I don't need to tell you about winter fatigue. If you live in pretty much ALL of the US, you're feeling it right about now. (please- no comments from my home state of California- rain doesn't count) Hopeful is the best way to describe going in to March. There is a very slight chance that temperatures could get up into the 40s, and I know we would all be shedding our down coats if that miracle were to happen. But until then, there are a few things I like to do to awaken my senses without leaving the country. (although leaving the country is also a fantastic idea) SEE For only $25 a week, my friends over at FLEUR (check out their new shop in Logan Square!) will arrange spring blooms to freshen up the inside of your home or office. I can't think of a better way to beat the winter blues than by bringing in an abundance of color and scent inside. Check out their instagram feed for a (free) visual feast.
Photo Courtesy of Fleur[/caption] SMELL There's nothing like your sense of smell to take you on a journey- either back in time to an outdoor garden you once strolled with your grandmother, the scent of roses surrounding you while her papery skin held your hand tight, or that yoga retreat with the ginger garden and fresh hemp smoothies that formed a connection with the loveliest ladies you ever met. Take that trip with a gorgeously packaged and small batch Brooklyn-made Perfume, Oil, or Candle with MCMC Fragrances. Anne and Katie formulate and bottle each carefully crafted natural perfume and oil in their Brooklyn studio.
TASTE What about winter citrus doesn't make your taste buds pop a bit? I love to squeeze lemon in my water in winter, for that dose of vitamin c and a tangy jolt. But my favorite winter citrus, the grapefruit, is not only super juicy and in season right now, adding this to a salad can be the lovely wake up your taste buds are looking for. Check out this citrus salad recipe from JOY THE BAKER. Her site (and podcast) are super fun and EVERYTHNG I've made has been so good! Spicy pumpkin seeds shown here from her site too.
TOUCH Scrub off the old and get ready to show your skin. I love the scrubs over at Bliss, and have also had my eye on one of the packages at the Langham, Chicago's Chuan Spa. I can't think of a better way to spend a dreary Chicago afternoon. SOUND What about the sound of a shaker mixing natural garden fresh ingredients together for a perfectly crafted cocktail? (is that a stretch? I think not) If you want to know what I'm talking about, go visit my second favorite bartender, KYLE at Blackbird. He's the head bartender/amazing cocktail crafter over there. I adapted his Romeo and Juliet when he headed up the cocktails at the Violet Hour, and this summery rose water margarita is my favorite cocktail ever.
Photo by Julia Franzosa[/caption] I never promised you a Rose Garnish Makes 2: 4 oz. Silver Tequila ( I like Milagro) 2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice 1 oz. of Agave or simple syrup 6 drops of rose water couple dashes of bitters mint and rose petals for garnish shake with ice and serve top with one more drop of rose water and bitters