In the last week, I’ve had some serious recipe fails. My hand got a little too heavy with the balsamic vinegar one night, I completely overcooked some salmon, and in a ‘let’s see if I can make ice cream out of almond milk & fruit blended together’ -esque experiment, I ended up with frozen purple mush. In moments like these, I think of my Mom.
For as long as I can remember; she’s been a natural in the kitchen. She creates these perfectly complex, flavorful, extremely healthy meals and makes it look easy. Her timing is impeccable. She appreciates every last ingredient. Every meal matters. Her food is a gift and a treat all wrapped into one. I’m not even joking when I say that I used to fly across the country with her homemade lasagna so my college roommates could indulge. (And the one time my luggage got lost, it wasn’t pretty.)
As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that although she always asked for it, my Mom never really needed my help in the kitchen. And while I’ve always hoped her culinary skills would magically rub off on me, I see now that she’s been teaching me valuable life lessons that don’t just apply to cooking all along.
Patience. Avoiding the shortcuts. Challenging yourself to try something new. Putting a personal touch on everything you do. Knowing that things don’t always turn out the way you hoped, but seeing it through to the end is the most important part.
I hope, for both my sake & Ryan’s, that one day I’ll be as skilled and talented in the kitchen as my Mom is. But for now, I’m simply thankful for the lessons.
Happy Mother’s Day in advance to you, Mom, & to all of the beautiful mothers teaching their daughters lessons everyday.
Cuff | Pants | Top | Clutch | Sandals
I love the casual, yet chic look of this outfit and could see each and every piece paired perfectly with other items in my wardrobe. Win win!
As we ease our way into the warmer months, I find myself not only leaning towards the delicate, lighter pieces in my wardrobe, but in my jewelry choices as well. There is something so unappealing about being bogged down by a heavy statement piece when it’s hot and sticky outside. That being said; layering delicate necklaces allows you to make just as much of a statement without the added weight.
The goal is to maintain roughly the same difference in length among all of your necklaces. Of course, each pendant will vary in size or drop, but a general rule of thumb would be to create the same distance between each chain. For example, a 14″ necklace paired with a 16″ necklace and an 18″ necklace allows for a 2″ gap in between each. Or, a 14″ necklace paired with an 18″ necklace and a 22″ necklace creates a 4″ gap. Play around with it until you’ve achieved a cohesive look that showcases each necklace.
I’d love to incorporate any (or all of) the following into my layered look:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Images via Pinterest.
I swear we go through the winter months to appreciate this time of year that much more. I honestly have no complaints: the sun is shining, the trees & flowers are in bloom, the farmers markets are opening up, the days are longer, people are out and about….what’s not to love?! This week:
- I finally watched Rory Kennedy’s documentary on her mother, titled, Ethel. She really was an extraordinarily entertaining and compassionate woman, and this glimpse into her life as a Kennedy was such a heart warming treat.
- I (somewhat accidentally) let my hair air dry earlier this week, and decided to just let it be. In anticipation of the D.C. humidity, I think it’s best I prepare to embrace the wildness. In the meantime, I started a Pinterest board for hair inspiration.
- While I don’t necessarily agree with dressing in “theme,” this dress would be the perfect subtle nod to Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. Added bonus: you could wear it all summer long.
- If you’re anything like me, and just now getting to your major spring cleaning, this how-to guide including some helpful tips & a mega checklist is a great starting point.
Whether you’re sipping mint juleps or margaritas, I hope you have a great weekend!
Top | Hat | Cheek Stain | Sandals | Sunglasses
Happy 1st of May! How fun is this top? (You’ve got to check out the back as well – I’m pretty sure you could get away with wearing this one backwards!) And I think this cheek stain might just be the answer for that fresh faced, glowing skin we’re all after in the warmer months. I’m intrigued…
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