Part 2 of Anna Mara Flowers & Smith TeaMaker – Slow Movement and your vision

How you guys keeping up with the hot sunny weather? We try to stay as cool as possible and do all the prep work for our first upcoming camping trip as a family including my in-laws. Like promised this is the second part of last month shooting with Tiffany at Anna Mara Flowers. Yesterday I met a dear friend and a talented photographer who moved recently from the Netherlands to Portland. As we chatted, I mentioned that I had to write the intro for the post, and we got into a deeper conversation about photography and cameras and the title photographer. When I got back home, I deleted the almost finished post and started from scratch in response to all your lovely emails and requests about cameras and lighting. Let me say in a short way- Thanks so much, you are incredible.

Anna Mara Flowers & Smith Tea Maker

Filled to the brim with joy to share the glorious images of Tiffany Talbott and myself from our Food & Styling Shoot at Anna Mara Flowers. Smith Teamaker were so generous and supplied us with their three Iced Tea variation and Our Table Cooperative contributed the edible flowers like Viola and Sage. Looking through the stunning images, I couldn’t decide which to share because they are all beautiful, so I split the images in two parts.

Summer& Parktime in Portland with Julius

  Here goes my first confession as a new mom. Summer arrived, and I felt a little nervous regarding the hot weather and that we would not be as flexible as we have without a baby. And again, I am stunned. Everything comes natural and is so incredibly precious.

Emelia Wessel- the woman of Color and Styling

I met Emilia over a year ago, while I was looking for a hair stylist. Emilia works at Strut Salon as a hair stylist and if you go once you will always return, I promise. Finding “the” hair stylist is like winning in the lottery. Emilia and I connected right away and I only cheated once – even with honesty to write her. Spending two hours in Emilia’s hands is my time out zone. Having people as Emilia in your life is life-saving and always an inspiration. Emilia, is a hair stylist, an artist and a mother of a cute sweet boy. I feel happy that she joined the Spicy- Women Series and glad to know her and having her in my life.

Shanti Hodges – Hike it Baby

Motherhood or Parenthood is a wonderful stage in your life, where you get taught and experience so much about yourself and where you explore how you unconditionally love someone so much. And there are stages every new mom faces from time to time  and I can tell out of my personal motherhood, they belong to your new life and will not last forever. What Am I talking about? I am talking about isolation, grieving of your independent past life, the hard decision to quit your job or to look out for daycare, built up your career with an infant or toddler, getting those baby weight down and most of all accepting the new life and gather with other people to share the new life and develop new friendships in your new life.

Tending the Table

Like promised, there too many blogs out there who inspire me, but it is time to show you a few of my fave blogs. I am glad I found Sasha’s blog again. I stumbled a while ago over her blog and  lost the name and in a coincidence, she featured a pic with tea from Smith Tea Maker and I finally followed her. Sasha, the gorgeous, talented girl behind Tending the Table who takes most amazing food shots, grew up on a farm in Oregon and where she helped in the kitchen early on. When she describes her relationship with food, you can only hop over to her IG account or search for new recipes on her site. “I revel in the creativity and resourcefulness required in the kitchen. I savor the precision and the spontaneity, the tranquility and the bustle. There is freedom here in the kitchen and fearlessness.”        

Handmade with Love- Prana Chai

While others have an obsession for coffee, I share the same obsession for tea and chai. I don’t like the overly sweetened chai lattes or those that are overpowered with spices.Through the IG community, I stumbled onto the account of Prana Chai and connected with Brian who is the contact person for North America.

Raw Chocolate Mousse Pie

Today’s creation taught me never toss  salt for sugar in your dough batter or filling. This delicious raw chocolate mousse pie with a little twist had a long journey until I could take some pics for you. I stumbled over the pie recipe at Foodbandits, a blog with such incredible genius gluten free recipes, that I decided I gave them a shout out here.

Radicchio Salad with Buttermilk- Orange- Dill Dressing

First, thanks for all the comments and sweet messages to my last post by introducing our little one. I feel touched, and it is the sweetest welcome for our new family member. Since I am a mom, I had to change our daily routine, including eating. Before Julius, we had our biggest meal in the night. But with cluster feeding (Welcome to the Motherhood world) in the night, we got pretty fast to the point where we had to change our routine. I am fortunate to stay at home with Julius and during his noon catnap I take the time, to prep the supper and have lunch as my biggest meal.