Newsflash: there’s a reason it’s now referred to as “Singles’ Awareness Day.” Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m not sure if you know, but I have zero to negative interest in it. The last Valentine’s I actually remember involved breaking up on an airplane on the way back from Los Angeles. Needless to say, I don’t really have any vested interest in celebrating it this year either. Rather than sulk in dirty sweats (I don’t own any) and drown myself in a pool of tears, I’ve taken the initiative to use Valentine’s Day as a day to dedicate to my own health and well being. That would include having a cocktail. Preferably a cocktail that includes many things I like- chocolate, caramel, and bubbles. As mentioned, I have a bit of a reputation for falling asleep standing upright, so when I was asked to put together a cocktail for Bailey’s I knew it would need a healthy dose of caffeine. Below, get my recipe for the perfect Valentine’s Day drink, My Funny Valentine. A libation that is both delightful and weird… much like my ideal mate.
- 1 oz of Bailey’s Salted Caramel Irish Creme
- 1/2 oz of Ketel One
- 6 oz of coffee (chilled)
- 1 0z of soda water
- whipped cream
- a dusting of cacao powder
- Brew coffee and chill (both literally and metaphorically).
- Mix coffee, vodka, and Bailey’s Salted Caramel Irish Creme in a mug.
- Add soda water.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Dust with cacao powder.
I think I don’t mind moving so much (I’ve done it three times this year alone) because I get to redecorate each time and every space brings new inspiration. In the last apartment I lived in with my fiance in Los Angeles, we had a lot of room to work with. We moved into a 1300+ square foot newly constructed loft space. This place was an artist’s dream.
A funny thing happens when two very creative people merge their belongings. My fiance has very, very simple modern taste. I, on the other hand, love anything that is shiny. I would live in a disco ball if I could. Luckily, mixing simple clean lines with more ornate accessories makes for a very “man meets woman” aesthetic. Our two incredibly different styles balanced each other to create one especially cool space (and one especially cool couple).
Anyone who knows me knows there are two things you will always find in my home: a chandelier (multiple when applicable) and some type of wallpaper. Because I inherited a flaming orange couch in this merger, it was imperative to keep the rest of the decor simple. I opted for black and white and allowed said couch to be the focal point. Some of our favorite pieces in the house were the vintage porcelain cat and dog statues that we found, authentic tractor gears, and “surgery table.” We also swapped out standard bulbs for filament bulbs to give more ambience.
Before we moved out about a month and a half ago, we were sure to capture our first home together on film. (Yes, you probably saw our apartment on Khloe and Lamar. Yes, Lamar Odom was our neighbor).
Want to create this look in your own home? Of course you do! Start with a clean simple palette. Pick one bold piece and use neutral (and quirky) accessories. The most important part of decorating is making the space look like “you.” And yes, it is possible for both parts of a couple to get their way.
1. Jonathan Adler Menagerie Collection Cat (Tall), $120, 2. Modern Orange Leather Couch, $1,859, 3. West Elm Totem Pillow Cover, $29, 4. Restoration Hardware Tractor Wheel Gear, $189, 5. Restoration Hardware Venetian Beaded Leaner Mirror, $449-750, 6. Theresa Rialto Black and Clear Chandelier, $648
***Note: It didn’t occur to me that the mannequin in those photos is a bit strange because I got so used to him being there. You may remember him from this little video. He moved in and never left.
About a five hour drive north of Los Angeles is a magical place called Monterey. A laid back beach town complete with its very own (small scale) Fishmerman’s Wharf. You may not have any good reason to go there, but luckily, I do. My father has lived there for the past ten years and even when I lived clear across the country in New York, I still managed to get there to visit. Being there always feels like a vacation. Not the type of vacation that calls for tropical cocktails with umbrellas on the beach and a teeny bikini, but you always leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The sheer beauty of Monterey is enough to leave you speechless.
This past weekend, we once again made the trek and here are some snapshots of our journey.