PHOTO: Gregory Krum
A few weeks back I had one of the most raging headaches I can remember ever experiencing. Migraines run in my family and I fall prey to them about once a month, but when this one was still hanging around a whopping five days later I knew something was up. None of my prescription or OTC meds were doing anything to even dull the pain that was originating at the base of my skull and radiating up towards my ears and jaw. That’s when I scheduled a massage, thinking that maybe some sort of deep tissue maneuvering might work a little magic.
I met with a master masseuse who ended up using a variety of massage techniques – not all comfortable and relaxing – to try and relieve the extreme tension that had built up in my neck and back. That’s right, it was a tension headache in migraine’s clothing. When the masseuse was finished she told me it was a challenging massage to give because I wouldn’t relax and that we needed more than an hour because I was so tense. Then she asked me whether I was stressed about anything (not really) and what I did for myself (uhhhh). My response was a very truthful “I’m not very good at that sort of thing.”
The massage did help, but the masseuse’s words are what really stuck. I realized I physically need to make more time for myself. Being a full-time blogger I have the advantage of a flexible schedule, it also means that I don’t have your typical weekend off. So I’ve decided that Wednesdays are going to be my recharging time, smack dab in the middle of the workweek. Feel Good Wednesdays, if you will. I definitely won’t be taking the day off, but I will be taking more time than usual for myself. A yoga class, less caffeine and more hydration (like with bubbly Ozarka® Brand Sparkling Natural Spring Water), maybe a mug of tea to wind down, a longer walk with the dogs once the temperatures drop, you see what I’m saying. I’m hoping that by slowing down just a little my life will thrive even more.
How do you make time for yourself? I can use all the advice you can give!
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The second stop for Oklahoma City Week is Olive & Co, a shop full of 20+ premium olive oils and 16+ balsamic vinegars. One of my favorite appetizers in the world is a simple dish of olive oil with a (sizable) dollop of balsamic and all the crusty bread I can get my hands on, so Olive & Co is a veritable mecca for me. The moment you walk in you’re encouraged to try as many of both as you’d like, little plastic cups and bread are located on the tables. Each cistern has a description of its contents similar to that of a wine which is vastly helpful, and oils and vinegars are available in four sizes that they decant directly from the cisterns you see here . Turns out the vinegars were so delicious I didn’t even need the bread and just tasted from the cup after the first! Both the traditional balsamics and white balsamics were so layered in flavor and depth that they were seriously life changing to the palette. I picked up bottles of strawberry balsamic and grapefruit white balsamic and have a little something up my sleeve to share with you all later today – stay tuned!
7602 North May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73116
01/ Wanna see Wookies in real life situations? Here you go.
02/ Giant chrome T-Rex installed in the Seine River.
03/ Learn how to make ice shot glasses!
04/ Disciples, fans dressed like their favorite pop stars at their concerts.
05/ At Rest, heartbreakingly beautiful memorials for roadkill.
06/ Whoa, these kaleidoscope glasses are insane-o.
07/ The coolest 4th of July photo ever.
08/ 40 Days of Dating, two friends date for 40 days as an experiment.
09/ Switcheroo, an on-going dual portrait series of men and women swapping clothes.
10/ Candid photos of + interviews with 4th graders around the world.
This week on Design Crush…
Mix #26: Open Up Your Arms
You Should Totally: Make DIY State String Art
Colour Block Book Ends
Jozef Mvra’s Masks
Lauren Wilcox Puchowski
01/ Reconnected, turning fallen trees into art on trunk at a time.
02/ Perfect Tree in a Farmer’s Field.
03/ BBQ, a papercraft barbecue grill!
04/ I’ve never broken a bone, I’m holding out for these 3D printed casts.
05/ Adrift, a two year love letter to the San Francisco fog.
06/ The world’s first one person restaurant!
07/ This guy is everywhere this week – 40 year book photos, same outfit.
08/ Yay or nay on this hammock-shaped tub?
09/ Celebrating George Orwell’s 110th birthday with surveillance cameras + party hats!
10/ Why are more houses not painted like this?!
This week on Design Crush:
Hello, San Diego – Part 2
Alphabet City Coasters
108 Ways to Scream For Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet + More
Nissan Versa Note
Read Between the Lines
Doing Good With Anthropologie
I was pleasantly surprised that The Surf Cafe Cookbook isn’t referring to the west coast of America, but rather the west coast of Ireland. And while the recipes are a bit heartier and the water temperature a bit cooler, the lifestyle is strikingly similar. Authors Jane and Myles Lamberth own Shells Café in Strandhill and between the covers of this cookbook share colorful, local, organic recipes that would be equally at home on a picnic blanket or a dinner party table. They also share lots of useful tips, like how to gut a fish and choose the best wine among other tidbits along with page after page of lovely illustrations. I think I’ve bookmarked half of the pages already and can’t wait to dive in (no pun intended!) this summer.
01/ Tintypes of landscapes on aluminum cans.
02/ Through My Eyes, a two year long self-perspective photography project.
03/ Photos comparing actors and their real life counterparts.
04/ The Anatomy of a Stack.
05/ The Skywhale hot air balloon!
06/ Art (Retreat) Camp is yet another summer vacation I’d like to take.
07/ The Koo Koo Mailbox couldn’t be more fun if it tried.
08/ The Glass House Project blends old and new.
09/ Crushing on this photo series of the tippy tops of Parisian landmarks.
10/ As if I don’t drink enough coffee, this sugar skull and bones makes me crave more.
This week on Design Crush…
Small Ways to Change Up Your Bathroom + a Waterpik Giveaway
24 Summer Sippers
Tips&Tricks: Beauty + Fashion
To Nail Art, Or Not To Nail Art?
Oh, how I wish I were one of the specially tapped business partners of Hälssen & Lyon who received one of these incredible Tea Calendars! Each day’s “page” is made from finely flavored, wafer-thin pressed tea leaves. The tea wafer can be detached, brewed, and enjoyed. The only thing that could possibly top this in my world would be The Coffee Calendar! (via Laughing Squid)
01/ The Human Tower Competition!
02/ Blocks, a photo series of a life-sized block man.
03/ Sweet black and whites of a girl and her tomcat.
04/ This Lime and Coconut Cream Tart needs to happen.
05/ YES to these Zoo Portraits.
06/ You can eat works of art!
07/ Such a fun birthday surprise.
08/ Yes to all things cotton candy, including this lemonade.
09/ Time-lapse video of a full moon rising over L.A.
10/ Need this DIY Bike Bar Cart for summer. And a bike.
This week on Design Crush:
Grillmaster Serving Trays
Luxury 3 Ways + a Contest
The Statement Door
Sunny Day Sunnies
Canevas Abstract Cushions
Martone Cycle Co.
GoodLife Key Tags
01/ Great things can happen when you play with your food!
02/ Cosmic Surgery, a portrait series replacing faces with oragami.
03/ Note to self: Get to San Francisco to see the Bay Bridge Lights in person.
04/ Someone brilliant thought to create art by injecting paint into bubble wrap.
05/ Picasso’s women in real life.
06/ A yarn-bombed school bus!
07/ Milky Ways, figures that project light from within.
08/ Lullaby Factory, a special treat for sick kids in a London hospital.
09/ An espresso maker for the microwave – Piamo!
10/ Underwater photos of people swimming under waves.
This month we ventured to West, a restaurant that would feel at home in any major metropolis but calls Oklahoma City home. I’d dined at West a few times prior to visiting for the Taste Tour, but always on their beautiful outdoor deck mid-day. This time we were lucky enough to be seated inside on the first evening of their latest menu release. Chef Eric Smith guided us through our menu selections, recommending both signature West dishes and new additions.
Both Caroline and I had just been through a few rough workdays and were ready for a cocktail. She opted for a classic while I perused the bar menu and settled on the Cranberry and Citrus Fizz. It was delicious – perfectly balanced and not overly sweet!
The very first thing to hit our table – Warm West Chips – ended up being my very favorite. House made potato chips served warm and tossed in a light bleu cheese fondue, then topped with bleu cheese crumbles and balsamico. I’m not a big fan of bleu cheese, but the variety used is so mild and complimentary to the balsamic that I almost cried when it was time for them to take away the plate. We also had a grilled Caesar salad with polenta croutons before our main dishes started to roll in, I loved the twist!
The Spicy Tuna Tacos were seriously delicious, I love jicama slaw and the fact that these had it sold me immediately. The whipped avocado and tomato basil ginger glaze took it all over the top.
Both Caroline and I agreed that this was our favorite dish. The Red Wine Risotto was served with a small filet, which if you know me isn’t usually something I would eat. But it worked so well with the decadent, perfectly cooked risotto that I couldn’t stop myself. Of course there’s no way we were able to eat everything in front of us at once, and this is what went home with me in a doggy bag. (My mouth is watering at the memory!) Caroling also took on the *job* of trying the Lemon Pepper Filet and a side of West Mac and Cheese (those leftovers went home with her!). I enjoyed a side of grilled broccolini that was simple and perfect.
Caroline couldn’t pass up a shot of my Grandma’s turquoise ring. I love it so much.
As if all of the food already mentioned wasn’t enough, we also tried two desserts. Roasted Peach and Ricotta Bread Pudding (they have a seasonal rotation every four months) and Banana Cake for Two, the latter of which made my eyes roll around in my head for a good fifteen seconds after the first taste. West also serves a dish of cotton candy (one of my favorite sweets and smells) at the end of every meal, a very fun and whimsical touch that’s sure to leave a good taste in your mouth about the entire dining experience. Thanks so much for a lovely evening, West!
All photos ©Caroline Cohenour
Disclaimer: West provided all food mentioned above, words and opinions are my own.