Weekly Roundup: Design, Style, Sports


Cubs BullPen / A Velvet Clutch / She Plays We Win / Cute Handwritten Font / Think Grow Prosper

What you need to know >>> Aroldis Chapman, Cubs Pitcher, just saved his team Sunday night, in Game 5 of the World Series. He got pulled in from the bullpen early (in the 7th inning) to protect his team’s one run lead. Game 6 is tonight, Tues Nov 1 in Cleveland.

“When Joe Maddon (Cubs manager) walked out to the mound in the seventh inning Sunday night, pointed his left hand to the bullpen, and summoned hell and fire and filth and chaos into the fifth game of the World Series, you felt things. You felt confidence. You felt fear. You felt like you were seeing baseball players pushed to the brink of their abilities, and that something just might snap. You felt like a manager was choosing this moment to make a final stand… When Chapman came in, it meant that the Cubs would push this back to Cleveland for a sixth game, or the Indians would at least have to produce an instant classic to seal the victory. He saved not only the Cubs but the Series itself.” – from ESPN.com, read the full article here.


FONT:  Officially in love with this handwritten font

STYLE: Bring on the velvet. This foldover clutch is on my wishlist.  

INSPIRIE: Rewarding Instagram to follow @thinkgrowprosper 

SHE PLAYS WE WIN: Check out this amazing collaboration between ShePlaysWeWin.com (a passion project by photographer Christin Rose) and Under Armour. Love it because it a) highlights the importance of girls playing sports and b) you never know where your passion project could take you! For inspiring pics, follow along at @sheplayswewin



Free Desktop Background - November

It's all about pine cones this Fall! While searching for the perfect pine cone image for the November Wallpaper, I came across the simple & stunning photography blog - STILL - by Mary Jo Hoffman. She posts one image daily of gathered natural objects found near her home or in during her travels. 

Click the links below to download your free wallpaper for desktop or mobile. I hope you enjoy!

Cute Desktop Wallpaper Background for November




Pinecone: STILL  /  'Joy' Watercolor Handlettering: Andrea Peterson  /  'November' Handlettered Font: Northwell by Sam Parrett



Fall Style Trends - November

November Fashion Style Board.jpg

Hello November! I like to call it LA's clearest month. Bring on the pine cones, puffer vests, and fuzzy blanket scarves. The rain + wind combo wipes away the smog, snow appears on the mountain range near Big Bear, and you can make out Downtown, the Hollywood sign and Catalina from nearly anywhere. It makes LA seem so much smaller! Here are a few cozy finds to warm you up, including a pair of Banana Republic skinny jeans (available in Tall, yes!), comfy-chic Nikes to go with any pair of leggings, and a DIY silver pine cone garland project for when you just want to stay in, make homemade chili, and have a New Girl marathon. 

Girl on a Budget: How to Make the Ultimate Homemade Latte

How-to-make-the-ultimate-homemade latte.jpg

When the Pumpkin Spice & Toasted Graham Lattes start to roll out, I’m in big trouble. Pretty soon my weekend-only Starbucks rule turns into every morning on my way to work. “It brightens up my day!”, I justify it to myself. I've found that the only way for me to stick to my coffee budget is to try to make even more fantastic lattes at home. The perfect mug, a cute yet cost-effective espresso machine, my favorite coffee beans, the right amount of foam – little splurges now that will save money in the long run. Here are a few cute finds to help you gear up at home before those Gingerbread and Chestnut Praline Lattes hit the streets, and your wallet!

Coffee Mugs Homemade Latte Girl on a Budget.jpg

The Capresso machine from Sur La Table is what I use at home, for only $59 it’s a steal. I ordered the 49th Parallel espresso beans from my favorite Vancouver coffee shop, because serious change requires serious beans! For the foam, you can use the steamer on the Capresso machine but I prefer to use the Bodum Milk Frother most mornings. (I've tried generic brands, but Bodum is worth the extra penny, and also makes way better foam than the battery-operated wands.) 

How to make perfect latte foam

Pour about 1/3 cup cold milk into the glass Bodum beaker until it hits the line. (I use 2%, the higher the fat content the better the foam.) Move the plunger up and down for about 30 seconds until the milk turns into foam. Let it sit for about 20 seconds, and then warm it up in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Spoon over your espresso or coffee. Also delicious over iced coffee! 

Tip for the clumsy: If you break the glass beaker, you can replace it with a wide mouth mason jar and it works just as well.

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


  • 3/4 cups warm milk
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1-2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup (try Torani brand available at World Market)
  • foam on top + whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired