Our friend John came over and photographed me at home with my kids for Nico and Nate recently, a sweet site that interviews families with two brothers. I'm so happy to have "real" photos of my family, not just all photos taken with my phone!
One chilly night a couple of months ago, the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi came by our studio to get a crash course in perfume making. Tazo is debuting a new chai tea latte and who better to be their spokeswoman than Padma, who grew up drinking her grandmother's chai every day. We smelled everything from Japanese yuzu citrus to fresh jasmine together, talking about how flavors and scents meld to concoct fragrant recipes. Take a peek at our video above!
I was so incredibly honored to be included in The New York Times' Food Section last week for their column, Close At Hand. Each week, writer Ligaya Mishan seeks out a New Yorker and photographs him or her in their home with a precious kitchen object. I chose my mom's lacquer trays. Growing up, my mom would always serve me an after school snack on a tray. I didn't know it at the time but the trays are all antiques, hand-carved about a hundred years ago. They're a symbol of her care for me, and remind me to be a kind and gentle mother with my own son.
Check out the full piece here!
Confession: I read A Cup of Jo every day. So when Joanna asked me to contribute my career tips (and be amongst these other fab ladies I look up to), I jumped at the chance. Here are three lessons I've learned since starting MCMC Fragrances:
Just show up. Every day.
Owning your own business, sometimes it feels like there's just too much to do. There are these big goals, and there are a million little steps to get there. But you just have to show up. Every day.
Sometimes people ask me how MCMC Fragrances got to where it is today, and I shrug and I say, "luck." Maybe I don't want to sound too proud, or too boastful, but the truth is, it took work. It took showing up every day and just doing a little bit at a time. I like to keep an actual handwritten list. I update it every few weeks. I have one column on the left that's for longer term tasks, and on the rest of the page I write down every thing I need to do that comes to mind. As I do them I strike them off with a big pink marker for satisfaction.
I don't let fear get the best of me.
When you have your own business, there's so much you don't understand how to do. How do I get a barcode for my product? How do I make my blog link to my website? Can I even pull off this big project? I usually just say yes first, and figure it out later. I don't let any opportunity slip away. I study hard and learn to do it, even if that means learning the hard way.
On balancing life and work.
What I've learned is that there's never going to be a perfect balance. There's only the balance of right now. When I first started MCMC Fragrances I was 28 years old and unmarried. I worked all day, all night, and all weekend - and I loved it. Now I'll be celebrating my five year wedding anniversary and I have a 2 year old. I work 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday, and it's never enough, but I cherish the time with my family, cooking dinner for them and watching my toddler grow up. Soon this schedule will change again, and there will be a new balance. When I feel behind at work, I tell myself, "Everything in due time."
Here's to the man who wakes up and makes me coffee every morning, walks the aisles calming our baby on long plane rides, is teaching our son how to play basketball, and still brings me flowers just because. Happy Father's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there. Until I had my very own little guy just over one year ago, I had no idea what an all-consuming role and treasure motherhood was. I now appreciate so much every woman who is on the journey and have an all new love and appreciation for my own mom (on the right in the photo above.)
Last week our friends Carrie and Britt from Half Hitch Goods were in town from San Francisco. We met at the park and it was the first time Carrie and Britt had seen Jennifer and I with our babies. What a difference a year makes! With Mother's Day coming up, Carrie asked us how we were doing: how we were juggling motherhood with running our businesses. Hop on over to the Half Hitch Goods blog to see the full convo.
Many thanks to Britton Caillouette for the beautiful photos.
Our sweet friends Diana and Donna of The Jewels of NY invited us over for brunch this past weekend. We shared with them our Grandma's recipe for Lemon Pound Cake and they served a delicious asparagus and gruyere strata and a colorful carrot and beet salad with yogurt dressing.
Click over to see our interview where we discuss what ingredients inspire us to make perfume this Spring, and what we look forward to cooking.
It's my birthday today! I could not resist linking to these photos of goats climbing to the most ridiculous heights. A bit of trivia: I have the same birthday as Tiger Woods and LeBron James. Yikes?
I had the pleasure of sitting recently with the perfumer Yosh Han, who read my aura as part of a feature with Bergamot (Yosh's Ginger Ciao is featured in the October box, Indian Summer). I went into it so casually, thinking what a fun morning it would be. Yosh really shocked me by being so dead on with the things going on in my life right now! A true clairvoyant. Thank you Yosh : )