about me

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Welcome to my blog! I’m Lydia, a 20-something coffee addict currently living in Los Angeles Raleigh, North Carolina. I love to create, write, share, and talk…so here we are. I’m so happy you found me!

Some more about me: I’ve loved cooking & baking for as long as I can remember. I see food as a love language, which probably has a lot to do with my midwestern/southern/Italian roots (yes, all three!) I remember being a little kid and standing on step-stools or sitting on counters, observing and “helping” whenever my parents were in the kitchen and would allow me. I even remember the first meal I ever made for my family. I was roughly 9 years old, it was a Sunday afternoon, and the dish was spaghetti and meatballs (obviously). I felt so much joy and pride setting the bowl of pasta down in front of family, really relishing in the fact that I had expressed my love for them in such a tangible, enjoyable way. Since then making something in the kitchen has been a practice that I’ve always found comforting and therapeutic (even when the recipe goes awry).

Fast forward a few years to my senior year of college in North Carolina. About to graduate with a degree in biology, and thoroughly panicked about my future, I started a blog. There wasn’t much of a “theme” back then (it was even named something completely different!). It was mostly just a place for me to document my life and express myself during such a weird transition time. Shortly after graduation I moved with my boyfriend, Mark, to Los Angeles. I grew to love L.A, but the move was really hard at first. Being so far away from home, from all my friends and family, was really tough. To comfort myself, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. I would focus on baking the perfect sugar cookies instead of how much I missed my friends. I would make my dad’s pesto whenever I missed my family and they’d feel less far away. The blog was also steadily becoming more to me than just an online diary. In days where I felt uninspired in my day job (not always!) this blog gave me purpose, it was something I was contributing to and working on. Slowly I realized that my favorite thing to write about on here was the food I was making. Perfecting a recipe, styling the dish, and photographing the final product became a creative passion of mine. And people really seemed to respond to those posts! So A Girl & Her Coffee became a food & lifestyle blog, because I still like to sprinkle in a few posts about the other things I’m up to like fitness & self care, DIY projects, homemaking, reading, celebrating holidays, and traveling. And the name? Well, I do everything with a cup of coffee in my hand. 

My hope is that this blog simply functions to inspire you the way it inspires me: To try a new recipe that you otherwise wouldn’t. To go the extra mile in celebrating a special occasion. To add a little bit of childhood magic into your everyday life. To live life fully, authentically, and while having as much fun as possible. Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Daya