Summer Playlist

Summer Playlist // Feast + West

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you what music I’ve been listening to, so I decided to introduce a new column for playlists. Every so often, I’ll share a few of the songs I’m playing on repeat as I’m driving, working or cooking. This summer playlist is what’s been on my airwaves the last few weeks.

The songs in this playlist have been my obsessions this summer. A couple yeas ago, I was obsessed with Torches by Foster the People, so I’m thrilled they came out with a new album, ‘Supermodel.’ I also can’t stop listening to the eponymous Sylvan Esso album. And the song ‘Boom Clap’ by Charli XCX has been stuck in my head for weeks. Those are just a handful of my favorites right now, so be sure to listen to the entire playlist on either Rdio or Spotify! // susannah

See the full playlist at  Rdio or Spotify!

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No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies // Feast + West

Baking in the summer can be brutal. When the oven’s on inside and out, it’s never comfortable to be in the kitchen. For this reason, I love to make no-bake cookies — like these No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies — in the summer months.

These recipes are quick to whip up on the stove, then you drop spoonfuls of batter onto a baking sheet. The cookies will harden and cool quickly, leaving you with delicious, nearly fool-proof cookies. These cookies combine some of my favorite ingredients — chocolate, peanut butter and hazelnuts. And, they’re gluten-free! (Just be sure you’re using gluten-free oats.) How do you beat the heat in your summer kitchen? Let me know in the comments! //  susannah

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C% Pure Vegan Soap

C% Pure Vegan Soap // Feast + West

Being a vegan must be really difficult. That is speculation, of course — I have no personal experience with veganism, but I have tried vegetarianism and other modified diets. It’s hard. I have so much respect for people who choose that lifestyle. One of the tougher parts of veganism must be the elimination of everyday items that contain animal products. I’m not very educated on the topic, but I often find myself surprised there are animal products in things I use, like make-up and soap. Soap! I had no idea.

C% Pure is a new line of vegan soaps from Deva America, the woman behind one of my favorite Etsy shops, Fresh Pastry Stand in Florida. Wrapped in beautifully designed, environment-friendly packaging, these soaps are soy-free, all-natural and free of dyes and artificial fragrances. They’re totally vegan and they’re not tested on animals either.

For now, the soaps come in four scents: citrusy Grove, musky Sea Smoke, ginger Kulfi and vanilla Sweet Bitters. (My money’s on the Sea Smoke!) Be sure to check out the Kickstarter Deva has going right now to bring C% Pure to commercial market! // susannah 

C% Pure Vegan Soap // Feast + West

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Kitchen Road Trip: Nevada

Kitchen Road Trip: Nevada // Feast + West

Anyone feeling lucky? Today we’re headed to Nevada on the Kitchen Road Trip series. I’ve never been to Las Vegas, but I have driven through one teeny corner of Nevada during a trip to California. I definitely owe the Silver State a proper visit. In doing research for this Nevada gift guide, I read about the Neon Museum, a graveyard for the neon signs of Las Vegas. As a lover of typography and vintage signs, that would be high on my list of places to visit! Anyway, I love all the bright colors in this gift guide. Be sure to check out a few more Nevadan items over on Pinterest! // susannah

The Kitchen Road Trip series is a virtual ‘trip’ to a different state. Posted weekly on Mondays, each post is a gift guide to items from a different state, in alphabetical order, and features food & drinks, books, home goods and travel items.  

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Honey Peach Old-Fashioned

Honey Peach Old-Fashioned // Feast + West

You guys, it’s peach season. There are few things that would make a Southern woman happier than a bushel of fuzzy, farmers-market-fresh peaches. I love peaches plain, with ice cream, baked into cobbler… and in cocktails, of course! I dreamed up this Honey Peach Old-Fashioned and it is so good. Honey, bourbon, lemon, bitters, ginger ale and some mashed up peaches on the rocks. It’s the nectar of the gods. This is what I want to be drinking for the rest of the summer. Scratch that — it’s what I will be drinking for the rest of the summer. Hope you enjoy it too! // susannah

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Smarty Pins Game

Smarty Pins

Earlier this summer, I told you about my love for the spelling bee, but I’ve always wanted to participate in a geography bee. Essentially, they’re competitions in which participants answer questions about cities, countries, bodies of water and landforms. I’ve always thought it was important to learn about the world. I used to wish my school pushed us to learn more with something like a geography bee. It sounds right up my alley! (Now, whether I’d be good at it is a whole other thing.)

I suppose I’ll just have to settle for Google’s new Smarty Pins game. This web-based game utilizes Google Maps technology while posing trivia questions on things like history, pop culture and sports. Then, you place a pin on the map where you think the answer is. The game allots you 10,000 miles, which act like points — each wrong answer deducts the distance in miles from your score. The game is over when you’re out of miles. You can also earn bonus miles for beating the clock.

Smarty Pins

The resulting experience is incredibly fun and cheeky, with Google Maps’ Pegman acting as head cheerleader. Almost Olympic in its rewards, you can earn virtual bronze, silver, gold and even diamond pins (and probably more, but I haven’t made it that far) for lots of right answers. It makes learning about the world enjoyable for any age. Play the Smarty Pins game here! Let me know on Twitter what score you get. // susannah 

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Instagram 101: Find Your Style

Instagram 101 // Feast + West

Today is the last week of Instagram 101! Over the last four weeks, I’ve talked about my Instagram storyhow to find your community and how to find your voice. Today I’m talking about putting it all together to find your style. I’m also sharing 33 photography apps for iPhone and Android to help you get better at Instagram. (I’ll tell you how I use them, but you will have much better results if you take the time to find your own style!) I am also answering a few of your questions that didn’t quite fit into any of these lessons, so I’ve got those as a little Q&A at the end as well.

So, what did you think of this series? Is there something I missed? I’m happy to answer your questions in the comments, or maybe you’ll inspire me to do another Instagram 101 post in the future. Do let me know!

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Kitchen Road Trip: Nebraska

Kitchen Road Trip: Nebraska // Feast + West

Today we’re heading to Nebraska in the Kitchen Road Trip series! I enjoyed researching this Nebraska gift guide as I discovered so many talented artists and designers. In high school I had an opportunity to visit Nebraska for theater camp, but I ended up attending journalism camp instead. I’m definitely OK with that decision, but I still have yet to visit the Cornhusker State! Check out the gift guide after the jump. How about that vase and that tin letter?! I want those for my own home.

I hope you had a great weekend! I spent mine at my best friend’s wedding. It was a lovely, happy celebration, but I’m exhausted! I think I’ll stay home for a while, though — I’ve been traveling so much lately and I have a lot to catch up on. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the last installment of the Instagram 101 series! // susannah

The Kitchen Road Trip series is a virtual ‘trip’ to a different state. Posted weekly on Mondays, each post is a gift guide to items from a different state, in alphabetical order, and features food & drinks, books, home goods and travel items.  

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French 75

French 75 cocktail // Feast + West

Even though the fireworks of July 4 have fizzled out, we don’t have to stop celebrating independence. Bastille Day, or French National Day, takes place on Monday. July 14, or le quatorze juillet, is the day the people of France commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution. Several months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the French 75, which I think is the perfect Bastille Day cocktail.

The French 75, known as the Soixante-Quinze in France, is a sparkly drink of lemon, gin and champagne. This 20th century cocktail is named for a rapid-firing 75-millimeter field gun used in France during World War I. It’s a contemporary classic, and its history makes it a sweet francophile homage year-round.

This week’s Friday Night Delight has a bit of extra meaning for me. Tomorrow Kristin, my best friend from high school, will get married in Chapel Hill, N.C. For each year of high school, Kristin and I took French class and did French Club together. We also shared a notebook with the Eiffel Tower on it and made up a bunch of inside jokes in French. We were are nerds, but I think it’s safe to say that French is in our foundation. I’m so excited and honored to celebrate Kristin as one of her bridesmaids tomorrow. (I’ll be sharing photos from the weekend on Instagram.) Anyway, this French 75 is for you, Kristin! Felicitations, mon amie! // susannah 

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Instagram 101: Find Your Voice

Instagram 101: Find your voice // Feast + West

Your voice is one of the most important pieces of using Instagram. Your profile (as in your feed of photos you have taken and shared) is your own space on the visual web. You can share unique photos of your life, your travels, your work — anything you want, really! But sometimes it’s hard to find the line between what you can take pictures of and what you should take pictures of. The content of your photos is just as important as how they look and with whom to share them!

Today is the third installment of my Instagram 101 series. I’m talking about curating your content, using hashtags and challenging yourself to do something different!

So far, I’ve shared my Instagram story and my tips for finding your community on Instagram. Next week I’ll be talking about finding your photographic style and my list of favorite editing apps. If there’s anything else you want to know about Instagram, let me know in the comments and I’ll include my answers next week!

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