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i took these photos for this curiosity space edition all the way back in august, here in good old denver. i don’t know what took me so long to upload this post because, as i was going through the photos this morning i was totally re-inspired by laura and burke’s genius work! i also realized this morning that the spaces i choose to share on this portion of my blog, are all the home’s of artists.  every artist is unique in their interpretation, therefore it is inevitable that so is their home. for me, often inspiring to be just yourself. a few days ago, i was longing for nice furniture, less objects, over all more expensive things. yet, i am drawn to the likes of those who are also curious and different in their own right. after going through these photos, i was once again, okay with my own space vs. longing for something different.  i may not have furniture from CB2 and my rugs are fake persian ones. as it should be, i suppose. anyone can do anything with loads of money and an interior designer. i appreciate and am curious about those whom take money out of the equation and make their home about them and their work vs. a copy of a tear sheet from a magazine spread. (not to say i don’t enjoy the visual aspect of a tear sheet.)

i have posted about laura before…her art here…and laura and burke’s wedding. so, if you remember those posts, you can recall my love for the two of these people. they have been together for as long as i can remember (from the alabama days) and are both so incredibly talented, it’s slightly insane. laura, obivously, an artist and burke a graphic designer. every encounter i have with them is inspiring and loving. i have known laura since high school when we were hostesses at mozzarella’s cafe in birmingham, alabama…along with two other of our favorite friends. i love that we share this history, and i am now, once again, in the same place as her! i feel like every time we get together we are dreaming up ideas and i leave spilling with inspiration.

laura and burke had just moved into this space when i came to stay with them over the summer. it was once an old grocery store turned into two apartments. i am bummed, i didn’t get a photo of the front of the place, because it is pretty awesome. the space has high ceilings and these little lofty nooks. it is open and charming filled with the curious objects of laura’s and burke’s work as well as their friends.

i didn’t interview these guys for this, i never interview the artists. i guess it is more about my own interoperation i get from these homes, and yours too. how does their home and art inspire us?

i love burke’s intellectual and genuine thought to most anything and laura’s provocation through her art. i admire how most people would walk away with judgement… honestly, that might be favorite part. i like the weird, the obsolete, the un-obivous. i think making people feel just a little uncomfortable because to them something isn’t ordinary or “normal” is only a good thing. we should all be a little more open minded and remember we as human’s are all “weird”. laura’s work, i can only say, is more than this to her and i can’t really speak for that, but this is what i take from it and why i love what she does. the amount of time she puts into every piece she makes is astonishing, not to mention the artful thought process to get there. the fact that what is behind her photos is also the work of her own two hands, not just a photograph. she sources fabric and objects from a thrift store to downtown LA’s garment district. the colors and  the “characters” resonate. sometimes, i feel like i am in the middle of a dark version of the sequel to labyrinth. originality is an understatement.

burke, brings in this knowledge of antiquated objects in a modern world. not to mention his amazing taste is music, or the fact that he is just one of the nicest, most interesting guys i know. a while back the three of us went thrifting by my house. burke found an old book of  science images ( the body, the solar system, etc). he pointed out the beauty of these hand drawn detailed images. today, those images would be computer generated. yes, burke is a graphic designer, a modern illustrator. yet, the fact that he pulls inspiration from what was, only makes what to be, that much better. also, something to preserve. i learned to appreciate something new that day.

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IMG_9404the photos below are from laura’s closet. the girl has a wonderland of vintage pieces. i think this is one of my favorite parts of their house. i love how it is all displayed like art work. each piece is unique and has a story to tell.immediately, it makes me want to do a photo shoot.

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the photos below are from laura’s old studio at CU Boulder where she was receiving her master’s degree, teaching, and working.

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you can check out burke’s work here and laura’s here.

thanks guys, for letting me post the inside of your world.

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IMG_3792 even though i just did a food post ( i try to space them out for variety) i am surrendering to doing another…BECAUSE, i am so excited about my new Canon eF 50mm f/1.8 II camera lens . i used one of those nifty gift cards from christmas over at amazon to buy this little gem. i have been wanting to expand my horizons on a new lens, and since i am currently poor…this price was just right. now…i am still learning, so you must bear with me, as i figure out how to get it to focus!  it has been fun to do food posts in this new house because i get way more natural light in the kitchen then i did at my place in LA.

things are starting to look up compared to my previous post. i am going to fully blame that on hormones. sorry, dudes, those of you may read my blog…but it is part of life. i actually got this new iphone app that gives you a daily reading of those little friends whom seem to rule our female lives. so, far it has been spot on. currently, it explains i am ready to take on the world… and i feel just that. it also helps to me to justify that my body is changing on a daily basis and i am not completely insane. phew!

i am definitely a far cry from what i was bitching about in my last post. i took a few little adventures this week and started to embrace this experience again. you know, the one i totally thought was the answer to all my problems. well, it may not be that, but it is an experience like none other. i have rid myself of that deep sorrow for LA and am embracing the beauty that surrounds me.  i can always go back to LA, i can always go somewhere else. for now, i am here and i need to be in the moment. that was the whole point. if i don’t do it now, when will i?

besides making pavlova’s, i have some new creative projects on the horizon, i got a one day wardrobe gig next week in denver, and some of my dearest dearest friends are coming for a visit next weekend. i have some plans for some new hopeful business adventures. one of which, is a new blog. i contemplated switching over this blog so that i could start to collect small advertisers, and a more in depth template, but it just seems too complicated. this blog has become a personal journey, but had kind of always hoped for a more magazine approach, that just never happened. i decided to try and start a whole new space for thirty-something ladies with a simplistic and natural approach to life. i want to include other bloggers contributing to a variety of topics like food,fashion, beauty, interiors, lifestyle, helpful tips, political and social info, music, DIY’s,kinship, etc. i would love to help my network of online friends by asking others to contribute! i will still post on here and also link over to the new site when applicable. of course, i may be jumping the gun on letting the cat out of the bag…as this will take some time to get set up!!!! i hope i haven’t jinxed it. i would love to hear your thoughts on this new idea, if you think you would be a reader, or if you would like to contribute. if so, you can email me at roc.anne@gmail.com. i will post updates as well.

IMG_3779  now, on to pavlovas. i have a weird obsession with whipping egg whites. their thick, glossy, and creamy texture makes me want to dance around in circles. i just find it so beautiful. i often find myself thinking about the magic of eggs. were chicken eggs intended for such greatness? because, i love them. basically, i wanted to just make something and i had the ingredients to make this dish…plus, it is fairly easy. i made a low fat pastry cream to go on top as well as a blueberry and lavender sauce.

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6 egg whites- room temp

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch

1/2 tsp cream of tartar or white vinegar

 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

preheat your oven to 275 degrees, you will drop the temperature to 250 degrees when the pavlovas go in the oven. in a mixer, or by hand, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar and salt. slowly, add in the sugar and then the vanilla. whip until stiff, lovely, glossy peaks form. line a baking sheet with parchment paper. you can draw out one big circle or small ones for individual servings. i just plopped em on or you can spread the mixture using the circles as a guideline (be sure to turn your paper over after drawing on it!) bake for 50 minutes!

low fat pastry cream

2 1/2 cups of low fat milk

1/2 vanilla bean

2 eggs at room temp

2 egg yolks room temp (use from leftovers of pavlovas)

2/3 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of corn starch

in a saucepan mix the milk and vanilla bean until it simmers. scrape the the vanilla bean into the milk. in a mixer combine eggs, yolks, and sugar until smooth and then add the corn starch until smooth again. when the milk is done add a bit to the egg mixture to temper it to avoid scrambled eggs, whisking constantly. once tempered combine all together in sauce pan and cook over medium heat until thick…about 5 minutes. strain through a sieve and cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

blueberry/lavender sauce

1 cup of bluberries

1 tbsp lavender

1 cup of sugar

3 tbsps of water

bring all ingredients together in a saucepan on medium heat until sugar melts. lower the heat and simmer until the mixture becomes a sauce.

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  i admit, that i have been deeply missing LA. i miss my old house, my old kitchen, my old backyard. i miss my friends. i miss the daily things i use to do there like hikes, errands, and the farmers market. i miss the restaurants. i miss the light. i miss the palm trees and the sunny weather.i miss my garden. i miss lola, her home was in LA, essentially.

this was inevitable though, right? i have only been back a week. i choose to isolate myself to a degree for some sort of reason, and those reasons are now staring me in the face.  if anything, in the end of this process, i will have come out learning a whole lot about myself…i suppose that was the whole point to begin with. i often have a hard time with change, but i have often found myself making it be. i have some sort of obsession with challenging myself…in certain areas that is, but then at times it just seems to easy to give up.

there are many things to get use to here. for example: having a septic tank, driving my trash to a dump, reminding myself i am not driving in LA and to slow down and not use my middle finger, satellite internet (the worst of it all),  lack of city life and social outlet, no year round farmers markets, having to shop at a regular grocery store (i am a snob). people don’t dress up a whole lot here. the uniform generally consists of patagonia’s and hiking gear. everyone drives a subaru outback and seems to have at least 3 outdoor hobbies. all in all, it is just different.

the saving grace, right now, besides my few friends, is the scenery. i do love taking the road out to my house and the mountains being so close i can touch them. the horses i see from my windows or when i go get my mail.  sitting on the back porch listening to the river melt it’s ice away. the other day i took a walk outside my front door and to my surprise, my breath was taken away. i couldn’t believe these views were just a walk down the road. wylie and i went to the end of my road and up the next, to which a reservoir sits. it was a beautiful sunny day and the air was just starting to warm up again.

this moment, was the reason i moved here. to explore a different surrounding, to challenge myself in hopes to learn more about what it is i want out of this world and who i want to be. i think my struggle begins with shedding who i was in LA to a degree.  or trying to find some sort of balance of how to keep her and build on becoming a better person and figure out whats really important in life. there is a lot of ego involved in all of this, as i am finding out.

a friend in chicago reminded me to enjoy this experience because not many people get to do something like this. at the end of the day, i put myself here…for some reason(S) that i am still searching for. it’s all part of the journey.

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no fear, you can have your donut and eat it too. thanks to the donut baking pan.  i actually made these donuts a while back, but just never posted about them.  the photos have been sitting on my computer and luckily go along with my new found inspiration for healthy habits -as it is the new year. one of the hardest parts is restraining from watching cooking shows…those generally inspire me to cook and eat all the time. sorry, barefoot…i will have to abandon you on my dvr for a while.

i have had a donut pan for sometime now and have been waiting for the inspiration to make some. i finally came up with a tasty idea using saffron and orange as flavor with an olive oil base in the cake. this was also my first time baking a high altitude here in colorado. i followed some simple instructions for high altitude baking:

Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.

Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.

Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.

 

however, i will give you the regular recipe and you can adjust to your own altitude if needed. i found this website to be helpful, but there are many out there.

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1 cup of flour

1 cup of cake flour

3/4 cup of sugar

2 tsps of baking powder

1/4 tsp of nutmeg

zest of 1 orange

2 large eggs

1 cup of milk

4 tbsp of olive oil

glaze

juice of one orange

2 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla

1 tsp of saffron

combine flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt together in bowl and mix. add the wet ingredients: eggs, milk, olive oil,  and zest. mix all together. pour into donut pan and bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes.

for the glaze, combine the juice of the orange, powdered sugar, vanilla, and saffron together and mix. let the donuts cool and pour the glaze on top!

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Sun and Glory has a bit in the bimonthly magazine The Clothes Maiden. The magazine was started by a young full time fashion editor featuring some amazing artists and designers. I was so happy when they contacted me asking to feature my line. What a treat! Thanks ladies for having me as a part of your work.

You can check out the magazines at any of the links below. Sun and Glory is in issue 10, page 52.

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i came home saturday night, after a long and generous stay at my parents house, to a little bit of snow on the ground and very low temperatures, but i welcomed it.  somehow it made it less daunting without little lola to snuggle with and made this adventure exciting again.  i have always loved intense weather. thunderstorms, strong wind, snowstorms. there is something exciting and yet cozy, being safe inside. a change in weather is something different to an ordinary day. kind of funny i lived in LA for 10 years where the weather changes as often as i go to the gyno. honestly, as much as i miss that california sunshine now, i always missed seasons like crazy. time never felt real there.

wylie and i walked around the property to take a few photos yesterday morning. the horses were out and about feeding in different pasturers and the afternoon brought another little snow drizzle. this morning i woke up at 6 am to a whopping 1 degree outside, still dark out, and ice on the windows. i was laying in bed overwhelmed with all the things i want to do and accomplish this year and in my life.

deep breath, i need to learn to take baby steps. i think i just found one of my new years resolutions.

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for new years, wylie and i took a little road trip around my old midwest stomping grounds. one of the luxuries to my parents being within driving distance and having a car. i forgot my camera, and have to surrender to doing this post with iphone pics,which i admit bothers me deeply. i may be more type A then i am willing to admit.

we started off the weekend with a trip to indianapolis to visit some of my childhood best friends. i lived next door to these girls for quite sometime growing up and may have spent more time at their house then my own.   it is so much fun to laugh at all the silly things we did growing up and it is more than precious to get to hang out with all their babies. sara, brenna, and lauren are like sisters to me.  it fills my heart up to see their families grow and inspires me for my own.  when i arrived to the suburbs of indy, the snow was coming down intensely. i have been waiting so long for this! it was so beautiful and also wylie’s first time to frolic in such a thing. he loved it, but also had to be blown dry every time he came back in because the snow would just clump to his hair. poor guy! we spent the weekend eating dim sum, visting, and playing. brenna even made me homemade chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes. it was my favorite meal their mom made growing up and kind of a running joke!  it was so nice to be around these guys again!

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from indy i drove up to my home town of Crown Point, Indiana. i stopped by to see my friend lisa and her family. lisa currently lives in russia and i love hearing about all her stories from her european adventures. i visited her in london a few years ago on a last minute trip and got to meet her 10 day old son, cayden, at the time. so, fun to see cayden a big boy now! i didn’t get any pictures of lis- sorry lisa- you know i love you and yours! from there i did a quick little tour of Crown Point, briefly driving through the town square to snap a quick photo. i have not lived here since i was 15. sometimes it feels like a dream, maybe a nightmare-just kidding, but so familiar at the same time with so many many childhood memories. i still have many friends from this small town and well, that certainly says something. next, i drove to see my old college roomie, mandy, and her husband and kids. natalie, my dearest that lives in colorado, was there too, they are sisters. i had yet to meet mandy’s kiddos (pictured above), and they are as cute as can be. mandy, natalie, and johnny were a big part of my college years, but they too are from my hometown. they have just redone a beautiful house, filled with john’s crafty workmanship. i hope to one day share it on the blog!

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the area i grew up in is only 30-45 minutes from chicago. needless to say, going to the big city was a treat, but also not an uncommon adventure. the drive on the freeways, the crisp cold air or hot humid days, the lovely brick architecture and yet sometimes awful 70’s/80’s buildings,and the people bundle up on the corners take me so far back. this is what i love about chicago- how close i feel to it, yet at the same time i have so much to constantly learn about it. i have spent much time here over the years coming to visit all my friends that have lived in this great city. i admit i have often contemplated moving here, and sometimes regret having not done so. i will say one thing, it is cooold. the cold air pierces your skin and my nose hairs. waiting at the bus stop growing up, my nose hairs would freeze together. most people don’t get this when i try to explain it…..so, i shall say no more and just leave you with that.

i think of one my favorite things about this city, besides my friends, the beauty, and the memories…is the food scene. i think it is one of the best the country has to offer. you get this midwestern approach to good food that is creative and innovative without the intimidation of new york. it is accessible and booming all the time.  luckily, i have foodie friends that know how much i love doing this and always take me somewhere i cant stop thinking about!

amanda, one of my dearest friends that i actually met in LA my first year living there, has lived in chitown for a few years now. even though she left LA, i was happy she went to chicago, because it is somewhere i obviously visit often. she took me to cafe selmarie in lincoln square, a suburb north of downtown. i ordered the corn beef hash, which was possibly one of the best things i have ever eaten for breakfast. the corn beef was shredded vs. cubed. yumola! we also picked up a few delicious pasties for new year’s eve. my favorite being the banana eclair. good grief!

a few days later, we did another breakfast, this time at lula cafe in logan square. chicago hipsterville! i loved going into a restaurant in a different city, filled with hipsters so that i can people watch and spy on the fashion trends. between the food scene , craft scene, and the hipster fashion, chicago could be the midwestern portland. bonus points too, when the bus boy commented on one of my sun and glory necklaces i was sporting that day! but back to lula. anther thumbs up and another yumola!!  amanda ordered the baked french feta (which i will totally be making at home now) and i ordered the ham and raclette panino. i hate/love when you want to order everything on the menu. i would go back here in a heart beat.

another dear dear friend, larissa, also from my home town, but also a college friend and LA friend, whom has been back in chicago for 4 or 5 years now, always showers me with yummy food. new year’s day i spent an evening with her and her fiance, sean, and a few friends as well. one of whom is a big wine guy in the city. the meal was accompanied by only the finest of wines and what a treat, because it is one thing i enjoy, but know little about. we had a delicious cheese platter (and i brought the stinkiest cheese!), followed by a salad with apple and red onion. next, beef stew followed by pies from hooiser mama pie company, a name after my own heart- go hooisers! we had the orange cream pie and ginger custard. let’s all say it together- yumola!!!

my last night in town larissa took me to au cheval, a chic greasy spoon in chicago’s west loop on restaurant row.  we devoured a burger (holy moly!), fries with béchamel and a fried egg, a green salad (not your ordinary as it was fresh and the herbs pungent), and root beer. this place was so damn good. i walked away happy from food and good conversations, with a new album for my playlist per the music playing during dinner, and a sick idea/plan to come back to chicago for a week to hit up as many restaurants as i can and blog about them. oh, my day dreams sure do have a mind of their own.

now, this trip was centered around food and friends. not much different than any other trip, but i didn’t do a whole lot of touristy stuff besides hitting up top shop and a quick stroll down  michigan avenue before deciding it was too damn cold and hiding out at my friends office downtown. two things are for certain: 1. i love my friends and am so lucky these people are such an important part of my life and 2. it is time to start weight watchers.

a few of my favorite things to do in chicago besides eating:

rent bikes  at millenium park and ride around the city. such a great way to see the neighborhoods. obviously, you want to do this in the summer.

architectural tours on the river. another summer funday.

the art institute, the modern museum is great

a stroll on the water front.

shopping-anywhere

riding the “L” train. you can actually get some really great views of the city this way. i have a thing for trains though.

any of the museums are great in this city

 at christmas time- walking around the macy’s chirstmas windows . we did this every year growing up- when it was still marshall fields, when the windows were not so “modernly disney” oriented, eating around the huge christmas tree in the walnut room,  and when we could get marzipan from the basement candy store department. it was just better back then, i am biased. still good for the kiddos today though!

millennium park– so much to do here. ice skate in the winter and watch concerts in the summer. this park wasn’t around when i was growing up, but the concerts in the park are my favorite as an adult.

some of my favorite neighborhoods for shopping and charm: wicker park, lincoln square, lincoln park, and logan square.

don’t forget to get a Chicago dog, eat chicago deep dish pizza, and get a cup of coffee from intelligentsia! amongst so much more!


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laura mazurek, of roots and feathers and the bohemain collective, has recently done two lovely outfit posts on her ever eclectic blog (and one i follow daily) using two sun and glory pieces! i wanted to share them because i was so honored and because the photos are lovely as well as her work. laura, is the beautiful mind behind the bohemian collective and has opened my eyes up to a whole new world of designers and artists.  it truly is a collective and a wonderful sharing tool, especially when i get to see my work adorning a beautiful lady. thank you laura for your support and inspiration.

i decided to start the new year off with a post about the sun and glory line.  i hope to expand and create more this year and really pursue this genuinely. i hope everyone is having a good start for the new year!