I always have such a hard time choosing gifts for the guys in my life, which is why my top pick this year is a fool proof toy every boy/man will love. Although a toy helicopter may seem a bit juvenile, you would be amazed at how almost any guy’s eyes will light up the moment he opens it. Guaranteed to have him outside in the snow acting like a kid again.
1. Remote control helicopter ($19.49) 2. Alpine cuff ($22) 3. Utility Fleece Zip Hoodie ($62.50) 4. New Balance Suede Procourt Sneakers ($60) 5. Apple TV ($99.99) 6. Cashmere lined leather gloves ($68)
My husband has declared this to be “The Year of Comfort” – which pretty much translates into wearing as much UnderArmour as possible. His Christmas list is full of it! So for his sake, I have to hawk the UnderArmour fleece pants which will keep the guys in your life warm and of course, comfortable, on their way to the gym or just lounging around on a chilly winter weekend.
1. Fleece Performance Pant ($49.99) 2. Pignose portable amp ($90) 3. Butcher diagram ($15.95) 4. Mr. Tater jacket ($110) 5. Mustache coasters ($28) 6. Hunting camp exfoliating soap ($13)
I always have a hard time trying to figure out what to buy the men in my life. What do you get a man with little wants? This year, I love the idea of the North Face e-Tip gloves. These touch-screen friendly gloves are great for every day wear or for a ski trip in Vail. When your man finds himself at the peak of a mountain with a majestic view, he will be able to pull out his phone, take a picture and text it to you without taking his gloves off.
1. Chunky Mockneck Sweater ($79.95) 2. E-Tip Gloves ($40) 3. Sperry Winter A/O Boot ($130) 4. Mustache mug ($10) 5. Wine Aerator ($32) 6. Wooden Men’s Shave Set w/ Beer Soap ($20)
It’s that time of year again! For anyone who didn’t brave the crowds on Black Friday, the HAP Annual Gift Guide has plenty of gift ideas to cover everyone on your list (and maybe even a few treats for yourself!) Check back each day this week for our favorite picks.
This year I am all about being cozy at home. My ultimate pick for the ladies would be the gray JCrew Saturday Pant. These pants are incredibly comfortable and versatile. They can be worn lounging around the house or with your favorite boots and a tunic for a perfect winter outfit. They are a staple to any woman’s wardrobe!
1. Saturday pant ($59.50) 2. Snowcap necklace ($39.50) 3. Latte bowls in Retro ($30) 4. Hunters Original Wellington boots ($125) 5. Glee nail polish mini set ($24) 6. Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($13)
Personally I’m coveting this sporty-chic Tory Burch turtleneck, but the gift to give every gal on your list is a pair of J.Crew moccasins. I wear mine so much that I am forced to replace them every other year. The faux-shearling lining keeps your feet toasty around the house and the thicker rubber soles make them functional in case you have to pop outside or make a quick run to the store.
1. Carla turtleneck sweater ($225) 2. Texting gloves ($14) 3. Personalized notecards (from $35) 4. Confettis ring ($45) 5. Lodge moccasins ($39.50) 6. Lauren Double Frame clutch ($148)
A wonderful visionary by the name of Marshall Field once said, “Give the lady what she wants.” It is hard to argue with his logic! I could rave on about many of the items I’ve picked out for the ladies this holiday season, but my ultimate pick would have to be the BambooChic throw blanket. I received one of these blankets as a wedding shower gift and it has literally changed my life. It is the coziest and warmest blanket with which I’ve ever snuggled. Guests at my house always comment if they happen upon it while sitting in our living room. They even make mini versions for kid’s which is my little guy’s favorite blanket! They are available online or at The Home Market in Milwaukee.
1. BambooChic throw ($134) 2. Leaves of Grass necklace ($24) 3. I Will Be Grateful for this Day print ($24) 4. iPhone wristlet ($79.95) 5. Joules Wellies with Grosgrain ribbon ($102) 6. Strong Sister hooded scarf ($29.99)
When we started this blog almost two years ago, we were just three girls with similar interests. Despite my marketing and public relations knowledge, I never paid attention to or cared that any type of blogger network existed. I certainly did not see myself fitting into this group. But alas, how things can change. One renovated bathroom, one graduate degree, one child, thousands of dirty diapers, hundreds of posts, a few dozen Wisconsin snow storms and two years later, I can say, I now belong to this group of bloggers. I don’t know that I ever fought it. But now, I embrace it.
This past weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to attend Bloggy Boot Camp, hosted by The SITS girls (The Secret to Success is Support). Surrounded by a couple hundred other women bloggers in a ballroom in Northbrook, IL, I sat and listened to an array of speakers that spoke on a topic I truly found myself to be passionate about. I am not going to write a recap or post my meeting notes (though they are already typed and ready to go if anyone is interested). I just want to take the time to say thank you to the SITS girls and all of the speakers that shed such lovely light on something that I previously just looked at as a fun hobby.
If you are a blogger, I suggest checking out their site. It’s a great place to find like minded people, whether you are a mommy blogger, a food blogger, a political blogger or anything else in between. If you are not a blogger, I urge you to find something similar to attend that suits your hobby. I’ve never done anything like this and have to say that the sense of belonging was quite encouraging.
So look for more great things from Haute Apple Pie in the near future. My mind has not stopped spinning since Saturday!
Maybe I am just a kid at heart, but I really cannot get enough of these big round balloons I keep seeing around the web. I am not sure if it is the huge burst of color against the sky, the laughable size in comparison to the person holding it or the way it can beautifully and simply fill up a space.
Photo via Far Out Brussel Sprout
Photo via Flowkery
Photo via Weddingspot UK
I recently used a few of these three-foot balloons at the Pink and Gray Sweet Celebration I styled this summer. They were a hit with kids and adults alike!
All of this inspired me to try them out on my own kid. My sister and I attempted to be professional photographers this week with our 18 month olds. The toddler/balloon situation did not go as swimmingly as hoped, but we were still able to capture a few adorable photos of our own.
If you live in the Milwaukee area, you can get these balloons at Bartz’s Party Stores. I’ve also seen them for sale online at i luv sugar and Shop Sweet Lulu.
If you have a creative way you have used big balloons, we’d love to hear from you!
When I used to think of salame, I would think of the old lunch meat on soggy white bread. My mind was recently transformed.
It was our pleasure to have the opportunity to receive an abundance of salame to create our own salame tasting party. I gathered a few of my closest friends and had them all taste from a wonderful plateful of Columbus Salame in a variety of flavors. While some varieties were liked more than others, all were devoured within an hour. Paired with a Bellavitano espresso cheese, french bread and black pepper crostinis, it made for a wonderful appetizer and great conversation.
We tasted six different varieties including: Hot Soppreseta, Salame Secchi, Salame Toscano, Italian Dry Salame, Peppered Salame and Herb Salame. The Herb Salame won the overall best tasting voting and kept everyone coming back for more. The rind has a wonderful oregano accent that enhances the flavor of the meat. The Salame Toscano is a perfect traditional tasting salame, which I used the leftovers for in my Antipasta Chopped Salad (see below). I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Who doesn’t enjoyed some good cured meat!
Salame is great on its own and with a good piece of bread, but it also works great in recipes from apps to main dishes. I made this Antipasta Chopped Salad for lunch with the Salame Toscano and loved this little taste of Italy!
Antipasta Chopped Salad
1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 6 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (reserve marinade)
1 C chopped hard salame (like Columbus Salame Toscano)
1/2 C chopped roasted red peppers
1 small can black olives, chopped
1/4 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 TBSP dried oregano
Pinch of crushed red pepper
salt and coarse ground black pepper to taste
Add all ingredients into large salad bowl and toss. Drizzle marinade from artichokes over the salad, toss until lightly dressed.
You will not need to add very much of the artichoke marinade because the oils from the other ingredients are pulled out in this salad. I would start with a tablespoon or less and go from there.
This salad is a perfect first course to a classic italian meal like spaghetti or lasagna. It is also wonderful on its own for lunch or a light dinner.
I never thought March could taste so sweet! If you didn’t watch the nail-biting game last weekend, our good old Golden Eagles of Marquette passed the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, making it into the Sweet 16. I am not usually a superstitious kind of a girl, but since I posted about March Madness last week and ended up with good results, I couldn’t put a jinx on it!
Blue and gold were my high school and college colors, so they have been in my wardrobe for quite some time now. (Yes, I still wear my sweatshirt from college and maybe even from high school. Don’t judge.) There are so many great options for your home, wardrobe, parties and even your food in blue and gold. They give me that little pop of nostalgia I need.
Left to right, top to bottom: Pottery Barn Cooper Cotton Mat ($39-$169), Crate & Barrel Chloe Chair ($899), West Elm Bazaar Duvet Cover and Shams ($15-$85), Mario Batali Pepper Mill ($40), Marquette Birdhouse ($50), Anthropologie Oil Paints Cardigan ($118), Navy and Gold Cupcakes, Dualit 2-Slice Toaster ($225), Rumba Watch ($20), Yellow and Navy Destination Save-the-Dates, Daisy Jersey Tube Scarf ($28)
Even if Marquette is not your team, hopefully you can be inspired by some of these fab finds. And maybe even cheer us on?
My friend Colleen and I recently had the privilege of a personal tour of the American Quilts feature exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I’m not a quilter – with the exception of a stint in high school where my girlfriends and I made this huge community quilt and obsessively watched the movie How to Make an American Quilt. However, seeing the gorgeous quilts at the exhibit made me wish that I could remember how!
Quilting and crochet can sometimes feel more granny than chic but with a good quilting machine and fall in full swing, I can’t get enough of the cozy vibe, intricate patterns and hand-sewn detailing. So until I have the time to re-learn the art of quilting, I’m planning to just snap up a few items with this classic look.
Clockwise from top left: Frayed Edge Quilt, Crochet Embellishment Necklace, Gorjana Hudson Quilted Clutch, Faded Floral Quilt, Wool-blend Blazer, Silver Plated Cuff, International Polarquilt Jacket, Best Bud Wallet, Laelia Bedding, Anne Klein Beckon Flats, Melange French Terry Quilted Oversize Cardigan, Oversized Crotcheted Scarf, Hand Quilted Velvet Pillow
When I walked into Starbuck’s last week and saw the Pumpkin Spice Latte, I knew fall was upon us. I am a giddy school girl in back to school clothes this time of the year. From chili to boots to pumpkins, I love it all. So I thought I would share some of this year’s fall inspirations with you!
Left to right and top to bottom: Sweet Leaves Orange Harvest Fabric Branches; Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte; Naturally Saavy Storage; Carved White Pumpkin; Faux Bittersweet Wreath; Van Gogh Sunflowers 1888; Mini Halloween Caramel Apples; Autumn Party Tags; Knit Military Jacket
What inspires you this fall?
With many of our favorite print magazines recently bidding us adieu (RIP Domino), a wonderful bunch of new digital mags have cropped up online! What they lack in dog-ear-and-tear-out-ability, they certainly make up for in loveliness.
Here are some of our favorites (click on the magazine cover to view it!). If you haven’t checked them out already, get ready to become addicted.