aubergine or eggplant

Making Love in the Kitchen

We do it with knives in hand,

blue tongues licking the bottoms of pots,

steam fogging the windows from hearts

of artichokes being strained.

Hearts are made to be carved

out, cooked soft, slathered with butter,

fork-stabbed and lifted to another’s

open mouth. We say we are starved,

as though we were doing this alone,

lonely as an onion in its skin,

say we are starving when what we mean

is that we want to postpone

the inevitable, which is inedible,

however we dice

it, and so we make — as it consumes us —

this love we call a meal.

— Gary J. Whitehead

I was instantly drawn to this poem in the New Yorker I came across today. Beautifully written, and is quite like the way I feel about cooking!

I’m going to be doing something a little different around here. Instead of filling these pages with just personal style and beauty (which I honestly haven’t done the best of job posting about!), I’m also going to include posts about food and cooking. Combining these two passions seems not only easy, but absolutely delicious! 
So, for my first food post, I bring to you two new additions to my ever-growing cookbook collection. Some (The Boyfriend) may say I have too many cookbooks, but I love to cook, read through unique and exclusive recipes, and look at beautiful food photography. 
These two books caught my eye and I can’t wait to dive in!

I’m going to be doing something a little different around here. Instead of filling these pages with just personal style and beauty (which I honestly haven’t done the best of job posting about!), I’m also going to include posts about food and cooking. Combining these two passions seems not only easy, but absolutely delicious! 

So, for my first food post, I bring to you two new additions to my ever-growing cookbook collection. Some (The Boyfriend) may say I have too many cookbooks, but I love to cook, read through unique and exclusive recipes, and look at beautiful food photography. 

These two books caught my eye and I can’t wait to dive in!

Love in LA

Last weekend, I had the honor of attending Liz and Alex's wedding in Lake Forest, CA. The Boyfriend and I rented a car and drove down from SF. Let me tell you… it was a long drive. Once we got there, though, it was a lovely weekend away!

The wedding was gorgeous. Tucked in the hustle and bustle of Southern California, in a historical park, a perfect ceremony and reception took place. There were sequins and lace and twinkly lights and it was gorgeous.

I love going to weddings. 1) Because I like to celebrate love. 2) Because I like to dance to Top 40s played by a kitschy DJ. And 3) Because I love to dress up!

This dress was a true find. It’s fun and flattering and super girly!

Yes, we had a little impromptu photo-shoot in the parking lot. Don’t judge!

I loved the sheer paneling, sweetheart neckline and most importantly, the pockets!

Happy girl :)

Beauty & Beer

Benefit Cosmetics and Goose Island Beer threw a super fun event last night! Thanks to TheOffBeatReport, I was invited and got to share the evening with a bunch of girly girls and my friend, Emily. 

The event was awesome! We arrived at Benefit Cosmetics on Sutter St. in San Franciso, and were immediately handed a wine glass full of bubbly beer. We were given a gift card to spend that evening, a free brow wax, a makeup application, and delicious chocolate and beer all night. Can’t complain about that!

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I don’t get my brows waxed very often (I have great eyebrows that, luckily, don’t need much maintenance between my bi-yearly waxes). My esthetician did a wonderful job.

We sipped beer - three kinds that I loved. Sofie, “a tart, dry, sparkling ale” that’s similar to a Belgian Saison. Lolita, “pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels” which was a delicious sour beer. And my personal favorite, Madame Rose, “Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels” - sour cherry beer? YUM.

Then, we got to play with cosmetics! Benefit has some great new products and I loved my application.

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(photo via Emily)

And I made away with a few goodies! :)

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Thanks to Benefit and Goose Island for a fun night!

Note: This post is not sponsored.

A Bachelorette-y Weekend in SoCal

My good friend Liz is getting married! Woohoo! Cue happy dance! 

Last Friday, I flew down to Orange County to spend the weekend with her and some amazing ladies to celebrate her impending marriage (to a wonderful guy, I might add!). 

We shopped, we went wine tasting in Temecula, we relaxed in the jacuzzi, we ate delicious food. Oh, and we did a lot of driving. Because that’s apparently what you do in Southern California. Drive. Everywhere. 

As expected, we all got dolled up for the wine tasting trip on Saturday. It was fun getting ready with other girls!

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I mean, she’s gorgeous, right? I can’t wait to see Miss Liz as a beautiful bride. 

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The view from the house was incredible. We were totally out in the middle of nowhere, but looking out on a citrus orchard. 

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And I certainly wasn’t mad about the jacuzzi action.

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It was such a wonderful and relaxing weekend! I met so many great girls and I can’t wait for the wedding in two weeks!

Outfit Breakdown:

Watch: Fossil

Necklace, Bracelets, Ring: BaubleBar

Dress: Lush

Sandals: Steve Madden

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