this and that.

Friday, April 24, 2015



I know.

I knowwwww.

I'm not even going to make excuses. The last few months are so much of a blur that I had to ask Ryan the name of the city we visited for Easter (even though I was clearly there!) and I'm just barely coming out the other side of things now. If you've got eagle eyes (or care), you'll know that I'm back in Miami! I can tell you that it's hot but I can't tell you much else as I've been mostly working since I've been back. I'll get out there and see some palm trees soon, but for now I'm keeping my head down and getting work in order before I leave for Jamaica on May 2.

I just spent some time while I wait on a site upload to edit photos from the last few weeks and I'll schedule those up this weekend so that I have no excuses, so if all goes according to plan I'll be back to inundating you with picture-heavy posts of places and food and life.

Until then, links! Some of these are OLD but I still think they're worth sharing, even if it's been many moons since they've been topical!

Shameless Self-Promotion

+ I suppose the BIGGEST thing I should plug has been that little show I've been doing publicity for? I'll do a whole post on the show soon, but it was such an honor to be a part of such an amazing team. When I've got my energy and marbles back I'll put my cheerleader hat on and brag, brag, brag. Just you wait. :) You can watch the first episode below and the full series here!


+ Sort of related, but obviously not self-promotion.
+ Also. OK so this section is less "self-promotion" and more "Game of Thrones".

I've had some great site launches lately as well but I need a bit of time to work up a Ready to Blog revamp and a new portfolio style. Can't wait to show off the latest work!


Creative & Business

+ Jade is just the best in general, and I'm lucky enough to call her a friend. This post is...everything. If you only read one thing from this post, make it this one. (On Workaholism.)
+ Bristol: The UK's Next Creative Capital. Yessssssssss.
+ I loooooove.
+ This is so ridiculous but kind of amazing?
+ I think the thing that I get asked about the most from clients is, "Where can I find quality, free stock images?" I think it's important to invest in the things that make your blog or business tick, and for many that's photography, but Noor has put together a great list of resources if you'd prefer free options!


Blog Love

+ Coke and other drugs.
+ Love this post from Kyla!
+ The Mirror.
+ Such great advice here, even if you aren't on the medicine track.
+ Fab post on getting started with yoga.


Food for Thought

+ "The sad but self-inflicted fall of Cornel West." - The writing here needs...work...but the point is solid. Bummer.
+ She sounds smart, but look at her hair!
+ 23 struggles only book nerds will understand.
+ Haruki Murakami on just about everything.


Randomness

+ LOL, whatever.
+ This is pure joy!
+ This is apparently an "evening jumpsuit" and NO THANK YOU, SIR.
+ Now that I'm back in the States and can actually watch The Daily Show, this makes me super sad. I will drink him in while I can!
+ I've decided that this archive will be my treat when I get my schedule sorted out!
+ Still obsessed with this cover.
+ This is SO LATE omg, but I have to share!
+ Swoon. I'm still shaking off how much work went into doing my sister's wedding paper and having plucked up the energy to tackle mine, but SOON.

....and....it's time to get back to work! Hope that you're all looking forward to a great weekend (and still reading??) full of sunshine and relaxation!

Happy Friday!

this and that.

Sunday, February 8, 2015



My goal for this weekend, other than getting in some solid R&R, was to actually get this and that posted before close of business Sunday.

So! Here we are! Some of these links are old but I hope that you'll find some good reads all the same!

Shameless Self-Promotion

+ Part of the reason for the radio silence on the blog has been because I've been working like mad lately. (This wedding isn't going to pay for itself!) I'm way behind on showing off recent work, but you can catch a glimpse here...
+ ...and here...
+ ...and here!

Perhaps most exciting is the work that's taken me out of design but I can't link to all of that just yet!

Creative and Business

+ Love is grand!
+ This instagram account looks dumb on desktop but SO COOL in the app. Well done, Solace London.
+ Here's a great DIY for you photography lovers!


Good Reads

+ I'm still wondering what the hell happened here and how The Guardian could have pulled what they did. I'm also looking forward to reading the essay when it's released as and when Adichie intends.
+ While we're on the subject.
+ UGH. Double UGH.
+ Going null on social media.
+ Why Steve Jobs wouldn't let his kids have iPads.
+ An interview with Junot Díaz.
+ This is the article that kind of inspired me to go all Pinterest-approved beauty regimen with my hair and it's been a success! Thanks, Rachel!
+ For law students, the hardest tests are yet to come.


The Random Stuff

+ Still working on this myself.
+ These people are THE WORST.
+ Never thought Kid Cudi would have me saying "hubba hubba" but never say "never"!
+ I spoke a little bit about exercise in my comeback post. Here's a great way to fit in a good work out if you're time crunched!
+ Hello, Summer Hair Inspiration!
+ No, Toshiba.
+ LOL wut? Gold.
+ THIS is exactly what Whole30 is like. Exactly.
+ The cuuuuuuuuuuute!
+ Just in case you live under a rock...this is still the funniest.
+ This is pretty cool!
+ Hilarious.
+ Added to the must see list!
+ Yes!
+ Also on the must see list!


Blog Love

+ I've always had an instant aversion to Scott Schuman but this interview gave me a bit of a new perspective.
+ Yum!
+ Now that I can eat such things again, this is looking delicious!

And now that I've managed to burn dinner while writing this post, I'll sign off with my favorite instagram of this last week, via @bobbiphoto.



Happy Sunday!

eat well | easy (and yummy) pulled chicken!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015



If you're looking for an easy (and delicious) recipe that's great across multiple dishes, you've come to the right place!

I've been making this pulled chicken for the last month and it's a life saver. It's great as a salad topper, perfect with a side of rice or vegetables, and if you're after stuffed peppers or a wrap, come on down!

Best part? It couldn't be easier! Here's what you need:

• 5-6 Chicken Thighs (skin on)
• 3 Garlic Cloves
• 2 TBSP of your favorite chicken seasoning (I love the one pictured, Tropical Sun but you can use anything)
• 2 TSP Paprika
• A Pinch of Sea Salt
• A Splash of Water
• (Optional) Dashes of Oregano

You can sub things in and out on the spices. I actually eyeball the measurements versus measuring them because it's incredibly difficult to mess this up.

Once you've washed your chicken pieces, pop them straight into your slow cooker then roughly chop your garlic.

I cover the bottom of the cooker with chicken, sprinkle on half of my seasoning and half of my garlic, then layer the rest of the chicken on top, ending with a layer of the other half of my seasoning and garlic. Splash of water (less than 1/4 Cup) into the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 4 hours. (Don't add the salt at this stage, save that for later.)




When your chicken has about 10 minutes to go, pre-heat your oven to 375F/190C (fan). Once your chicken is cooked (make sure that it's not pink!) take it out of your slow cooker and gently shred it using two forks. The meat should fall off of the bone and look like heaven! Spread it out over a baking sheet covered with foil, sprinkle with your sea salt, and bake on the middle rack for ten minutes to crisp up the chicken! You can skip this step but I wouldn't as it makes the chicken extra tasty.





That's it! As I said, I use this for a variety of dishes throughout the week. Six thighs yields anywhere from 6-8 dishes for me (as a topper for salad or as a main for dinner).

Let me know if you try it!

Happy Wednesday!

in 2015.

Monday, February 2, 2015




In 2015, I've been a no good, very bad blogger. But! In 2015 I've been very good at quite a few things: life, love, health, career, family, and friends.

That's an OK trade-off, right?

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, things are about to get repetitive. (And for those of you still reading after all this time? Thank you and remind me to give you a big smooch!)

Here's what I've been up to:




Eating

Lots of good stuff! I've been doing Whole 30 since January 5th (and praise be the end is in sight). Ryan has been kind of doing this with me by virtue of the fact that I do most of the cooking, and we've both been loving the results. We've both lost weight, we're sleeping better, and our moods have been elevated all month. I don't think that Whole 30 is for everyone and I'm for damn sure excited to have a big fat plate of carbonara at the end of the week, but this is a big change for us and we're really looking forward to sticking with most of the changes!



Doing

I've been running so, so much this month. After hurting my knee early last year, I really struggled with finding my (excuse the pun) stride. But this month has been incredible. I've been running no less than twice a week, injury-free, AND, I just signed up for my first marathon! I'm sure that I'll have ups and downs, but running has always been a big part of my life and I'm so glad that I have it back!

I've also been oil pulling which I still think is gross and weird but my breath is awesome and I'm wishing and hoping that the whiter teeth that I'm seeing are not just in my imagination. So there's that.



Reading

Something's gotta give, right? I've been reading Half of a Yellow Sun FOREVER and I really love it but I've struggled so much to find the time to read since like, November. It sucks, but I'll find my way back. Not open at all to any new suggestions because my to-read list is the longest it's ever been and it's causing me major anxiety. AND I've got to finish a Game of Thrones before the new season starts so I've got deadlines, people! I've found magazines a bit easier to dip into when I've got a few minutes here and there so I'm (somewhat) still feeding my brain.



Working On

Ready to Blog has been doing so well lately and I'm really, really proud of how far its come. I've also been branching out with new opportunities (which is why I'm in London so often these days) and feeling a bit like Superwoman. I'm constantly working on not letting my career overtake everything else, but it feels good to be pouring everything into business right now.



Regarding THE WEDDING

It's happening! I'm thisclose to pulling the trigger on the dress and the venue hunt is (hopefully) almost over. I think my family is rejoicing that this thing is on its way. (Though as far as we're concerned being engaged is GREAT and not having to speak to caterers or vendors is bliss so we've been in no rush. Now that we're digging into the details...the headaches. Oy.)




Looking Forward To

Lots of travel this year! First up, Miami. Then Jamaica. Then Spain! My passport is going to get a workout!




Loving

This year so far. Cheesy, I know! But it's probably the best start to any year that I've ever had, so I hope that you'll forgive my silence while I soaked it all in!

But I'm back. And I have recipes and links and pictures to share so I'm glad that you're still reading (if you still are) and I'm looking forward to getting on with it!

Happy Monday!
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