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March 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

lovely cherry blossoms in napa (and first signs of spring)

stopped for lunch in st. helena. fried chicken!

random, but i liked the colors.

bay bridge, coming back to san francisco

birthday cake for a friend (i used this recipe for the cake and this one for the frosting – definitely making this again!)

sunday breakfast: oatmeal, sprinkles and coffee while catching up on blogs.

as always, thanks for stopping by!

apartment snapshots

January 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

a couple of weeks ago, the boy and i stepped into west elm where i sort of went a little nuts. you see, i love that place. i would move in if they would let me, except… i don’t want to live in emeryville. dealbreaker. i’ve also resigned myself to the fact that my place will never look like their catalog – our design tastes don’t exactly overlap very often, and as a result our decor “situation” isn’t exactly cohesive (read: you wouldn’t know a girl lived here unless you looked in the closet…okay and maybe the bathroom). we left empty-handed and on the ride home, i’m pretty sure i had a decor identity crisis. it was fun for all… i assure you.

when we got home, the boy went to sleep and i placed an order online (heh heh). all was well in the world! and when the package(s) finally arrived and i had set everything out, he actually sort of approved, meaning nothing “disappeared” the next day.

west elm chevron bath mat, anthropologie towels (similar here), mor hand/body wash

ikea striped throw (also featured here), west elm bijoux dots and triangle pillows

yeah. there are a lot of fake dogs in this household (not shown: z gallerie pug bookends).

cookie decorating for lazy bakers

December 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

i love the idea of meticulously decorated cookies, but the process makes me nervous.

here’s what i do.

step 1: bake cookies. i used target’s store brand sugar cookie mix – super easy and just as good, if not better than scratch. there is a time and a place for store-bought mixes. this is one of them!

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currently loving..

December 6, 2011 § 4 Comments

here are a handful things making me happy this week – a mix of products, edibles and other fun finds. perhaps this will be a regular installment… we shall see!

1. cup after steamy paper cup of candy cane lane green tea:

i love love love peppermint, especially during the holidays. this tea isn’t super pepperminty – just enough to be refreshing, and the green tea flavor is mild and pleasant. plus, it’s decaf, so i can drink it in the office all day (literally) while i’m freezing under my coat that i also happen to be using as a blanket. i’m tempted to steep a bag in a cup of low-cal hot cocoa… ohhh dear, i think i’m stopping at walgreens tomorrow morning. it’s going to happen. (it’s all about the little things.)

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outfit obsessed.

December 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

what do i love more than gift guides? lookbooks! well, that and the already-styled outfits that can be found on most of my favorite window-shopping sites. i’m not one to plan out an outfit completely but i do like having a bank of inspiration at my disposal so my mornings don’t involve a pile of reject outfits left on the bed… not that i’ve ever done before…

tangent: now that i’m working again, getting dressed in the mornings has been kind of fun – it reminds me of when i started my first job here in sf, and i was really obsessed with gossip girl and wore skirts, tights, heels and blazers every day… seems like so long ago! i don’t know what it is, but strolling down maiden lane (where my office is located) in shoes that only sort of hurt my feet makes me feel like… me again. it’s nice.

anyway, here are some looks i’m loving these days… nothing too trendy, mostly really good basics with some stripes for good measure… keep in mind necklines/hemlines can be adjusted for workplace appropriateness :)

where do you get outfit inspiration? celebrities? blogs? window shopping? any favorite sites? do tell :)

photo credits: shopbop/j.crew/olsens anonymous/alice + olivia/mtv

strawberry coconut cookie swirls

November 22, 2011 § 3 Comments

if i were a cookie, i’d want to be one of these.

i love that they’re reminiscent of those giant swirly lollipops at carnivals and old-fashioned candy stores. i found the recipe on sprinkle bakes but added my own twist, in the form of shredded coconut (that i further shredded in the food processor). the result is a delightfully sweet, buttery cookie that has just a hint of strawberry and coconut flavoring without tasting artificial.

best of all, they’re slice and bake! you don’t have to roll them in the sprinkles, but they actually keep the edges from darkening too much. see? totally necessary.

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my favorite gifts under $50

November 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

a few reasons to love this time of year:

-dogs wearing antlers :)

-pumpkin frozen yogurt, especially with crushed graham crackers on top..

-trips back home, puppy snuggles and parties

-and… gift guides!

my j.crew catalog came in the mail today and as expected, it’s pure eye candy. i know it’s planned this way but seeing everything styled and photographed just so makes me want it all. (also, i had no idea i needed a gift for my personal assistant, manicurist and aunt gertrude… thanks, j.crew.)

anyway, in the spirit of artfully arranged gift suggestions, here are some of my own! i’m keeping it under $50, just for fun (and practicality).

gifts under $50

1. j.crew striped thermal henley, $42

2. tocca beauty eau de parfum viaggio, $45

3. kate spade new york iphone case, $40

4. marc by marc jacobs brass doe earrings, $48

5. ban.do chiffon shoe clips, $25

6. anthropologie passport case, $28

7. madewell snow-dot shorts, $48

8. home made by yvette van boven, $25.50

9. mor cosmetics basil & grape gift set, $22

hope you like!

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