Sunday, November 30, 2014

Local Love; Olives & Grace

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Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Olives & Grace on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

"A Curtsy to the Makers". Without a doubt, Olives and Grace is the best (and most unique) gift shop in Boston. And without a doubt the owner, Sofi, sticks to her slogan. Everything is made in America, and very much of it is made local to the Mass area. All made by small business owners, emerging artisans and craftsman, and small batch foodies. When you shop at Olives and Grace you can be happy you are getting quality product while supporting local and artisan made. Sofi can tell you the tale behind each product in her shop. Be it a unique bar cart item, a dainty necklace, a charitable bar of soap, or delicious snacks, she will help you find the best gift for a loved one.. or yourself. She also will help you build the perfect gift box for no extra cost. Olives and Grace is truly one of a kind.

Shop Olives and Grace at 623 Tremont St, Boston MA, nestled in the South End.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Three Delicious Christmas Cookie Recipes

Thanksgiving is over so that means Christmas music, Christmas shopping, Christmas decorations and most importantly... Christmas cookies. Here is a round up of three of my very own very special Christmas Cookie recipes;

These are major. After hours in the kitchen I came up with the perfect recipe. The combo of chocolate and mint, a brownie like texture, and made whole wheat make these cookies a win. My absolute favorite cookies, I made about 7 batches last year. You will not regret making these, seriously. View my exclusive recipe here!

Chocolate Mint Crinkle Kiss Cookies on http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com/

Chocolate Mint Crinkle Kiss Cookies on http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com/

Add Oreos to anything and I am sold. These rich cookies could not be any more decadent without being too sweet. These look way cute on a Christmas plate next to the Chocolate Mint Crinkle Kiss Cookies. Ideal. View my recipe here!

Cookies and Cream Mascarpone Kisses on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Cookies and Cream Mascarpone Kisses on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

The smell of these cookies baking and the spicy sweet taste embodies Christmas for me. The perfect Gingerbread Cookie topped with the Easiest 2 Ingredient Royal Icing. A classic made easy. View both recipes here!

Gingerbread Cookies with Two Ingredient Royal Icing on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Gingerbread Cookies with Two Ingredient Royal Icing on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

What are your favorite Christmas Cookies? I would love links to recipes!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Swan Dress Bjork Costume DIY

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I love Halloween. I wish it happened once a month every month as opposed to once a year. It is a night where you can be whatever and whomever you want to be! For me it is an excuse to make a fun costume. This year I made a Swan Dress, very similar to Bjorks. Instead of nylons and a nude body suit like Bjork, I wore tights and a black leotard. Sort of a mix of Bjork/swan queen/ballerina. Here is a tutorial (inspired by A Beautiful Mess), so you can make your own!

DIY swan costume on juliettelaura.blogpspot.com

make your own tutu on juliettelaura.blogpspot.com

bjork swan dress tutorial on juliettelaura.blogpspot.com

Materials;
1 yard white fabric (I used simple cotton)
Scraps of orange fabric
Scraps of black fabric
Sewing machine or needle and thread
10 yards white tulle
Elastic
Hook and Eye Clasp
Batting
Tape Measure
Sissors

Steps;
This seems long and complicated but really is quite easy.
For the Head and Neck;
Use a tape measure and measure from your waist around your neck and down to your waist again.
This will be the neck and head of the swan.
Using pencil draw a line on the white fabric the length of what you measured.
Outline the width (about 5 inches) of the neck, make it wider at the bottom and rounded and wider for the head.
Cut two identical shaped strips.
Cut the black scrap for the eye. Sew onto one of the white strips.
Sew the white strips together around the edges.
(make sure the black eye is on the inside)
(leave the bottom open)
Flip right side out.
Cut the orange scraps to be a beak, sew 2 of the three sides.
Flip right side out, stuff, and sew to the back of the head.
Stuff head with batting.
You have now completed the swan head and neck.
For the Skirt/ Tutu;
Measure around your waist with the tape measure.
Cut elastic this length.
Hand sew hook and eye clasps onto elastic.
Secure elastic around waist.
Cut long strips of tulle about one foot wide by twice the length you want the skirt.
Loop strips over and through the waist band.
Repeat until desired fullness is achieved.
Hand sew loosley around waist to keep tulle in place.
Remove skirt and sew around the top and bottom edge of the elastic to create a waistline.
To finish;
Sew bottom of neck to the waistline
I sewed one piece of tulle from skirt to the back of the neck.

bjork swan dress diy on juliettelaura.blogpspot.com

DIY bjork swan dress tutorial on juliettelaura.blogpspot.com

diy tutu on juliettelaura.blogpspot.com

What were you for Halloween this year? Already dreaming of next years costume..

Monday, November 10, 2014

Local Loves; Pioneer Goods Co.

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Pioneer Goods Co. on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Pioneer Goods Co. on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Pioneer Goods Co. is an experience. A shop in the South End. Filled to the brim with home goods, new and artisan made, as well as old antiques. Old glass apothecary bottles, furniture, candles, everything Americana. Specialty paint, specifically chalk paint and paintbrushes. Owned by the coolest guy (with the coolest eyes), Justin. It is a friendly and welcoming space. Justin can not only help you find the goods you need, but also offers design services.

Every item in the shop is well thought out. Every single item Justin has hand selected himself. "Simply put, I go with my gut." he chooses items he loves, hoping customers will respond the same way. This definitely works, Pioneer Goods Co. has only been open for a few months and is already successful. 

You could spend hours browsing, but don't take my word for it;
Visit Pioneer Goods Co. located at 764 Tremont St, Boston MA.
Not local? Check out the website and online shop here!
Follow Pioneer Goods Co. on Instagram here!

Local Loves is a new series that I am starting on here. This is the first post, follow on Bloglovin' for more!