Nine Favorite Things. – Half Baked Harvest
Nine Favorite Things – New York
Today is my dad’s 60th birthday! I’m sure that’s probably not something he wants me shouting out to the world, but well, it is what it is! Not going to lie, I remember celebrating my grandpa’s 60th, My Nonnie threw a huge “Biker Bob” themed surprise party for him (trying to find a photo). It was a big deal, but my dad is much, much more mellow about birthdays. Actually, my dad and I are very similar. We really don’t care for our birthdays and would be happiest if they were ignored. I LOVE to celebrate others’ birthdays, but for me personally, the extra attention just makes me really uncomfortable. Like so uncomfortable, does anyone else feel the same way?
We have no big plans and my mom didn’t do any kind of surprise birthday party, my dad would kill her. But I’ve been testing a new brownie recipe that he’s going to love for his birthday dessert. And for dinner, maybe one of his personal favorites (anything spicy cajun). What do you think? Gumbo and beer bread could be perfect! My mom’s cousin and her family are in town this week, so there are a lot of mouths to feed. Gumbo could work well.
Anyway, moving along! Happy late February! How are we already halfway through the month? With two back-to-back trips, it’s going so fast. I need more days to fit everything in!
The past week was spent mainly in New York (full recap below!). I ended the week back here in Colorado. I’m back in the kitchen cooking in prep for more travel this weekend! Traveling is so much work and for me, it’s stressful, but yet I’m craving more of it!
It seems like most of our HBH family enjoys seeing us delve more into the lifestyle space. I’ve been including more content from my trips to New York, LA, etc. And I’ve really been enjoying sharing my fashion finds each week within these posts. I’ve also been sharing more of this content on social media, especially on Instagram stories. It’s been so fun for me!
At the same time, I’ve been working to balance the lifestyle content with what we all love, the recipes! It’s nice to see so much excitement and positive feedback from you all! But with more growth, there are also more negative and harsh comments, especially this week. It’s been hard. I hate to read that some of you are disappointed with the additional content I’ve been sharing, like fashion and travel. It makes it hard to have the confidence to share the other passions in my life. I feel so grateful to be able to have these opportunities and I’d just like to share them with you all.
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts that have been helping. I LOVE to read positive quotes too, I will share some today!
This week I’m heading somewhere warm – Miami, for a 3-day work trip. I love Miami! So many great hotels there, what’s your favorite? I’m looking forward to a few days of warmth and sunshine, it’s been freezing here dipping into negative temperatures overnight. A big change from the 60 degrees I enjoyed in New York. Florida sounds rather nice right now!
I think that’s all I have for today! Things are pretty mellow here at home. I’m again surrounding myself with flowers and excited for springtime recipes! March is almost here!
Oh, and lastly, happy birthday to my dad! The most important guy in my life. We love him…and his awkwardness!
1. things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
listening to…. And oldie podcast for me, but such a good. This is fun, valuable, and easy to listen to every day.
on my listen-to list….
everything in my cart (low)…this voluminous dress in red from Zara would be perfect paired with their tulle leggings in red. This Reformation Zenni dress is a great find for spring weddings. Also, this Layla silk skirt is so pretty. I’d get it in the Myrna print.
Love this soleil tank top from Staud. Perfect for warm weather.
For jewelry, the Jenny Bird tome hoops are cute. I’m still obsessed with the oval drop earrings from Anthropologie. But also, these gold odyssey earrings from Shashi too!
Loving this packable beach tote from Abercrombie for upcoming spring break vacation travel. And their essential easy tee is my go-to.
dreaming of going…Croatia. Any of the hotels on this list look incredible. What a beautiful destination.
loving…Lululemon. Ordered a bunch of new pieces to try, the Softstreme High-Rise Pant, Align High-Rise Mini Flared Pant, Swiftly Tech Long-Sleeve Shirt, Scuba Oversized Half-Zip Hoodie, Scuba Oversized Full Zip Hoodie, All It Takes Long-Sleeve Shirt, and this Asymmetrical Ribbed Cotton Long-Sleeve Shirt.
shopping…my favorite jewelry over on KINN. You can use code Tieghan12 for 12% off.
curious to try…Le Guerandais Coarse Sea Salt. McKenzie, our social media manager, said everyone keeps recommending this sea salt to her! I have to try it!
reading…. LOVE this and will be attempting it this week. I bet it is such a game-changer in your mood and attitude.
everything beauty…the Tata Harper body cream is my winter go-to. You can use the coupon code TATAxTieghan for 25 % off at checkout.
loving…this idea for easy slice-and-bake cookies. Now I want to make homemade slice-and-bake cookies for the freezer. Anyone interested?
reading…It Ends With Us which is book one in the two-book series by Colleen Hoover (the second book is called It Starts With Us). From my cousin, Abby, who says that both books are binge-worthy and amazing! My mom is reading too. I’m definitely going to check out the audiobook.
watching…Poker Face on Peacock. Also from my cousin, Abby.
shopping…stand mixer.. I love a discounted
everything in my cart (high)…starting with bags, the Saint Laurent Solferino quilted leather shoulder bag is such a forever classic. And the new Bottega Veneta desiree crossbody bag has some of the prettiest gold details. Also, their mini loop camera bag too. And I am in love with the Fendi peekaboo cut brown leather bag. Oh, and of course this Gucci Aphrodite shoulder bag with Double G. Pretty.
This Lazo knitted cardigan from Jacquemus is cozy and pretty for spring.
For shoes, metallic accessories are everywhere right now, I’m loving the Khaite metallic slingback pump. I also adore these sweet ciabatte clear slide sandals from Prada. And lastly, the Miu Miu hardness biker boot everyone is wanted. These are great for all seasons.
watching…A Day in the Life of Fashion Designer Daniel Roseberry. Love the behind-the-scenes of this. Very cool.
2. Trending recipes.
3. Anthropologie 30% off sale.
for the home
for the kitchen
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: favorite splurge jewelry brands?
a: Spinellikil Collin, Maria Tash, The Last Line, less expensive – Luvaj.
q: how do you so easily get up each morning to hike in the cold?
a: Honestly, it’s just habit/routine and I don’t think twice about it. Once I’m actually awake, I jump out of bed, I don’t ever just chill. But I don’t get out that easy…I have so many alarms set 😩 but when I am awake, I’m up and out.
q: did you build your home and studio?
a: my house was an old horse barn that we renovated into my home. The studio, we built in 2018.
q: what music do you listen to most?
a: Well, I have Flowers on repeat, but honestly I’m not someone who listens to music very often. I’m boring, I know, sorry 🙄
q: when did your parents get married and when did they have your first brother?
a: My mom was 18 when they got married and Creighton was born 6 months later. They started young!
q: how do you buy avocados?
a: Buy them while they’re still hard and need more time to ripen. They’re less likely to become bruised on the way from the store to home this way. Then let them sit on the counter until they’re firm but have a little give when you squeeze them. Now put them in the fridge until ready to use/eat.
q: what is your morning and night skincare routine?
a: In the morning I rinse with cold water. Then Restorsea eye serum followed up with iS Clinical eye cream. Then I do vitamin C. I love iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum. Now I use a moisturizer. I just started using Biologique Recherche. But I love Dr. Barbara Sturm, Tatcha, or Tata Harper if I’m really dry, I’ll put an oil on over all that, usually Vintners Daughter. I use iS Clinical sunscreen.
Before bed, I double cleanse with iS Clinical cleansing cream, then cleansing complex. Then Restorsea eye serum followed up with iS Clinical eye cream. Then, serum. I’ve been using Biologique Recherche. Then moisturizer. Again either at Skin Ceuticals night cream or Biologique Recherche. Then usually finish with another moisturizer or oil to lock everything in. I love to use Skin Ceuticals face mist before applying everything too.
q: do you plan your content? If so, how far in advance?
a: I don’t really plan out my content. I’ve tried to be organized like that, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t work for my creative process, no matter how much I wish it would. When I walk into the kitchen and start cooking I have to feel very excited about what I’m making. If I don’t, I usually end up hating the end result and I don’t end up sharing. I like to brainstorm in the morning, before I start cooking. Then I cook/bake depending on what feels most exciting to me that day.
5. New York.
Oh man, where to begin? This was such a good New York trip. My first fashion week in the city and hopefully there will be more to come! I only attended 3 shows, but each was amazing and I felt lucky to have been invited!
For this trip, I stayed downtown at the wonderful Fouquet’s, New York. It’s a little bit of Paris charm in the heart of Greenwich. I can’t say enough good things about this hotel. It’s a splurge in the city, but worth it. Next trip I need to visit their spa, I’ve heard it is amazing.
The staff here is always so welcoming and sweet, but it’s the wonderful rooms that draw me in. Marble bathrooms, a gorgeous mirror, the prettiest french decor, and big cozy beds. It’s honestly a dream hotel and a great location too. Oh, and both the bar and the restaurant serve a well-rounded menu. Be sure to order the smoked salmon sandwich from the Cafè. And the potato gnocchi from the restaurant is to die for. Also, the room service is pretty awesome too.
Aside from the hotel, the shows I saw were incredible. Friday night was the Simkhai show, which was such a dream. I felt so special to be seated front row and then invited to the after-party. It was a great way to kick things off.
I spent most of the weekend working and taking meetings, but I spent the nights out. Saturday I had appointment with Cynthia Rivas for a facial. If you live in the city, you have to visit Cynthia. She is the best and has changed my skin in a matter of months. It’s also the calmest environment to walk into and always such a treat.
Sunday night, I had dinner with Jonathan Simkhai on Sunday night, which was so fun! We ate at Bond St. and had yummy sushi!
Monday was another day of meetings in the city, then a fun dinner at Casa Cipironi. I ordered the penne alla vodka and the truffle pizza. YUM.
Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, was my last full day! I spent the morning at Brandon Maxwell, where I was dressed in a pretty blue dress. The show was beyond good. Full of cozy knits for fall, and beautiful gowns with so much attention to detail. Then, I headed further uptown to The Plaza and from there to the Veronica Beard show, which was held at the old Barney’s. So cool and the show was also amazing. A lot of great everyday wear.
I came back to my hotel, finished up some work, and passed out. I was up the next morning for a meeting at the Oscar de La Renta offices to view their fall 2023 collection and talk details on an upcoming project. And that was it…I flew out Wednesday night. Dad and Asher were there at the airport for a late-night pick-up and then back up the mountain we went!
It was a full trip, but I loved it! When I travel, what do you love seeing most?
6. Favorite quote.
7. Favorite links I’m loving.
From St. Moritz to Zermatt: A Swiss Skiing Itinerary…dying to do this exact trip.
…I love black granite counters.
…do you have any favorites?
…to everyone who loves entertaining.
…so much history.
….we love a mud room.
…Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris.
…I flax and chia seeds atop everything.
…love the fishnet leggings.
8. The Shopbop 25% off sale.
a few New York looks
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.