About a month ago, I was invited to a local fashion show. Being the editor of your own blog really grants some cool opportunities, particularly if you live in a big city! Though the fashion show ran late and I couldn’t make it for the whole event, I did meet a new friend. May I introduce, fellow blogger Emma of Just a Darling Life. Emma is warm, friendly, and super personable. I really enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know her!
Not only that, her blog is awesome (and packed with AMAZING RECIPES) and her instagram @justadarlinglife is fantastic! So many great pictures. I love them so much I scattered a few of my favorites throughout this post! You can also find some fantastic DIY ideas.
Enjoy and have fun getting to know Emma!
Name: Emma Rose Hancock (Rose is a pretty good middle name if you ask me! haha)
School and Major: I graduated California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising and a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design
From: San Diego, California
Current City: Alameda, California in the East Bay
Blog Name: Just a Darling Life
Describe your blog.
Just a Darling Life is a lifestyle blog, I cover everything from food to fashion and DIY and decorating. Everything you need to live a darling little life!
Why did you decide to start your blog?
My boyfriend and I cook a TON and have always enjoyed doing projects together like building a shelving unit for our kitchen or taking an old dresser and making it into a wine bar and we would always post pictures of everything to instagram and facebook. All our friends and family kept telling me I need to start a blog with all the recipes and how we did our DIY projects so that they could make them all to, so then Just a Darling Life was born!
What has been your biggest challenge with your blog?
I think initially the hardest part was deciding on a name for it! It is such a commitment, I mean you can change a lot of things like layout and design and colors and such, but your name, that is something you are stuck with. It took a long time with a lot of bouncing ideas off people before I decided on Just a Darling Life. The technical coding side of thing has been pretty challenging for me. I can do the graphics just fine, but the computer coding stuff has been challenging. Lets just say there has been a LOT of googling and asking the BF to figure out how to do some of it!
What has thus far been your biggest success?
I would say the very first time a company reached out to me to do a collaboration. That was pretty exciting for me, it was the first time I realized that other people besides my mom read my blog. haha
What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?
I would love for it to eventually become my career. To create it into something I can focus on full time whether it be in getting sponsors, or creating a store/shop to go along with it, or decorating/design jobs to come from it. I would love that to happen.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Married, buying a fixer-upper to renovate, and blogging full time!
What has been for favorite post so far? (link)
I am pretty fond of my Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia Bread
. (See recipe at the bottom of this post). I have never been a bread maker and this is so easy and seriously SO GOOD.
What have you enjoyed the most about moving to the Bay Area?
Everything! haha It was a spur of the moment move for us. The possibility of moving up here as and idea to when we actually moved up here was like a month. We really lucked out finding Alameda, it is seriously one of my favorite places. All the houses are all so different and all so stunning, I could walk the streets every day and never get sick of it. And living so close to the Alameda Flea Market isn’t so bad either. haha I am obsessed with it!
If you could have lunch with any woman in the world, who would it be, where would you go and what would you order?
Jennifer Lawrence, a dive bar with fun games like air hockey and skee ball, and french fries. haha
Favorite Destination: That is a tie between Paris, and Italy. I love them both!
Dream Destination: Too many to list! haha I really want to go to Greece, Spain and somewhere in South America
Go-To Drink: Wine. I am always down for wine.
Favorite Dessert: Honestly, I am not a huge dessert person, crazy, I know! But I would have to say Funfetti Cake. There is always room for Funfetti
Favorite Kind of Food: Potatoes, any which way!
Decorating Style: It is definitely a combination of a lot of things. I would say it is rustic, meets Industrial, meets vintage shabby chic. My house has lots of whites and greys with some blue accents all mixed with a lot of wood.
Clothing Style: relaxed and casual. I love oversized sweaters and ponchos and boots.
Favorite Color: Tiffany blue
Pet Peeve: People who stop at the top or bottom of an escalator making you totally run into them because you have no other place to go! That and people who park taking up 2 parking spots, especially when it is super crowded.
Guilty Pleasures: Reality TV. I am a sucker for Real Housewives of any city, Vanderpump Rules, Million Dollar Listing, and yes, I will admit it, the Kardashians.
Favorite Shops: Target and TJ Maxx are my go to stores for sure. But I also love Anthropologie, West Elm, and Pottery Barn
Emma’s Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia Bread
[What you need]
For the Dough:
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 packet dry active yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups bread flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried thymeFor the Topping:
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
2 teaspoons garlic powder
pinch of kosher salt[What to do]
Mix warm water and sugar in a stand mixer until the sugar is dissolved. Then add in the yeast and and stir a few times to combine. Let it all sit in the stand mixer until the yeast becomes foamy (about 5 minutes)Then add your salt and 1 cup of the bread flour and mix with your mixer on a medium-low setting until combined. Then add in your olive oil, rosemary, and thyme while mixing. Slowly add the rest of the flour until the dough forms a ball and comes off the sides of the the bowl.
While you are adding the last of the flour to the dough, preheat your oven to 220. When it hits 220, turn it off but leave the oven door closed.
Place the dough on a floured surface and kneed a few times until smooth and no longer sticky. Lightly oil a cast iron skillet with olive oil to coat the inside of it and then stretch the dough to fill it. Cover with a dish towel and place in the warm oven for 20 minutes to rise.
While the dough is rising in the oven, in a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the topping (it should be a thick consistency)
Remove the pan from the oven and preheat your oven to 400. Using a spoon, spoon half of the topping mixture over the dough. Next use your fingers to poke holes in the dough to leave indentations.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until it looks a golden color. Remove from the oven and top with the rest of the topping mixture.
Slice up and enjoy while it’s warm!
Check out the rest of her blog for some other great ideas!