gwendolyn faith is not a crayon.

Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Freedom
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone


Gwen Daniels's favorite books »


ellegolightly:

esofine:

chiconthecheap:

So, I think we can all agree that Amal Alamuddin is our style icon from now on.

[FYI, the white floral dress is Giambattista Valli Spring 2015]

Seriously. I don’t even see George in these photos. She’s a bombshell.

She is an international human rights attorney, she’s drop-dead gorgeous, AND she has impeccable taste in clothes.

Talk about marrying up, George.

This is Criminal Law 100, or as I prefer to call it, How to Get Away with Murder.

Did y’all catch How to Get Away with Murder last night? (Are y’all pronouncing HOW to get a-WAY with MUR-der exactly like Viola Davis?!) I can already tell I’ll be addicted to its devilishly delicious twists, turns and dramz—and to Marc Snetiker’s Entertainment Weekly recaps, which are gold.

I’ve got a couple things to share.

  1. I made Everyday Food’s Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs for lunch during the week. Healthy, quick, affordable and studded with sugar and spice! (Be careful with the EVOO; I used too much to achieve a nice glaze.)
  2. In her New York Times opinion piece “Why Poor Students Struggle,” Vicki Madden argues that to stay four years and graduate, low-income students have to exchange their old world for a new world, one that doesn’t value or even recognize their roots. How do unquestioned systems and traditions, rooted in an upper-crust worldview, hold students back from success?
  3. Kent Russell humanizes dementia—a disease that’s often seen from the outside in—in the long-form New Republic article “We Are Entering the Age of Alzheimer’s.” What if we were to treat dementia not as a disease of the brain but as a pandemic of selfhood?

What’s rolling ‘round in your brains, friends? (Do you know if “brain” should be singular or possessive here?)

(via edatrix)

theresurrectedjuan:

this is so important

The Good Wife knows how to start the season right. (We all expected Rory Gilmore’s rich lover to land behind bars at some point or another, no?)

thecinenetwork:

Movie Trailer | Into The Woods

The Into the Woods trailer doesn’t include singing.

The Into the Woods trailer doesn’t include singing.

Not a good sign for the film rendition of my favorite musical in the world, y’all. Not a good sign at all.

Although I’m usually head-over-heels for fall, I’m not quite ready for crisp autumn weather, pumpkin-spiced lattes or wool skirts with tights and boots. When I left the house on Saturday for Teen Exodus, a Junior League program that introduces high school students from underserved neighborhoods to recreational and cultural activities across the city, I think the temperature was in the 40s!
Luckily Sunday saw warmer weather—perfect for a long walk home from church, a short run in the afternoon, and Corn Risotto-Stuffed Poblano Peppers for a friend with the last of summer’s sweet corn. Barely adapting a recipe from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Josie from Pink Parsley packs Poblano peppers with a Mexican version of risotto—beer instead of wine, Monterey Jack instead of Parmesan and cilantro instead of parsley—and tops with a lime crema to cool the palate. Perfect!
I’d recommend halving the recipe unless you’re cooking for a crowd. After stuffing five peppers, I was left with four, maybe five, servings of extra risotto, which I threw into a casserole dish to eat later in the week. (Does prepared risotto freeze well, anyone?) 
I wouldn’t buy extra cheese to sprinkle on top; I used a little ricotta salata, leftover from a salad for book club, instead of crumbly Mexican queso.
photo via cooks like a champion.

Although I’m usually head-over-heels for fall, I’m not quite ready for crisp autumn weather, pumpkin-spiced lattes or wool skirts with tights and boots. When I left the house on Saturday for Teen Exodus, a Junior League program that introduces high school students from underserved neighborhoods to recreational and cultural activities across the city, I think the temperature was in the 40s!

Luckily Sunday saw warmer weather—perfect for a long walk home from church, a short run in the afternoon, and Corn Risotto-Stuffed Poblano Peppers for a friend with the last of summer’s sweet corn. Barely adapting a recipe from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Josie from Pink Parsley packs Poblano peppers with a Mexican version of risotto—beer instead of wine, Monterey Jack instead of Parmesan and cilantro instead of parsley—and tops with a lime crema to cool the palate. Perfect!

I’d recommend halving the recipe unless you’re cooking for a crowd. After stuffing five peppers, I was left with four, maybe five, servings of extra risotto, which I threw into a casserole dish to eat later in the week. (Does prepared risotto freeze well, anyone?)

I wouldn’t buy extra cheese to sprinkle on top; I used a little ricotta salata, leftover from a salad for book club, instead of crumbly Mexican queso.

photo via cooks like a champion.

whatshouldwecallme:

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(Also, Nicole Richie’s hair is on point.)

darkpassenger:

Scrubs - 8x18 - “My finale”

Somehow in the past few months, I became obsessed with Scrubs—obsessed enough that the perfect finale, which I finished over the weekend, has stuck with me morning, noon and night. As I mourn the show’s ending, I’m running a playlist in my head that alternates between Peter Gabriel’s version of “The Book of Love,” which makes me want to have a wedding if only for the chance to dance to it, and anything by the Shins.