Inside the Darwin Martin House

Darwin Martin House reception room

Reception room

A few months ago I gushed about my adoration for architecture when I recapped my trip to the Darwin Martin House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School masterpieces. So when the Martin House staff kindly invited me to return in February, I replied immediately with an enthusiastic yes.

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Friday I’m In Love

spring flowers

Channeling spring this week

The unseasonably warm weather this week in WNY switched me right into spring mode. According to my short-sighted brain, winter is out. If you live in a place where winter is dark, cold, and dreary, you understand the complete mood swing that warmer weather brings each spring. You’re reminded that there are people who live around you (gasp!), and that your living space isn’t limited to stuffy rooms. It’s always a breath of fresh air, and one I’ve been searching for as of late. Thank you, universe, for bringing this much-needed revival.

It’s been awhile since I did a Friday I’m in Love post, so here are some things that have been catching my eye around the web as of late.

I think Sarah from The Pastiche is ready for spring too. Love this outfit! And her kitchen – what?!? Goals.

My college friend Ben is a total rockstar, a silversmith at Tiffany & Co. Check out this amazing and bold artist collaboration he worked on.

I’m a big fan of CreativeMornings, a creative breakfast lecture series, and Ben Brindise gave my favorite CM talk so far last fall. Yeah! Buffalo interviewed him, and it’s just as good. Certainly helps recharge my creative batteries.

My new friends Colin and Caralyn are completely slaying. I’m loving their collaboration, too.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay this week at the Buffalo Bloggers meetup and have been obsessing over her home projects since. I LOVE this gallery wall in her entryway.

One of my partners in blogging crime, Ashley from Morning Glory, launched her website redesign today. I’m digging her gorgeous nautical portfolio.

If you missed National Margarita Day, this weekend might require a little belated celebration. According to In a DC Minute, here are some of the best places to grab a margarita in DC and Western NY.

Pizza always brings people together. From this site, you can send pizza to protesters. That’s a cause I can get behind.

For all my Ohio peeps, the best pizza by county. Do you agree?

What’s going on this weekend? I’m excited to get outside, host some friends for dinner on Saturday, and do some reading/writing when winter heads back into town on Sunday. Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a good one!

Run the World: Jaime, the Stylist & Curator

Jaime, Owner and Stylist at Canvas Salon & Gallery

Jaime Brawdy, Owner and Stylist at Canvas Salon & Gallery

Do you ever meet someone and think, “I want to be her!”? That happened to me when I sat down to talk with Jaime Brawdy, owner and stylist at Canvas Salon & Gallery. If you’ve been following along with Run the World, my series about inspiring women in business, you know that I love using the term career badass. But Jaime, she’s a badass in every sense of the word.

Her confidence, kind demeanor, and relatable dialogue make Jaime a role model and inspiration for women in any field. After talking with her, I left feeling motivated to get out there, stand up for myself, and carry out my dreams.

Jaime’s own dream, her hair salon, is unique—it doubles as an art gallery. The space is a welcoming, creative environment for its clients and the community alike. We recently got together to chat about her story and how the salon/gallery concept came to be.

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Happy National Pizza Day!

national pizza dayGuys! You may or may not be aware, but today is a major holiday. Sound the alarms, stop everything you’re doing, and put on your party hats. IT’S NATIONAL PIZZA DAY!

I’ve made it pretty clear in my tagline, footer, about page, and across social media that I’m a pizza enthusiast. I live for that divine combo of bread, sauce, and cheese. But yet, you haven’t seen a single slice appear in an actual post here. The truth is, I’ve been struggling to figure out how to incorporate it. Pizza is important, after all. I want to get it right.

But there’s something holding me back. The ‘ol pizza prejudice. Everyone has a preference—thin-crust, deep dish, brick oven, you name it. Most of us have a little hometown bias, too, gravitating toward the sweet sauce or slightly-charred crust we devoured through our childhoods. I certainly have it. Growing up in Ohio, we didn’t have a lot of gourmet pie options. My favorite hometown pizza, square with a fairly thick dough and perfectly tomato-y sauce, would be ripped to shreds by a real pizza critic. And yet, I’m hopelessly devoted.

So, on this day of celebration, tell me: what’s your favorite pizza/where’s it from? Why do you like it so much? And, what kind of pizza shenanigans would you like to read about here?

But seriously, who else is ordering pizza for dinner tonight? And maaaaybe having a slice for lunch too? 🙋I’ll be headed to one of my close-to-home faves, Pesci’s or Picasso’s. Go ahead, get crazy. National Pizza Day only happens once a year, after all!

{Photo by picjumbo.com}

Grandma’s Crock-Pot Sloppy Joes

Sloppy JoesThere’s something nostalgic about sloppy joes. And if you know me at all, or have been following along here, you know that I’m a sap. Something about this sandwich brings me right back to sitting on the living room floor for a “picnic” with my sister.

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Books I Have(n’t Read)

After a fleeting 60-degree day on Saturday, this week brought chillier temps and a fresh layer of snow. Immediately after staring out at the wintry weather and pouring myself a hot cup of coffee on the morning it hit, I felt that familiar urge to curl up and get lost in a book.

Looking at the long list of “books to read” that I keep on my phone, I instinctively found myself on Amazon, ready to order a few. Then I thought, wait a minute, what am I doing? I have a whole bookshelf of books upstairs, several of which have yet to be touched. Buying books is my bad habit.

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Friday I’m In Love

Abraham Lincoln Inauguration

Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. March 4, 1861. Library of Congress.

I remember so well the day that President Obama was sworn in. I was in college and at work, where the inauguration was being projected. I didn’t expect it, but as I watched, my emotions took over. I tried to hide my tears, but looking around the room, I saw other misty eyes and felt a sense of togetherness. On that day in 2008, I didn’t feel fear or worry.

Today, I was emotional for different reasons. This time, I found myself worried about the state of our country. That sense of unity from 2008 was gone. In many places, hopefulness has dwindled. In his inaugural address, President Trump told us, “The United States of America is your country.” But is it?

I’m just not sure what to think today, as we’ve sworn in our 45th president. This may just be the sickness I’ve been fighting, but I feel a bit numb. In the United States of America, a country that is supposedly built on freedom, how can bigotry be at the forefront? In 2017?!

I already urged you to stand up for what you believe in while being kind and thoughtful of others, so I’ll spare you of that again here. I don’t want to get up on a soapbox. I’m just trying to make sense of what’s happening.

I need a beer. Anyone else?

In spite of all this, here’s some great stuff happening this weekend and around the web.

A few days late, though I hope it’s never too late, some wise words from none other than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you aren’t in DC this weekend, but want to join your neighbors in solidarity, you can search for local Sister Marches here.

To set the mood, here’s an empowering woman-centric playlist. Who run the world?

Speaking of running the world, most of you have probably seen this by now, and I shared it on Twitter a few weeks back, but I just love this commercial.

Unrelated – I’ve said it before, but the architecture in Buffalo is truly incredible. We’re so lucky to have that beauty at our doorsteps. Speaking of, I’ve only visited 3 of these 7 buildings. Guess I need to get explorin’!

Maybe while I’m out exploring, I’ll stop in at one of my favorite burger and wing bars in Buffalo, Gabriel’s Gate! Here’s a great review from In a DC Minute.

Another stop I’m hoping to make soon in Buffalo is Fern Croft Floral. I’m obsessing over these gorgeous photos by Ashley at Morning Glory. I so badly want to take a class!

Though it should be a perfect weekend to get outside, I think I’m in need of a little R&R too. I might start with one of these hair masks, suggested by Lucy of Write. Style. Travel.

Happy weekend, friends, and keep your heads up. Stay safe out there, too, if you’re headed out to protest. It should be a great one for getting outside, which I certainly intend to do. We need a little sunshine amongst these cloudy days…

Weeknight Dinner Staple: Tomato Soup

tomato soupThat winter chill’s been hitting hard the past couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to channel scorching days from this summer when I never thought I could get any hotter. And even though temps are supposed to reach the 40s this week here in Buffalo (what?!), the otherwise constant presence of frigid temperatures only makes me want to stay in, curled up on the couch under a blanket with some hot soup. One of my favorites is a simple staple, tomato soup.

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Awesome Buffalo Launch

Awesome Buffalo LaunchWell hello there, all you dreamers, doers, and creative thinkers! Back in September, I wrote about bringing a chapter of The Awesome Foundation to Buffalo. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that Awesome Buffalo has officially launched, and grant applications are open! From the applications, our trustees will select five finalists to pitch their projects at a live event on Tuesday, March 28th, at 7pm in downtown Buffalo. A winner will be selected that night and will walk away with a no-strings-attached $1000 prize.

If you live in the Buffalo area and have an awesome and quirky idea that could use funding, please consider applying for one of our grants here. We’ll be accepting applications for the Spring event through March 14th.

And if you’re not a Buffalonian, but have the most totally awesome idea ever, there are 83+ chapters across 18 countries; check to see if the Awesome Foundation has a chapter in your area!  If not, maybe you will want to consider starting one, too. 🙂 

{To learn more about Awesome Buffalo, visit our chapter page on the Awesome Foundation site. To keep up with what’s happening, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.}