Monday, July 29, 2013

{Bonds}

Family bonds (no matter how insane the family is) are ultimately unbreakable.  If you belong to a latin household then you probably know what I'm talking about.  Although I never knew I belonged to a "less than normal" family until I was old enough to go to my friend's house and see how other people lived.  I know every house has their secret crazy moments, no family unit is perfect...however, my grandmother made our household "unique" compared to others.  Now I sometimes forget how loud people can be, it takes me by surprise actually.  Being married,  having my own home, where peace and quiet reign, reminds me how normal my life is now. 

No matter how loud though, how crazy someone in your family was, as time goes by you seem to remember the good times more than the bad.  You become at peace with the past and not let it mold your future.  Sure I have regrets, I wish I spent more time with my grandfather before he died, I wish I told my Dad I loved him more before he died.   I didn't do enough, but I guess such is life. 

And now my grandmother is sick, very sick.  I can't say I am surprised, it's what smoking and not taking care of one's body does.  She doesn't look like the strong willed and fiercely vocal lady I knew.  She looks like the shell of that person now but I'm not going to let that image define her. 

I'll remember her fondly instead as well what I knew her best as... Loud and crazy.  I love you Mama.

{Vintage Memories}
My grandmother, grandfather and uncle
during happier times... 
March 23, 1997


"He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home"

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Till next time,
Xoxo
Michelle




Sunday, July 21, 2013

Inspiration: The Way We Were

I caught a classic movie late one night when I was going through one of my can't sleep because of wine and coffee kicks...(you'd think I'd learn by now that the two don't mix well for me) but in-spite of my Reisling and caffeine overload I was able to peacefully watch The Way We Were.  What I took away from it: 
 
1. That the underdog can come out on top
2. That fashion really and truly is inspired from the past and what we think is gone always comes back reinvented and 
3.  Barbara Streisand was the original triple threat.  Sing, act, write, this original diva does it all.  Now I see why she is so loved.  

So I think subconsciously I went through a little Katie phase with my wardrobe - head wraps, halter dresses, jumpsuits and blazers.  Now I just need the hubs to get a little Hubble with it.  











Photos from www.6kpics.blogspot.com

Nothing like a little throwback...
Xoxo
Michelle

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chill



I usually don't post about food too much.  Maybe a delicious treat here and there or a restaurant I came across and loved. Today though I had to share something I made, from scratch - it's very easy, trust me I did not turn into the Barefoot Contessa overnight. However, I am quite pleased with the batch of gazpacho that I made over the weekend.  It was zesty, not too chunky, not to smooth and very refreshing.  The perfect 90 degree day meal.  Here's how it turned out:




I know you like the garnish (wink) - it's fresh kale sprinkled on top which actually was the perfect little compliment.  If you want to give it a whirl this is the recipe I used.  Chill out and have fun making your gazpacho! 

Chilled Gazpacho from Food and Wine Magazine:
  1. 3 pounds tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped
  2. 1 seedless cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
  3. 2 red bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  4. 1 jalapeƱo, seeded and coarsely chopped
  5. 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  6. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a blender, puree the vegetables until smooth. Strain the soup into a deep bowl, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
Xoxo
Michelle

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New OutLook

Sohl in the City has a new look! (As you can tell) It's a bit simpler, a little sunnier?  I don't know- it seemed to fit.  It's part of a revamp I am doing, not just with Sohl in the City but with other parts of my life.  Just a spruce up I should say.  Look out for more changes and some other types of posts...yes I am making you wait on bated breath.  Can you handle it?

xoxo
Michelle

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Post

So I had a few days off to myself that were much needed and much appreciated.  I'm back to the daily grind now but my attitude has been slightly adjusted (for the better).  I think I was starting to overheat...literally.  Imagine a car engine with smoke spewing out of the hood... Well that's kind of how my body felt.  Constantly on the go.  But for 5 days I did very little, ate lots frozen treats to keep cool and managed to get blisters from lots of walking.  But I will take them- they were worth it.  I feel relaxed and rejuvenated  (Although I am already thinking of my next break).  Come August I am slowing things down!  I hope you guys are too!

Oh and I managed to stop and smell the roses....and sunflowers, daisies, etc.
You get it.





Stay cool

Xoxo
Michelle

Friday, July 5, 2013

Do it today!

I'm working on some things. Revamping some stuff if you will.  Slowly but surely I am getting done what I have been thinking of doing. Sometimes it's quite easy to put things off.  Even if its time to relax, one can manage to find one more thing to do before you actually sit down.  So these words, "Do it today" go for anything and everything. Clean the house? Do it today.  Book a vacation? Do it today.  Change your way of thinking? Do it today.  Reinvent yourself? Do it today!

Or at least work on it.



Image via Pinterest

Till next time friends,

xoxo
Michelle