jumpstart monday: inspired

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mondays can be tough. hopefully this quote can inspire you to get started on a wonderful week!

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it’s a special day today. happy martin luther king jr day everyone, and congratulations to president barack obama on his inauguration. as i was reading so many wonderful, inspiring quotes from such an inspiring leader, i decided to pick this one for its simple yet powerful message.

let’s harbor love instead of hate in our lives, today and all days.

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weekend wish list

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as i prepare for the coming weekend (yay!) here are some things i’m wishing for…

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someone to make me these delicious looking pancakes. i mean, are they serious right now?! i studied the recipe and promptly decided that someone would have to make them for me if i ever want to enjoy them. i do not have that much patience in the kitchen for a three part pancake recipe. sigh.

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a big fat bouquet of wintery flowers. is there anything better than getting surprised with flowers? they’re so romantic and whimsical and i love how they make my apartment feel even more cozy, lived in, and colorful.

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snow! i know i might be in the minority here, but i really want this city to be coated in white. since i’ve lived in dc i’ve only experienced one actual snowfall where there was enough snow to build a snowman. which i did, of course. and it was two years ago! i’m ready to trudge through the snow, feel it cling to my eyelashes, and have a snowball fight. plus i’d love an excuse to buy either of these sorel boots: option 1  or option 2 (yes, those do link to the journeys website. do you feel 17 again?)
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once i come in from building a snowman, i can slip on these appropriately themed snow leopard toms. i actually have a toms addiction, it’s sad. but i spied these in urban outfitters the other day and had a ten minute group text conversation debating them. i didn’t buy them because of my self-imposed “spending diet” but you better believe i’ve been thinking about them. 

what do you all have up your sleeve for the weekend? anything you’re wishing for?

resolutions and how to keep them

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last year i had one new years resolution: to floss. unfortunately, it’s also on my resolutions list this year because i didn’t do too great last time around. however, i will prevail! also, dental health is very important. my parents would probably kill me if i messed up my teeth after all the braces, retainers, expanders, head gear (gasp!) they paid for. but i digress, flossing is not my only resolution this year. and since resolutions are probably easier to stick to if you share them on the internet (something about that pesky accountability), i’m going to share mine.

+ flossing regularly. no explanation needed. teeth are a necessary part of my life because i like steak.

+ budget better. i don’t need to be super strict with spreadsheets (i should be, i am just realistic and know that’s not going to happen) but i need to be smarter with my money. like making coffee for myself instead of getting starbucks every day. like not buying that perfect $88 polka dot chambray from j.crew i’ve been eyeing forever, because i already have a perfect chambray shirt that i adore (even if it’s not polka dotted). like taking the metro or the bus instead of a cab even if it’s annoying and takes about 20 times longer. it’s also about 20 times cheaper.

+ blog! i enjoy it so much, i just need to force myself to make time for something that i love but that gets pushed to the wayside so easily because “i’m busy” or “the voice is on” or “i don’t feel like it” or “mmm ice cream.” it’s one of the most rewarding things i’ve started and even though it might be small and trivial, it makes me feel better about myself and more confident and more creative. and those are very important things to feel.

+ write a business plan. now this is obviously a big one and will probably require the whole year since i have absolutely no idea where to start except on the internet, in the library, and by forcing small business owners to get coffee with me. so actually, i do know where to start. remember my post on starting? yeah, it’s scary and overwhelming but there’s no other way to achieve your goals than by putting yourself out there. no one is going to hand you your dream job, unfortunately. they should tell you that in college.

+ spend more time with friends who live in the area. i have a lot of friends who live in the dc area and i barely see them, and it’s baffling. we are all so busy, and all have significant others who of course take up significant amounts of time (in a good way!) but it’s important to keep true friends close, and i’ve been slacking. i want to spend more consistent time with my pals.

+ be grateful. i have so much to be grateful for– my family, my friends, health, love, but also material things. i have so much but because i am a constant blog reader, pinterest pinner, and online peruser, i always find something else that i covet. i am not saying i have to stop admiring pretty things and pinning them to my wish list, but i’m going to make an effort to say “you know what, i’m so incredibly lucky for all that i have” and then maybe i’ll get off my computer and go for a walk and admire the beautiful city where i’m grateful to live.

so there they are. my resolutions. of course, i always want to do daily crunches and push ups and eat healthier things that qualify more as “meals” as opposed to “snacks” and de-clutter but those are general things that i have been working on in my life day in and day out and that i think will always be a struggle for me. i would like to conquer these resolutions above because most of them have tangible products, like if i budget then i can plan a girls trip to italy with my besties from vermont. if i blog i can become a better writer and market myself and my business (see business plan resolution) better, and with a business plan i can start to achieve my career goals. being grateful and seeing my pals will make me a more smiley and happy person and that is just icing on the cake. there.

so now onto the title of this post “and how to keep them” because we all know january is half over and so probably a lot of the resolutions have already been tossed to the wayside. i’ll admit, i’ve only flossed twice. this year. but it’s on my radar. keeping resolutions is really a pain in the butt. we get busy, we fall into old habits, we decide “meh, a muffin top really isn’t that unflattering” etc etc. the problem is holding yourself accountable and remembering why you made the resolutions in the first place. i want flossing to be part of my daily regimen because i don’t want gingivitis. done and done. have you ever googled gingivitis? don’t.

one of my favorite bloggers in the dc area is the hyperbalist. she is probably the funniest person i’ve never met; reading her blog makes me laugh out loud and her writing is so amazing, i actually feel like i know her, which i don’t, so it might be creepy when i talk about her like i do know her. sorry. so anyway, one day as i was reading through her blog archives as people do (don’t they?) she mentioned her new years resolutions and how she wrote them up on pretty paper and framed it and then hung it where she would see it every day. um, hello genius! so i filed that away and now i’m doing it too, and trying to remind myself that making and attaining goals is important even if it’s just to floss. so thank you alina for giving me that brilliant idea and also being hilarious. 

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why not turn this into a small craft? break out those stamps.

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don’t mind the dust.

i think i’m going to keep it in the bathroom because that’s where i’m guaranteed to go every day (and floss, of course) other than the refrigerator, and it would be weird to have a framed resolutions list just hanging out in the fridge next to the beer and the cheese and the other non-meal items.

do you guys have any resolutions you’d like to share so i can send you annoying emails like “hey how’s exercising 3 times a week going, lazy bones?” (out of love, of course).

golden globes recap

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(alternate title: how i saw basically 2 of the movies and feel like my opinion is valid)

ok so i love fashion as much as the next person. and i of course like to gawk at celebrities; perez hilton was in fact the first blog i actually read on the regular, before i knew people wrote blogs about design, crafts, and fashion.  but i’m a little disappointed that i haven’t read a single opinion of the actual awards and their recipients. maybe it’s because most of the blogs i read are fashion focused more than entertainment focused, but still. the golden globes are one of my personal faves because it’s tv and movies. as so many jokes pointed out, it’s where the beautiful celebrities of hollywood rub elbows with tv’s unbecoming stars. or something. that was the gist i think. anyway, i was very pleased with some of the outcomes and disappointed in others. after writing a review on every single award given last night, i thought i would spare you the 7 pages in a word document and only share with you the ones i had somewhat valid opinions on. 

best motion picture: drama

winner: argo

(also nominated: django unchained, life of pi, lincoln, zero dark thirty)

so i actually only saw one of these five movies, but i was kind of irked that zero dark thirty was included even though it opened the friday before and only in select theaters. i mean i KNOW it’s going to be brilliant because kathryn bigelow is brilliant, but come on, give the other guys a chance. that being said, i was super pleased that it didn’t win just because of hype. the only movie i actually saw was django unchained, which i thoroughly enjoyed. i thought leo, jamie, sam, and christoph (as if we’re on a first name basis) were all brilliant and worthy of awards, as well as q.t. (bahaha i bet if someone called him that he would be super annoyed.) i didn’t see argo, but i love ben affleck and was happy that his movie won because i’ve heard so many amazing things about it and am now even more excited to see it. i’m also thrilled for him since the oscars totally snubbed him on the best film and direction fronts. one final point- where was perks of being a wallflower in these nominations? seriously did anyone see that movie? it was incredible. moving, funny, tragic, and committed to the details. and the acting was superb, especially by patrick (played by ezra miller) and charlie (played by logan lerman).

{{i have nothing to add on the best actor and actress in a motion picture (drama) because i didn’t see any of the movies. all i can say is that jessica chastain (winner for zero dark thirty) seems very likable although her hairstylist should be put in timeout.}}

best motion picture: comedy or musical

winner: les miserables

(also nominated: the best exotic marigold hotel, moonrise kingdom, salmon fishing in the yemen, silver linings playbook)

ok this got me really fired up. FIRST OF ALL i think that the musicals being lumped in with the comedies is a baloney sandwich. i think that musicals should be allowed to fit into either category depending on whether or not they’re a comedy or a drama. because let’s be honest, les mis is not a comedy. i didn’t see the film but i’ve seen the show (thanks aunt rae and uncle hank!) and i cried way more than i laughed. let’s examine the film’s name, shall we? point made. i have heard great things about the best exotic marigold hotel, haven’t heard a lot about salmon fishing in the yemen, but very much liked moonrise kingdom and ADORED silver linings playbook. one of my favorite movies from the past year. bradley cooper and jennifer lawrence were brilliant but more on that later, obviously. i really feel like silver linings playbook got robbed. yes i know that les mis did all their singing live on film which is incredible and doesn’t happen ever, but it just shouldn’t be in this category! ugh!

best actress in a motion picture: comedy or musical

winner: jennifer lawrence, silver linings playbook

(also nominated: emily blunt: salmon fishing in the yemen, judi dench: the best exotic marigold hotel, maggie smith: quartet, meryl streep: hope springs)

i have an unnaturally large girl crush on jennifer lawrence, so i’m undoubtedly pleased that the golden globes recognized her portrayal of tiffany in silver linings playbook. i recently watched winter’s bone and even though i didn’t love the movie, she was also excellent in that as well. and obviously i’m a hunger games freak so let’s be honest, i just like the girl. and man was she up against some toughies! i mean judi dench and meryl streep? it was adorable during her speech when she said “i beat meryl!” i’m not sure why no one really laughed, because obviously everyone was thinking it and jealous of the gal who beat the indestructible, basically undefeated meryl (ok, i’m exaggerating, i can’t back up these stats but honestly, meryl always wins! deservedly! except here. which i can’t provide adequate evidence for since i didn’t see any of the other movies. oops.) i just like j-law ok? she just seems so down to earth and cool and like a normal girl i could actually be friends with. we’d hang out and eat cheeseburgers and chat about cute costars (hers: bradley cooper and liam hemsworth, mine: jesse)

best actor in a motion picture: comedy or musical

winner: hugh jackman, les miserables

(also nominated: jack black: bernie, bradley cooper: silver linings playbook, bill murray: hyde park on hudson, ewan mcgregor: salmon fishing in the yemen)

again with this comedy or musical garbage! i’m sorry, but bradley cooper should’ve won. whatever, i’m bitter. i like hugh jackman, he’s not bad on the eyes, but i was so sad that brad didn’t win… especially since jennifer did. he seemed a bit disappointed, rightfully so, which breaks my heart even more. i just love that he really broke the mold with his prior typecasting and hit it out of the park.

best supporting actress

winner: anne hathaway, les miserables

(also nominated: amy adams: the master, sally field: lincoln, helen hunt: the sessions, nicole kidman: the paperboy)

don’t care, sorry. though i did tear up when anne thanked sally field for showing her that female actresses can grow and mature and go from fun, fluffy roles to serious acting, like anne did with the princess diaries. her agents are probably like “shh don’t mention the princess of genovia” but those movies made here  a family name and i respect that she owned it .

best supporting actor

winner: christoph waltz, django unchained

(also nominated: alan arkin: argo, leo dicaprio: django unchained, philip seymour hoffman: the master, tommy lee jones: lincoln)

yay! i would’ve been super pleased with either christoph waltz or leo winning because they were both superb. i maybe wanted to see leo win slightly more (ever so slightly) because his role was probably more challenging to really commit to (i mean he’s playing a very real, very despicable man) and he committed way more than he has with any of  his supermodels for example… but christoph waltz is a genius and i think he’s just the cutest guy. i feel like q.t. definitely wrote the part for him and i love that loyalty between them.

best director: motion picture

winner: ben affleck, argo

(also nominated: kathryn bigelow: zero dark thirty, ang lee: life of pi, steven spielberg: lincoln, quentin tarantino: django unchained)

wow ben! pat yourself on the back. like jennifer lawrence, you just beat the big dogs. all of them. i mean i really didn’t think he would win, but i’m so pleased he did. now it’s even more abundantly clear that i must go see your film. also your wife is cute. so good job on that too.

i only have a few more comments, i promise. so glad skyfall won for best song in a motion picture. adele is the cutest.  i thought i would have a lot more to say about the television nominees since i watch a lot of tv, but it turns out i’m watching the wrong shows apparently, so i’ll only comment on a few.

best television series: comedy or musical

winner: girls

(also nominated: the big bang theory, episodes, modern family, smash)

so i’m torn on this one. i l-o-v-e modern family. every episode i argue with myself over who is my favorite couple. it’s truly a hilarious tv show. however, hbo did a naughty thing to us and gave us a free weekend conveniently when they were airing the entire first season of girls leading up to the season two premiere. so naturally i got hooked and it was fresh in my mind and i think lena dunham is a badass, so i was pleased with this outcome. i could probably write an entire post dedicated to girls, and i definitely wouldn’t be the first one to do so (alaina of the everygirl writes poignantly on this here)  because it’s so complex and dividing and authentic. but i will spare you. i still love you modern family, but i think this was a deserving win. also, how is smash even nominated? i do in fact tivo this show and watch it, but i cannot stand it. a total waste of time.

best actress in a tv series: comedy or musical

winner: lena dunham, girls

(also nominated: zooey deschanel: new girl, tina fey: 30 rock, julia louis-dreyfus: veep, amy poehler: parks and recreation)

no surprise here. lots of amazing and seasoned actresses in this category though, so a double congrats to lena. i also (like so many other bloggers) was uncomfortable by her walking in heels (or trying to) and her reading from a speech, but i also think she’s endearing and so very real, so i won’t hold it against her. BUT how awkward was aziz ansari when presenting this award though? was he trying (and failing) to be funny or was he just drunk? i felt bad for jason bateman, who is super adorable if you hadn’t noticed.

so there you have it my friends. a very longwinded diatribe of the golden globes, and i even omitted many categories! (you’re welcome) aren’t you excited for the oscars and the emmys now? and let us not forget about the grammys! next time i’ll keep it shorter, although no promises because sometimes i get on a roll and really commit and then can’t help myself.

now it’s your turn– any disappointments with the winners at the golden globes? am i totally wrong about les miserables? what were your favorite movies of 2012? do you have a girl crush on jennifer lawrence too? i’d love to hear your comments!

 

 

on starting

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image thanks to maya hayuk via cupcakes for breakfast

 

why is starting the hardest part? always. for me, it happens very late at night, very early in the morning, and whenever else it’s inconvenient– i become inspired, i write brilliant sentences in my head, and then i can’t get out of bed or i forgot a notebook, or i get distracted by instagram. i have literally been trying to get back into blogging since… my last blog post? three and a half months is a long time to be away from something that i want to be part of my routine so badly. i’m not sure what is stopping me from really dedicating time to something that i care about, except that perhaps i care about it for the wrong reasons.

i love blogs. i read a lot of blogs daily. i am so incredibly inspired by the women who write them (and one man! hey matt logelin, you’re inspiring too.) and as so many blog-readers probably are, a teensy bit jealous of the life that they portray. but that’s just it. it’s a portrayal. many of my favorite bloggers have been very honest about the struggle to be “transparent” on their blogs and to not just post the perfectly styled images, the most out-of-reach outfits, only the perfectly executed craft. and i truly appreciate that. as someone who’s crafts almost never go right the first time (who knew glue gun was so glue-y?) it’s a beautiful fresh perspective when i read that my favorite do-it-all-and-still-look-cute-blogger says she went to bed at 9pm on a friday night because she was so exhausted. hello! that’s me! and i don’t even have 2 businesses to run and 3 twitter accounts to tweet from and a blog to write (oh wait.) but that brings me (slowly, rambling) to my next point: have you ever heard the quote “comparison is the thief of joy”? well it’s lovely. and true. thank you teddy roosevelt.

so maybe my intentions weren’t perfect when i started this blog. i thought it would be sort of easy and fun to make beautiful posts like the pros with original content (wait, you don’t just want to look at my pinterest boards?). it’s not easy. it is fun, of course, and very rewarding, but why i ever thought it would be easy is unknown to me. after taking a little sabbatical if you will, i want to be back. i want to write again. and i even want to craft again, even though it’s a lot harder than it looks. i’ve been brainstorming lots of ideas and have fun, fresh posts on the way. i’m sorry for slacking, but i needed some time off to remember why i started this blog: to get a book deal and free clothes. just kidding, it was originally a way for me to do something, and start writing again, and stay in touch with friends and family. and maybe, maybe, down the road meet some of my favorite bloggers and thank them for inspiring me to start, even before i was really prepared.

so anyway, where have i been the past 3.5 months? well i’ll tell you. the fall is the loveliest time of year, mostly because of the crunchy leaves but also for the building excitement of blazers, excessive carbs, the color burgundy, and not having to ice my coffee. also the trio of holidays cannot be beat- my favorite beloved thanksgiving, christmas, and obviously my birthday.

early in october i took a spur of the moment trip to nantucket, my favorite place. as always, it was too short, but spending time with my sister is just the best. we really are brothers from another mother, except we’re sisters. and she’s hysterical.

then my mom came up to dc on a whim and it was the most fun ever! she stayed with my boyfriend and me and we had the best time shopping, cooking, tasting wine, and we even hosted a little get together where our moms met, successfully!

november brought jesse’s birthday (think brunch, pimms cups, a nap, dinner, and a movie. essentially the most perfect day in our lives.) and going to chicago for thanksgiving. chicago is my favorite city and i don’t even know why. the tall buildings (skyscrapers i believe those are called? i’m not sure, we’re not allowed to have them in dc), the river winding through the city, the magnificent mile, and those two people i love so much, my aunt and uncle. we had the most relaxing trip, discovered a fun bar (sable kitchen and bar in chicago) and i ate so.much.turkey. actually turkey is my least favorite part of the meal, it’s more like the vessel for which i can cram stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce (canned, it always must be canned) into my mouth. in one bite. but whatever, i applaud the turkey for taking on such an important role in my gluttony.

december was an absolute whirlwind. i actually should have blogged because i did more crafting than i’ve ever done in my life. i made all of our christmas tree ornaments, i made all of our party invites, and then i hibernated until my birthday. but seriously, this was the first christmas that jesse and i spent together in our own home so we naturally had to get a tree (a live one. come on.) and listen to christmas music nonstop. my birthday was one of the greatest days of the month and i’m so thankful for my family and friends who helped me celebrate another great year.  the day after my birthday was one of the worst days of the month due to over-consumption on said birthday and i apologize to my parents who had to witness me in that condition. finally, our christmas party, christmas eve and christmas were the three craziest days in a row of the whole year but also the greatest. we played a lot of games (including cards against humanity, which i don’t recommend playing with parents by the way), drank a lot of wine, and ate a lot of delicious food, and therefore it was my favorite three days. there is nothing i love more than games, food, and wine. 

so here we are in the new year. halfway through january. i’ve made some resolutions, which i’ll share (once i weed out the ones i’m failing at. just kidding, that’s cheating.) and i’m excited for the year to come. i’m excited to grow as a blogger, be a grateful friend, and take the scary first steps towards living the life i want to live. as always, i appreciate you reading (especially if you’re still reading, my goodness.) and your support, love, and feedback.

so tell me! 

what are you looking forward to in 2013?

jumpstart monday: fall edition.

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guys, it’s here! it’s fall! my favorite season is finally here!

in lieu of a quote, here are a few images that i love to get you motivated and inspired.

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in all honesty though, what is better than fall? i love the crisp mornings, the palpable feeling of change in the air, and don’t even get me started on layering. i know spring is the season of new beginnings, but i always feel so inspired in the fall. because i love lists and love fall, here are some of the reasons fall is my favorite. 

# pumpkin spice lattes. duh. starbucks, the world thanks you for this treat.

# boots. boots & tights. boots & leggings. boots & skinny jeans. boots with the fur. you get the idea.

# turning off the A/C. letting that cool breeze in. 

# new tv. welcome back glee, modern family, the voice, and all the new, promising shows. 

# dozing off to the sounds of football. reminds me of fall in vermont when i was a kid. 

# baking. crank up that oven, it’s chilly out there! pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cupcakes, apple pie.

# bulky sweaters. (to mask all the baking i’ve been doing/consuming).

# deep moody nail polish. anything burgundy, plum, grey, brown. begone neon!

# back to school mentality: starting fresh, full of opportunity, ready to take on the world.

# fall foliage and back country roads.

# pumpkin carving, fall decor, and crunchy leaves.

just try and tell me you don’t agree.  

september has been lovely in dc, but frankly, i’m most excited for october and november, arguably my two favorite months of the year. this october i’m going to nantucket to visit my sister for almost FOUR whole days. i can’t wait to spend time with her and her family and i will absolutely relish being in my favorite place during my favorite season. two weeks after i get home, my lovely mom is coming to visit from florida! i am already brimming with ideas for us to do while she’s here and can’t wait to have her stay with us in our apartment. dc friends, any fun mom-daughter date ideas?  november is jesse’s birthday and a possible trip to nyc, and my favorite holiday of all time- thanksgiving, and hopefully a trip to chicago. hopefully these two months won’t fly by because i want to enjoy every single second.

do you have any exciting fall plans? have the most amazing week. 

 

a perfect setting

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this past weekend i was reunited with some of my all time favorite people from college for our beautiful, smart, funny friend erin’s long-awaited wedding to handsome, silly, generous chris. these two are one of my favorite couples and it was such an honor and joy to not only be there to see them get married, but to be part of the wedding. erin and i met our freshman year of college and quickly hit it off, sharing a love of literature, women’s studies and coffee. a couple years later when she brought chris up to allegheny to meet her friends, we all knew that he was someone special and would have our gal’s best interests at heart. 

the whole weekend was magical– erin’s dress, chris’ face as she came down the aisle, their first dance song, the glittering lights– but the backdrop was picture perfect. the riverstone estate (a private estate far up in NW PA) was an idyllic setting for my 2 nature-loving, family-oriented friends and was the ideal location for their lovely reception. from the carriages we rode for our entrance to playing corn-hole on the beautifully manicured lawn, the whole evening was fun, love-filled, and picturesque.

don’t believe me? take a look for yourself…

 

our chariot awaits.

we danced down this hall all night long.

placecards on window frame. (so pinnable!)

burlap & wildflowers.

my favorite. lovely.

officially mr & mrs marron.

the grandest of entrances for the best man, maids of honor, and happy couple.

this picture is so erin. they are the cutest.

gorgeous.

alright, i’m done bragging about my beautiful friends. but seriously? most perfect day ever.

 

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2 years ago today, my dad passed away. it is still surreal and heart breaking, but i will always cherish the memories i have of us together, with my family, and with my friends. he was an amazingly funny, thoughtful, and kind person, and i miss him every day. i just wish i had one more phone call, one more dinner date, one more oreo to dunk into milk with him. today, and everyday, i remember my dado.

 

 

cocktail copycat: the ginger margarita

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a few weeks ago i had dinner at the bar at potenza. they have delicious appetizers and filling pastas, but my favorite from my last visit was their ginger margarita. genius right? i love tequila, i love ginger, and lime just ties them together so perfectly.

one of the key ingredients in my ginger margarita is ginger syrup. you can buy this of course, but it’s also pretty easy to make. i loosely followed a recipe from joy the baker (love her!). by loosely followed i mean “oops, 6 cups of water? i only put in 2. hmm…” and things of that nature. (and this all before i even had my first ginger margarita! recipes aren’t my strong suit.) you can also use your ginger syrup to make the world’s yummiest ginger ale (just add lime juice and club soda and enjoy the heck out of it) and plenty of other yummy cocktails. 

so first let’s make this ginger syrup.

first you have to get some ginger. it took me forever to find the ginger in the grocery store. who knew it was kept with the lettuce and zucchini and things?  all along i was looking for it by the garlic, silly me.

i washed it off and then gave it a nice rough chop. most recipes say to use a blender or a food processor, but my blender can barely puree a banana, so a rough chop it is. you want to end up with about 2 cups of chopped ginger. 

throw your ginger, 2 cups of granulated sugar, and SIX cups of water (not two) into a big pot and bring to a boil. once it has a nice little rolling boil, reduce it to a simmer for a long long long time.

the recipe i used said 1-1.5 hours would be enough to reduce the 6 cups of water to 2 cups of silky syrup, but i’ll be darned if i simmered that delicious smelling elixir for 3 hours and it reduced by maybe a cup. (i see a lot of ginger syrup in my future).

after you’ve given up hope on reducing your ginger syrup, give it a nice strain and then let it cool. 

once your ginger syrup has cooled, you’re finally ready to make the long awaited ginger margarita. let the fun begin!

for the ginger margarita you will need tequila, domaine de canton ginger liqueur, orange curacao (or triple sec or cointreau, i just didn’t have either of those), ginger syrup, and limes. 

first, give the limes a good squeezing.

in a shaker, throw in a couple ice cubes (we use the tovolo king ice cube tray to make these enormous cubes which are perfect for not watering down your cocktail)

pour in your tequila

add your fancy homemade ginger syrup

plus orange curacao 

and the fancy-bottled domaine de canton

top off with lime juice and shake shake shake!

{{disclaimer: in my haste to enjoy my ginger margarita (i typically don’t wait 3.5 hours for a libation), i forgot to take a picture of me straining and pouring the ginger margarita into a glass. new blogger faux pas!}}

strain over ice and taste the delightfully tingly ginger margarita.

if you want to get really wild (and who doesn’t?) you can add some strawberries (i used about four medium sized strawberries) macerated with sugar into the mix and shake it (with an extra 1/2 oz of domaine de canton) and you’ll have a sweeter, pinker version. lovely! enjoy.

ginger margarita

1.5 oz tequila

2 oz ginger syrup

1/2 oz orange curacao

1/2 oz domaine de canton

1 oz lime

Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker. Shake like crazy, strain over ice, and enjoy.

(for a strawberry ginger margarita, shake with macerated strawberries and increase domaine de canton to 1 oz)

jump start monday

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mondays can be tough. hopefully this quote can inspire you to get started on a wonderful week!

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i do not work out. i consider my job to be somewhat of a workout (even the doctor said there was some validity to that!) and so i use that as an excuse as to why i don’t work out, but really, i just hate it. i have never really been a gym girl (boooooring, even with the tv’s attached to the elliptical) and i can’t stand running. the only thing i have ever really liked are fitness classes (kickboxing, zumba, etc) and yoga. alas, i can’t afford a gym membership– well i can afford it, but i have a pattern of signing up for a gym package, using it for 2 weeks and then letting it fall to the wayside. 

this past weekend as i was planning brunch with a friend, she mentioned she was going to yoga the morning of our brunch. um, can i join? so i signed up for a “new member” unlimited class week long pass and hoped for the best. saturday we did a 1.5 hour yoga class and it was a-maz-ing. i haven’t worked that hard (i.e. sweated that much) in a long time. reward: guilt free eggs benedict.

yesterday i was a little bit sore but mostly happy from my yoga day and signed up for a 5pm de-tox yoga. i didn’t totally realize that de-tox probably meant sweating to death until i was there and the teacher started cranking up the heaters. you do know it’s august in dc, right lady? anyway, after over an hour of sweating and down dogs (and a lot of child’s pose for me, if i’m being honest) i completed my second yoga escapade. 

today my arms and shoulders are so so sore, but i’m happy i went. i have a very busy work week but am hoping to try a few more classes before my week expires and then i will decide if i want to continue on with a pass. i’m thinking i will. 

what workouts do you guys like best? pilates? yoga? running? swimming? 

if you’re in the dc area, i strongly recommend trying out epic yoga in dupont circle. and thanks for hanging in there with me these last few weeks of posting sparingly, i’ve been working on a few projects for the blog, so stay tuned. 

have a wonderful, challenging, rewarding week.