I'm finding it hard to believe it's already that time of year to begin thinking of getting your vino pout on. Yet, I do admit I am a little giddy about it.  Dark wine lips are one of my favorite looks, mainly because sometimes it's all you need to get out the door.  After a little searching, I found I've fallen for these four beauties.

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It may sound somewhat daunting, but according to Valentina Sorfrini of Hortus Natural Cooking, assembling a Vegan Antipasti Spread only takes three mouth watering recipes. Let's face it, V/GF and Antipasti don't exactly go hand in hand, but when prepared correctly, the taste, the wholesomeness, and the desire for the dish are none the different. Flavorful, whole foods our bodies yearn for. With burnt GF grain bread, this spread will soon be one of yours and your friends favorites.  Enjoy!

recipe one - carrot celeriac slaw
| ingredients | 
1 cup julienned carrot
1 cup julienned celeriac
2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp lemon juice
a few extra drops of sesame oil
salt to taste

| directions |
simply julienne the vegetables
and toss them with the dressing ingredients
crush the roasted sesame seeds for best flavor

recipe two - cannelloni hummus
| ingredients | 
1/2 cup of cannelloni beans, cooked until very soft
1 small shallot
a pinch of rosemary needles
two small sage leaves
a garlic clove
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp vegetable stock
5-6 roasted walnut halves
1 tbsp tahini
extra virgin olive oil to finish

| directions |
cook dried cannellini beans 
until very soft
finely chop the shallot and add
it to a small pan with the olive oil, sage and rosemary
stir fry gently until all is aromatic,
the herbs crops up and the shallot softens
add the beans to the pan and toss to coat.
discard the herbs, then scrape the contents 
of the pan into a food processor
add the garlic and a bit of extra virgin olive oil, 
salt,  pepper and the nuts and tahini
add the stock or water little by little
then spoon tin a bowl and garnish 
with more EVVO, if desired 
and a dash of paprika
for taste and color. 

recipe three - grilled eggplants & zucchini
| ingredients | 
1 medium long eggplant
2 medium zucchini
1 fat garlic clove, minced finely
a nice handful of parsley to taste
2-3 basil leaves
some dried chili to taste
2 to 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
a tbsp of good quality thick balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

| directions|
heat up grill or a 
nonstick cast iron pan
thinly slice the vegetables lengthwise
about 2mm with a mandolin
grill the vegetable slices very briefly
once done, toss in a bowl with the garlic
parsley, crumbled dried chili, 
oil and salt and pepper to taste
add some finely shredded basis to enhance
the flavor further, add a splash of quality balsamic
toss well and refrigerate
to left the flavors mingle before serving

| enjoy | 
as one of the last odes to summer with your closest friends + family



As we all may have experienced, timing almost never happens on our terms.  Trusting that there is a time and place for everything is a hard thing to do, especially when the odds are stacked against you. This past year, while living in a city I love, I found myself working for a company that didn't fit what I had ever envisioned doing nor did it have a culture I was accustomed to.  Deciding to leave was an enormous decision because being a technology professional, Santa Fe doesn't exactly have a hotbed of opportunities to pick from.  The questions ran through my mind like wildfire--should I settle for a mediocre position or should I pursue what I am passionate about and work for a company I respect, one that innovates and has been innovating our lives for the last century?  

My family and I were getting settled and were blessed with a loving group of family and friends around us. The decision was difficult. Looking down the barrel of a unsatisfying career for the next thirty years didn't sit well.  I wasn't alone in this either, my husband had the same questions.  Aside from remaining in this beautiful city, it came down to three things.  One, the city will always be here.  Santa Fe doesn't change much and if there ever was an option to return, it will be the same ol' city we love and know.  Two, an opportunity to work in creative innovation doesn't come around very often, and three, we are travelers. Seekers of the world we live in.  With a love to experience new cultures and walk on foreign lands we noticed during the time we've lived here, lessened that.  Trips to Europe and Asia came fewer and far between and honestly, the need to experience the world now is very important to us.  You see and get to do things in different ways at different ages.  We want to live now. 

Having both been born and raised in Santa Fe, we will be visiting quite often.  Especially in winter, but more to come on that subject on August 30th!  As of today, we are trusting the timing of our lives, and I'll be sure to share the new adventure on FS.  In any event, this quote by Frederick Bueckner sums it up perfectly.

"You can kiss your family and friends goodbye
and put miles between you, but at the same time
you carry them with you in your heart, your mind,
your stomach, because you do not just live in a world
but a world lives in you".

If you ever find yourself in the great city of Austin, please do let me know.  It would be lovely to see you in our new stomping grounds.

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Hero's Journey from Danielle Brennan on Vimeo.

A puppy named Hero, needs your help. My dear friends Danielle, Randall and Hero's sister Halo are fighting for Hero's life.  If you have ever had a pet fall ill, you understand the pain, sadness, hope, and the many other flurry of emotions it brings.  You also understand that you will drown your life savings to save your furry soul mates life. As you know, we experienced the same roller coaster ride with Jersey a little over a year and a half ago, and we will never forget the people who loved and helped him during his hard fought battle.

This is Hero's story, and if you could help in any way, please do.  Be a Hero for Hero is located on gofundme,  Any little bit helps in dealing with veterinary bills. This sweet puppy has a great team of Vets working on him, and a loving family who needs him. Please read Danielle and Randall's plight below, and watch the vimeo of how much Halo needs her brother and his parents needs their puppy. And again, I beg you, donate if you are able. 


We adopted Hero and Halo from an amazing litter of puppies back in March of this year. We weren't anticipating adopting a dog so soon, let alone two, but alas, they told us they wanted to stay together and chose us to be their loving parents. The past 4+ months with them have been an absolute joy. They are incredibly well-behaved puppies that ADORE people. It has been my intention to have them certified as therapy dogs so they can continue to spread their love to those in need.

Just this past week, our healthy and energetic Hero became very lethargic and eventually collapsed and couldn't hold himself up. After rushing him to the vet, they discovered he was deathly anemic and needed a blood transfusion. They've run a series of tests and are close to a diagnosis called Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), which means his own immune system is attacking his red blood cells. 

Many dogs that are diagnosed with this condition go on to live long, healthy lives with the support of holistic treatments and supplementation, once they make it through the initial crisis. We are hopeful he will be one of these dogs and live up to his name, Hero. 

He is currently in critical condition receiving his second blood transfusion and will need an immunoglobin treatment in addition to being hospitalized for a few more days. These treatments are very costly, but there is no price tag for the love and light he brings into the world.

Please help us give him the best possible chance at experiencing a loving and happy life with us and his sister Halo. We appreciate any and all contributions as they will help us help him. 

With abundant love from our hearts to yours,

Randall, Danielle, Halo + Hero

P.S. I recently heard this song for the first time and thought the lyrics were "you need a soul traveler" when in fact the title is 'Universal Traveler' by Air. It reminded me of Hero and Halo and the journey they decided to take together in this life, into our hearts and home. Please share with your friends and remember to love life as much as dogs do.



The Daily Press is a Brooklyn based coffee house located off of Franklin Ave. in Williamsburg. Founded by the Mast Brothers with the goal of celebrating the heritage of steep neighborhood tradition, the space was created as a place where the community could come together and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a few other mouth watering goods. 
Offerings include bagels from Terrace Bagels, pastries from Ceci Cela which are both of Brooklyn, and are vegan and gluten free.  They source their milk locally from the Battenkill Valley Creamery and have a grab and go fridge with an assortment of local products---and from what I hear, beer and wine as well! Wait, what?!
Designed by Matt Delbridge of New York, NY, he took the mastery of what a great vintage coffee house entails and shared the pride the owners have in the community.  With a wide ranging client base--from Google to Kenneth Cole, his craft is true to the brand.
If you live in Brooklyn or are visiting, I recommend you stop in and check it out.  You could also follow The Daily Press on twitter to see what they've got going on.  I promise you won't be disappointed one bit.



I've learned that August means a lot of different things to different people. From new beginnings to fun filled endings. It is all wrapped up into this one lovely month.  August's birthstone is the peridot and is known to host healing properties to protect against nightmares and bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. Its birth flower is the poppy, meaning strength of character, love, marriage and family. Until August 22nd the zodiac sign is Leo--and if you've loved a Leo in friendship or perhaps intimately, well, you know their beauty very well.  

However it is you perceive August to be, I hope it is a gracious one for you. 

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It's the beginning of a new month and a whole new reason to celebrate summer.  I hope it has been a wonderful one for you thus far.  Here are some great end of the week links that will keep you in the "life is sunny, I can wear my flowy white dress anywhere" kinda mood.  
french kiss margarita.  a beautiful name for a deliciously fresh cocktail.
with basil and blood oranges, it ups one on the classic marg. 

written by  the beauty editor for camille styles, tara thompson rasmus
decodes the best bright summer lipsticks for any skin tone. a must read
before you revisit the beauty counter.

loving flowers is like loving puppies.  you can't get enough of them.
this q&a session with lisa prizytup of james daughters flowers in brooklyn is
a fun read. Learn all about her current obsessions right on down to what 
she was into when she was just a teen.
pies are precious.
delivering them safely and in beautiful packaging is a must.

how cozy is this jumpsuit that cassie took on her honeymoon?
with perfect accessories to boot, see how she put it all together. 

clothespins remind me of childhood.
you are loved reminds me of God's grace.

have a lovely one.

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