Once upon a time, there was a girl named Victoria Cozen. Her long brown ponytail swung as she skipped down the road to her first day of kindergarten and her first day in a French school. The only thing she related to French was french toast and french berets. She sat curious in her desk chair learning word after word with persistence until she was fluent in the new language. She spent her whole education in the french school and as years went by she found herself the most passionate about science and fashion. “What an odd pair!”, people would say, but she giggled and secretly liked being different. Smart and feminine. Stylish and studious, the high heels of her shoes clinking through the lab.
When she finally graduated she went on to Syracuse University where she studied magazine journalism and met her best friend Meilin Quinn, lover of Victoria’s famous dorm oats. She then spent a semester in London deepening her knowledge of art and worldly cultures. Today, she lives in a parisian apartment pursuing fashion design at ESMOD. In Paris she nicks her fingers in the kitchen with knives and in the sewing room with needles. She hasn’t been saved by a prince charming quite yet, but she has been saved by her appreciation for little details and passion for big things to come.
Not the End.
“Oh so Victoria” is what people say when they see or do something that is simply so me! At the risk of sounding self centered, let’s call it an adjective. You might use it when you see a beautifully plated dinner adorned with spices and avocado galore. You might use it when you meet someone with a 15 step skincare routine who reads her book in the meantime because each product needs to “properly soak in”. You might even say it to someone who is constantly spitting out ideas about how to celebrate your kitten’s birthday or creating a pudding with no… cream? My creativity seems to build up in my head like a whirling of colorful thoughts and buzzing ideas that crave to be shared. So here I am, sharing my crumbs with you on the vanity.
Crumbs refers to a collection of my favorite recipes. Some of which I’ve adapted from classic favorites, some that have been passed down to me from the lovely ladies before me, and some that have simply been rabbits I’ve pulled out of my personal chefs hat. To me, cooking and baking is a fusion of chemistry, art and the activation of your senses.
Vanity is when we look in the mirror and see appreciation for our beauty and our life reflected back at us. We should bask in confidence and be strong women. We should take care of the body and skin we have been given, which is why I’m passionate about skincare. Even if the products don’t all do what they promise and vanish your wrinkles overnight; if they make you beautiful go for it! Put that 15 min mask on and pretend it made you glow!
I like to find similarities between the foods we eat and the products we use to create a life full of happy lips and healthy hearts. If you care to join me, here’s a napkin for your crumbs, and don’t forget to leave a lip stain;)