Tuesday, August 20, 2013

some thoughts on blogher13 & {what i wore}

How is it that blogher 13 was almost a month ago? Time seems to be flying by lately. With Scott gone I feel like my day goes a bit like this. 

wake up  >  coffee  > workout {some mornings} > walk khloe  > work  > lunch  >  work  >  make dinner  > try to unwind  > bed time.  It seems to be a routine I have down and means it is 8 pm before I am settling in and the last thing  i want to do is turn my computer back on.  I have so much I want to share but time seems to be my enemy lately. I might try and schedule my day into 30 minute increments and see if that helps. 

Blogher was a whirlwind of fun. I met so many amazing new friends and was able to hang out with a few old friends, including lots of time with Alissa {who snapped these amazing pics of me on my iphone}.  

necklace: c/o caroline g // sweater: francescas // ruffle tank: forever21 // coral wrap bracelet c/o adies lovelies // belt: gap // polka dot skinnies: marshalls // bag: nordstrom rack // green flats: jcrew 

I went to my first blogher in 2011 and I have to say again I think the best overall part of the conference was the networking and connecting with others.  I met Maya and was so happy to get to spend a good chunk of the conference with her. We also spent the evenings eating some amazing food and sipping cocktails in Chicago. So much fun! {plus she was as geeked as me to meet Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, more on that in a later post.}

{i cannot tell you how much I love my necklaces from Caroline g's shop. they are the perfect finishing touches to any outfit. Head on over to her shop and see what pretties you find. }

One of my favorite sessions was getting to hear Todd Porter and Diane Cu from White on Rice Couple speak at viewfinder day.  If we've chatted about blogher at all then you know how obsessed I am with a video they shared with us about  how to poach eggs.  The video shows you how to poach in egg in such a beautiful way. You really have to watch it see what I mean. 

Todd and Diane spoke about how a video can be moving and inspiring without words.  I love this idea. Creating a video that is void of a voice over but instead lets the film do the talking is something I really love.  Letting the images tell the story and feelings that are evoked.   

There was a part of their chat that really stuck out to me "The most perfect things that you create are usually the ones that are the most imperfect".  Those words gave me a sense of peace when I think about this blog, my photos,  and the images and videos I create for work. The imperfections make it real.  I need to not worry about making something perfect, sometimes the rawness of it helps the message.  I use to be obsessed with everything being perfect. I didn't like anything to look old or out of place. Over the last few years I have embraced the messy imperfections that are in life, in my home and in me. I now think I love the imperfect look more. I think that is why I have fallen in love with old pieces, they have a story, they have wear, they have meaning. I need to start looking at my work like that as well.  

The tips and encouragement they shared with us a viewfinder day was just what I needed as I will be working on creating videos for work.  The timing of this sessions and the words of Todd and Diane could not have come at a better time. 

I hope to share more of my time at blogher real soon.  

Monday, August 19, 2013

Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Oh hey folks, remember me? I know, I know, I've neglect this corner of the internet world a lot lately. But today I am popping in to share with you my latest obession:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust! 

I use this recipe here via Lauren Conrad's website. I do however tweak it a bit.

I up the cauliflower to just shy of half a head.  I cut down the cheese to 1/2 - 2/3 a cup.  

I make it as thin a crust as possible. 

I only cook it for 10 minutes, and put under the broiler for 2 maybe 3 minutes.  

After the 10 minutes of cooking and before I add my toppings i used a thin metal spatula to "unstick" the crust. 

I like to top it with sauteed Kale and mushroom, and thin slices of uncooked heirloom tomatoes {they get warm from the few minutes under the broiler}. 

The final steps, use a pizza cutter to remove any of the burnt edges, add tons of chopped basil and enjoy!

Someone asked me if you can taste the cauliflower, I say no.  I think cooking it, adding cheese, garlic and oregano make the cauliflower taste disappear. But please don't be fooled this won't make you feel like you are eating a deep dish slice of dominos pizza, but it will remind you of pizza, satisfy your craving and not wreak havoc on your diet. 

Because I use more cauliflower and less cheese I do not consider this to serve 2, I eat the whole thing myself! It is under 400 calories for the entire pizza and that is well within my eating plan!

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