A Day in the Life


1. The sunflower booth at the Saturday Morning Market always has a line wrapped around the block. // 2. Homemade salted caramel brownie cookie sandwiches; the cousin to my famous red velvet cookies. // 3. Root beer floats under twinkling lights at Urban Brew & BBQ. // 4. Colorful cocktails overlooking Beach Drive at The Canopy. // 5. Checking out Scarlet Johansson’s newest indie flick “Under the Skin” at the enchanting Tampa Theater. // 6. Ridiculously delicious Nutella banana waffles at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe. // 7. Lady Gaga in Ft. Lauderdale kicking off the first night of her artRave world tour! // 8. Quiet afternoon underneath the wall of lamps at Mandarin Hide. // 9. French macarons and blood orange mimosas for brunch at Birch + Vine.


Fruit Tart

Ever since visiting Paris when I was 18, I have always been fascinated by miniature French pastries. The little fruit tarts always appealed to me the most…something about the dainty fruit underneath the shiny glaze made them almost too pretty to eat. I was hosting my now sister-in-law’s bachelorette party and decided to make this full size Fruit Tart. I mean, what screams “bachelorette” more than this classy dessert? Hah, kidding of course….but it sure went well with our neverending glasses of wine and the girls seemed to gobble it up!

A Day in the Life


1. Homemade caramel corn since I’ve been constantly dreaming about autumn. // 2. Makeup + jewelry purchases from a recent shopping trip (obsessed with Dr. Jart’s BB Cream). // 3. “The Bramble” at Tryst Gastro Lounge– blackberries, mint + champagne. // 4. Weekend trip to Sarasota, view from brunch at Shore Diner. // 5. Berry crumble in a cast iron skillet at Boca Hyde Park. // 6. Shades, magazines + homemade peach mojitos by the pool. // 7. Posing with the obnoxiously large bath loofahs that looked like French baguettes at the Sponge Docks. // 8. Movie night + colorful ice cream sandwiches. // 9. “Outfit change.”

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Twenty Five

You know you’re getting old when you decide to bake your own birthday cake. I miss the days of cakes coming from the Publix bakery and adorned with tiny plastic figurines of Disney Princesses. This year, I decided to make myself a nontraditional cake. There was no “Happy Birthday” inscribed on the top but instead it was covered with fresh citrus. I whipped up this Citrus Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Orange Lemon Frosting, also known as the ‘Stella Cake’ since it’s modeled after Stella McCartney’s Spring 2011 collection.

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything better than a fruity cocktail on a spring day. I have always loved anything with mint and this is a fun twist on a classic mojito. These Coconut Mango Mojitos are full of freshly pureed mango, coconut rum, and topped with a spritz of club soda. The striped paper straws are the cherry on top of a perfect drink.

It’s not a birthday without a few treats. Every year, I buy myself one birthday gift, usually something that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. This year I picked a beautiful new pair of tortoise Ray-Bans. Another birthday favorite is receiving cards in the mail from friends and family scattered around the country. A hand written card will always be one of my favorite things to receive.

After a relaxing birthday lunch on a rooftop overlooking the ocean, I topped off my night at Ciro’s Speakeasy in Tampa for prohibition-style cocktails and sumptuous small plates with my closest friends. Maybe turning 25 isn’t so bad after all.