Guest Post: Inks + Thread Makes Butternut Squash Empanadas

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With Thanksgiving next week (!) we have a special treat for you today. I’m very excited to introduce you to my talented friend Maggie Pate, of Inks + Thread. Maggie’s line of silk scarves and apparel feature her exclusive prints and hand dying techniques that are awe-inspiring. Today, we get to enjoy her photography and styling skills as she shares a vegetarian Thanksgiving recipe – Butternut Squash and Pepper Jack Chipotle Empanadas! Her recipe was adapted from this one.
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Cookbook Gift Guide 2014

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving next week, we put together a Cookbook Gift Guide that does double duty. Use this guide to help you plan your Thanksgiving meal or to check your foodie friend off your holiday shopping list. The recipes among these books are not only focused on locally grown produce and healthy food, but the photos are a feast for your eyes as well. Shouldn’t all aspects of our lives be beautifully designed?

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Best of Basics: Black and White Striped Shirt

For those of us who can’t commit to print, a black and white striped shirt is the answer to our sartorial print prayers. I’ve tried on hundreds of striped tees of the black and white variety, and my two favorites – one short sleeve, one long sleeve- were worth the hunt. First up, the short sleeve tee from 6397. I picked up this black and white striped shirt at The News sample sale yesterday (going on through Saturday, details here).

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What makes this tee so special? Let me count the ways… (1) The tiny stripe is a nice alternative to the more traditional bold stripe. (2) A high neckband is a subtle detail, which makes it perfect for layering under things. (3) The close to the body, slightly boxy fit. Secondly, the black and white striped shirt with long sleeves from the Comme des Garçons Play collection. This dons a bolder stripe and a red (color!) embroidered heart patch. Made of 100% cotton, this style gets softer with every wear and has started to form to my body – a trait every best basic should have.

To see how I wear my favorite black and white striped shirts, check my instagram over the next few days, they are sure to make guest appearances.

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DIY: White Lace Up Shirt

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If you’ve been following my < runway > board on Pinterest, or even taken a look at any of the Spring 2015 collections, you’d know that the lace-up detail is having a major moment in fashion. If you need more proof, read this Into The Gloss article and this Who What Wear post. Are you all caught up? Ok, good. This is why I thought a DIY white lace up shirt was in order. The icing on the cake? Coming across this shirt dress (pictured above) from the Isabel Marant.

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Lotta for Kobo: Pure Soy Candles

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Last week I stopped by the oh-so-fun Kikkerland Shop to celebrate the launch of Kobo candles collaboration with Lotta Jansdotter. Made of domestically grown, sustainable soybeans, the pure soy candles burn cleanly while filling the room with a soft fragrance. With an eye on sustainability, Scandinavian designer, Lotta Jansdottter designed the packaging to have a longer life. The cup can be used later as a drinking glass, once all of the wax is removed and it’s thoroughly washed, of course. The box, adorned with Lotta’s simple signature prints, breaks down into two postcards to encourage sending handwritten notes. The entire collection has eight scents, ranging from Cloudberry to Forest floor. The simple design of the ceramic vessel makes us want to start collecting them. You can find Lotta’s pure soy candles at Kikkerland Shop and online at Kobo Candles. We have our summer linen candle (pictured) burning now, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect way to start the week.

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