Fashion + Interiors

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Does anyone else find a direct correlation between the fashion and interior trends they are loving? I am finding more and more often that the colors and trends I’m attracted to in fashion are also the things I’m drawn to with interiors. I also love how they inspire and play off of each other so well! Here are just a few images I’m currently loving inspired by both fashion and home!

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Pink Lemonade Macarons

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As some of you may or may not know, miss Caitlin is pregnant with a precious baby girl! With that in mind, I thought I would make some light and sweet little treats to celebrate : ) Nothing screams baby shower quite like pink cookies…especially Pink Lemonade Macarons! They are perfect for summer.

Macarons are French almond-based sandwich cookies. They’re gluten free and can be pretty finicky if you’re not familiar with baking. If you weigh all your ingredients and follow my directions though, you should be well ahead of most and have great success with these little guys.

Enjoy! And congratulations, Caitlin! Can’t wait to meet your new bun in the oven!

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Pink Lemonade Macarons | Yields 12 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

110 grams powdered sugar

60 grams almond meal/flour

2 large egg whites {*at room temperature}

40 grams granulated sugar

Pinch cream of tartar

Pink food coloring {I used gel}

for the filling—

¼ cup softened butter

½ teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon lemon extract

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

lemon food coloring, if desired

DIRECTIONS:

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat, double stack with another baking sheet and set aside.

Combine powdered sugar with almond meal and pulse in a food processor or high-powered blender to make a fine powder. Sift and discard larger pieces of almonds that won’t go through the fine meshed sift. {You can add up to 2 tablespoons of these small pieces back into the batter if desired, but no more than that.}

Place egg whites in the bowl of a clean dry bowl. Whip until frothy, then slowly sprinkle granulated sugar in as you whip along with the cream of tartar. After about two minutes, the egg whites should be very stiff and firm. The peaks should not fold over when you pull the beaters out of the meringue.

Carefully fold in sifted dry ingredients in two batches. When the mixture is smooth and you don’t see streaks of egg white anymore, stop folding.** Scrape batter into the pastry bag fitted with a ½ inch plain tip.

Pipe batter into 1-inch circles onto prepared sheets, doing your best to evenly space them out. Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter to flatten the macarons and remove air bubbles.

Preheat oven to 310 degrees. Let macarons sit out while the oven preheats, ideally 15-30 minutes. Bake 17-20 minutes or until set—the tops shouldn’t shift around when nudged. Cool completely on the counter before removing and filling.

For the filling, whip all ingredients together until thick and smooth. Pipe a small dollop into the center of one macaron and top with another, pressing gently to push filling out to the edges. Repeat with remaining macarons. Store in air tight containers before serving.

Macarons are best if ripened overnight. This is just fancy talk that means refrigerate in an airtight container overnight and then enjoy for best macaron consistency.

* If you don’t have time to let your eggs sit out at room temperature, simply place into a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes. That should do the trick : )

** You can put a spoonful of batter on a plate to test before piping. If it slowly flattens out, it’s ready to pipe. It if runs, add a bit more almond flour/powdered sugar. If it keeps it’s shape, give it a few extra folds.

Enjoy!

xoxo, Lauren (Lauren’s Latest)

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New in the Shop: Mint Greek Key!

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It’s starting to feel like summer in the northwest! The sun is shining and we’re loving every minute of it. Plus, to kick off the season we’re adding five new patterns! Starting our line-up today is Mint Greek Key. One of our classic prints with a fresh new color that fits in many colorways. Grab yours here!

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Caitlin Wilson Trunk Shows

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Summer’s almost here and for the first time ever CAITLIN WILSON TEXTILES is bringing pillows, fabrics, and rugs to you! We’re currently booking trunk shows across the country so if there’s a store near you that you’d love see our products in or you are store owner let us know! Leave us a comment with the name of the store or email us at shauna@caitlinwilson.com. We’re excited to finally meet some of our customers in person and share our summer line coming soon!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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In honor of Mother’s Day, Melanie Burk shares a sweet design to remind us that even when it’s hard, being a woman is a beautiful thing.

“With motherhood coming up this Sunday, we’ve been thinking about what it means to be a mother, and about all of the wonderful women around us. Oftentimes mother’s day can be a hard day for many women-with wishes to have children, or more children, or missing children, or to be married, or have a better marriage… quite simply, it can become a day of wishes and heartache.

Being a woman is hard, and it’s easy for this to become a day of wishing. I know I am constantly wishing to be better, and learning to be gentle with myself is a constant lesson.. So to all of you women-today we want to recognize you and your goodness! No matter your struggles, disappointments, yearnings, thank you for being a force for good and a pillar of strength to those around you. You do more good than you know!

Happy day of love to all of you women! ”

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Looking for some quick mother’s day prints from around the inter web? We have a small list of some of our favorites:

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1. This darling free giant mother’s day download from The Alison Show and Hello Tosha is sure to knock your socks off.

2. This sweet painting by Caitlin Conolly will help be a constant reminder of the beauty of motherhood.

3. This sweet print of love from Caravan can be big and bold, and make some fun impact. It is great not just for mother’s day, but for all year long.

4. This sweet stars print by Hello Tosha is a great winner too and super sweet.
xo, Melanie
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Melanie Burk is a designer, teacher, collector of happy, and lover of life. She’s got a dreamboat husband and three little girls that have taught her to find the beauty in a messy, joyful life. She believes that art can be both fun and meaningful and hopes to help others learn the same. The owner of her own graphic design firm, she works with clients to create branding, websites, patterns, and apps. She also teaches design courses at atly and co-owns Caravan Shoppe, a destination full of downloadable art and DIY toys.

Decorating with Sea Fans

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If you couldn’t tell by now, my mind is constantly thinking all things Caribbean and tropical. I am happiest in the sunshine and where the earth is lush and the background noise is the sound of the Sea. Therefore, I try my best to bring that atmosphere into my home. I’m about to share with you one of my absolute favorite treasures – Sea Fans! They are tropical, the composition is delicate and they are chic, interesting and FANtastic!

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My favorite way to display sea fans as artwork is to frame it with a white background and a gold or white frame to keep it clean and fresh (see top right) If you find a white or cream sea fan it’s fun to choose a black background for a dramatic effect that highlights all of the details of the sea fan (see top left). You can find sea fans all over the internet and especially on Etsy for decent prices! Have fun exploring and finding your tropical treasures!”
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To find Sea Fans just search in Etsy, “Sea Fans”
xo, Rachel
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