I first found out about the other emily when she was featured on Tania's blog and have been in love with her style ever since! And I love that she's an architect. (Chase is studying architecture right now!!) Read on to learn more about her! And follow her blog!
What is one word that describes you and why?
I have to admit, I struggled with this question for a few days. I came up with a lot of ideas, but no one word seemed to fit just right. I came up with words that seemed too vague, too specific, too cliché, and then I had to laugh because the right word to describe me was so obvious – perfectionist! It has always been incredibly important to me to do things well, often to a fault; when I was really little, I used to get upset that my drawings never turned out as good as I’d imagined them! Even as an adult, I am always my own toughest critic and I will work on something for ages just to get it right. (Just ask Elaine how long it took me to send her this interview! Actually, on second thought, don’t.)
What do you love most about yourself and why?
My desire to make things! I particularly love printmaking, sewing, and baking, but I’ve also built furniture, made stained glass windows, and even learned how to weld steel. I’m always game to learn a new craft or skill, and I loved spending hours building models in architecture school. Making things has become a deeply essential part of who I am – whenever I feel overwhelmed or like I’ve lost my way, I know I need to just take an evening and make something, and I’ll feel so much more like myself.
What is your favorite recipe that never fails you?
As far as food goes, lately I’ve been making homemade pizza as often as I can! It’s easy, infinitely variable, and goes perfectly with a big arugula salad with lots of lemon juice and a glass of red wine. I use this recipe (adapted from SmittenKitchen.com) for the crust:
- In a big bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, and ¾ tsp. active dry yeast. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil and ½ cup lukewarm water, and stir until the liquid is absorbed into a clumpy, shaggy dough.
- Dump the dough out on a floured countertop, and knead it for a few minutes until it is a homogenous, elastic ball. Wipe (or spritz) a light coating of olive oil onto the inside of the dirty bowl, plop your dough back in, and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rise undisturbed for an hour or two.
- Once it has about doubled in size, dump it back out onto the floured counter, and using the palm of your hand, gently press the air out of the dough. Fold it back onto itself into a rough ball, cover it with your plastic wrap, and let it rise again for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to its highest temperature with a pizza stone (or in my case, a foil-lined cookie sheet) inside.
- Prep your toppings. Once everything is ready, gently roll or stretch your dough out to its desired shape and thickness – I like to pull mine into a huge, super-thin rectangle the size of my pan. Carefully transfer your dough to your hot pan or stone (don’t worry too much about little tears or wrinkles, no one will notice!) and quickly top it with whatever you like.
- Pop it back into your super-hot oven and cook 10-20 minutes, keeping a close eye on it, until your cheese is bubbly and your crust is lovely and golden brown. My personal favorite is to brush the crust with a little olive oil and garlic, add a sprinkling of mozzarella, and then top with very thinly sliced (uncooked) potatoes, crumbles of crunchy bacon, and chopped rosemary – heavenly!
What is your favorite outfit you've worn on the blog so far and why? See pic below.
I am terrible at picking all-time favorites, but one that I really loved recently was the striped dress and military jacket I wore for our first day of exploring Stockholm. Paired with gray tights and a pair of vintage boots, this was one of my favorite go-to outfits in graduate school, and I love it even more now as a summer look with flats – it’s comfortable and not too fussy, but the stripes and the belted jacket keep it interesting.
What is the biggest wardrobe splurge that you've made? Was it worth it?
I am definitely not a big spender when it comes to my wardrobe – most of my clothes come from thrift stores or from inexpensive retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 – but I will always spend a little more for special occasions. Last year I bought the most incredible dress from Anthropologie (for $140 - a lot for my budget!) for my graduation from my Master’s program – a navy blue strapless sundress with a tie-back and a full skirt, with the most adorable rope and flag print around the edges of the bodice and skirt. Although I don’t get a lot of excuses to wear it, I’m definitely glad I bought myself such a fun dream dress to celebrate my graduation.