I arrived home from Aspen BITE NWA over the weekend and it admittedly took me a couple days to fully recover from the delicious eats and drinks! It was a gloriously busy and delicious few days, and I was excited to team up with Maddy Rang from Octagon who ran the social for Bite and host two Instagram takeovers. I brought home so much inspiration from the event, the cooking demos, and the newer Bentonville restaurants I discovered, and simply soaking up all that energy from fellow passionate foodies. We also had time to squeeze in some culture making it to The O'Keefe exhibit at Crystal Bridges and see The Bachman-Wilson House that Frank Lloyd Wright built. It was moved from New Jersey if you can believe that. Anyhow, keep reading for 10 experiences from BITE NWA that have got me so stoked to get in the kitchen and make some fabulous meals!Read More
There are plenty of fantastic dads out there. My Rodge is one. My grandfather Kelsey is another. And my dad Mark tried the best he could even though we do not have a relationship currently. I’ve known dads who’ve have fatherhood thrown upon them at a young age and yet have handled it with grace and maturity beyond their years, but this Father’s Day I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the dads that didn’t have to be. I’m talking about parenting a child that isn’t biologically yours. This post is dedicated to the dads that choose not just to parent someone else’s child, but chose to love them as their own. I want to dedicate this post to my step father Albert because he deserves recognition this Father’s Day for being the unsung hero of fatherhood. I grew up with him in my very difficult younger teenage years and he was the one fighting in the trenches, helping me with homework (he is so great at math and I am the worst) ,driving me to and from everywhere, and in general doing the heavy lifting of parenting for most of my life, especially to my younger siblings.Read More
It's time to wine & dine with the best this summer as it's time for #BiteNWA June 20th-22nd. It's my first time to attend and I am counting down the days! I am so ready to experience the best food, beverages, restaurants, chefs, ingredients and brands Northwest Arkansas has to offer. I mean how lucky are we that this event is so close to Tulsa and OKC?!Read More
The countdown to one of my fave holidays is on and and I am "muy" excited because I get to share with you guys the details from the small little chic Mexican fiesta that I threw last week for a few friends. I wanted to keep things super festive obviously but super simple. And I wanted to incorporate my favorite BBQ sauce to blend two things I love so much together......Tex-Mex & BBQ sauce! Okay maybe three things--you can't forget the tequila.Read More
The second that springtime rolls around each year, I instantly want to add fresh fruit to everything and strawberries are my absolute favorite berry on earth! And Whole Foods Market is the perfect place to stock up on. You can experience peak season strawberries throughout their stores, including delicious recipes and culinary innovations April 4th to April 24!Read More
ou know time is flying by when you can't remember the last time you had Sunday brunch and you guys---that is just NOT acceptable. The thing is, I can't quite think what I've been doing with my weekends instead which is also NOT acceptable. I sorta feel like I need to renounce my title of 'avid bruncher' to you guys however, I'm hoping this post will redeem myself. I even decided to write it early and dedicate the whole thing to brunch VS my weekend guide to OKC so that's gotta earn me some credit here.
So darlings---let's brunch so hard in OKC!!!Read More
Oscar Sunday is finally here and I couldn't be more excited!!!!!!! I love the glitz and glam so much! I am such a sucker for that red carpet fashion just as much as the award ceremony truth be told. So the votes have been cast, the red carpet has been delivered and the stars have been styled and it’s almost time to curl up on the couch in pj's and watch as the winners are announced. I also use this night as an excuse to break out the bubbly, candy, and good old fashioned buttery popcorn with a small group of friends. This year I decided to do some simple cheese and crackers too but you seriously cannot go wrong with any finger food. Excited to share some quick easy ideas so you can host your own little Oscar watch party Sunday night. Let's let the star-watching commence!Read More
Oh Em Geeeeee- Hello. Bonjour. It’s officially February — So what does that mean? I’ve got hearts, flowers, and chocolates on the brain! We’re less than two weeks away from one of my absolute favorite holidays: Valentine’s Day so today’s post is centered around the theme of love. Although most people would argue that Valentine’s day is a holiday created by greeting card companies and it's easy to get cynical, but here at Go French Yourself, we prefer to embrace it fully and get all lovey dovey. Because whether you’re single or attached, Valentine’s Day is a sweet occasion to show your loved ones just how much you care. For me personally, it’s a time for me to really honor the important people in my life. I think by now, we’ve all come to the conclusion that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for lovers. Little holidays always make a great excuse to treat yourself or others- through big or little ways- it’s totally up to you! And what better way to celebrate all the love in your life than by getting them something special? What should you do with your significant other/girlfriends/family/self ?!
I have all those answer's for you in this post! I have partnered with Whole Foods Market and put together a few ideas for your for date night and everyone else mentioned above. The best part is you only have to go to one place to get all of your shopping done this year. Whole Foods Market is here to inspire you and help you spread the love with their most fab rose sale AND their Cupid's Shopping Picks throughout the whole store.Read More
Were you one of the lucky ones to get engaged over the holidays?!
I had quite a few friends begin 2018 with a new piece of sparkling jewelry on their finger.
In a brunch gathering the other day when I asked my girlfriends how wedding planning was going, the one thing I kept hearing over and over was how flowers were busting their wedding budgets. Most brides want bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and ceremony and reception arrangements. With the current wedding conundrum being flowers, I figured I would offer some help and guidance to my community here in Tulsa. The more and more Go French Yourself grows, I really want this blog to be your go-to for anything you can possibly imagine. I also figure this will help me for my own wedding one day--HELLO Lin..are you reading??! (lol)Read More
Last Friday, we celebrated the fabulous Andi Eaton, author of Wanderful, here in Tulsa. We had been planning this event for a bit so it was such an exciting evening for us and obviously it was such a special moment worth celebrating for two reasons.Read More
The build-your-own bagel bar from my holiday brunch gathering today was such a major hit, I wondered why I hadn’t done this setup at countless gatherings before. It couldn’t have been simpler to put together, required zero cooking time , and who on earth does not adore coffee and bagels?! I absolutely love hosting my best girlfriends this time of year as we celebrate the holidays and actually have time to spend together before the hustle and bustle of December sweep in.Read More
I always spend Thanksgiving in Houston. And have really grown to love some of those fabulous Texas traditions that I have been able to create. Christmas lights, local shopping, and some holiday baking are the three things I look forward to most every year. Delicious treats and memorable family traditions are just the BEST.
It's a holiday tradition that started when I was a kid — we would all pile into my grandparent's town car riding around town looking at Christmas lights drinking hot cocoa and listening to Christmas music on the radio. SRead More
I would imagine for many authors, live readings and events are the best part about writing books. It’s a chance to celebrate the completion of a years-long effort, to interact with enthusiastic fans, or to introduce an audience to one’s writing and photography. I am thrilled to host an event for my author friend Andi Eaton this Friday night as we kick off the holiday season together at one of my favorite local shops..Read More
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you stateside. And for my friends over the pond--wishing you the loveliest weekend ahead. I am so incredibly thankful for my friends, family, and puppies and I’m just thankful to be where I am today traveling this great big world and spending my life celebrating through my photos and blog.Read More
We are headed to Houston for Thanksgiving for a week with our two pups today. Zoë flies in from OKC on Wednesday and I am over the moon about that. We have not shared a Thanksgiving together in many years so I am really feeling that gratitude.Read More