Monday, September 1, 2014

New Glasses from Firmoo

I have been loving the online eyewear craze but it can be intimidating to purchase glasses without the ability to try them on. I have a small face and head so unisex glasses don't always work on me, and I've made mistakes with the size and dimensions of frames before. So when Firmoo approached me to do a product review, I was excited to redeem myself and find a pair that works for me. I've seen Firmoo glasses on friends and bloggers and I love that they have a huge selection and reasonable prices. Armed with the knowledge of my spatial limitations, I got to shopping. The online experience was great - the dimensions of the glasses are very clear, all of details are readily available, plus many of the frames have customer pictures to show how they actually look on a person. I did my research and picked this pair. I love the sleek brown pattern, the metal arms, and the positive reviews from other wearers. After entering my prescription details, the glasses came quickly and in an adorable map printed case. They fit perfectly, the dimensions are just right, and I'm loving wearing them. I am so happy with my order and I can't wait to get another pair...sunglasses maybe? is offering its First Pair Free Program right now, with select frames free to first time customers. Also, Firmoo is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special discount of 40% off storewide! Use the code FIRMOO5Y before September 10. Get online and pick out a pair! 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Favorite Things Friday

Summer has gone by in a flash! I always make a lofty to do list in June, filled with projects and plans and adventures, and now in late August, many boxes are left unchecked. But it has been a wonderful summer. I shared Boise with three of my besties, watched another get married in California, explored Idaho with half my parents (the other half is coming in September!), made progress on the house and yard, and enjoyed many warm nights walking around the new neighborhood, drinking wine and drinking in the serenity of our home. I am learning that I'm more of a homebody than I ever thought, that I love quiet nights, making dinner, lounging in our peaceful bedroom. I realize that despite my love of social outings and my career in a fast paced, fast talking field, I'm restored by the laughter, the hugs, and the easiness that I get from my little family at home. I'm always excited by adventures, big or small, by getting out of town and around the people I love, but Jeff and I both needed lots of downtime this summer and I'm so glad we were able to embrace it. Here are a few favorite things that I'm loving right now...

White hot summer

My edible obsession

Inspired by Oscar Wilde

Organizing art for fall projects

Snap dragons and mason jars, what else do you need?


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy Three Years, Boise!

On July 8, three years ago, I moved to Boise - wide eyed, bushy tailed, and literally following my heart. So much has happened in these three years – from moving in with Jeff and experiencing all of the discomfort and joy of first time cohabitation, to getting engaged and planning a wedding and getting married, to starting my own life here, making friends and building my career, to buying our house and settling down. I’ve always thought that the first few years out of college were the biggest catalysts for change. You’re out there in the world, umbilical cord cut, trying to make it. Those years were incredible for me, but there was always a little something missing, a weight that comes with being a sensitive and emotional young person in a life that’s moving a mile a minute and in a city that’s filled with pressure and opportunity and noise. Those were the years that shaped my path and gave me all the tools to be successful and driven, but these past three years have helped to identify who I am, what I want, and how to be happy, by no one’s standards but my own. Lately, I’ve been startled multiple times by the fact that I am watching myself grow up. I feel older, more mature and less worried, more confident about the choices I’ve made and less concerned with what I haven’t done. In the age of Instagram and Facebook, where you can compare your life, your travels, your beauty, your happiness, to someone else’s by the refreshing of the feed, it’s easy to be preoccupied with what could be instead of focusing on what is. I still get caught up and I don't always choose to listen, but I feel like I'm moving more comfortably in my late 20's and I have a growing self awareness of what really matters. 

This anniversary also means more than the two that came before it because I lived in New York City for three years. To have now been here for the same amount of time is bittersweet - I love being the girl from the big city, having those life experiences that you can only get from a few special and scary places in the world. My New York years had a profound impact on me and part of me misses the intensity and passion of the city, being surrounded by people with so much motivation and enthusiasm. However, the world is so full and I know that there's plenty more to see and learn. The transition to small city girl has been tumultuous at times, but ultimately a very positive one. I'm proud to have made that crazy leap, landed on my feet, and taken off running. I love my life and that makes me love Boise just a little more ;) Happy July 8th!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sunwear Season with Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker

The eyewear gurus at Warby Parker have made a few splashes in their history. First, they created stylish prescription glasses at affordable prices. Then they allowed us the store experience of trying on our selections from the comfort of the couch. Best of all, they inspired us with the concept of making an impact - for every pair of glasses we buy, they work with non-profits to provide a pair to someone in need. Up next? The debut of their newest collection, a collaboration with fashion magnet and ultimate cool girl Karlie Kloss. 
Karlie's sunglasses are delicate, feminine, and wearable, from the park to the patio, the farmer's market to the music festival. Available in three frame styles and multiple lens colors, there is a pair for every girl and every sunny occasion. Summer is upon us and I think the Clara frame would be perfect for an outdoor concert, brunch with the girls, or wherever Saturday takes you. And Warby Parker isn't letting the sunnies speak for themselves - a portion of each sale will benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, an organization close to Karlie's heart that provides kitchens and gardens to low-income public schools, giving students the tools to develop lifelong healthy habits.
Here are two looks that I think will perfectly complement these new frames...
Warby Parker

Information and materials provided by Warby Parker, all opinions are my own.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Favorite Things

The weather has been just gorgeous lately, warm and breezy and perfect for slow weekends lounging around with a great book and nowhere to be. I've been taking full advantage of the amazing screen porch and serene backyard at our new house, alternating between the couch and the cool grass. This is the best time of year - when the warm air is wafting in and everyone feels a little more optimistic. To me, this weather means grilling, cold drinks, fresh fruit, sweet smells, and long, sunny days.
Here are a few of my favorite things...

 Hot pink peonies are blooming in my garden

Rosé with every meal, especially in sangria

 A perfect one piece with a little sass

A refreshing anytime appetizer

Daydreaming of a beachy vacation


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Savory Shrimp and Mashed Potatoes

After months and months of cooking for cold weather, I'm having a hard time transitioning from the oven to the barbecue. Being out of practice means that I can't remember my favorite spring and summer meals, so soup and casserole are still at the top of my mind. The other night, when I needed to cook what I had - shrimp, Yukon Gold potatoes, tomatoes, and spinach - I improvised and the result was the kind of meal that's teetering on the edge of both hot and cold weather food. Juicy shrimp in a tangy tomato sauce, light and creamy mashed potatoes, a bed of sauteed spinach. Perfect on the patio or curled up by the fire. The temperatures are rising steadily this week, and I'm looking forward to recreating this meal one more time before I stop using the stove entirely!

(Makes 4 large servings)

For the shrimp, adapted from Jo Cooks:
1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon onion powder
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used 31-40 count)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large deep pan, combine all of the ingredients except for the shrimp. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer until cooked down and tomatoes are soft. Add shrimp and toss to coat with sauce. Cook until shrimp are pink and serve immediately.

For the potatoes:
1 pound (4-6) medium Yukon Gold potatoes
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Quarter potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until tender (15 minutes). Drain and return to pot.
Add milk. Mash potatoes with a potato masher until fluffy with few lumps. Fold in yogurt and continue to mash until your desired texture is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For the spinach:
16 ounce bag or 12 cups of fresh spinach
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Steam spinach in a pan with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.

To serve, plate a quarter of the spinach, a scoop of mashed potatoes, and a quarter of the shrimp and tomatoes. Drizzle with pan sauce. Enjoy!