brunch. the beauty

posted on: November 16, 2014

So, here’s the deal. I love brunch just like almost all twenty something females – if you didn’t know it’s like a thing now. Growing up brunch was dreadfully boring and often reserved for family trips to San Francisco – I had to dress up, listen to classical music and eat strange new things on nice white china.

Brunch today is just fantastic and not so stuffy, its full of sexy bed head looks and sweatshirts that say “I woke up like this” it’s for the foodiest of foodies and it’s full of some of the best alcoholic beverages. Honestly I’d skip the party night before and live it up at a good brunch ANY day.

So needless to say, I love brunch and if I was one of the rich and famous of NYC I might die of excitement with all the wonderful brunch options. I am however not a rich a famous socialite of NYC or any other big city and live in little ol’ Santa Fe, NM. We have a few brunch options but on a snowy day like today I opted to make my own.

Today I made one of my favorite brunch menus (if you can really call it that!)… it’s simple - challah bread, lightly scrambled eggs with dill and a dash a Tapatio sauce, bacon (cooked to a crisp) and a muesli/yogurt concoction full of raspberries (my favorite berry) and honey. Oh, and a strong cup of coffee sadly not pictured.

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^^turned around and brunch prep looked like a painting, i almost fainted with delight^^

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^^fresh squeezed mimosas duh! although i do love a good bloody maria for brunch too^^

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^^the evidence and excuse the not so clean sink^^

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^^ my favorite placemat setting i found at a french store in NOLA… they took funny japanese translations of american sayings like this one…. “the dog is my boyfriend” and made the cutest table settings, the other one i have talks about goose eggs and toast^^




“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. Milne


enjoy today friends,




Veteran’s Day

posted on: November 10, 2014

I’m going to be honest. I haven’t and don’t really honor Veteran’s Day the way that I should or the way I feel I should.

I was reminded tonight of all of my Grandparents and Great Grandparents and how almost all of them were veterans of World War I and World War II. I take that for granted and often forget it in general. I hope that doesn’t sound selfish, I just see them as my Grandparents not as Veteran’s, but because of that I forget about the courageous lives they lived. Once I remembered that tonight I was grateful and inspired by the people they stood up to be in life. I don’t know if I could do the same things they could, I think I’ve lived a much more sheltered life and have a whole list of opinions that would cloud my judgement. But, even if I can’t do the same things they’ve done or even if my life never presents me with an opportunity to stand up in that kind of way I am inspired by their courage and willingness to do something so much bigger than themselves. To know their personal stories and what a step of … well faith it must have been for them. The things they probably witnessed first hand and to come out of that and still be pretty stellar is all one could really ever hope to accomplish in this life.

I hope that no matter what life gives me I have the tenacity to step forward to accept it and not grit my way through it- just live it in the most joyful way I can. To believe in myself and my abilities. To grow trust of those around me… sometimes when I’m totally anxious and overwhelmed these words and ways of thinking seem a million miles away. Sometimes my anxiety and inability to let it go makes me feel so much smaller than people like that. They all seem so brave to me, so determined and confident. I’m reminded tonight that people are just people and all of us and all of them are just trying to make the best decision moment to moment. (So maybe, I’m not as different as I think).

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^^ here is a picture of my Grandfather on my Mom’s side, his name was Robert Turnbull Foster and he was  Lt. Col. in World War II- he went on to work on the Manhattan Project here in New Mexico as well as the Atomic Energy Commission and Sandia National Laboratory.^^

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^^here is a picture of my Grandmother on my Mom’s side, her name was Dorothea LeCain Foster and she was a veteran of North Africa and Italy in World War II, where she was a nurse. She was originally from Cambridge Massachusetts and came to Santa Fe after the war where she met my Grandfather at Bruns Hospital (which is currently Santa Fe University of Art and Design)^^


Those are two of my favorite pictures of them because they aren’t necessarily the people I knew and for some reason that’s just very fascinating and cool to me. I l o v e that picture of my Grandmother…. how cool is she! Very cool if you ask me.

So, I guess this Veteran’s Day I’m very contemplative and heartfelt in my gratitude for all veterans and victims of war – and on that note I’ll leave you with a few quotes… of course.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” -Michel de Montaigne

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” -G.K. Chesterton

And… this is fantastic –


Xoxo, Jane


a simple weekend

posted on: October 26, 2014

Seth and I were in need of a major simple and relaxing weekend and I’m so glad we were able to do just that. Today I took a much needed cell phone break (until later in the afternoon of course when I had to check on a few texts and e-mails). I don’t know for you but for me it is so important to disconnect sometimes even if it’s just for 1/2 the day.

It was a funny fall day here in Santa Fe, rain showers off and on which made for an interesting walk for sure. Here are a few shots I got to take on my ‘real’ camera since I chose to be sans cellar device. It was really so relaxing and inspiring to head out of the house with just a camera and no way to check social media- if you haven’t taken a break from in a while, I’d encourage you to try it even just for a few hours.

cheers to a great week- Halloween is coming! It’s one of my favorites.




^^our sunday stroll before the rain kicked in^^





^^don gaspar is my favorite street in santa fe in the fall, full of beautiful trees turning^^



^^took a break from the rain for tangerine mimosas, oh sooo good!^^



^^seth snapped this shot and i just love it because flynn looks so attentive^^



^^this is our street, i’m just in love with it in ever season^^




^^flynn couldn’t get enough of biting and running through the leaves^^



^^just gorg- right?!^^



^^selfie snapshot – duh…^^




^^raining leaves and water down on the plaza^^





^^stopped by our favorite chocolate shop todos santos, couldn’t resist some pumpkin butter-creams!^^




^^pure joy^^



^^what, what! santa fe is getting a cheesemonger^^

posted on: October 14, 2014

Hi, let’s get real for a minute (or 5):

I have a few things to share. It’s a total mix of positive and negative, random and relevant.

But, the good news first. I got a new job! I start on the 20th and I’m thrilled it’s one of those things that I feel really excited about- like maybe one of the only times I’ve felt challenged and excited about a job opportunity. I’m only 27 so I’m hoping it’s okay to just feel something like this now. It actually strangely enough reminds me of 10th grade Biology, where my teacher- Dr. Cox told me “Britt (my maiden name) you make good grades and don’t really try, you really need to apply yourself, if you apply yourself then I’d really be impressed.” When he said this to me then I was offended and I totally blew it off because my life was basically about grades and mine were great with minimal effort. So, like what’s the issue? I’ve thought about that exact phrase he said numerous times throughout my life and it’s only recently (as in the two weeks) that I feel like it really clicked for me. I think what Dr. Cox was saying was really about my intention and passion in what I was doing. He knew I didn’t really care. He knew I wasn’t committed, that my mind was really anywhere but where it needed to be.

He could see that I wasn’t super interested in what I was doing and while I was still able to succeed- it wasn’t enough. He could see that if I was able to apply more of myself and found even a little passion or focused intention in my ‘work’ I’d be so much more satisfied and in a way successful. Boom right?! Ha, well at least for me it’s been a pretty eye opening realization. So all that to say- that’s how I feel now. I feel committed, focused and challenged in a very exciting way and this is a new feeling for me.  It may just be that happy honeymoon period but I hope it’s not. I hope and want to stay just as excited and focused. In my gut I feel like this is an opportunity my life was supposed to lead to. In the cliché it feels ‘meant to be’.

So there’s that! I got a new job and it’s starting soon and I’m thrilled.

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On the flip side I feel so burnt out and tired emotionally and physically. I feel like 27 is a hard year. Just the other day I literally ate candy corn for lunch, afterwards I didn’t so much feel bad for the sugar high and lack of nutritional content as I just felt old (please note that I know 27 isn’t incredibly old but it’s very adult in age). I felt my real age of 27 and not my mental age of somewhere around 19-22.  I realized that even though I don’t feel very grown up I am- and I need to start making better decisions for myself. Like maybe not eating candy for lunch or having that last glass of champagne or waking up approx. 16 min before I need to be somewhere. Or choosing TV over more important things. And, yes I really do choose cheesy teen TV shows over more important things. Sorry bout it.

In that moment I felt exhausted and I also felt like ‘of course’ you feel exhausted, you stay up way too late, only really intermittently eat healthy, zone out with TV or the computer and the list could really go on. Like, duh no wonder you feel like this!

On the brink of my new opportunity I feel like I’m ready to grow up a little more. Say no more often and make choices that will benefit me not just satisfy me. It’s hard, once you leave your parents house the cool thing about being an adult is you can do whatever you want but at a certain point you also have to actually grow up. It feels like a rut I’ve fallen back into- doing whatever I want and not what’s best for me. But it’s a rut that makes me feel scattered and run down. I need to really shake off this funk and get back to applying myself to my life, my work and to myself.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that life isn’t as laid out and simple as I once imagined (Who knew!). Especially for someone like me- I have a lot of thoughts, emotions, beliefs and past experiences that  are constantly rolling around in my head. Those things make life a little more murky, it makes that rut feel more comfortable, but deep down I know it’s not right for me now and I’m ready to step up to life and really just put forth my very best effort.

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I now understand the difference between being distracted and not trying and getting say an A- (an easy A) on a paper and really being disciplined and interested in learning and putting my best work forward and getting an A+. While there isn’t a huge difference in grade there is a huge difference in self respect and satisfaction in myself and my work. And now at age 27, I think the difference is worth it.

Who knew that 10th grade Biology could become a life lesson? I certainly didn’t but am grateful that those words have stuck with me all these years.

Thanks for sticking with me on this one, it was a novel!



Rookie Mag. Rec…

posted on: September 24, 2014


I needed to share this article with all of you on my lunch break because I just realized today how useful it really is and then realized the fact that I’ve probably referenced it about… 12 times in the past 2 years.

The article is from Rookie Mag (which is totally great by the way) and if you haven’t checked them out you need to get on that stat. I’m 27 and still find about everything they post super relevant to my ‘adult’ life.

Case and point, this article called How to Look Like You Weren’t Crying in Less Than 5 Minutes, it was written by Krista and Illustrated by Marjainez.

Here is the link;

First off, I feel like me and Krista could be best friends and that we are sorta the same person. Secondly, this is some real great advice if you are a cry(er) like me and apparently Krista. Like I’ve honestly used these steps about 12 times in public places. The fake sneeze at the end is pretty key for you to pull this off, if not then people will start to pick up on you.

SO, book mark this, commit it to memory, copy it down, snap a shot with your iPhone- W H A T E V E R

I’m just saying is pretty dang useful on days where you have to be a functioning adult and literally want to burst into tears in a moments notice, like today for instance (but that is another story).


Cool, all in all I sorta hope your not a cry(er) like me because it’s sometimes like juggling emotional water bottles all day every day BUT, want to shout out to Krista. I feel you girl and thanks for the tips!

Emotional in Santa Fe,








posted on: September 23, 2014

Happy 1st day of Autumn or Fall or whatever you choose to call it. While this may be totally a ‘basic white girl’ moment I don’t care because it’s been my favorite season my whole life- the chilly days, grey and moody skies, sweaters and scarves, hot drinks and dark nights full of time for self reflection and memories.

Sigh, cheers to the best of the best seasons! Here are a few words and pictures for the direction I’d like the next several months to go. To adventure, exploration, happiness, spur of the moment(ness), hot drinks and of course lots of reflection time.

Have a hot toddy for me!



Martini Royale

posted on: September 19, 2014

Cheers to the last weekend of summer! Do you have any fun plans? Seth and I will be meeting my parents for the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque and I can’t wait. I love the fair, I’ll have to share some of my favorite things about it next week.

I wanted to share one last summer cocktail with you before I turn to my love of Hot Toddy’s and the like. This cocktail is called a Martini Royale and it’s divine, especially in summer, especially for sipping in the sunshine. It’s so refreshing and fancy in a way- or at least I feel fancy while making and drinking them. It’s a pretty classic drink but I got my recipe from one of my favorite chiefs Jamie Oliver. I tried this at one of his restaurants in Scotland and feel in love.

Hope you have a fun weekend plan to say so long to summer, you should add this drink to your list because I promise it won’t disappoint you and it might just become one of your summer favorites too.

MartiniRoyal from Andrea Jane on Vimeo.



  • Cubed ice
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 part Prosecco
  • 1 ½ shots of Martini Bianco


How to Mix

  • Fill wine glass or goblet with ice
  • Add 1 ½ shots of Martini Bianco to glass
  • Add Prosecco to fill glass, then stir two times. It’s important to not over mix so make sure you just bring the Martini Bianco from the bottom of the glass to mix with the Prosecco
  • Squeeze juice of half a lime into the wine glass and then add lime wedge. *Note you should squeeze your lime pulp facing up to get some of the essential oils from the skin into the drink mixture.
  • Place mint in a bunch and top it off in the glass as a garnish

how to deal with anger and not burst into tears.

posted on: September 17, 2014

i was thinking of the word anger and what it really means. like, what does it mean to really be angry? a common definition relays the feeling to annoyance and displeasure. that seems right, i do feel both of those things while ‘angry’ but why do we feel that way towards others or situations, why do we care? i did a little follow up and when we express/feel anger we are using the limbic system in the brain and not the cerebral cortex. the cerebral cortex is the thinking part of our brain while the limbic system is basically our emotional center.

when we experience life around us our brains send that incoming data to our amygdala- it’s there that it is decided if it gets sent to our emotional centers or to our cerebral cortex. if any of the incoming data triggers an emotional response the decision to move to the cerebral cortex is overridden an the information is kept in our limbic system (emotional center).

when this happens that part of the brain feels hijacked and a flood of hormones  are released- this causes a person to move into flight or fight mode. it can take on average 20 minutes before a person can become calm again.

WOW. i’m not sure if i knew this stuff before and have forgotten or if i am just learning it now- but this totally makes me want to deal with (and feel more capable of dealing with) any and all of my emotional triggers, so that minor daily things don’t send my body into fight or flight mode.

10 big emotional triggers that even marketing teams try to attack or attract us with are:

1. fear          6. competition

2. guilt         7. instant gratification

3. trust         8. leadership

4. value        9. trend-setting

5. belonging       10. time


while i was taking a close look at this information i felt more empowered that i am capable of stopping anger before it goes to far. i hate the way anger makes me feel and often times i could go on and on in circles with it finding it hard to let go. i feel empowered to be aware if someone or something is trying to make me feel one of those 10 ways- to sit back analyze what kind of place that is coming from (healthy or not) and stop it from triggering an emotional response.

it’s ‘cool’ for me to realize that there are points in our accepting and processing of life where we can choose to help ourselves, to be mindful (now that word makes so much more sense) and not to send our bodies and mind into hyperdrive.

the other thing we need to be mindful of is not using our ‘triggers’ as an excuse and not allowing them to turn us into victims of situations. for this i think it’s supers important to be aware but not engrossed in our triggers/emotions.

“our brains create powerful associations between things that hurt us and whatever happened to be occurring when we got hurt.” Martha Beck

so our triggers help explain not excuse.

“it makes us responsible for recognizing triggering situations so we can change our unconscious reactions.” Martha Beck

today after thinking, reading and writing about this mindfulness has taken on a whole new and better understanding for me. it was as if a light bulb went of ‘like whoa… it all makes more sense now’. i now feel so much more capable to try and master my anger, even anxiety with mindfulness. i a committing myself to start by repeating these loving-kindness phrases whenever anything comes up.

“may i be healthy. may i be happy. may i be free of suffering.” I’m confident that over time extending kindness to myself in emotional moments will help me reduce unwanted emotions that can lead me into more hard core anxiety.



posted on: September 15, 2014

As I have mentioned before I am a pretty anxious person and have been dealing with it more intensely in the past several years.

I wanted to to share tonight about how I have been handling it as of late… acupuncture.


Acupuncture is sort of a crazy thing because you don’t really know how it works or why but it does- and for stress/anxiety it has helped me tremendously.

Right now you could say I am having a ’20 something life crisis’ and going through alot of work related transition. I’ve also been informed of something called ‘Saturn’s Return’ to either add to the list or help explain all of is chaos. This lack of stability normally would be grounds for me to…. break now utterly and completely with stress, worry and anxiety. But I’m not. I would attribute that at least mostly to acupuncture.

When I go to acupuncture it feels like my body is able to release alot of negative ‘static’. That might sound odd but it’s the best way I can explain it. It feels like all the anxiety is static and acupuncture just is a way that lets it all go. It’s pretty amazing actually.

I think more realistically it helps re-set my para synthetic system to help my body not be in flight for flight mode all the time.

Anyway, dealing with anxiety is trivial to our health. Since I have been able to actually get ride of some of mine I’ve found the importance of doing so- I can really feel such a difference in my physical and mental state when I am able to properly get rid of my anxiety. Because of this I wanted to share my experience with you and tell you that my whole life up to this point I NEVER thought I would be able to even do acupuncture because I have a very real fear of needles. BUT I can do it and literally if I can do it then really anyone can. The worst of is feel sorta like a sting for like 2 seconds and then that pain is gone but for the most part the needles don’t create any pain, it’s just certain spots where that sting like pain can happen.

So if you are able go check out acupuncture and if you live in Santa Fe and need a recommendation let me know!


P.S. right now my anxiety free plan includes acupuncture, cat and dog therapy :)




About Alex

posted on: September 8, 2014

When I thought about who I wanted to write about for my series ‘people who inspire me’ I was a little blocked. So finally I decided to do Meryl Streep. Mostly this decision was made because there is a quote from her that is floating around the internet right now. Here it is.

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

It’s a great quote and while I do still admire Meryl I think I will save her for another time.

Last week I saw a move called ‘About Alex’ – half way through the movie I decided that this was/is who inspires me. People who make moves like this one. Come to find out we got to do a Q/A via Skype with the 28 year old director (Jesse Zwick who was both the writer/director) after the movie. I was beyond impressed. This was his first time directing and he just did a stellar job. Not to mention that feeling you get when you realize someone is your age give or take five years and accomplishing much larger goals than you are. Or in a less cynical way they are really killing it making their dreams come true.

Back to the story, the movie itself was full of emotion and real life humor. It’s comedic timing was impeccable… truly. So I’m going to pitch it now… If you have the chance GO SEE THIS MOVIE.

I thought it as just fantastic and was something that both moved me and inspired me. People are comparing it to the move ‘The Big Chill’ but it’s just so relevant for twenty somethings that I would literally scream off the rooftops for them to see it, you know if I wasn’t super introverted and shy.

There is just something so cool about people in there 20′s and early 30′s really just going for their dreams and hitting it out of the park. I think that is what inspired me the most… the fact that it can be done. That some people succeed at it. It rustles something up inside of me, my creative self that doesn’t really know which direction to go. It makes me want to be more focused and just give it my best effort.

Cheers to that I guess,

Oh- here is the trailer