No time like the present.

So here we are in September. It’s been quite a while since my last post. I’ve really been wanting to write, but simultaneously dreading it. (Weird, right? Kind of like when you skipped a class in college and then knew you had to go to the next one, but your instructor knew you skipped, so you were nervous to go back even though skipping again would just make things worse… Was that just me?) Anyway, the past few months have been a little strange but mostly good for me. So here we are, back on the blogging horse. (Is that a thing? Can it be?)


I suppose the biggest, most important thing I should write about is a pretty significant career change I’ve recently…experienced? Experienced isn’t really the right word, as it doesn’t convey any sense of agency, but anyway… Two days ago (!) I opened a shop of my very own. So, there’s a partial explanation for my truancy from the blogosphere. A few months ago a little storefront became available down the street from my mom’s two shops and after talking it over with some of my support team (mainly my parents, a few close friends, and of course Becker the dog), I decided to seize the moment and go for it. It’s something I’ve been quietly thinking about for a few years. I signed the lease and I haven’t looked back once. I know it’s only two days into the real grind of small business ownership for me, and it would be foolhardy to assume that just because I’ve now gotten my dang receipt printer to work that the rest of this experience is going to be smooth sailing, but I’ve had the strangest sensation for the past couple of days. It’s a sort of calm confidence I haven’t experienced in a long, long time. This is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing right now. Anyway, the shop is a clean beauty boutique called Everfield. I feel like somehow I’ve managed to trick someone and combine almost all of my passions into one sustainable career. Even when I’ve been exhausted and SO sick of researching cosmetics and chemicals and brands and thinking about packaging and shipping and potential future growth (play to win, I always say), I’ve loved it. I feel very lucky.


So there’s that. You can expect to hear a lot more about it here. You can also (hopefully!) expect much more consistent posts, as it’s my intention to use this blog as an outlet for tutorials and beauty hacks, which isn’t really all that far off from what I originally had planned for it anyway. I’ll probably still write about food too, because food is awesome.


Anyway, I think sometimes you just need to jump into seemingly impulsive and/or terrifying things head-first before logic and reasoning catch up with your heart and convince you that now is not the time. Because why wouldn’t now be the time?



OK, 2014. Let’s Do This.

I’ve always thought that New Year’s resolutions were kind of weird. Like, if you think something is worth changing or resolving to do, you should probably feel strongly enough that you will act on it immediately, regardless of what time of the year it is. In any case, the new year presents a convenient deadline for starting new goals and it just so happens that I have quite a few of them right now. Goal one is to get back into blogging, so here I am (ta-da!). I won’t bore you with a laundry list of things I want to change about myself and/or my life this year, but the overarching theme is that I want to make myself a priority in my own life and make time for things I enjoy. Anyway, that’s the Spark Notes version of my trite list, which actually contains just about every New Year’s resolution cliché you can probably think of.

So, friends, here’s to a dazzling year of health and happiness for everyone. Let’s make 2014 our best year yet. 


Earring Storage Extravaganza!

So, if you know me in real life, you know that my mom and I own a couple of stores together. One of them is a kitchen and gourmet shop called The Fig Tree, which has been opened for just over two months (!) and the other is a women’s boutique called Vignettes, which we opened in November of 2007. We recently moved to a bigger, much nicer location down the street from our old store, and we’ve been having a fantastic time decorating our new space and making it feel like home. One of the elements we get compliments on ALL THE TIME is our earring display:


We have two of them hanging in the store and they were a simple DIY project that we completed in one afternoon. (Full disclosure: we had a little help from our contractor when we made them, but the process is really simple and easy to re-create.) Read on for the step-by-step instructions! Continue reading

Trail Mixin’

“Food is my favorite part of the day.”

–Jennifer Lawrence-

I don’t think anyone has ever more accurately captured my feelings about food as Jennifer Lawrence did in those eight words. Maybe it was growing up in the restaurant business, maybe it was all that time spent leafing through my mother’s impressive cookbook collection, maybe it’s just that food is excellent. I love to cook and try new things in the kitchen, but sometimes I just want a quick and easy snack that is also delicious. Enter: trail mix. No fancy tools required, just a bowl and whatever munchies you have on hand. Although I’ve never really met a trail mix I didn’t love, I do have a go-to recipe and it is this:

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Knock-your-socks-off White Sangria

I don’t know about you, but I love sangria. I don’t think there is a more perfect summer drink. It’s light and fruity and just what I want to drink with a nice big salad or grilled seasonal veggies and it’s great to take along to a BBQ or dinner party instead of the standard bottle of wine or six-pack of beer. My go-to recipe uses pinot noir and it’s pretty simple, but the best thing about sangria is that you can easily change up one or two elements and have a completely different drink every time. Tonight I thought I’d whip up a pitcher of white sangria as a little treat. I stuck with the lemon/lime/orange combo that’s pretty standard for most sangrias, but swapped out my pinot noir for some pinot grigio and threw in some different fruit. It’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself, and it was super easy to make- including chilling time, it was about 25 minutes from slicing to sipping. I usually use strawberries in my red sangria, but the crisp pinot grigio pairs really well with some tart Granny Smith apples and sweet peaches.

sangria pitcher

Sangria ingredients


Read on for the super simple recipe.  Continue reading