Month: December 2014

It’s a wrap

DIY, Lifestyle December 15, 2014


Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday.  The twinkling lights, the vibrant colors, the smell of fireplaces and pine needles, oh it’s just magical.  So, this year I decided to make Christmas my b*&#h.  I started by purchasing all of my gifts way in advance, so I could save, and adding a signature wrap.  Believe me everyone will know I gave them a gift.  I guess that saves me money on gift tags…come on you know this is from me.


I used three different wrapping papers, an old world map, a dark wood grain inspired print, and, of course, glitter.  Glitter paper is a beast to work with, it’s everywhere and won’t stay stuck.  The tape just ends up covered in amazing amazing sparkles.


Instead of using ribbon I used jute twine, it just feels more rugged.  I’ve always liked pairing delicate elements with harsh accents, it creates an interesting juxtaposition that piques people’s interest.  Anyway, the sprigs of evergreen were a final touch.



There you go.  I hope everyone has an amazing Christmahanakwanzika.


Soup Season

Food December 5, 2014


Winter has finally reached Los Angeles. That basically means it rained for longer than an hour. So, of course that means it’s SOUP WEATHER. My mom always made soup on rainy days. She calls it travelers stew. I adapted her travelers stew and added some trendy elements. Namely quinoa and kale.


4 cups vegetable broth
1.5 cups lentils
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 can spiced tomatoes
.5 bag of kale
1 cup cut potatoes
1.5 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs olive oil

This was a pretty prep light meal. The only thing I cooked beforehand was the quinoa. Basically boil some water and throw it in, twice as much water as quinoa. Then I collected all of my ingredients and threw them in my Crockpot. 6 hours later we had delicious soup. Yummm!