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summer gathering

A Summer Sonnet Overview + Free Hosting Guide

Happy Friday everyone!

We’ve absolutely loved sharing this week’s posts. We hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes and are inspired to host your own gathering. The other day I found myself in conversation with a friend and we were reminiscing over the past year. Some of our favorite nights in Redding have been like this. Often times outside, underneath the string lights and stars, with a drink in hand, surrounded by great food and community. In the daily grind of life, it’s challenging to find margin to make a delicious healthy meal, much less make the time to sit down and enjoy it. It feels somewhat counter cultural to unplug and engage at an evening meal. May I issue you a challenge? Find the hearts and those you want to share a meal with. Set a date and make it happen. Whether it’s lobster or grilled pizza, find a dish that’s simple to prepare, set the table and gather those you love. It’s worth it time after time.

We want you all to be equipped to host your own gathering, whether it’s the first time you’re having people over or the hundredth. We pulled together A Summer Sonnet Hosting Guide. It includes printable menus, recipe cards, shopping list, and playlist. Consider everything but the shopping done! Download it on the clickable link below.

A Summer Sonnet Hosting Guide

P.S. Have gluten-free, dairy-free, or Whole30 eating friends joining you for dinner? This meal becomes compliant by removing cheese from any dish.

Sources for Table:

Canape Plates from Anthropologie
Dinner Plates from World Market
Napkins from World Market 
Flatware from Target
Stemless Gold Rim Wine Glasses from Pier 1
Red Wine Glasses from Crate and Barrel
Natural Linen Runner from Crate and Barrel

Just in case you missed it, here are this week’s posts:

Gather: A Summer Sonnet | DIY Floral Bundles | Grilled Lobster Tails | Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Chive Goat Cheese | Zucchini Ribbons + Asparagus Salad

Are you feeling inspired to invite friends around the table? We’d love to see it! Use #GGgathers on Instagram.


casual friday

Casual Friday: Vol 5

Happy Friday everyone!

We’ve had a full week getting back into the swing of things and enjoying the holiday. Our day was filled with friends, pools, and string lights, which are pretty much our favorite. Around the studio we’ve been wrapping up work for clients (we can’t wait to show you some fresh collateral) and working on bumping up our personal business game. Lately, it’s looked like iteration upon iteration of wireframes, sitemaps, and logo redesigns. But we can’t tell you how excited we are for this space to get a fresh (and much needed) overhaul. The features are going to be great and will serve you far better than what is present.

Keep reading for a few updates on life lately after the jump!

Every time I go to Seattle, the trip is a bit different. More than anything, I’m reminded of the value of family and cherish time with my littles. (I have two nieces, a brother, and sister-in-love there. The littles are 1.5 and 4 which are really fun ages.) Whether it’s dancing in the kitchen, going to the coffee shop and smelling the beans, or skipping rocks into the Sound, there’s something about the wonder of a child. Seeing life through their eyes, helps you discover wonder, mystery, and joy through the ordinary nuances of my day. This one keeps me inspired and learning how to love bigger than I ever thought before.

I’m currently loving these sandals and have worn them almost everyday since returning from New York. From one of my favorite companies, Everlane, the Bridge Sandal is the perfect blend between a casual and dress sandal. I love them. They look smart and can pair with anything.

Road trips have definitely become a favorite over the years and I can’t really explain why. On my most recent one, I discovered that love solo travel. Maybe I just needed a bit of introvert time or needed that bonding experience between myself and my latest car purchase. Regardless, it was the first time in years I had enough time to listen to podcasts, stop when and where I desired, and take in the long drives. I don’t know how much more solo travel will happen in the next two months, but I’m excited to embrace the rest of summer. Next stops? SoCal where the air is coastal, Big Sur lives, and it’s 40 degrees cooler.

Here are a few things we’re loving on the Internet lately:

  • With crazy hot temps, we’ve been binging on Netflix and have been loving Mind of a Chef. Make sure to watch season three where my hometown is highlighted. (Still a little bit Kentucky proud.)
  • We’ve been prepping for a bedroom/creative studio makeover. I wonder, “What are your thoughts about having a desk in your bedroom? The good, bad, and the ugly?” Let me know in the comments below.
  • Let’s talk about Jenna Kutcher and her podcast. I’m pretty obsessed with it at the moment. Make sure to check out her full site and freebies.
  • Since returning from travel season, we’ve been getting back to clean eating, meal prepping, and eating as close to the Paleo diet as possible. This vegan tahini dressing is truly magical. We’ve been putting on everything. From Mediterranean bowls to a fun dip to have with crudites. Getting creative with recipes and meal prep has helped us stay the course, embracing the discipline and structure boundaries can bring.
  • The sandals above? They’re super comfortable and the perfect replacement to my Everlane sandals from 4 seasons ago. Find them here.

Just in case you missed it, here’s this week’s posts:
 5 Podcasts for a Summer Road Trip
Currently Loving: Home
Brand Stories: Anchal Project
Shop the Brand: Anchal Project

cheers to the weekend

Cheers to the Weekend

Happy Friday everyone!

Wow what a week it has been. Between graduations, mother’s day, and saying farewell to friends as they leave for distant lands some for longer than I would like. May is always a season of transition, of hard goodbyes, and figuring out the next steps. While it is my third May in this community, I can’t say that the practice has made farewells any easier. I’m welcoming my travel in the upcoming weeks as a slight reprieve and embracing all that comes with the summer months. I’m hoping to find a few adventures and moments of downtime during the weekend. Also, pool parties and nights on the patio will become the norm as we hit our first week of triple digits temperatures. You will find me hibernating inside or in the water from now until September.

Here are a few links I’ve been loving on the Internet lately:

Everlane just released these slip dresses and I’m absolutely in love. Minimal basics that will be sure to breathe and keep you cool throughout the summer heat.

When it comes to staying cool, I love dessert more than anything else. This is particularly true when it comes to ice cream. Looking for great clean eating recipes that don’t require an ice cream maker? Grab the Whole Scoop from the Whole Food Diary. We love their recipes and can’t wait to try out recipes in this book.

Inspired by the ways women have chosen to collaborate and put aside comparison, check out this ladies gathering and simple evening by The Fresh Exchange. It will be sure to delight and inspire you. I can’t wait to host a few events like this throughout the summer.

I’ve been researching and saving and researching a bit more for some big steps in life. While I’m not sure of the timing, I have some goals in mind and within the next few years it will mean more permanent roots in this town of mine. Until then I’ve been torn between the builder basic homes and finding the worst fixer upper on the block and gutting it all. Home tours have become a favorite of mine and this home tour from Design Sponge is no different. My favorite part? The bathroom and tile combinations.

Just in case you missed it, here’s this week’s posts:

Just 5: Homemade Salsa | Soak and Swim: 2017 Swim Picks
What We’re Reading: Spring Edition | How to Create Margin

What are you up to this weekend?

mothers day printable

Mother’s Day Printable

Happy weekend everyone!

With Mother’s Day weekend approaching we decided to put together this little print and card for the coolest woman you know, your mom. Around here we’re closing up a full week of projects, graduations, and birthdays. It’s been a celebratory week and we’re ready to rest a bit.

For all the moms out there, we hope this card will inspire and delight you. To my mom, you’re seriously the best. Expect this card to hit your doorstep early.

Find the Mother’s Day printable here: 5×7 | Letter

let it be the weekend grana

Let It Be the Weekend with Grana

When it comes to the weekend, I always get a bit more excited. It’s the days that have breathing room, the moments to embrace the fresh early summer days, and to the ability to enjoy all that comes with a more relaxed pace. Whether enjoying a good book, a cup of coffee with friends, or going for a hike, we discover the beauty of pressing pause. For me this weekend will be full as I finish out school next week. It’s been a marathon and is one worth celebrating as the end is in sight.

This week has been a full one. One with ebbs and flows. I’ve embraced the hot (and I do mean hot) temperatures that Redding summer brings. I’ve found the sunshine and the freckles have completely popped on my shoulder unlike ever before. There’s been inevitable transition that comes with the month of May and I’m sure I’ll continue to process that as time moves on, but until then we’re embracing the lasts that come with the season.

Here are a few things we’ve been loving on the Internet lately:

– Abstract Documentary on Netflix. We shared a quote from this docuseries on Monday and are rewatching it. It keeps us inspired and ideas fresh.

– We’ve been looking at properties for a while and am saving to purchase my own little fixer upper. Scandinavian modern design is our absolute favorite and we can’t stop pinning items to this board.

– With May brings Derby and this weekend, more than ever, I’m missing the energy of my hometown. To celebrate we’re thinking about making this stunning gluten-free Derby pie.

-We absolutely love nachos. They are our favorite. With some fresh blue corn chips and homemade salsa, we couldn’t love this snack any more. Lately we’ve been trying out variations. The sweet potato nachos from the Whole Food Diary are a game changer, as are the apple nachos from a local shop. (We’ll be making some of these this weekend.

– For those of you who won’t be at Derby parties this weekend, happy Cinco de Mayo to you. Here’s a few of our favorite mexican recipes to celebrate. We love the blood orange margarita, peach margarita, and shrimp ceviche dip.

-There’s something about Darling magazine. We think they’re brilliant. From their writing to the way they express their core values, we love their blog posts and this one articulated a subject I’ve processed through over the years. Rejection. We all face it, but how do you deal with it? Go read this article. It just might change your life.

-The perfect pair of silk PJs. There’s something about a great pair of pajamas and we love the way these fit from Grana. They have ease, while being simple, ethically sourced, and elegant. We hope you find a favorite pair here as well.

-Want an extra something special for springtime that’s ethically sourced fashion? Grana is offering 15% off this weekend. We recommend the linen tee and turkish denim. They’re classic pieces you’ll wear again and again. That and they’re stunningly beautiful. Get shopping here.

Just in case you missed it: Monday Words, Honey Lavender Latte, Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale, and Mother’s Day Gift Guide with Amara

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

This post was sponsored by our friends at Grana. All thoughts and opinions are our own.  Thank you for continuing to support the brands that support Glisten and Grace.