Before even having the opportunity to chat with Victoria, I had considered her a friend. She is one of those people who exude warmth and kindness and I’m so pleased to have gotten to know her over the last little while. Besides the fact that she would be the perfect companion to sit and chat with over a bottle of wine into the wee hours of the morning, she’s supremely talented (and ambitious) to boot. All qualities in which I’m instantly attracted to. Having just quit her day job to launch her own lifestyle services company, Vivaleur, I have no doubt that she’ll become a power-house of a woman (in the best possible way). If you’ve yet to visit her blog, vmac + cheese, I highly suggest you do. And here are some bits + pieces of Victoria…
::A random fact::
I don’t have pierced ears. I just never got them as a kid and have no desire to do so as an adult!
I love making ‘green chicken.’ You can make it with a whole chicken or individual pieces. It’s basically tons of herbs, lemon zest and juice, olive oil and lots of salt and pepper rubbed under the skin of the chicken and all over. The secret is to leave it alone in the oven, and whatever you do, don’t overcook it. It’s the best chicken recipe ever. (No.1)
::You can’t live without::
My day planner. I switched back to a paper-based planner this year and it’s changed my life. I would be lost without it!
Since I’ve recently left my day job, I’m on a pretty strict budget right now! I’m trying to not even LOOK at my favorite shopping sites…it’s just too dangerous! So, I’ll be extremely boring and say a printer. I need a new one, badly. I’m thinking about this one…though choosing one is more overwhelming than it should be!
::Your daily reads::
For blogs, there are too many to count!! Some of my favorites are over here. The only magazine I read religiously is Vanity Fair. It’s always such a great mix of pop culture, current events, human interest, and photography.
::On your playlist::
I’m still listening to the latest Coldplay album. And lately, when working from home, Pandora’s basically on all day.
::Your favourite quote::
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be.” — Diane vonFurstenberg (No.2)
::On your night stand::
A stack of design books (this one and this one included), and my Nook color. I also always keep some of this hand lotion on standby. Put a little bit on right before bed and your hands are super soft in the morning. (No.3)
::Your favourite designer::
Everyday: J.Crew. Dream dresses: Elie Saab or Jenny Packham (No.4)
::In your wishing well::
Some fine day, I’d like to write a book!
::Your dream home::
clean lines, lots of bright, natural light, a neutral color palette, and lots of objects that have stories behind them. (No.5)
::Your happy place::
I have two. One: Snuggled up in bed with a magazine and a cup of tea. Two: Napa, California, sharing a great meal and a bottle of wine with my fiance on a warm day.