The Coffee Table with Sophie Jaffe

This week’s coffee table guest might sound familiar as I’ve raved about her superfood powders in a previous HelloGiggles item of the day post. A wife, mother, and business owner, this lady is balancing it all. Please give a healthy hello to Los … Continue reading

The Coffee Table with Jessica Murnane

Today’s Coffee Table guest is based (and plant-based) in Chicago and understands the importance of the little things in life: handwritten notes, unique gifts, and the moments and activities that make up one’s day. Give a big welcome to:
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Currently Brewing

  I just wrapped up a certification in plant-based nutrition and launched a new website/food initiative called One Part Plant.The website is a healthy foodie/ lifestyle site with recipes, tips, and practical advice. The site also features partnering hotels and restaurants that offer plant-based dishes on their menus (some for the very first time). There’s even a popular steakhouse on board! After avoiding a major surgery by changing my diet to a plant-based one, I am a huge advocate of using food as medicine. I am so passionate about this project and helping others get healthy, I get giggly just thinking about it.

Favorite Drink

I have always wished I liked coffee. Seriously. I even attempted to fake-like-it in college. But I just don’t. I make a green juice every morning – which is my version of coffee. And if I am not at home to make my own, I just discovered Suja. Their juices are so damn good.

 It’s the Little Things

My Coffee Table
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I found my coffee table at a thrift store in Chicago. I love the scalloped edges and detail. After I bought it, I took off the top (the top is a separate piece – like a tray) and flipped it over to clean. There is a very fancy and pretty piece of metal (the size of the paper in a fortune cookie) that says “Made in Italy”. I would love to know the story of how it made its way to Chicago.
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Some of these items I really have no idea where they came from. The spoon, I know I got at a flea market in Paris. The book was a gift to my husband I picked up at a museum in Madrid. But I was looking at the bird nest, crab necklace, and black apple and thought “where the hell did those come from?”. No idea. They are just little oddities I have picked up through the years that always move with me.

Words of Wisdom

My Dad’s classic answer to everything, “Live in the now”.

“Rejoice in other people’s successes because there is plenty for everyone”. – Louise Hay

I have been practicing this for the past 6 months. I used to get so competitive with other people’s accomplishments. But this new thought process has been a real game changer for me. Frees up so much space in the my brain to do more.
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Jessica’s Pinterest. Suitor Life BlogTwitter and Facebook. So How Was Your Day Twitter.
One Part Plant Facebook and Twitter.
(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Falcon Griffith

Joining us this week on The Coffee Table is Brooklyn based photographer and Co-founder of fashion label Grove Lane:

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Currently Brewing

My boyfriend and I are currently putting the final touches on our Spring/Summer ’12 collection of handmade skinny leather ties for Grove Lane; we’re fortunate to be able to source amazing buttery Italian leather and make the ties from our NYC studio. I’ve also been busy running my wedding photography business and am shooting photos of Indie/Rock band, City Walls Autumn Falls next week. All this multitasking surely makes me a true Gemini!

Favorite Drink

Cappuccino with almond milk! The smell of coffee has always been associated with my father’s morning ritual of preparing a cup of drip coffee in the same porcelain cream mug. I discovered the joy and buzzing benefits of coffee in my late teens, sadly introduced by a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino–hey, a girl’s gotta start somewhere!—and later on can still recall my first Australian latte upon moving there nearly three years ago. Those Aussie’s sure take the art of coffee seriously! Since then I’ve made my own ritual and love experimenting with different brewing methods, most recently using a Bodum French Press.

It’s the Little Things

  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Bold red lipstick (I love MAC’s Ruby Woo)
  • Wine + homemade pizza movie night with my boyfriend

My Coffee Table

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My coffee table doubles up as my work desk/table. Savouring my morning cup of tea or
coffee here helps me settle into the day. The table was actually once my family’s dining table–my mother was a fantastic host and had a penchant for antiques. It’s since been passed down to me and I love being connected to its nostalgic history.

I found this Olivetti Valentine typewriter on ebay, designed by Ettore Sottass Jr. and doubling as a piece of pop art. I love reading about writer’s morning routines and the romanticism of typewriters. Like shooting film, it’s like every word counts, it really makes you think about what you really want to say.

 Oil painting is my first love, I rarely paint anymore which is a pity. My paintings are heavily influenced by René Magritte and surrealism. They tend to be a bit weird and dark, everyone who knows me is like “what the hell is going on in your head?!”

Words of Wisdom

“The secret is there is no secret. You just have to keep showing up.” – Tara Stiles

Follow Falcon, like her page, check out her Instagram: @_falcongriffith_

Thanks for joining us and thanks to Falcon for sharing her table. See you next week!

(Posted with love by Kathryn)

National Coffee Day

…was yesterday. Take a second and think of how far those beans have come, from the farmers who laboriously grow the beans, the roasters who skillfully roast them, to the baristas who artfully brew the beans into the yummy beverage we all enjoy. THE BEST PART IS: There’s nothing stopping us from extending this holiday into a lifelong celebration. A few ways to celebrate: 

Currently Celebrating,

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12 Great Writers & Their Favorite Snacks

“one can’t think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -virginia woolf

♥ A

(photo via thekitchn)

Stories About Growing Up and Still Growing

inbloomstorytelling:

Sept. 9th! 7:30pm!  Lyric Hyperion Theater and Café 2106 Hyperion Ave. LA CA 90027.

Check out: “Ellen” and “2 Broke Girls” writer Liz Feldman @LizinHollywood, “Hello Giggles” writer and star of her own upcoming pilot produced by Chelsea Handler, Ingrid Haas @ihaas, “Family Guy” writer and “Dog Days” author, Dave Ihlenfeld @daveihl, Gawker writer Louis Peitzman @LouisPeitzman, Fuel TV producer and actor, Ryan Flynn, @hellogiggles writers and BFFs Amanda Kretzmann and Kathryn Wahl, and more!!!!!