I think January is the longest month, at least it feels that way.  I’m so glad it’s over.  All this cold and grey makes me dream about going on vacation.  I’ve been a little stir-crazy in the apartment, but I also have no motivation to leave because of the terrible weather.  Every errand feels less urgent when it’s freezing.  I’ve been trying to add more color into my life indoors by displaying my fruit in a clear bowl, buying house plants, and painting with watercolors. 

T H E   E D I T

On a recent trip to Ikea I picked up a handful of houseplants.  So far my favorite is the sansevieria trifasciata, or Snake Plant.  Someone told me that these plants also filter the air, so I might pick up a few more.  I do not have a naturally green thumb, so I’m really hoping to keep the plants alive.  

I also really want one of these French market totes for decoration / storage in my apartment.  I love anything that incorporates natural materials.  I just don’t know where I’d put it yet.  

Great design always inspires me.  I am curious to check out Cereal Magazine’s guide to Paris because they always have beautiful recommendations.  Cereal also has city guides for New York City and London. 

Another well-designed thing on my list?  This smart speaker from Tivoli Audio.  I think the walnut finish on the speaker is really nice.  

After years of being a beauty maximalist, I’ve really focused on pairing down my make up and skin care routine as much as possible.  Rosehip oil has become my go to product for my skin.  I love that it is so light weight, but keeps my skin hydrated all day.  The only color cosmetic I’ve been using is a lip and cheek tint.  I recently picked up this one from Tata Harper, but I also love the Stila ones.

Ikea Plant, Rosehip Oil, Tivoli Audio Speaker, French Market Tote, Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint, Ikea Frame, Paris City Guide, Le Creuset Dutch Oven in Sea Salt, Marble Baking Slab

B O O K   C L U B 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration 

Isabel Wilkerson profiles three African-Americans who traveled North to tell the history of the great migration.  I listened to an interview the author, and realized how little I know about this period in American history. 


My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel 

I love reading about crime, real and fake.  This thriller tells the story of a complicated sister relationship… and murder. 


F I E L D   T R I P

Carnegie Museum of Art

Earlier this month I visited The Carnegie Museum of Art.  Right now the museum is hosting the Carnegie International, a contemporary exhibit woven throughout the museum.  I found a lot of the work to be very inspiring, old and new.  I love getting really close to paintings and seeing the brush strokes on the canvas.  The whole experience made me want to get back into drawing and painting myself. 


I N   T H E   K I T C H E N

Citrus Salad

It is such a gift that during the greyest, coldest, dullest days of the year the best citrus fruit is available.  I’ve been eating oranges almost every day.  One of my favorite ways to eat oranges is in a citrus salad.  This is a re-creation of a dish I had a The Four Horsemen, a wine bar in Brooklyn.  If it seems weird, just try it.  I swear it’s a really delightful snack.  

1 Grapefruit 
1 Navel Orange
1 Blood Orange 
Olive Oil 
Pecorino Romano 

Use a serrated knife to cut the pith of the oranges and grapefruit - don’t just peel them.  The pith is very bitter so it is worth the effort to cut it off.  Slice the fruit to make rounds.  Arrange the slices on a plate.  I like to mix up the different colors, but I think it would also be cool to do a gradient.  Drizzle the oranges with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with flakey sea salt, and a few cracks of fresh pepper.  Shave some pecorino Romano cheese over the top.  


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