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My Favorite Dishes

I truly enjoy collecting dishes. I think it’s so fun to mix and match different colors, patterns, textures, shapes and sizes. You never know what mood or occasion will arise, and it’s nice to be able to switch things up seasonally. I dream of the day I can have a walk in pantry just for all of my dishes and platters… Rattan Glasses + Pitchers Rattan pieces are ideal for spring or summer. I’ve actually been using my rattan glasses as a simple water cup everyday because I like the way they look out on my desk or nightstand. I feel like it motivates me to drink more water! They look beautiful displayed in a glass cabinet, on a dinner table, or even on the counter filled with flowers. Gold Rimmed Teacups + Bowls + Plates Dauville gold rimmed dinnerware is so unique and can be used for special occasions or everyday. I use their gold rimmed teacups (hand wash only) when I drink tea, their gold rimmed bowls for fun brunches (fruit looks stunning in them), and their cake plate for birthdays. These ones from H&M home are a great dupe! Blue + White Spongeware Dishes Tory Burch makes the most iconic blue + white dishes. You may remember this spring tablescape I did with all of her pieces. I’m dying to get my hands on these smoke ring patterned plates to mix and match with the ones I currently have. The pitcher from this collection is a MUST HAVE for lemonade in the summer and flowers throughout the year. Everyday White Plates + Bowls My classic white plates and bowls come from Hudson Grace at the Brentwood Country Mart. They’re made in Italy and hand glazed. They are the “organic” style so they’re slightly imperfect which I love. They feel really luxe and special, but are casual enough to use everyday. They are microwave safe, but I don’t recommend microwaving them for too long as they do heat up. Many of you have asked where my classic white mug is from – and it’s from the same collection. Everyday Glass Cups I have drinking glasses from Hudson Grace, but they’re pricy. I found these ones from Crate + Barrel that are basically identical and more affordable. Growing up, we had these glass tumblers which I’d buy in a heartbeat if I had the cabinet space! Wine Glasses These hand blown glasses can be used for water and wine, aren’t they elegant? These ones are super similar and 1/4 of the price! You can’t go wrong with a simple wine glass like this… If I’m being completely honest, I truly hate those wine glasses with a flat base. I don’t know why, I just find them tacky and way too modern. I also don’t like stemless glasses, again this is just personal preference. For parties, I order bulk sets of these wine glasses so that guests can drink out of a nice glass, but I also don’t have to worry if it breaks. Martini + Champagne Glasses One of the most frequently asked questions I get on IG is; Where do you get your martini coupes? They are available here! They’d also make fabulous dessert dishes if you’re having a dinner party! Italian Splatterware (Outdoor Friendly) My friend Jen got me hooked on Italian splatterware. I couldn’t resist ordering an entire set for summer. Perfect al fresco dining pieces. Speckled Ceramic Plates + Bowls For my cookbook shoot, we used a ton of Humble Ceramics plates + bowls. They’re expensive, but so worth it. Helena and Alicia recently shared these Sarah Kersten bowls that have a similar vibe and are just to die for! Shop all of my favorite dishes below!
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Decorative Kitchen Accents

I truly believe that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s always been one of my favorite rooms in a house. You want your kitchen to be warm, inviting, but also still look clean and organized. I’m going to share some of my favorite decorative kitchen pieces that will add warmth to your space, without creating a cluttered look! Decorative Kitchen Accents Soap If you’re going to have your soap out on the counter, you want it to look chic right? For hand soap I love Aesop Reverence which has a slight grain texture in it and makes your hands so soft, and then Tangent GC’s Yuzu or Oud scent. Both are clean products and smell amazing, plus the bottles are very sleek. For dish soap I swear by Murchison Hume Fig which is also a clean product. It comes in a big bottle that looks great on the counter. I just found out they have a matching hand soap so I may have to get that next! Trays This marble tray is so pretty to have underneath your soap (also really into the black.) I’d even use it to hold salt and pepper shakers, or as a decorative piece for a candle and a bowl of matches. I love the way rattan trays look out on the counter. You could put a vase of flowers in the corner of it, or even a bowl of fruit and veggies. Also really into this vintage wood board with feet for displaying kitchen accessories and this antique silver tray. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Bowls It’s perfectly fine to mix and match bowls on the counter – actually you should! Don’t be afraid to use white bowls, black bowls, wood bowls… If you’re going to use a patterned bowl – I love these from Humble Ceramics (many of you ask about these when I share them – they don’t look green in person), these Sarah Kersten speckled bowls (on my wish list!), and these enamel splatter bowls (so reasonable.) Use large bowls on the counter for fruit, veggies, or even these cool beads that I had in my LA kitchen. These beads are great for a smaller bowl and/or kitchen. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Cutting Boards I wish I had enough space to store a million wood cutting boards in my kitchen. I can’t get enough of them! They look gorgeous in various types of wood and sizes all along your kitchen backsplash. Simply lean them on the backsplash, hang them, or keep them lying out on the counter. If we are talking practical cutting boards to do actual cooking on – you can’t go wrong with the chef’s favorite; Boos board (it’s quite large FYI.) In terms of decorative cutting boards and cheese boards – you can’t go wrong with any from McGee and Co, Anecdote, or Williams Sonoma. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Dish Towels I’m a sucker for a classic dish towel and have been using these for the past decade. I do like a Turkish towel too – but they’re definitely less functional due to how thin they are. Bulletin Board Bulletin boards are great in some kitchens. I had one in my LA house and it was ideal for invitations, polaroids, memos etc. They don’t work in every kitchen or style of home though so treat this on a case by case basis! For example, a bulletin board in my NYC kitchen would just look cluttered and kind of tacky haha. So use your discerning eye when choosing one. My favorite bulletin board is from Ballard Designs – it’s burlap and super classic. Rugs My Turkish rug pictured above was from a random Etsy shop. Most of my rugs are from Etsy believe it or not. They’re so affordable and have a really authentic vintage look (because they are!) If you’ve got hardwood floors, a colorful Turkish rug looks beautiful. I also love a simple jute rug, or a black and white stripe one. Candles For the kitchen, you don’t want a super floral or sweet scent (at least I personally don’t!) A more woodsy type of scent is ideal to blend in with whatever you’re cooking. I recommend this palo santo infused candle from Goop. Vases A simple clear vase always works for the kitchen, but I am obsessed with the look of a vintage ceramic vessel. Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon (one of my design idols!) always uses this one which is incredible. Linking a few that caught my eye below. !function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) ? 'http' : 'https'; if(!d.getElementById(id)) { e = d.createElement(s); e.id = id; e.src = p + '://widgets.rewardstyle.com/js/shopthepost.js'; d.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') { window.__stp.init(); } }(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); PS I’ll be doing a separate post with my favorite cookbooks, plates and silverware next! Shop all of my favorite kitchen decor below!
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My Favorite Straw Bags

You can never have too many straw bags! Use them as storage, decor, a sustainable grocery bag, or a stylish tote. Hang them in an entryway like I did here in my LA house, place them by the side of your bed filled with blankets, near a couch with magazines, in your kitchen with dried eucalyptus, bring them to the farmer’s market, on a shopping adventure, or the beach. Straw TotesThe tote in the picture is one of my favorites and only $30. It’s perfect for farmer’s market runs, beach days, and shopping outings. This is the best oversized straw tote which can be used for errands, dry cleaning, blankets, etc. I love the black pom poms on this bag, this Jacquemus bag is at the top of my wish list, and this Loewe tote with brown leather handles is a best seller for a reason. This Clare Vivier bag is so versatile and it just came back in stock here! I’ve been wearing this Aerin x Love Shack Fancy straw tote a ton – it’s the perfect size for everyday. Straw ClutchesI love wearing a straw clutch on summer date nights, or when I’m on vacation. I have this Kayu clutch in tan and black – it’s such a classic. This clutch with grosgrain ribbon is soooo pretty, and this one with a pearl is ultra feminine. I’m obsessed with the tortoise handles on this mini straw clutch, and this Prada one is seriously splurge worthy. If you’re looking for a straw clutch under $100 – this one is only $70. Personalized Straw BagsMonogrammed straw totes are the best bridesmaid, bridal or special occasion gift. I love the stripes and initials on this tote, the handwritten names on this tote, and the Mrs. written on this tote. Shop all of my favorite straw totes below.
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20 Easy Meal Ideas

There’s something so special about a home cooked meal. And in the last year since moving back to NYC, I honestly haven’t enjoyed enough of them! There are so many wonderful restaurants here, as well as great take out options, so pre-quarantine I was eating out almost 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, it was GREAT, (…and I can’t wait to enjoy them after this!), but 1. it was getting insanely expensive, and 2. I was constantly dehydrated because of the amount of salt that was being added to the food. What’s nice about making your own food is that you can control how much salt, butter, oil, etc. goes into it. Plus it can be very therapeutic and fun! In the last 9 days, I’ve made every single meal at home, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been cooking because it’s really forced me to get creative! We were eating pasta almost every night for the first few days, and got super bored of that quickly, so I started experimenting and playing with different flavors. One night we will have an Italian dish, another night it’s Mexican, then Japanese, Greek, etc. I am by no means an expert in the kitchen, and actually barely have any patience when it comes to cooking! I like dishes that are quick and easy, but still super flavorful. These are some of my no-fail, simple meals that anyone can make at home. Why You Need An Instant PotFYI many of these recipes have been adapted and tweaked by me to work in an Instant Pot. If you don’t already own an Instant Pot, order it right now. It’s the absolute best cooking device I’ve ever owned and cuts down your meal prep time significantly – often by an hour. Seriously, it makes rice, soups, cooks meat, etc. in only 12 minutes – you can’t beat that. Oh, and everything turns out so soft, moist and flavorful!!! Easy Meal Prep IdeasPesto + Zucchini Noodles (optional add Pasta)You can easily get pesto premade at the market, but I love making my own with fresh basil (it lasts up to a week in the fridge, or you can also freeze it.) For zucchini noodles, you just need a spiralizer! Butternut Squash “Mac and Cheese” (Vegan/DF)This recipe is so easy and delicious! It’s gluten free if you make it with gluten free pasta. Veggie Packed Marinara over PastaAn easy way to sneak veggies into your meal is to chop and saute carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onions (or whatever you have in the fridge), then add in a store bought marinara sauce like Rao’s, and mix in pasta. Chicken + Wild Rice StewIf you have an instant pot, this will be much easier! Either way, pre-cook the wild rice and set aside, then add chicken, chicken broth, celery, carrot, oregano, salt, and pepper to the instant pot and click the “Soup” setting which takes about 10 minutes. Once that’s done add the wild rice and you’ve got a fiber packed soup. Tanita Teriyaki Chicken + Coconut White RiceI shared this recipe on my IG Stories and it’s been a HUGE hit! So glad you gals are enjoying it! Teriyaki Marinade recipe: 3/4 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp minced fresh garlic, 2 tsp minced fresh ginger, 1 tsp sweet rice wine (you can find this on Amazon or at grocery stores), place all ingredients in a plastic bag with your meat of choice (works for veggies too!) and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge, then cook however you please. Coconut Rice (best in Instant Pot or rice cooker): 1 cup white basmati rice, 1 1/2 cups water, pinch of salt, 1 tbsp coconut oil, press rice setting. Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono Soup as the Greeks say)This is one of my favorite soups! There are a ton of different recipes online, I kind of made up my own and adapted from this one. I use my Instant Pot to speed things up and saute the carrot, leek and onion first, then add the broth and chicken and click the “Soup” setting. Once it’s done I transfer it to a pot, and pour 2 ladles of broth to the egg/lemon juice mixture. I like to add lemon zest to this mixture as well. I cook the rice separate in the Instant Pot. Once that’s done, I pour some of the soup over the rice and top with feta cheese – it’s SO GOOD! Turkey ChiliI use my Instant Pot for this as well, because it really speeds up the whole process. I don’t like beans or peppers, so I adapted this recipe and omitted them, but obviously if you like them – add them! My friend Camille just shared this vegan chili recipe which looks tasty too! Chicken Noodle SoupEasiest recipe ever – just saute carrots, celery and onion until they’re soft, then add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 lb chicken breast, salt, pepper, and any spices you have on hand (oregano, parsley, and a TEENY bit of turmeric are all my herbs of choice) to your Instant Pot and click the “Soup” setting. Cook pasta separately and add once it’s done! Turkey Burgers + Sweet Potato FriesAdd a little bit of butter and herb mixture (again I love using dried oregano and parsley) to ground turkey and make into a patty, then cook. Thinly slice sweet potatoes and toss in olive oil, then bake at 425 until golden brown (usually about 30+ minutes for me depending on how thin you cut them.) Greek SaladThis is a great lunch option, I just get romaine, big chunks of feta, olives, and toss together a simple vinaigrette! Corn ChowderThis Ina Garten recipe is DIVINE. So creamy and so rich – my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Over the years, I’ve adapted it slightly to work in an Instant Pot. I half or sometimes quarter the recipe since it feeds so many people, and I omit the potatoes since I prefer it without them. While it is easier to use frozen corn, the fresh corn tastes better, and you can usually find fresh corn easily at any market. Salsa Shredded Chicken TacosThis is the easiest, most flavorful way to season chicken! Simply buy a jar of salsa and dump it into your Instant Pot, along with a 1/4 cup of water, a tsp of oregano, and 1 lb chicken (or veggies.) Cook on high for 10 minutes, shred chicken and eat with corn tortillas! Fried Rice + Veggie Stir FryI don’t eat pork or red meat, BUT this recipe just tastes SO MUCH better with bacon. It really is the secret sauce. Take 3 strips of bacon, chop them up, cook them and let the fat render. Then add 1/2 chopped onion into to the fat and cook until the onion is soft. Then add chopped veggies of your choice and cook until they’re soft. While you’re doing this, cook white rice and set aside. Once it’s cooked, add the rice to the bacon/veggie pan. Stir for 5 minutes, and then add about 1 tbsp soy sauce, and a pinch of pepper. Make a hollow well/opening in the center of your rice mixture and crack 2 eggs. Scramble/cook the 2 eggs in the hollow until it’s slightly firm, then incorporate into the rice mixture. Homemade PizzaYou can of course make homemade dough, or you can buy frozen pizza dough. If you’re super lazy like me, then just buy English muffins and make mini “pizzas” with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Throw them in the oven and you’ve got yourself a meal! Salmon + AsparagusThis combo is so simple and so yummy. I love searing both sides of the salmon in my Le Creuset pan (which PS is 40% off here!) for 5 minutes, then placing it in the oven (it’s oven safe!) with the salmon, and asparagus drenched in olive oil for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Searing it makes the outside crispy which really adds a nice texture to the fish. Chicken Marsala over Egg NoodlesMy dad always makes this for me every time I go home. TBH I haven’t made it for myself yet, and still need to find a good recipe (this one looks pretty good), but I LOVE the flavor of this dish. Mushrooms, cream, broth, chicken, all over egg noodles – mmm! You can find egg noodles at any market (obviously you can use regular pasta or even rice), but egg noodles really do add something special to the dish! Chicken Pot PieThis is another Ina Garten recipe that will impress anyone who tastes it. It’s a labor of love, but totally worth it. Forewarning it’s a very rich, creamy dish, and not low on calories haha! I highly recommend using low sodium chicken stock as I’ve found it to be too salty if you don’t! Breakfast for DinnerMix things up and make scrambled eggs, an omelette, toast, waffles, pancakes, or whatever your favorite breakfast foods are for dinner! Grilled Cheese + Tomato SoupThis is a childhood favorite combo of mine. My favorite cheese for this is Tillamook extra sharp cheddar – hits the spot! Romaine + Watermelon Radish salad with Homemade DressingIf you’re craving a light salad, this one is effortless. Get romaine, chop up a colorful watermelon radish, and top it with my homemade dressing. My homemade dressing recipe (makes 1 1/2 cups so save extra for the week!): 3 tsp dijon mustard, 2 tsp honey, 1 small shallot finely diced, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 lemon juice, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch of pepper. Did I convince you to buy an Instant Pot yet? ;) What are some of your favorite meals to make at home? Would love to know and try them myself! If you make any of these share them with me on IG and I’ll post to my Stories! Enjoy!
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