I started […]

dachnik

Dachas are Russian second homes, usually located in the outskirts of the city, and rustic in nature. Because of the size restrictions put in place during the Soviet era, dachas were built with massive attics and multilevel verandas in order to get around these restraints. Dachas are generally used during the summers, but some families […]

sweet home alabama

Big wheels keep on turning Carry me home to see my kin Singing songs about the Southland I miss Alabama once again… – Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynryd And so it went, every time I walked back into my college dorm, my dear friends would be blasting this song (or ‘Sara’ by Starship) once they […]

wet paint

I have a soft spot for artists because my Mum is one. Looking for some art infused bridal party gifts? Or a little something to spoil yourself with? Check out the stunning items at Swarm – handmade in Amsterdam from oil canvases found in Dutch markets, antique stores, and French homes, and crafted into the […]

orange crush

Crush sodas go all the back to 1916- who knew?! Orange crush was the first flavor, but others soon followed. Clayton J Howell used the term ‘Crush’ for the soft drink’s name to to refer to the process of extracting the flavors from oranges. Any crush fans out there? For sustainable bubbles (of the non-carbonated, […]

let them eat cake

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, or, let them eat cake, was actually never uttered by Marie Antoinette. It was first seen in a German children’s book in 1931, and historians and politicians stealthy snuck it into their pro-revolutionary works. Truth be known, the attribution is doubly erroneous in English because the word ‘cake’ is a mistranslation. In […]

refined sugar

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress began in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Prior to that, royals wore richly brocaded gowns, with red being among the most popular color. The transAtlantic account of Queen Victoria’s wedding caused American elites to follow suit, and because of limited laundering techniques (imagine getting kidney […]