Who Are You Pairing?

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Who Are You Pairing? Michelle Dockery and Karen Anne Glick

 

Michelle Dockery }  { Karen Anne Glick }

Who Are You Pairing? Teyonah Parris and Jesus Perea

{ Teyonah Parris }  { Jesús Perea }

Who Are You Pairing? Kelly Osbourne and Jessica Harrison

{ Kelly Osbourne }  { Jessica Harrison }

Who Are You Pairing? Louise Roe and Rosanna Webster

{ Louise Roe }  { Rosanna Webster }

Who Are You Pairing? Kiernan Shipka and Michele Quan

{ Kiernan Shipka }  { Michele Quan }

Who Are You Pairing?

2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Who Are You Pairing? Brandi Cyrus and Georgiana Paraschiv

{ Brandi Cyrus } { Georgiana Paraschiv }

Who Are You Pairing? Jillian Rose Reed and Linn Warme

{ Jillian Rose Reed }  { Linn Warme }

Who Are You Pairing? Jessie J and Shauna Finn

{ Jessie J }  { Shauna Finn }

Who Are You Pairing? Kim Kardashian and Michelle Furlong

{ Kim Kardashian }  { Michelle Furlong }

Who Are You Pairing? Sarah Hyland and Leila Jeffreys

{ Sarah Hyland }  { Leila Jeffreys }

Who Are You Pairing? Chloë Grace Moretz and Max Colby

{ Chloë Grace Moretz }  { Max Colby }

Who Are You Pairing? Mary Lambert and Tali Yalonetzki

{ Mary Lambert }  { Tali Yalonetzki

Fine Fixin's

Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Westervin's Fine Fixin's: Strawberry Chiffon Pie Recipe

Summer is in full swing here in Arkansas! The sun is shining, and the humidity is through the roof. Stepping outside is like stepping into a sauna. A sauna with mosquitos… The plus side, however, is that summer fruits are plentiful! And while fruit is great on it’s own, sometimes the old sweet tooth takes over and you start craving a decadent fruit dessert. On a recent occasion, we turned to Cook’s Country for a recipe for Strawberry Chiffon Pie. It was amazing. Light and sweet, it’s perfect for summer, plus you only need to bake the crust (or buy one if you’re into shortcuts), which means you don’t have to heat up the whole house.

A Slice of Strawberry Chiffon Pie - Recipe from Westervin

INGREDIENTS

CRUST

1 (5.3-ounce) box shortbread cookies, broken into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FILLING

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

2 tablespoons water

12 ounces strawberries, hulled (2 1/2 cups), plus 8 ounces strawberries, hulled, halved, and sliced thin (1 1/3 cups)

3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 large egg whites

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled

Light and Refreshing Strawberry Chiffon Pie - Recipe on the Westervin blog

Instructions

  1. FOR THE CRUST: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Process cookies, sugar, and salt in food processor until finely ground, about 1 minute. Add almonds and pulse until coarsely chopped, about 8 pulses. Add melted butter and pulse until combined, about 10 pulses. Transfer crumb mixture to pie plate. Using bottom of dry measuring cup, press crumbs evenly into bottom and up sides of plate. Bake until crust is golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating halfway through baking. Let crust cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes. (Crust can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
  1. FOR THE FILLING: Sprinkle gelatin over water in small bowl and let sit until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Process hulled whole strawberries in food processor until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl and press on solids to extract 1 cup of juice; discard solids. Whisk 3/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and strawberry juice together in small saucepan.
  1. Bring juice mixture to simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Off heat, whisk in gelatin mixture until dissolved. Transfer to large bowl, stir in lemon juice, and let cool completely, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Using stand mixer fitted with whisk, whip egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip whites to soft, billowy mounds, about 1 minute. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and whip until glossy, stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk one-third of meringue into cooled strawberry mixture until smooth. Fold remaining meringue into strawberry mixture until only few white streaks remain.
  1. In now-empty mixer bowl, whip cream on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in sliced strawberries. Spoon filling into crust and spread into even layer using back of spoon. Refrigerate pie for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours. Serve.

from Cook’s Country, August/September 2014

Westervin Blog: Recipe for Strawberry Chiffon Pie

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Blog News, Westervin Shop

Summer 2014

If you’ve wondered where Brian and I have been all summer, well, let me tell ya.

Sarah West Ervin graduates from Columbia College Chicago and moves to Arkansas

1. I graduated! In May of 2014, after three long years of evening classes and weekend papers, I donned my billowy gown and square cap to receive my masters hood and my Master of Arts Management degree in Arts Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago.

2. To celebrate, Brian and I spent a nice weekend with his parents and sister and a few of my classmates-turned-best-friends. We laughed. We cried (from laughter). We drank a lot of margaritas!

3. THEN WE PACKED UP OUR LIVES AND MOVED TO ARKANSAS. That’s right, folks. If you haven’t heard, we’re living in Fort Smith now, and we plan to be here for the next two years.

4. Arkansas, the land of fried-foods-a-plenty.

the new Arkansas home of Sarah West Ervin and Brian West

5. We’re living in this beast of a house, which is just a short walk and an evener shorter bike ride from the downtown strip and the Arkansas river. The house belongs to my mother, and Brian and I are doing our best to fix it up for her while she and my little brother live near my grandmother in Louisiana. This will be an adventure.

6. As an historic home—close to 100 years old, I believe—it’s full of old timey charm and interesting quirks. More on that to come…

7. My favorite part? The house is big enough for me to have my very own studio! It’s a dream come true. It’s all a bit of a mess right now as we search for furniture and storage solutions, but I can’t wait to show you the progress.

8. We also love having our own outdoor space, complete with a porch swing and our little herbs. Pictured above are Umberto, the chocolate mint, and Dilly, our sweet baby dill plant.

Sarah West Ervin's new haircut and birthday fun

9. Not long after we got here, I decided to get a haircut. Yup, I had it all chopped off!

10. This is Sugars! We found her on our porch during a rainstorm. She was near death, so we rushed her to the emergency vet clinic, got her some medicine and nursed her back to relative health over a few days. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep her, nor could we find anyone to adopt her. In the end we had to take her to the Humane Society, where they said they’d take good care of her and find her a happy home. It broke my heart to say goodbye to her tiny precious face, but our own two cats (the little rascals) are about all we can handle.

11. I turned 28! My birthday celebrations were just perfect and included many beautiful handmade presents, breakfast in bed, flea market fun, digging in the mud for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and a picture-perfect picnic. I’m so grateful to everyone who called, texted, visited, and sent happy wishes in the mail!

12. We didn’t find any diamonds, but we did find a lot of mud!

Brian West and Sarah Ervin attend the weddings of Sarah and Patrick Staub; Carolyn Sybesma and Ali Porter

13. We got to travel to Miami for the wedding of Brian’s very nice cousin Patrick and his sweet bride Sara. The guests were warm and friendly, the food was delish, and music was lively. We had a blast!

14. After the wedding, the Wests took a family vacation to Key West. Man, oh man, was it a perfect trip.

15. & 16. A week later, we got to travel back to Chicago to be a part of the wedding of two of our dearest friends, Carolyn & Ali. I even got to be the flower girl! It was so nice to spend time with our besties again in Chicago. I miss you all already!

 

Westervin Handmade Shop Update

17. & 18. Since we’ve been back, I’ve been busy as a bumble bee making some new items for the Westervin shop.

19. & 20. And I’ve been making plans for selling at craft fairs this holiday season. Brian helped me whip up some booth displays.

So that’s what we’ve been up to. Now that our lives have settled down a bit, you’ll be hearing more from us regularly. Stay tuned!

Sponsors

Sponsored Post: Blake Brody Flats

Westervin Sponsor: Blake Brody Ballet Flats

A lovely lady named Christine recently saw my Bustle piece on ethical shoe options and reached out to me to tell me about Blake Brody‘s line of ballet flats. According to Christine, Blake developed these shoes in consulation with Dr. Louis Gally, the podiatrist to the Rockettes and an expert in dance health.

The resulting product line is a “luxe version of a wellness shoe.”

As a vegetarian, Blake has chosen to use only environmentally conscious and humane (vegan) materials that do not include any animal products or toxic chemicals. These cute little kicks are both good for your feet and eco-friendly! The anti-microbial, moisture-wicking ultrasuede lining is made from 100% recycled post-industrial matter, the fully padded footbed is composed of soy-based recycled Poron, and the recyclable rubber for the soles is specially prepared for re-use in secondary compounds.

Westervin Sponsor: Blake Brody Flats

Christine and Blake were kind enough to send me over a pair of my choosing to try out. I opted for the “Kate” flat in the “Nude Lizard” option.

For the outfit above, I paired these high-end shoes with an almost completely second-hand outfit (save for my undergarments!). The top and skirt are from my latest trip to Goodwill, courtesy of a gift card from my sister-in-law (she knows me well). The belt came with a vintage dress I bought many moons ago, perhaps from the Goodwill outlet store in St. Louis, where you pay by the pound (!), but I can’t remember for sure. On my wrist is a collection of slinky bracelets, handmade and gifted by a couple of friends (Dotter Studio and AHC), as well as a vintage watch from my grandmother.

Westervin Sponsor: Blake Brody Ballet Flat in Nude Faux Lizard Skin

When my chosen flats arrived, I noticed that the color wasn’t quite the bright, creamy ivory pictured. They turned out to be a bit of a darker, grayer shade, which I like better anyway.

But how comfortable are they? One word: wowee. They are truly 100% comfortable—so soft, smooth, and cushiony on the inside. Slipping them on for the first time felt like a gentle hug on my feet. The first day I wore them out was a scorcher, terribly muggy and hot, so my feet got a little sweaty after a while. But I’ve since worn them around, indoors and out, and haven’t experienced that problem again. I even wore them out for a long walk in the park down by the Arkansas river, which featured some mixed terrain and which usually makes my feet a little sore if I’m not wearing my athletic shoes. These felt great the entire walk, and my feet weren’t sore afterward!

I’d say these would be perfect for a vacation where you’d be doing a lot of sightseeing, shopping, and generally walking around all day. If, that is, you can afford the splurge. At $275, these aren’t your average throw-away flats.

Westervin Blog: Faux Lizard Skin Flats from Blake Brody

Blake’s in-studio footwear is considerably more affordable, though. Seems like these soft, elasticized ballerina flats would be perfect for regular yoga practice! Please check out Blake Brody’s ethical wellness flats, and let me know if you get a pair for yourself!

Shopping Sherpa

Red, White & Denim

Westervin: Red, White & Denim

 

Top Row:  { Caddie Sandal from Sole Society } { Annabelle Bracelet by Jaclyn Mayer } { Chambray Shirt Dress from Rue La La }

Center: { Cynthia Zamaria’s House Tour on Apartment Therapy }

Bottom Row: { Retro Headband from C’est bon pour c’ que t’as } { Pana Clutch by Proud Mary } { Sea Fan Print from Alga Net }

Blog News

Sarah’s Writing for Bustle

Hey guys and gals! Just popping in to share a bit of news. You can now find me over on Bustle.com! I’ve written a few articles for the women’s interest site, sharing my take on red carpet fashion, affordable art, and handmade goods.

Having another opportunity to connect with like-minded women and share my interests these past few weeks has re-invigorated me and challenged my creative skills in new ways. I hope you take a peek at what I’ve created over there and find other diverting entertainment and news from the TONS of talented, smart, witty, and stylish women who write for Bustle.

Sarah West Ervin writes for Bustle

{ screenshot of my profile page on Bustle }

Who Are You Pairing? Kiernan Shipka paired with Tali Yalonetzki

 { from my Who Are You Pairing? article with Kiernan Shipka }

Spring Showers Ethical Shopping Roundup

 { from my spring-inspired ethical product roundup }

 Kerry_Washington_and_Erin_Flannery2

 { from my Who Are You Pairing? article with Kerry Washington }

 

 

Artist I Heart

Bryton Beasley

Now for something a little different, I’m sharing some work from a very young artist that I love: my little brother Bryton. He was so excited to show me his drawings, knowing that I too loved to draw and color when I was his age. He was also adamant that I put his work on my blog. How could I refuse? Just look at all that color! I hope this piece brightens your day.

Colorful Crayon Artwork

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Faire Play

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013

You’re not going to believe this. I just realized that I never shared my pictures from last year’s Renegade Craft Fair! For shame! As per usual, Brian and I had a great time perusing the impressive wares this past September at Chicago’s premier craft fair, and the booths certainly weren’t short on creative inspiration for me. I made sure to check out nearly every booth (a feat, let me tell you), and I snapped some pics of my favorites. After editing the pictures and putting this blog post together the following week, I promptly forgot to publish it. Gimme a break, though—it was a really busy time for me. But better late than never, right? I still wanna share all this great handmade work!

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Elizabeth Suzann dyed shirts

{ beautifully hand-painted silk shirts from Elizabeth Suzann }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Elizabeth Suzann dyed scraves

{ Elizabeth Suzann }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Dolan Geiman portraits

{ impressively large-scale, collage portraits and mixed media sculptures by Dolan Geiman }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Dolan Geiman art

{ Dolan Geiman }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Humperdinck Haberdashery hats

{ hats, hats, hats! from Humperdinck Haberdashery }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Naked Goat Farm jams

{ We got some DELISH bourbon peach jam from Naked Goat Farm after enjoying their free samples. }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Manymade wall art

 { I liked this cool booth filled with geometric animal portraits on wood. The business card I got said manymade.com, but sadly, the site doesn’t seem to exist anymore… }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Manymade art

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Adrienne Vita illustrated cards

{ colorful animal illustrations and printed gifts by Adrienne Vita }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Adrienne Vita pillows and prints

Adrienne Vita }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Caroline Borucki clothing

{ darling dresses made from unique fabrics by Caroline Borucki }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Susan Eastman textiles

{ Susan Eastman‘s display of hand-dyed scarves was perfect! }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Lisa Swerling glass cathedrals

{ Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals, delightful shadowbox sculptures }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Milled Home Goods Co

{ beautifully simple (and simply beautiful) wooden housewares and furniture from Milled }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Milled handmade furniture

{ Milled }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Urban Revisions glass vases

{ The highlight? Finally meeting the charming, talented Arlie Trowbridge of Urban Revisions and seeing her gorgeous glass jewelry and vases in person. Joyous! }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Urban Revisions glass jewelry

{ Urban Revisions }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Urban Revisions handmade clothing

{ Urban Revisions }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Moss for Meditation

{ serene moss sculptures from Moss for Meditation }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Moss for Meditation

{ Moss for Meditation }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Peg and Awl

{ special rustic treasures from Peg and Awl }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Michelle Starbuck tent decorations

{ Of course we stopped by Michelle Starbuck’s festive booth and admired her classy jewels! }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Michelle Starbuck Designs

{ Michelle Starbuck }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Janelle Gramling necklaces

{ And I got a crazy/cool necklace from Janelle Gramling. }

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013: Janelle Gramling

{ Janelle Gramling }