October 11, 2015

September 25, 2015

Travel: Colors of Paris

Hello again!

I recently returned from Paris and am bursting with beautiful things to share.  First, and something that will stay with me, are the colors of Paris, the streets and building especially.  I looked through all my photos and created the color palette below.  Definitely inspiring my next paint job.

I didn't include black and white because I figured that was a given.  All of these colors, I kept discovering all over the city.   Below are some great uses for these colors all over the house.


August 1, 2015

Recipe: St. Germain Mint Margarita

Casual summer soirée with the hero being the St. Germain Mint Margarita of course!

St. Germain Mint Margarita
2 parts St. Germain Liqueur2 parts silver tequila (I recommend 100 Anos) 1 part fresh lime juiceSimple syrup to tasteMint to muddleCoarse sea salt (optional)

1  Prep glasses with lime wrong the rim and salt if desired 
2  Muddle mint in cocktail shaker
3  Add tequila, St. Germain and lime juice and ice to the cocktail shaker and shake until cold. 
4  Strain into prepared glass.

Inspired by Freut Cake

July 28, 2015

Travel: My favorite places and where to stay

Bergen, Norway
Specifically being at the fish markets in the morning and exploring the winding road into the mountain

Paris, France
Specifically seeing the Eiffel Tower at night and sitting in an old park watching stylish people

Prague, Czech Republic
Specifically watching the clock chime the hour in the old time square and and getting lost in the medieval lanes

First Beach, Washington
Specifically searching for shells on the beach and having a whiskey while sitting on the largest driftwood you can find

Specifically walking in the park on a foggy morning with a coffee and watching the city from expansive window in your room

July 16, 2015

Fashion: What to crave for fall

Alexander Wang 
Military Chic

A Détacher

London Fog

Art Nouveau 

Hola Barcelona

Prabal Gurung
70's Native

Wes Gordon
Minimal Luxe

Which style do you love for fall?

July 14, 2015

Random: Favorite instagrams from the last 12 hours

love the lavender by @richardphotolab

Belle vue by @parisinfourmonths

California dreamin' by @sfgirlbybay

color POW! by @monlinglee

What do you see? by @jojotastic

Brilliant drama by @ashleywoodsonbailey

July 12, 2015

Happy Sunday!

How to tote everything
How to smell like a French girl (oldest perfume house in France!)
How to bring the summer indoors
How to make a more flavorful dinner
How to serve your ice cream (in my case) stylishly
How to protect and look fabulous at the beach
How to make the perfect Martini
How to get the best scrub of your life

July 8, 2015

Recipe: Rustic blueberry and plum tart

Why I chose a 90 degree day in Seattle to bake, beats me.  But I can't regret the deliciousness that was the result!

Mixing the plums, blueberries, sugar and spices eventually...

turns into this!

My recipe was altered to be a little tarter (to allow for a yummy ice cream pairing!) and have a more pronounced fruit flavor.

July 6, 2015

How to: Make bouquet garni used in my favorite recipes

I love cooking and anything that grows.  Living in the city I don't have a ton of space to grow everything I'd like to so I decided to focus on herbs; they are beautiful. fragrant, and useful.  One if the useful things they can do is add flavor in cooking by transforming the herbs into a bouquet garni.  This is used (removed before eating) for a variety of recipes, my favorite include: Beouf Bourguignon, French Onion Soup, and Cassoulet 

I played with a traditional bouquet garni and a couple non-traditional options.  There are many ways to create a bouquet garni, this is just the way I think is best.  If your herbs are dry you can tie them up in a double layer of cheese cloth.

Italian inspired: Rosemary and Sage
Great for a long cooking red sauce or meaty dish
step 1: gather your herbs, and even out the stems

step 2: cut one piece of cotton or linen string x3 the length of your bundle.  wrap across with string parallel

step 3: twist the strings reversing direction and wrap around the back then laying the parallel as in step 2. 

step 4: repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stems are "laced" up. keep string taught so the bouquet does not come apart while cooking

ready to cook with!

Traditional French: 4 springs of Thyme, 4 sprigs of Parsley, and 1 Bay Leaf

Beverage refresh
I threw this one in black iced tea I had brewing in the fridge: 
Lemon Verbena, Mint, and Lavender

You could also add this lightly muddled to a vodka soda with a splash of St. Germain and lime. Yum!

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