I had 'good intentions' to do some canning this season, but I am not sure if I will be able to get around to it with the baby coming and all. I tried it for the very first time last year -- canning some various jams and it has been delightful to pull some fresh and delicious jam off of our shelves all year long. Although I know people have been doing it for ages, have you noticed the growing trend and increased canning exposure all around the last few years? It is popping up all over the place and there are lots of lovely things to make your canned goods look pretty along with great new resources too. Here are a few that caught my eye.
What about you? Have you tried canning before? Are you a preserving expert? Share with us your favorite things to preserve and successful recipes you've tried. If you have seen other great posts and canning tips-- hit up the comments section with your links and share your finds.
Hello... I hope you had a great weekend! I had technical computer and internet difficulties over the weekend, so I didn't get to share some posts on Friday, but I think we've got it all squared away now. Did you do anything fun for the weekend? We have been prepping a bit for our baby that will be arriving dun dun duh... this week! It is going to be a super busy week and month for us with lots of life-changing moments ahead. In the next little while I am excited to have some guest blogging friends fill in when I am unavailable, but I also hope to have a few posts for you too. So stay tuned!
Well... on to Music Monday. I am a fan of the Shout Out Louds and thought this was appropriate for this week, the song is called "Show Me Something New". I enjoy the upbeat lyrics and the cool underwater nature of the music video. What do you think? Also, the Shout Out Louds did a sweet cover of the Band of Horses that you can watch here. Speaking of cover songs, what are your favorite covers? I'd love to hear about them.
(Since readers have asked and told me that you have purchased Music Monday music I've shared in the past -- support Black Eiffel by getting the newest Shout Out Louds MP3 Album for $5.00 or single songs here or also on itunes here. Thank you for your support!)
As we reach the end of August, school starts up again. Inspired by collegiate prepsters, I’ve decided to do a post on preppy skirts – plaid, pleated, and wool. You don’t have to look like you attend an Ivy League university while wearing these skirts. Preppy staples pair nicely with feminine pieces as well as more boy-meets-girl items. Here are some great skirts out there right now:
Any of these skirts on its own, and paired with the wrong things, could look like a high schoolers' uniform - think collared shirts and thick navy cardigans that hit awkwardly above the hip. That's why I would wear this with that:
1. JCrew Merino Boyfriend Sweatshirt 69.50. This pine color will look wonderful with the gray tweed, and the boyfriend fit makes the look modern instead of stuffy.
2. Topshop Praline High-Heel Loafers 160. I love these caramel high heeled loafers, their color will make the leg look long and lean and not weigh down the look (if you chose a black shoe).
1. Eddie Bauer Marled Cardigan 79. A long and chunky grandpa cardigan will bring this sweater to a cozy but still flattering look.
2. Banana Republic Silk Chevron Tank 69.50. I love pairing a pretty feminine blouse under a thick knit such as the above sweater, it's a fun contrast and perfect for fall.
3. SM Luxe Zappa Bootie 89.95. These boots are so cool. I love how the zippers perfectly match the color of the skirt. They make the outfit more edgy and steer it away from frumpy.
1. Delia's Devin Brass Button Peacoat 89.50. A classic navy peacoat is a fall must. It's straight lines are so flattering on top of jeans, or in this case, a pleated skirt with a little volume.
2. Delia's Bethany Solid Thermal 9.99. A thick thermal makes this nice skirt appear more casual, and I love the idea of having the navy peacoat open over the gray thermal.
3. Bloch Basic Ballet Flat 130. Since this is classified as a "mini-skirt" I think it is appropriate to stick with flats. And to pick up on the black in the color blocking of the skirt, a black flat is perfectly lovely.
Among all these outfits there is a theme of mixing neutrals. Dark green, gray and caramel, ivory, gray and brown, and navy, gray, brown and black. A lot of people might tell you to steer away from brown and black, or navy and black, whatever. I say go for it. I think it looks very chic when a woman can successfully mix neutrals (emphasis on successfully). And fall is the perfect time to explore collegiate basics as well as a palette of neutrals.
Today I am inspired by farmhouse style modern houses. I've often loved the idea of restoring or living in a farmhouse or barn that has been modernized. All of these are designed by Vermont based architectural firm Birdseye Design.
This British wedding I saw over at 100 layer cake for Artemis and Nao is one of the most charming and well-done DIY weddings I've seen in quite some time. They made their wedding invitations, wedding attire, wedding jewelry (they have a vintage + jewelry shop) and much, much more! What a tone of work, but wow, look how lovely it turned out. Check out the rest of the photos over at tales of a junkaholic. They also even had a wedding tent which they got ready in and even stayed in afterwards too -- it was right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the water. Talk about a splendid event.
(photos from Junkaholic + bus photo by Kasia Kosaka)
Hope you had a wonderful weekend, I thought I would mix it up a bit with a little French for Music Monday today. I am really enjoying Montreal singer-songwriter, " Coeur De Pirate" lately. This music video is sweet and charming. Happy Music Monday!
(Directed by David Valiquette // Image by John Londono)
I've heard of Madewell, as the name gets tossed around in a few magazines, but never checked it out before. The look seems like a mix of J Crew, American Apparel, Urban, and Calvin Klein (price-wise and style-wise) to me... And right now, there's free shipping with orders of $100 or more.
Have a most fabulous weekend dear readers! I hope you have some fun things planned or are able to get a little relaxation this weekend. Here are some of my favorite and happy moments of the week...
1: I was ecstatic to hear from blogging friends and tweets that I was mentioned in the September Martha Stewart Living, I had no idea and I am really honored to be listed among such amazing talent on page 54. Thank you very much editors at Martha Stewart, I am beyond thrilled! Also, thank you to all of you sweet readers for you kind words, support and for reading Black Eiffel, it is a blast to share things with you and get your feedback -- thank you, thank you!
3: I created a music mix called 'Final Summer Getaway' that the lovely Casey is sharing today over at The Kid Collective with her ongoing Summer music mix series. I cannot believe summer is winding down...
4: When I saw this Scratch Map that Joanna shared, it was immediately got added to my wish list, it looks super cool.
5: Whenever I want to daydream and take a mock trip to Paris (which is often) I will head over to Little Brown Pen and check out the beautiful photos Nichole takes and posts on her blog. This week she has a gorgeous new website up where you can see more, way to go Nichole!
6: Speaking of maps and trips ... my husband emailed me today about the travel 'internet flight search website' Hipmunk? Have you heard of it yet -- it shares which flights are the hottest deal. It looks pretty great, and makes me want to plan a vacation now. (Read more about it here.)
This is the Fossil Vintage Reissue Flap Crossbody bag. It's $148, and comes in three other fall and winter-appropriate neutrals. I like it for everyday and for the weekend and I can't resist that key detail!
Both are ruffled in the front, both are neutral colors, both are cotton. Given the color differences and the placement of the ruffles, I'd go with the Anthro cardi. Plus, it's the less expensive of the two. You?
At first glance these installations may not seem that special, but when you realize they are made of pencils, books, and little plastic soldiers it elevates them to an even more spectacular level. Federico Uribe is extremely creative and does some amazing work. I am drawn to most of his sculptures made out of common items under the Abstract-O section of his website, but there are lots of other great things too. Talk about making school supplies look awesome.
Check out this stone house that looks like it is straight out of the Flintstones! It is nestled in the mountains of Fafe, Portugal. My daughter even walked by saying, "That is sooo cool, I want a house like that." I wonder what it looks like on the inside? (via archdaily)
When Back to School Supplies are stocked up and on sale, it is one of my favorite times of year. It makes me want to spruce up things in my office, editing and adding to what I have. Here are some bright and cheery things that I have my eye on, that have been added to my wishlist.
Some of these styles may be a little too sophisticated for my three-year old, but wow ... I love what Zara Kids is doing for fall. I find myself gathering tips for my closet from these savvy children's looks along with of course their lovely women's line. Great news for those not close to one of their stores, Zara is going to sell online starting September 2nd. Hooray.