mark and i are in the thick of this funny 10 day period each year where we're the same age. he turned 32 last sunday, and i'll be 33 on wednesday. we spent a beautiful long weekend in cascjo viejo, panama celebrating mark... i'll share photos here soon! i just wanted to wish my love a happy (belated) birthday in this space, and i guess a happy early one to myself, too. :) above: the current state of our dining nook. pretty fun.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
if we're pals on pinterest, you might have noticed a shift in the sorts of recipes i've been gravitating toward lately. the aspirational ice cream cone and doughnut photos have fallen by the wayside (they're so cute. why are they SO cute?), and heck. you might've unfollowed me after a few too many GLUTEN-FREEs, RAWs, and PALEOs popped up in your feed. a year ago i would've unfollowed right there with ya.
i've done the plant-based diet thing for 15 years, and it's pretty evident that i enjoy it and that's the way i'm going to roll for the rest of my life. keep your beef away from me! that said, i wasn't the best when it came to the plant part. i was really, really good at the grain part! give me a flagel with low-fat cream cheese and a bowl of sauteed broccoli (not at the same time, ew) and i was golden. i've never been especially adventurous with vegetables, and that's something i've wanted to change for awhile.
so a few things happened. one, i started to wonder if my sweet mom's terrible sensitivity to gluten was inevitably going to be passed down to me, and if so, what on earth i'd be eating then. two, everydamnbody on instagram started something called whole30. three, mark spent three weeks adventure-eating in vietnam, cambodia, and thailand (another of his amazing trips! read about it here), and wanted some sort of detox upon his return.
i did quite a bit of homework online, i bought this book, and i prepared myself for what was sure to be the most depressing month of our lives. god, so many rules! we'd stop eating anything tasty, never go to a nice restaurant ever again, cry all day, etc. i was ready for that, i was! because i'm willing to eat seafood- convinced i'd be totally fine catching and killing it myself (so dramatic)- i knew i could make whole30 work for me if i did it pescetarian style.
and i did. today is day 31, in fact! dudes, it was anything but terrible. this last month was amazing. there are countless meal rundowns, daily recounts, and awkward belly before & after shots all over the web, but that's not my steez. i think i came here, to the blog i mostly want to quit, to share how profound this experience was for me. i LOVE the fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood, and eggs (duh) that we eat every day now, and it's been so exciting to tap in to the rarely-used ::cooking:: portion of my brain and get creative. spiralized zucchini noodles with mark's famous marinara is my new favorite meal. we've got dinner reservations this friday at a farm-to-table joint and i'm actually stoked to order the "lasagna" comprised of eggplant, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and NO PASTA. like... what? i'm stoked for a glass of red too, let's be real.
we're traveling abroad next week and i certainly won't deprive myself of authentic cuisine and a robust experience; and what a rad way to live life. to eat healthy and delicious whole foods at home, to request your boyfriend bake you paleo pumpkin bread in lieu of cake for your 33rd birthday, to no longer think of shake shack as a fun instagram-worthy idea, and to really appreciate food while traveling.
anyway, i feel really really good. i just wanted to come here and say that. but i'm still terrified to try kale.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
hello sweet friends! the month of may was one of my busiest, hence the radio silence around these parts. i'm so looking forward to an equally busy summer- of the vacation/fun-having/new endeavor busy variety. for now, i wanted to pop in to announce one last 50% off sale in my vintage shop! my 2014 stock is almost gone, but i've added a few sweet pieces in the last couple of days. use code SUMMER14 at checkout, and enjoy this wonderful season's beginning. xo
Thursday, May 1, 2014
it's may 1st (already... how?!), and today wendy mullin's new clothing line soft rock makes its debut. i absolutely love it, and that comes as no surprise considering that mullin's former line, built by wendy, was my favorite for the last decade. in college i'd save my pennies to splurge on a few pieces from her collections each season, and they're still part of my wardrobe today. i was bummed when i realized BBW's online shop had seemingly gone by the wayside a year or two ago. so glad she's back! i really dig what she's been working on, and look forward to adding some soft rock staples to my forever wardrobe.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
these photos of keri russell's brooklyn brownstone shot for elle decor are about a gajillion years old, but they're so lovely that i wanted to stick them here for posterity. i love the open airiness of the white walls, high ceilings, and really good windows. and we see all your felicity sweaters on the top shelf of that dream closet, K.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
a couple saturdays ago we headed down to miami to visit the newly opened pérez art museum, in hopes of catching the ai weiwei exhibition before it closed. i'm guessing you read about the million dollar smashed vase? mark snapped this fabulous instagram- under close watch, as you can imagine- while we were there. the collections in pérez were really lovely, made all the more impressive by the museum's architecture. huge windows at every turn cast the best natural light and provided up-close views of biscayne bay. i reached for my phone more than a few times to capture photos- their meticulously curated gift shop possibly being my favorite, ha! after spending a few hours at pérez, we popped over to pride and joy bbq, another new-ish spot we'd been wanting to check out. although they actually offer a veggie burger, i was perfectly happy with a few sides (FRIED PICKLES ALWAYS) and the scent of mark's wings. (a vegetarian who loves the smell of bbq joints. i'm sick, i know.) two weeks later we're both still full from that meal, and almost ready to go back for more. i love the dense cluster of cities that make up south florida... so easy to hop in the car for a change of scenery. i think we'll do it again today!
Friday, March 21, 2014
mark and i took a spur of the moment trip to antigua guatemala last month! mark went once before and absolutely loved it, and has talked often about taking me there. i fell in love too- instantly. of all the places we've traveled together, antigua guatemala wound up being one of the more romantic destinations (perfect for a long valentine's weekend!). gorgeous accommodations, long strolls along cobblestone streets, visits to abandoned ruins- just him and me, drinks on rooftops, really fabulous meals, and lots of talks about the future. that guy and i are our best selves when we're exploring and adventuring together. we experienced so much in four days, and because we flew home and got right back to work, the whole trip truly felt like a dream. m a g i c.
Friday, March 14, 2014
i like to think i'm a pretty chill girl mostly, and when i rang in the new year three months ago i made it a priority to continue working on my chillness. i let so much roll off my back these days, and it feels really really good. that said, anxiety courses through the veins of many generations on both sides of my family, so sometimes i can't help being a little fish swimming upstream. the past couple of weeks have presented challenges in the form of unexplained medical situations (anyone else ever suffered from a random hemorrhage inside their eyeball?), and unfavorite professional responsibilities (standing at the head of a boardroom asking for a bunch of money). the fact that i'm taking a moment to blog is a good indicator that those challenges have been conquered, anxieties have been quelled, and it's friday evening- hallelujah!
driving home from work each night the past two weeks i'd punch through my radio presets searching for pharrell's happy which was undoubtedly on multiple stations; i think most of america is treating it as our personal anthem right now. this helped too... i find this campaign so powerful, i get choked up any time the commercial airs! so yes, lots of beauty in this life. allowing myself to focus on the positive and to be proud of the good work i do has brought me to a place that i don't plan on leaving any time soon.
have a lovely, HAPPY weekend!