Cookbook Giveaway: Graze

You know I love to share my fav cookbooks but this one may take the cake. My friend, Suzanne Lenzer, chef & food stylist extraordinaire, has recently debuted her newest cookbook Graze which emphasizes the joy of tapas style meals. A less-of-more mentality; smaller portions for more variety. Um, yes please! The book is fantastically written and along with incredible recipes she includes sections on how to shop & what essentials you should have lying around your kitchen to make grazing totally stress free. Suzanne also feels, “life is better with bread” which paints a great picture of why we get along so well (#rootinforgluten).

Suzanne and I met each other while working on a food client at my old agency. She was the preferred food stylist of this brand & from our first photoshoot I was amazed. Her kind demeanor & mind blowing food styling are just a tiny tidbit of how lovely it is to work with (& know) her.

If you’re thinking tapas aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of recipes you can double to eat as a full meal. If you’re still not convinced, then I’ll direct you to her mouthwatering pizza cookbook: Truly Madly Pizza….which describes many of my nights in college & let’s face it, grad school, too. In Truly Madly Pizza, Suzanne prefaces the book with two particular sentiments I think we can all get behind:

  1. Pizza is not junk food.
  2. It should always be paired with wine.

And the people said AMEN!

Ok, ok the giveaway! Super simple to enter, just follow the steps below.

  1. Follow me on Instagram
  2. Like & tag your favorite cooking partner in the comment section on my photo of Suzanne’s cookbook
  3. Follow Suzanne on Instagram

Winner will be announced this Thursday! Good luck!


Friends & Family Sale

Happy Friday!!

Quick update from me today but a special treat for all of you… I have an exclusive offer for 25% off at Vineyard Vines! Use the code below to receive 25% off your order! (How cute is that pineapple sweater?!)

Feel free to share this with your friends & family, too! Here’s to hoping everyone will treat themselves this weekend! Happy Shopping! xoxo


Snowed In

Happy Monday!

Are you snowed in? We practically are here in Cleveland, except getting “snowed in” in Cleveland just means we delay everything by an hour or two. Crazy to wake up to so much snow when yesterday the sun was shining. I know. Say it with me: sunlight.

This weekend was great. A big group of friends spent our Saturday morning at Skyzone which was hilarious. A bunch of adults catapulting themselves around giant trampolines and foam pits ends up being sheer entertainment. I won’t even get into dodgeball. After that, we met some friends at Townhall for a late lunch and a few libations. If you’ve only partied at Townhall, I suggest strolling in for a meal. One of my favorites.

Yesterday was a few errands followed by crabcakes and The Superbowl. Mostly lots of relaxing and avoidance of the Sunday scaries.

Lots of exciting posts coming up. I’m gearing up for a big trip this weekend so stay tuned!

I’ll be announcing my winner of the Belvoir Handmade giveaway today on Instagram: bliss_and_bellinis so if you entered- keep your eyes peeled!


Midweek Giveaway!

With all the snow and cold lately, I wanted to have a little fun this week and do a giveaway. The easiest giveaway you may ever encounter I may add. But let’s talk jewelry first, shall we?

You may remember when I posted an interview with my dear friend, Ashley, the creative mind behind Belvoir Handmade, a while back. I absolutely love her bangles and they mix and match so perfectly together, I literally wear them everywhere. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, now’s your chance to see what all the excitements about….fo’ free!

One lucky winner will win one of these beautiful bangles pictured by simply doing the following:

Rules for Entering
it can’t get much easier)

1. Follow me on Instagram! @annabarnes1 (if you already do, skip to step #2)

2. Tag two friends in the most recent photo!

3. Follow Belvoir Handmade on Instagram! @belvoir_handmade

The giveaway will run until Friday and the winner will be announced via Instagram on Monday! Good Luck!!