Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Twelve Months Later!



 I can't believe my little girl is one year old! That would explain why this blog has been woefully neglected. Hey, babies take up a lot of free time. What a weird year it's been. 2017 had its hit and misses and right now I'm going to focus on the hits. My sweet girl went from a helpless kitten to a walking tornado of fun. She's only one year old and she's already a tiny comedienne. I don't know where she gets that from, but all signs point to her father.

It should come as no surprise that i've started making little girls clothes. It's so much fun, because: RUFFLES! BOWS! LACE! All my favorite things shrunk down into an adorable lil package. Basically Scarlett and I are going to match until she decides (realizes?) she's too cool. Here's a sassy little romper I made for her birthday. They're available in sizes 9mo-3 years so check out the shop if you're interested and stay tuned for more styles in the near future.


 neon and lace romper
neon and lace romper ~ mini mena



Monday, August 10, 2015

Italia

We spent two glorious weeks in Italy this summer. Were you there too? It seems like everyone we know took a trip to Italy this summer. Lucky all of us! If you didn't have the pleasure this year, I hope scrolling through these pics will be like a 5 minute mini -mini vacation. 

Civita de Bagnoregio

built by the Etruscans and settled by the Romans

Orvieto

the vineyard behind our house with Orvieto in the distance

Moorish stripes. Very chic.

Montefiascione

Buffalo mozzarella is made from Buffalo milk. Mind blowing realization.

Todi

You can't get a picture of this woman without her camera in hand
brothers being brothers

Assisi


lucky to be by this mans side.
testing out a new WearMena dress
the view from our B&B
a handsome man among the frescos

Siena

attitude while looking for our next gelato
vacation is so hard, he falls asleep on a marble bench
arches and more arches

Florence

View of Florence and the Duomo from the Pitti Palace.
Liz flaunting the Katy dress
Oh, just the view from our apartment.
Cinghiale means wild boar, but it sounds like an insult so we used it as such. It rolls off the tongue so nicely....
all the truffles all the time

Cinque Terre

the Mediterranean

Monterrosso
Arancini break
Manarola
hot day, hot dudes
The very VERY best part of the trip! Greg surprised me with a heartfelt proposal that makes me get teary-eyed just thinking about it. Guess what I said? ;-)

Tutto Bene! What did you do this summer?
XO~MR

Monday, July 20, 2015

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

heirloom varieties: Solar Flare, Vorlon, Jaune Flamme, Pink Ping Pong
It's that time again! Summer: AKA Tomato Season. Our veggie garden is rich with tomatoes and it makes me GIDDY.

There is nothing tastier than home grown tomatoes sprinkled with salt, pepper and a little bit of olive oil. Nothing tastier that is, except oven-dried tomatoes! When you have so many tomatoes you don't know what to do; slice them, put them in a low temp oven and slow cook them for a few hours. The flavors will concentrate and each slice will pack the punch of a hundred sweet and tangy heirlooms ripened on the vine. If there was such a thing as tomato candy, this would be it.

If you have a brown thumb, no yard, sunshine, out-door space and/or gardening inclination; never fear. This slow roasting process can turn even lowly supermarket tomatoes into superstars.


Oven-Dried Tomatoes

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Slice tomatoes 1/4"-3/8" thick. The thicker you cut them the juicier they'll be and/or longer you'll need to cook them.

Scatter some fresh herbs (i used rosemary and thyme) and a few cloves of garlic, still in the peel, on top. (This is optional. I've done this without and they've still been amazing.)

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.

Place in the oven and cook for anywhere from 2-4 hours. The former for juicier/chewy slices and latter for drier chunks. Inevitably, you'll have a variety of both because there is no way you'll be able to slice each tomato precisely the same thickness. Just go with it.

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Check your oven every half hour or so after the 2 hour mark until they reach your desired consistency.

After they are done eat a few directly off the pan just for quality control purposes.

Put them on sandwiches, pizzas, salads, your tongue, whatever.

Store them in the fridge in an airtight container with more olive oil drizzled on top. They should keep for a week or two.

Happy Eating!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fall 2015

Hello Friends! Quick post today: 
Check out the new FALL 2015 look book on our website. 
Spring stock coming soon, will keep ya'll posted. XO~M

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Happy Holidays!

Spike is very suspicious of the 'my-bundt-cake-didn't-stick-to-the-pan' dance that I was just doing. I don't know if it was the hip swirling or the double time air karate chops or the combination of the two that made his brow furl; but he clearly doesn't get it. He's more than happy to eat his cake straight outta the pan; or let's be honest, week old burrito straight off of the side of the road.
Tomorrow is Chrimbus ! I'm sad to not be home with family this year, but we've got lots of fun things planned for tomorrow as well as the next week. My list includes but is not limited to:

Watch this web series 
Finish reading this book
Xeriscape our backyard with the Cash for Grass rebate we've been approved for.
Spend a few days hiking in Joshua Tree and then relaxing at this place
Bake and consume these
Get my arts-ing and crafts-ing on with one of these DIY's.

last but not least:

Continue our New Years Day brunch-a-thon tradition. Current record? 6 hours. Can we beat that this year and remain standing? 

What are your plans for the Holidays?
Thank you all for reading this lil blog! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and some hot and heavy french kissing.

XOXO~MR

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Three Days

Only 3 days left to reserve our limited edition Spring/Summer pieces!
Don't forget that you also receive 20% off the MSRP while the presale lasts. All of these garments are handmade in Los Angeles in limited quantities so there are no guarantees that any of these items will be available after the presale ends. If you have your eye on an item now is the time!  

Why a presale? Real talk: Not all of the items in the collection will go into production (this is totally normal) and the ones that do will get shipped out to the people and boutiques who've placed orders. We're a small independent company. We don't have giant warehouses to store inventory so the presale gives us a better idea of what we need to manufacture.  Come Spring we will only carry inventory of the very very very best sellers. So like I said, If you have your eye on an item now is the time!  





Is this a gift?
I know that your pre-sale items won't land on your doorstep until well after your Christmas tree has been sent to the compost pile, but you can still reserve a Pre-sale item as a Christmas gift for a loved one! Just leave us a message during checkout and we'll send you a card with an image and a note about your item. That way you'll get to see a smile on Christmas day, as well as when their shipment arrives!

Won't you be glad when I stop going on and on about this whole presale business?