52 dates // 37

52 dates // a thousand threads
The date // Home sweet home and a drive through the hills.

I remember being a kid and going for drives with my parents, confused as to why anyone would want to wander around aimlessly like that. Now that I’m older, I understand the urge.

This weekend, between nursing a cold and prepping for our next Field + Foundry event, Mark and I were ready for a little bit of down time. So we decided to go for a drive through the Catoctin Mountains… stopping whenever it struck our fancy.

We dreamed dreams of the future and made plans to make them come true, and enjoyed just being back in our beautiful neck of the woods. It’s amazing to have the chance to travel, but there’s nothing like coming home.

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Grilled peach tartine on Little White Whale

grilled peach tartine // a thousand threads for little white whale
Happy Friday! While I work on fighting off a nasty little bug that followed me home from France, head on over to Little White Whale for this delicious grilled peach tartine.

And have an amazing weekend! Soak up some of the last few rays of summer while you snack on this deliciousness for me.

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52 dates // 35 + 36

antibes, france // a thousand threads
The dates // Our last few days in Nice and Paris.

I think if anything could qualify for multiple dates, it’s our final few days of vacation.

We’re still combing through something like a million and five pictures, so I’ll be sharing lots more next week. But here’s a little sneak peek (in addition to this post and, of course, everything you’ve already seen on Instagram) of what we’ve been up to these past few weeks…

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Blackberry bliss smoothie from This Little Street

Hi! This is Audrey from This Little Street. Is Laicie so lucky to be traveling to France and Ireland? I lived in both places, and I know she’s in for a treat! Talking about treats, here’s a fall favorite – I call it the Blackberry Bliss smoothie.

Bliss because blackberries already remind me of my childhood summers growing up in France. My parents had the biggest blackberry bush by their vegetable garden – the kind of berries that are the perfect combination of being sweet and sour all at once – and I have countless memories of afternoons spent picking these big juicy berries. Let’s just say that not all of them ended in my basket, mmmmmm ok? :)

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Wild side wallpaper from Cocorrina

live the wild side of life desktop wallpaper // cocorrina for a thousand threads
Hello dear friends! It’s Corina from Cocorrina today, taking over for Laicie!

Lately, i’ve been finding nothing more inspiring than living extreme. Adventures and adrenaline, is what makes us feel most alive, what wakes us up. So here’s a little words of inspiration for you, to remember living the life to the fullest, and experiencing the wild side of it!

Download the desktop wallpaper here – or use the shot above on your iPhone!

live the wild side of life desktop wallpaper // cocorrina for a thousand threads
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Healthy fig newton smoothie from Healthfully Ever After

healthy fig newton smoothie // healthfully ever after for a thousand threads
When Laicie asked me to whip up something to post during her European travels, I knew immediately I needed to make a riff on a tasty baked treat. When I think Laicie, I think baking. In fact, the first time we met each other, we were doing what we both love to do best: eating local food outside. And during our most recent gathering at Field and Foundry, she brought lemon hand pies while her husband Mark taught us how to make sourdough bread. She’s basically the best person to know. Everyone needs a Laicie.

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Brilliant blue interior inspiration from Thou Swell

brilliant blues // thou swell for a thousand threads
I’ve always loved the idea of a color palette being inspired by gem-tones – emeralds, rubies, and deep sapphire blues, but blue particularly sticks out as an easy color to work into any room because it’s subdued and oh so versatile. I combed through Pinterest for different ways designers have incorporated blue into interiors, whether it be in the details or as a main element of the room. Check out this bluesy inspiration…

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52 dates // 34

giant's causeway // 52 dates // a thousand threads
The date // Playtime on the Giant’s Causeway.

Happy Friday, and happy Labor Day weekend! I’m missing the festivities, but we’ve had plenty of our own here in Ireland… pub crawls, amazing meals, eye-opening tours, and so much more I can’t wait to tell you all about when we come back.

For now, I’m just checking in to tell you about one tiny little bit of fun we had along the way.

When I asked Mark what he wanted to see in Ireland, he had just one thing on his list: the Giant’s Causeway. The incredible natural formation on the northern coast seems like it was carved out of stone in the same way the perfect Incan ruins were carved at Machu Picchu… each stone fitting together just right.

So of course we made sure to stop — and while we were there we took some time to wander off and play by the water on one of the most gorgeous days we’ve seen so far.

Have an amazing weekend, and stop by next week for even more amazing guest posts! We have some really good stuff still to come.

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Balsamic fig & goat cheese crostini from Lovely Indeed

balsamic fig & goat cheese crostini // lovely indeed for a thousand threads
Hey gang! It’s Chelsea from Lovely Indeed, and I’m so happy to be popping by while Laicie is having her great adventure.

My brother-in-law has this most beautiful fig tree in his backyard, and the last time I visited there were some late summer figs just begging to be made into something. They were there on the low branches, staring me in the face, daring me to fix up something delicious. My pregnant self is just craving all of that soft cheese that you’re not supposed to eat, but I found this magical pasteurized goat cheese and it seemed like just the thing to pair with those figs. These little crostini are so perfect for a simple end-of-summer celebration; I can just imagine munching away on them, catching up in the backyard with friends, and reminiscing about all of the beautiful things this summer brought.

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The very best Portland sweets from Endlessly Enraptured

the very best Portland sweets // endlessly enraptured for a thousand threads
If you happen to read Endlessly Enraptured or follow my Instagram feed, then you know my husband and I have a passion for sweets. I wanted to take a bit of time today to share a few of our favorite places in Portland to get your sugar fix.

Bakeshop (above) is a special place run by special people. We can never pass up their delicate hand pies or nutella puffs. Oh, and if you happen to be in the mood for something savory, I highly recommend their ham and cheese croissant. They make the best I’ve ever had.

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