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FOOD / 18

one of the many highlights of our trip to london, aka. lundy town was the yogurt parfaits that were every morning at each day we would jump out of bed (well, maybe it was more of a saunter) and make our way to the door, grab our goodie bag (discard the orange juice — too, pulpy) and happily dig in to the layers of fruit, yogurt and granola.

when we got back home to los angeles, i found myself craving the flavors, so i did what any rational person would do.  spent several hours researching granola recipes, experimented a bit and came up with a recipe i liked. oh, and yes, i know a rational person would just go to the store and buy a parfait…turns out, i’m not rational.

what you’ll need:
• 16 oz plain greek yogurt (and there’s nothin’ plain about it!)
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt ( some additional coarse salt for sprinkling – sounds weird, i know, but trust me)
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – softened
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds (i used roasted, but you are popping them in the oven, so raw might be just fine).
* 1/3 cup golden raisins
* 2 cups fresh blueberries
* 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped strawberries (i kept my strawberry chunks pretty chunky)
* 1/3 cup of water
* zest of half an orange
* 1/4 cup sugar

what to do:
• heat your oven to 325 degrees
• in a large bowl mix the oats, cinnamon and salt.  also known as mixture “a.”
* in a medium bowl whisk the honey, butter, brown sugar and vanilla. also known as mixture “b.”  this, i warn you is not too much fun.
* using those pretty hands of yours, convincingly combine mixtures a & b.  oh, and be sure to leave some of it clumpy.  this is one time where clumps are good!
* spread the mixture evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pop it in the oven for ten minutes.

while you’re waiting:
•  throw the berries, water, sugar and zest into a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
• once at a boil, lower to medium-low heat, stir occasionally and watch how it turns into a beautiful berry filled purple syrup.
• you’ll be done in about 8 minutes, then transfer the goodness to a bowl and set aside to cool.

then back to the granola:
• get in there with a spatula and flip the granola so that it is cooking evenly.
*  sprinkle the almonds over the top and pop it back in the oven for another ten to fifteen minutes.
*  in the last minute, pull the granola out, top with raisins and a light sprinkling of coarse salt
*  remove from oven and let cool.

ps. at times during the process it might seem like your granola is not getting crispy . . . but it will, i assure you, it will.

on to the parfaits:
• so at this point, hopefully you have invited over 5 friends, cause you got parfait fixins for six.
• add a few spoonfuls of fruit to each glass and be sure to get some of that purple syrup along with it.
• then add a couple dollops of yogurt
* top off each with a heap of granola

* arm yourself with a spoon and start stirrin’ and smashin’!  it won’t be pretty, but it will be delicious!

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both and I had never explored london. we had zero idea what the “hip” areas were, and we just wanted it to be perfect. for the start of our london trip, we chose to stay at and it was a legit choice for sure.

i was immediately intrigued by the unique juxtaposition of old and new going on with the design of the hotel. they have all these little surprises spread around the rooms (brass animals hiding places, unexpected furniture…)

we made these memory books to document our travels together. it took me back to my days of working on a journal everyday…cutting out magazines, carrying around double stick tape…then it all switched to a digital diary. i miss the handmade way sometimes, don’t you?…

they had such an impressive pool situation. i am obsessed with those gold stairs! and they had these cute rubber ducks planted all around the hotel.

side story: jen left her phone in a cab on the way to (not the best way to start the trip) and the hotel staff went above and beyond to find it. and they did! that one called for a group hug. we became buddies with the really sweet staff here. awesome service like this is hard to find.

oh! we went to the bar to get rid of traveling/jetlag stress and they had the most unique drinks! we ordered one called “the ” that was served under a silver platter with smoked mahogany and sat on top of a leather bound book (that you got to sign) i mean, how funny is that!? this hotel just gets it.

it was really great working with on this. (when I was little I wanted to be a hotel reviewer ha) they have this cool program called where you accumulate 10 nights and get one free. with all this blogshop travel that adds up pretty quick. our paris hotel was toooootally different than this but equally cool. overall, experience was top notch!

(hotel room sponsored by – photos by )



hello everyone! i have had my family in town for the past few days which always means a lot of eating around town. my boyfriend is traveling for work in china for another week (i can’t believe we have been apart for three weeks!) but I actually have been handling it a lot better than I normally do. i remember when we used to be apart, I used to whine and cry about it. (isn’t the distance hard!?) but i finally seen that there is really no point to all that, and have just tried to keep myself busy and focus on how happy it will be when we get to reunite. that will be a good day.

hopefully lots of you have rsvp’d to this fun workshop we are hosting at anthropologie. we are nearly at capacity! and check out some of the outtakes i just added from the max wanger style shoots

happy friday friends! – bri

(photo by – with my friend at my loft!)


STYLE / 32

took these photos a few weeks ago when we were in atlanta (see full post here). i am always amazed at how photographer friends of mine all have such a different outlook on life when it comes to their work. i will walk into a room with two friends, both photographers, and they will shoot the same room and they are so drastically different. however it’s so easy for me to know which one shot which. art is so cool.

i am flying back from new york tomorrow. and i can’t tell you how excited i am to sloooooow my life down a little bit. arian and I are headed home (yep, that’s right, he’s coming home with me for christmas. big moves i suppose) to chicago and then on to my grandma’s farm in quincy, IL. a very small town where my email hopefully won’t even reach. actually that would probs stress me out. but i don’t have to check it as much, and that’s gonna be fun. aren’t you all excited to hibernate?

scarf via – also worn here / coat via

see all the style posts right here!



found & 2 unknown

i’m sure some of you can relate to being in a relationship and getting stuck in routines. not that there is anything wrong with a routine. in fact, i need routines in my life to keep me sane. but after a few years with someone, you gotta keep the fun alive. you know, instead of putting furniture together and eating rice & veggies every night. lately i have been thinking of new fun date ideas I could do with my guy.

maybe a bowling / beer night?
or heading to the
drive in movies with takeout food
spending the day at drive around another part of town and explore new food spots
shop for & cook a 5 course meal together
bring some wine to the
a day at the we do have a hot tub on the roof. i should use that.
breakfast for dinner diner date at midnight. eggs at midnight is always fun.

what fun date ideas have you guys gotten yourselves into?

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