Peonies In Vogue

Remember when I told you how much I loved the look of a curated stack of magazines? Well, now I’m here to tell you all about my curated stack of magazines–and I hope you love it as much as I do.

Getting my Vogue magazine in the mail every month is definitely a highlight for me–there’s just something about having a physical book to flip through that is so much more rewarding than an email or web page. And now I can continue to enjoy each month’s issue–and all of the interesting articles and ads that live within–even after it’s immediately relevant.

As the stack continues to grow, we may have to find a new home for it. But at least for right now, it’s working pretty perfectly between the two chairs in our living room.

Tricks of the Trade: Refrigerator Organization

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Let’s be real, the fridge can get pretty unruly really quickly if you’re not careful about it. Covered tupperware can go unnoticed, jars of tomato sauce can go bad, etc, etc. So how do you keep it clean and orderly? You’ve come to the right place!

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I like to have a system when it comes to my fridge, not only for where each food group belongs, but also for when I go through its contents with a fine-tooth comb. I typically do all of my grocery shopping for the week on Sundays, and when I get home I like to take a moment to go through the fridge. I’ll quickly check expiration dates, throw out anything that looks browned, and wipe down the bottoms. That way, I’m putting all of my fresh food away into a clean space.

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Much like how I organize my pantry, I use each shelf in my fridge for a different food group. It looks a little something like this:

  • Top shelf: All of my breakfast foods, such as fresh berries, bread, eggs, and yogurt.
  • Middle shelf: Dinner foods and beverages. This week, I made a big batch of soup so that’s taking up the bulk of this shelf currently. On other days, you might find roasted chicken or even some lasagna.
  • Bottom shelf: Since the bottom shelf is hung so low, I usually put all of my smaller lunch items here. I like to meal prep my lunches, so once I do, I divvy them into tupperware and slide them on this shelf.
  • Bottom drawers: We have two drawers in our fridge, so I use one of them for fresh produce and the other one for cheeses and deli meats.
  • Side shelves: You can see a glimpse into my shelves in the first picture. My strategy here is pretty simple: I sort from largest to smallest to create an aesthetically-pleasing array of sauces and jars.

Bay Area Exploring: Marin Headlands

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Every weekend, I try to explore at least one place I’ve never been before. Of course, some weekends that means just trying the new lunch spot that opened up down the street. But when I have more time, you’ll undoubtedly find me about an hour’s drive from home, camera in hand and taking it all in.

The other weekend, my boyfriend and I had one of those freer weekends so we hopped in the car and headed out to Marin. It was such a gorgeous day, so we decided to stop by the Marin Headlands like we’ve done in the past. This time, however, we noticed people were hiking down the mountain and decided to follow suit. We did not regret our decision when we landed on a gorgeous beach–what I learned is called Kirby Cove–with a tree swing and all. See what I mean below!

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How incredible is this tree swing? Despite the difficulty in getting on and off (it’s a lot higher off the ground than it seems), it was absolutely magical.

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From now on, any time we head out to the Marin Headlands, we’ll be sure to make Kirby Cove a must-do on the list as well.

Entertaining Tips: How to Build a Cheeseboard

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I don’t know about you, but every time I find myself in the cheese isle of my grocery store, I pretty much freeze up. There are so many options–and so many delicious options at that–that it can be hard to choose. Tell me I’m not alone in this!

Up until recently, I used to just grab whatever caught my eye or fit within my budget. And while there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that, I wanted to figure out what my “go-to cheeses” were–the ones that I would serve time and time again at my house. The ones that would make entertaining a breeze and sort of become “my thing.” Hopefully you’re still with me!

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So, I did just that. I did some research, some taste testing (how terrible, right?) and finally figured out my cheese thing–is that cheesy or what? To make your life easier–especially when entertaining–I’m going to share exactly what I buy to make an epic cheese platter.

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As you can see above, I like to serve a mix of snacks to tie people over before the main course. My rule of thumb is to always have at least three different kinds of cheese, and my personal favorites are brie, asiago, and truffled Italian. Along these same lines, I also like to serve a variety of crackers, some healthier and some more indulgent. To top off the cheese, it’s always a good idea to add some charcuterie to the plate. In my case, I usually opt for prosciutto but you could do salami too.

Finally, I add a few snacks in little bowls off to the side. I’ve found that dried apricots, candied pecans, and olives are great options if you’re trying to achieve that salty and sweet balance.

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Oh, and how could I forget? Make sure to add cheese knives to your plate so people can dig in easily. It’s always a good idea to dig in before your guests arrive so the platter doesn’t look too perfect to eat. Plus, you’ll be happier that way, too!

These Days

Still so inspired by our trip to Thailand, which you can clearly see in our bedroom.

This new-ish spot in Hayes Valley is my dream happy hour venue.

 

Little Yosemite is almostttttt as stunning as the real thing.

Picked up some new succulents for our kitchen at The Dry Garden.

So happy I treated myself to new sunglasses for my birthday. I’m in love!

Staying on Top of It All

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Sometimes staying on top of all of my chores can feel like a full-time job (and please tell me I’m not alone in that feeling!). Between dry cleaning, grocery shopping, and housekeeping, it’s no wonder why people have personal assistants to help them out with daily to-do’s.

And while I would certainly not be opposed to having a personal assistant, I’ve recently taken to a new system that has been working out really well for me and wanted to share it with all of you.

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Enter: this “All Out Of” notepad. I’ve never really been one for pre-formatted notes, as I like to have full creative freedom to write out exactly what I need to do and when. But there’s something about this pad that is just too great to deny. For starters, it’s magnetic so it lives perfectly on my refrigerator door. Second, it has just about everything you could ever think of, so you’ll never run to the store and forget an item again. Amazing, right?

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I particularly love that this pad gives me an at-a-glance view into all of my errands. Once it starts to fill up, I know that it’s time for a drug store haul, and of course, I know exactly what to buy.