Hello! Welcome to my newest blog addition — The Sunday Post! Every Sunday I’ll share with you my weekly musings. You can expect to see a few of my favorite interior design, style, and recipe finds, my thoughts for the week, plus something beautiful (you can read why in my thoughts section below). Without further ado …
Did you know that August is National Peach Month? I didn’t, but I just learned, so I thought I’d share! And what better way to celebrate than to share one (or, in this case, two because I couldn’t decide on just one), of my favorite peach recipes!
These little Baked Peach Sundae Cups (courtesy of Tastes Better From Scratch) are a favorite at our house — I love them because they’re the perfect mix of healthy, fresh fruit and sweet treat. And they’re tiny — the perfect portioned indulgence! If you have kids, they’ll adore these.
The Peach, Tomato, and Burrata Salad (courtesy of Half-Baked Harvest) is one of my favorites for entertaining. It’s entirely customizable. I enjoy it as pictured above, but if there’s an ingredient that just doesn’t do it for you or if one of your guests has an allergy or food sensitivity, eliminate it!
If you’ve been following me on Instagram for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for marble. And while I generally gravitate towards light-colored Carrara marble, these deep, dark, rich blue countertops (home design by Katie Rosenfield & Co.) have me reconsidering all my future dream home plans! They’re moody, full of character, and simply beautiful. What do you think? If you’re interested in seeing this full home, which is stunning, check it out here!
My fashion inspiration this week came from an old French Vogue article on Éléonore Toulin. She first crossed my fashion radar a few years back and has been an inspiration to my wardrobe ever since. When I randomly saw her pop up in my Pinterest feed this week, I felt compelled to share.
If you love French girl style, prefer quality over quantity, and gravitate toward the feminine, you’ll adore her style too! Below are a few of my favorite Éléonore-inspired pieces!
Finally, to close out each week’s Sunday Post, I’d like to share something beautiful. Why? Because, really, none of us have enough beauty in our lives anymore. The very idea of objective, idealistic beauty has been largely abandoned by modern society. It’s been cheapened, made entirely subjective, and often characterized as being “pretty” or worse, is something that is merely ideologically fashionable.
True beauty stops us dead in our tracks, not necessarily because it’s appealing to the eye (although it often is), but because it inspires awe. A flower, the salty smell of the ocean, a violent thunderstorm, or the sound of Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring. True beauty speaks to us on our deepest, most intimate level. It confirms in our mind that there’s something more to our existence than the readily apparent. We feel it. Fleeting, it touches our spirit creating a sense of wonder and joy, and then it’s gone. For me, beauty is God’s fingerprint all over creation. It’s a reminder of how things could and should be, and one day will be. It’s why we are drawn to it and feel overwhelming peace when we experience it. In The Republic, Plato said, “the object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”
I’m often on the lookout for beautiful books for myself and my kids. As true beauty is in short supply in most areas of our lives today, so is the case with beautiful books. When I find one, I snap it up! These two gems caught my eye while I was visiting my childrens’ school store this past week.
Both The Lost Words and The Lost Spells by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris are meditations on beauty, both in written and artistic expression. The poetry is breathtaking — oscillating between clever and light-hearted to moody and melancholy — and the watercolors are stunning in their simplicity. If one of your goals is to teach your children the beauty of the natural world or to familiarize them with words that were once mainstream but have been eliminated from our lexicon as we’ve lost tolerance for nuance, these books are for you. And while they’re geared towards children, any young-at-heart adult will find these books delightful as well. I admit, I’ve snatched Livi’s copy a few times late at night and in the early morning hours for a quick moment of reflection. I hope they bring you joy!
Ok, that’s a wrap on my very first Sunday Post. Since this is a bit of a catch-all post, if there’s anything you’d like to see in these posts, shoot me a note or email — I’m always excited to get your feedback.
Wishing you all a great week!