Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I have to admit, I've wanted a Vitamix for quite a while, but at the same time, equally as intimidated to give it a try. Let's be honest, I'm not the best cook, but I love to contribute with sides, vegetables and sauces. Luckily, my Godfather made me face my fear when he bought one as a wedding gift and this past weekend I gave it a try. Totally hooked.
Based on my farmer's market picks that week and what was readily available in my cabinets, I selected a fresh blueberry vinaigrette to accompany the summer salad on Saturday nights menu. Now I'm partial to sweet, while S is drawn to more savory flavor, so this was a true test. One I passed with flying colors. The sweetness of the blueberry was diffused by the mustard and balsamic. And the pepper took things to the next level. So delicious and perfect for the tropical weather we've had in the city lately.
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
2tbsp maple syrup
2tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4tsp dry mustard
Dash ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
Directions: place all ingredients above (in that order) into your Vitamix. Simply turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase speed to 10. Blend for about 25 seconds, until desired consistency is reached.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I don't know how I've gone this long without this brush in my life. Full transparency - I've never, ever been able to run my fingers through my hair without snagging into a tangle. Quite honestly, I've just more or less convinced myself that I would never have perfect looking hair. Beachy, yes. Neat, never. That is until my dear friend Lisa from Salon Mona Lisa introduced me to The Wet Brush, a brush that allows you gently loosen knots while your hair is still wet (something I never thought I would be able to do). It's quite the wonder.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunset from the 280.
The last few weekends have been go, go, go. So after S partied (a little too) hardy on Friday night at a bachelor party our weekend plans changed just a hair. No more movie night at the Kabuki and trying out a new restaurant, rather he slept and I caught up on magazines. Later that afternoon, we decided to get out of the apartment and took a drive down the coast. The beauty of the ocean awes me, I can take it in for hours.
That evening, when we returned home pulled together dinner with what we had on hand a and settled in watching some of our favorite 80s flicks. While not what I had initially planned for the weekend, it was exactly what I needed. In my everyday gig, I pour over the finest of details so it was a treat to escape the minutia of it all and surrender to the weekend. This is life, an it never goes exactly as planned, but that's truly the beauty of it all.
80's classics movie marathon
Dahlia's for days
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Tuesday night, Macy's private label bar ||| debuted their collection shoe collection and to some it up in one word - HOT! Now, Macy's can be a tough retailer to shop, but with proper preparation (translate: pre-shopping yoga followed by post-shopping zen tea or wine) it can be done. From strappy sandals to sexy boots, bar ||| has every gals needs covered come this August.