Sunday, August 2, 2015

DSC_0147 (1) DSC_0647 Seaside, salty air, forgiving tides- on repeat this weekend.

Wedding Blur

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DSC_0474 Lately, I've been drawn to stories and images of couples. Subconsciously now realising it is because my first 'big' wedding is drawing near. These images were just over two years ago when I was assisting and trying to teach myself how to create blur. Completely imperfect captures, but they are achingly endearing to me for that reason.

Excited to be venturing into unknown waters and grateful to friends who insist I am up for the task despite many a protest.  DSC_0477
Here we go.

For the days ahead

Friday, July 31, 2015

DSC_0098 Bank holiday weekend and suddenly, this sort of simplicity is all I need.

But for now- it starts with wine, a comedic documentary (TIG) and a duvet. Thank you Joanna Goddard for planning out my Friday night.  DSC_0099 DSC_0100 DSC_0101
Wishing you a lovely one friends.

*Images from a family shoot with Ly and her gorgeous family
*As an aside, this animation is the sweetest I've seen in a long time. See here. 

Leftover Quinoa on rainy days

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DSC_0127 (2) Non-recipes are pretty forgiving. The ones that allow for substitutions, complete replacements or missing ingredients.  So simple and fuss-free that 'recipe' seems like an overstatement.  They are my favourite sort of meals right now.

I have made this one a few times now on travels or here with: leftover store-bought quinoa salads (like this one with cucumber and tomato), remnants of an empty fridge, spinach instead of kale,  coconut oil instead of EVOO, etc. On rainy days where the duvet and Netflix call, this sort of non-recipe is the kindest accompaniment.
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Leftover Quinoa 
(from Gwenyth Paltrow, It's all Good cookbook. Serves 1)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 garlic clove, finely minced
2 large leaves of kale (stems discarded) finely shredded
1/2 cup quinoa
coarse sea salt
ground black pepper
fried or poached egg
1 scallion, white and light green parts

Heat oil and garlic over medium heat in small skillet until garlic begins to soften.
Add shredded kale and cook until wilted.
Add quinoa, warm through for about two minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Place mixture in bowl or plate.  Top with egg and scallions.
Top with black pepper.

* Gwenyth also includes a second (sweet) adaptation to use with leftover quinoa: Combine leftover 3/4 cup plain quinoa with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk until warmed through.  Transfer and top with your choice of toppings: sliced toasted almonds, drizzle of maple syrup, blueberries, shredded coconut, etc.

Monday Inspiration| Maria Oxley Boardman

Monday, July 27, 2015

DSC_0177 The last floral post reminded me of this time with Maria.  Now, edited in black-and-white.  A slight head tilt and eye flicker and this lady transforms.  Part of the job and territory, I know.
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Undeniably biased, but she is my favourite type of pretty- understated, honest and utterly timeless.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction.  Break the habit. Talk about your joys.

Return to Houston

DSC_0066 picisto-20150726155851-107310 For the last 18 months, every six months I've returned to Houston.  To be a part of a growing family and my little niece (and now goddaughter)'s first memories.  My brother married into a gorgeous blend of Filipino/Mexican heritage and now with the addition of our Indian roots- it is a blend that is seen in the little being that is Isabelle. And she in no uncertain terms is loved to the nth degree here.

In the moments and days where I was not with twelve year-old Kailyn (pictured above and below) and Isabelle, we were fortunate to wander and visit some of the the never-ending list of places I've earmarked in Houston.  It was a good one.

Editing images down to a few to share is always a difficult task for me.  One thing I know for sure: life with this extended family sparkles.
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Houston favourites this time around: Tout Suite, Common Bond Bakery, Myth & Symbol and Montrose Shop.  I'll be seeing you soon Texas.

Monday Musings | On learning something new + apologies

Monday, July 13, 2015

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The start of the week always meets with varied emotion but this upcoming week I'm soon to be on travels and like most, have a long list of things to do whilst on 'vacation'.

Lately, most of my conversations with friends are about learning new- starting afresh and how in the world one learns something new at this in between age of reality and hopeful ambition.

As life and luck would have it, I stumbled upon this page full of the best websites to learn a new trick or trade- see here.  I wish I had found it much earlier!

And as an individual who says 'sorry' more than she should, I found this article very interesting.  An excerpt: ''It’s not what we’re saying that’s the problem, it’s what we’re not saying. The sorrys are taking up airtime that should be used for making logical, declarative statements, expressing opinions and relaying accurate impressions of what we want.

We are not sorry to ask for an email that should have been sent to us weeks ago, or to expect to receive the item we paid for, or to be bumped into on the subway. Yes, we should take the shampoo commercial’s advice and weed out the word when it’s superfluous. But it’s just as important to articulate exactly what we mean in its place.''

Two links to start the week.  Wishing you a beautiful one, friends.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Just one of the many, many little ones to look forward to in the next few weeks.

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