Interiors + Decor

how i decorated my apartment for fall

09.14.17

It’s officially SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!

I mean, duh. We’re two weeks in, so I hope that wasn’t an actual wake-up call for any of you. But I’m definitely of the belief that September 14 deserves just as many exclamation points as September 1…and that the best way to celebrate autumn is by making constant, unnecessary “IT IS AUTUMN” proclamations.

This also happens to be the approach I took when I was decorating my apartment: planting pumpkin-scented candles and other fall-inspired trinkets all over the place to serve as constant reminders that, yes, hi, it is still autumn.

Today I’m explaining how I did that over on my YouTube channel (which, by the way, is roughly 50 subscribers short of my goal of 100, so…kindly go give that red button a click if you haven’t already!). I hope you get inspired enough by the video to drop whatever you’re doing, run to Michael’s, get ~84034 craft pumpkins, and scatter them about your own home like a maniac. No, I’m not a Michael’s spokesperson. Somehow. Yet.

See below for a list of all the products I used in my little decorating spree, and stay tuned for a ton more videos and fun series coming soon. And happy almost weekend!!

xo Rebekah

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Food + Drink / On My Nightstand / What to Cook

6 cookbooks i’ve been loving lately

09.10.17

Peeps! I’m so excited to be sharing these gorgeous books over on my YouTube channel. They’re full of fantastic recipes, and they’d look equally pretty stacked together on a bookshelf or lying out on a coffee table for the world to see. Even if you’re not personally in the market for a new cookbook (or 6!), I’d say you should check these out as gifts for your foodie friends.
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Beauty + Style

date night makeup tutorial!

09.09.17

So. Many. YOUTUBE VIDEOS.

*collapses.*

It’s a lot. I know. I’m trying to post one every day, and I’m hopeful that I can keep that up for a while. Fingers crossed! Anyway, today’s video is a teeny bit different than my other entertaining/food/decor ones, but I’ve been getting a few makeup and hair questions over on Instagram Stories and I thought it’d be fun to address them CINEMATICALLY. So, here’s a tutorial for my basic “going out” look, which works well no matter where specifically you’re headed “out” to. A date, a fancy din, a night on the town with your girlfriends…whatever! I use all of these products several times a week (and most of the basics, like the foundation, the foundation powder, the blush, the brushes, and the mascara) are things I wear every day. I’ve linked all of them below so you can go have a little shopping spree if you’re in need of a few new makeup staples.

Also! I gave her a few shout-outs in the video itself, but just want to reiterate here how awesome my friend Emily’s channel is! It’s called Sharewear and you can subscribe here.

Hope you’re all having the happiest weekends!!

xo Rebekah

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Food + Drink / Recipes

baked banana boats

09.03.17

Does anyone else remember BANANA BOATS!? Those chocolate-y, marshmallow-y, banana-y packets of deliciousness you’d always unwrap way too early (*without* your camp counselor’s help, of course) and have to throw back in the fire while clutching your now-swollen hand?

Yes. Those banana boats. [Insert heart-eyes emoji HERE.]

Burnt fingers notwithstanding, those things were the absolute best.

For the uninitiated, “banana boats” are a beloved camping dessert, most likely because they’re portable and require very little clean-up, but also because they are plain old delicious. Basically, you make a slit in a banana peel, add chocolate and marshmallows and whatever else you want, wrap the whole thing in tinfoil, and then throw the whole package into the campfire to toast up. SIGH.

Anyway, as the dog days of summer recede, I keep finding myself reminiscing about my summer camp days…and, naturally, about banana boats. In fact, I was thinking about them so much, I decided to recreate them in my apartment, sans campfire. And—though I know it’s a bit blasphemous—sans marshmallows, too.

Why, you ask, would I desecrate such a time-tested recipe? Well, mostly because Shape Magazine asked me to. I mean, sorry, but that’s the honest truth. As you may be aware—especially if you read my blog regularly (hi, Mom)—I develop healthy recipes for the mag on a weekly basis, and the thing about healthy recipes is that they aren’t usually conducive to, like, marshmallows.

But guys, seriously, even if I weren’t being paid to make them this way, I’d still eschew the marshmallows for the stuff I added in instead. So, there.

Anyway, you can find my lighter, healthier, non-campfire version below. I hope you love it. I do. Just remember that even without the fire, the aluminum foil gets pretty darn hot, so learn from 11-year-old Rebekah’s mistake and wait a bit for the packets to cool before prying them open. Otherwise, [insert very sad emoji here].

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Entertaining / How to Host...

how to host a pinterest-worthy bridal shower

09.03.17

I didn’t choose the bridal shower life. The bridal shower life chose me.
…No but REALLY.

Somehow, I found myself at the helm of not one, not two, but three bridal showers in the past month alone. My sister’s getting married in October, and it was a given that I’d host her shower. But I also ended up helping two friends host showers of their own for their besties and cousins, respectively. And the process of conceptualizing, styling, and then executing the ideas for all three parties was a downright enlightening experience, if a teeny bit stressful.

I should clarify that I was delighted to host the parties—if you can’t already tell, I pretty much live for hosting pretty parties!—but I’m not going to lie and say that I went into each event knowing exactly what I was doing. I went in knowing very little, save for what I gleaned from Darcy Miller’s Celebrate Everything (if you don’t have this genius book, order it right now, friends!).

Now, safely out of the swirling, confetti-strewn tornado of these three events, my stress concerning all things shower-related has subsided considerably. In fact, I’d feel confident calling myself a bridal shower almost-expert. I’ve certainly still got room to grow, but I learned a lot, and I’ve decided to document all that below. Hopefully, if you find yourself hosting a shower yourself (or, well, three), the following list of tips will prove helpful.

Here goes:

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Recipes

coconut dream bars (from amy’s bread!)

08.31.17

Everyone needs one back-pocket recipe they can whip up at a moment’s notice. This is mine! I’ve been recreating these gooey coconut dream bars at home ever since I first ate one at Amy’s Bread in New York City (which, by the way, is definitely worth a visit if you live in the area), and I wanted to make sure I documented the recipe here on my blog since it’s truly one of my favorites. These bars are something like those traditional 7-layer bars you might make around the holidays, but they’ve only got 4 layers, which meld together in the baking process and basically become ONE.

It’s all very zen.

The recipe is foolproof—I promise!—and requires only 5 ingredients (plus salt, but…c’mon now). So, if you’re tasked with bringing dessert to a dinner party anytime soon and you need a big batch of something, this is the something you’ve been searching for.

On a totally unrelated note, I’m going to be doing a lot of website organizing and sprucing-up over the next weekend…so look out for that! There’ll be a ton of fun new posts (DAILY ones, at that!) coming soon.

xx R

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