Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Spent some time in the kitchen this past weekend, experimenting with cocktail recipes and enjoying some down time with my sister while she was in town. She’s a bit of a whiz in the kitchen, so I left the fancy details to her (translation: infusing vodka with Thai chilis and making candied ginger) and did some prepping, photographing (and mostly enjoying) the results.
Despite the clever ingredients, these were actually quite easy to put together and only required a few ingredients. Perfect for inviting some friends over to wind down at the end of the week.
The Mule Kick
You will need:
1/4 c. Thai chili infused vodka*
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. Morris Kitchen’s Ginger Syrup
Ginger beer (we like Bundaberg’s best)
Add vodka, lime juice, and ginger syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour strained drink into a rocks glass with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.
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Friday, September 19, 2014
1. This recipe for a raw cauliflower salad with horseradish, dill and yogurt dressing (the colors!).
2. The vest as a polished transition piece — into it.
3. The color and pattern layering on this graphic poster.
4. A fun mix of materials on this Pentabase Bookrest designed by Joseph Magliaro.
5. This interview with Ganni’s Ditte Resfstrup on the Need Supply blog.
6. This photo by Ludwig Danner.
7. This video on the making of G.F. Smith’s paper books — incredible.
8. Update your bathroom with this simple but beautiful DIY hand towel ring.
9. Love the abstract design of this Elevated Journal designed by San Francisco-based artist, Linda Geary.
Friday, at long last! It’s been a scorcher here in L.A. this week but dare I say it’s dying down? I woke up to clouds and started the day off with hot tea and Bonobo on the soundtrack. Can you believe we’re already on the verge on October? This month really flew.
I celebrated my birthday (27!) a few weeks back and always like to use that as a mental fresh start; sort of like the new year. Setting new goals for myself, clearing my head of past worries or feelings and charging ahead in a new direction. I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one… friends always tell me it just continues to get better and I have to agree. Each new year brings a better sense of self and clarity about what path you’d like to take. I read a quote this morning by none other than Oprah (!) that said, “you get in life what you are willing to ask for.” If 26 taught me anything, it was to never doubt your worth. Certainly food for thought, and with that, I’ll wish you a relaxing weekend ahead.
Monday, September 15, 2014
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A little color collage to kick off the week. These are some favorite pins I’ve bookmarked lately and thought they complimented eachother quite beautifully. I guess this my way of channeling fall while we patiently await for this blazing heat in L.A. to subside. Holy moly, it’s hot around here. Stay cool, friends!
—Follow along on Pinterest here.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Throwing it back today to last week’s adventure in Wyoming, spent doing all of the things that make my heart swell. We hiked, we biked, we fished, we canoed, cooked, backpacked, and white water rafted. Already anticipating next summer’s go ’round. If you ever get a chance to visit Wyoming (namely that beautiful intersection with Idaho and Oregon) don’t think twice. Being a Los Angeles girl, it was hard to pick my jaw up off the floor staring out at all the natural beauty. It’s almost otherwordly… hard to believe places like this exist.
Took a little time to lay out a book of photos I took along the way before diving into my to-do list this morning. Good to do that every once in a while… I often forget. Here’s to more adventures, more personal projects and more time spent among nature in the very near future. Changes, changes on the horizon and I couldn’t be more excited.
Coming at you with another (even more delicious!) vegetarian line-up this week that’s as versatile as the day is long. Served separately or together, you can use these recipes for a weeknight dinner, weekend lunch, or appetizer for your next potluck gathering. I’ve always been a fan of simple recipes using dynamite ingredients; farmer’s market veggies, a fresh baguette, some good olive oil, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and you can make some magic happen.
I know turmeric can be a bit of an acquired taste, but one that I’d say is worth getting used to. Aside from the beautiful golden hue it adds to any dish, it’s also chock-full of health benefits. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory, powerful antioxidant and has also been shown to help reduce the severity of common colds and flu. I brewed quite a few cups of this Turmeric Tea when I was feeling under the weather a few months back and it really worked wonders. Try it out — let me know what you think!
Radish and Burrata Starter
You will need:
1 small bunch Easter Egg radishes
8 oz. burrata cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Juice of half a lemon
Zest of half a lemon
1 small bunch chives, chopped
Wash and thinly slice radishes using a mandolin. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Set aside. Tear burrata and arrange in a thin layer on a plate. Spread marinated radishes over and around the cheese and top with the leftover marinade. Finish with an additional drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of lemon zest and chives. Serves two to four.
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1. Aaron Embry | Raven’s Song
2. Rufus Wainwright | Greek Song
3. Midlake | Young Bride
4. LCD Soundsystem | Home
5. French Kicks | So Said What
6. Bibio | Lovers’ Carvings
7. Atlas Sound | Walkabout
8. Star Slinger | Mornin’
9. Chet Faker | No Diggity
10. First Aid Kit | Cedar Lane
11. Sharon Van Etten | Every Time The Sun Comes Up
♫ LISTEN: Spotify
It’s been a while! Here are a few favorite tunes I’ve had on rotation this summer (namely Aaron Embry — so delightful!). What are you listening to these days? Hope you enjoy!
1. This still life by Thomas Meyer.
2. This single level, light-filled Victorian home in the heart of Prahran in Melbourne, designed by Studio Four.
3. Taking the low pony to a new level with this elegant twist-knot.
4. This indigo-hued oil painting by Koen Lybaert.
5. The branding for Sixten & Frans by Filip Nordin.
6. This geometric stitched bed cover handmade by Aboubakar Fofana (a pretty penny, but so stunning).
7. A day in the life of one of my design heroes, Lotta Nieminen.
8. The most beautiful shower niche I ever did see.
9. I’ve come to love curry just in this past year and now I can’t get enough of it. This Creamy Curried Broccoli Soup may just be next up on my cooking agenda.
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!