Melissa and I have the most amazing time working together every day, but one of the greater joys is the ability to talk life amidst the email grind. M’s sweet boyfriend was just in France for almost two weeks this month, and every day, I couldn’t help but think of that feeling of missing your other half. Life just doesn’t feel the same, right? It’s not as full. It just doesn’t feel right. Thankfully we have each other to encourage when our men are absent. When Jase is gone, she gets the feeling, and vice versa.But then the two of us got to talking and restructuring our perspective of “missing.” We realized how grateful we both are to have someone to miss that much. We realized that rather than turning that time into a pool of sadness, to rather fill it with memories we can’t fully dive into when our men are home. I was laughing while simultaneously admiring how Melissa planned every moment of every day when Ham was away – sleepovers with girlfriends, family hangs, spa nights at home with quiet time alone. So good. Being thankful truly changes everything. Not to mention, the time apart really does grows the heart fonder. It seems to illuminate why you are grateful for your partner in crime. There is nothing better than the anticipation of their arrival home, and there isn’t anything much sweeter than the reunion.
I adore pretty prints, artsy designs, and all things stationary- notepads, agenda books, calendar, thank you notes, and so on. Technology is amazing of course, but there is something about a handwritten note and a real agenda book that is irreplaceable and timeless. I discovered Rifle Paper Co. about two years ago, and I immediately fell in love with their aesthetic. They did a fashion collaboration a few seasons back with Paper Crown and the dresses were sold at Anthropologie. The dresses were nothing short of beautiful and the prints designed by Rifle Paper had their signature artistic- whimsical, feminine, and fun. I remember thinking how cool it was for Rifle Paper, Paper Crown, and Anthropologie to team in such a creative way in order to make the dresses come to life and become available to customers. Rifle Paper’s products are truly individual works of art. The herb garden wall calendar that they sent me is so amazing- each page looks as though it was hand painted with such care and attention to detail. Lo and I were so excited to connect with Rifle Paper Co. and are extremely grateful for the goodies that they sent us. Above are my three favorites and below are links to more pretty things.
I cannot tell you how many times I have made prosciutto-wrapped asparagus as an appetizer…way too many to count! The images above were taken before they went in the oven and of course I forgot to take an after-oven pic, so that will have to wait until next time. This appetizer is literally the easiest thing to make and it is always a hit. I most recently made it for my dear friend Brittany’s bridal shower and she literally requested that I make these- they are that tasty. There are a lot of recipes out there for prosciutto wrapped asparagus, but below are the quick and easy steps I follow. All you need is asparagus and prosciutto, and olive oil and parmesan if you want to get fancy.
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED ASPARAGUS
For a large party, 2 big bunches of fresh asparagus
About 3/4 lb of prosciutto ((*order extra if you want…prosciutto + eggs makes for a pretty yummy breakfast))
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Wash and dry asparagus and break off the ends. I tend to make the asparagus a bit shorter than I do when normally cooking them, because I want them to be bite-size and easy to eat for this appetizer.
3. Begin to tear off pieces of prosciutto and wrap the asparagus as shown in the above images.
4. Once all asparagus pieces are wrapped in prosciutto, put them on a baking sheet lined with foil (or in a cast iron skillet) and bake for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check on them because you don’t want them to cook too much!
5. Take them out, let them cool, and pat them dry- the prosciutto tends to release a lot of oil after baking.
6. I normally serve “as is” since the prosciutto is naturally salty, but you can certainly top with salt, pepper, a little olive oil, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese!
I am so incredibly honored to be a part of this 31 Bits Campaign with the most lovely women who are designers and inspirers. I had the most memorable time creating this necklace with the most lovely team. Knowing that women in Uganda made this design come to fruition is the most empowering part of it all. See how your purchase has purpose, and scroll down to read more about this process!
What is the inspiration behind your piece? I am all about anything neutral and feminine, so I kept that in mind while designing this piece. Not to mention, the fact that the women who are making this necklace are rising above poverty through the art of creativity is so inspiring! That is the best part of it all!
What inspires you? Empowered women that push through fears and pursue their passions freely. Oh! And beaches and beach towns!
What is your favorite thing about 31 Bits? I love that y’all value the creator and the consumer! It is such apicture of what defines success in a business – that people are fully cared for, encouraged creatively, and are in an atmosphere that esteems community!
What does this project mean for you? This project is so special to me and I am honored and grateful to be a part. I love learning about other women that are designers with an inspiring story. It is such a beautiful thing to celebrate!
Describe your style: Laid back, neutral, and California classic (bring on the hats and oversized sweatshirts for beach nights!).
What’s next for you? I am in the process of starting a foundation to provide beautiful prostheses forwomen,expanding the vision and purpose of my blog, anticipating my twin sister having her first baby (my excitement is on another level), and preparing for the launch of our hair product, Stranded!
Where do you get your style inspiration from? Bloggers, ShopBop editorial emails, and my mom.
Fave Fall activity? Sitting by fires, cozy beach weekends, carving pumpkins, long dinners, lots of family time, and hot matcha lattes!
Tell us ALL about Stranded!! Stranded is a powdered, dry shampoo and hair perfume for saucy blondes, beautiful brunettes, and fiery redheads—all the while leaving locks freshly perfumed and viable for another day without washing. It is an all-natural product, lacking in GMO’s, gluten free, and vegan. I hope you love it as much as we do!! (Available this Fall!)