Food & Style Workshop with Sweet Laurel Bakery and Kitchy Kitchen

Food & Style Workshop with Sweet Laurel Bakery and Kitchy Kitchen

This past weekend, I stepped outside of the rehabber box and took a “food and style” class with Sweet Laurel’s Laurel Gallucci and Kitchy Kitchen’s Claire Thomas. I know it isn’t quite rehabbing, but making beautiful food is kind of like DIY in that you can be creative with what you do and that it is okay to try new things.

I also figured if these ladies could help me make cake as beautiful as this and that was healthy (for a cake!) I was in! IMG_9669 The workshop was at the Hedley & Bennett factory just outside of downtown LA. We arrived to coffee from Columbo Coffee and delicious snacks like almond milk cheese with flax crackers and curried yam crostini.

After spending some time snacking and meeting Claire and Laurel and the other workshop attendees, we were treated to a tour of the Hedley & Bennett factory. I love that you can mix and match colors and patterns for the aprons and straps, and that they’re made in LA. My favorite part of the factory was the playful vibe and the inspirational quotes on the walls.

Photo of Hedley and Bennett from before the photography class 😀


Clearly, I loved the color wall in the office area!

After the tour, we watched Laurel give a presentation on ingredients she uses and why, and then she got down to baking the featured items of the day, a light lemon poppy bundt cake and lavender sandwich cookies.

While we waited for the treats to bake, Claire gave us a class on food styling and photography and we got to test out her tips.

Here I am working on my food styling skills. Thanks to Morgan Walker for capturing this moment!

Now, I’m going to show you a photo I took at the beginning of the class versus the end so you can see just how awesome and helpful it was!

Here’s a photo of the lavendar sandwich cookies that I took before Claire’s photography and styling class.
I took this photo at the beginning of the class, right after we learned a bit about food styling.

Now for the payoff. Notice the huuuuge difference in the photos above and the photos below.

These are my favorite photos from the class:
After testing out our new skills, we got to enjoy Laurel’s amazing treats! The cookies were a nice bite of something sweet and the lavender wasn’t overpowering at all. The lemon bundt cake was light and airy and you couldn’t even tell it was grain free!

THE cake!

All in all, it was an amazing class and I learned so much about a healthier way to bake and a better way to get good photos. I can’t wait to do more of both and practice my new skills!

Thanks to Sweet Laurel, the Kitchy Kitchen, and Hedley & Bennett for such an incredible afternoon!


Read and Relax Room Inspo

Read and Relax Room Inspo

I’ve been pulling images and creating some inspo collages for my office, which I want to turn into a reading/ relaxation room.

Since I’m still working on my thesis, I’ve been thinking about keeping a desk in there, but a much smaller desk than the original dark wood monster that was in there before.

Here’s what I’m feeling as of now:

I love the look of this room from Pinterest.

I pulled the photo above from Pinterest and was surprised that I loved it so much because it is not as pared down as the rest of my house. I like that the white keeps it bright and the sideboard at the bottom provides storage.

Reading Room Inspo


I liked the sideboard at the top if I decide to go with the look above. I also like the idea of a storage space that can double as a seating area under a window, since I have a big window with a good view. I would probably have a linen cushion made to put on top to make it more cozy and inviting. I like the idea of this “bar table” as a standing desk, and I especially like that the cubbies provide a place to keep my computer and office supplies.

Reading Room Inspo

Since it is a “read and relax” room, I definitely want some bookshelves. I have a ton of books! I know the wood shelves are the opposite of white, but I’m in the early stages of inspiration here! I saw these at Room and Board recently and they look great in person. Plus, there is no wall mounting necessary!

Reading room inspo

Finally, I like the idea of having a couch or chaise in the room to lounge on while reading and relaxing. I pulled these options from West Elm.

Tips for Buying on Craigslist

Since I got a lot of response on Tips for Selling on Craigslist, I wanted to give you guys my top tips for buying on Craigslist, and just in time for the weekend!

  1. If you have questions, ask.
    • You can save time this way. For example, I found a great settee on CL. I emailed asking for more pictures, for measurements, and if it was sturdy when you sit down. When they sent the measurements, I realized it wouldn’t fit in my space. Sad, but I did save time not driving to Orange County to pick up a settee that wouldn’t fit in my house.
  2. Contact the OP the way they say they want to be contacted.
    • Some posts say “call only” or “text” or some posts want email only. Do what they say so you’ll get a response.
  3. Be on time.
    • If you say you are going to look at an item at a certain time, be on time. Even if the seller is late, you won’t annoy them (more annoyed= less likely to get a deal.)
  4. Don’t make a ridiculous offer and only bring that much cash.
    • If you’re not willing or able to even pay close to the list price, you may want to consider asking ahead of time. Don’t just bring money for half of the listed price. You don’t want to waste your time or theirs.
  5. Do your research!
    • Look for similar items online and see what they’re selling for so you know whether you’re getting a good deal or not.
  6. Don’t list the item’s flaws to the seller when asking for a better deal.
    • The seller likely already knows the item’s flaws. They probably don’t want to sell to someone who is “just not that into” their beloved item. Be respectful. Frame it that you really love the item, but it is out of your price range. Don’t nitpick it and expect someone to be happy to give you a discount. You end up sounding like an a-hole.
  7. Bring someone with you!
    • Meeting a strange person in a place you don’t know can be scary! Bring someone with you. They can keep you company on the drive, help you carry your item if you need it, and provide a little extra piece of mind. If you can’t get anyone to come with you, tell a friend or family member the time you’re going, the address of where you’re going, the information for the person you’re meeting, and that you’ll call them when you leave. I may be hyper vigilant, but, hey, better safe than sorry.
  8. Check the free section!
    • When looking for items, I always check the free section. My favorite table and chairs set came from the free section, the girl just needed to get rid of it ASAP. You never know what you’ll find, because as all rehabbers know, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
  9. Don’t pay ahead of time or allow someone to ship the item to you.
    • You want to look at the item before you purchase. You want to make sure its in the shape you think it is. You want to be sure its not a scam. Beware of people who say to send the money and they’ll send you the item.

Happy buying!