Sister Trip: Asheville

After eating our way through Charleston, Morgan and I headed to Asheville.

Straight away, we settled into our cozy quarters at Hotel Indigo.

The duvets! The stump night stand!

We lounged around for a bit and literally ran out the door after seeing an ad for Pies in Disguise at the local market. (Which later inspired Morgan to disguise her own pies.)

Photo from Pies in Disguise

Turns out the Pies in Disguise booth wasn’t there that week, BUT we did meet blogging idol Ashley of Small Measure.

Ashley of Small Measure

So fun to meet her after following her blog for years! We chatted about pickling and cheese making and referenced Grace from Design Sponge like an old friend. Sigh.

We couldn’t get enough of Asheville’s fresh, local food. Especially when paired with cute pint glasses, decadent chocolates, or fun music like The Yellow Kites.

Cutest Pint Glass Ever from Tupelo Honey Cafe

Market Peaches

Recapping the day at French Broad Chocolates

All in all, an amazing trip.


2011 Book List

I’ve kept a book journal of some sort for most of my life. Sometimes in commercial book journals, sometimes in regular notebooks.

I found my middle school book journal while at my mom’s house over Christmas. I loved seeing how my handwriting changed, how my choice of books became more sophisticated (from R.L. Stine to J.D. Salinger), and my dedicated record keeping (a summary and recommendation for every book).

These quotes are too good not to share {circa 1995}:

“I would recommend this book because I think the whole world would want to live in a house full of the March’s love.” {Little Women}

“There was a lot of jibber-jabber that didn’t have to be in the book” {The Babysitter}

“I hated to part company with Scarlett because she was so real to me.” {Gone with the Wind}

I’m still keeping a book journal, but this year, I decided to keep a ‘visual bookshelf’ with images of book covers in a simple powerpoint.

My 2011 Visual Bookshelf


xo, jess