4.27.2016

WRITE ME A LOVE SONG


I'll admit that there are a few things I miss about being unemployed. I know it seems shocking to say and I don't want to go back to it, but I do miss some of of my daily rituals. One of those was calligraphy. There is something so soothing and rhythmic about calligraphy--almost like those adult coloring books that have recently gained in popularity. I had quite a bit of extra time and I took the time to learn new hobbies and skills. One of those was calligraphy.

I hadn't picked up the pen in quite some time until Brit + Co. approached me to try their online class. They sent me their starter kit for calligraphy and a link to the online class. Once I had everything set-up (coffee in hand, candles lit, of course) I was ready to get started. The video was the perfect length--not too long, not too brief. I was engaged the whole time and, although she moved a little fast, I understood the basics. It was great because I could pause, practice a few times then resume.

It was a great refresher for me and would be a perfect place to start for someone who is new to calligraphy. If you need to practice your calligraphy, one of my favorite things to do is to turn on some music and write the lyrics as you hear them. It gives you good practice writing different words while enjoying listening to music. It is the perfect weekend activity.

While I might not have the time I did while I was unemployed, I would like to make the time so I can wind down after a long day at work. With calligraphy, it is all about practice and I really do enjoy seeing the results after diligently working on my letters. I hope I can keep it up even as days get busier and busier.

Next up on my wishlist of Brit + Co. classes is the travel photography. Gotta make sure I sharpen up my skills for my upcoming trip to Europe. More on that very, very soon.









4.18.2016

READY FOR SUMMER


I'm feeling ready for summer with the higher temps. As usual, I can't wait to scoop up all of Madewell's new early summer arrivals. Here are my favorites (I have a MAJOR crush on those glasses)


4.04.2016

YES YOU CAN MAKE: FARRO SALAD WITH ARGULA AND GOAT CHEESE


Quick. A friend invites you over for dinner and you don't want to show up empty-handed. This recipe is super easy to throw together in 10 minutes or less. While the farro cooks, you can assemble the salad and the dressing. Then pop the farro in the freezer to cool down quickly and mix together your ingredients. The other great thing is the most of these ingredients are in your cupboard--feel free to mix up the types of dried fruit and nuts.

So lets get started...

Ingredients

Salad 
3/4 cup cooked farro
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Dressing
2 Tbsp Green Onions chopped
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Step No. 1

Assemble salad ingredients in bowl. Whisk together dressing and let marinate.


Step No. 2

Pour dressing over salad ingredients.


Step No. 3

Stir together salad.



Step No. 4

Serve room temperature.


3.31.2016

HOME TOUR: UPLIFTING MAKEOVER


I first came across this cheery design on one of my favorite blogs Cup of Jo. While it was the decor that first caught my attention, it was the emotional story behind the home makeover that really sucked me in. This home was redone after Jo's sister's husband passed away at 36 of cancer. She wanted to give her a new space where she could begin to heal and feel happy again. Jo, along with Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook, transformed the space into something cheerful and calming. You can read more of the story here. Enjoy my favorite shots from the makeover below...






Find more of the amazing tour and emotional story here

3.30.2016

IN SEASON: STRAWBERRIES


Did you know that it's strawberry season? Yeah I was surprised too but after looking it up online, in California spring is the season of strawberries. Hey, I will welcome it with open arms. These little vitamin-C packed berries are the perfect thing for dessert or even mixed with goat cheese and thrown in a salad or on a crostini. These are the strawberry recipes that I'm dying to try...



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3.28.2016

MY ESSENTIALS: MY FAVORITE DELIVERY APPS


To think that just 8 years ago when I moved to the city, if you wanted a cab you had to leave 15 minutes early just to hail one, and you had to call to get your pizza delivered. Today, I can order groceries while at the gym and select my dinner while riding the bus home from work. While not all cities have these apps, I thought that I would share my favorite five time saving delivery apps with you.



Instacart

If I was only to pick one app, this would be the one. Since I sold my car 4 years ago, going to the grocery store isn't as easy as it used to be. Even for those without a car, this app can be helpful. You can order from a bunch of stores but I typically order from Whole Foods. It is great because you can monitor your cart total so you can remove those unnecessary impulse buys. The delivery is around $6 which is well worth not having to go to the grocery store, park, do the shopping, checkout and carry the groceries home. I love being able to reorder my favorites and they will even pick up wine and flowers for you. I mean you can't beat that. Click here for $10 off your first order.



BloomThat

I have been a big supporter of this company since they started in SF a few years ago. Their gorgeous flowers were featured in my apartment tour on Apartment Therapy and the owner hand delivered them to me. They now have gone nationwide which means everyone can enjoy the blooms. They also delivery day-of which is handy if you need to make sure someone feels special in a pinch.


Doughbies

Speaking of making someone feel special in a pinch...these cookies-on-demand are pretty much the best invention ever. I was hosting a dinner party and had the cookies delivered as a fun, low-key treat. They also do day-of delivery (in 20 mins) so if you need a little pick-me-up for yourself or for someone else, they can delivery quite quickly. The cookies themselves are also pretty amazing. I'm a big fan of their colorful sprinkle ones.



Enjoy

You guys have already read my experience with Enjoy but I couldn't pull together this list without listing them as well. This SF company delivers and sets-up tech for free in your home. I loved it because it made the whole tech buying experience completely stress-free. I enjoy (pun intended) my iPad I got from them every day. I even use the tips they taught me when they dropped it off.


Caviar

Last but not least, my go-to need-dinner-but-don't-want-to-cook app is Caviar. This app has literally all of the restaurants in the city (ok, maybe not all but A LOT) They are quick and have great track-ability, which helps when you are starving. They also have deals on delivery for local places and a quick 15 min option for when you are really hungry.

So those are my main ones. Did I forget any that I just HAVE to check out?





3.24.2016

ONE CLUTCH // THREE WAYS


Sometimes you don't need a big, huge bag to schlep around your things in. Sometimes, you just need to carry the essentials. This perfect envelope clutch from Cuyana can go from weekend, to work, to cocktails in a snap.

Below, I've paired it with a few of my essentials for each situation. The best part is that it looks chic in all three scenarios and helps to make the outfit feel a little more sophisticated.

No. 1 - Weekend

I imagine myself grabbing these essentials and heading to the nearest park to read. I threw in the charcoal juice because on the weekends, one can't help but add a little detox after a night of fun. Just grab your comfy, well-worn denim shirt and your favorite sneaks and enjoy a no-screen afternoon in front of a new book.


No. 2 - Work

When it comes to work, this little envelope is already perfectly polished. Add a blouse, a nude lip and some smart glasses and you will be ready for the boardroom in no time. Even if you need to carry a lot, this clutch can fit in a larger bag and hold your credit cards, spare hair clip and your phone. Then you can grab on your way out to get lunch and not have to take the gargantuan bag.  


No. 3 - Cocktails

Let me be honest, I have worn this combo to work as well. But add lashes and a bold lip and you are ready for cocktail hour. I love the little sparkle of the shoe that adds to a more playful, cocktail-ready look. The clutch is right at home with the glamour of the necklace and the flirty lashes. I like that it is big enough to hold more than just essentials. You might even be able to sneak in a small scarf to keep you warm.


Needless to say, my Cuyana clutch will be by my side come spring. Make sure to also check out their seriously adorable saddle bags they just came out with. 


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