Aug.27.14 Instagram favorites / with Tara Victoria

Hello lovely Of Trees and Hues readers! My name is Tara Victoria and I run the blog Tara Victoria, as well as the Graphic Design studio Hatch & Harbour. I am so honoured to be guest posting for Trina while she spends some much needed time visiting family!

Tara Victoria for Of Trees and Hues
Today I wanted to share with y’all some of my favourite instagrammers who have been absolutely killing it lately. I say it a lot, but I am constantly blown away by the levels of creativity and uniqueness that is consistently blowing up my feed.

Recently, I read an amazing post by Megan of The Fresh Exchange about the lessons she’s learned from this summer. She talks about seeing beauty in the imperfect which is what I love most about these particular grammers. While some have a more curated feed than others, they’re sharing their life experiences. Moments that aren’t perfectly set up still life’s (thought I do love a good still life), moments that are authentically real. Yea, maybe some photos are a little more blurry than others, but they’re all memories worth sharing. So here’s to these talented grammers that are a blessing to follow!

llewllewtoo / kaity_lucas / evanandlou / mo__a / seablanket / victrver

Tara is just flooding with inspirational goodness, be sure to check out her blog, including her Linked Up series which is full of even more lovely finds!

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Aug.25.14 Recipe / Jasmine and Honey cake

Hello! My name is Joyti, and I’m the blogger behind Darjeeling Dreams. Today, I am sharing a jasmine and honey cake recipe with you. This cake is infused with jasmine green tea. What makes this cake truly special is the taste of milk, honey and tea. It’s a lovely dreamy thing, which makes it quite perfect for Latrina’s lovely, dreamy space!

Jasmine and Honey Cake

Jasmine and Honey cake
By Joyti of Darjeeling Dreams

for Cake milk:
1 tbsp jasmine tea
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine-grained salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup good-quality honey
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons plain yogurt

for Syrup:
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup water
1/2 tbsp Jasmine tea

Jasmine and Honey Cake

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a 9×5 loaf pan.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. When melted, turn the temperature down to the lowest setting, add tea leaves and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add milk and let stand for about 10 minutes. Strain butter-milk mixture, pressing down on the tea leaves to extract the most flavor. Set the mixture aside, discard used tea leaves.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In a small bowl, combine butter mixture, eggs, yolk, honey and yogurt. Gradually whisk the wet ingredients into the dry mix. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake cake until tester poked into the center comes out clean. Test at 40 minutes.

While the cake is baking, make syrup. Combine honey and water in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves into water. Add tea leaves, heat for 2-3 minutes. Strain and discard tea leaves.

When the cake is done, cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan, pour 2 tablespoon of tea syrup slowly over the cake, making sure it absorbs into the cake. Turn cake over, and pour the remaining syrup over the cake.

Jasmine and Honey Cake
Jasmine and Honey Cake

If this yummy cake wasn’t enough for you, Joyti has an incredible archive of delicious recipes for you over at her blog, Darjeeling Dreamsher Oat-Hazelnut Cake is one of my favorites!

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Aug.22.14 Weekend Favorites / 17

Happy weekend, friends! I am packing up for a week away to visit family, but before I go — here’s a few inspirational finds to keep you busy while I am away!

Weekend Favorites at Of Trees and Hues

Recipe — I was never crazy about marshmallows but this recipe by Paper & Stitch has got me thinking otherwise! Ice cream makes anything better, right?

Inspiration — I can’t help but think of all the lovely ways I would decorate and use this gorgeous space. Open floor plan, white brick and large windows — a creative’s dream space!

What to Wear — Jasmine of Let’s Frolic Together has put together a lovely guide on what to wear for your portraits guide. A great read, especially for bloggers who are seeking new portraits!

Graphics — My girl Corina is killing it with these gorgeous cocktail graphics! I love her unique take on recipe posts — so beautiful and fun!

Reader Love — This week’s love goes out to Dianna & Ronnie, two gals who are incredibly kind and their presence here always make me smile!

As I mentioned before, I will be away next week while I spend some quality time with my husband’s family. But no worries, while I am away — I have some lovely and talented gals taking over the blog! I am so happy to leave this place in such good hands and I know you’ll love what they have to share! Stay tuned and have a happy week!

Aug.20.14 Photoshoot / Christopher of Whisky & Tinder

This guy. Not only am I married to him, but everyday, I am inspired by him. His heart, passion, and genuine kindness know no bounds.

Of Trees and Hues
Of Trees and Hues

Chris has always had a passion for the written word. Not surprising since he’s made frequent visits here as a guest writer. His computer is brimming with short stories and even beginning pages of novels. And so when he told me he wanted to create a blog, I was thrilled, to say the least. I love the thought of him having his own creative space.

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Of Trees and Hues
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So, with new beginnings… some portraits are in order! And I tell you, I have so much fun photographing him. We keep each other laughing and it never feels like work.

Of Trees and Hues
Of Trees and Hues
Of Trees and Hues

I am really proud of this guy. I have, stored away either on my computer or in countless shoe boxes, dozens & dozens of stories written by him. He has such a way with words and I am beyond excited for him!

Chris will be releasing his blog, Whisky & Tinder, at the end of this month. But feel free to go ahead and bookmark! I assure you, you don’t want to miss it. :)

Aug.18.14 Life in Stills / 01

Happy Monday, friends! I’m happy to introduce the latest column of mine, Life in Stills — where I share little snippets of my every day life with you, using captures from my Instagram and VSCO feeds.

Life in Stills | Of Trees and Hues

I often share imagery from my travels and adventures here with you, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share those candid moments, the ones from simple every day living… and I’m thrilled to start this new column. I think, in doing so, it will inspire & encourage me to live a more happy & adventurous life!

This month has been absolutely amazing and filled with so many new things — frequent visits to a new local coffee shop and making friends with the owners. Quitting my 9-5 job and diving head first into freelancing. Taking Of Trees and Hues to the next level and brainstorming new ideas and collaborations. Booking photoshoots and starting new creative endeavors. Walking and wandering around the city, finding new places to explore and falling in love with this city all over again.

August has been a month of exciting changes & new beginnings. I can’t wait to see what else it has in store. If you would like to follow along, feel free to follow me on Instagram — I would love to see what every day moments you’re capturing! So leave your instagram handle in the comments below. Have a happy week, friends!

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