LET’S CHAT

Have you done your civic duty and are in need of a break from partisan politics? Me too, so let’s chat. It’ll be more fun than waiting for the poll numbers to come in. Promise.

Here’s the deal: I’ve answered a few questions below and hope you’ll do me one better by sharing your answers in the comments section.

ME
I collect:
tortoise glass, statement jewelry, design books
Words to live by:
Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful
Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel:
Antigua/Greece
Biggest risk I’ve taken:
a leap of faith.. but more on that to come!
  Item on my wish list: Anthropologie Everjade necklace
Recipe I made and loved: corn and cheese chowder

YOU
I collect:
Words to live by:

Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel:

Biggest risk I’ve taken:

  Item on my wish list:
Recipe I made and loved:

I can’t wait to read your responses!

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43 thoughts on “LET’S CHAT

  1. I collect: Ginger jars and vintage china- there is a thin line between collecting and hoarding
    Words to live by:I work too hard to be ballin’ on a budget.
    Favorite place I’ve traveled: Florence
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Not a big risk taker. I hoping one day I will be :)
    Item on my wish list: Anna Spiro wallpaper for our bedroom
    Recipe I made and loved: Drunken Spaghetti

  2. I collect: scarves [unintentionally]
    Words to live by: “the best things in life are free, the second best are very expensive”
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: barcelona, spain [best city ever!]
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: i’m a play-it-safe kind of girl!
    Item on my wish list: tory burch’s amanda riding boot
    Recipe I made and loved: i’m the anti-cook, but i make a mean pasta salad [1 bottle of italian dressing, 1 package of wacky mac pasta, green olives, 1 block of colby jack and 1 block of extra sharp cheddar, 1 packet of tiny pepperonis. cook mac, cut up cheese and olives, mix everything together, cool and serve!] so easy even i can do it :)

  3. I collect: nude shoes (sad, but true)
    Words to live by: “I’ll worry about that tomorrow” ala Scarlett O’Hara
    Favorite place I’ve traveled: China! Everyone should go at least once. I want to go back!
    Biggest risk: moving to another state for a job
    Item on my wishlist: Marc Jacobs purse
    Recipe I made and loved: BBQ Chicken (chicken, 1 bottle bbq sauce, 1 bottle italian dressing. Mix together and pour over chicken. Cook on 350 for 45 minutes. SOOO easy & delish)

  4. I collect: postcards and blazers
    Words to live by: “Mama said there’d be days like this”
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: London/Greece
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: working for a startup only part time (no benefits) and working a retail job on top of that to stay afloat.
    Item on my wish list: more coffee table books and black riding boots
    Recipe I made and loved: This one for Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/07/grilled-chicken-with-lemon-basil-pasta/comment-page-3/

  5. I collect: hippo things, different color sprinkles
    Words to live by: In the end it will all be ok, and if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Paris/Greece
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Maybe not one big thing, but there are little independent single city girl things that all add up.
    Item on my wish list: DSLR camera
    Recipe I made and loved: The perfect chocolate cake: http://www.marthastewart.com/340315/one-bowl-chocolate-cake

    • Of course you would have an amazing dessert recipe to tempt me with! A DSLR is on my wish list too. Maybe we can take a class together to figure out how to use them! xx

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    I collect: Shoes, books, clip-on earrings, and souvenier turtles
    Words to live by: “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr Seuss
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Favorite place I’ve traveled to is Niagara Falls. Beautiful. Place I would like to see is Istanbul.
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Falling in love.
    Item on my wish list: Burberry trench coat.
    Recipe I made and loved: Mastava (Uzbek soup) http://uzbekcooking.blogspot.com/2009/11/mastava-soup-with-meat-and-rice.html

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  7. So much fun! I love doing these and reading other people’s lists!

    - I collect: books on fashion, etiquette, entertaining, etc.
    - Words to live by: You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Oscar Wilde
    - Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Japan / Egypt
    - Biggest risk I’ve taken: I’ve done a lot of risky things, but most recently I went on a study abroad trip to Russia this summer without knowing a single person going! I turned out to be one of the absolute best experiences!
    - Item on my wish list: Tory Burch riding boots
    - Recipe I made and loved: I don’t really cook :)

    Have a great day!!

  8. I collect: Scarves and books.
    Words to live by: Women were meant to be loved, not understood. – Oscar Wilde
    Favorite Place I’ve Traveled: Florence, Italy and Coco Point, Barbuda
    Biggest Risk I’ve Taken:I took two years off between high school and college, went to Africa, worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and figured out who I was/what I wanted before committing to higher education. I highly recommend this plan!
    Item On My Wish List: Chanel flats.
    Recipe I Made and Loved: Barefoot Contessa lasagna. Use Sweet Italian Pork Sausage instead of Turkey Sausage!

  9. I collect: I’m not a big collector (I’m a little bit of a minimalist) but I do have quite the collection of striped shirts, Lilly, and ballet flats
    Words to live by: Happy girls are the prettiest
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: I’d love to go on an African safari someday!
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Transferring colleges after I disliked my first one… I fought ending up back in Virginia but I ended up with a wonderful education and lifelong best friends
    Item on my wish list: Devon Baer Jewel Plaid Tunic
    Recipe I made and loved: I recently made pumpkin risotto which was absolutely delicious http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/CREAMY-PUMPKIN-RISOTTO-1228630

  10. I collect: brass chiavari chairs, artwork from places I travel
    Words to live by: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. You’ll be surprised how far just asking gets you.
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: India was amazing / I’d like to go to Italy
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Starting my own company
    Item on my wish list: Just purchased a vintage horse head coat rack I was obsessing over on ebay for the new design studio – can’t wait for it to arrive! Now on the hunt for perfect desk chairs…
    Recipe I made and loved: Sad to admit, I’m not much of a cook!

  11. I love reading everyone else’s responses! (And yes, as a resident of a swing state, I am so ready for this election to be over–as important as it is!)

    I collect: Art and memories

    Words to live by: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill & “I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” –Voltaire (my two mantras at the moment)

    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Ireland/Greece

    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Leaving teaching

    Item on my wish list: Lululemon running tights

    Recipe I made and loved: I made this Asian chicken soup last night and it was delicious and comforting (not to mention easy): http://plumsintheicebox.typepad.com/plums-in-the-icebox/2012/11/crockpot-asian-chicken-soup-1.html

  12. What a fun idea!

    I collect: books, foreign coins, cocktail recipes

    Words to live by: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Melbourne/Rio de Janeiro

    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Moved 2,000 away from my hometown for my then-boyfriend (now-husband).

    Item on my wish list: A two-bedroom loft. Realistically, these boots.

    Recipe I made and loved: The Bourbon Bomber

  13. I collect: magazines (and not intentionally…they just seem to pile up and I cant part with them..)
    Words to live by: “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s trouble; it takes away today’s peace.” -unknown
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Italy is on my wish list!
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: It involved matters of the heart..it didnt work out in the end but I definitely dodged a bullet!
    Item on my wish list: The perfect Fall wool-felt hat! Rag & Bone makes a great one!
    Recipe I made and loved: Is it terrible that I can’t come up with an answer for this one? ha. :(

    Great post! Love everyone’s responses.

  14. I collect: Milk glass (real or fake – all of it is pretty, girly and shabby chic to me)

    Words to live by: Hakuna Matada

    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Paris/Greece

    Biggest risk I’ve taken: I’m a plan B grrl. No major risk to speak of at this point.

    Item on my wish list: Not anymore – just bought the Frye Jenna Riding boot that I’ve been ogling since last season.

    Recipe I made and loved: Pot Roast Caribe – cumin, coriander and cinnamon, YUM!

  15. I collect: Antique costume jewelry
    Words to live by: Keep Calm and Carry On
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Austria
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Quitting my job and going to graduate school
    Item on my wish list: Pave Link Bracelet from J. Crew
    Recipe I made and loved: Chicken Stew with Biscuits from Ina Garten

  16. I collect magazines and coats!
    Quote: You know all those things you want to do; you should do them!
    Place: Florence, Italy
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: I need to get on this! Some ideas in mind …
    Wishlist: Celine handbag
    Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  17. I collect: hobnail milk glass, souvenir floatie pens

    Words to live by: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Costa Rica/New Zealand

    Biggest risk I’ve taken: falling in love again after a heartbreaking divorce

    Item on my wish list: red Coach Legacy cross-body bag

    Recipe I made and loved: Tater tot casserole with chicken and bacon…total comfort food

  18. I collect: giraffes, green depression glass, art and insanely beautiful objects of all kinds
    Words to Live By: There is still much to be done, we mustn’t lose sight.
    Place: Paris, I love how it feels like the whole city is winking at you.
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: I take risks everyday. It is hard to say what is the biggest, but perhaps loving someone else completely is as it required me to give more of myself than anything else.
    Wishlist: A vintage brass/glass bar cart and a Christian Louboutin Vampanodo in Peacock.
    Recipe: Warm (and a bit spicy) Brie Soup.

  19. I collect: Art from the countries I’ve visited or lived.
    Words to live by: Never give up!
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Spain/Grand European Tour
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Following my gut and being proven right.
    Item on my wish list: An adoptable dog
    Recipe I made and loved: Odds & ends in kitchen ended up making a great Herbed Green Bean, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with low fat balsamic vinagrette. Yum.

  20. I collect: The list is long – cooking and design books, vintage dinnerware, shells, pretty packaged soap, vintage jewelry, ceramic/stoneware/metal animals, cake stands, nutcrackers, table linens, blue and white pottery, wine, candlesticks and artwork from places I’ve traveled. Omg, I sound like hoarder but swear I am not!!!

    Words to live by: Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. – Robert Jarvik

    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Italy/Egypt to see the Pyramids

    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Believing in myself.

    Item on my wish list: Henredon sideboard

    Recipe I made and loved: S’more Cookie Bars http://crepesofwrath.net/2008/08/21/smore-cookie-bars/

  21. I collect: Boots and coats
    Words to live by: “Go big or go home”
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Morocco to visit a friend living there
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Moving to London England for a year
    Item on my wish list: a new Nikon camera
    Recipe I made and loved: Jerk seasoned salmon

  22. First, I can’t wait to hear about your leap of faith!

    Second,

    I collect: Patterned shirts, statement jewelry, fabric swatches, design books…
    Words to live by: Most recently: Don’t give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway.
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: South of France and Australia / Would like to visit the Croatian coast and Japan.
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Moving halfway around the world, then quitting my full time job and moving halfway around the world again to follow a dream.
    Item on my wish list: Does a vacation count?
    Recipe I made and loved: My two favorites: chicken cacciatore and my delicious homemade lasagna with truffle oil.

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  24. I collect: champagne flutes (all the more reason to celebrate!)
    Words to live by: ” You can’t run from the wind. You trim your sails, face the music, and keep going.”
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: the galapagos islands – DYING to go.
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: going to grad school in london. by myself. without knowing anyone. best idea ever!
    Item on my wish list: hmmmm… i really need a new couch. something in dove gray velvet!
    Recipe I made and loved: roasted fall vegetables with orzo and kale! it is amazing!

  25. I forgot to “chat” yesterday!! Dang life getting in the way again.
    I collect: Coats and Scarves-I’m a bit of a freeze bug, but still like to look cute ;)

    Words to live by: The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.-dunno who said it…

    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: Valparaiso, Chile-gorgeous beaches!/Paris-i just need to go!

    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Becoming a mama, it’s a life changer for sure, but totally worth it!
    Item on my wish list: Bernhardt’s Button Tufted Wing Bed-http://www.bernhardt.com/product.php?sku=758-H64/FR64&page=beds

    Recipe I made and loved: Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread with Maple Brown Butter Icing-Yum! http://www.simplyscratch.com/2012/09/ginger-pumpkin-bread-with-maple-brown-butter-icing.html

  26. I collect: hand-made blankets, antique clocks and tea sets.

    Words to live by: live with passion, purpose and inspiration.

    Favorite Places I’ve traveled/Places I’d like to Travel: I fell in love with Copenhagen, Denmark and Alaska (the natural beauty is so intense (yet calming at the same time), it makes you think how beautiful our planet really is. Place I’d like to Travel to-Istanbul, Turkey and Budapest, Hungary!

    Biggest Risk I’ve Taken: Moving two thousand miles away from home, fitting in, in a city you have no clue about and creating a life all on your own, oh did I mention I was 18! (it’s hard people, don’t you think so?)

    Item on my Wishlist? Finding and matching a sectary with my awesome book cart!!!

    Recipe I’ve made and loved: I’m constantly perfecting my mother’s recipe of sugar cookies. I know its so simple, but my mom’s sugar cookies are life changing. And my mother’s spaghetti recipe, point made-my mom is the best cook!

  27. I collect: matchbooks
    Words to live by: “I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to be” DVF
    Favorite place I’ve traveled/place I’d like to travel: favorite place I’ve traveled to is Cinque Terre in Italy, such a magical place
    Biggest risk I’ve taken: Moving to Chicago immediately after graduation with no job or money- everything worked out (almost) perfectly :)
    Item on my wish list: cocktail ring and silk J.Crew pajamas
    Recipe I made and loved: Anything I make with quinoa is so healthy and delicious

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