STUDIED

It's August, which means nearly autumn, so in the The Jones Girl's household it's back to school time. We're in the 3rd grade now (yikes) and starting our 7th ballet season. I not only prepare Amira for a full year of learning and growing in extracurricular activities, Mommy continues to learn as well. It gets pretty busy around here but it's  a balancing act well worth it. It's important to me to be a continual learner and to teach Amira that life is about living and learning. Dedicating your life to something, especially work that you live, is a huge statement to passion, purpose and incredible journey of living your work. 


Lifelong learners and change makers start by first learning, then with doing. The power is in knowledge. The expertise is in experience. That’s what I took away. If you have been following for a while, you know, all of my work is self taught. I'm on never ending continuing education path. I've learned to really appreciate and value -- learning, gaining knowledge, being creative. This week I have been sharing my illustrations again.  Quick little doddles while waiting on Amira in the orthodontists or during ballet rehearsals and it makes me reflect on how I began this journey and the vision I see in the future for applying all I've learned to my work.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares self taught journey and continuing education 

Being self taught is a beautiful path, it's a never ending spiral down the rabbit hole of knowledge. It all started with purchasing a sewing machine, to being gifted 9 HEADS , the fashion illustration Bible, after I felt like I needed to learn how to draw the designs in my head---and it keeps going and going going. Now I am sharing all that I've learned and my growth with "people". My illustrations are a reflection of my life and my work. It's a beautiful illustration of embracing motherhood and living my work. 

For those of you who want to make a living by living.. take a lead from women who are inspiring you to be forever learners and creatives. Be studied, do the work. Take your time on the journey. Here I am 4 years later and I am still doing just that. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares self taught and continuing education journey 

I celebrate everything including Back to School and my new year of learning. I have all of my digital illustrations available for download for $1 and the ballet illustrations for $5. Hopefully, you can add a piece of me to your home and your gallery walls or send the beautiful prima ballerinas out to the ballerina in your life. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares self taught and continuing education journey
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares self taught and continuing education journey 

Shrimp and Cod Cakes

I love chic and simple recipes on a day that I don't have much time.  Nice and simple dinners like this Shrimp and Cod Cakes with Basil Mayonnaise Dressing is perfect for an evening in with your love or girlfriends with a glass of a dry rose or white wine. These crispy cakes have big chunks of shrimp and cod and a basil mayonnaise, elevated tartar sauce, with basil from my garden. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cake recipe

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1/4 cup of basil leaves

1/2 cup of mayonnaise

salt and ground black pepper

1/2 to 3/4 pound of skinless cod fillet, cut into small 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 pound of medium cooked shrimp, shelled, deveined and cut into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup of Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

1/4 heavy cream

1 egg lightly beaten

2 tablespoonsful of finely chopped parsley

2 tablespoonsful of finely chopped chives

finely grated lemon zest

cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes

4 tablespoonsful of unsalted butter

2 tablespoonsful of vegetable oil 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe

Place basil in a small saucepan of boiling water, blanch for 30 seconds.  Drain and rinse it under cold running water. Squeeze the excess water from the basil and transfer to a blender. Add the mayo and puree. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the basil + mayo dressing until lightly chilled. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe

In a large bowl, combine the cod and shrimp with the panko, heavy cream, egg, chopped parsley & chives, lemon zest, red pepper or cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Form the mixture into eight little cakes. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the oil. Add 4 of the cakes and fry over moderate high heat until browned and crisp, normally about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the cakes to a paper towel to drain. Cook the remainder. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a shrimp and cod cakes recipe
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares shrimp and cod cake recipe
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares shrimp and cod cakes recipe 
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares shrimp and cod cakes 

I hope you like this recipe!! It is indeed one of my favorite and easiest recipes. You can eat it as an appetizer or main dish with vegetables and a nice glass of wine. Let me know if you like it. 

 

BOOKED : Better Homes and Garden Herb Gardening

I take great pride in having the power and the privilege of being a modern woman. How I define what it means and looks like to be a woman in a modern world is greatly influenced by my interests, experiences and hobbies. Over the years, I have made it a personal goal and mission to explore new things such as sewing and gardening to curate my life. Gardening has been by far one of the most rewarding and fulfilling yet. I have become a dedicated student to the wonderful world of herbs and flowers. I'd love to share with you a book I added to my library of gardening books---Better Homes and Gardening Herb Gardening

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger Better Homes and Garden Book Review
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger Better Homes and Garden Book Review

I discovered a gem in this book at the Memphis Public Library Used Bookstore. I mean there is a plethora of gardening information, recipes for beauty, entertaining, health and so much more compiled in this gardening book. I presumed that it would be since Better Homes and Garden has a reputation of providing great content for the modern woman who lives a very curated and domesticated life. I have already put so many of the ideas to use in making herbal cooldowns for warm summer days, planned out my garden for next season, and will herbal freeze tips very soon on the blog. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger Better Homes and Garden Book Review
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger Better Homes and Garden Book Review
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger Better Homes and Garden Book Review

TUNIC & SHARING THE LOVE OF SEWING

The wonderful thing about this post is finding the beauty in my work, the organic process and how I choose to share my passion and work. What initially began as a quick shoot for an outfit post for is now a new project for my other business love child, Brunch and Sew. Much of this operation Andrea Fenise Lifestyle Design Group is a one woman show. I'll have to admit there has been a push and pull and many moments of feelings of insecurities and inadequacies as a female creative entrepreneur having to do EVERYTHING. Suddenly, you take a step or two back and realize this is "behind the scenes" and as chaotic or all over the place it may seem to me...I STILL SHARE. Share the love of being a woman running a creative business. I sometimes--- make many of the looks, photograph the looks, write the post, then turn around and do the graphics 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger denim tunic 

Much of this operation Andrea Fenise Lifestyle Design Group is a one woman show. I'll have to admit there has been a push and pull and many moments of feelings of insecurities and inadequacies as a female creative entrepreneur having to do EVERYTHING. Suddenly, you take a step or two back and realize this is "behind the scenes" and as chaotic or all over the place it may seem to me...I STILL SHARE. Share the love of being a woman running a creative business. The truth is yes... I sometimes--- make many of the looks, photograph the looks, write the post, then turn around and do the graphics for the promotion of the business of sharing all of those gifts. And you know what....that's okay! There is a beauty in it. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger 

I'll continue to do the work and share my work because if it is a source of inspiration to at least one person then my job is well done. Brunch and Sew is an lifestyle design presentation that I use to inspire and teach other women how to discover hidden talents and design a lifestyle using those newly found skills. It's an extension of my life and work and my personal mission to design a balanced and stylish life. I'll share my latest work at the next workshop teaching attendees how to make a tunic and begin a new journey of sewing. If you are in the city, please come out. I can guarantee you laughs, passion and a good time learning how to sew.