Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

I recently discovered this blogger and have been obsessed with her podcasts. I listened to them all in two days!

Men still make more than women, and this is why (or one of the reasons why).

I decided I'm flying out to Seattle, not to visit my brother, but to have Richa make me this perfection.

Kristy's roundup of dishes from last year still totally applies to this Sunday. (Even if you aren't into Easter.  I'm not.)

I am so excited for this movie and hope it's released to a theater near me so I can see it as soon as it comes out!

Have a great weekend!

Art Museum Style | 02

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(I don't know how fashion bloggers model so casually, post after post.  I need to take lessons from this lady.)

This is the dress that started it all.  I call it my Laura Petrie dress.  I purchased it two winters ago and thought about how fun it would be to wear for work.  Since then, I've only worn it on a handful of occasions, two of them being at work.  Although this is definitely a dress for the winter, I felt it was appropriate to wear this morning since it snowed last night and was only about 30 degrees outside.  

Yesterday, my internship was vastly different than the high paced day last week.  I spent the majority of the day researching and writing, which was a nice change of pace.  I love to write, but have yet to do so in a work-related environment.  Finally, my chance has arrived and I've got the dress to do it in!

Nail polish | LVX in Cliquot

FYI: White House Black Market did not sponsor this post and, except for the employees at the Willow Grove and King of Prussia stores, do not even know I exist.

Healthy Spring Vegetable "Fried" Rice

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If I'm being completely honest with you, creating interesting dinners for myself has not one of my priorities lately.  In fact, I made nutritional yeast roasted vegetables served on a bed of spinach with lentils every night for the last two weeks.  It fulfilled my main requirement- get as many veggies into my body as possible.  That's my rule.

But, on Sunday, I was ever so slightly inspired by the open windows and beautiful weather outside that I wanted to mix it up a little.  And by a little, I mean that it couldn't take more than 45 minutes to make, must fulfill my veggie requirements, and had to highlight my newest favorite spring vegetable- asparagus.  

I threw together this healthy spring vegetable brown rice and immediately fell in love with how all the different vegetables came together so perfectly to create such a simple, but incredibly healthy and hearty dish.  It may not be everyone's definition of a fancy dinner, but compared to my other meals of late, I felt as if I was eating like a queen.  My favorite part was that I chopped all of the vegetables small enough to eat it with a spoon.  It's the little things.

Healthy spring vegetable "fried" rice
serves one to two
1/2 c water
1/4 c uncooked brown rice
1/2 tsp olive oil (or toasted sesame seed oil)
1/4 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1/4 c zucchini, diced
4 stalks of asparagus, woody ends removed and chopped
4 brussels sprouts, sliced
1/2 small head of broccoli, chopped
1/2 c cauliflower, chopped
2 tbsp-1/4 c frozen peas
ume plum vinegar (or tamari), to serve

In a small pot, bring water to boil.  Add rice, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 35 minutes, then turn off heat.  Allow rice to cool and come to room temperature.  If time allows, chill in refrigerator.

Preheat cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add oil, and saute onion and garlic until transparent.  Add mushrooms, carrot, and zucchini, and continue to saute until mushrooms release their moisture.  Add asparagus and brussels sprouts and saute for 3-5 minutes longer.  Add broccoli and cauliflower and continue to saute until broccoli turns bright green and is tender.  Toss in peas and brown rice and stir until rice is evenly distributed throughout vegetables and is warmed through.  Remove from heat and serve with several generous shakes of ume plum vinegar (or tamari).  Enjoy!

From the Weekend | The windows are open and I'm feeling fine

Monday, April 14, 2014

This weekend, we officially turned off the heater and opened the windows.  It was glorious!  There is nothing more magical than fresh, warm air blowing into your home after nearly seven months of having the windows locked and heater on.  It put me in a superb mood, even though I was cooped up in the house for the majority of the weekend, working on a research paper.  I could smell and feel the amazing spring air, and that's all that mattered.

On Sunday, it was 80 degrees, so I couldn't help but take two walks during the day.  The first walk was mid afternoon with Mina.  We strolled around the neighborhood for an hour, and watched our neighbors enjoying the warmth and sunshine, as well.  After dinner, Dayv, Mina, and I took a half hour family walk, which is pretty much my favorite thing ever.  

I also put my anniversary gift to Dayv on the window ledges in the kitchen.  Four year anniversaries are traditionally the year of fruit and flowers.  I got him fruit snacks and cacti (I was trying to be clever).  I've already spotted the pots I want to transfer them into, but am waiting for either a sale or free shipping.

Happy Monday!

Favorites | On Friday

Friday, April 11, 2014

SeaWorld made it into the final four.  I think they should have won.  Have you seen the court documents?

I always love a good Creationist/Scientific debate.  If you have 2.5 hours, watch this gem (with Bill Nye!).

This is such a great reminder, as I am constantly in the process of decorating my home.

Do you make these five habits a priority in your life so you can be your happiest?

This is always a needed reminder for me.

Have a great weekend!

Art Museum Style | 01

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I know I'm not a fashion blogger.  But, I'm just really excited about my new internship.  For as long as I can remember, it has been one of my dreams to work in an art museum. And, even though it is temporary, I will be gaining new experience and knowledge in an environment that has fascinated me for my entire life.  It's literally a dream come true.

When I was finishing up my Art History undergraduate degree (in 2007), I remember walking past White House Black Market in the mall, and thinking, One day I will work in an art museum and wear White House Black Market clothes every day.  Well, I graduated and ended up getting a job that was no where close to being in an art museum.  But, I kept the dream alive and have been slowly accumulating WHBM garments for the last several years.  It's to the point where nearly everything I own is from WHBM, especially after my purge in November.  Now, seven years later, and currently pursuing a Master's degree, my dreams are finally coming true.  

So, rather than label this a "style" post, it's more of a celebration of life long goals coming to fruition.  For the next 10 weeks, once a week, I will be working in an art museum and wearing White House Black Market clothes.  Yesterday was my first day and I was welcomed with open arms to a group of extremely intelligent, friendly, and stylish individuals.  I attended a staff meeting, oversaw two massive outdoor sculptures being installed, took a grand tour that lasted an hour and a half, and then learned from and brainstormed with my internship supervisor.  It was pretty much the best day ever.  
Nails | LVX in Modena
Shoes | Chinese Laundry

FYI: White House Black Market did not sponsor this post and, except for the employees at the Willow Grove and King of Prussia stores, do not even know I exist.

Four years

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To my husband on our four year wedding anniversary:

Thank you for being supportive when I decided not to change my name.  I know it was something you really wanted and I am still so grateful that you understood my point of view.

Thank you for indulging my curiosity when I ask far too many questions about your day and conversations you had with other people.

Thank you for constantly inspiring me to set personal goals and working hard to achieve them.

Thank you for comforting me when I've had a hard day, week, or month.  

Thank you for always making me laugh.

Thank you for convincing me to start using the dishwasher.

Thank you for understanding that some things, like expensive exercise dvds, are just really important to me.

Thank you for always telling me about your day, showing me what you're working on, and sharing your dreams with me.

Thank you for balancing my extreme tardiness with your extreme timeliness.

Thank you for constantly teaching me new things.

Thank you for being vegan.

Thank you for letting me take really long naps on Sunday.

Thank you for always telling me I'm a "pro".

Thank you for giving me my laptop three Christmases ago, and saying, "Now you can start your blog!"

Thank you for always being on my side and sticking up for me.

Thank you for always viewing things with a skeptical and critical eye, and pointing out the not obvious.

Thank you for never losing your temper.

Thank you for always keeping it real and for always being honest with me.

Thank you for being my best friend.

Thank you for dealing with me when I've gotten far too hungry and become a crazed lunatic.

Thank you for always being so supportive of my dreams.

Thank you for letting me call you "baby angel" in front of other people.

Thank you for the best four years of my life.  I love you more than any words I could write or any present could convey.  I'm so grateful to be on this journey with you and am excited for what our future holds.  You are my favorite person.
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