Month: June 2015

My Favorite Simple Lunch


I’m not a big lunch person. Mostly I blame the fact that I don’t really know what to eat for lunch, so I stick to yogurt or leftovers most days. But a while ago I saw this post on Design Love Fest and was instantly inspired (and excited). That looks healthy! I thought. I can do that! So I did, and I changed it around, and I’ve eaten it about four times already – and it takes a little less than 15 minutes to make. It’s simple, fresh food at its finest.

For rice, I used a Minute Ready to Serve brown rice cup which is the perfect serving size (I have them stockpiled in my pantry). You microwave it for a minute and it’s perfect. I don’t even want to know why that works. I fill half of a giant bowl with rice (leftovers of any kind of rice would work well here), the other half with mixed salad greens, and throw about a third of a can of black beans on top (the other 2/3 means you can have this for lunch two more times!). Then I drizzle it with olive oil, throw on some sea salt, garlic powder (about 1/2 teaspoon), red pepper flakes, and chopped green onions, just because I had them on hand. Then top it with a poached egg (just gently plop an egg in a shallow pan of boiling water, then push it around for about 5 minutes – voilà! A perfectly poached egg) and enjoy!

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Doesn’t that look like a party in a bowl?!

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Life Lately

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•Gorgeous peony in my yard (which, sadly, has been destroyed in recent thunderstorms)•

This week has been off-the-charts fantastic. I’ve begun to settle into a summer routine, I’ve actually gotten up early and exercised every day this week, I’ve begun to meditate, and I’ve finished three books since last Thursday. I’ve also been cleaning like a crazy person, and I hope to share some of that next week (my office is under control and it feels insanely good). I feel fresh and ready to simplify my life, which is what I’ve been looking for. And then, this morning, America made history and I’m ecstatic. Love wins. (And it’s Friday!)

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•Yummy (and beautiful) breakfast quiche•

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•IKEA chocolates in the prettiest packaging•

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•The sky looking extra cool/creepy (and yellow) after a terrible storm•

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•So excited to read these books, which were random presents from my awesome dad (1, 2, 3)•

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Best of the Web

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1. Dino Love // Public service announcement: I’ve found what is perhaps the cutest statement clutch, ever. (And it’s black so it goes with everything.)

2. C’est Français // I totally love these cute (and timely!) French news cartoons – they’re for children so the language and topics are simple enough. I’m going to start watching them regularly to keep my French strong (use it or lose it, right?) – won’t you join me?

3. Wanderlust // I’ve had an especially strong desire to travel lately, and Bri Emery’s snaps from all over Europe are definitely not helping. Dreaming about a trip to the Netherlands right about now…

4. Thug Kitchen // This has been my go-to website/cookbook for a while now – besides their hysterically profuse cursing, all of their recipes are vegan, simple and (almost always) totally delicious.

5. Weekday Carnival // This one I’m most excited about – Weekday Carnival has long been among my favorite blogs (it’s my favorite interior design/decor blog, no question), and Riikka is back to blogging after a year-long hiatus! Go over and check it out now.

6. On Repeat // Have you listened to Of Monsters and Men’s new album yet? If your answer is anything other than yes, I’ll give you a minute to pull it up on Spotify. Listen to it now. I’ve listened to it on repeat for about 4 hours every day since last Monday (is that crazy?). It’s that good. Every song is perfect. (Be sure to give their equally fantastic first album a listen too if you haven’t already.)

7. // Following through with one of my summer to-dos, I’ve started meditating using this app – and I don’t think I can recommend it highly enough. 10 minutes of guided meditation has become my favorite way to start the day, and something I look forward to.

8. What’s in a Name? // I got sort of lost in this rabbit hole of a website one day, and found this post particularly fascinating – it actually gets cooler the further you read. (And I’m sure you’ve seen this already, but it reminded me a lot of this Time interactive, which, admittedly, I spent way too much time playing with.)

9. Inspiring Notebooks // I kind of hoard notebooks, and I definitely don’t need any more (I have enough unused ones as it is), but I’m totally in love with these that I saw on Instagram. Not sure what I’d do with them, but they make me happy!

10. Kaftan Crush // If I had room in my closet for a kaftan, I’d probably pick this one – maybe because it’s my favorite shade of yellow, maybe because it has such delicate and beautiful embroidery…or maybe because it’s the same colors as the Swedish flag.

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Swedish Cinnamon Buns

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I think writing this post got me thinking about Swedish things, like the traditional delicious pastries and cookies my family always makes at Christmas time. I was craving something similarly warm and sweet for breakfast this weekend, and remembered that I got a cookbook from IKEA a while back, so I found a recipe for cinnamon buns that sounded like just what I wanted. I mixed up the dough and filling the night before, and assembled them the next morning, which worked out perfectly and left the house smelling heavenly.

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Currently Obsessed With

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This installment of Currently Obsessed With features my latest favorite, tassels and fringe. Not too long ago I got a necklace a lot like this one in yellow and it’s the perfect delicate, summery embellishment, and these shoes remind me a lot of one of my favorite pairs of flats – smoking slippers and tassels? Sign me up. (Plus, they’re in the perfect all-year shade.) I’m also in love with this bracelet, which feels like a tiny party garland for your wrist (and how could you not love that?). I also love the color and shape of this bag – and its tassel adornments – while this less monochromatic one feels like something you’d pick up on an exotic vacation. I’m also starting to feel like I need a fringe-y kimono to throw on over everything when it gets cool and breezy at night.

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