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It’s here. My last semester of college. This semester has been the fastest-slowest semester I’ve ever experienced. It’s crazy to think that soon my life won’t be measured in semesters or defined by the classes I took or internships I worked. No more asking where I go to school, but instead asking where I work and what school I went to. The past four years have felt like a fever dream, because there’s no way I could have imagined the way my life has gone the past four years. I’ll save all my sappiness and emotions for May when the end is truly near but in the meantime I can’t stop thinking about how much I’ll miss this. I’ll miss all the free food at school events, nights in the library when I’ve put everything off until the last possible second. I started off my senior year in a very low place. I was stressed about what I wanted to do, I was struggling financially, I felt like I had no sense of control over anything in my life. As I’ve started my second semester, my life has picked up, my schedule is packed and almost every minute of my day during the week is accounted for, but I hope, and I’m trying, to savor these days and these moments.
15 year-old me still can’t believe that I made it here. 21 year-old me can’t believe that it’s all coming to an end so soon.
Food is one of my favorite things in the world, and not just in the “I love to eat” kind of way. I’ve been fascinated by the science and history behind everything we eat since I first started watching Good Eats back in elementary school. Over the years, I’ve found myself leaning towards books to learn more and I thought I would share them with anyone who’s curious and looking to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding for the food on their plate.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses // This is the first food book I read and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Tom Standage goes through and explains how 6 drinks– beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and coca cola– have defined and marked different periods in human history. It’s engaging, an easy read, and really helps to show how important drinks are and their effect and impact on history.
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat // This book takes a slightly different approach and instead focuses on tools and utensils and how they have shaped how we cook and what we eat. For example she explains why the mortal and pestle has been used for millennia while the spork was never able to gain real traction. Consider the Fork makes you more aware of all the thing we take for granted in our kitchens today like measuring cups or thermometers and sheds light on how something like the emergence of knives at the dinner table has changed our physical bodies.
Salt: A World History // I’d consider this a book more for those who are really into this kind of stuff, but I learned so much about this little white rock I encounter everyday. I’ll will admit though that the book feels repetitive at times, often telling the same stories but from different parts of the world and different points in time. While we’d all agree that you can’t have a kitchen without salt, I never knew the extent of it’s importance to history and how its cultivation and use has evolved over time.
An Edible History of Humanity // This is my most recent read, and while for me it wasn’t as engaging as ‘6 Glasses’, it still provides some valuable insight and learnings about our food. Covering everything from whether or not agriculture was the best move for humanity to understand the second green revolution, this book has helped better understand the food issues we are facing today.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation // I haven’t finished this book yet but I have watched the four-part series on Netflix and was totally engrossed in it. Michael Pollan goes through the four elements and breaks down their impact on food and cooking. Pollan focuses on a return to the basics through understanding the processes we use to cook our food. The Netflix series is beautifully done and something that everyone can enjoy.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat // I have not managed to get this book for myself, but I have fallen in love with Samin Norsat (who is featured in an episode of Cooked) and can see how this book will greatly help my cooking abilities. Norsat outlines and explains how understanding these four elements of cooking can help you become a better cook, and as someone who wants to become a better off the cuff cook, Norsat provides the knowledge to make that happen. It’s also has a four-part series on netflix which is lovely.
I hope whether you’re a food connoisseur or a complete beginner that this list can be a launching point to learning more about food. I’m taking a break from reading food books (haha) but if anyone has any other recommendations I’d love to hear!
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oh? what’s this? a gift guide you say? it’s almost like i’m a real blogger!! The last time i did a gift guide was 2014, and i’m not sure if my gift giving skills have gotten better since then. I’ve essentially decided what i’m getting my friends and family for christmas, but i thought it’d be fun to make a gift guide full of things i have and love or items that i’ve had my eye on for myself (cough cough wink wink @mom @dad @brother)
experiences are also great gift options considering that most of us probably have too much stuff anyways. i think a cooking or wine tasting class, a massage or spa day, a paint night, or offering to make a nice dinner are great gift ideas!
oversized alpaca crew, $95 // who can resist a cozy sweater?
soft cotton square crew, $68 // hands down one of my favorite sweaters in the world. I have it in navy as well as white and wear them often come fall/winter/spring. It’s 100% cotton so no need to fuss over it in the wash, yet it’s a heavy enough knit to stay warm in or layer with. I wear a xxs in everlane tops but have it in a xs which you can see here to get a sense of the fit.
new york sweatshirt, $50 // a good sweatshirt is a key component of a solid weekend uniform. easy to pair with leggings on the weekend or with jeans and over a button down if you’re up for it.
masculin féminin sweatshirt, $125 // apparently based off the 1966 french-swedish new wave film of the same name. sounds dope, looks cool– why not?
renew lightweight puffer, $88 // i recently bought this for myself and love it. it’s made out of recycled plastic and is lightweight while still being warm. for my friends down south– this is better than wearing every hoodie you own when it gets cold out (you know y’all don’t know how to dress below 40), and for my east coast babes you know the benefit of a lightweight puffer already– this one’s a good one.
denim jacket, $88 // because everyone looks good in a denim jacket. this one from everlane is my favorite out of the three denim jackets i own, comes in six colors. see it on me here (i’m wearing an xxs).
flannel robe, $75 // i am all about being cozy at home and while i typically just toss on a random hoodie if i’m feeling cold, a cute robe would be a nice substitute. plus you’ll look real cute while frantically trying to finish your coffee, pick out an outfit, and pack your stuff for the day in the morning rush.
7/8 spring leggings, $85 // cool girls work out in outdoor voices. i’m not cool so i go grocery shopping in old navy leggings (still cute !!!). lots of fun prints and color ways for gals who love working out or at least looking like they do
oval barrette, $17 // i’m currently having a tortoise obsession and have realized that pulling back some of my hair is an easy way to look decent? what a concept.
bandana, $13 // wear it in your hair! around your neck! on your purse! a super easy little add on gift or a sweet addition to a nice holiday card. plenty of options to pick from!
tortoise hoops, $20 // re: see tortoise comment above
glossier balm dot com, $12 each, 3 for $30 // the best lip balm out there. always a welcome gift in the middle of winter. buy a pack of three to give as one gift or split among others
kiehi’s mighty moisture set, $30 // kiehi’s is my favorite skincare brand and this set is perfect for anyone with dry skin (aka all of us during the winter)
bombas socks, $12 // the only socks i can wear since i interned for them a few years ago. ridiculously comfortable, they hold up well, and for every pair you purchase a pair is donated to someone in need.
flannel blanket scarf, $23 // ahh, the classic cop out gift. the amount of times i’ve given my mom a scarf as a gift– ha! might be over done but they’re still useful, cute, and warm in the winter.
modern snap backpack, $68 // i have a different backpack from everlane but either way think a backpack is great if you have someone who could use a refresh. perfect for travel, or someone who’s always on the go.
twill weekender, $98 // i actually got this for my birthday and feel so cool to have a duffle that matches my backpack when i travel. it’s quite spacious and perfect for a short trip. the material of my backpack has held up well over the years after almost daily use so i trust that this will too!
soft touch black tumblers (set of six), $36 // i’m actually getting these for my brother for Christmas. they are sleek and perfect for everyday.
gold cheese knives, $15 // i love love love my cheese knives and bring them with me to every party that i make a cheese platter for. perfect for your hostess with the most-ess and they make entertaining that much more fun.
small victories, $30 // my brother gave me a personally signed copy for christmas a few years ago and i love it so far! i’ve only made a few recipes in it, but it’s accessible, filled with some yummy dishes, and has encouraged me to try and cook new things. she recently came out with another cookbook, now and again, that i also think would be a great gift.
salt fat acid heat, $30 // ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about cooking from a more technical standpoint. gift them the book and then offer to watch the show on netflix together if you haven’t already!
google home mini, $50 // i love my google mini and use it for everything from playing music, setting timers, and checking the weather. it’s the perfect size for someone in college or that has a small space. sound is not ah-mazing, but it works well for my apartment!
concept planner, $34 // i came across this planner awhile ago at a bookstore and fell in love with the design. it’s simple and beautifully made, perfect for someone who constantly is trying to get their life together.
I hope this post was helpful for some of you! I’ve listed the full price for these items, but almost everything mentioned is on sale for black friday/cyber monday so it’s a perfect time to start and finish gift shopping. I’d love to know what you’re planning on giving out this season!
Y’all– I’ve been feeling stuck. Not only do I have no idea what I’m doing (as per usual, as expected) but all of a sudden I couldn’t even bring myself to create. My ideas sucked, my photos sucked, my writing sucked, my cooking sucked. I somehow began to believe that I lacked a single creative bone in my body and found myself with a lack of identity or output.
Who am I if i’m not making something?
I think I began to get too comfortable, and then uncomfortable with being comfortable. I think I started to care too much about the output and how people would react. I think I began creating for others rather than creating for myself and enjoying the process.
I felt shitty so when october came around I decided this needed to stop– I told myself that I would make something everyday for the next 31 days. Whether it be a new recipe, going out to shoot, painting something, crafting something I was committing to myself and trusting my abilities to make something by myself for myself.
I missed challenging myself, being weird, experimenting. I strongly believe that creativity is a muscle, you need to work it regularly and push its limits to keep it in shape.
I didn’t make it through the month, but I did total about 17 new creative endeavors (!!!). I feel so energized by my work and in love with the creative process. I’m shooting more and trying new things. I’m posting more on instagram without caring as much about the algorithm or if I’m spamming people’s feeds. I’m cooking new recipes and even cooked an entire dinner for nine people. I’ve made a lovely new print to decorate my apartment with and a handful of new handmade earrings to wear out and about.
I’m moving slowly, but I am moving forwards.