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simply fabulous: we heart new year’s eve

can you believe it is december 31st already? it has been a whirlwind year- and we can all agree that it went so quickly!

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we had a very exciting year here, and set and reached some awesome goals. one was this very blog you are reading… we heart our new format and are loving all of the inspiration and ideas that are flowing!

we are loving our new website at www.erinlindsaydesigns.com and have gotten some great feedback and ideas for the site!

we are currently working on our new spring designs and are super excited to unveil them soon!

we are still crazy in love with the wonderful city of Chicago and are embarking on some new and exciting opportunities around the city in the new year!

we have some great resolutions for 2014, and are excited for new projects, ideas, and fun. stay in touch and tuned in for all of the news and fun!

xoxo, the erin lindsay designs team


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around town: we heart christmas cookie making

like many of you, one of our favorite holiday activities is making cookies. they are the perfect way to take a step back from the crowds, noise, and spending, and remember what the season is really about- being thankful for our friends and family, and enjoying holiday magic in it’s most simple and lovely form. making cookies is relaxing and fun, and makes one of the most thoughtful gifts one can give- and it’s budget-friendly, to boot! and of course it warms the house up, filling the air with the scent of buttery, sugary goodness. of course, you always have to make an extra-big batch, so you can steal some when they are fresh from the oven. is there any better way to eat them?

this year, we went for a traditional heart cutout for all of our christmas cookies. it’s simple and beautiful, and shows our friends and family how much they mean to us. we like the simple goodness of a fresh, homemade sugar cookie, and usually choose to skip icing, instead going for a simple smattering of colorful sugars. we love the sparkle of those sugar crystals, and for this batch we did a mix of cheerful blues and pinks!

here’s our recipe, taken from our trusty Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book. it is a simple and delicious recipe, with an easy-to-work dough and a perfectly soft and chewy texture.

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ingredients:

2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tablespoons baking powder
dash salt

** preheat oven to 350 degrees F **

1. beat together butter and shortening

2. beat in sugar

3. beat in vanilla and egg

4. in a separate bowl, beat together flour, baking powder, and salt

5. beat flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined

now that you have the dough, it’s almost time for the fun part! first, though, put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. this will help when you start to cut out your shapes (trust us, it’s worth the wait)

between 2 sheets of wax paper, roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. remove the top sheet and make your cutouts! we find it easiest to “stamp” all of your shapes, then remove the extra dough from around the cookies before carefully lifting them off and onto your cookie sheet. after arranging on the cookie sheet, go to town with your sugars or sprinkles to finish your miniature works of art. then bake each batch for a scant 6-7 minutes (until the edges just start to brown) for perfectly baked goodies!

cookies_heartcutterlook how beautifully they turned out! we like to arrange them on pretty vintage plates like this one, wrapped in wax paper then tied with a pretty bow. or if they need to travel, we love to package them up in fun holiday boxes, tins, and containers. enjoy!

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romance friday: we heart a romantic winter wedding

we love a winter wedding! refreshingly unexpected, a cold-weather wedding is a great opportunity to have fun with surprising silhouettes, layered textures, and of course the romance of dusky skies and softly glowing lights aplenty. grace and andrew did just that for their january wedding in the heart of downtown chicago. shades of whites, blues and silvers created the lineup of hues in the gorgeous ceremony and reception.

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grace’s stunning gown featured a sweetheart neckline and dramatic ruffled skirts, and she kept away the cold with a gorgeous fur wrap. the piece de resistance was the gorgeous custom veil we designed with the bride, a cathedral length mantilla cut beauty trimmed in stunning lace; a delicate alencon scallop topped the piece, opening up into a wider lace at the hem, featuring a daintily detailed chantilly lace layered underneath a dramatic alencon edging.

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the fabulous photographers from Life on Prints snapped the stunning photos from Grace and Andrew’s big day!


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around town: we heart caramel brulee lattes

80956eb4815e44ad95704eb5eb95a98bwe didn’t think we could love Starbucks more than we already do. then they went ahead and introduced their holiday drinks for the season, and the Caramel Brulee Latte changed everything. have you tried it? we are completely smitten over it. definitely for the sweeter palette, and perfect for those of us who prefer “coffee beverages” to a full-on cup of coffee. if you love caramel, then this is perfect for you- not just a hint, but a full-on buttery richness that leads the entire flavor of the drink. this is a return item for them, but one that we didn’t get to try until this year, and we are glad we did! and of course we are also loving the return of their red holiday cups, a tradition that lets us know it’s that time of year! they are festive for 2013, with a pretty palette of reds, gold, and a bit of white in a whimsical and modern snowflake print that is sure to bring on smiles. cheers!

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simply fabulous: we heart fun winter hats

we (obviously) love hats. for us, they are a year-round accessory: fresh for spring, shady for summer, cozy for fall, and of course warm for winter. we get excited when the coldest part of the year rolls around, because it’s the easiest excuse for donning cute headwear! some of our favorite looks from the fall and winter runways are popping up now that the temperature is dropping, especially here in Chicago, and we are loving it. our inspiration: Tommy Hilfiger‘s ode to english houndstooth classics, Ruffian‘s dramatic take on horseback riding chic, furry and fabulous at Milly, and chic bohemian layers from BCBGMaxAzria (http://www.newyorkfashionweek.com)

hats_inspiration_fallwinter2013_tommyhilfiger_ruffian_milly_bcbgwe are loving all the different styles, textures and trends to layer into our wardrobe for the cold months. Francesca’s bow-adorned beanie is the perfect way to girl-up a classic winter piece. Grace‘s funky tophat brings a classic style into the new century for boys and girls alike. Restoration Hardware‘s ushanka hat in luxe faux fur is deliciously soft and snuggly for the coldest of days- our favorite is the creamy winter white to top our favorite colorful coats. Guess creates the best floppy hats for summer and winter; we love this wool piece for it’s warmth, and the metal studs for the chic factor. we love a great cloche, and Nordstrom delivers in a rich navy blue with an elegant bow to bring out the flapper girl in all of us.hats_winter2013_grace_francescas_restorationhardware_guess_nordstrom

 


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inspiration wednesday: we heart olympic national park

Living in the midwest, one forgets that there is a world beyond vast stretches of lovely earth, rich with the beautiful reds and yellows of our beloved autumns, and sunsets over Lake Michigan in summer. In a world very different than ours, on the northernmost edge of the United States, lies Olympic National Park in Washington, where countless mountains sit regally amongst the clouds, dense with blankets of vibrant evergreens, shockingly large, and stunning in their simple yet awesome natural beauty. We had seen nothing like this until today, when we took a road trip to the top of one of the peaks known as Hurricane Ridge.

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We carefully wound around the side of the mountain, slowly climbing higher and higher, until all of a sudden we were at the top, surrounded by sky and mist, standing on earth covered in a thin layer of snow. All around were the many peaks, each one unique in color and character. The clouds moved around us, a thick curtain of gray darkness, swiftly moving as the mountains’ forms emerged in all their breathtaking beauty. We went on a small hike, enjoying the peaceful quiet of nature, and were even lucky enough to see a beautiful deer, calmly eating, just feet from us. It was a spectacular trip, too beautiful to describe in photos and words! If you have seen mountains, you know the awe that we felt standing in front of such beauty; if you have never seen such things, then you will have to see it to really know it’s wonder.

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we heart new york fashion week

we wait all year for it… the most exciting time for any fashionista. New York Fashion Week!

september 5 – 12 brought whimsy, class, and just enough edge to keep us entertained. the menswear trend coupled with a 40s-era military stiffness in squared shoulders, pinstripes, blazers, and more. but an undeniable feminine elegance kept it fresh and sexy, thanks to cinched waists, a few ruffles and frills, and surprising details like bows and red lips. the basic blacks and whites were not to be missed, while others shone in bright summery hues picked from the vines of fruit trees, interpreted in intricate prints, a great blend of tribal inspiration and classically lovely florals.

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clockwise, from top left: desigual, tracy reese, custo barcelona, ruffian, diane von furstenberg, nanette lepore, prabal gurung, marc by marc jacobs (source: www.newyorkfashionweek.com)

and because this cool, rainy day is putting us in the fall spirit, we couldn’t resist but recap some of our fave looks from the fall/winter collections shown earlier this year. the fashions this season are simply inspiring; mixing genres, pushing limits, and surprising us with gorgeous blends of elegance, whimsy, and all-around fabulousness. colors for the season are simply delectable, rich jewel tones balanced with soft neutrals to lighten things up here and there. and the prints and patterns were just stunning- lots of beautiful blooms and art deco-inspired geometrics. check out some of our favorite looks from fall/winter 2013…

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clockwise, from top left: zac posentracy reese, carmen marc valvo, diane von furstenberg, anna sui, marc by marc jacobs, monique lhuillier, alexandre herchcovitch (source: www.newyorkfashionweek.com)