Sorry for the radio silence! Currently in Charleston aka the most charming piece of America but wanted to share last week's blooms. Can't beat $8 eucalyptus buds from Whole Foods. Hope your week is going well!
If you are ever in Nashville, my first recommendation regardless of who you are / what you like / what scenes you're into / yadi yadi will be to eat at Rolf & Daughters, a contemporary rustic Italian restaurant that has mastered simple seasonal dishes. One of those was a shaved brussels sprouts salad that left you craving for more after the first bite. Crunchy brussels sprouts, salty pecorino romano cheese, and hearty sliced almonds. So simple but life changing! Ok, maybe just a little dramatic. But, I did live above this restaurant and ate there routinely for this salad. When I moved back to New Orleans, I recreated this babe for my twenty-sexy birthday last year and it was a total hit. The dressing is the same as this watermelon feta salad, so if anything, learn how to make the dressing because it can be tossed on just about anything. Oh, and fair warning - slicing a pound of brussels sprouts can get annoying so if you have a food processor, whip that bad boy out! Otherwise, just know the best things come to those who work.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
1 lb. brussels sprouts
1/4 c. grated pecorino romano cheese
1/4 - 1/2 c. sliced almonds
For the dressing: 1 tbsp. sugar, about 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar, juice of half a lemon, 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste
1. With a sharp knife, finely slice brussels sprouts.
2. Toss shaved brussels sprouts, grated pecorino romano, and sliced almonds together in a large bowl.
3. Prepare dressing by mixing all ingredients with a fork until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
4. Drizzle dressing on salad and mix. Let sit for 10-15 minutes so the salad absorbs the dressing. Enjoy!
We had a great week here on Upperlyne & Co.! Monday started out with a bang. I was honored to share my tips for working from home on West Elm's blog Front + Main. Literally squealed the minute I woke up and saw it live on the site! Then, we welcomed Tuvy to the team with her first article The Art of Aging, which if you haven't checked out - do it now. It received a record breaking number of likes so we can't wait for what else she has in store! On the job front, we're making lots of strides with the store in Houston and my product line that I'll be sharing with you all soon. Ekkk. And last but not least, I got to spend the last couple of days with the king (aka Josh) after a week away from each other. We've behaved all week by staying in, cooking at home, and working out so we're going to celebrate with a much-deserved date night then off to visit the fam bam in our hometown (pssst updates on Instagram). Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. And, as always, thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Next week, I'm off to Charleston, SC for a psuedo work/girls trip. Please share any recommendations!
Business and entrepreneurship is in my blood. Just like many of you whose parents have immigrated from other countries, my parents came to the states with nothing and built their American dream. I've watched them go from working tirelessly in the fishing industry to owning multiple hotels. That alone is a huge factor in my desire to go through my own process to build my dream life. A lot of what I practice is adapted from a combination of my previous careers, trial and error, and from acutely observing others. So, I figured it would be helpful to share some things I'm learning along the way!
The first thing that comes to mind in our creative ecosystem? Collaborating. It is an essential skill that every business person and creative entrepreneur should harness whether you're a photographer, a graphic designer, or a creative director. It's very difficult to build something completely on your own because, well, no one is good at everything. You're going to need to tap into people who are specialists and experts. But, there are good collaborations and then there are ones that leave us feeling shortchanged. At the end of the day, it's all about building healthy relationships. I want to work with people who respect my work and truly care about me, not just the project at hand. And, I approach people with the same respect. Here are six tips to help you create quality collaborations.
- Be Brave. No one likes to be or feel rejected, but if you don't ask to work with someone then you'll never know!
- Be Prepared. Create a small plan of your project with intentions of leaving decisions open for discussion.
- Be Fair. If you're initiating a collaboration, make sure you bring value to the project through fair payments or providing meaningful portfolio work to the person you are approaching. Everyone is busy so in order to produce a resentment-free collaboration, you must value and respect each other's time and work.
- Be Delightfully Business. It's never easy to ask to be paid for your craft/service, but the truth is you have to protect your bottom line. Keep communication clear from the get-go and approach each collaboration as a business transaction. The key is to be delightful but to show that you mean business. If the return is not monetary, clearly discuss this from the beginning.
- Be Genuine. 'Collaborating' can be easily misunderstood for using people for their networks and resources or getting pro-bono work. By all means don't let yourself look like all you're in it for is to grow your brand. You don't have to be BFFs, but being genuine adds value to your business and your character.
- Follow up. The best way to know if the collaboration went well? Ask for feedback and reflect on the wins and the losses through qualitative and quantitative measures. This will give you insight on how to improve for future collaborations.
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