Recipes

Mission Fig Salad with Watermelon Radishes and Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

10.18.17

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Oh my gosh. This WEEK. It’s been crazy (but good-crazy). My sister Abigail got married a week-and-a-half ago and my brother Gideon followed suit 8 days later. GAH! See? Crazy.

There’s actually a great story that goes with those cramped temporal parameters, and it’d probably be a whole lot lovelier to read than the phrase “cramped temporal parameters.” But it’s also a very LONG story, and we have a salad recipe to get to. So just take my word for it.

Don’t worry; in a few weeks, when I have all the photos back from the photographers, I probably *will* waste a little time here to wax nostalgic about the actual weddings, both of which took place in the backyard of my childhood home in Connecticut (though luckily my brother’s wedding was a much smaller affair with only 30 people) and both of which were beyond magical.

But enough about my siblings and their once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. Let’s talk about FIGS.

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The funny thing about figs is that they’re so often used in autumnal and wintery recipes (if you don’t believe me, simply type “holiday cheese boards” into the Pinterest search bar and prepare for a veritable ONSLAUGHT of figs). But they’re actually best from July to late September, which makes them more of a summery food. Weird, right? Anyway, I’ve been putting them on everything lately — and even roasting them and eating them alone, drizzled with some honey. SO GOOD. Growing up, I had a neighbor who grew figs in his backyard, and I remember he used to bring them over to my house all the time. Maybe that’s where this love affair really began. Who knows.

Anyway, I adore the look (and taste!) of this simple salad, and I hope you decide to make it. Seven ingredients including the ingredients for the dressing makes it pretty easy to whip together, and it’s stunning and colorful enough to boost your mood on even the crappiest, cloudiest autumn day. (No, really. It honestly did make me a little happier when I threw it together earlier this afternoon.) This would probably be best served as an appetizer at a dinner party…or, well, really any people-filled gathering that maximizes its “ooh/aah” factor.

The real secret, of course, is piling it high with edible flowers. If you know me or follow me on Instagram, you know I’m a sucker for these guys, and I’m sure I overdo it sometimes, but…come on. They’re just so pretty. You can find edible flowers at many local farmers markets, as well as on certain specialty Etsy shops and also in bulk over on Amazon. I’m planning to do a full post on my love for edible flowers in the near future. and will be sure to include a ton of purchasing links / fun facts / pretty photos! So, stay tuned for that.

As always, you can find the full recipe after the jump.

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mission fig salad with watermelon radishes and honey-balsamic vinaigrette

SERVES 2

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1-2 bunches arugula, washed and dried
  • 5-6 fresh, raw mission figs, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium-large watermelon radish, sliced thinly (any which way!) with a mandoline or knife
  • 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Liberal pinch of salt
  • Pink, white, purple, and yellow edible flowers, to garnish

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Make your dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, glaze, red pepper flakes, ground  black pepper, and salt. Set the bowl aside. Next, assemble the salad. Place the arugula on a large plate, then add the halved figs here and there,  followed by the radish slices and goat cheese. Add your dressing sparingly, and top with edible flowers in a pattern of your choosing. Serve with a hearty, meaty entrée!

Beauty + Style

11 Empowering Costume Ideas

10.12.17

Last Sunday, I woke up at 6 a.m., donned a head-to-toe Eve costume, and headed uptown to be a part of the most epic photo shoot. It was cold. It was early. It was WORTH IT. I’m soooo excited to share the resulting images with you guys today. (They were also featured by the Today Show—you can check out that piece here!)

Quick aside: if you’ve never waddled the mean streets of New York City in a too-small flesh-colored bodysuit, I *highly* do not recommend it.

And another thing before we get to the pretty pictures: I want to share a bit about why this all went down! My talented, photography-loving friends Samantha and Sarah wanted to host a shoot featuring costumes based on their favorite feminist icons…both historical, real women who shattered ceilings, broke ground, and fought for many of the rights we enjoy today, but also some fun fictional characters, too. (The backstory to this backstory is that Samantha is about to launch a very cool on-demand photography app, which these photos were also intended to help publicize. More on the app in another post soon).

Also! We shot with the incredible Stephanie Sunderland up by Lincoln Center here in New York City. She was brilliant and so creative. And—as you’ll plainly see in just a moment!—her work is breathtaking.

Okay. Let’s get into the photos! You can find shopping links below each header. I hope each of these images motivates you to reignite your inner/outer feminist. If they don’t, there’s always Sexy Fake News. Your pick.

WONDER WOMAN

“We have a saying, my people. Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue if you can pacify, and don’t raise your hand at all until you’ve first extended it.”
— Wonder Woman, Vol. 3, No. 25

GET THE LOOK: corsetleggingsheadpiece + gloves

EVE

“Reading this narrative carefully, it is amazing that any set of men ever claimed that the dogma of the inferiority of woman is here set forth…”
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman’s Bible

GET THE LOOK: BODYSUITSNAKEVINES, APPLES

GLORIA STEINEM

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

GET THE LOOK: turtlenecksunglassesclogs

FRIDA KAHLO

“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”

GET THE LOOK: DRESS. (REST IS THRIFTED!)

KATHERINE JOHNSON

“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing.
Sometimes they have more imagination than men.”

GET THE LOOK: dresspatchespearlsshoes

SUSAN B. ANTHONY

“Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.”

GET THE LOOK: blousehatearringstights. REST IS VINTAGE.

BEYONCé

“We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”

GET THE LOOK: SIMILAR STYLES HERE, HERE, HERE, HEREHERE, + HERE.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG

“[W]hen I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

GET THE LOOK: robecollarnecklacetightssocksshoes

MARIE CURIE

“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”

GEt THE LOOK: stockingsflasks

MULAN

“The legend of Mulan — the daughter who disguises herself as a man, dons her father’s armor, and heads off to war in his place — remains one of the most popular Chinese folktales…”
— “Mulan: Five Versions of a Classic Chinese Legend”
BY Shiamin Kwa & Wilt L. Idema

GET THE LOOK: (SORRY, ALL COSTUME DETAILS THRIFTED!)

REY

HAN SOLO: [HANDING OVER BLASTER] You might need this.
Rey: I  think I can handle myself.

GET THE LOOK: toplightsaberbootscuffbeltfabric

Career / Career Advice / Girl Crush

girl crush: cleo abram

10.03.17

happy tuesday!

today, i’m super excited to be kicking off a fun new series on my youtube channel called “girl crush,” where i’ll be featuring women who have incredible career stories and asking them to chat a bit about how they got to where they are today.

cleo abram is my first guest (and a close friend!). she’s vox’s manager of new products, and she’s also the founder of a fantastic political newsletter called “the short version.” oh, and she’s a model. so, um, SHE’S KILLING IT. i loved loved loved what she had to say about finding a passion. and about the problem with super-specific life plans. and about why pining for a certain job title might not be the best idea.

basically, i loved all of her advice and found it pretty applicable to my own career. and i think (or hope, at least!) you will, too.

if you do enjoy the video, be sure to subscribe for new ones! and scroll down to see how you can continue to keep up with cleo’s awesome life.

in cleo’s words…

“the better way to think about this is to find an obsession. so, i would rather say, ‘find your obsession’ than ‘follow your passion.'”

“the types of people that i like to be around are people who are obsessed with a question or a problem or a set of skills that they want to develop, and that just feels different than saying ‘this is what you already now your passion should be.”

“you can take some of the pressure off yourself to have planned exactly what you want to be doing in ten years. i got some really good advice recently, which was that if you plan out ten years in advance, the worst thing that could happen is that you get it right and that is actually where you are in ten years. you’re gonna be operating in a business world or in a media world that is ten years behind. and you will have identified that job, but, like, that job won’t be the most important job anymore, or it won’t be the best job for you…”

“that has been really important to me…to identify skills as opposed to jobs that i want. you don’t have to feel like you innately have some, like, pull toward some specific goal. the skillset is the path.”

skip to the good stuff

1:08 – cleo’s introduction
5:09 – thoughts on side projects
6:03 – the magical 36th coffee date
7:45 – “it’s not that you can survey the world…”
8:21 – how do you find your passion?
9:18 – don’t find your passion! find your obsession!
9:45 – “you *have* passion, but you *get* obsession.”
11:27 – just say no to 10-year plans
12:33 – thoughts on MODELING

links referenced

subscribe to Cleo’s newsletter here!
keep tabs on her awesome life over HERE.
read Sam Altman’s inspiring essay on side projects here.
and subscribe for new videos from me over HERE.

Interiors + Decor

how i decorated my apartment for fall

09.14.17

It’s officially SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!

I mean, duh. We’re two weeks in, so I hope that wasn’t an actual wake-up call for any of you. But I’m definitely of the belief that September 14 deserves just as many exclamation points as September 1…and that the best way to celebrate autumn is by making constant, unnecessary “IT IS AUTUMN” proclamations.

This also happens to be the approach I took when I was decorating my apartment: planting pumpkin-scented candles and other fall-inspired trinkets all over the place to serve as constant reminders that, yes, hi, it is still autumn.

Today I’m explaining how I did that over on my YouTube channel (which, by the way, is roughly 50 subscribers short of my goal of 100, so…kindly go give that red button a click if you haven’t already!). I hope you get inspired enough by the video to drop whatever you’re doing, run to Michael’s, get ~84034 craft pumpkins, and scatter them about your own home like a maniac. No, I’m not a Michael’s spokesperson. Somehow. Yet.

See below for a list of all the products I used in my little decorating spree, and stay tuned for a ton more videos and fun series coming soon. And happy almost weekend!!

xo Rebekah

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Food + Drink / On My Nightstand / What to Cook

6 cookbooks i’ve been loving lately

09.10.17

Peeps! I’m so excited to be sharing these gorgeous books over on my YouTube channel. They’re full of fantastic recipes, and they’d look equally pretty stacked together on a bookshelf or lying out on a coffee table for the world to see. Even if you’re not personally in the market for a new cookbook (or 6!), I’d say you should check these out as gifts for your foodie friends.
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