Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paris Favorites List

Here it is! I decided to just go with one big post instead of breaking it up into restaurants and shops. It's a lot of post. All of my favorite places visited on this trip, compiled neatly for your traveling inspiration. And any tips you guys have are greatly appreciated, looks like I should be back there in September. Yay! 

Side note: Do you guys ever go on vacation and come back and kick yourself for not getting enough photos? Or good enough ones. Or any at all with you actually in them? That's me all the time. The only upside to that dilemma (because it does make blog posts harder to pull off when you didn't, you know, actually take pictures of the places you want to talk about) is that the reason I usually don't get the snaps is because I'm caught up enjoying the moment. And just don't think of it. Until later. Two sides to that coin I think.

Anyway! Enjoy the post! Give me your suggestions! All the infos after the jump. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roasted Rhubard Compote

Rhubarb is one of those fleeting spring treats that I totally appreciate now, but never used to understand because my family didn't eat it when I was growing up. A couple years ago I decided it was time to explore this mystery tart vegetable thing and took some home from the farmers market, no idea at all what I would do with it. Maybe strawberry rhubarb pie? I mean, what else do you do with rhubarb?

I don't actually remember what I made that time in particular, just that I needed to try it. Maybe I actually made a crumble? Dunno! But we now make a strawberry rhubarb pie every year in spring (because yumtown) and I've also tried out a number of different recipe ideas, always sweet things, always delicious. This is my favorite, because it's so versatile. It's quick to cook and then you have it in the fridge available for whatever. Serve with vanilla ice cream, mixed into yogurt and granola, pilled on cake or pavlova... you name it. Could probably just put it on toast too. Good for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. Recipe after the jump!

Monday, May 18, 2015

My First Trip To Paris

I love Europe so much. Everytime I go I just want to move there. Maybe someday I'll hatch a plan and make that dream a reality. Until then, I have a month long trip to Portugal in the planning stages for fall to look forward to. We might even try to hop over to Paris for a long weekend, I would love to go back.

This was my first trip ever to Paris and, no surprise, I loved it. I can see what all of the hype is about. Since I was there for "work" (ie playing photo assistant for Alice) a lot of the time was scheduled out so it wasn't a whole week of freedom and fun and games. But, you know? It kinda was. Having to run around to all of our different shooting locations turned out to be a great way to see new and different parts of the city. Walking from one location to the next we discovered gems along the way, a cute shop or a daily market. I saw the Arc de Triomphe from the back seat of an Uber. And from one of our locations- the penthouse at the top of the Four Seasons- there it was... hello, Eiffel Tower.

I took soo many photos, so I'll have another post or two after this with more images and focused on my favorite shops/spots/restaurants from this trip. These are a little bit of everything. Lots more of them after the jump and some descriptions too!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Paris Souvenirs

True confession? More than souvenirs, most of these things are props and going straight to live at the studio. I can't turn it off, even on vacation! But no complaints, love my job, and love that it gives me an excuse to collect beautiful things. Though, next time I wouldn't mind shopping for some cute French clothes...

Paris was so fun, so gorgeous, and so inspiring. I have tons more photos to share and am working on those posts, but in the meantime this was a fun and easy post to get up first. A peak at all of the things I brought back with me. Quickie descriptions after the jump!

Friday, May 8, 2015

DesignLoveFest Contribution

A little radio silence this past week as I have been in Paris! Woo! I'll be posting images of my trip when I get back but in the meantime I'm very excited to share this post that I curated for DesignLoveFest and shot with Scott Rounds. It's a fun, shoppable still life story based on a typical work day running around the city in my shoes. Really proud of this one, check it out!