a french inspired date night at home

for reals y’all i gotta brag on my man for a minute. last friday i came home to champagne on ice, a bottle of chateauneuf de pape decanting on the table, beautiful fall flowers, and edith piaf crooning in the … Continue reading

computer woes

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so an explanation is in order for my extended absence. our computer hard drive crashed due to a freak lightning strike a few weeks ago. after a long discouraging trip to the genius bar, she was deemed dead upon arrival. oh but surely i backed up all of my data, and photos, and memories right? surely? shame on me, i did nothing of the sort. what’s even worse is that we have a perfectly good back up hard drive, but life got busy and we hadn’t used it an a few months… no wait a year… oh we don’t have a damn clue the last time we backed up our hard drive. lesson learned i suppose.

needless to say, the photos & images i had in queue for some fairly awesome upcoming posts are lost  (including a series of dinner party lessons that i’d been working on for awhile. drats! ). but don’t fret, because i’ve used up my heartache days on this and i’m back and ready to roll. i’ve got some great new stuff in the works (don’t call it a comeback). so stay tuned and in the meantime feel free to follow me here or here (or here).

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life and such // seattle

life in seattle was pretty perfect. sure there’s a fair amount of gray days, but who cares when you’re surrounded by water, trees, mountains and all-around incomprehensible beauty? not to mention the fact that there are no mosquitos there. we opted to stay with friends rather than at a hotel because quality time is more important than fancy robes and our friends have badass apartments which doesn’t hurt. let this be a lesson to you all: if you let me stay in your home, i will instagram all of its adorable nooks and crannies when you’re not looking.

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in between late nights and lazy mornings we also took some notes on how to be the perfect hosts, because we were treated like royalty. chocolates on our pillows, french press for two, and waking up to an incredible breakfast cake and fresh flowers, c’mon people.  believe or not we also spent a fair amount of time in seattle not eating and drinking – i know it’s hard to believe. seattle is an incredibly walkable city so you can adventure out for a day in any neighborhood and find plenty to do.

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we tend to travel with no real agenda because our lives are so busy here. so we enjoy keeping it leisurely while on vacation and welcome the change of pace. this trip i had a chance to visit several places that were my staples before. i got a much needed haircut from my man paul at rudy’s barbershop. spent some time at the melrose market and along lake union, and even stumbled upon a store that just sold cookbooks (swoon). most of all, we just had a grand ol’ time just walking around in the crisp fresh air. pretty sure this will be our annual escape from the texas heat. happy friday y’all!

naomi wachira // african girl

meet naomi. she is petite in stature but carries more soul and wisdom than anyone i know. her roots are deep, meaningful, and ever present in her music which gives it a rich and honest quality that most musicians spend decades trying to mimic. naomi is genuine in her strength and fragility and relentless in her vulnerability to share her voice, and more importantly, her story with those willing to listen with careful ears. she holds her family with fierce love and her friends with humble grace. she is grateful for every blessing and mindful of every obstacle that comes her way. and she is both brave and bold enough to pursue her dream of making music. take a listen. you won’t regret it and it will keep you waiting with bated breath on what this stunning woman has to offer next.

a reunion in seattle

wow oh wow. our seattle trip was unbelievable. i have too much to share for one post so i decided to break it down for y’all. obvi, we’re starting with the food aspect of the trip. we hit up a … Continue reading

lunch with mama // elizabeth st. cafe

elizabeth st. cafe continues to be one of my favorite spots in town (as evidenced by my ravings of it here and here).  the interior is beautiful and the food is one of a kind. i usually eat outside on their patio, but it’s been a continuous 100 degrees here lately, so i gladly welcomed the air conditioned atmosphere engulfed in natural light and flecked with bright colors. i usually come here for breakfast, but as we learned this week, the lunch & dinner menu is as equally impressive as their morning offerings.

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before we were even two bites into our delicious poached shrimp and avocado spring rolls we’d befriended the couple at the table next to us. i am definitely my mother’s daughter when it comes to a habit of striking up conversations with strangers. they simply asked us if it was our first time there, and no less than five minutes later i had pen and paper out writing all of my favorite restaurants down for them. note to all of you out there: if you’re looking for privacy, don’t sit at the table next to me – especially if i’m with my mom. moving on, moms got the grilled tofu vermicelli bowl and i got the keffir lime fried chicken banh mi. both were fantastic. we followed it all up with a peach galette with chai ice cream. all of their pastries and breads are made in house so save room for a few macarons or eclairs for the road. they are not to be missed.

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i surely don’t mind reliving this meal on a busy monday. yes, i day dream about food, doesn’t everybody? below is yet another unsuccessful attempt for my mom and i to not pose exactly the same for a picture. at least i made her move her hands and i recrossed my legs opposite hers this time. it’s a work in progress people. enjoy the week!

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a little friday inspiration

this week has been nuts (in mostly good ways). we’ve had friends get engaged, baby showers, dog-sitting, and of course it’s finals week so there’s that too. i’m really craving a simple weekend to unwind and disconnect a bit. tonight we’re going to finish the table mah man has been building over the last month. it’s beautiful. i can’t wait to show you. in the meantime, i’ll leave you with this because it captures so much that i love. let’s kick off the weekend on an inspirational note shall we? enjoy.