Meet the Team
Your Heart Out is a blog dedicated to shopping, dining, decorating, entertaining and traveling—generally living your heart out in and around Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Writer Ali Anderson Smith and her team bring you the latest and greatest from the local market with shopping tips, product reviews, store tours and whatever we find that’s just too good to keep to ourselves. Look to us to find the best stuff available to big city appetites in a cool little city.
Meet the Team:
Editor Ali Anderson Smith started up this outfit thanks to her true love for the Beehive State. After living outside the Wasatch’s towering embrace, she’s convinced there’s no place like home: Other than Utah, where can you hike in the early morning, swing by the Nordstrom sale in the afternoon, and get your fair share of funeral potatoes and Jell-O at dinner? Ali thinks Utah itself is a secret too good to keep. She blogs about other various and sundry things at www.alilovescurtis.blogspot.com. But she loves her baby Oscar too.
There was teenage Lacey Jane Pappas, lining up for the latest band to grace DV8 and playing on repeat the indie albums the rest of us had yet to lay ears on. This bona fide music lover is now a marketing guru by day who moonlights as a hobby baker. On the Saturday of her dreams, you’d find this also-photographer wrapping up a family shoot, perusing her tree-lined street, and baking up a storm in her World War II Period home. So what would she be listening to? Right now Jeff Tweedy would have to arm wrestle Jenny Lewis for the favorite spot. Catch up with her latest photographic adventures and music finds at her blog, www.ljphapppyblissful.blogspot.com.
Courtney Buell keeps it real. Hailing from the other Bel Air (Maryland) you’d be more likely to find this one-time lead singer pointing her sometimes-missing Honda in the direction of Target than Fred Segal. YHO’s resident Utah County foodie also takes pleasure in cooking omelets on Saturday mornings, sipping hot cocoa and making s’mores. Aside from diners and desserts, Courtney has weaknesses for fancy dinners, trashy TV and photographers. Well, make that one photographer—her cool husband Cody. See posts by Courtney here.
Ask Lisa Van Orman Hadley for a ride home and you might have to settle for a seat on the handlebars of her totally awesome Raleigh roadbike. This girl about town was living the green life before it became cool and is true blue about her friendship with our pal, Mother Earth. Lisa also has a love for words—collecting quotes, books and her own thoughts. And sometimes they come out in Portuguese. She’d rather be in Brazil, but for now, if you’re looking for a commuting buddy, keep an eye out for Lisa. She brakes for chocolate ganache and grilled abacaxi, if you fala. See posts by Lisa here.
There are scientists and there are mad scientists. And then there’s Caroline King. Make no bundts about it, you know you’ve got the whole baking thing down pat when you can brew up your very own concoctions in your very own laboratory (aka kitchen.) Hailing from a small town near San Francisco—her favorite metropolitan mecca—Caroline knows how to put the hip in pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. You never know what she might be out for: it could be vintage or modern, hip hop or soul, Kitchen Aid or Bosch. She’s as likely to reach for the Cheerios as she is yams sauteed in coconut oil with pine nuts and gruyere. And in case you were wondering about that whole Kitchen Aid or Bosch thing, this girl has both. Caroline tests recipes and shares her very own favorites at www.carolinesbakeshop.blogspot.com.
She hails from the Midwest and New England and lives in Utah, but don’t be surprised if you find Stephanie Brubaker shacking up in France or tip-toeing into Italy. Our favorite Francophile doubles as a Chalet-owner in the French countryside but in this neck of the woods, you’re likely to run into her at the market where she’ll recommend a good gruyere for your grilled cheese, or thumbing through Sevens at the Rack. (Go with the high-waisted boot cut, she’d say.) Get more tips from Stephanie at her blog, www.stephmodo.com.
Liz Stanley’s Salt Lake Victorian is 106 years old, and filled with her grandmother’s antique hand-me-downs, a slew of sought-out midcentury pieces and handfuls of vintage baby shoes. Born and raised just outside New York City to a mother who toted her to every thrift store in the Tristate area, she’s our retro-modern girl. With a “why pay more when it’s more fun to pay less” attitude, Liz always find the diamond in the rough—whether it’s a beach cruiser bike or Bauhaus teapot. Aside from her weakness for chocolate cinnamon bears, this big city girl also has a thing for the outdoors. Watch for her on the trail … or at the estate sale. Catch up with her latest adventures and crafty inventions at her blog, www.sayyestohoboken.com.