I am certainly the last blogger writing about Coachella, but since summer festival season is heating up and I recently bought my tickets to Coachella 2015 (insane, I know), it is still topical, right?
For all of the negative press Coachella gets about the adding more mainstream acts and attracting VIPs who are there to be seen and not for the music, they still have some incredible performances. My highlights this year were Arcade Fire, Future Islands, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Washed Out, Woodkid, Jagwar Ma, Austra, Darkside, and of course, Outkast. As long as Coachella continues to book these kinds of bands, I couldn't care less if they put Calvin Harris on a different stage to sell tickets.
This year Coachella finally upped their food game for the non-VIPs, with offerings from Kogi, Crossroads, Night + Market, and more. To drink, there was Clover Juice (try the watermelon, lime & mint with a shot of vodka...), Stumptown Coffee, and a craft beer garden that saved me from the previously ubiquitous Heineken. Fanstastic music, great food and drink, and an incomparable setting... yeah, Coachella's still got it.
|[Sweater - Equipment / Jeans - Genetic Denim / Boots - Acne Studios "Pistols" / Watch - Michael Kors / Coffee - Terrone Coffee Co.]|
London friends, I begin selling at the market on Sunday, May 4th.
Exactly one month after my last post, I finally have another recipe for you. Not because I haven't been cooking, but in between work, going to gigs, and going out with friends, I have been working on a time-consuming side project that is quickly coming to fruition. More details to come soon on the blog, Instagram, and Twitter.
In the meantime, here is my default recipe when I have no time to stop at the grocery store, chop vegetables, or dirty multiple dishes. I am slightly embarrassed about sharing such a non-recipe, but this is a great dish to have in your back pocket instead of resorting to takeout pizza or curry on those busy and/or lazy evenings. I always have lemons, pasta, canned tuna, and some sort of leafy green on hand so that I can be comforted by the fact that even at the most stressful times, I will be able to enjoy this for dinner at the very least. Because it is such a simple recipe, it is imperative to use good ingredients, particularly the tuna. If you think canned tuna tastes like cat food, I implore you to buy a good quality canned tuna in olive oil, such as the exceptional canned tuna by Ortiz, and give it another chance.
There is no theme to this blog hiatus-ending kitchen playlist. Just be proud that it does not exclusively contain new St. Vincent because that is all I have been listening to for the past week.
Mango white turtleneck / Proenza Schouler skirt / TIBI Piper boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Purse / CA LOU black ring / Myia Bonner stud earrings
Shoutout to the guy last Saturday night who sang Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs" to me after spotting my patent leather Jil Sander boots.
After seeing several people in thin white turtlenecks over the past week (including on Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and The Preatures' Izzi Manfredi), I unearthed my old Zara version from my closet. If only I had the Proenza skirt to wear with it.
My default breakfast is whole wheat toast with nut butter, honey, sliced banana, and cinnamon (and coffee, obviously); whenever I eat cereal or granola, I end up ravenous two hours later. I also tend to avoid store bought granola since oil and sweeteners are usually found near the top of the ingredient list. However, after seeking a non-banana bread recipe to use the overripe bananas stinking up my kitchen, I discovered a recipe for banana granola on Green Kitchen Stories that was sufficiently different to any banana recipe I have made before.
After playing around with the ingredient list and proportions, and reducing the oven temperature, I have found my new go-to granola recipe (which just happens to be vegan and gluten-free). Including protein-rich quinoa flakes in the mix results in a filling granola that keeps you satisfied until your lunch break. This recipe is very forgiving, so do not fret if you do not have all of the listed ingredients. Applesauce or pumpkin purée could potentially take the place of the banana purée, and various nuts, seeds, and spices can be swapped in and out. Judging by how quickly this granola has disappeared in my household however, you will not want to make a half batch. Trust me on that.
T By Alexander Wang dress / Eytys white plimsolls / Givenchy black leather Obsedia clutch / McQ by Alexander McQueen silver razor pendant / Chloé bracelet bangle / Joseph grey cashmere beanie / Jimmy Choo aviator sunglasses
Try monochrome with a hint of purple this weekend, as an antidote to the clashing prints and flamboyant outfits fashion week peacocks are parading around in.
And welcome back to London, Prince.
Though I could have just filled a playlist with Twin Shadow, Blood Orange, and Chromeo and called it a day, here is a Valentine's Day inspired playlist for you (plus two bonus videos, just because). Happy Valentine's Day.