The Week: March 7, 2014

You could say that I’m extra excited for this weekend to get here—namely because it’s supposed to hit 50+ degrees in Iowa on Sunday. While I’m outdoors enjoying our wonderful (probably fleeting) weather, here are my favorite bits of Internet from this week:

I’m dying over these mint wedges—so perfect for spring.

How to give a presentation without torturing your audience.

I’m daydreaming of an early summertime trip to Nashville and this travel guide is perfection. Continue reading

Lunch Unplugged

Lunch Unplugged

It may be March, but here in Des Moines we’ve been plunged into another deep freeze (what’s up, -25° wind chills). And if you’re anything like me, the cold weather has probably makes you want to curl up under a pile of blankets, do some serious Netflix binging and avoid leaving your apartment until things thaw.

On the chillest days there are few things that will tempt me to venture out of the skywalk—Lunch Unplugged is one of them. For only $5, the wonderful people at Des Moines Performing Arts have put together a great slate of lunchtime performers at the Temple of the Performing Arts that’s hard to pass up. Continue reading

The Week: February 28, 2014

I’d be lying if I said that this was a great week—there were definitely some high points but I’ve arrived at Friday exhausted, mildly exasperated and with a slightly throbbing headache. So I plan to spend the weekend enjoying the small things that make me happy (homemade lattes, good books, soft sweaters, antique shopping with friends), but in the meantime, here are my favorite bits of Internet from this past week:

How to get a busy person to respond to your email.

Excited to see one of my favorite East Village shops, Stitch, was named Best New Store by Cityview.

I’ve scouted the perfect emerald dress & can hardly wait until Art Noir’s HUE next Friday. Continue reading

Happy 50th Birthday, Harriet the Spy!

Harriet the Spy 50th Anniversary EditionGrowing up I wanted to be just like Harriet the Spy. I would spend afternoon after afternoon wandering our suburban neighborhood and “investigating” would-be crimes, always scribbling in my marbled composition book.

More than anything I envied Harriet’s freedom, her tenacity and above all, her dedication to her notebook. Years later, I’m still a notorious eavesdropper and people-watcher just like Harriet.

I’d like to think that it’s because of Louise Fitzhugh’s daring protagonist that I eventually became a journalist. And now, on the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication, I can’t help but reminisce about one of my favorite childhood treasures.

A recent article in Publisher’s Weekly reminded me I’m not the only writer awed and inspired by Harriet and her fierce independence. My 50th anniversary copy of Harriet the Spy is headed toward my mailbox (thanks, Amazon) and will no doubt be devoured just as voraciously as it was more than 15 years ago.

But for now, I’ll have to settle with one of my favorite bits of advice from Ole Golly. Happy birthday, Harriet—here’s to 50 more years of making people nervous!

“You know what? You’re an individual, and that makes people nervous. And it’s gonna keep making people nervous for the rest of your life.” – Ole Golly, Harriet the Spy

DIY: Tassel Garland

All Rights Reserved Megan BannisterEven after about nine months in my apartment, I’m still figuring out the best places for things and how to style my space. While I still haven’t decided on a whether or not I want a headboard (today I’m leaning toward yes), I recently found an easy—and crazy inexpensive—DIY to spruce up the blank wall above my dresser.

You’ll find tassel garlands of varying sizes all over Pinterest—from birthday parties to home decor—these crete creations are everywhere. I settled on a more scaled down version that matched my other bedroom decor and affixed the garland to my wall with matching washi tape I found at Target. Continue reading

DIY: Valentine’s Day Tea Bags

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I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Valentine’s Day—besides the increased amounts of chocolate and adorably themed decorations at Target, that is. I am a fan of surprising the people I care about with sweet treats though, especially in the spirit of Galentine’s Day.

For those who don’t know, Galentine’s Day is the creation of the one and only Leslie to honor her favorite lady friends. Or if you’re more inclined to relate to another favorite NBC lady Liz Lemon, these tiny tea bags are perfect to share with your gals on Anna Howard Shaw Day.

So in honor of Leslie Knope, Liz Lemon and celebrators of Galentine’s Day everywhere, now you too can gift festive, handmade tea bags. Continue reading

The Week: January 17, 2014

After a week of slightly milder weather, central Iowa is back to being a snowy, windy mess.  Meaning that most of my weekend will probably involve cleaning my apartment, trying out some new recipes and doing a lot of reading in bed. But for now, here are a few of my favorite bits of Internet from this week:

It may not be practical, but I’m mildly obsessed with this robe.

The incredibly selfless woman who was above “dibs.”

Warby Parker’s annual report is practically perfect in every way. Continue reading