For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know that Josh & I went on a little weekend getaway to Maine. We traveled up to Portland & then made our way to Bar Harbor. Although I love city living, I begged Josh to adventure up into Bar Harbor to see Acadia National Park because this city girl needs to immerse herself in nature every once. The mountains & the trees called to me like the colors of the wind call to Pocahontas. Lucky for me, Josh enjoys the great outdoors so we made plans to visit Bar Harbor & it was even better than we could’ve ever imagined! Funny how that all works out, kind of like when you don’t expect very much from a recipe, but it turns out to be something you want to eat everyday.
Speaking of which, this modified recipe from Clean Slate by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living really surprised me. I mean, I knew I liked oatmeal, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I am, however, crazy about the combination of caramelized nectarines, coconut flakes, & almond milk. You could grab that box of cereal in your cabinet or you could reheat some delicious homemade oatmeal, toss some fruits on top, & sprinkle with agave or honey for a really delightful breakfast. I loved the addition of coconut flakes to the oatmeal, but do you know what brought this recipe to the next level? Mint.
I hear you, I hear you. “Mint, Tiff? Really? It’s just an accessory, a garnish.” OH, but you are wrong, soooOooOoo wrong. Mint may be a pretty little garnish or accessory to any plate, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t add another dimension or complexity to any dessert or savory dish. When Gaby visited, I added mint to our oatmeal with some mixed fruits & she remarked that it was a very surprisingly good & refreshing addition. So, when the people of Invaluable–a website dedicated to auctioning off nifty valuables such as art, jewelry, a signed jersey, etc–inspired me to write about my accessories or jewelry, I was dumbfounded on tying something completely unrelated to food or how anyone who would be interested in their company would be interested in my blog. But then I realized…
Oatmeal Porridge with Caramelized Nectarines
…that my mint garnish was indeed like any statement necklace you put on to really take your outfit to the next level. I don’t personally spend a lot of money on accessories or jewelry, so I resort to really cheap things from Forever21 or H&M because sometimes you can find items that are fancy, but cheap & not so fancy it looks cheap.
I’m also not the kind of girl who likes to pile on a million rings on my hands because I prefer classic simplicity than the look of a tacky ring stand. Rather than blabbing on about those aforementioned stores, I thought I’d focus on three recent pieces of accessories that actually mean something to me.
Sparklez & Shininess
Both the Michael Kors rose gold watch & the diamond necklace are gifts from my mom. I’ve never bought myself an expensive watch before, but I loved the MK styles, so I’d look on Amazon to find $20 watches that looked $200. I was successful twice, but they eventually broke within a few months. So, the whole save money on an expensive watch ordeal actually just cost me money. Thus, the MK watch was a Christmas gift & a, “Congrats-on-still-trying-to-get-into-medical-school-via-post-bacc-program-&-not-sitting-at-home-picking-your-nose” gift.
As for the gorgeous diamond necklace, it was a gift she presented me with on the day of my graduation from UCLA. I didn’t need her to get me anything because she’s done so much already by existing, but the woman decided to give me something that would always remind me of her. I wear this necklace nearly everyday since she put it around my neck. It is simultaneously one of the most beautiful & meaningful pieces of jewelry I have.
Lastly, the bracelet is a little gift Josh sent me shortly after we returned from our trip to Colombia. He sneakily bought a little present for me & sent it my way. It’s not made of rose gold & it’s not made with diamonds, but it’s from a country we’ve never visited before until we attended our first wedding together. Most significantly, it’s from a person I love.
So, maybe you ARE the type of girl who likes to tack on a minimum of 10 rings per hand. If that’s your jam, well shoot, it’s your jam! Everyone’s style is unique, even if you think you don’t have any style at all. Your “lack of style” is your style. The next time you feel up to buying some new jewelry for a loved one or yourself, check out Invaluable. Maybe you’ll find a new way to accentuate your next outfit or the perfect piece of vintage jewelry! I actually need to clean my necklace, but I don’t want to fork over the money for a professional cleaning. Thank goodness there’s a way for me to do it myself.
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