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pretty flowers.

I’m not sure how April arrived then quickly left in the hazy blur it did, but it happened. And now it’s the month of May. So let’s forego cliche talk about how time is passing too fast, and instead, talk about this flower bouquet*. It’s from a wedding of two friends I photographed last weekend, and I cannot stop staring at them. Is it weird I want to blow up someone else’s wedding bouquet and get it printed to hang on my wall? Don’t answer that…

Life lately has been all about the eternal struggle between enjoying the present and my deep need to have something to look forward to. With the help of a mindfulness meditation class, I’m working on bringing myself into the present moment instead of always focusing on the future. It’s HARD. My natural inclination is, “What’s next??” as I find it much easier to think about fun future things ( Beyoncé concert! Trip with my mom! Gilmore Girls revival! ) instead of the not-always-fun present. I’m trying not to beat myself up when I fail at this, and instead practice self-kindness. I’m quickly learning it’s an necessary skill to cultivate. No one is going to do it for us.

With that mini ramble, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I’ll be selling some of my letterpress work at Madison’s Gallery Night tonight, then heading north to my parents’ house to celebrate my mama appropriately on Sunday.

Enjoy the spring blooms along with a few of my latest favorite links + reads.

Bill Murray is the best.

Attn: DIY-ers! Purl Bee has such a lovely collection of projects.

Pretty shower curtains.

@_chicadeoro is my new Instagram crush. She describes her style as, “French tomboy with a hint of minimalist Japanese grandma.”

The Girls season 5 finale was a few weeks ago, and WHOA! So good. If you haven’t watched this season, catch up now. Our four friends are ( finally? ) maturing.

Happiness inequality vs. income inequality.

Emotional labor: what it is and how to do it. I cannot stop thinking about this article. ( via Rachel )

How walking fosters creativity.

How to travel the Earth, and protect it too. Heads up travelers!

The truth about your clothing donations. A short, necessary read.

I need to remind myself of THIS daily. ( via Kate )

Annndddd Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking is finally here! Did you order your copy yet?!?!

“To me it is really important to live in what I call the spaces in-between. Bus stations, trains, taxis or waiting rooms in airports are the best places because you are open to destiny, you are open to everything and anything can happen.” Marina Abramović

*Wedding bouquet crafted by the lovely team at Daffodil Parker.

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Spring seems to have finally sprung in Wisconsin.

While the summer-like temperatures are due to El Niño and the fact our planet is warming at an accelerating, anxiety-inducing pace; I’m still thankful we’re moving into a new season. The promise of change and growth feels hopeful, despite it’s always uncertain outcome.

I have a lot to talk about since my last closet minimalism post more than seven months ago. What I can tell you is that I’m currently in the midst of another shopping ban. Partially because of a larger than expected tax bill ( UGH ) and upcoming trip ( YAY ), but mostly because I’ve been researching how to shop responsibly. I’ve been reading all the articles about it ( which are mostly depressing ), but this blog post left me inspired. Until I can form coherent sentences about how I’m going to put all my newfound knowledge into action, I’ll leave you my spring wishlist. The light fabrics, flowy silhouettes and pops of that orangey-rust color are making me seriously happy.

*Interesting side note: I’ve discovered that putting clothes + items into pretty Photoshop layouts brings me an almost equal amount of satisfaction as purchasing them. In other words, get ready for LOTS of Photoshop layouts here on the blog. You’ve been warned.


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This is, perhaps, my favorite Minimalist Baker project yet!

A few months ago, John + Dana emailed me requesting my design help with 31 Meals—a digital cookbook featuring one month of healthy, simple dinners. Dana updated the old version with a handful of brand new recipes, and I gave it a facelift with a clean + modern new layout. The book has gorgeously photographed recipes ( which are all plant-based and mostly gluten-free ), as well as FIVE BONUS DESSERTS, weekly meal plans, useful grocery shopping guides and more.

If you’re in the mood for Masala Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes or want to know what the heck a Gado Gado Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce is ( trust, it’s delicious ), pick up the 100+ page book here. I’ve got my eye on the Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Herbed White Beans for summer, which I’ll promptly follow up with Coconut Caramel Dark Chocolate Bon Bons for dessert.

Happy healthy eating, friends.

P.S. Did you pre-order your copy of Everyday Cooking yet?

P.P.S. Check out that Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Dip Dana posted today. Gimme, gimme.

P.P.P.S. RIP Prince. #whendovescry

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