Wednesday, July 22, 2015

pan seared watermelon salad

A few weeks ago I had this gorgeous grilled watermelon salad at a local restaurant Washington Square Tavern. I've been dreaming of it ever since so I decided to try it at home. Only problem was I don't have a grill. Luckily Google exists and I found an awesome recipe for pan searing watermelon. Although I didn't use many of her extra ingredients I did use her technique for cooking. It's super easy.

Preheat pan with barely enough evoo to coat the bottom. Heat to very high, till it starts smoking.
Place 1 inch thick slabs of watermelon in the pan (be careful of splattering!) and let sear for about 2 minutes then flip and sear for another 2 minutes. Once they've been flipped to the second side sprinkle with a pinch of course sea salt. The first time I tried I used a bit too much oil and cooked them for a bit too long so they became a little limp, however they still tasted amazing. So be sure not to overcook if you want them to have that summery crunch.

For my salad I used kale, spinach and arugula leaves, diced carrots, diced tomato, almond slivers, a hint of finely grated cheese (I used parmesan but I think feta would have been better), and a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. Toss and serve!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

fear and loathing

last weekend I spent a few days in Vegas for a beauty industry conference. it was a really great experience for me, especially since even though I manage a hair salon I don't have a background in hairdressing. it had been quite a few years since the last time I was in sin city so it felt like a whole new place. here's just a few of my photos from the trip as well as some tips/tricks I picked up along the way.

go to the pool 2-3 hrs before closing and pay the $15 for a padded chair in the private area. you'll have the place all to yourself. and you'll lay sideways on the edge of the pool dangling half-in half-out and no one will get mad at you. and the lifeguards will let you stay in the water till all the peasants have left. because you're the queen now obv.

it's difficult to find places to eat before 5pm. most hotel restaurants are only open 5-11pm. find one or two good places in your hotel that serve breakfast/lunch and avoid the buffets. that sandwich on the left was maybe the best deli sandwich I've ever had - from citizen in mandalay bay. the salsa on the right was so good I broke my vow not to go to the same restaurant twice just to get seconds. the pineapple chipotle margarita was remarkably tasty too - from t & t in the luxor.

there is a small james turrell installation in the shops at crystals near aria resort. there is also a picasso exhibit in the bellagio near the convention center.

uber does not operate in vegas or paradise (yet).

the bellagio is in my opinion the most beautiful hotel on the strip, especially inside. the lobby is fantastical and bright. their pool situation is the best setup I've ever seen with a bunch of smaller more private pools instead of a few huge crowded ones. plus, they have the largest chocolate fountain in the world. so yeah.

it's hot there ya'll. go to the pool often. but fair warning the tap water is wretched. it tastes and smells like shit. so you'll probably end up buying lots of bottled water. don't forget to ask for lemon or lime juice in your water when you're out to eat. just be sure to stay hydrated. 

rx boiler room in the shops at mandalay bay is worth checking out. very cool and never crowded, open 5-11pm. it's a steampunk inspired bar/restaurant with a 20's vibe.

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there's no such thing as overdressed when you're going out at night. although you might see a few older women wearing prom dresses.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Blogger Friends IRL

One of my favorite things about blogging has always been the community. That actually is what originally inspired me to start my blog. It's rare though that you get to meet blogger friends in real life. So when Gentri texted me to let me know she was going to be in Boston for the marathon I jumped on the chance to meet up with her. Gentri was one of the first I followed and has been a friend for 5 years! Yesterday she did a post sharing her gorgeous photos from our time together, go check them out here.

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{{{photos by Gentri}}}

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Featured Artist ::: Jessica Jorgensen

"I love capturing memories, those beautiful fleeting moments we wish could last, and those seconds that reveal something magical about life. For as long as I can remember, every spare second of time I had was spent drawing, erasing, and redrawing until it matched perfectly with what I saw. Before I knew what that really meant, it became obvious that creating was clearly my life’s work. It’s been a beautiful obsession.

The process of painting people and learning about their stories and personalities has always inspired me and it’s led me to realize that portraits are my passion. I love that when I paint I am able to take a single moment in time and save it in a physical object – the painted canvas.

I like to think that every painting of mine holds more than just the strokes of paint and the passage of time it takes to create them, it holds all of my thoughts and good wishes for the people in it. I paint hope and love and joy into every detail so those memories, or that one special moment, can live forever in the painting. A Painting is the physical object that represents those little histories .

A painted memory lovingly captured.

That is the gift I want to offer through my paintings, so that your custom piece of fine art can endure for lifetimes and can instantly take you back to that moment, that memory, that feeling, that person."

J.J. is a very talented artist and a good friend that I met in college. If you get the opportunity to have her do a custom portrait for you don't pass it up. She did this one for me and I love it. I think custom portraits like J.J.'s are infinitely higher quality and more meaningful than having a photo printed on canvas. Take a look at her other work on her website and her etsy shop.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Rockport Hiking | Qalo

Last weekend we went up to Rockport to do a little light hiking. I've been dying to go all winter so I was thrilled to finally get out of the city even just for the day. Hopefully we'll make it up to the White Mountains soon to do some real hiking. It's also the perfect opportunity to tell you about my cool new ring from Qalo. Made from medical grade silicone and designed for active lifestyles. It's great for activities when a traditional wedding band might put you in danger or get damaged itself. But I think it's so comfortable I've been wearing mine every day with my gold band from Lily Emme. So if you need a ring that moves with you give Qalo a try.

{{{Images copyright DarkBlck}}}

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

sunday monday weekends

good vibrations by the beach boys

A friend recommended this book to me, I'm only two chapters in but I like it so far. I'm really bad about picking books based on their covers and not on content. What have you been reading recently? What is your most recent favorite?

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vogue Italia | Steven Meisel | The Power of Style

The most recent cover story for Vogue Italia is too good to miss. So here you go. You're welcome.

The Heart Of The Machine
Vogue Italia February 2015
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Stylist: Marie-Amelie Sauve
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair: Jimmy Paul
Models: Lexi Boling, Ine Neefs, Vanessa Axente, & Julia Bergshoeff

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Dark Blck

Four years ago when I started Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard blog the branding and aesthetic went hand in hand with my shop. The blog and shop together functioned as a creative outlet and a source of income. As most of you know the vibe was deliberately bright and cheery. I worked hard to keep everything genuine, however, those bubbly qualities are not a holistic depiction of my personality. Nor are they reflective of many of my personal interests.

Over the past few months I've been wrestling with why I'm continuing to blog now that my shop is closed. What is the purpose and where do I want it to go? That's why things have been so silent around here. I came to the conclusion that in order to continue blogging I need to reassert myself, as myself, in no way connected to external marketing factors. A more accurate expression of who I am.

Those of you who follow me on instagram probably noticed this shift happen months ago. It's time for my blog to transition as well. Starting now I'll be posting under the name Dark Blck. Some of my posts will be very similar to how they have been thus far and some things will look and feel much different. I'm looking forward to how this will play out and I hope you'll stick around for the show.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Bouqs Are For Valentine's - Even If You Hate It

Some people look forward to it, some people dread it. Either way Valentine's day is less that two weeks away people. Are you ready? Have you purchased chocolates, cards and most importantly flowers? In my mind flowers are the best Valentine's gift even if you are against Valentine's because you can always send dead flowers. It gets the message across doesn't it?

If you missed my first post about The Bouqs a few weeks ago you should definitely peak at it now. The Bouqs ship farm fresh {from the side of a volcano!} flowers straight to you. No middle man which means they'll still be snappy when they arrive at your door.

I wanted to share their beautiful red roses with you but I set myself the challenge of photographing them differently than I've ever seen before. You know red roses are like the most stereotypical, cliché flowers ever so I couldn't take any old picture and expect you to be interested. So I hung them upside down, chopped, ripped and dried them. Who hasn't thought about grabbing a rose and tearing it apart just for the hell of it? Is that just me? Well I'm fine with that. It was very satisfying and I think the results were visually intriguing as well.

Order your Valentine some flowers from Bouqs and they'll thank you. Maybe don't shred them before delivery though. Unless that's what you're going for! Hey I'd still thank you.

After they were dry - which took almost two weeks by the way{!} that's how fresh and long lasting these flowers are - I picked up some greens from Trader Joe's and made a little wreath. Something like this would be really pretty as a decoration as a party I think.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Infused Sugar and Salt | Sugar Detox | A Contradiction

I'll warn you right now this post is a giant contradiction. A friend recently told me about infused sugars and salts and I absolutely had to try it. They're amazing for a wide variety of uses. HOWEVER, I've also let my sugar cravings get widely out of control since Bones was here in October. So starting today I'm cutting out all refined/processed/etc sugars for the month of February. Except one cheat day, Valentine's obviously. That means candy, baked goods, ice cream and so forth. That said, lets talk about sugar for a bit longer.

Lavender grapefruit infused sugar:::

Zest one large grapefruit
Leave zest out for at least 8 hours or until completely dry

Use a high powered food processor to combine zest, 2 tbsp of food grade lavender and 2 cups of sugar {I used organic sugar from Trader Joe's}. Store sugar in an airtight container. Let sit for approximately one week {shake once a day to ensure even distribution of flavors} before use. Strain out zest and lavender if so desired. 


My favorite ways to eat:::
On grapefruit {duh}
Peel two blood oranges, coat in 1 tbsp infused sugar
Lightly sprinkle on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

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Lemon infused salt:::

Zest one lemon
Leave zest out for at least 8 hours or until completely dry

Use a high powered food processor to combine zest and 2 cups of sea salt {I used this}. Store salt in an airtight container. Let sit for at least one week before use. Strain out zest if so desired. 


My favorite way to eat:::
On avocado - yum!

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