Thursday, July 28, 2011

cold-brewed iced coffee

coffeeee

have you ever cold brewed coffee? No? Then your time has come. I absolutely love it. It's less bitter, has much less acidity (which is great for my often troublesome stomach) and the background flavors come through more than other brewing methods.. All around, it is one of my favorite ways to drink coffee. Especially this time of year. Bonus: it couldn't be any easier to make!

cold brew coffee

cold brew coffee


Cold-Brewed Ice Coffee

2/3 cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best)

1. In a jar, stir together coffee and 3 cups water. Cover and let rest in refrigerator overnight or 12 hours.

2. Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Or press through a french press.

In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk


P.S. the coffee concentrate is great for adding to recipes. I added 1/4 cup to this recipe and it is SO GOOD. Not a strong coffee taste but you can definitely tell its there.

no-bake cookies with a kick

Friday, July 22, 2011

thank you.

thank you

First, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all the kind words regarding my dresses, and my decision in general. They all made my day. I was in the clouds. I can't wait to get the first run done and modeled and up on the website. Hoping to have them out august 1!

And second, since its been awhile, here's life lately through instagrams.


instagram update
instagram update
i've been juicing everyday. a post of my favorites coming soon


instagram update
last week/this week has been pretty grey and rainy.. and also pretty cold. (definitely not complaining)

instagram update
listening to tons of music on spotify. i'm obsessed. (this is my favorite sigur ros song)

instagram update
espresso shortbread and tea from a new favorite spot.

instagram update
instagram update
sewing snacks. and lots of collars in the making.

instagram update
red on ring finger.

instagram update
scarf turban for a dirty hair day. (thanks jessie!)

Hope you're weekend is amazing!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Introducing..

Hello friends!

I think its about time I show you what has been taking up the majority of my day, every day.

dress line
dress line

and voila!
dress line

If you follow me on twitter, you probably already knew this. (See? You should follow me on twitter!)

A little over a month ago I quit my job as hair stylist (sometimes it takes working in a field you thought you'd love to realize you, in fact, despise it). And after months (or years!) dreaming about how I someday wanted to design my own dresses and make them and sell them, I realized the only thing holding me back was fear. So after much encouragement from my husband, I decided to take the leap of faith and just do it! For the past month I have been working my TAIL off, sketching and designing and drafting and cutting and stitching for hours and hours. There have been days where I was jumping and dancing through the house after finishing a dress and there were days where i felt like I made the biggest mistake of my life (in reality, i was probably just tired). I don't know how long I'll be doing this or where it'll take me but I do know that wherever it does take me, i'll be so happy i took a step of faith and just did it!

I'm hoping to have the collection out in 2 weeks! And I will definitely keep posting more news as it happens.

Oh, and here's a preview of what you might find in the first batch of dresses.
(think 50/60s inspired)

dress line
dress line

Saturday, July 9, 2011

what i ate - 7/7/11

7/7/11
Breakfast - Trader joe bran flakes, almond milk, fresh strawberries

7/7/11
Lunch - Chickpea wrap with baby spinach and arugula

7/7/11
Snack - Kiwi-apple-lemon juice

7/7/11
Dinner- Salad with cucumber, tomato, avocado, and fresh mozzarella
(bad lighting.. ew)


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

strawberry picking

strawberry picking
A few weeks ago, I convinced Josh to go strawberry picking with me. You absolutely cannot beat the taste of fresh berries right off the plant. We had a blast and "taste tested" quite a bit along the way. I think we ended up picking 7 pounds.. which means i had plenty to put in the freezer.

strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
strawberry picking
Tell me these aren't the most perfect looking berries you've ever seen!
(which is why i couldnt stop taking pictures of them)

Friday, July 1, 2011

red head

So I finally did what I planned on doing months ago.
I wanted to do pink again but that would've involved a blonde touch up.. so I just went for red.
It feels nice to have some dimension in my hair and for the ends to be soft.
(and bonus! red brings out blue eyes and pale skin {I guess if i wear a blue dress i'll be looking pretty festive for the 4th.})
red head
red head
red head
red head
Hope you all are having a wonderful friday. I've been working my tail off on a new project I'll be sharing about VERY soon. I cannot wait..