March 21, 2014

Happy Friday | The Joy Scout Blog

It’s Friday! Do you all have anything planned? Relaxing, partying, dancing, chores? I think I’ll be doing a bit of it all. The long-distance boy will be visiting, so I will be carting him here to there, of course not letting him rest at all. We’ll be going to a gala on Saturday night, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to follow along!

March 20, 2014

Currently Loving: Flower Farms

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Happy first day of spring, everyone! To celebrate the first day of the new season, even though there is plenty of snow still on the ground, I wanted to share my current season-appropriate obsession.

A few months ago a friend of mine shared a site which seemed to depict a mystical, magical world filled with long, hard days of work beside gorgeous bouquets of wildflowers. This, my friends, was the site of World’s End Farm, a local flower farm in Upstate New York. Their dreamy landscape offered what seemed to be an escape into a world filled with every rarity you can think of. I was hooked.

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My family has a history of dairy farming, and I have seen the inside of a handful of barns over the years, but something about ‘flower farming’ just sent me to a place of peace. Ever since then, I’ve been reading up and looking for others like it. I picked up The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball, and have looked into volunteering at local nurseries and local vegetable farms. Again and again, I go back to World’s End to see what they are doing, how they’ve evolved and test my ability to resist buying a piece of land for myself.

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All photo credit to World’s End Farm, and the lovely person who has a wonderfully photogenic eye.

For anyone who is as swept away by these photos as I am, they do offer a 3-6 week program in the spring where you can live on the farm and learn all you can absorb about flower farms. I don’t know if it’s in the cards for me this year, but if you’ve done anything like this, I’d LOVE to hear about your experience!

March 19, 2014

Call Me Hats

Spring will soon here someday. I swear, it’s somewhere around the corner. Before it happens I think I’ve chosen my new ‘thing’ for the season — hats. I have a handful, and always have space  for another one. This season, I’m really loving the wide brim and neutral colors.


all photos from The Joy Scout on Pinterest!

Which style is your favorite? I think I want the outfit from each photo…

March 18, 2014

The Perfect (Indie) 5K Playlist

*Disclaimer: I don’t listen to the average high-speed, high-intensity songs that seem to saturate workout playlists, neither do I include anything from the Frozen soundtrack. That being said, in my unbiased opinion, this music rocks.

The best part about running is the chance to invigorate, rethink, and retool your outlook. Whether it be what you have planned for the day, or you happen to contemplate the whole idea of ‘life’ on a long-distance run, it’s one activity that almost anyone can have fun doing.

Last spring I decided to start running local 5Ks, and I found that it’s a certain kind of playlist that sets me in the right mindset for a healthy jog. I can still remember Jake Bugg’s, ‘Lightning Bolt’ setting off my first 5K. It literally left me smiling, as the song completely depicted my day, mood and even the weather of that morning.

Have a listen the next time you go on a run and let me know what you think!

March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Rather than posting about green beer, parades and those wonderfully huge St. Patrick’s Day hats, I wanted to explore the country of origin — Ireland. I’ve never visited Ireland, and completely want to. This photoset by Danielle Hughson on flickr is perfect to quench my wanderlust until I can. Her photo sets are all absolutely beautiful, and I have to admit that I fell down a web rabbit hole for a decent hour or two. It’s really worth a click!

A bit overcast, entirely beautiful and breathtaking views of both the pastures and coasts. Oh jeez, it’s all just plain gorgeous.

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Have you been to Ireland? Any advice for a trip there would be much appreciated! I’m seriously considering a trip!

March 16, 2014

Office Space

As I sit on the floor, laptop gently resting on a short end table with my second screen on the floor beside me, I began thinking of all the wonderful office setups that I admire. Desks of reclaimed wood, simple and elegant light fixtures, all surrounded by cut outs from gorgeous design magazines. My current room setup doesn’t make a desk an easy addition, and I never seem to get that much work done on my bed, so for the time being I’m sitting cross-legged in a rather odd-looking make-shift space. I can still dream, though, right?

Here are a few of my favorite desks and office spaces from around the web. If you have a stellar  desk space, be sure to share in the comments!

kitchen table business discussions

so minimal, all you can do is think clearly

Going Eames is always a good idea

surrounded by inspiration

just the necessities to keep you going

Please tell me there’s a few other ‘floor desk’ people out there! If you have any tips or wonderful desks/tables that you’d recommend, leave links in the comments section below!

February 6, 2014

The Best Waffle Recipes

After a few weekends of traveling, hosting family and being generally busy, I start to long for a weekend where all I do is relax. Having that extra moment to slow down, re-prioritize and organize my upcoming weeks can really make a difference. For me, the best thing to do on a relaxing weekend is to take the time for a long, luxurious breakfast. And what is a luxurious breakfast for me, you may ask? Waffles.

During the hectic week, breakfast is pretty simple: a couple cups of coffee, and my signature breakfast, a hard boiled egg and avocado carefully arranged on a slice of fresh toast. It’s beautiful and pretty healthy, but damn, if I don’t want waffles. Slap some maple syrup made by my grandfather on top, and you’re looking at the best lazy day breakfast, of which I plan to eat all weekend long.

I found a photo of these wonderfully crisp waffles online a few days ago, fell down the rabbit hole that is the internet while trying to find a source, and came across a couple of the best waffle recipes that I intend to try.

Banana Nut Waffles - from Cookie + Katewaffles Almond-Chia Seed Waffles - from Eat This Poem
Waffle2 Vanilla Bean Waffle Ice Cream Sammies - from The First Mess

And the best part about waffles, there a just about a billion different ways to make them…

Do you have a waffle obsession? What’s your favorite kind, recipe, topping? Share in the comments section below!

February 4, 2014

Caring for Craft and Quality of Products

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I’ve always been the person to use a piece of clothing or accessory until it dies. That meant wearing it every single day until it literally fell apart, or even past that point. In the past, this cycle of destruction happened rather quickly, because the products I was buying were very cheap, in quality and price.

I think it may come with ‘growing up’, or it may be the fact that I’m finally starting to care where the products I have come from, but quality and craft now play a large role into my purchasing decision. The fact that it’s unique, hand-crafted and a piece that will last years and years to come has a growing sense of importance for this generation, and I’m no exception.

See what products you should buy, like now.

February 1, 2014

How to Pack for a Weekend Trip

The life of a weekend traveler. Packing what you must, forgetting what you can, and trying to fit it all in a bag small enough to sit on your lap for the duration of a Megabus trip. I’ve always been known for my skills in packing the lightest, smallest bag possible and I’d love to share my secrets with you.

Now, this is Superbowl weekend, super busy in New York, and I’m packing for a weekend in Brooklyn. Nothing too fancy, but just enough to stay warm and clothed. Also, I may be good at packing small, but packing *late* is really my specialty. I packed for this weekend in the last possible moment I could. Oops.

See how I magically get it to fit in one small backpack

January 30, 2014

That Time I ‘Pavlov Dogged’ Myself

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So, you know, when you get stuck in that 5-9 rut, you tend to do the same thing over and over again. For me, that meant getting home from work and immediately turning on The Office while snacking on a piece of cheese. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I ended up Pavlov Dogging myself.  Soon enough, I would feel like I was missing something if I watched the show without the cheese. And even sooner, I ate brick after brick.

Yup…and then I got chubby…