Happiest, Cutest Valentine’s Day

Happiest, Cutest Valentine’s Day

  I went to the cutest Galentine’s Day party last night in Brooklyn, hosted by Sam Ushiro, Jordan Sondler, and Melissa Torres. We got so many goodies from Ban.do and were definitely overloaded with cuteness, (if that is even a thing). Anyway, I thought I would share a couple of shots, so you could get in on the cuteness too! Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope your day is full of...
It’s Fall-ish! Pt. 1

It’s Fall-ish! Pt. 1

Let me tell you a little story about how this post was going to be about my outfit, and this Pumpkin Pie Cookie sandwich with Toasted Marshmallow ice cream was going to be a prop… But then there ended up being way too many cute pictures of Milk Jar Cookies AND of the outfit that I had to split it into two posts!  Pretty good story right?  Too many cute pictures are never a bad thing if you ask me, and neither are too many cookies! If there is such a thing… Well my friends, let’s get down to business here, shall we?  It’s fall pretty much everywhere.  Everywhere, that is, except good ol’ Southern California.  We’re still in the 80-90 degree range over here, making getting into the fall spirit somewhat of a challenge.  What is fall without a good cozy sweater?  A slight chill in the air?  Or how about a little pumpkin flavored goodness?  No, I’m not talking about your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill pumpkin spice latte here,  I’m talkin’ about the good stuff!  Like pumpkin bread!  Or pumpkin pie! (Maybe not for another month, but still.) OR PUMPKIN COOKIES!   Despite the lingering heat, Milk Jar Cookies has found a way to bring the fall to us in a more Southern California appropriate way, through an ice cream sandwich of course!  Toasted Marshmallow ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked Pumpkin Pie cookies? Uhmmmm… Yum!  And quite pleasant to eat in the heat.  Not bad Milk Jar Cookies, NOT BAD.   Of course, to really get into the spirit of things I had to throw on an...
Topped with a Tomato.

Topped with a Tomato.

If you follow me on Instagram (which I am sure you do because why would you do that to me?), you saw that I went to a Tillamook Co-op event in Malibu.  Why Tillamook?  Because it sounded fun and mostly it sounded D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. Well my friends, it was fun!  And more importantly, delicious doesn’t even begin to explain the treats we had!   From sour cream ice cream topped with tomato and balsamic vinaigrette,  to aged sharp cheddar, swiss, and Colby topped with wild spices and foraged seeds, everything was so YUMMY!  Even cooler, they actually had a professional forager (yes, that exists in Los Angeles of all places), tell us about some of the seeds and herbs available in the LA area.  Want to know my favorite thing that I learned?  All pine is edible!  Who knew?   Although the food was obviously amazing, the scenery wasn’t so bad either.  It was held at One Gun Ranch which sits high in Malibu and looks over the ocean and beautiful greenery.  Plus, there were animals!  Pigs and alpacas and horses and dogs and…. I’m sure there were more, that’s just all I can think of off of the top of my head.   All in all, I would consider this event a win.  Well… except for that it was one million degrees, but I think that was a bit out of their hands.   Photography by Eli Sims  ...
Cooking for Luv Pop-Up Dinner

Cooking for Luv Pop-Up Dinner

As you all probably know, (because I gave a  seat away and Instagrammed about it a couple of times), I attended the lastest Cooking for Luv Pop-up Dinner hosted by Stephanie Goldfinger (@cookingforluv) and Kim Cruickshanks (@helloimkim)!  I can’t even begin to describe to you how amazing the food was!  It was a six course, fully vegetarian, absolutely delicious meal.  The theme was “Celestial” and it was held in a secluded area in Santa Monica under the beautiful spring night sky.  Greeted with friendly faces and yummy wines (that kept coming all night!), it was a delight from start to finish.  I am going back and reading what I just wrote and it sounds like I am writing a travel/foodie commercial of some sort, BUT REALLY, it was amazing!   The chef, Stephanie Goldfinger, is a master of vegetarian cuisine!  She was just featured on the Food Network for her inventive vegetarian plates, and now I 100% understand why.  The main course of charred jackfruit pork was, I kid you not, the most delicious pork and “pork” I have had in my life.  Below are a few snaps from the night and be sure to keep reading to find out how to snag Stephanie for your very own! Stephanie Goldfinger teaches a 2-hour hands-on, small group, Meatless Monday class (each Monday it’s a different meatless topic, schedule over here), in the Cooking for Luv home kitchen.  She also does private, small group, and team building corporate cooking lessons by appointment.  Stephanie is available to book for your own pop-up dinners, or if you would like to throw a vegetarian...
Tested and Tasted: Crispy Eggplant with Pesto Fettucine

Tested and Tasted: Crispy Eggplant with Pesto Fettucine

To kick off the new recipe series we’re doing over here (we being my boyfriend, Eli, and I), we decided there was no better place to start than with dinner.  First, let me preface this with the fact that we are completely, terribly, and utterly incapable of feeding ourselves with wholesome homemade food, or even the food of non-wholesome varieties.  I kid you not.  If you could only take a peek into our fridge right now my point would be more than proven.  There are some apple slices in personal sized packs, some go-gurt, and then some leftover stuff from the very dinner you see here.  Oh, and a can of pears.  Get my point?  What I am trying to say is, we aren’t cookers over here, we mostly eat out and every once in a while we put the work in to unwrap something frozen and put it in oven.  The only time you can ever expect there to be an ounce of respectable food over here is every few weekend mornings when Eli gets the inkling to make banana pancakes.  (And yes, banana pancakes are absolutely respectable food.) That being said, Eli is actually pretty good at cooking and I am VERY good at eating, we just suck at a little thing called preparedness.  Where there is one, there are more, and I figure some of you out there reading OTK have the same kind of struggles, or maybe you don’t but just can’t decide what it is that you should make tonight.  Never fear my friends!  We thought it would be a good idea to share...
Habitually Checking

Habitually Checking

There are certain blogs that I habitually check, for one reason or another, every single day.  Well, maybe not every single day, but lots of days.  Here is a list to live, love, and lust after: Park & Cube: The every quirky Shini of Park & Cube is one of my favorite bloggers to follow.  She definitely has some personality and you can hear it in even her small Instagram comments.  With DIYs and outfit inspo to spare, I can’t help but love everything she does.  Check her out!   Into the Gloss: For all things beauty and beyond, Into the Gloss is my go to.  From how to perfectly do bed head to applying the best eyeliner to oil spill-esqe nails, you can find it all here.  Dishing out beauty tips on a daily basis is their game and I’m watching like a fat man on Super Bowl Sunday.   Tales of Endearment: Getting into the closest of everyone you wish you could steal from, Natalie Joos gives us interviews of the most stylish girls from around the world.  Closet tours and vintage shopping are always on the menu, as well as her very own outfits du jour, all with a little spunk and personality.  This is one you won’t regret peeking into!   Karla’s Closet: Crop tops (and clothes in general) were made for Karla Deras.  Seriously.  Go look.   Leaf.tv:  For cooking and DIYs done in the cutest little videos, LEAF is the spot. LEAF stands for Living, Eating and Fashion, so you can find things on, you guessed it, living, eating, and fashion.  Yoga, home improvement, recipes, and beauty...