CAMPARI CHERRY SPRITZER

CHERRY SPRITZER

There are times in my life where I want to enjoy an adult beverage and have it be not that adult. Meaning, I don't really want to consume anything that will make my liver weep. I always turn to Campari. It has a little alcohol, but you never need to use too much of it. It provides you with a cocktail that's complex and slightly bitter but leaves you totally buzz free. I added cherries (which were lucky to make it home considering how many I gobbled up in the car) and some basil to keep things frisky and unexpected. 

CHERRY SPRITZER

Ingredients (makes one drink)

  • 5-10 Bing cherries, pitted
  • 1 lime
  • 3 large basil leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar (more if you're addicted to sweetness)
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice

Directions:

Add cherries, the juice of the lime (plus 1 half of the squeezed lime), basil, and sugar to the bottom of the glass. Use a muddler to mash everything up. Add ice and Campari. Fill the glass with sparkling water and garnish with a lime wedge. 

CHERRY SPRITZER

LARKSPUR BEHIND THE SCENES #2

LARKSPUR COMPANY BEHIND THE SCENES #2

It's been a whole month and we have a few updates to share!

First, our brand spankin' new logo is finished.  But, we've decided to keep this secret just a bit longer...

We have also added a couple of textured greenery options to play with (you can see a preview in the image above).  When we reimagined Larkspur Company we knew we wanted to stick to our floral roots but we also wanted our illustrations to evolve with more of an edge.  Overall the aesthetic is bolder and more dynamic, with a point of view entirely our own.

Finally, we wrapped a portrait shoot to update our "About Us" images.  We opted to go for a more high contrast look to reflect how much we feel we have grown up over these past couple of years.  Looking back at our original pictures, we feel like little babies!

As per usual, we shot a bunch of silly pictures that will make for excellent gifs.  You like?

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ME, MYSELF & I

BEING ALONE

Ugh, readers.  This week has been a tough one for me personally.  Amidst the day to day responsibilities of life and work my best friend and roomie of forever also moved to Chicago.  It's exciting and remarkable and I am over the moon for her (because she is going to kill it!).  But after I dropped her off and spent a few days at home, a sort of quiet settled in.  There is a present emptiness, even now as I write this post.  And I got to thinking about this new environment and me - just me alone.

You know the question, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"  My sister explored this idea a couple of months ago amidst working on a multi media project for a fine arts class.  Back then the question was provocative and got me thinking.  But now I really feel it.  I am the tree.  When I am all alone, who am I?  What part of Celene am I?  Who am I beyond my physical being and that little voice in my head when there is no one else around?

Being a bit neurotic, I like to assign a context for everything.  I feel so much safer with a flow-chart approach to life.  But this newly descended quiet has left me feeling completely without context.  The rhythm I made for myself has been disrupted.  Now, resting in this period of transition, I sense how much I am the maker of my own destiny.  I am reminded that I set my rhythm.  And whoa, that demands ultimate ownership.  

Over the past few days, this has manifested on a more superficial level.  I made key lime pie just because I felt like it.  Then I warmed all of my dog's blankets in the dryer so he would be extra cozy.  Yes, I started doing weird stuff.  But upon considering this freedom more deeply, I feel more overwhelmed by the weightlessness of the present than the judgement.  I, Celene, can do just about anything - how lucky and abstract and ridiculous is that?  

Thinking critically about this makes me feel a few things.  For one, seriously grateful and appreciative for my life and how fulfilled I am by everything in it.  But also hungry.  Having time to be alone, reflect, and reconnect with my soul reminds me of how much more I want to do.  How important it is to subdue that little voice that can be so distracting, needlessly inventive, and critical.  It's tough!  But in the moments when all else melts away and it's just me, sitting at my desk, living and breathing, I feel absolutely liberated.

So, to answer the question, yes.  When the tree falls it does make a sound.  That sound ripples outward, through valleys and over mountains until it echoes straight back to center.  And then, BOOM.  You are standing straight again with a whole new view.

Here are a few things on my just-for-me list:

  1. Read The Shining.
  2. Frame my teeny-tiny Burning Man quilt.
  3. And yes, finish that key lime pie.

OIL OF EVENING PRIMROSE

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Herbalists believe that evening primrose oil balances hormones, battles eczema, rosacea and acne, and even lowers your cholesterol. But the biggest difference we've noticed by adding evening primrose oil to our supplement regimen is the way it makes our skin more hydrated and glowy-looking.

Have you tried evening primrose oil? What do you think? 

FIGUE NYC

Figue NYC

I am always curious about juxtapositions in fashion, whether it be through texture, print, material, or form.  Balancing hard-lined masculine details with softer, more ethereal feminine touches is a look I return to time and time again.  I feel most myself when I am somewhere in the middle.

Stephanie Von Watzdorf, the owner and designer behind Figue in NYC, has fused a classic clothing staple with imaginative, inspired beadwork in a way that makes me feel part Indian-goddess part bad-ass G.I. Jane.  These one of a kind jackets certainly break the bank, but I keep returning to these pieces for inspiration on my own projects.  There is something so glamorous and sharp about her work - a sense of intention that I admire.  Plus, the level of craftsmanship that goes into the beadwork leaves me speechless. 

Cheers to a fulfilling and inspiring week, readers!

Figue NYC