I like to do something a little daring now and then. Jumping out of an airplane? Nah, not my thing. Trying chicken feet? I'm not that adventurous. What is it? Mixing florals and stripes. I can hear you gasp now ;-) Turns out the that it's not that crazy but it is something out of my normal day to day routine. My guess is that you probably have a fun floral shirt and you probably have a maxi skirt or two that are striped. Why not combine them together for the perfect spring look?
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I love when you find a shop where each and everything they sell, you would buy. This is true for me for onefortythree. The shop, started by a husband and wife, has simple but cool crafted lamps and house accessories. My absolute favorite are the candy-colored lamps and that drool-worthy rocking chair. I want that chair so bad.
This weekend during a picnic I had the most delicious strawberries. To me there are strawberries and there are STRAWBERRIES, you know the kind that taste like sunshine? It is like a completely different fruit. Go organic and preferably from a farmers market. Strawberry season is early April - late July here in Northern California but check here to see when your season is. I've rounded up some of the most delicious strawberry recipes on the web (or whatever the kids call it these days)
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When someone asks you to come to their house in Sonoma for the day, you say yes. You dont question it, you just go. There is something immediately relaxing about being away from the city and amongst the sprawling fields of vines. The day we went it was beautiful. The sun was shining and the wisteria had just bloomed, its little purple blooms and fragrance wafting through the breeze. I didn't have my camera, just an iPhone but it was able to capture the relaxed, sun-soaked feel of the day. There are quite a few pictures but I hope you dont mind.
Here are a few things to know about my mini-trip…
My friend's house is actually for rent. It sleeps eight, is on a vineyard, has a pool and a pool house. As you can see below, it is absolutely dreamy. Find out more here.
We ate at VJB Winery where they have an outdoor pizza oven in a piazza-style courtyard. I hear their wines are delish too.
We stopped by Ram's Gate Winery. They were closed for a private event but they allowed us to wander the grounds and snap some pics. The aesthetic of the place is incredible as are the panoramic views. I couldn't get enough of the special details everywhere. Highly recommend visiting if you can.
You ready to impress people? Just casually mention that you whipped up a brussels sprout date salad last night. Yeah I bet they are sort of impressed now. And then tell them that you made your own salad dressing. Now they are completely blown away. You are welcome. All jokes aside this salad is pretty darn wonderful. A great combination of salty and sweet.
Assemble ingredients for salad: ~2 1/2 cups of shredded brussels sprouts (buy pre-shredded at TJs to save yourself the chopping), 5-8 dates (depending on how sweet you want it to be), 1/2 cup parmesan flakes.
Chop the dates into narrow slices and dump the parmesan into the brussels sprouts.
this recipe) mix the following ingredients together: 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, pinch of sea salt, 1 tsp of maple syrup, 1 tsp of dijon mustard. Massage into brussels sprouts.
If you could go into any store and only decorate your apartment from there (regardless of budget), which one would it be? For me it's Jonathan Adler. I love everything in the store from the bright pillows to the gold and lucite furniture and the cheeky ceramics. I have a dream list of key pieces that I seem to keep adding to :-) That lovely Bargello pillow has been on my list for some time now. It is the perfect pop to my otherwise neutral bed. The malachite frame and coasters that just came out are so fabulous too!
The best part is that today they are offering 20% off on some of the items below if you enter FABFINISH at checkout. That means that adorable ice-cream vase is just a little closer to being mine.