Tina Made Blackberry Vinaigrette

I f-ing love salad. Not because it’s healthy or good for me or because I’m supposed to, but I genuinely think it’s delicious. EXCEPT when the dressing sucks. So maybe I don’t really love salad, I love salad dressing. Shrug.

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I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time getting proportions right when I’m making dressing. It’s always too oily or too tangy or too something. I keep adding the “missing” ingredient until I end up with 2 cups of mediocrity. -_- So. Here’s a foolproof vinaigrette dressing recipe (that I should follow more often). I used blackberry balsamic from Beyond the Olive, which pretty much guaranteed it would be delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup blackberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove chopped garlic

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Enjoy, herbivores.

Saddlerock Ranch

Last Saturday, I joined the Love & Splendor team for another freelance wedding gig at Chateau Le Dome of Saddlerock Ranch (part of Malibu Family Wines). ‘Twas the most gorgeous venue EVER, nestled on a hilltop surrounded by rolling vineyards everywhere.

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The Chateau itself is a dome-shaped stone house (see next picture). It’s available for bridal parties to get ready, but the ceremony and reception sites are outdoors.

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Dance floor + reception tables, all ready to go

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Panoramic views of the vineyards

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Michelle (right) acted as lead coordinator for this wedding, but Angel (founder of L&S), stopped by with her darling Olive (hidden in our hair and shadows haha) and brought us delicious lunch from Urbane Cafe.

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The stone path leads down from the Chateau (and reception area) to the beautiful cocktail hour + ceremony site.

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Picture taken post-ceremony. Earlier in the day, Michelle and I put up that white draping on the oak tree arch (a permanent structure), and the florist added those beautiful arrangements. I sprinkled (and then picked up) five bags of white rose petals along the edges of the aisle.

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The bride and groom had a cute frame available as a photo op, which Michelle and I obviously took advantage of when we had a free moment. 😉

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The venue has these gorgeous white lights hanging from its many trees. At night, it looks like a total dream.

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Another one, later in the night! Too pretty.

Saddlerock Ranch– love at first sight (site)? 😉 Hope to be back here soon! Thanks for having me, L&S!

Disney Magic

Once upon a time, I had an annual pass to Disneyland/CA Adventures. I renewed that pass for a couple years. And then it became unaffordable.

The end. I know, sad story. But seriously, the passes now range from $279-$669 (and the $279 pass we all know is damn sucky), and the rates keep going up.

SO. This past Sunday was a SPECIAL day because my friend David, employee of Disney, signed me (+ some friends) in for free. My first time in several years… Hooray!

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D-land crew!

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Girlfriends 🙂

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Minnie mouse club

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My first time in Cars Land!

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Radiator Springs was such a cool ride…!

We went after church around 1pm and stayed ’til 10pm. It was such a perfect day– beautiful weather, empty-ish parks, minimal waiting-in-lines, and good food. I got to experience Cars Land and watch World of Color, both for the first time. Mind blown x 2. Disneyland is so magical!! It really never, ever gets old.

Okay, seriously though, I’m considering buying another annual pass. I didn’t realize how much I missed D-land until I was there, and I feel like my life has been all work and no play these days (albeit a lot of “fun” work…). Was it a sign that my tax return was sitting in my checking account when I checked it online this morning? WAS IT? IS IT??

We shall seee…

Inspiration Station

Made a mood board this weekend as step one of a special project I’m working on with an old friend I reconnected with after 10 years. Thanks Pinterest for 90% of the pics, you da you da best.

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Clockwise from top left– images via: mini air plant pods // Wilder by Whittard // white kitchen + colorful rug // iPhone case // colorful cake // chips // cleansing bar // bottles

Can’t wait to share about the project once it’s time! It’s going to keep me busy for awhile but I’m so excited.

Happy Monday!

Random Rambles

I know we’re already 10 days into April, but have I mentioned how thankful I am that March is over? I didn’t even realize how crazy last month was, but it’s kind of summed up in these 2 very uncharacteristic-of-me incidents: 1) I forgot to pay rent until my landlord called me a couple days ago. Never once in 10 years have I forgotten to pay rent. 2) I turned in an occupational therapy report late to work. I have never turned in anything late to work… ever. EVER. I am pretty much blowing my own mind with these things. Who am I?!?!

All this to say that I was stretched very thin, but I feel like my life is slowly settling back into a routine. My Bramble Workshop internship is officially over, I’m starting to feel comfortable at my Oh Joy internship (and getting used to the fun commute to Hollywood), I’m back at Bar Method, and I’m trying to re-establish my social life. Hurray. Speaking of Oh Joy, everyone’s been asking how the internship’s been going so here’s the quick update. I passed my probation period, I’m brainstorming and DIY-ing nonstop during my 16 hours/week there, and I’m being challenged and stretched like crazy. The only downside to this amazing experience is that these days, because the position is so creatively demanding, I don’t want to do anything creative/DIY during my free time anymore. #creativedrain… didn’t think that was possible! (Sorry in advance for the lack of DIY posts for the time being, folks). Other than that (which really isn’t a complaint), I’m super thankful for this opportunity and I’m trying to make the most of my time there.

Sometimes when I think about what my life looks like now versus a year ago, I can’t even believe it. It’s unrecognizable, it really is. If present-me asked past-me what she thought future-me’s life would look like in a year, it definitely wouldn’t be… this. It would be the opposite of.. this. As much as I’ve loved all of the creative experiences I’ve had in the  past 7.5 months, I do miss financial stability (75% pay cut, anyone? No joke, folks) and everything that comes along with it (SHOPPING HOW I MISS THEE). I also miss being not-a-lowly-assistant-or-intern in everything I do, benefits and an abundance of paid time off, and even predictability/routine in my day-to-day life. Regardless, I’m doing all of *this* with the hopes that it will lead to something bigger and better in the creative world (eventually). Or who knows, maybe I’ll just go back into full-time OT. HAHA.

Only time will tell!

#ohjoyfornod

Hi everyone! Did ya’ll have a good weekend? I spent all day Saturday helping my dear friend Pri (recipient of the appliqué onesies turned cupcakes) 😉 shop for her nursery. We hit up Target, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, West Elm, and best of all, The Land of Nod, where Joy’s collection launched just 4 days prior!

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So cool seeing everything in person– such cute bedding, toys, and decor, all inspired by her daughter Ruby’s transition from a baby room to a big girl room. Pri bought a few things from Joy’s line, including the cutest stuffed elephant ever… it’s covered in sprinkles!

#ohjoyfornod FTW! Happy Monday!