Whereas mornings are my favorite time of day to rise with the sun, sip coffee slowly in a cozy oversized cardigan, and develop content for this site, the time I spend in the kitchen does not correlate to the quality of my morning meals.
Who would’ve thought a platter of veggies would win over your guests’ hearts? Trust me. Especially in this age of “wellness,” a bread-free board will be a refreshing starter to any gathering, whether the dress code is heels in the living room or bare feet on the patio.
Next time you’re scheming the next girls’ gathering with your best friends or female family members, reconsider the traditional party and invite them over for an at-home spa-inspired fête. On a Saturday or Sunday morning, what beats a mocktail in pajamas with your nearest and dearest? Shoulder massage train, anyone?
Coincidentally, the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter holidays fall on the same weekend this year, each reflecting a season of renewal and rebirth, drawing in elements of the season to inspire the themes and metaphorical symbols of the holidays.
Shifting your color palette indoors doesn’t need to be substantial; we’re talking a few accessories here and there! I encourage you to begin with a series of shelves—whether floating shelves or a bookcase—and shake it up a bit.
Believe it or not, Alex and I already already celebrating our second wedding anniversary in early March. Though I attest my passions for kitchen and home goods are not of typical fashion, I have learned (through many entertaining scenarios and years with Alex ) the necessities to get me through both a stellar party and a cozy space for two. My ongoing partnership with Bella Vita has introduced me to photogenic and functional pieces that I wish I had known about upon getting engaged three years ago.
Put the kids to bed (or close the laptop screen), kick your feet up on the coffee table, and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone in an organic, authentic way — in the comfort of your home with a pure sense of presence for the moment, for the quality time together.