MY ONE BIRTHDAY WISH
Eating dinner and reading a cookbook at a low-key restaurant is one of my favorite things to do alone. This makes most people uneasy but I seriously encourage you, especially if you're a girl whose life speeds a thousand miles an hour, to test this out. I order a little of this and a little of that, nibble on crusty French bread, and revel in the fact that the only interaction I'm obligated to attend to is giving my waiter my order, which was boeuf bourguignon on this occasion. La vie!
Is it just me or has it been difficult to find clothes to wear? There's something about this time of year that makes me want just want to stay in sweats and a hoodie all day. Even the most coveted items in my closet haven't gotten much airplay because I just feel frumpy. Uninspired. Downright bored. After hearing several of my girlfriends sighing the same sigh of ugh, I quickly realized this is closet limbo season. It happens like clockwork every year - we get excited for fall's layers; winter's statement coats; summertime's effortless sundresses and denim shorts. When March hits, however, even the leather skinnies that once made me feel like Queen Bey gets little action. My answer to it all? Black, black, black. Lots of it.
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It would normally take major planning to get five busy women together. I'd be lying if it didn't require some scheduling tag but for some weird, organic reason it's been effortless seeing Molly, Marcie, Julia, and Hattie for what we affectionately call our 'meetings of the minds.' Marcie's brilliant branding mind came up with the term after our first couple of meetups. Okayyy so they're not real meetings. It's more like happy yappy hours, so of course, it's easy to look forward to every month. Previously we've had a co-ed farm-to-table dinner at Julia's, apps and desserts at Marcie's, the ultimate comfort meal (yummy zucchini lasagna) at Hattie's, and a balanced cheese & salad dinner at Molly's. All really on the fly.
Sunday was my turn to have the girls over, and of course, you know I chose brunch! Hosting a brunch is the ideal entertaining go-to for someone like me who stresses out about feeding more than a handful of people. There's no need to worry about preparing multiple courses, it's easier on the wallet, and there's still the rest of the day to enjoy before the inevitable workweek. Ca-ching! The best part, though, is drinking (lots of) mimosas with good company.
There's so many ways to approach brunch. If you're new to the game, I'd recommend watching Bobby Flay's show, Brunch at Bobby's. He's naturally on the advanced side, but the show is great at showing how versatile brunches can be - from crowd favorites like eggs benedict to regionally-inspired brunches. I'm getting really good at not taking pictures while actually being social so here are some behind the scenes! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' to get my brunch how-to filled with these recipes in a future post!
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It feels absolutely unreal to see my work on one of Forbes' Magazines Top 10 Websites for Millennial Women. And then to see the response and the pins?! I don't think I could ever get used to it. Thank YOU for taking your time out to read the posts and supporting me here! If you haven't seen the latest one, it's about one of my favorite lunch creations - the charming little Adult Lunchables. Be sure to check out the full article on The Everygirl!