Exciting News + HGTV!

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I’ve had a handful of pinch-me type moments over the course of the last little while, but this little number is a biggie. Have you heard of HGTV? Of course you have! Who hasn’t!? I’ve been madly obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. And by that I mean I vividly recollect getting upset when we switched cable companies and temporarily lost their channel – I’m pretty sure I was ten. And this girl right here has been asked to contribute to their blog! It’s literally the stuff that my dreams are made of.

So from here on out, once a month you’ll be able to find my House Envy series over on their pages. Consider me pleased-as-punch! This month I’m chatting all about this beautiful Swedish town home and you definitely don’t want to miss it… 

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Peppermint Stuffed Cookies from Waiting on Martha


Improving upon the classic goodness of a chocolate chip cookie is impossible.  Or rather I thought it was impossible.  Then I decided to stuff a Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe in the middle creating a sandwich of gooey, chocolatey, peppermint chip goodness.  First let me tell you if you aren’t familiar with a Joe Joe you are missing out.  These bad boys only come out during the holiday season and they always sell out.  So my suggestion, shop early and stock pile.  Second plan to at least double your batch as these are guaranteed to impress.  Oh, and if you’re not a fan of the whole peppermint and chocolate combo ( well you’re crazy…just kidding…kind of) feel free to substitute the Joe Joe for your classic Oreo.  Happy Monday Loves!  Truly, MKR of Waiting On Martha


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DIY Journal from Oh So Pretty

Hello lovelies! I’m Victoria from Oh So Pretty, and I’m so excited to be here while Jacquelyn is traveling and exploring! For those of you who know me, I’m all about quick and simple DIY’s. So here I am with just that – you can make this lovely faux leather bound journal in just a few easy steps.
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Faux leather (1/2 a yard is plenty)
Suede lace cord (1 – 1 1/2 yard)
Paper (standard letter / card stock)
Needle and Thread
1. Fold the paper in half and use that to measure how much leather you’ll need. Remember to leave a little excess material in the back so it can overlap the front
2. Sew the pages to the leather, tying knots at the beginning and the end of the thread – be careful not to poke yourself with the needle!
3. Cut two slits in the excess material (overlap) and string the suede lace cord through
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions (hello{at}oh-sopretty{dot}com)!
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Roasted Acorn Squash with Mascarpone from Freutcake


The New Year always means a fresh start in my house. I try to tidy up rooms that were left in a haphazard holiday mess, re-acquaint myself with the idea of going to the gym, and of course sub the plates of Christmas cookies for healthier options. But before you groan at the thought of a diet post, may I remind you that this recipe calls for a healthy dose of Mascarpone cheese and is guaranteed to leave you feeling happy, satisfied, and far from deprived. Roasted Acorn Squash with Mascarpone & Balsamic is my kind of “healthy” meal. The heartiness of roasted squash becomes light and almost decadent when nestled on top of a bed of sweet, creamy mascarpone and drizzled in a balsamic reduction.  Of course I do top it with a generous portion of baby greens salad…just to show that I’m putting in a healthy effort. Enjoy! - Leah

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Mascarpone and Balsamic
Serves 2
Get back on track with this healthy dish!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
187 calories
14 g
34 g
12 g
8 g
6 g
236 g
351 g
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4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187
Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 34mg
Sodium 351mg
Total Carbohydrates 14g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 6g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1-Acorn Squash
  2. 4 Tbs Mascarpone Cheese
  3. Grated Parmesan
  4. 2- Tbs Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)- toasted
  5. ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar, plus more for the salad
  6. Baby Greens
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Salt & Pepper
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. 2. Wash acorn squash and slice in half, scooping out and discarding seeds. (Leaving the skin on)
  3. 3. Using a serrated knife, carefully slice squash into 1” thick slices and arrange on baking sheet. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. 4. While the squash cooks reduce ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. 5. In a small bowl toss baby greens with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic.
  6. 6. To Plate: Spread 2-Tbs Mascarpone cheese on each serving plate. Top with a slice of squash, a drizzle of the balsamic reduction, baby greens salad, toasted pepitas and shredded Parmesan. Serve warm.
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Color Crush with Fabulous K


Hello!  Kelly of Fabulous K here.  I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Jacquelyn while she’s away on her South African adventure. Today I want to share one of my favorite color crush combos: blush + gold. I went through a phase where I was kind of over shades of pink, but am now back on the bandwagon thanks to the pretty blush hue that’s popping up everywhere.  I especially love it paired with glittery, metallic golds – it’s modern and girly without being too over the top. Are you a fan of this perfect pairing? Which item is your favorite?


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Olive Oil Cake from A Thousand Threads

Hi there! I’m Laicie from the blog A Thousand Threads, and I’m so so honored and excited to be guest posting while Jacquelyn is away. It’s hard to pick just one thing this talented lady does that I love, but since I’m a sucker for anything edible, I have to admit that one of my favorite things on Lark & Linen is the amazing recipes (I’ve made this crazy-simple pasta recipe about a thousand times…). So today I thought I’d share something tasty from my own kitchen. I don’t know if I can uphold the high standard Jacquelyn has set, but I’ll certainly try!


So it’s the New Year and I know I’m supposed to focus on being healthy — you’re all eating salads, right? No? Okay good – because there’s all of this amazing winter citrus out there right now that’s just begging to be candied. And this particular recipe puts it right up front.

This olive-oil cake is just the kind of dessert recipe I love. Sweet, but not over the top – which I think has to be said because when I saw the instruction to pour all of that sugary syrup over the top my teeth started to hurt. But then I took a bite — and I promise you, the cardamom and citrus balance out the honey and sugar to make this one of the tastiest winter cakes I’ve ever had. And I haven’t even gotten to the heavenly smell. You’re going to find out for yourself on that one – there’s just no way to describe.


Click here for the recipe…


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My Favourite Colour from Vmac + Cheese

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Is it even necessary to express how envious I am of Jacquelyn’s current adventure in South Africa? Besides the fact that it’s summer there, I’ve long dreamed of exploring South Africa’s beautiful beaches, vistas, and wildlife. By all accounts, it’s spectacular!

It should come as no surprise that South Africa’s stunning flora and fauna inspired local artist Frances White, who created My Favourite Colour, a “surface design company” who creates beautiful patterns and textiles for use in the design industry. Launched in 2012, Frances’ current collection showcases floral patterns based off of flowers found in the South African regions of Highveld, Cape, and Tsitsikamma. She created the designs by hand first, through drawings and paintings, then converted them into digitally collaged patterns which were then printed on her textiles. I’m completely in love with the vibrant colors in this design, while the soft palette and plants in this one remind me of growing up in Texas (both are gorgeous, right?).

Check out more of Frances’ designs below, and keep reading on for the good news — you can purchase her designs, no matter where you live!

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Now for the good news: to purchase, you can check out South African retailers here (if you’re a local), or purchase online via Etsy!


Images via My Favourite Colour

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New Years Entertaining with Coco/Mingo


Hello Lark & Linen readers! Happy New Year!! I’m Jessica over from Coco/Mingo and I’m so excited to be here today filling in for our sweet and dear Jacquelyn while she’s off having the adventure of a lifetime in South Africa! Crazy, right?! What a way to kick off the new year – I cannot wait for story time when she gets back and shares with us!!

I’ve been inspired by Jac’s holiday entertaining posts lately, especially her gorgeous food and drink recipes and did you see her amazing interview with the one and only Martha Stewart?! Well, it’s officially the new year and I hope some of you are planning on celebrating this month by entertaining family and/or friends + guests!!

A blush + natural botanic palette is my favorite palette of all time, so this is perfect inspiration for year ’round entertaining. Green foliage and blushy neutrals compliment natural wood, basket weaves, and ceramics so well, you can’t go wrong! Top it all off with some good food + drinks, great company, and hanging lights…and you’re all set for the perfect evening (or afternoon)!

Happy New Year and happy entertaining!!


Inspiration Board: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | The Goods: 1 // Cake Stand | 2 // Walnut & Maple Serving Board | 3 // Tea Towel | 4 // Cake Flags | 5 // String Lights | 6 // Basket | 7 // Spotted Napkins | 8 // Serving Utensils

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Pecan Shortbread from Fleur de Sel

Hi lovelies! Lindsay here from Fleur de Sel. So happy and honored that the lovely Jacquelyn asked me to guest post for her today while she is off in South Africa. After being absolutely blown away by Jacquelyn’s drop dead gorgeous photographs of the Amalfi Coast, I seriously cannot wait to see the photographic evidence of her South African adventures. So excited to live vicariously through her sure-to-be-stunning images!


In the meantime, with the dipping temperatures outside here in San Francisco, I crave nothing more than to stay in, decked out in comfy sweatpants and slippers, baking the day away. When I first started dating my fiance, who is English, I made him shortbread cookies for our first Christmas together, thinking they were appropriately British. I have since carried on this tradition each winter, whipping up batches of shortbread cookies. This year, I added toasted pecans to the dough, painted on a thin swoosh of melted dark chocolate and sprinkled a bit of fleur de sel on top for a contrast of flavor and texture. Perfect with a cup of hot tea on a cold winter afternoon.

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Click below for the recipe!

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The Blood Orange Sparkler from Yours Truly

Happy New Years Eve Lark & Linen readers! Melissa here from Yours Truly and I couldn’t be more excited that Jacquelyn asked me to do a guest post on this most sparkly, festive day while she’s on her South African getaway. I’m just a tad bit jealous but I know she’ll be coming back with plenty of gorgeous photos for us all to drool over. In the meantime, I’m totally stalking her instagram!


So, the countdown to confetti and kisses is mere hours away (eee! I love NYE) If you’re hosting a fab little get-together, I’ve got the perfect last minute cocktail to kick your hostess status up a notch. Meet the Blood Orange Sparkler. A little bit of citrus and a whole lotta class, it’s SUPER easy to whip up, leaving you plenty of time for mingling. You really can’t go wrong with bubbly. Wishing you all a happy 2014! Cheers!

Click below for the recipe… 


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Chewy Mandarin Cookies from Cocorrina


Hello you wonderful Lark & Linen readers! This Corina from Cocorrina, and today I’m filling in for Jacquelyn while she’s having a wonderful time on her vacation.

I hardly ever share recipes because, well, I’m not good at them most of the time! But I do have one that’s super easy and even I have mastered it. When I look for recipes I always pick the ones with minimal prep time, and easy ingredients (the kinds I won’t need to search or head out to find.

About a year ago, I discovered these chewy lemon cookies. Let’s talk a second about how awesome they are! So simple to make 8 minutes to bake, and they just taste divine! Once I found this one, I really stuck to it and have been making them quite regularly, but always with a twist. I’ve tried them with lemon, orange, blood orange, and my favourite, mandarin!


It’s very easy to follow the instructions and trust me, you’ll be done before you know it, a perfect recipe for when having unexpected guests for coffee.


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. In a larger bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until it’s very fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, zest and juice.

4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

5. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and roll in sugar. Place them on the cookie sheet, with a distance of 2 inches apart.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

And that’s all! Super easy and super yummy. Enjoy!


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Guest Post: What to Pack for Hawaii


My sweet friend Jessica is headed off to Hawaii for a few weeks (not jealous at all)! She’s asked me to help her hold down the fort over on her blog, Coco/Mingo. Go take a peek to see what I’d pack in my virtual suitcase! 

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Interview: Channeling Contessa


Just a quick note to let you know that I’m over
on one of my favourite blogs, Channeling Contessa,
answering all of her burning questions in her “Girl Crush” series!

Click here to check it out!

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The Amalfi Coast

Alas! The time has come to share my Amalfi Coast photos. I feel like I spent HOURS editing them (yeah, I had over 1000) but I’m ridiculously excited about how they turned out. This magical land is so beautiful that I was asked to post them on Style Me Pretty Living. And you KNOW we only showcase the prettiest of the pretty over there (you can now consider me beyond flattered). I feel like I’ve been leaving you all hanging forever, but you’ll have to wait just a little longer as they’re going up today at 2pm EST! In the meantime, we’re talking all things Amalfi Coast as we cover a few of my what-to-pack essentials and a delicious recipe that I seriously can’t get enough of. And? I’m dedicating all next week to breaking down each and every town we visited paired with a little explanation on how we spent our time (just in case any of you are planning any Italian excursions anytime soon). Stay tuned!

UPDATE: They’re up!

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Guest Post: Wallpapered Washrooms from Brunch at Saks


Hello, lovelies! Annemarie here from Brunch at Saks. First, I want to say I’m so happy (and thankful) that Jacquelyn asked me to guest post for her today because lark & linen has been one of my daily reads for as long as I can remember. I love the space she has created here and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. So, onto the post!

I had a few different topics in mind, but ultimately thought it would be fun to share something that I’ve never done in my own home, but would love to one day: a wallpapered bathroom. Not only is this look pretty and elegant, but I also think wallpaper can be one of the easiest ways to transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary in very little time. I’m not sure how well this would work in a space with a shower due to moisture, but for a guest bathroom where water isn’t an issue, I think it’s really stunning. Here are a few wallpapered bathrooms that have caught my eye:

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If you’re currently on the hunt for wallpaper, here is a list of those featured in these photos:

+ ‘Arches’ (in chocolate brown) by Phillip Jeffries Ltd.

+ ‘Eranthe’ by Osborne & Little

+ ‘Best in Show’ by Osborne & Little

+ ‘Sussex Black & White’ by Designers Guild – Nabucco Collection

lineIf there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that there WILL be a wallpapered powder room in my future. Thank you sweet Annemarie! And happy weekend my dears. I’ll be back early next week with some trip updates. XOX!

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Guest Post: Charred Tomato Pasta Salad from Girlcrush


Hey guys! Sarah here from Girlcrush. While Jacquelyn is having the time of her life on the Amalfi Coast (I’m not jealous at all, are you?) I thought I would share a little taste of Italy for all of us stuck at home!

I found this recipe in the June issue of House and Home, one of my favourite places for recipes, and immediately needed to try it. Enjoyed warm or cold (I prefer the pasta warm although it is meant to be served cold) this dish is a must try.

For the Dressing:
Olive oil for brushing
1 lb plum tomatoes halved lengthwise
1 clove of garlic, minced (I used 2)
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Salad (Pasta):
1 lb dried pasta, such as penne or farfalle
5 oz of washed baby kale
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 lb fresh mozzarella
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto


1. Line a heavy-dute baking tray with foil.

2. Brush both the foil and tomatoes with olive oil.

3. Place tomatoes on tray skin-side-up.

4. Broil for 6″ from heat until lightly charred, approximately 5 minutes on skin side and 10 on cut side. Remove and cool.

5. Place tomatoes, garlic and vinegars in a blender. Puree. Slowly add oil. Transfer to a bowl.

6. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drains and rinse with cold water until cool, or enjoy the pasta warm.

7. Place pasta, kale and chopped basil in a large mixing bowl.

8. Add some dressing and season. Mix.

9. Arrange on a large serving platter or plates.

10. Tear mozzarella into chunks and distribute on top.

11. Tear prosciutto into ribbons and distribute on top.

12. Drizzle with oil and enjoy!
lineYou can rest assured that this will be the FIRST thing I make upon my return.  A big thank you to Sarah, recipe maker extra-ordinaire.

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Guest Post: Wanted from A Piece of Toast


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Hey guys! Molly & Sally here from A Piece of Toast. We are SO excited for that Jacquelyn (and a little jealous) that she and her love get to travel to romanic Amafli, Italy.  Based on her post last week it sounds like their trip is a bit of an open book right now… So we thought we’d help her pack!  Must haves for any trip abroad during the summer season: outfits for day trips exploring, a swim suit and cover up for time on the coastal beach, and breezy attire for evenings out.  With out realizing it, the items we collected all had a very pretty and sweet vibe – just like Jacquelyn!  Enjoy your time on the coast, J + J – we can’t wait to see your photos when you return and we hope we made packing a bit easier (:

lineYep, Molly & Sally definitely hit the nail right on the head with this one. My shopping list has just grown exponentially! Thanks again ladies <3

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Guest Post: House Envy with Because It’s Awesome

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Hey there! Tobe from Because It’s Awesome here, holding down the fort while Jacquelyn is off In Italy! Italy??? Italy?!?!? Seriously, you guys, is she just not so cruel?

I kid, I kid. So excited for our Jacquelyn and her adventures overseas! I’m sure I’m not the only one that eagerly awaits her photo journal upon return so we can live vicariously through her. Quite frankly, I’m not sure what I’m more jealous of — Jacquelyn getting to see Italy, or Italy getting to see our sweet Jacquelyn.

While she and Justin are off gallivanting from one dreamy space to another, I thought I would try my hand at finding a home worthy of her House Envy column. This one by Amy Aidinis Hirsch seemed to fit the bill in all of its naturally chic glory.

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What do you think? Beautifully Jacquelynesque, no? ox

lineA big thank you to Tobe! You’re just the best and this couldn’t have been more on point as far as I’m concerned.

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Guest Post: Scenes from Sweet Thing’s Weekend

Jessie_Scenes_01 {My favorite breakfast at home. Greek yogurt with jam from SQIRL, blueberries and coffee}

Hi, Jessie here from Sweet Thing. When Jacquelyn asked me to guest post, I thought it would be fun to carry on her weekly tradition of “Scenes From My Weekend” with my own version.

As a freelance photographer, weekends have become somewhat obsolete since I always have work to do. But this past weekend was wonderful from start to finish. I still had work obligations and photo editing to finish up, but I made sure to make time for a little fun as well. Other than an insanely fun 90′s themed dance party on Friday night, I had no real plans. Sometimes I find those to be the best kind of weekends. I wondered around my neighborhood, went to my local farmer’s market and record store, drank lots of delicious coffee, walked around the Silver Lake Reservoir and grabbed drinks with friends. The weather was warm and perfect. It’s weekends like these that make me love living in LA more than ever.

Jessie_Scenes_02{Admiring the beautiful blooms at Clementine}

Jessie_Scenes_03 {Peach season has begun at the farmer’s market}

Jessie_Scenes_04{A stop at my local record store Vacation Vinyl, to pick up the new Vampire Weekend}

Jessie_Scenes_05{A cocktail at Bar Stella}

Jessie_Scenes_06{Coffee and a donut at Broome Street General Store after a morning walk around the reservoir}

Jessie_Scenes_07{Wine with friends at Jay’s Bar}
A big thank you to dear Jessie! I can’t even begin to describe how honoured I am to have THE Jessie Webster’s personal photos up on my pages.

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tasty treats: beet ravioli in a brown butter shallot sauce

I’m thrilled to have been a contributor in this months Xquisit Magazine sharing one of my favourite fall recipes: goat cheese stuffed beet ravioli in a brown butter shallot sauce. Definitely not low-cal – but really delicious, and bright pink! It doesn’t get much better than that. You can find the recipe on page 68 here.

ps a sweet interview, an ombre inspired guest post and some notes to myself. It’s been an active month over here!

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guest post: makeunder my life

I’m over here participating in Jess’ “Design Your Life” guest series. Check it out!

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guest post: she wishes she was wearing

My very favourite blogging duo, the adorable Molly and Sally, have asked me to be a part of their awesome series: She Wishes She Was Wearing. Hop on over to A Piece of Toast to check it out! This anti-fashionista happens to have some pretty sage advice ;)

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guest post: the white ruffle

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outfit: tee | shorts

Come find me over on Madison’s blog, The White Ruffle!

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guest post: house envy in the south of France


Today’s house envy post can be found on Victorias blog.
Hop on over if you so please!

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guest post: The Girls of Lincoln Park

I’m gust posting over on The Girls of Lincoln Park today! Go take a peek

ps: we’re having some technical difficulties getting my new blog up and running. Hold tight! We’re working on it.

Happy weekend, lovelies!

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guest post: Dot Dot Dash

Today I’m over on Katrina’s blog, Dot Dot Dash.
Click here to see what I’m talking about!

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guest post: sunshine girl

click here for more!

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lovely & unrelated.

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With the temperature on the rise (it’s supposed to be 21 tomorrow!!),
it’s pretty clear that my spring fever is in full bloom.
Whether it’s fresh tulips beside my bed,
drinks on a patio (that view wouldn’t hurt either),
or a leisurely bike ride on a Sunday afternoon,
I’m really looking forward to all things spring.

In the meantime, here are a few things I’m loving on this week:
a building filled with hammocks
a rainbow hotel
fifteen (fifteen!!) different mac & cheese recipes
the most beautiful line of tiles
an English town I’m just dying to visit
and some “hipster branding” (is it a problem that I love them all?)

Additionally, it’s been a busy few days for lark & linen!
I was featured on The Everygirl
Lauren had some questions about my trip to India last year
and I made it on the “up and coming” bloglovin’ list! Oh happy day!
(of which I’ve since been taken down, but still, Oh happy day!)

Have a wonderful weekend suntots <3

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guest post: style at home.

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I’ve been a Style at Home magazine reader for as long as I can remember. To date, I have recollections of heading to the corner store to pick-up a sour key, a Bop (for my monthly dose of JTT, of course) and the latest Style at Home. So you can only imagine my excitement when they recently asked me to participate in their guest-blogger series. While brief, it gives my validation that I am on the right track and I’m doing this for a reason. I’m now more convinced than ever that this is where I’m supposed to be. Hop on over here if you’d like to check it out!

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guest post:

In addition to my post this morning, I’m over on Buckets & Bunches while Chelsea prepares for her upcoming nuptials (congrats Chelsea!) There I’m showcasing a few classic pieces I currently have my eye on – you may want to go take a gander.

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toronto in style.

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Head on over to Andrea’s blog here where I’ll teach you how to tackle Toronto in the most luxurious fashion – should money be no object of course. Hey, sometimes it’s nice to dream!

Happy weekend guys!

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guest post: hello 2012.

Today I’ve over visiting Kirby & Alexa at The Short and the Sweet of it. Hop on over to find out a few things I’m looking forward to in 2012!

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interviews: xquisit magazine.

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been featured in the new Xquisit magazine! Filled to the brim with inspirational images (the likes of what you see above) I feel honoured to be amongst so much prettiness. Hop over to checkout my interview on page 4 & 5 here

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guest posting: because it’s awesome.

Head on over to Because It’s Awesome where I’m holding down the fort while Tobe gets her new home all pretty-like! In light of her upcoming move, I’ve put together a housewarming gift guide to suit any budget (bonus: it’s perfect for Christmas gifts as well!)

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lovely & unrelated.

found here & here 

Because sometimes it’s just nice to oogle pretty things.

Happy weekend lovelies!

ps. head on over here where I’m holding down the fort for Kay while she’s off on adventures in India! 

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happiness is…

{the $1 pumpkin currently adorning our dining room table}{boot weather}{the cutest salt and pepper shakers that ever existed}{the first salted caramel hot chocolate of the season}{delicious restaurants that serve jars full of warm cookies for dessert}

Those of you who’ve been around for a while may remember my “100 things” series; a series in which I spent 10 weeks listing 100 simple things that made my days just a little bit brighter. I had so much fun putting it together back then and I knew that I wanted to keep it up in one way or another. Here we are, almost a year later, and I’m back with another rendition. Here are a few simple little things that are currently making me happy. What are some of yours?

ps today is the last day for the giveaway if you haven’t entered yet! I’ll be drawing a winner tomorrow afternoon.
pps if you so please, head on over to the lovely Alexandra’s blog, Avoiding a Quarter-Life Crisis to checkout my interview!

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inspiration: wooden counters.

found 1, 2, 3, 4 

As of this moment, I envision a wooden bathroom counter in my future. They instantly add that touch of warmth to a space that would otherwise feel cold and stark.

ps. head on over to Simply Irresistible where the sweet Lara has asked me to share a few of my fav Toronto spots.  

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house envy: a swedish sanctuary.

found here

While doing some research for an upcoming project, I found that my internet travels led me astray (I’m a compulsive link clicker and often have as many as 30 tabs open at once. It’s a bit of a problem). I didn’t find what I was originally intending, but fortunately it wasn’t all a waste for I stumbled upon this dreamy space. The herringbone floors, the intricate ceiling, the perfectly chic, brightly lit kitchen… feast your eyes on these goodies as they are aplently.

ps. as an aside, the lovely Victoria interviewed me for her blog yesterday. Take a look

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inspiration: a surprise party!

found (clockwise from top left) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I’m so pleased to be one of over forty bloggers participating in Megan & Katie’s “Surprise Party”. They’ve recently curated this event to announce what I know will be a hugely popular venture. Head on over to The Fresh Exchange and The Pink and Blue Blog to take a look at their new endeavour and take part in some great giveaways (you know you wanna!) While you’re there, see if you can spot my post. Hint: it’s chalk-full of pink-party-goodness.

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these are a few of my favourite things.

Today is my first day at my brand new job! I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it coincides with the first day of school, but I’m feeling like a child all over again. I’ve had my outfit chosen for a week now, I’ve brainstormed hairdo’s and the nerves and butterflies are in full force. I find myself hoping that my new desk is in the perfect location and that I sit next to someone cool (although, designers are cool, right? I think I’ll be okay here). I was too nervous/distracted to put together a post this morning, so please accept my apologies and know that my scenes from my weekend will be up tomorrow.

In the meantime, head over to the lovely Sofia’s Journal where I’m holding down the fort while she’s off on a much deserved vacation. Over there you can checkout a few of my very favourite beauty products.

And if you have a few good luck vibes to spare, feel free to send em’ my way. Much appreciated!

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guest post: vmac + cheese.

You can find me over here today! Victoria from vmac and cheese has asked me to participate in her “behind the scenes” series and I could not be more thrilled! Check it out to find out where I plan on travelling, and what I hope my life looks like in the next five years.


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guest post: wink nyc.

found (clockwise) here, here, here & here 

I’m excited to announce that today I’m being featured on WiNK’s blog! Head over here to check it out.

ps. it’s really strange to see my face on their homepage. Eep!

Thanks for having me WiNK ladies <3

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guest post: aspiring kennedy.

{a picture of our camel trek through the thar desert in jaisalmer}

Head on over to Aspiring Kennedy who’s asked me to share a few words on what she should expect while visiting India! (click here)


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here + there.


Psst! Check-out my very first interview over at the lovely Claire’s blog: Celebrate Creation (click here)

Thanks again Claire!

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guest blog: freutcake.

graphics by freutcake

I’m so excited to announce a guest post for a series entitled 5 questions that I’ve recently put together for Leah at Freutcake. Have you been to her blog? If you have not you must go. Now. Immediately, if not sooner. She has a serious eye for all things pretty, and not to mention an impressive collection of incredible recipes (yes, I’ve flagged them all for future use, thankyouverymuch). So if you don’t go to check out my 5 questions (here), at least go and check out her stuff. You can thank me later!
And thanks again Leah for including me in your series!

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featured: design*sponge.

Remember when I spoke about painting my desk (here)? Well, guess whose desk before & after was featured on Design*Sponge this afternoon! Lil ol me! I’m so pleased, I could almost fist pump (but nobody wants to see that). Check it out -> here! (weeeee!!)

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