All For Now

January 8th, 2010

Dear readers,

After more than three years of sharing our favorite—mostly local—treasures with you, it’s time for YHO to take an indefinite break. Work has never been so much fun, and yet, we find ourselves too geographically and financially challenged to keep this project moving forward for the time being. If you would like to stay updated, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

In the meantime, if you’re in need of a lifestyle writer or editor, don’t hesitate to e-mail ali (at) (She writes most of the stuff around here, unless otherwise noted. And she’s used to writing about herself in the third person, in case you were wondering.)

Please, continue to keep up with all of the gang by visiting our sites and blogs.

We remain your faithful Utahphiles. We’re really gonna miss you.

Ali & the YHO crew

Ask Your Heart Out: Souped Up

January 6th, 2010


Samantha is already tired of being cold. And on her bleak lunchbreak, the last thing she wants to do is fork out $5 for a so-so sandwich with pink tomatoes and partially-frozen deli cuts at another footlong franchise. She wants soup, glorious soup. As they say, it’s good for the soul—especially cold souls.

As such, she wrote in looking for the best cuppa soup in the state. We’ve hashed out the Soup Kitchen and Big City Soup in the past (what happened to Big City?!), and now we’re on the lookout for more options.

We’ll take chowders, bisques—even split peas. Got a soup du jour in mind? Chime in below.

Lou and Lee

January 4th, 2010


They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If that’s the case, local designer and crafty lady Ann H. must be feelin’ some serious love. She’s the face and fingers behind adorable Lou and Lee headbands for kiddos—the same headbands that have generated a handful of spin-offs on crafty sites like Etsy. But just like a Louis V handbag or classic Frye boot (or Magnolia cupcake, while we’re at it), there’s nothing quite like the real thing.

Especially when the real thing is handmade and hand-stitched by a fashion-loving stylista. Ann’s signature designs are uniquely intricate and fashion-forward, always incorporating fabric rosettes, textured blossoms or vintage-inspired tattoos—and loads of sequins, on occasion. Attention to detail and creative genius come together to make a perfect look that can’t be replicated.

And that’s the kind of thing you can wrap your head around. Or wrap around your baby’s head.

{Band Together}

Lou and Lee headbands

YHO’s Best Songs of 2009

December 31st, 2009

By Lacey Jane Pappas


If you need a crash course in “best of” songs for the closing year, look no further. Here’s our roundup of quality tracks that have been on repeat:

1. “You Told a Lie” by Camera Obscura
2. “You and I” by Wilco featuring Feist
3. “The Giant of Illinois” by Andrew Bird from “Dark Was The Night” compilation
4. “Basic Space” by XX
5. “Skeletons” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6. “Cheerleader” by Grizzly Bear
7. “Eet” by Regina Spekter
8. “I Was Only Going Out” by Loney, Dear
9. “Gimme Sympathy (Acoustic)” by Metric
10. “Knotty Pine” by Dirty Projectors and David Byrne from “Dark Was The Night” compilation
11. “Middle Cyclone” by Neko Case
12. “In These Arms” by The Swell Season
13. “Laughing With a Mouth Full of Blood” by St. Vincent
14. “All is Love” by Karen O and the Kids from “Where the Wild Things Are” soundtrack
15. “The First Days of Spring” by Noah and the Whale
16. “I Wish it was Christmas Today” cover by Julian Casablancas … just barely making the cut this week.

Preview some tracks here.

Now, you tell us who and what topped your track list this year.

Local Talent

December 31st, 2009


Ostrich Looking Back print / $6 / By Ashmae


Felix baby tee / $50 / By Mafe Maria


Pram Cards / $6 / By Lemon Squeezy


Rusty Red hat / $30 / By K2P2


Geisha earrings / $19.50 / By Beaucoup de Bijoux


Aspens print / $30 / By Johnny Kurtz


Japanese-print Granny Bag / $42 / By Momi Style


December 29th, 2009


Sayonara, First Night. Hello, Eve. Salt Lake City’s brand-new, three-day shindig kicks off today, and for just $15, you’ll get to take part in all sorts of goings-ons: brain freeze contests, break dance crews, ice skating, handbell ringers and ugly dog contests, to name a few. And there’s plenty of stuff for the kids, too: children’s theatre, storytelling, arts and crafts, etc.

It all goes down in a handful of downtown locations today, Wednesday, and Thursday. Let’s hope this par-tay is everything you could hope for.

Get a map here.
Check out the schedule here.
Buy tickets online here.
Get a dining deal here.
Snag a hotel package here.


December 29, 30 and 31, 2009
Downtown Salt Lake City, various locations

DIY With Apericots

December 28th, 2009

apericots-mainThere’s doing it yourself, and then there’s designing it yourself. Save your child from turning into a walking (or crawling) advertisement for a major chain and instead, turn to local company Apericots for some hand-holding in the design department.

This eco-friendly shop spins out organic tees and onesies in hip hues like “Not Baby Blue,” “Shimmery Lake,” and “Mustard Bisque.” Then, with the help of fun, pre-selected fonts that will bring out your varsity blues or inner grandma/geek (any needlepoint or zipsonic sketch fans out there?), you can apply a witty slogan of your own. You can upload your own images, too.


If you’re not up for the DIY thing, then look to Apericots for some of the freshest, funniest, or coolest onesies out there.

{Monkey Business}


Merry Christmas to All

December 23rd, 2009


At last, it’s so close we can almost taste it. We hope that your gift shopping is wrapped up, and that soon enough, the children will be nestled all snug in their beds or indulge in a long winter nap … so you can do the same. We’re wishing you glad tidings of great joy this weekend.

Here are some seasonal delights, if you still need help feeling the holiday spirit. Or simply misplaced your gift tags or can’t summon up the creativity for another girlfriend gift.


December 22nd, 2009

By Courtney Buell
Photography by Cody Buell


With the temperatures dipping below freezing in our neck of the woods, we Utahns are seeking places of shelter from long, chilly days of holiday shopping, working and general busy-ness. If said shelters can hook us up with fresh food, hot drinks, and downright charming atmosphere, we won’t complain either.


One place we don’t mind chilling (or thawing) out for lunch is Toaster’s Deli in Salt Lake City. With a cheery yellow reading nook stocked with plenty of magazines and giant windows that flood the restaurant with light, Toaster’s is a perfect place to relax and recharge. The menu includes a selection of breakfast items, coffee, tea and cocoa, as well as fresh sandwiches made with quality ingredients, and filling salads loaded with delicious toppings.

We felt obliged to try the most popular sandwich on the menu: the turkey avocado. It’s an instant classic served on grilled bread and made special by the addition of sweet balsamic vinegar. The soup of the day during our stop was a delicious chicken enchilada topped with crispy tortilla strips, and alone made our drive from Utah County worth it. Our salad of choice was the “Frenchy”: a savory mix of crisp romaine lettuce tossed in feta dressing, topped with tomato, cucumber, avocado, red pepper, onion and Swiss and provolone cheeses.


If you find yourself in need of physical and emotional refreshment during what will inevitably be another long winter—or simply during this rushed holiday season—head to Toaster’s for a pick-me-up. Whether it’s for caffeine or sustenance, it’ll be served up with style.

{Nice ‘n Toaster’s}

151 W. 200 South
30 E. 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sweet Caroline: Homemade Marshmallows

December 21st, 2009

By Caroline King


Today’s Sweet: Homemade Marshmallows
Recipe From: Alton Brown via Food Network

sweet-caroline-homemade-marshmallows1Turns out, around here, we like marshmallows. The team has tried and shared before, but I’ve been wanting to put some recipes to the test for a while now. I’ve been holding off because I thought it would be hard and intensive. As it turns out, it’s easy—just incredibly messy. And I’m a messy cook to begin with. Let’s just say that my kitchen might be covered in a thin layer of cornstarch and powdered sugar.

Since this is the season for cozying up with a blanket (Snuggie, anyone?) and a hot beverage, homemade marshmallows made the perfect kitchen experiment. They make darling gifts, and you can take it up a notch by adding some to a jarred hot chocolate mix.

I searched high and low for the right recipe, and by George, I think we’ve found it. Alton Brown’s does it just right. It’s simple and he explained everything so well. Just don’t forget a candy thermometer or a clean-up crew.


3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
non-stick spray


Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by. In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes.

Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat. Turn the mixer on low speed and while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the mixer speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very think and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping, prepare the pans as follows:

For regular marshmallows:

Combine the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use. When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly-oiled spatula for spreading evenly. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in airtight container for up to three weeks.

For miniature marshmallows:

Combine the confectioners sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Line 4 half-sheet pans with parchment paper, spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray and dust with the confectioners sugar mixture. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round piping tip. Pipe the mixture onto the prepared sheet pans lengthwise, leaving about 1-inch between each strip. Sprinkle the tops with enough of the remaining cornstarch and sugar mixture to lightly cover. Let the strips set for 4 hours or up to overnight. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces using a pizza wheel or scissors dusted with confectioners sugar. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining sugar mixture and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

And while we’re at it, here’s a recipe for a hot chocolate mix:

2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch

You can also add crushed candy canes, or for spice, throw in a pinch of cayenne pepper. My personal favorite is a sprinkling of nutmeg and cinnamon.


December 18th, 2009


Some fine furnishings, courtesy of your local classifieds:


Sit pretty cool in this pair of Bertoias. See them here.


Put on a little Frank Lloyd Wright with this coffee table. See it here.


Open the place up with this window-size mirror. See it here.


Make a place for these easy-to-match chairs. See them here.


Place this kidney-shaped original atop a big, fluffy rug. See it here.


Yet another handsome zebra rug. See it here.


Give your home classic appeal with this clawfoot tub. See it here.

Beauty Sweep: Eyes vs. Lips for Holiday Glam-up

December 16th, 2009

With Christie Somers
Photography by Alisia Packard

When it comes to evening makeup for holiday festivities, you’re going to have to choose between your eyes and lips. Onlookers will only get lost in one or the other—both would be too much to handle. If your plan is to lure him with your bedroom eyes, here’s a how-to:

eyes-polaEyes For You: First, brush a neutral color all over the lid, from the lashes to the brow. I like Mac Pure Pigment Vanilla (great for seriously any skin tone). Then, equipped with a nice and even neutral surface, pick any dark shadow and brush it onto the outside corners of your eyes. Keep the color heavy in the corners and lighter as you get to the center of the lid. Dark pink and plum shades will make green and blue eyes pop. But if you want to add even more drama, layer the dark color to deepen the contrast or use a gray or black shadow for the corners. Top it all off with a few coats of your favorite mascara. Mine is Bourjois Volume Glamour.

If you’ve decided to play up the eyes, keep your lips simple with a light pink or flesh-toned lipstick that’s not too shiny.

lips-polaLips For Kissin’: If you’re keeping lips at centerstage for that mistletoe moment, think color and think plenty. Find a dark red or pink shade that suits you. For lips that will stay ready and alluring all evening, steer away from the gloss—not only is it totally out, it smears and runs like crazy. Your best bet is to use a lip crayon or lipstick. Jane Iredale has some great hues for the holidays. You’ll get longevity and keep your lips looking perfectly kissable (and polished) at all times … or at least all evening.

If you’re going for luscious lips, be sure to keep your eye makeup minimal with a neutral shadow over the entire lid and, as always, a few coats of mascara to finish it off.

December Music Guide: Get Merry

December 15th, 2009

By Lacey Jane Pappas

It’s more than officially time to turn up the carols. But if you’re wishing for more options than the FM dial can provide, this is the holiday mix for you. This year, I’ve compiled some non-traditional Christmas tunes. You can preview this festive mix here.

1. “Christmas Song” by Mogwai
2. “The Blizzard” by Camera Obscura
3. “When I Get Home for Christmas” by Snow Patrol (listen here)
4. “Icicles” by Let’s Go Sailing
5. “Christmas” by Rogue Wave
6. “Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)” by Sally Shapiro
7. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” by Rosie Thomas
8. “Evergreen” by The Fiery Furnaces
9. “Holiday Song” by The Finches (listen here)
10. “Jeanette, Isabella” by Tori Amos
11. “Carol of the Bells” by The Bird and the Bee
12. “What Child is This?” by Don Peris

If you still need more, you can check out the holiday mixes I’ve compiled in years past here and here. And if you’re behind a computer all day long you can still get into the holiday spirit by streaming Woxy’s Holiday Mixer right here.

Enjoy! And happy holidays.

Doorprize Winner: Shade Clothing

December 15th, 2009

The winner of the dapper Dolman dress by Shade Clothing is Jamie who said, “The perfect dress for the holiday season.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Jamie, send an e-mail to ali (at) with “doorprize winner” in the subject line to learn how to redeem your winnings.

Thank you, Shade!

Beauty Sweep: Holiday Hair How-To

December 14th, 2009

With Christie Somers
Photography by Alisia Packard

Of course, it’s the last minute. What to do with those messy tresses for the office party, the once-a-year high school re-hash, the fete with extended family? Don’t overthink it. Whether your hair is short and sassy or long and luscious, it’s easy to glam up your locks for holiday festivities. All you need: five minutes, a curling iron, a handful of bobby pins and, of course, hair spray. A few of my favorite hair accessories could never hurt, either.


Short ‘n Sweet: (Above) Grab your curling iron and wrap a few small sections of hair around the barrel of the iron. It usually works best if you wrap the curls away from your face from the mid-shaft through the ends, a la Farrah Fawcett or Joan Crawford. This trick actually works great on any length of hair.


Side Swept: (Above) If you would rather have your hair out of your way altogether, comb it into a low side ponytail. Once it’s pulled smooth, twist your hair into a bun on the base of your neck and pin. I like to do the bun a little low and off center to keep the look more modern and less ballerina.


Fauxhawk Fab: (Right) If your hair doesn’t cooperate with curls, grab your flat iron and straighten away. To give yourself a look that’s sleek and sexy, take a mohawk section of hair, back-comb at the roots, and smooth out the top and then pin. The sexy Elvis pompadour for the ladies is always killer.


Bejeweled: On a final note, hair accessories are all the rage and add some easy holiday dazzle. Jeweled headbands or decorated bobby pins will perfect your ensemble. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Local Talent

December 11th, 2009

Make your holidays a grassroots, local effort. Here are some easy ideas:


Mod Blue Baby Bird Slippers / $28 / By Piddies


Woodland Screenprint / $25 / By Valerie Jar Makes Things


Bike Poster / $12 / By Bad Circle


Flower Leaf Necklace / $28 / By Green Ruby Designs


Pleated Wristlet / $26 / By Hayden J


Pick Me Letterpress Card / $2.50 / By Elizabeth & Homer


Lovely Lace Onesie / $13.50 / By Rae Gun


Rosette Bobby Pin / $10 / By Brydferth

Check It Out

December 10th, 2009


sound-of-musicSingalong: Show off your pipes with Maria and the Von Trapp crew when the Tower Theatre hosts its Sing With Maria singalong this Saturday afternoon and evening. You’ll get gift bags and complimentary tea and cookies. Learn more here.

Sweet Shows: The Salt Lake Film Society kicks off its Wassail and Waffle Film Series this weekend with none other than “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Get your brew and breakfast at 10 a.m. on Saturday; the show starts at 10 a.m. More info here.

nutcrackerCrack It Open: Ballet West’s top-heavy Nutcracker Prince is already pirouetting and plie-ing around the Capitol Theatre stage. It’s not too late for you to get a crack at it, too. Do so here.

Give and Get: Still looking for ways to share some holiday bounty or spread some seasonal cheer? Be a volunteer. Read through the comments on this Ask Your Heart Out post for ideas.

Celebrate with Shade Clothing

December 9th, 2009


Start your celebrating, early. Here are three reasons why:

1. Shade Clothing has a handful of cute gifts priced under $30, for your shopping pleasure.
2. Starting today, check out 12 Days of Giveaways on the Shade Blog.
3. Get 25% off all sale items through this Saturday, and free shipping through December 20.


{Doorprize!} Have you checked out the latest arrivals? We’re hooked on the Dolman Dress, which would aptly adorn any holiday fete, and we scored one to handout to one of you. Don’t we make good little Santa’s Helpers? Leave just one comment on this post before midnight on Sunday, December 13 if you want a chance to win.

Doorprize Winner(s): Cody Buell Photography

December 8th, 2009

The winners are in. That’s right, winners, plural. Cody was feeling good and decided to tack on an extra prize, just for fun.

Without further adieu, our winner of the family shoot is Annie W. who said, “Absolutely, positively, gorgeous stuff!” And a couples shoot will be going to Mandy who said, “I seriously need this, because I am getting married soon.”

Annie and Mandy, please send an e-mail to ali {at} to learn how to redeem your prizes! Congratulations to you both.

And last but not least, thanks to Cody!


December 8th, 2009

spotted-bagBy Stephanie Brubaker

Spotted: Gorgeous leather handbags in a handful of attractive colors like pale blue, mustard yellow, chocolate brown, black and grey.

Good For: Matching almost any winter ensemble

Where: Sundance Outlet (2201 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City)

How much: Just $99

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