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Saturday, December 6, 2014

lotd (lunch of the day)

     Following a week of regular junk food consumption (this week it was chocolate chip muffins from the Wholefoods-esque grocery store in our community...curse those sugar laden treats!), I often use the weekend as a time to reset and detox. My weekend fare typically consists of lots of greens, minimal carbs and nutrient abundant fruits.

     For lunch today I munched on a bed of greens doused in a homemade oil-free vinaigrette and topped with matchstick apples, plump raspberries and crushed pecans (I promise they're in there! They were being a little camera shy!). To supplement the salad, I prepared a plate of turkey rollups, Almond & Apricot Rock Creek Crisps and a thinly sliced apple.

{After capturing this shot, I proceeded to drizzle a mixture of raw honey and ground cinnamon over my apples. Delish! You could also throw a dash of coarsely ground sea salt on the apples if you're craving something sweet and salty. // I can't get enough of these Rock Creek Crisps by Kii Naturals! The flavor is muted with an occasional burst of sweetness, making them the perfect vehicle for cheese and fruit spreads. Today I ate them plain, but I typically top them with fig jam and goat cheese. SO GOOD! I purchased a box from Whole Foods a couple months back, so I'm not sure if they still carry the brand ... I'll have to investigate soon as I'm currently running low.}

{The aforementioned vinaigrette was a mixture of an artisan red apple balsamic vinegar (what a mouthful!) and Dijon mustard. Simply whisk equal parts vinegar and mustard to create a sweet, yet robust dressing. Bonus: It's non-fat!}

Monday, December 1, 2014

my Christmas list: an excerpt from Artamene

If we're being honest, all I want for Christmas is a little more than my two front teeth...


{polka-dotted pants: Vineyard Vines, running sweats: J. Crew, tunic: Free People, dress: Madewell, skirt: Vineyard Vines}

...and if we're being especially honest, this is not a comprehensive list. Want to see more? Mosey on over to my Pinterest (shameless self promotion), there you'll find my encyclopedic Christmas wish list.

Before you start castigating me for my grand desires, understand that I BY NO MEANS expect to wake up to boxes upon boxes under the tree. I mean, hey, if my parents happened to forget to buy me a pony, I probably wouldn't be that distraught...

Merry December, everyone!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

celery heart art

Crunching away on a plateful of Ants on a Log, I found myself admiring the beauty of the celery heart remnants I'd (sloppily) left on the counter. As I licked my fingers clean of peanut butter, I had a flash back to sixth grade when Betsey Johnson was all the rage. With the stalks cut level, the pale green root was transformed into BJ rosette. Now, BJ has always been a little too rock-n-roll for my tastes, but, regardless of my aversion to punk-y fashion, I saw beauty in that rosette-reminiscent stalk. I was suddenly attached to the celery heart--it was no longer a plain 'ol Jane veggie, it was art. I was determined to somehow preserve it, so I ran upstairs, grabbed our bin of paint supplies and got to work.

Here's a rather dark and blurry (sorry, bad lighting!) photograph of the finished result:

I know what you're thinking, 'Eh. It looks sloppy'. It's okay, I'm thinking it too. I expected it to be abstract, just maybe not this abstract. Oh well! Just imagine the possibilities here! This was a very rushed, haphazard trial, but if you took the time to carefully coat the celery heart with a layer of paint and to carefully stamp the paper with the root, it could result in something absolutely beautiful. I encourage all my celery-loving bunny rabbits to experiment with their leftovers this season. I might attempt it again on a larger scale to make a unique wrapping paper. I'll let y'all know how it goes! 

For anyone interested, here's a photographic play by play of the process:

Friday, November 28, 2014

post turkey day festivities

{shirt: Ralph Lauren // chinos: Gap // bag: Dooney & Bourke (similar) // shoes: Sperry Top-Sider // ring: Vintage}

What better way to conceal a food baby than with slouchy, broken-in chinos, an untucked oxford and a distracting crossbody?