February 27, 2014
HEY. I’m over on THE AMERICAN EDIT talking about my favorite American-made goods! Such an honor to be featured as I’m a huge proponent of buying and supporting local. Plus, how gorgeous is Rita’s site? Love what she’s doing over there.
For more details on my fave items, click HERE!
February 25, 2014
They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing, y’all. It’s always this time of year that I crave a blank slate, starting over, and simplifying. I want to empty my closets, clean out the garage, sell all my furniture, eBay all the things. Between Kyle and I, it’s almost crazy how hoardy we’ve become with the random crap we’ve amassed in the past 3 years of living together. I mean, I don’t think I need that ikea bookshelf I got in college. Or those jeans that never fit right, no matter how much I hoped my butt would change shape. Those have got to go. Plus a million other things that have been collecting dust and serve no purpose. Bye, things!
It feels so good to purge everything, right? I have lofty goals of living with much less. Wish me luck. Or give me some advice, perchance? PERCHANCE? And why does Lady Mary get all the hot suitors? What about poor Edith? Anyway, spring cleaning.
February 19, 2014
I’ve been wanting to cut up a few of my jeans for awhile now but always back out at the last minute. IT’S SO PERMANENT and what if I decide that I don’t want jeans with gaping holes in them in a few months? Ya know, really tough life decisions and such.
But I finally took the plunge (with scissors?) on these Urban Outfitters jeans I found in store and on sale for $19. I cut up the knees and made sure to do it totally blind and without measuring because what good are grungy, holey jeans if they’re perfectly cut? I will keep you updated on how they look after a few washes aka more blog posts on this topic. STAY TUNED.
Unrelated: HOUSE OF CARDS, wow.
February 13, 2014
I had heard so many positive things about The Hart + The Hunter (a restaurant inside the Palihotel in West Hollywood), but only visited for the first time last Sunday. Consider me officially hooked on all things H + the H.
It was one of those perfect meals that come around so rarely these days and we enjoyed literally every aspect of it. The smoked trout and avocado toast was ridiculous. Order this if you go. I almost wish we had gotten 2. Then the crab eggs benedict. Stop it right now with all this deliciousness. And just as we figured things couldn’t possibly get any better, out came the biscuits. The only way to describe the biscuits is with my favorite GIF. I mean, total mind explosion. Plus, the honey butter and pimento cheese – all the thumbs up.
But the true underdog amidst all this goodness was the London Fog. It’s an Earl Grey latte at heart but they must put something magic in it because it might be my new favorite drink.
Anyone down for a biscuit date? Count me in.
February 5, 2014
I’m sure you’re DYING for a new kale salad recipe, you know, because there aren’t enough on the internets already. But guess what? This isn’t a recipe! It’s just an explanation of my favorite way to eat said leafy green in a recipe-like manner. That’s better, right? So here goes: my favorite way to eat kale is raw, in a salad, with very minimal dressing, lots of cheese, and topped with seeds and/or nuts. So simple and easy, yet crazy good. Here are the details:
For a single bowl of salad (you can double it/triple it, etc), I use about 4-5 kale leaves (organic Lacinato kale! forget that curly-leaf stuff), de-stem them, wash them thoroughly, and then chop finely. After I place them in a bowl, I give them a quick hand massage for about a minute or so. I’m serious, y’all! Kale needs to be massaged. It breaks down the fibrous fibery things. Sorry, I don’t know food terms. But do it – it makes the salad way better.
A squeeze of lemon (about a teaspoon) and one swirl of extra virgin olive oil (again, about a teaspoon) to dress it. Totally eye-ball it though. It should be really lightly dressed, you don’t want it too heavy. A pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Then lots of grated cheese (I use Parmigano Reggiano, but really any kind will do). And good heavens, don’t forget the cheese. Add as much as you’d like. I also toss in about a tablespoon of sunflower seeds because I love a good crunch to my salads, but you can add more or less. And if you’re opposed to sunflower seeds, any seed or nut will do. That’s really it. Don’t forget to eat it all up because remember, it’s super healthy and good for you. Plus, the cheese cancels out when you are eating it with kale so that’s like double the health.