A Poetry Break

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Good morning, everyone! This week at Videndae we are busy working on a re-vamp which requires a brief pause in our daily postings. We’ll pick back up in full force next week, but until then I wanted to leave you with one of my favorite poems to consider. I discovered this beauty nearly 15 years ago. It was given to me by my godmother Robin when I was just 17 visiting my host family & friends in the French alps over Christmas break. I remember sitting down in front of a boxy computer perched up in a wooden loft, watching the snow fall out the window while the internet puttered along. A moment later I discovered this letter in my inbox and was instantly filled with wonderment and felt a deep connection to the people I loved, no matter how far away they were. Poetry is so important. Let’s never miss the opportunity to pause and appreciate what it conjures for us.
With love,

From Mornings Like This: Found Poems by Annie Dillard
Vincent van Gogh, letters, 1873-1890, edited I. Stone, translated Johanna van Gogh

At the end of the road is a small cottage,
And over all the blue sky.
I am trying to get at something utterly heart-broken.

The flying birds, the smoking chimneys,
And that figure loitering below in the yard–
If we do not learn from this, then from what shall we learn?

The miners go home in the white snow at twilight
These people are quite black. Their houses are small.
The time for making dark studies is short.

A patch of brown heath through which a white
Path leads, and sky just delicately tinged,
Yet somewhat passionately brushed.
We who try our best to live, why do we not live more?


The branches of poplars and willows rigid like wire.
It may be true that there is no God here,
But there must be one not far off.

A studio with a cradle, a baby’s high chair.
Those colors which have no name
Are the real foundation of everything.

What I want is more beautiful huts far away on the heath.
If we are tired, isn’t it then because
We have already walked a long way?

The cart with the white horse brings
a wounded man home from the mines.
Bistre and bitumen, well applied,
Make the colouring ripe and mellow and generous.


A ploughed field with clods of violet earth;
Over all a yellow sky with a yellow sun.
So there is every moment something that moves one intensely.

A bluish-grey line of trees with a few roofs.
I simply could not restrain myself or keep
My hands off it or allow myself to rest.

A mother with her child, in the shadow
Of a large tree against the dune.
To say how many green-greys there are is impossible.

I love so much, so very much, the effect
Of yellow leaves against green trunks.
This is not a thing that I have sought,
But has come across my path and I have seized it.

Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love Jan 23 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a busy week for all of us at Videndae with Jenna packing for Paris, Brooke traveling to a wedding in Brooklyn, and Hallie in the midst of awards season.  We are looking forward to a bit of relaxation, be it on a plane, a dance floor, or the comfort of our living room!  What will you get up to this weekend? Please leave a comment below – I’d really love to hear your plans.  Keep reading for some of my favorite links from around the web…

1.  You’ll want to follow these instagram feeds immediately.

2.  These are the most stressful jobs in the U.S. and Jenna’s ranked number eight… holy crap!

3.  See Fathom’s 24 best travel blogs of 2015 for vacation inspiration.

4.  Digging these spartan, elegant jewelry pieces from Another Feather.

5.  I’ve been loving the home stylings from this blog lately, and this piece on credenzas is lovely.

6.  24 food diagrams to help you eat better!

7.  Try and implement Lonny Mag’s smart tips from this eco friendly home tour in Silicon Valley.

8.  A amazing selection of French castles that cost less than apartments in Manhattan.  Yes, castles.

9.  This “baby” brunello has super value ($20!), and pairs well with everything – cheese plates, pizza, my life.

MLK Inspiration: Keep Moving Forward

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and the legacy of the man of action, who put his life on the line for justice and equality every day. Today we reflect on the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us through his example. Thank you MLK, Jr. for your strength and courage to keep moving forward in the face of adversity.

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Friday Link Love

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here are a few of our favorite links from around the web…

1.  A tutorial for the perfect chignon.

2.  A fully inspiring and beautiful video that will take your breath away.

3.  Ten ways to cuff your jeans.

4.  Would you try Headspace, the meditation app?

5.  Soon the doors will open to this magical cooking workshop in Medoc, and I am just dying to go.  Food, travel, photography, incredible people? Yes please!

6.  30 mistakes that entrepreneurs make on the regular.

7.  Stay on that health track and bake yourself one of Jenna or Anna’s homemade granolas this weekend.

8.  If your radiator has your skin drier than the Sahara, reconsider the humidifier.

9.  Simon demonstrates this funny, instant trick to help you look less tired.

5 Healthy Granola Recipes

Clean Granola

Image Credit: Goop.com

I was shocked to discover that despite its healthy image, granola  can be one of the least healthy ways to start your day. The truth is, most store-bought granola brands have a ton of sugar and are loaded with fat and calories – making it the exact opposite of what you should be eating for breakfast! Given how much I love granola, I set out to make my own healthy granola without all the sugar and added fat. Homemade granola is loaded with fiber, antioxidant-rich fruit, protein and calcium, and can be an extremely healthy breakfast when paired with low-fat Greek yogurt! Here are some of my favorite recipes that are not only delicious, but extremely easy to make!

1. Clean Granola

2. Easy Healthy Granola

3. Crunchy Quinoa Granola

4. Homemade Granola

5. Vanilla Almond Granola

Oh Hey, Hay

The Design Chaser Hay Giveaway by Michelle Halford for T.D.C

Have you heard of HAY, the homewares company?  If you have, then you understand how I covet every last item they make.  Maybe you’ve noticed one of their colorful kaleido trays in a design store, or you’ve spotted their famous DLM “don’t leave me” side table dressing up chic scandi bedrooms on Pinterest.  Very often I’ll be ogling an image on a home-design blog I love (like my current favorite, the Design Chaser) and lo and behold, HAY is credited.  When I was in Helsinki before the holidays I popped into a store called Pino Oy who miraculously stocked all types of HAY wares.  I couldn’t believe my luck.  I picked up a beautiful notebook, a sleek desk pad and a geometric tray set to style up my office desk. They’re wonderful, timeless and functional finds.

This innovative Danish purveyor of home goods is based out of Copenhagen but the line is available in stores the world over.  In fact, I see a new HAY store has opened in nearby Bath this October and I can’t wait to visit!  What’s your favorite item? That marble tray is calling my name…


Frichic Hay Kaleido tray

Hay T12 Table

Hay marble tray and glasses styled by Michelle Halford for T.D

NOE blog Hay DLM table

HAY notebook by a merry mishap blog

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Best Dressed at the 2015 Golden Globes

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On Sunday, for the first time since moving to Los Angeles, I got to experience the Golden Globes from the comfort of my own living room. While I absolutely love covering the red carpet it was a welcomed break. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of interviews and celebrity wrangling, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the sea of gorgeous couture swarming in to the Beverly Hilton. But while stationed on the couch I was better able to absorb the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are my picks for the best dressed at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards (in no particular order).

Chrissy Teigen
Talk about sex appeal! The Sports Illustrated cover girl owned the night in this blush pink, long sleeve, beaded Spring 2015 Zuhair Murad. Chrissy paired the look with a silver Tyler Alexandra clutch, Harry Kotlar jewels and a messy ponytail. But perhaps her best accessory was her husband, John Legend. Swoon.

Reese Witherspoon
Rarely does Reese ever miss a beat on the red carpet and her Globes look was no exception. This form fitting, strapless Calvin Klein dress is the epitome of Hollywood glam and paired with Tiffany & Co jewels and a side swept do’ she looks every bit the movie star she is.

Kate Hudson
Kate has been my fashion icon since she won our hearts in Almost Famous. She oozes hippie glam and with style powerhouse Rachel Zoe in her corner, she nails it every time. Last night the Glee star showed off her amazing figure in a Versace gown that even had Jennifer Aniston reaching to touch her killer booty.

Naomi Watts
As if the St. Vincent actress’ yellow Gucci dress wasn’t everything you could ever hope to see on a red carpet, paired with that Bulgari snake necklace.. fork… me… done.

The Best Juices in L.A.

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In my quest to make 2015 a healthier and greener year I decided to fully immerse myself in the juice culture.  Being that Los Angeles is one of the more health conscious cities I’ve ever lived in, this task has proven to be both surprisingly easy and enjoyable. Check out my guide to some of the best juices in LA and  tell me about your favorite locations in the comment section!

1. L.A. Juice – Red Carpet $9
Ingredients: Beets, tangerine, and apple
Health Benefits: Liver support, blood builder, rich in vitamin C.

L.A. Juice
8360 Melrose Avenue #104
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 951-0765

2. Juice Served Here – Twenty-Dollar Juice $20
Ingredients: Cream Party, Beauty Boost, Honey, Vanilla Bean, Bee Pollen, and Colloidal Silver
Health Benefits: Nutritional powerhouse, anti-aging, and enhances libido 

Juice Served Here
8366 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 944-0409

3. My Glow Bio – Zinger $8.50
Ingredients: Carrot, apple, and ginger
Health Benefits: A good source of beta-carotene, necessary for a shiny, well-moisturized hair and scalp. Loaded with minerals, vitamins, and biotin, as well as strong anti-aging and beautifying properties. Contains powerful antioxidants, and also possesses antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties, and aids blood circulation.

My Glow Bio
7473 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-3939

4. The Juice LA – #10 $9
Ingredients: Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime
Health Benefits: A blast of vitamin C-promotes immunity & fights infection with it’s strong antibacterial & antiviral properties

The Juice LA
3145 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 644-0250

5. Clover – Gingersnap $8.50
Ingredients: Fuji apple, green apple, lemon, and ginger
Notes: A fruit filled blend with a kick.

Clover Juice
2 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-2568

6. Moon Juice – Cucumber, Pineapple, & Jalapeño $10
Ingredients: Cucumber, pineapple, and jalepeño.
Health Benefits: This juice is anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, and contains live bromelain enzyme power.

Moon Juice
507 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-2929

7. Pressed Juicery – Greens 2 $9
Ingredients: Kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon.
Notes: Leafy greens. Refreshing citrus. A touch of sweet apple. Greens 2 is a staple when you want all the goodness of a greens juice, but are still easing into the pressed juice habit.

Pressed Juicery
8714 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
(310) 854-4407

Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday everyone! Here are a few of our favorite links from around the web…

1. Whether you are dedicated to keeping your new years resolutions or just want to refocus on some personal goals, here are a few tools and resources to guide you.

2. Looking forward to trying this healthy (and beautiful) salad this weekend.

3. A gorgeous printable to do list to create a sense of inspiration and help keep you organized in the new year.

4. The holidays are over…time to start thinking about your next vacation!

5. Stay on track for the year with a new 2015 calendar.

6. Just in time for the snowy weather we are experiencing in New York, here is some visual inspiration for styling your duck boots!

7. I am in love with Brittany Wright’s food photography. Her food gradients are so visually pleasing.

8. Jimmy Fallon’s reaction to finding out he blew a chance to date Nicole Kidman is PRICELESS!

9. My skin is in major need of some TLC, so I can’t wait to try one (or all) of these DIY masks.

Practice Makes Perfect: Photography Edition

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Do any task repeatedly with awareness and curiosity and you are bound to improve.   Log 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become world-class in any field, if you believe Malcolm Gladwell‘s rule. That’s my approach to photography lately.  I noticed that it was the one item on all three of our new year’s resolution lists: Hallie, Jenna and I all want to become better picture takers.  Toward that end, I promised to lug my camera along with me even on the most basic outings this week.  On Monday morning’s dog walk, armed with my lens and two pups, I snapped away as we looped through my new corner of South Kensington.   I found something inspiring about the faded light, the white sky, how cold and silent it was (can’t you just feel that in the images?)  I took these pictures well before the garbage collectors hit the streets, so I had a sense of solitude in this sleepy neighborhood as I traipsed along.  I lingered around the painted red doorways – an element I’ve always been drawn to in images.  I felt sad about the lonely, discarded Christmas trees that had been recently taken to pasture.  I snapped the stoop of nearby boutique hotel Blakes, its exterior painted a stony, deep blue-grey that is so on trend.

In the end I learned something about better controlling aperture, and I practiced pulling back since I tend to focus on the details and shoot too-tight crops.  On the flipside I fudged the focus somehow and it is no longer functioning how I want it to.  Trial and error is my mantra, and I think it’s working because I’m making progress.  Slowly, with practice.

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Red doors.

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Discarded trees.

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The Blakes, a boutique hotel.

Blakes' stoop.

Blakes’ stoop.

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Peeking down Priory Walk.

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Gold & black along Roland Gardens.

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Autumn colors and mirrored windows.

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Brick red, forest green, gold and chessboard tile.

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Facade of a favorite sushi spot, Yashin Ocean House, just around the corner from home.

Red door no. 2.

Red door no. 2.

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Mews neighbor scenes.

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Christmas is over.