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Weekend Inspo – Follow the Links


Guess whooooo!? Yes, it’s me! I hope you haven’t completely forgotten me. This recent “blog break” was necessary to recharge my mind & soul after my epic Australia trip, and while I’ve had a fun Summer enjoying being back here in Chicago, I’m ready to share & inspire in this space.

I thought I’d start with a little Friday “Link Love”…just a few stories, recipes & such to get you going into the weekend! Hope you enjoy.


1. Pretzels are apparently trending, and being the German food addict that I am, I couldn’t be happier. I want to try these recipes asap!!

2. Need some fun & easy DIY ideas for your next vacation or road trip? This awesome local Chicago lady has you covered with her new E-Book!

3. We all have those days when we feel nothing but negativity and jump to “worst case scenarios” automatically. Here are some solid tips and lessons on how to be the most positive person in any situation. It’s healthy for you and will inspire others around you!

4. You can take me out of Australia, but you can’t take away my continued obsession with Oz fashion! Dion Lee’s current collection is insanity!!!

5. With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, eternal legend Bill Cunningham weighs in on what the shows are really supposed to be all about.

6. I am getting that travel itch again, and this is a trip I’d absolutely LOVE to take!


From the Oven // Spiced Snowflake Cookies


It may be sunny & balmy here in Sydney, but it’s still Winter, after all…and many of you are stuck in what they call an arctic “Polar Vortex.” Brrrr! What better way to get cozy & spend some quality time inside than while baking some delicious Winter-inspired cookies?! These are easy-peasy, melt-in-your-mouth buttery & delicious, and the subtle spice mixture of cinnamon and cardamom really takes these babies from basic to addicting. Stay warm, Lovelies!

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Lemon, Almond & Ricotta Tart

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Lemon, Ricotta, Almonds…it’s a classic Italian combination, and a majorly delicious one at that!! This light, naturally gluten-free, and insanely delicious tart is one of my all-time favorites. It travels well, and stays moist and delicious for several days, so leftovers will be just as yummy as the first bite. This would make a wonderful Holiday Dessert – just look at it! It’s like a giant fluffy snowflake! Try it for one of your Holiday Parties (or even for Christmas) this year – everyone will love it.



Lemon, Almond & Ricotta Tart by Miss Renaissance



Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake

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Thanksgiving. The Holiday of being thankful major gluttony is almost upon us, people! This means, my mind immediately goes to “what’s for dessert?!?” While a great Pumpkin Pie is one of my all-time faves, I decided to switch things up just a little bit this year. And so I give you what may be the best Holiday cake I’ve ever made/eaten! This Bundt Cake is moist, rich, and it has all of the spiced pumpkin goodness we crave around this time of the year. Try it simply dusted with powdered sugar…or lightly drizzle the cooled cake with an easy glaze of equal parts skim milk & powdered sugar. Or go for both, like I did! This one will make everyone around your table happy & smiley. Promise.


Pumpkin Buttermilk Bundt Cake