Friends, friends, friends! What a WHIRLWIND the last three months has been!
Since the book came out in January, I’ve been going non-stop. It’s been the best kind of adventure, but I’ve missed you! Here are a few highlights:
I’ve signed books in any and all bookstores I could find! I loved seeing my book everywhere–especially in places like airport Hudson News stores (WHERE I’VE SPENT ALL THE MONEY I’VE EVER EARNED), or in little bookstores that I was sure wouldn’t carry it. Friends would send me pictures when they’d find it, too. So many pinch-me moments.
In my favorite store–Target!
I was a guest on Good Morning America! What an exciting day that was. Watch the clip here!
I also turned the big 3-0 and my best friends threw me the most amazing surprise birthday party at the Hudson Hotel. It was gorgeous. I am a lucky, lucky girl.
I have been talking about wanting a doughnut cake forever, and this was the year. I want to turn 30 every year.
[Sabrina, Kate, me, and Nicole]
In February, Dr. Oz had me as a guest on his show, which was such an honor and so fun! (The episode will air on April 15th!)
At the beginning of March, my parents threw me a party to celebrate the book, and 75 friends and family members came. It honestly felt like a small wedding.
My girlfriends and I obsessed over Jen’s pregnancy. When one of us has a baby, all of us will mother it.
I flew to Seattle (my old home!) to shoot the photos for my cookbook with Aran Goyoaga! Speaking of the cookbook–it’s ALMOST DONE! I’ve been working on it like mad for the past several months–writing recipes, testing, retesting, writing about my relationship with food and eating, editing–and it’s in the final stages now. It’ll be published in spring 2016!
Driving through the streets of Seattle again in my little rental car, I was sad that I ever left. There’s a real magic to that city.
Look at some of these photos that Aran took for the cookbook! Her photography is like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it? Just the most beautiful thing. I love everything about her aesthetic–the daintiness, the femininity, the coolness, the brightness. I love how ethereal her shots can be.
And I wasn’t just working with Aran. Jenn Elliott Blake, an incredible prop stylist, styled every photo in the book–from the recipes to the photos of me. Her attention to detail is outstanding. Every linen, dish, fork, and flower were her decision. She just knew how to set a backdrop, or how to create a feeling like nothing I’ve ever seen. It was amazing to watch.
The third person who really made the shoot wonderful was Jessie Blount, who cooked each and every recipe and made them all beautiful enough to shoot. There’s no one warmer or kinder than Jessie.
Inside Aran’s studio!
Would you believe me if I told you this scene was shot on a sweet little sidewalk in Seattle? People walking by kept stopping and staring.
The last day I was in Seattle, I made a point to eat lunch at the 5 Spot, my favorite diner. If you’ve read the book, you know how much I love this burger. I ate it while sitting across the table from Daniel, five years later, in our old neighborhood. What a wave of nostalgia.
Back in New York, one of my closest friends, Erica, introduced me to Dough Doughnuts. [You know, all good things in balance]
The week before I presented at the Jubilee, I had the absolute pleasure of giving a speech at my old middle school for 8th grade career day. I was surprisingly nervous for it, especially when I remembered on my flight back from Seattle that the speech had to be 30 minutes long. It was wild walking through the halls again, seeing old teachers, and feeling that middle school vibe. The speech itself went well, and hours after, I got a message from one of the 8th graders, “Thanks for coming to my school today. I really liked how you talked about accepting who you are and I’m self conscious so I really liked that. I’m going to buy your book I really want to read it.” This message, and other ones that I’ve gotten like it, are why I wrote my book.
I am left speechless by all of you. Thank you feels so small, but there aren’t other words. I miss writing to you, so I’ll be back more often, even if just for a shorter post.
What’s new in your life?
Right now I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Have you read it, or any of her other books, like The Happiness Project? I love Gretchen, and I’m really enjoying her podcast: Happier. I’ve got a lot of thoughts about the power of healthy habit creation that I have to write about soon!
I hope you’re well, and that 2015 has been good to you so far.
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