Welcome to this little corner of Loveleaf Co. where every last Thursday of the month, I post ten of my favorite finds, meals, memories, and everything in between from the past 30 days. ✌🏼
Let’s get the boring update out of the way. For most of the month, I’ve been holed up in my office transferring my website from Squarespace to WordPress, which is a better platform for anyone who posts recipes regularly 🙋🏼♀️. While it’s a very tedious process, it’s actually kind of refreshing to go back and update old blog posts. Kind of like spring cleaning for my site.
Speaking of spring cleaning, New York State is banning (yes, banning) the distribution of plastic bags beginning March 1, 2020. Which means it’s time to get our reusable bags in order. I wrote a whole post on how to declutter and organize your reusable bags FOR GOOD. Read it here.
I was hired by my friend Rebekah of Hello Roo to help her prop style a Lovesac photoshoot earlier this month. We sourced and styled all the furniture, art, rugs, lighting, etc. to make a huge empty house feel… like a real, lived-in home. Which meant lots of planning and lots of shopping (powered by lunch).
I’ve been trying to drink more tea lately, especially loose leaf tea to cut back on waste (…why does Trader Joe’s package its tea in plastic?!). This loose-leaf tea strainer is my favorite purchase of the month, hands down.
Bowls at the Butcher’s Daughter in Brooklyn.
To continue on the beverage thread, I had my first red wine spill (on our very light colored couch) last week. I frantically Googled how to get red wine stains out and I came across this formula: mix about 3 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part dishwashing liquid (I used this one), then apply to the red wine stain.
Let it sit for a while (20 minutes to an hour) and then blot clean with cold water. It worked! I also immediately bought this spray, but didn’t have to use it… this time.
The Natural Wine Company in Brooklyn.
One more beverage update. Josh and I discovered this local natural wine shop and I’m obsessed. If you’re not already on the organic wine train, it’s time! Grapes are one of the most highly pesticide-sprayed crops, so going organic is better for you and the planet. If you don’t have access to a good organic wine selection nearby, Thrive Market and Dry Farm Wines are my two favorite online suppliers.
Josh and I visited my family on Long Island for President’s Day Weekend. The weather was so nice (even though I’m sad we haven’t had real winter this year), so we spent a lot of time outside. The beach + family + a dog is good for the soul.
Family beach walk in Southampton, New York.
Earlier this year, Katie (aka the Green Product Junkie) was horrified to find out that I had been using a tea tree oil cleanser to wash my face (…which apparently is super drying 🤷🏼♀️). Instead, she recommended this non-toxic rosehip cleansing oil and I’m a total convert.
The Dorothea Lange exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.
My mom and sister came into NYC the other day and we went to the Museum of Modern Art to see the Dorothea Lange exhibit. Highly recommend!
Last weekend, Josh and I stopped at my favorite local butcher shop, The Meat Hook, which sells local, pasture-raised and grass-fed meat. We bought some chicken sausage and made one of my weekly go-to’s: this (actually) 20-minute Tuscan beans with spicy sausage and kale. So good.
Josh and I are in search of winter, so we’re headed to Park City, Utah on Saturday for a quick weekend ski trip. DM me with any Salt Lake City and/or Park City restaurant recommendations over on Instagram!
See you next month! xx Ally
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