I have been heavily influenced lately from Moroccan culture. It is most likely because I love spicy flavors, bright colors, and desert landscapes. Or because my mom and I would continuously watch Casablaca and other classic films together when I was younger thus instilling exotic wanderlust. Until I travel and see Morocco’s ancient cities, culture, and rich heritage; here are some of my favorite items to add to your collection:
One of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited has been Costa Rica. Some people say that Central America isn’t that safe, but I can honestly say I felt welcomed the entire stay and found the people to be genuinely happy. I went in June, during the rainy season, which I recommend because it’s more affordable, the jungle is so green and lush, and it’s quieter with less tourists around.
I am always drawn to warm, velvety perfumes of tobacco, sandalwood, cardamom, and other spices. Here are my top picks for that one-of-a-kind signature scent:
Living in Southern California almost guarantees you will have a potted succulent or houseplant garden at some point during your tenure. And if you’re like me, a sucker for good design, you will probably always be searching for creative and one of a kind planters to decorate your dwelling because it is constantly growing and evolving. Here are some of my favorite ceramics to add to your collection!
I was gifted a pasta maker over the holidays and it has quickly become my favorite kitchen gadget! Ever since watching Master of None, I have been dreaming of packing up and heading to an Italian pasta school, but in reality this is as close as I’m going to get. Homemade pasta isn’t as intimidating as you may think with only 3 ingredients and 1 hour of labor and love.
Fresh Homemade Pasta
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 extra-large eggs
- dash of olive oil
Mound the flour in the center of a large table. Make a well in the middle of the flour, add the eggs and oil. Using a fork, beat together the eggs and begin to incorporate the flour starting with the inner rim of the well. As you incorporate the eggs, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape
Once the dough has come together, knead for 6 minutes until dough is elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out in your desired shape and boil in salt water for 5 minutes or until al dente.
There are some artisan ladies in Los Angeles that I have been admiring for some time now after attending the Echo Park Craft Fair last May. They are all extremely talented and make high quality, unique goods right here in Los Angeles. It is completely refreshing to be living in a community that supports local artists, especially female ones! After pining over all their creations, I put together the ultimate East LA Sunday brunch or farmers market outfit that will bring in tons of confidence and compliments!
- Rachel Craven Textiles: Long Linen Cocoon Dress
- Block Shop Textiles: Alma Indigo Scarf
- Beatrice Valenzuela: Concha Cuff
- Annie Costello Brown: Arc Drop Chandelier Earrings – Oxide Blue
- Clare V: Leopard Petit Simple Tote
- Jenni Kayne: D’Orsay Flat – Black Ponyhair
My granny was the absolute best cook, and probably the most influential baker in my life. She would always have some kind of cake, cookies, or savory scones coming out of the oven everytime I visited, even if it was an unexpected drop-in. Her house smelled of delicious spices and flavors and I looked forward to Sunday dinners and holidays so I could taste all the joy she put into the kitchen. She made everything from scratch using ingredients from her garden, including many German and Polish recipes that had been in our family for generations. These anise cookies have been made in my family for 4 generations and I must say that they are a family favorite and the taste will always remind me of her.