musings for march…

musings | march | 2015Happy March Monday! I’m always filled with so much excitement for this month. Even though we are well into the new year, for me, March always feels like the time of year for a fresh start… Turn over a new leaf, if you will. We are coming out of winters drear and welcoming a new season, filled with beautiful flowers in bloom, and the major house hose-down of the year. Call me a home keeping geek, but I love spring cleaning! I even got a little head start with my pantry yesterday, and couldn’t be more thrilled! As the “closet” of the kitchen, that space tends to get disorganized quickly. Enough about that, this month on the blog I’ll be sharing a delicious breakfast or afternoon treat, a few new reads that I’m just dying to tell you about, and tips for dealing with those bad days. Hope your day is off to a great start!

*image via kara rosenlund

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | 43 | 2015 | 1  Happy weekend! Is anyone else dreaming of sunshine and warm weather? We woke up to freezing temps and I couldn’t crave a nice Spring day more! The month of March will be here tomorrow and hopefully plenty of sunny warm days will follow. Wishing you all a cozy weekend! Keep reading for my favorite links…

A petal infused aperitif that’s perfect for welcoming spring.

Dreamy bedrooms

Loving everything about this casually sophitiscated look!

Two of my favorite bestie bloggers!

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take five!

take five! | 21 | 2015 Happy Friday loves! It’s been a cold week here and it looks as if it will be continuing through the weekend. I’m already daydreaming of keeping warm and cozy by the fire. Before any lounging can take place I have a major Target run and tidying up to do. Hope you are having a wonderful end to the work week and keep reading for my favorite things… {one} Loving this restaurant in TriBeCa! Who can resist a pretty pink exterior! {two} Spring is around the corner and couldn’t get here sooner if you ask me! I’m thinking some stripes need to be on hand for the new season. {three} I realized last night the unthinkable happened… I started the week without fresh blooms! I’ll be heading out to the flower shop ASAP today! {four} Have you read the new magazine Trouvé? You may remember this picture I posted raving about the packaging… Well, the mag is even better! Pages filled with beautiful photography and inspiring stories from the best creatives. {five} My favorite quote I came across earlier this week!

obsessing over : williams sonoma open kitchen

obsessing over | williams sonoma open kitchenThere has been a shift in dinnerware within the past few years transitioning from fine china sets to practical everyday dishes. I’ll admit to always being in favor of the latter as I prefer to keep it simple. After all, it’s about gathering together with good food surrounded by the people you love versus how beautiful the dinnerware is. As it just so happens, I’m in the market for a few new pieces and obsessing over the Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen line. From cookware to tabletop, the collection has everything to outfit a kitchen. I’m currently eyeing these tumblers and the cereal bowls, and plan on serving everything in them (especially my nightly scoop of gelato!). Keep reading for more peeks…

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*images via williams sonoma

simple savorings : vegetable bánh mì

simple savorings | vegetable banh miSpending part of my childhood growing up in Hawaii surrounded by Asian culture, I’m no stranger to the bánh mì sandwich. For those of you who are unfamiliar it’s a French-Vietnamese sandwich combining a baguette smothered in mayo layered with meat and topped with vegetables. One of my favorite spots here in town Elizabeth Street Café (which I’m sure you’ve heard me rave about before) not only serves up the best almond croissant but these delicious sandwiches as well. After dining there a couple times last week and still craving for more I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a vegetable version at home. Keep reading for the recipe…

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Vegetable Bánh Mì

*serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot,peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 english cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 large diakon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • about 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 scallions, sliced (green parts only)
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 pound baguette

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, toss together carrot, cucumber, daikon radish, lime juice, soy sauce and a pinch of salt; set aside.
  2. Split a baguette lengthwise and spread mayonnaise on both sides. (don’t be shy with the mayo)
  3. Layer bottom half with vegetable mixture, cilantro and mint.
  4. Top with scallions, jalapeño, cilantro and mint leaves; place top half of baguette on sandwich.
  5. To serve, cut into 4 pieces.

dreamy dwellings : california eclectic

dreamy dwellings | california eclectic
During my hours spent researching new material for bonjour jacqueline (and loving every minute of it!) I come across some of the most gorgeous homes which got me thinking to start a new series all about these dreamy dwellings. Now, I might be a little biased, but to kick things off we’re going to my home region of the Bay Area, with a house right in the Silicon Valley. Light and neutral with rustic elements and pops of color make a unique cozy family home. Keep reading for more…

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White cabinets and a gorgeous marble backsplash…

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The entryway rug adds a brilliant dash of color and the African Ju Ju Hat… I’m obsessed!

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Perfect light for an afternoon read and a cup of tea.

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Black, white and a touch of hot pink!

*images via domaine

pretty palette : raspberry rush

 

pretty palette | raspberry rushHappy Monday everyone! The weather is rather teasing lately and we’re in the midst of another cold front. This cloud covered chilly day makes me want to linger in bed with a good book, but the week must begin and what better way than with a pop of color. Raspberries have been making a major appearance from my morning oatmeal to this cocktail I made for Valentine’s Day leaving me with quite the rush. A berry bursting with brightness to cheer on this winter drear is the perfect way to start the week! Hope you all are keeping warm!

*images {row 1} raspberry lemon cheesecake tartraspberry macarons {row 2} diana vreeland print {row 3} raspberry yogurt mousse cakeberry bouquet