Ehhhhh so my goal of weekend reviews was a little ambitious. I've tried to keep up with an editorial calendar before but have a really hard time doing that! Until I find a routine that works, I'll keep with my of-the-moment, random, whatever floats my boat posts. They're more reflective of my thinking and lifestyle anyway. Thoughts?
Home is where the heart is. Not sure when it'll be but in need of a visit home for a myriad of reasons but the main ones - appropriately celebrating my nephewboss Cohen's 2nd birthday (already?), meeting my newest nephew Payton for the first time, delivering my talented kid sister's artwork to her first client (ahh! so proud), going on another ninja mission with my kid bro, and ummm a hundred million other wonderful reasons about going home.
Buying yourself flowers is always a good idea. It's still oddly chilly so finding ranunculus at the market instantly brightened up my week.
Coming soon. Here's a sneak peek of an amazing shoot that MCRN Bar was delighted to be a part of with the talented events planning company Mrs. Vintage Nola! The shoot is going to be featured on a very notable blog soon - eeekkkkkk. *big smiles*
On cooking styles. The women in my family are amazing cooks, but they each have very specific styles and dishes they've mastered. There's the oldest who is the Julia Child of our lives and introduced the rest of us to the beautiful world of gourmet at a young age, there's the Southern cook who can cook for an army, two wonderful bakers, and mom who needs no explanation. I, on the other hand, don't necessarily like to cook big meals and I'm not really good at one particular thing. Even macarons. But I am inspired by simple foods (often satisfied with most basic things like a baguette with good butter) and whatever's in my fridge, which I make a concerted effort to fill with fresh produce, eggs, and protein. After explaining to my best friend all the meals I've been making, it hit us - I have a very Californian style of cooking! Above is an example - a simple edamame salad made of edamame, red onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes tossed together with white balsamic vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper. What's your cooking style?!
Friends become our chosen family. It doesn't and it won't get too personal in this corner but I don't think I give the people in my life enough air time. I'm generally a reserved person, carefully picking who I open up to and keep in my life. To me, it takes as much thought and effort as picking a significant other so naturally I have to be selective. I'm learning, though, and trying to accept that I can't control everything. Reflecting on the past couple years, it was during the most unexpected and often the most difficult times that I met the thoroughly amazing people I am fortunate to call my friends and be a friend to. It will take a much lengthier post to give justice to them because there is a unique story attached to each one. Today, I'm just thankful for the fundamental growing pains that push me outside my comfort zone and immensely thankful for the friends who have saved me in so, so many ways (including Jameson!). <3