Earlier this week, Jess of Twenty Six and Not Counting asked if I would be her blog wife. After she got personal by answering questions from this New York Times essay, ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This’, I had to say ‘yes!’ and participate in the challenge that Hallie of Corals and Cognacs first began.

Katie - Let's Fall in Love // Twin StripePhoto by Ali Turner

The New York Times essay shares the secret to falling in love with anyone – just answer a series of 36 questions truthfully with your partner and a sense of intimacy will be created and accelerated. I decided to accept Hallie’s challenge and answered a handful of the 36 questions. I want you all to get to know me better and this seems a great way to do that. Let’s see if we can fall in love.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
I’m a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. She is smart, funny, beautiful and would be the most fun dinner guest. I’d totally serve burgers, fries and margaritas!

Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I don’t want to be a household name, but I would love for Twin Stripe to grow and have an even larger readership.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
I don’t rehearse, but depending on the type of call I have to make, I will think through what needs to be said.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
A day spent with loved ones makes for a “perfect” day. We don’t need to do anything fancy – just have good conversation and tasty food and drink.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I sing to my dog all of the time and I’m pretty sure he loves it!

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I have so many things to be grateful for, but I’m most grateful for my loving and supportive family. They are always there for me through thick and thin – supporting my decisions, cheering me on and catching me when I fall.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
I would love to be able to teleport anywhere in the world, like Harry Potter. I would teleport to the beaches of Hawaii on weekends, enjoy workday lunches at Paris cafes and grab a sushi dinner in Tokyo.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
I would not want to know about my future specifically, but I would want to know what I could do to help improve the future for those coming after me.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
I would love to own my own business, even if it is just small. I’m making moves to get there sometime soon. I’ll keep you all in the know!

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
Receiving my graduate degree was a proud moment for me. I worked really hard in graduate school, so walking across the stage was a wonderful moment.

What do you value most in a friendship?
Trust and understanding are so important in any relationship.

What is your most treasured memory?
I love looking at Chad and my wedding album. It was a beautiful day filled with so much love, family and friends.

If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
If I knew I only had a year to live, I would quit my job in order to spend more time with family and friends and complete my travel bucket list.

How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

As I mentioned before, my family is loving and supportive. I don’t know if my childhood was any happier than anyone else’s, but I know I had a wonderful childhood filled with happy memories.

How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?
My mom and I have a great relationship that has only strengthen as I have gotten older. I make sure I talk to her at least one a week, but often times I talk to her more often than that.

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
I would want to take photos – I have a lot on my laptop, so I am inclined to grab that, but I also would want to grab my wedding album.

And so I ask you, are we in love? I would love to hear some of your answers to the 36 questions, so answer a question or two in the comments or tweet me your answer(s). Happy Friday!

katie

Snuggling up with a good book and a cup of coffee is a perfect way to spend a weekend morning. I’ve always loved to read, but for most of last year didn’t make much time to it. In order to change that, I’ve joined a book club with some of my friends from the office. Like all good book clubs, we gather together over wine and snacks to discuss the monthly book.

Cozy Winter Reading List // Twin Stripe

We recently read The Night Circus and The Husband’s Secret. My favorite of the two was The Night Circus, the book was filled with beautiful imagery and an imaginative plot. I’m planning to start the February book, The Rosie Project, this weekend so I can host a book club brunch! a weekend brunch. If you are looking for a good way to get more reading in, be sure to check out a local book club.

Cozy Winter Reading List // Twin Stripe

1. Yes Please, Amy Poehler  |  2. Make It Happen, Lara Casey  |  3. The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern  |  4. The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty  |  5.  The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion  |  6.  Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham

Other than my book club books, I received a few books for Christmas, like Amy Poehler’s new one, that  I can’t wait to read. What books do you have on your winter reading list this January?

Also, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Cara Reed’s Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking cookbook!

katie

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins from decadent gluten-free vegan baking by cara reed // Twin Stripe

Since beginning a gluten free diet, I haven’t spent much time baking because there are so many different flours and substitutions you can use, that it seemed overwhelming. Recently I tried a recipe from the cookbook, Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets by Cara Reed, and decided gluten free baking wasn’t so difficult after all. This cookbook is filled with recipes for cakes, pies, cookies, even pop tarts and Oreos and so much more!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins from decadent gluten-free vegan baking by cara reed // Twin Stripe

The first recipe I tried from the cookbook are the above cinnamon coffee cake muffins – these muffins were simple to make and you would have no idea they are vegan and gluten free. I recommend enjoying these muffins with a big cup of coffee, fresh fruit and the weekend paper close by.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins
Recipe courtesy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets by Cara Reed and printed with permission of Page St. Publishing.

Makes 10 muffins
Dry
2 c/330 g Cara’s All-Purpose Blend*
½ c/72.5 g unpacked brown sugar
¼ c/50 g granulated sugar
2 tsp/7.5 g baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp/7 g flaxseed meal
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Wet
¾ c/180 ml nondairy milk
⅓ c/80 ml oil
1 Tbsp/15 ml apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
Streusel Topping
1 c/165 g Cara’s All-Purpose Flour Blend (page 166)
⅓ c/73 g brown sugar, lightly packed
2 tsp/5 g cinnamon
3 Tbsp/42 g vegan butter

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Lightly grease or line a muffin pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl,
combine the wet ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and
pour the milk mixture in. Stir with a wooden spoon. Pour the batter into the muffin
pan. Combine the ingredients for the streusel topping and sprinkle it evenly on the
batter.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted. Allow to
cool slightly before removing from the muffin tins. Cool on a wire rack.

Cara’s Tip: If you have spots in your muffin tin that are not filled before going into
the oven, place some water halfway inside the individual spots. By doing this, you
ensure that all of your muffins will be baked evenly.

Cara’s All-Purpose Blend
3 c superfine brown rice flour
3 c superfine sorghum flour
1 ½ c potato starch (not flour)
1 ½ c arrowroot powder

Combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag and mix well. Makes 9 cups and should be stored in an airtight container. This mixture can be used in place of traditional flour.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins from decadent gluten-free vegan baking by cara reed // Twin StripeLastly, I have one copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed to give away! Open to those with a valid US or Canada address for shipping. All entries will be verified. No purchase is necessary to win. Giveaway will run until Friday, January 26 at 11:59pm. Winner will be emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  Be sure to join the Rafflecopter giveaway so you can start baking too!

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I was provided with a copy of the cookbook and the recipe has been printed with permission of Page St. Publishing Co. All opinions are purely my own. 

Good luck and have a wonderful week!

katie

A few months back some images of an event I styled and hosted were featured on a very popular blog. The photographer and the source of the images received credit, but my name was left off. From there, things spiraled into an unpleasant mess. Mistakes were made by both sides and today I want to share what I learned from that experience.

Photo Crediting and how to best handle uncomfortable situations // Twin Stripe

What to do if you were improperly credited:
If you find your work featured on another blog and you have not been credited, email the blogger immediately and let them know a mistake was made and you would like to be credited. I would suspect that most bloggers would correct their mistake right away if you send a friendly email.

If the error is not corrected after a few hours (be sure to give them ample time to correct the issue), contact them over a social media channel. Once again, keep the tone friendly, not accusatory. I would guess that most bloggers would correct the mistake within 24-hours of your email.

If you find that after a day you have still not been credited, share the images on your Instagram feed or Twitter account letting your followers know you are happy the blogger was inspired by your work and leave it at that.

No matter how much you want to vent over Twitter, do not do it. I chose to send a tweet that I found fairly harmless about the situation I was facing. (I did not name or call out the blogger.) The blogger who had not credited me took offense to my tweet and handled the situation in a manner that surprised me and hurt my feelings.

Bottom line: If you are miscredited or not credited, a friendly email or tweet can go a long way.

How to Handle Improper Crediting
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in the fast paced world of blogging. Sharing other bloggers images and stories is a great way to create community, but mistakes can happen too.

If a blogger makes you aware of an incorrect photo credit, fix the issue right away by adding the proper photo credits. I would also recommend adding a small note at the bottom of the original blog post noting the correction.

If you want to go one step farther, sharing the images on social media and tagging the blogger in them can go a long way. It shows that you truly care that credit is given when it is due.

Bottom line: If you miscredit an image, correct it as soon as possible and apologize to the blogger for the mistake.

I hope this post brings more awareness to proper image crediting and how to best handle uncomfortable situations. Remember that not only do the stylist and photographer deserve credit, but crediting those who have pieces, especially small businesses, in the image should receive proper credit.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you all back her on Monday with a delicious gluten free recipe and a giveaway!

katie

When I set foot outside of the Raleigh-Durham airport after spending one week in the Dominican Republic the cold hit me like a ton of bricks. Since my return, I’ve been finding myself dreaming of warm sunny days and the amazing tropical fruit I ate daily while in the DR. The island is lush and full of vegetation that includes pineapples, papaya, mango, oranges, bananas and more.
Color Trend: Fruit Salad, Dominican Republic  // Twin Stripe

I selected a few of my favorite bright and colorful images to help illustrate this month’s color trend, fruit salad. My picks are inspired by the colorful atmosphere and abundant tropical fruits of the Dominican Republic.

In past Januaries the color trend would be inspired by the Pantone color of the year, but I can’t get into this years pick, Marsala. I do like the color, but I find it to be very seasonal – so I might wait to share a Marsala color trend until September or October.

 

Color Trend: Fruit Salad, Dominican Republic  // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left:  Yellow Enamel Flatware, World Market  |   Coral Tie Dye Dot Pillow, PB Teen  |  Mustard Zipper Lined Pouch, Amelia  |  Jupiter Gem Collar, Bauble Bar  |  Maeve Woodland Walk Buttondown, Anthropolgie  |  Keyboard Weekly Pad, Poketo  | Tangerine Flats, Tieks  | butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Trout Pout, Sephora

Adding one of these tropical-inspired pieces to your home or wardrobe is sure to warm you up this chilly January. The Tangerine Tieks seem like the perfect solution to get anyone out of a winter funk!

What colors have you been wearing this winter?

 katie