We all know the old adage: breakfast if the most important meal of the day. You can’t fight the science – properly fueling up before you head out helps your health, helps your brain power and is just generally more civilized.


See, doesn’t that look lovely? But in those early months of motherhood, lovely went out the window. The days were all about survival. Very little attention was paid to my morning routine. But now that Carter is six months old, I’m attempting to add a little more sanity to daily life. I’ve recommitted myself to enjoying my mornings again. This includes something warm to eat, a nice place setting and a perfect cup of coffee!

Coffee is such a soothing morning ritual. I’m still drinking decaf after giving up caffeine last year, but it’s actually the taste – the experience – that I crave, not the jolt. In the past I would always go out to get my coffee. Even with an old school manual espresso machine sitting on my counter {a long dormant wedding gift}, I never felt like I could make something as good as a barista brewed. But standing in line for your espresso in your pajamas {and running into your neighbors!} is not a good look!

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Thankfully, the Nespresso VertuoLineTM Evoluo is here to save me and my coffee loving soul. It brews both large-cup coffee and authentic espresso at the touch of a button – aka it’s fool-proof. That’s very necessary for this continually sleep-deprived mama. I need as much automation as the world can offer me right now!

So rather than run all around, I’m making a point to carve out a few minutes of my morning for me. It feels so nice to have a bit of time back to leisurely enjoy an amazing cup of coffee and a gorgeous spread. Ok, ok, I cannot tell a lie. I haven’t figured out how to have leisurely morning yet. I probably only get about five minutes max, my table rarely looks so beautifully set and while I am now making my own blissful cup of coffee at home, I have my pastries delivered from Craftsmen & Wolves! Regardless, if you can find a few minutes to elevate your everyday, you’ll be amazed how it helps you get through the grind.

Maybe next month I’ll recommit myself to actually cooking!

PS: If you need a little extra convincing, you don’t have to take my advice. Take George Clooney’s! He’s signed onto Nepresso’s Experience A Cup Above campaign and as I always say, WWGD?! 

styling by bianca sotelo // original photography for apartment34 by suzanna scott


This post was created in connection with my appointment as a Nespresso “A Cup Above” participant. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting collaborations that have kept Apartment 34’s doors open.


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    1. The muffin is called the Rebel Within Kirby and it’s from one of my favorite SF bakeries Craftsmen & Wolves. If only I knew how to make one!

  1. I’m obsessed with coffee so thanks for this. I had actually registered for the vertuoline but I wasn’t in love with it because the coffee was warm and never hot. I ended up returning it but just purchased another that I’m happy with.

    P.S. So nice to see the adorable photos of Carter. I hadn’t been on your site in a while and it was so sweet to see you’ve started a family.