the love list

The Love List. Image: Olaiya Land

Hello Lovelies,

I'm writing you today from a little cottage perched on the edge of Whidbey Island. I'm here for a weekend workshop with one of my favorite photography instructors. I've been shooting and discussing photography all day (I may or may not also have downed a glass of red wine on an empty stomach five minutes ago) so my brain is a little fried. I cannot wait to curl up in bed and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing onto the shore. But before I do, here's a little Love List to get your weekend started right.


- I have been crushing on this blog so hard. Megan's latest post features blueberry-tarragon gravlax (served on what might be the sexiest looking everything bagels I've ever seen) and her thoughts on keeping it beautifully flawed in a world overflowing with contrived artificiality. We all need more authenticity and gravlax and everything bagels in our lives, so link on over and check out this gem of a blog!

 

- The Instagram feed I'm loving at the moment is @tasteofportugal.eu. Liliana's sun-soaked images transport me back to the beaches and streets of Portugal on a daily basis. And I love the thoughtful selection of handcrafted Portuguese goods in her shop. 

 

- When I read this NTY article by Samin Nosrat on the proper (and liberal) use of salt, I was shaking my head in agreement like a crazy person with every paragraph. Yes, yes, 1000 times yes! Don't fear the salt.

 

- My friend Natasha is holding a Creativity Festival on her farm and it looks amazing. There will be workshops on knitting, indigo dying, macrame, tincture making and other DIY awesomeness. If you're going to be anywhere near the UK between August 4-6, you need to get yourself over there!

 

- I recently listened to this book and I can't recommend it enough. It's a beautiful, insightful and very readable (or listen-able) look at the vicissitudes of marriage and how to make love last. I am a long-time admirer of the work of Alain de Botton and this may be his finest book yet. 

 

- No Love List is complete without some boozy refreshment to jazz up your weekend! So I give you these Frozen Hibiscus-Lime Margaritas by Madeline Hall. These will be entering my life in the very near future.

Happy Friday!

Olaiya


There are still a few spots left in my Lisbon and Paris fall retreats. Click on over for the details and to join me in all the deliciousness I have planned!