JUNE 2014 FAVORITES

This gorgeous series by Danish photographer, Torben Eskerod, of Marseille landscapes filled with the most beautiful color gradations. 

Tavin Boutique based in Los Angeles, CA has some lovely vintages pieces inspiring some serious print & pattern lust.

A new to me food site, Bojon Gourmet, is filled with gorgeous photography, recipes and styling by the talented pastry chef, Alanna Taylor-Tobin.

A few Summer skincare miracles:

DR JART+ Beauty Balm is a paraben and sulfate-free organic makeup light enough for even the hottest days.  Another favorite: One Love Organics hydrating mist from a friend and fellow Clementine Daily editor, Elizabeth Dehn.  All I can say is she totally nailed it on this one.

DIMES NYC - Finally a place serving the California hippie food I was raised on.  This is the kind of stuff I eat daily, and now I don't always need to make it myself.

A perfect hand-woven bag from CISTANTHE made from the bark of the native Kurrajong and Sand Palm trees.  A shop that takes a modern interpretation on ancient traditions including the most amazing block-printing, hand-embroidery and hand-woven creations.  The founder, Bailey Hunter, is also one of my closest friends who happens to be an amazing person and entrepreneur.

SUMMER STAPLES!

Summer is in full effect and although I'm covered in mosquito bites, (per ushe) I'm pumped for the amazing produce.  I've rounded up some of my favorite Summer staples -- the recipes getting me through this super warm weather.   Enjoy ;)

California Breakfast Tacos

California Breakfast Tacos

Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins (GF)

Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins (GF)

Simple Soba Noodle Salad

Simple Soba Noodle Salad

Sweet Pea Pesto Tartine

Sweet Pea Pesto Tartine

Pesto, Soft Boiled Egg & Toast

Pesto, Soft Boiled Egg & Toast

Tofu Lettuce Cups

Tofu Lettuce Cups

Quinoa Tarragon Caprese Salad

Quinoa Tarragon Caprese Salad

CLEMENTINE DAILY RETREAT

 The ladies of Clementine Daily and I spent last week in the paradise of Palm Springs.  Besides nightswimming and drinking tons of wine, we spent some quality time perusing around the desert in our Buick Enclaves and soaking up some much needed sunshine.   The getaway was just what we all needed and luckily I skipped some epic NYC thunderstorms.  

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These women are truly amazing, and it was such a pleasure to spend a mini-vacation with them all.  Special thanks to THE VICEROY for such an amazing stay and SUPER special thanks to BUICK who generously gave us the opportunity to meet in the middle and cruise around in gorgeous and most importantly, AC & XM radio-equipped cars.  Totally made the LA > PS drive a lovely experience.

Feel free to follow our travels on instagram under #clementineretreat and #buickbucketlist.

RASPBERRY RHUBARB BRAMBLE

I've noticed with hyper-seasonal produce, I can never choose just one way of preparing it.  I end up buying it 6 or 7 times in a season and making literally everything I can think of.  Maybe it's crazy, but we had a long winter and I'm just too excited that there's more at the markets than just root vegetables and citrus.

 After making tons of rhubarb soda, the thought of adding alcohol naturally came up.  We make a lot of cocktails in my house.  Maybe it's since we're gluten-free, we don't drink a ton of GF beer (although post on that later, I have some faves).  We're also not the biggest wine drinkers.  Plus, Joe Chernus has to do something to make up for all my cooking ;).  As much as he's often the cocktail man, this one I came up with myself.  The bramble is one of my favorite cocktails for the summer because it's gin-based, has muddled fruit and feels light enough for a even the hottest day.  So, here's to happy hour.

RHUBARB ROSE Simple Syrup (vegan, gluten-free)

3 cups rhubarb, roughly chopped

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 cups water

1 teaspoon rose water

Place rhubarb, sugar, and 1½ cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the syrup is bright pink.

Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Strain syrup into a large jar.

 

RHUBARB RASPBERRY BRAMBLE COCKTAIL (Serves 1):

1 ounce Creme De Mure

1 1/2 ounces dry gin

1 ounce rhubarb syrup

6 large raspberries

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice (reserve peel for garnish)

Soda water

Combine lemon juice and raspberries in a pint glass and muddle until berries are broken up.  Add rhubarb syrup, gin and ice.  Stir well to combine until chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass (over ice or straight up).  Top off with soda water. Garnish with lemon peel and serve immediately.

*If you're into texture, don't strain the muddled fruit from the glass. I've tried it both ways and I love it all.

MARCH 2014 FAVORITES

The GORGEOUS work of LINE KLEIN.  I am seriously obsessed:

I love all the CANVAS HOME candles, but especially coveting the Fresh Cut Grass scent:

I love all the CANVAS HOME candles, but especially coveting the Fresh Cut Grass scent:

For the upcoming Summer season, THIERRY LASRY Sunglasses.

For the upcoming Summer season, THIERRY LASRY Sunglasses.

After the Winter we had, I hope I'm not the only one with 0% moisture in my skin.  This Coriander scent lotion is so luxurious and smells absolutely amazing.

After the Winter we had, I hope I'm not the only one with 0% moisture in my skin.  This Coriander scent lotion is so luxurious and smells absolutely amazing.

It's not quite picnic season, but I'm already on the hunt for outdoor accessories (especially when they're this cute).

It's not quite picnic season, but I'm already on the hunt for outdoor accessories (especially when they're this cute).

Newly discovered (by me): A new take on your TED TALK obsession, 99u has endless talks and articles for "empowering the creative mind."