Saturday, October 11, 2014

oh yeah, about panama

as i breezily mentioned three months ago(!), mark and i traveled to casco antiguo, panama in july.  aside from the obligatory (and totally cool) visit to the panama canal, this was probably our least touristy trip together yet.  we stayed at the incredible american trade hotel, a member of the ace family, and it was so wonderful that we never left the burgeoning neighborhood surrounding it.  we took full advantage of the little rooftop pool backdropped by mountains, had coffee at cafe unido downstairs multiple times a day, took in a show at the jazz club next door, and popped into some really darling restaurants nearby.  i think mark had exactly the sort of relaxing birthday he was hoping for, and i happily blissed-out along with him.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

10 days

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

eating well, who knew?

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

summer '14

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

soft rock

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

keri's crib

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

spring things

hello friends!  hope it's finally warming up wherever you may be.  i added a ton of vintage sundresses to my shop recently, and for a little while EVERYTHING is half off- no code necessary.  enjoy!

Friday, April 4, 2014

cute days

a handful of my favorite instagrams from the last several weeks.  :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

pérez & pickles

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!
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