This Year's Mother's Day Menu

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My mom is awesome, but terrible at letting other people do stuff for her.  She also really likes vegetables. So once a year, on Mother's Day, I don't allow her to contribute anything and cook a multi-course fancy meal focused on vegetables.  Really I should probably do it once a week the rest of my life if I want to come close to making up for everything she's done for me, but who's keeping score? (Plus I don't know if she could handle being the recipient of that much anything... ha!)

She absolutely loved the cauliflower I made last year, so that was my starting point.  I wanted to do something fun with asparagus, and the raw use of it in Ruffage was unlike anything I'd made before plus the whole grain mustard vinaigrette sounded delectable.  When perusing Bravetart, the German chocolate twist on oatmeal cookies caught my eye because my mom's favorite dessert is German chocolate cake (spoiler- they did not disappoint, SO good).  The rest came together based on what looked good at Whole Foods.


with Shallots, Radishes, Arugala, Egg, and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette 
(from Ruffage cookbook)

Marinated in Greek Yogurt, Cumin, and Aleppo Pepper
with Crispy Chickpeas, Rainbow Chard, Lemony Yogurt Sauce, and Fresh Dill 
(Inspired by a recipe in Alison Roman's Dining In)

with Pine Nuts, Parmesan, Pickled Peppers, Crispy Breadcrumbs and Fresh Mint 
(Recipe here)

with Basil Oil and Goat Cheese

with Coconut, Dark Chocolate, and Caramel 
(From Bravetart cookbook)

Did you do anything to celebrate Mother's Day? Any fun culinary traditions? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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My Favorite Booties

The other day I was chatting with a coworker about my love of boots (sometimes I think my mostly male colleagues must just humor me...), and I realized they truly are my favorite footwear.  I mean I wear my birkenstock sandals all year long, but they don't make me excited like a chic pair of ankle boots. However, picking just one pair of boots I quickly found was impossible. So instead I limited it to six favorites, because these six booties literally span every occasion, match every outfit, and are all tremendously comfortable.  

I'll start with these snakeskin embossed leather beauties.
I saw this gorgeous pair at Diba True's Fall Preview event all the way back in September.  They didn't have stock yet, and the absolutely charming founder, Joe, volunteered to send me a pair as a belated birthday gift when they arrived.  So I've had a couple months to put them to good use, and I can't say enough about how comfortable and how versatile they are!  The color somehow goes with black, brown, and navy, and they look just as cute with pants as skirts and dresses.  

Outfit details: State of G cardigan, Comme des Garcon Play striped tee, J.Crew silk leopard scarf, Tory Burch quilted mini Kira bag, Madewell Emmett pants, Kendra Scott 'Dunn' earrings in sage mica, smaller 'Dax' stlye on sale

And as promised, 5 more favorites. 
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Oh Hay

Well hello strangers.

For some reason this feels awkward, like this isn't my blog anymore.  Like I need some grandiose reason to return and a big declaration.  
My New Year's Eve outfit that never graced the interweb | Perju Blouse c/o

But really, I decided I wanted a break, and then the break was kind of nice and I didn't think I missed blogging.  Frankly, blogging is a lot of work.  And blogging used to be a lot of work that was pretty financially profitable.  Then Instagram changed and my engagement plummeted and affiliate income nosedived, and while money was never why I started a blog, it was hard not to get discouraged.  Just being honest.   Blogging also served as an excuse to shop a lot.  Too much.  I consciously shopped considerably less in 2018, but even so, the first half of 2018 while I was blogging, I bought a lot more than the second half. 

Then the other night while getting together with girlfriends I hadn't see for awhile, nearly every single one asked about my blog.  "Why haven't you posted?! I miss seeing your outfits!"  Compounded with a few other blog-related conversations I didn't start, I realized there actually were aspects of blogging I missed.

Like you guys.  I have real life friends, don't get me wrong, but frankly I don't see them very often and many of them could care less about trying all the tinted moisturizers, my new favorite workout leggings, or the woes of switching to natural deodorant (and let me tell you...).  

I also miss the journaling aspect- sharing anecdotes about travel, work, and hobbies.  Selfishly, it's fun to look back at meals eaten, attractions visited, and highlights of travel.  And if one person gets a good restaurant recommendation out of it, all the better!  

There's also something very gratifying about something that I truly own.  I have a job where I create a LOT of collateral (I joke I have a job because of my PowerPoint skills, and we all know there's truth in every joke...) but so much of what I do in my 9-5 (or like 8-6, who are we kidding...) is heavily influenced by corporate expectations and frankly whatever my boss wants.  Here, I get to do what I want, when I want, or do nothing at all.

So all that is a long way oh saying "Oh hay, I'm back" and I missed you guys.  But trust that I'm back for the community, the sharing, and the fun parts (because my full time job is what I do to make the monies and I've decided caring about money ruins blogging for me).  So stay tuned for more content, because I have a list of 32 posts I want to write, and at last year's pace that's enough content to last through September.

Happy Belated New Year, friends.  It's good to be back.

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The Last Hurrah

You guys, this is it.  It feels like the end of an era.

143 linkups later, Caryl and I are calling it.

Not on blogging, just the linkup.  We both agreed that the pressure to post every Monday took some of the fun out of blogging, and balancing work, travel, additional activities, and blogging is a lot.  Sometimes too much.

I'll certainly still be blogging, and hope you'll still pop by, it just may not be on Mondays.

Striped tee [exact]  //  Pleated skirt [exact on sale]  //  Leather bucket bag [exact]  //  Madewell bandana [exact]  //  Leather sandals [exact]
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