Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Girls Night In


Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Girls Night In. Host your closest girlfriends with a romantic comedy, Pho takeout, sweet treats and gifts from PAPYRUS. | Modish and Main I’m going to guess that for a majority of us we have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. Depending on your relationship status you love it, if you’re single you hate it and then comes the pressure on gifts, dinners, dressing up, you name it. Some might call me crazy, but I suggest celebrating Valentine’s Day with a girls night in. Go out with your hubby or boyfriend/girlfriend any other night of the week (where you won’t pay crazy amounts for a pre fix menu) and opt to spend the actual day with your girls right in your own living room.

Here me out. Trade the dresses and high heels for cozy sweats and slippers, skip the long lines at restaurants with Pho take-out, leave the overpriced chocolate soufflé for pretty macarons and order up a romantic comedy of your choice while sipping on as much wine as you want (sans the corkage fee). You tell me what sounds better?


Strawberry Breakfast Toast


Enjoy the best of breakfast with this yummy strawberry breakfast toast made with dairy free Kite Hill cream cheese topped with sliced strawberries, sprinkled with hemp and chia seeds and drizzled with raw honey. | Modish and Main All hail the tastiest strawberry breakfast toast! We all know avocado toast is having it’s moment and while I do love it, I often find myself craving a fruit inspired breakfast in the morning. Though this recipe is not complicated, it definitely tastes so delicious and is worth doing those few extra steps to make it even more special.

While I try not to buy it too often, I love a fresh sourdough loaf. I’m not talking the sourdough you find in the grocery store isles, I’m talking fresh sourdough from a bakery that’s sliced right in front of you. That’s the good stuff. You might be asking yourself, “wait a second, I thought Kristin was gluten free?”


Travel Log : Beaver Creek, CO 2018


Come explore the magical winter wonderland of Beaver Creek, Colorado where you can go skiing in the morning and explore the backcountry on snowmobiles. | Travel Log on Modish and Main
For the past 4 years my brother, Ryan, Dad and I travel to Beaver Creek, CO for our annual ski trip. This year we decided to invite along some of our friends so we could share this beautiful winter wonderland with all of them! Needless to say, it was a ton of fun on and off the slopes!

Come explore the magical winter wonderland of Beaver Creek, Colorado where you can go skiing in the morning and explore the backcountry on snowmobiles. | Travel Log on Modish and Main

Come explore the magical winter wonderland of Beaver Creek, Colorado where you can go skiing in the morning and explore the backcountry on snowmobiles. | Travel Log on Modish and Main Lindsay and I (pictured above) grew up together back in Wisconsin and used to go skiing all the time where we’d ride the ski lifts singing Faith Hill’s “This Kiss.” It’s pretty cool some 15+ years later that we’re able to do it again from the top of Colorado mountains!


I’m Hosting a Food Photography Workshop!


Well, it’s official … I’m hosting a food photography workshop at Whole Foods in Oxnard, CA! Come learn alongside me as I teach you how to style a charcuterie board that’s Insta-worthy with both an phone or a DSLR camera.

Learn how to photograph a charcuterie board with lifestyle and food blogger, Kristin Mansky, of Modish and Main at Whole Foods in Oxnard. Never in a million years did I think when I started photographing recipes 4 years ago that there would come a time that I was going to teach others how to craft that beautiful food photography image!

I’ve come a long way since those beginning days, have learned quite a few tricks along the way and am so excited to share some of my best tips with other local aspiring food photographers or simply hobbyists who just want to take better pictures of their food (it’s all about the Instagram shot right?). The workshop is taking place at the Whole Foods in Oxnard on Sunday, March 4th at 11:00am. We’ll build a cheese board from scratch and everyone will have a chance to help create the masterpiece, take their own gorgeous photos and get a few tips on how to edit them.


Southwestern Chili Pie with Cornbread Crust


The perfect dinner recipe throughout these winter months. I love this Southwestern Chili Pie baked with a Cornbread Crust and drizzled with honey. It's dairy free and gluten free! If there is one recipe that you will keep coming back to throughout these winter months it’s going to be this Southwestern Chili Pie with Cornbread Crust. It’s that good.

Here’s the funny thing, I grew up absolutely despising chili. I blame it 100% on the kidney beans. My parents used to make me sit at the table well after everyone else was done until I finished my bowl. Well guess what? I never finished my bowl. I either fed spoonfuls to our dog or “accidentally” spilled it on myself and then got sent to my room.

It wasn’t until 2 years ago while on a ski trip that a restaurant offered bison chili with black beans. With hesitancy I ordered it and absolutely loved it! This is when I learned that it wasn’t chili I disliked, but purely the kidney beans. That’s why this recipe has a southwestern spin on it with black beans, corn and fire roasted tomatoes. That’s become my own “holy trinity” like they have in New Orleans!


I’m Still Here!


Work from bed with a cup of coffee | Modish and Main Hello, Hello!! I’m still here, I’m still alive. To be completely honest, I can’t believe that it’s already January 20th and this is my first blog post of the New Year. What the heck happened to the first 20 days?

Oh I know… I was diving head first into running my creative marketing / photography business over at Modish Digital.  While this lifestyle blog is a true love of mine, it’s not paying 100% of the bills (yet). When I’m not working on this (which clearly hasn’t been much lately), I’m producing beautiful content for small brands that incorporates my love for photography and my passion for creative marketing. These past 6 months Modish Digital has grown tremendously & I’m still trying to figure out that work / life balance thing. As you can tell by my lack of posts this year, I need a lot of help in that department.

Blog / Lifestyle

The Best of 2017


Wow, sort of can’t believe that as I sit here writing this post that we are down to the final 36 hours of 2017. I say this every year how I can’t believe just how fast the year flew by and I can’t decide if I’m upset about that or simply just grateful that life was so busy & entertaining that it kept me that fulfilled. I would hate to think that I didn’t “accomplish enough” or that I didn’t “reach my goals,” but I can honestly sit here and tell you that I’m completely satisfied with 2017.

In life there will always be more, but sometimes we just need to sit back and give ourselves a break with what we did accomplish. We could always fall prey to the comparison game, but where will that get us? Feeling unfulfilled, dissatisfied, disappointed, etc etc. There’s no reason to waste another minute feeling any of those things! You do you and do it well. That’s all there is at the end of the day.

DIY / Home Decor

Home for the Holidays: DIY Rustic Holiday Card Display + Writing Station


One of my favorite things to receive during the holidays are Christmas cards from my family & friends. This is especially true now that I’m a photographer and my clients send me a holiday card with a photo that I’ve taken! It warms my heart to know that so many home will be getting that special touch this Christmas.

This year I wanted to create a little DIY rustic holiday card display + a writing station so I could show off all the pretty cards we got this year. I teamed with PAPYRUS to make it happen & I’m sharing all my tips on what to incorporate to make it a functional, yet decorative space in your home.