Hi. I'm Brita. I am a stylist and event designer. I started this blog in 2009 to record all the things I like to look at. The title is an homage to a favorite chubby board book I had as a kid. Email me about the things you like to look at.







Gluten Free "Snow Day" Cookies

Since I am an oatmeal enthusiast, I collect toppings like nobody's business. I keep them on a very organized shelf in little mason jars and when the mood strikes I have goji berries, organic nuts, and superfoods ready to go at a moments notice. I also have a baking basket that is used less often, and has a mess of half used chocolate chip bags spilling out everywhere. Recently I decided to come up with a recipe that meshes my two worlds: A totally indulgent chewy cookie that could get me through a snowday without the use of gluten. The key is to keep the real sugar, but replace the white flour with almond flour and load the batter up with superfoods like cacao and pumpkin seeds to supress that sugar guilt. I have to say it did the trick. I just gobbled down four of them and no guilt whatsover. Check out the recipe below or follow me over on Food 52.

Gluten-free "All in" Cookies

  • 2cups Almond flour
  • 12tablespoons butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4cup brown sugar
  • 1/2cup sugar
  • 1/4cup honey
  • 2eggs
  • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4cup coconut
  • 1/2cup pepitas
  • 1/2cup dried blueberries
  • 1cup peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2teaspoons kosher salt (for topping)
  • 4tablespoons cacao nibs (for topping)
  1. Preheat oven to 345 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine butter sugars and honey. Cream together until smooth about 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla to the batter, stir to combine.
  3. Add almond flour and nuts, pepitas, blueberries, chocolate chips and coconut. Stir to combine. Cover and chill batter for at least one hour (or overnight) in the fridge until firm. Scoop cookies on to parchment lined sheet and top with a spinkle of salt and cacao nibs. Bake for 12-14 minutes let cool on the sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

BOC Crafternoon

This past Sunday I hosted a pre-Valentines craft party at my studio and it was such a fun time! I picked up pretty paper, stickers and crafty goodness from paper source, enlisted the help of "craft babe" Michelle Bablo and Sara from Ink revival, who was on hand as our resident calligrapher. A great group of talented and fun ladies came to enjoy in the glue sticking, stamping fun and when all the mimosas were gone, there were some truly great Valentines sealed up and on the way to loved ones. Though I did do a quick a stamp carving lesson, the day was less of a class and more of an all out DIY party. Each guest got to sample homemade pastries by Darcy Brannan Poor, and went home with flower favors and a personalized tag that read "There are always flowers for those who want to see them - Henri Matisse." So even before Valentine's day arrived, every lady had already received flowers and chocolate- misson accomplished! It was such an overwhelming success that there have been many requests from the attendees and those who couldn't make it to host another. So.. ask and ye shall receive: March 1st people! Tell your friends and get your tickets here!

 {Thanks to Michelle Edgemont and The Pink Orange for some of these pics!}




Filigree Supper: Dusk

I am so thrilled to announce a new venture that has been in the works for some time. This weekend I will be a part of hosting the first ever Filigree Supper, a unique concept in dining and design. Gatherings focused on American made products and artful food will occur one Sunday every month in NYC and Chicago. Here is a sneak peek of our concept for this Sunday's "Dinner at Dusk" To see how the event unfolds, please follow us on instagram. Tickets for our March Supper are available now, or you can subscribe to our newsletter to hear about future happenings! 

pasta, beet ice cream, faces, butterflies, beets, paint, shirt, white ceramics


Valentine's Workshop with Brita Olsen Creative

photo from The Glitter Guide

I am so excited to announce this fun event happening on February 8th at Brita Olsen Creative Headquarters! They say Valentine's Day is a dumb Hallmark Holiday that puts far too much pressure on the male sex and makes single females drown in Haagen Dadz. But I say it is a day dedicated to love, so what can be bad about that? Last year I suggested a "Galentine's Day" to celebrate your nearest and dearest with a femme fest. This year is no different, and I am opening my studio to the public for a fun crafternoon with some really lovely ladies. Attendees will make as many cards as their hearts desire, so give something to a special sweetheart that is made with your own two hands! I will teach you how to carve a custom stamp, you will learn paper techniques from craft babe, Michelle Bablo and get romantic with Ink Revival Calligraphy. Get your tickets here while supplies last!


Cleanse on the go- Day 9

Photo by Johnny Miller via Martha Stewart Living

Day 9 of the cleanse and last night I had an acai smoothie for dinner, and then had a dream that I scarfed down inordinate amounts of banana bread before realizing too late that I had violated the cleanse. I awoke relieved and very hungry. Outside, a fresh blanket of pure white snow was covering the Brooklyn streets, it was beautiful and calming in that fleeting way before the city has had a chance to dissolve everything into brown slush. It almost made me sad that I had to hop a plan to Mexico in a few hours. Almost.

Let there be an addendum to the last entry with the warning that when you cannot eat gluten, dairy or sugar the JFK airport is a very difficult place to find a satisfying breakfast. Here is what I was able to scrape together:


  • a banana and single serving packet of Justin's almond butter
  • green tea
  • siggis strawberry yogurt drink (no-no dairy, but oh well/probiotics)
  • a boiled egg (def not organic or humanely raised)
  • a rather sad salad from the salad bar with green peppers and raw broccoli
  • a cashew macro bar (I am living off of these recently)


The shopping experience was so bleak that I considered violating the cleanse just to fill the bottomless pit in my stomach but I couldn't even find anything worthwhile. I am having separation anxiety from my juicer and I realize it is a first world problem of the most annoying kind. This is self- imposed food starvation based on food snobbery. I had assigned myself 10 days to try this thing out, but given that I had a cheat day on day 2 for Galette de Rois, a holiday all about gluten, I may be extending it. Plus I am about to embark on 7 yoga filled days in Tulum with sunshine, swimming and lots of fresh avocados. So I don't think it will be that hard.  My vacation reading list:



5 things nobody tells you about being on a cleanse


Cashewgurt bowl by Green Kitchen Stories

I am not a doctor or a wellness professional or any thing of the sort so I can't advise you on what cleanse is right for you. I'm wary of giving too much advice here because there are so many other great resources that really coach you through it. But I can tell you my personal experience if you are considering doing something like the Food Lovers Cleanse or the Clean Program. Here are my personal discoveries:

1. It is a total time suck

Be prepared to dedicate literally hours of your day thinking about or preparing food. When you are juicing, you go through more produce than your refrigerator can scarcely hold for a week, so you are constantly restocking, and washing, and shredding, and peeling. Yes, you could just go to a smoothie bar and order up a juice twice a day but that is costly and not very realistic. Plus once you buy a juicer, you really want to use it. At the start of this cleanse I bought a bunch of groceries from Good Eggs, a great service that brings things from the farmers market directly to your apartment. So even without the shopping part, it seems like every moment is dedicated to prepping my next meal, juicing veggies, or the time-consuming washing of said juicer. But that is ok because I don't have a social life anyway (see number 5)

2. You feel like a cliche

Fortunately most have my friends have experienced me going on a cleanse or have participated in one themselves, so they get it when I turn down a glass of wine or a cupcake. For the most part, I don't like to be preachy about it and with the exception of a blog post, I don't talk about it much for fear of being met with simultaneous eye rolls. I get it. It's January. Everyone on instagram is hashtagging their clean living lifestyles. It is everywhere, and it's trendy, and it's not great party conversation. 

3. Sometimes you feel like crap

The things about a detox is that it means bringing the toxins to the surface. It is not uncommon for your skin to break out or to get weird aches and pains. (I get them in my legs.) Both go away in a short amount of time but there is a misconception that you will have glowy beautiful skin and amazing energy immediately. In a 10 day cleanse I find that by the 8th day I feel amazing, but day 6 is a doozy. Take solace in the fact that the worse you feel, the more you needed it.

4. Its easier than you think

Now, more than ever, there are so many gluten- free, plant based options that steering clear of pizza is much easier than one would imagine. As I mentioned in number 2, there are tons of great blogs, guides and recipes that you can get lost in the creativity of it all. Once you get the energy boost from eating clean and not drinking, you will feel so good and sleep so soundly that you may not want to go back to your normal patterns. If you happen to be gluten-free or dairy-free in your daily life, it will be easy-peasy. For us brie and baguette lovers, there is definitely an adjustment period. But, the beauty of a cleanse is that it has an end and knowing you can go back to eating those indulgent foods eventually, makes it that much more doable. Your palette will be more refined than ever. After 21 days without sugar that chocolate soufflé never tasted so good. Trust me.

5. It is lonely

I think the next time I do a cleanse I will definitely enlist a buddy. It would be fun to do with a group where you could all trade recipes and whipped cream fantasies. This time, I was attracted to the solitude of it, but it can also be very isolating. Our social lives are geared around drinking, so getting dressed up to go to a bar and drink lemon water just seems silly. People will think you are boring, or pregnant. I have the luxury of being able to work from home most days, but when I do go out, I think about my kale wilting away in the fridge. I realize this conflicts with number 4 somewhat, but sometimes being lonely isn't a bad thing. You will be so busy making your own granola, soaking lentils, and filling mason jars with organic salads that you wont even notice.

I would love to hear from you if you have done a cleanse or are thinking about doing one. Do any of these apply to you?



Day 5 of the cleanse and I'm feeling good. I read somewhere that Gisele starts every day with hot water mixed with the juice of one lemon. I figured if it is good enough for her, I could be a few squeezes away from a Burberry campaign. Plus Gwynnie starts every day of her cleanse with lemon water, it is a good ritual for purifying you system and makes water much more enjoyable. Did you know that lemons stored in ziplock bags in the fridge last 4 times as long as those left out on the counter? Read more about it at the Kitchn

Here is a link for some uses for lemons that maybe you have never thought of.

When I'm missing sugar I roast up some sweet potatoes sprinkled with cinnamon and then toss with olive oil and lemon zest. Olivia Munn even credits japanese sweet potatoes as her flawless skin secret. They really are so satifying, last night I topped with roasted hazelnuts and it almost made me forget about my brownie craving. Side note: whenever I am on a cleanse I crave brownies, which is literally the only time I ever give them any thought whatsoever.


Thoughts for 2015


photo via Bon Appetit

Happy New Year! I spent Christmas with my mom in sunny Florida. The gorgeous beaches and clean living was the perfect antidote to my stressy NYC life. We drank green juice, set up yoga mats in the living room, watched beautiful sunsets and reflected on the trials and tribulations of 2014. I returned to Brooklyn just in time for the New Year with a chill in the air and all the anxiety of life still swirling around in my empty apartment. I realized it had been 3 years since I have done a detox and the timing just felt right. For me, cleansing or detoxing is not about losing weight, it is about paring down my life so I can make healthy decisions. Sometimes it is nice to slow down and just contemplate things while chopping up cucumbers. I can get so over scheduled and busy that I rely on energy bars or takeout and I never really feel satisfied or healthy. Though I have done the Clean cleanse and some elimination diets, this one is my own design and simply cuts out dairy, alcohol, sugar, and gluten. Four of my favorite things, but also the most controversial.

I also notice when I do a cleanse it really makes me reevaluate everything in my life. Am I making toxic decisions for my emotional well being? Am I watching too much reality TV that makes me feel yucky? Is it time to clean out that dusty makeup drawer? (in case you were wondering my answer is "yes" to all three) I have made a lot of discoveries in just the first 4 days, the least of which is- I really love kimchee!

If you are looking for a good detox guide I also love the Goop one and they have great menu ideas.

Also my favorite healthy cookbook is Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature's Most Amazing Foods (The author explains all the superfoods you should be eating and why.)

Follow along with my cleansing journey on instagram

Williams Sonoma juicing recipes

Squash pizza via Wholehearted Eats


Beet pickled deviled eggs


I have made these deviled eggs many times. For Easter or Christmas or house warming parties. Guests "ooh" and "ahh" and gobble them up before I have a chance to get a good beauty shot. But who can blame them? In my opinion deviled eggs are the perfect party food and the bright fuschia of the beet juice just really sends it over the edge. Thankfully Rob Gullixson was on hand and able to snap a photo before they all got eaten. See more about the recipe on Food52


Makes 8 servings

  • 12 large eggs, boiled and peeled
  • cups water
  • medium beets peeled and sliced
  • cup white vinegar
  • tablespoons white sugar
  • teaspoon salt
  • pearl onions
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • sprigs marjoram
  1. Bring water, vinegar, beet, onion, sugar, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan, then simmer, covered, until beet is tender, about 20 minutes. Cool completely, uncovered. Put beet mixture in a large jar or bowl container with peeled eggs covering completely and marinate, chilled, gently stirring once or twice, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Remove eggs from beet mixture and pat dry (discard beet mixture). Cut in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, creme fraiche, parsley, paprika, and zest. Season with salt and pepper, then divide among egg whites. Top with marjoram leaves.

Maple popcorn with bacon and crispy sage

I'm sharing some last minute Holiday snacks over on Food 52. This recipe for maple popcorn with bacon and crispy sage would be perfect for your Christmas Eve open house, while wrapping presents or to serve at a New Years party. I promise your guests will be wowed by the sweet and savory flavors. And, oh yeah, there's whiskey in it. Need I say more? Photo by Rob Gullixson 

Makes 20 servings

  • slices bacon
  • tablespoons vegetable oil
  • cup unpopped popcorn
  • cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • leaves fresh sage (stemmed)
  • teaspoon salt
  • tablespoons turbinado sugar or "sugar in the raw"
  1. Preheat the oven to 250ºF. In a large sauté pan set over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until a majority of the fat has rendered and the bacon is crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon pieces to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve the bacon drippings. Add the reserved drippings, plus 2 Tablespoons of the vegetable oil, to a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the popcorn to the pot and cover it. Once you hear the first kernel pop, remove the pot from the heat for 1 minute. Return the covered pot to the heat, shaking it over the flame until all of the kernels have popped. (It may take up to 5 minutes for all of the popcorn to pop.) Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, sprinkle in the cooked bacon pieces, tossing to combine, and set the bowl aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup whiskey and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Then allow the mixture to boil, undisturbed, for 4 minutes. Remove the caramel from the heat and let cool for 8- 10 minutes
  3. using a small spoon, drizzle the caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring to coat the popcorn and bacon. If popcorn starts to deflate let caramel cool a few minutes more.
  4. Transfer the coated popcorn into two 9x13-inch shallow baking pans lined with parchment paper. Bake the caramel corn for 40 minutes to hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. While the corn is baking, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan, and quickly fry the sage leaves in batches. Remove the leaves when they turn a deep green let cool on a paper towel.
  6. Remove the caramel corn from the oven and spread it onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Break the sage leaves in to small pieces and add to the corn along with a fresh sprinkling of turbinado sugar. Cool completely before breaking it into pieces and serving.

Thanksgiving sides

Image via Agent Bauer Linda Lundgren

In keeping with the Thanksgiving countdown, I thought I would share some of my favorite sides, perfect for potlucking over to your turkey day festivities. It can be hard to feel inspired when you are put in charge of bringing a veggie, but I'm here to tell you there is life beyond green bean casserole. In fact my favorite part of this meal is the wonderful world of creative side dishes. Now just step away from the campbells soup can..

1. Spicy roasted squash with feta and herbs via How Sweet Eats

2. Caramelized onion gruyere mashed potatoes via SMP Living

3. Roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberry pistachio pesto via Steamy Kitchen

4. Carrot and fennel braised with orange and honey via Food 52

5. Kale and apple salad with pancetta and candied pecans via Food and Wine



Thanksgiving cocktails

Today marks 20 days until Thanskgiving, which means it is time to start the "Entertaining for Thanksgiving" countdown! Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting my favorite recipes, tablescapes, tricks, tips and crafts to amp up your turkey day. Today, it's all about taking those festive fall flavors and mixing em with booze. Don't mind if we do!

1. Pear Moscow Mule via Anthropologie

2. Pumpkin Bourbon Milkshake via Minimalist Baker

3. Maple Bacon Pisco Sour via Honestly Yum

4. Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy via Food for my Family

5. Winter sun cocktail via Two Tarts