Household Mag.

Closet Staple: Madewell Boots

Beauty + FashionHailey Andresen1 Comment

I've been wearing the same heeled black ankle boots for years. I didn't realize just how bad the heels had been worn down until I had a fresh new pair to compare them to. To be totally honest after seeing the two side by side I'm surprised I couldn't feel how uneven they were - that's how bad it was. Haha. So with the cold weather finally here I figured I deserved the upgrade. These Madewell boots go with just about everything in my closet, which I am all about. As Brooklynites there's no room for excess so the more I can wear these with the better. 

Has anyone else gutted their closet since becoming a mother? I went through a huge closet purge before we moved to New York and it seems like every few months since I just keep getting rid of more and more. I used to hold on to items I might wear down the line, but of course never did and didn't really love. I'm certainly not a textbook minimalist by any stretch, but it feels so nice to get rid of what I don't need and open my closet doors to find items I want to wear. It's taken close to two years to really get there, but I'm glad I've held out and have made thoughtful purchases rather than snagging anything I could find in my price range. Anyone who lives or has visited Phoenix knows the trap that is called Last Chance. When everything is $5 it makes it hard to say no. Haha. 

PS. Madewell is hosting a #wellheeled #contest for a $2000 shopping spree, two pairs of boots and a handful of other goodies. Swing by their site to learn more!

Photography by Amy Frances. Clothing provided by NicoNico. Boots by Madewell


Graze Cacao Nibs Brownies

Food + DrinkHailey Andresen1 Comment

I've always been a big fan of brownies, but there's something to be said for making them from scratch. Today I'm teaming up with Graze to share the brownie recipe you see in the video. Follow the instructions and enjoy! 


  • 8oz Graze Cacao Nibs
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter and soften cacao nibs in a double broiler, stirring constantly. 
  • Once your butter has completely melted remove from heat and pour into your food processor. 
  • Blend until desired texture has been reached. 
  • In a separate bowl whisk your eggs. 
  • Add your sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt to your eggs and whisk again. 
  • Add in your butter and cacao mixture. Whisk. 
  • Once combined add in flour and mix again. 
  • Spray two, 8 x 8 brownie tins and divide your mixture between the two. Cook for thirty minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Videography by Amy Frances

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