Monthly Archives: April 2013

Darling Magazine

Darling-Magazine

Have you read Darling Magazine? You should. I received a copy from a friend who contributed to the spring issue, and it is such a joy to read. It covers topics of daily life, food, literature, travel, work, beauty, and style while compassionately redefining what it means to be a woman in today’s world of materialsim and merciless expectations. It is empowering, uplifting, enlightening, and gorgeous all at the same time.

Their blog is equally amazing and a daily dose of beauty and inspiration, but there is just something about flipping through the thick pages that makes it come alive. Check it out! xo

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Simple Pleasures

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Ever since the Mr got home from training, we’ve really been enjoying a few simple pleasures together. Even though we would never choose separation, it does have a way of making the smaller and seemingly mundane bits of life that much sweeter when we are together. Coffee together in the mornings, a quiet dinner at the table, an evening walk with our two pups Rambo (whose giant head is pictured above) and Remi.

I’ve felt compelled to savor these moments, to write them down, to cherish them.

Are there small moments with your significant other you’ve been savoring lately?

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Sound Check: One Life

James-Morrison

Some friends and I are running a 200 mile relay race this weekend from Huntington Beach to San Diego. The race will benefit a school here in San Diego called Monarch, that specifically serves homeless kids.

The most exciting part about the race is that a team of older kids from Monarch who wanted to get involved will be running as well! I’m so blown away by their motivation and am excited to hang out with them this weekend (while trying to keep up with them :)

Those kids, and this song by James Morrison, are inspiring me today. (And I will need all the inspiration I can get to run 15 miles, haha!) Wish us luck, and happy Friday!

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Weeknights Around Here: Salmon-topped Polenta

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Sometimes no matter how well-intentioned I am about planning 2 or 3 weeknight meals (and even buying all the ingredients), the unpredictability of life and the spontaneity of my husband (which is usually way more fun than my obsessive planning, trust me) can completely foil my best efforts. Often by Friday, I’m left with a fridge full of slimy herbs and questionable chicken breasts. And anyway, who wants to cook a meal on Friday night? Certainly not me.

On the nights I am actually able to pull off a nice meal, salmon-topped polenta has become a regular favorite. I usually have all the ingredients I need on hand, except for the salmon, which I can easily pick up on the way home.

Salmon

Place filets, skin side down, on a foil-lined baking pan.

Brush with olive oil, and squeeze lemon juice on top (I like to arrange thin lemon slices too).

Broil about 10 minutes, or to desired done-ness (depending on the thickness of the filets).

Parmesan Polenta (adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe)

4 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
1 cup yellow polenta, preferably stone-ground
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
¼ cup half and half
2 tablespoons (¼ stick) unsalted butter

Place the chicken stock in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and cook over medium-high heat until the stock comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and very slowly whisk in the polenta, whisking constantly to make sure there are no lumps. Switch to a wooden spoon, add the salt and pepper, and simmer, stirring almost constantly, for 10 minutes, until thick. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan thoroughly while you’re stirring. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, half and half, and butter. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve salmon filets on top of the polenta.

salmon-polenta

Is weeknight meal planning always on schedule in your house?

(ps – how AMAZING is this polenta party?)

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Found! A Good Chambray

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was on the hunt for the perfect chambray shirt. I am happy to report that it was recently found (and purchased :) here.

It is the perfect light and breezy color, and has a drapey, almost silky feel that is so comfy and flattering. It runs a little large, so I recommend a size smaller than you would typically wear.

I was lucky enough to catch it on sale, so the price tag was just right! I highly recommend this one.

Any other chambrays you’d like to share?

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Sound Check: Compliment Your Soul

Dan-Croll

The Mr. is coming home today (!) and so I thought I’d match my happy mood with this happy tune by Dan Croll (along with the somewhat bizarre music video).

UPDATE: A friend shared this version of the song with me, which is equally amazing!

Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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Dream Destinations

Croatia

Greece

Browsing through these photos has made me day-dreamy for an exotic vacation. I gravitate toward more tropical destinations, so Greece, Croatia, and Bora-Bora are top on my list of must-see-before-I-die places.

Wouldn’t it be heavenly to stay in an over-the-water bungalow, swim in the Blue Caves, or dine in a cliff-side restaurant?

What destinations are you dreaming about?

China

Bora-Bora

Seychelles

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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

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This little recipe is one of my staples, and something my girlfriends and I love to make together on a regular basis (and are a little obsessed with). It is marvelously simple to make, is great for lunch leftovers, and the mix of flavors is so unique and delightful. Who would have thought of balsamic glaze on a taco? Brilliant.

Assemble the following ingredients into soft corn or flour tortillas:

  • Roasted sweet potatoes (Preheat oven to 350°. Chop 4-5 sweet potatoes into small chunks, drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Roast 30 mins or until tender/slightly crispy.)
  • Canned black beans, rinsed, drained, and warmed
  • Goat cheese crumbles
  • Arugula
  • Balsamic glaze (I found mine at Trader Joe’s, in the olive oil section.)
  • Kosher salt to taste

I wish I could give credit to the genius who thought of this amazing dish, but I’ve looked all over for the original recipe and have failed to find it. At any rate, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (every week)!

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Four Years

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Four years ago today, the Mr. and I got married. It was the most precious day of my life.

P you are my hero, my life, my dearest friend. I can’t wait to celebrate when you get home!

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Photography by the amazing Gabriel Ryan Photographers.

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Spring Style / Maxi Skirts

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I am so glad maxi skirts are a big hit this year. They are the perfect blend of effortless, elegant, and comfy (and how gorgeous is the white pleated one on Jennifer Lawrence? To die for!). I’m looking forward to finding one or two affordable options for spring and summer. Here are a few ideas to start with.

If you’ve found any you’d like to share, please do!

Clockwise, from left: Jennifer Lawrence in Paris / fuchsia skirt / striped skirt / Ted Baker color block skirt

(ps – more ideas on Pinterest!)

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