Apartment Inspiration

As I prepare to head to France, I am starting to think more and more about ways to make myself feel at home in a completely foreign country. It's stressful! One thing I came up with is to make my (tiny, tiny) apartment into a space that I love and feel at home in. To me, going home to a place that I love and feels like me is key. 

I am traditionally drawn to more colorful and bright prints over neutrals, but in order to keep from creating an overwhelming space I like to start with neutrals as a base. Here are a few pieces that I could definitely see having in my apartment in Paris. 

Apartment Inspiration

Cotton bedding / Pottery Barn industrial lighting / Pottery Barn jewelry box / Duvet cover / Linea ginger jar, $23 / Lace curtain


Hot Air Ballooning

Last week my dear Uncle took me on a hot air balloon ride through the wine country. It was really, truly amazing. Since we left before sunrise we got to witness it in the air. I'll always remember this day with incredible fondness and love. And really, what else can you ask for on a Tuesday? 

Me and my Uncle

It was such a beautiful day and truly one of the best of my life


Fall Staple: The Army Jacket

Fall is my favorite season when it comes to clothes. Navy and burgundy are my favorite colors,  tall boots my favorite accessory. Fall is my season, style wise. Then comes winter, and then maybe spring. To be honest, I'm not really a summer girl.

If you live a life like mine that is not too fancy and not too glamorous, the army jacket is your friend. It's cute, casual, warm and really versatile. A typical day in the life of moi includes class, herbal tea, sometimes the gym, and usually homemade dinner. On those typical days, this jacket is perfect.

I've included jackets at various price points below, and the first two are my favorites. Let me know what your fall wardrobe staples are :)

The Army Jacket

Burberry double breasted coat / rag & bone/KNIT olive green jacket / Velvet military style jacket / Topshop parka jacket / Parka coat / H&M green parka, $47


Links, Baby, Links!

It's Friday. I've been up since seven but have barely gotten anything done. I am tired and hungry and cold and as I type I realize it's way past time to clean my computer. I feel ridiculous when I say that I still haven't gotten those cool posts together that I promised you on Tuesday. It's just one of those days. Or maybe I'm just one of those people.

No worries though, because below are fabulous links and outside the sun is shining and my best friend in the world arrived home last night and I am starting to feel productive. Okay, the last part was a lie, but overall things are looking up.

As always, thanks for reading. And I promise, I'm always working on making it a little better here at Une Splendid Vie.

A voguestagram of the iconic Ms. Wintour herself. Check out some more here 

  • Fancy crocs and sweatpants? Maybe I understand the idea behind these but um, no. 
  • Ever been fired? It's okay, really. You're not alone. Here's a list of 8 successful women who were once fired. 
  • My personal beauty preference is light but defined eyes, cranberry-stained lips and glowy skin, so thanks Teen Vogue for helping out with the last one! 
  • And regular Vogue provides a delicious summer dessert  recipe centering around my favorite fruit- peaches! It has no refined sugar and I plan on trying to veganize it. I'll keep you updated. 
  • Marie Claire is predicting that the monochromatic look will trend this fall. What do you think? I'm more of a how many colors/patterns can I fit into one day type of girl, but I could deal with some blue on blue. 


5 things

Today I want to talk to you about five things that I believe every girl should have. And this is just my list, so maybe you have different ideas of what's necessary for you.But in my mind, these are five things (both literal and not) that characterize a wonderful human.

1. A go to restaurant. Mine as of late is The plant. As a mostly gluten-free vegan, it's kind of perfect. I can't get enough of their hazelnut chocolate cake or sambazon bowl.

2. A great pair of glasses- sun or prescription, it don't matta. Right now, mine are these and these. I'm a sucker for the classics, I suppose.

3. Favorite cookie. Everyone needs a favorite cookie. Mine are chocolate chip. Boring, right. Boring yet delicious. This recipe by my favorite food blogger, oh, ladycakes is amazing. The dough might be better than the actual cookies though.

4. A dream destination. I'm leaving for mine in about three weeks, but the next on my list are Australia and the Seychelles (pictured above).

5. A song that makes you forget there are other humans present and dance. Try Brown Eyed GirlYou Can Call me Al, or anything circa 1998.


Je ne sais quoi

Some ladies just master that je ne sais quoi look. It's a personal favorite of mine. Probably because it gives me hope that one day I'll be able to not brush my hair and forget to do my makeup and still look like this...

And of course, lovely Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere and her messy bun


In my dreams

Hello All!

I am so sorry that I didn't post yesterday. I was away in Tahoe all weekend without my computer and I went straight to the French Consulate to get my visa when I returned. Time got away from me, but I promise I'll do my best to remain consistent and post on weekdays. 

There are so many cool things that I want to post about so tomorrow I will (hopefully) take a few hours to construct some really great blog posts about riveting things. No no, that was a joke, nothing riveting happens in my life. 

For your Tuesday I made a collage of things that I really, really, really want. But can't afford, or just shouldn't buy because I have no money and instead have a massive trip planned in less than a month. Really though, I need to stop shopping. Damn it, why am I torturing myself with Nikons and Burberry trenches? This whole collage was probably a bad idea. But I mean, check out that watch... too adorable. I'm going to go buy it now.

In my dreams

Sea, New York shirts blouse, $415 / Burberry coat / Rag & Bone mid rise boyfriend jeans / Joie floral trousers, $445 / Lucky Brand flat shoes / Coach vintage handbag / Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet / Kate Spade bracelet / Tiffany & Co. tortoise glasses, $425


Links, baby, Links!

With every weekend comes a little more excitement and a little more anxiety. It's less than a month now until I move to France and I'm just so overwhelmed by that. There's still so much to think about and so much that I have to do. My dear uncle bought me some great new luggage that made this whole trip into a reality. I still have a few weeks at home and I'm going to soak them up until it's time to embrace my new adventure. Which I will, happily.

  • Summer sure as hell isn't over, and I will continue to bask in summer reading lists by Vogue (and others) until it is, and probably after that, too
  • I don't eat cheese, but if you do then you need to go make this goat cheese and fig crostini now. No seriously, now. Also from The Glitter Guide, a list of grown up school supplies. Because as a complete nerd, back to school shopping has always been one of my favorites and it may just be one of yours, too
  • Glamour's take on fall trends. Classic prints and emerald green? Couldn't have painted a better wardrobe myself
  • A tumblr that will keep you occupied for hours. Because it's all real cute, honeypie, guarenteed
  • I may have posted this recipe before. If not, go check it out please. These are so, so good. I usually melt a dark chocolate bar and spread it on top before refrigerating. Because what goes together better than dark chocolate and almond butter? Only beautiful Jackie O and her iconic glasses. 


Summer in Marin

Girls! (and guys, if there are any of you). This is a big day. Huge. It's the day of my first outfit photo post. I finally found the cord that connects my camera to my computer so now I can share with you all sorts of fun things.

This outfit is something that I could wear every single day in summery Marin. I've had these pants for years and I just scored this Madewell top in stores for $10! It was on major sale. This navy/heather combo is a personal favorite of mine and works so well in the warmer months.

Also, please ignore how seriously awkward I am in front of a camera.

Shirt Madewell (in stores & on sale)/Pants AG Jeans/ Glasses Madewell (on sale)/ Shoes Minnetonka similar


Pick me ups

Here are some photos that make me smile, and hopefully they'll do the same for you! I'm off to do something pretty darn exciting super duper early this morning (four. gross) that I plan on sharing with all y'all later. Happy Wednesday :)

P.S. I haven't been feeling well lately which is probably why I just used "super duper" and "all y'all." Apologies


The Actualities

When I create collages for le blog typically there are items in the collage that I don't have and don't plan on buying. A lot of my collages are part of a fantasy. I would never post an item that I don't truly want to own, but let's be real, I can't afford half of the accoutrements I display here at une splendid vie.

But today I made a collage that is full of items that I truly plan on buying- these are my actualities. These are the items that I plan to invest in before France. They would blend into my wardrobe ceaselessly and they may seem a little boring, but I know for sure that I would wear each item below over and over again. Sure, they are a little expensive (especially when combined), but I love clothes with quality.

Once I get these items (and a decent camera- sorry!), I'll post pictures of myself in them :)
The Actualities

J.Crew merino sweater / J.Crew chino pants / Joie blue pants / Splendid suede oxford / J.Crew ballet pumps / Madewell leather ankle booties / Madewell monogrammed tote / Splendid elastic hair tie / Rag & Bone brimmed hat

As always, thanks for stopping by! 


Healthy Eats

I am seriously addicted to sweets. Sometimes it's a problem, but in order to avoid it being problematic I spend a lot of time looking for recipes that are healthy and amazing. Luckily there are plenty of those. Lately I've been baking a whole lot of vegan paleo chocolate chip cookies, and they are delicious. Seriously delicious. The first time I tried them I didn't really like them (this is when they had just come out of the oven). Then I tried again later that day and couldn't stop eating. Not to mention, the dough is absolutely incredible when eaten just out of the freezer. 

So below is a rendition of vegan & paleo chocolate chip cookies. My recipe is not revolutionary whatsoever and is vaguely adapted from this recipe as well as some others from around the internets. Mine will be a little more buttery and a little more coconutty than the one above. 

1 cup almond meal 
3 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
3 or 4 tbsp melted coconut oil (I use about 3.5)
2 tbsp maple syrup 
2 tsp vanilla 
2 tsp coconut or almond milk (or even water)
small handful dark chocolate chunks (I like to use chopped dark chocolate bar (75% or so))
some walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients and mix. Then add all wet ingredients and stir until you've got this doughy/mealy type thing. Lastly, add chocolate chips (and nuts if you'd like). 

Scoop dough onto a cookie sheet and flatten to look like little hockey pucks. Then bake for 8-10 minutes. 

I forgot to take photos before they were all gone, so here is one I found on google :) Mine looked a lot like this: 


Shake your booties

One of my friends texted me today and asked me what I was doing. I responded, "I'm making a collage of booties on the internet." She replied: "Collage of booties??? Um, what???" I decided not to clarify, especially because to her I'm probably a little more intriguing as a person now.

Below is the collage. I am a massive fan of boots of all kinds. In high school I had this one pair of boots that practically defined me. Since college, I've been rocking a lot of riding boots, not to mention the classic Clarks desert boot. Here's the thing though: the desert boot is gender neutral. Don't get me wrong, I am 100% supportive of gender neutrality in general, especially in clothing, but this is a special case. I've run into people wearing desert boots on multiple occassions. They have all been different individuals, but the same person. That person is a male student or young humanities worker living in a cheap apartment with six roommates.

A few months back I was in safeway in the self checkout line when the guy behind me said "Nice shoes." I smiled and looked down. He was wearing desert boots, too. He was in his early 20s and okay, kind of cute. Then I said something like "yeah, they're great, I wear them almost every day..." And here's what this guy says to me: "I love them because it's so easy to sneak up on people in them! They're so quiet!" Later that day I experimented and realized that 007 should have been wearing Clarks throughout his entire career.

Despite that encounter being one of the best I've ever had with a stranger, I was forced to ask myself a question: do I want to be the girl that's style is most similar to 23 year old journalist who still utilizes the element of surprise to scare his idiot friends?

After some contemplation, I decided it was time to upgrade my booties. I love the blue Lucky pair, maybe because they remind me of desert boots. My other favorites are the Madewells and Seychelles.

Shake your booties

Vince chukka boots / Alberto Fermani suede boots / Seychelles black boots / DV by Dolce Vita leather boots / Lucky Brand boots / Marc by Marc Jacobs suede boots / Lucky Brand boots / Madewell leather boots / Cynthia Vincent leather boots


Let's talk food

I. Love. Food. Love it. Cooking it, eating it, especially baking it. Health is a huge part of my love for food. And I've been vegan for almost a year now (one of the best decisions I've ever made, though I did not make it for health reasons). Below are some photos from the last few months. This is the food that I've remembered to photograph (that barely ever happens). I've been baking a lot lately (think 3-5x a week, no joke) but I never seem to take pictures. I'll work on it. If you love food as much as I do, then scroll on down and have a look. 

Soba noodles with veggies, homemade peanut sauce, and tofu

A truly delicious vegan spread

A picnic I had on a day trip to Idaho back in May

Me eating soup at said Picnic

Thai food in London

Fruit and homework in London

Crepes at a street market in London

Huge avocados at a market in London

Raspberry & coconut milk chia seed pudding with fresh vegetable juice in London

Raw cocoa cake in London (so so so good)

Vegan buffet plate (before)

...and after

Indian food at City Spice, an amazing Indian restaurant on Brick Lane in London. This was only course one, but the others were so good I forgot to document them because I was so excited to eat. 

Fresh Mint Tea after a meal at falafel house. yes, you heard me, falafel house. 

A vegan English breakfast (I was surprised and charmed to discover that a traditional English breakfast consists of beans- typically eaten on the toast)

Fresh Produce after a trip to the farmer's market

Vegan and sugar free mini cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie toppers

Coconut yogurt & fruit for breakfast

 Grapefruit and avocado salad with macadamia nuts

My absolute favorite fruit of the moment- figs! 

Also, I think now would be an apt time to mention that I spent six weeks of my summer studying Literature in London. It was amazing, I can't wait to go back! If anyone has an interest, I can post more about my trip. If not, just enjoy daydreaming about food!