Monday, February 28, 2011

Dear Creatures Spring 11

With all the chatter I hear about the Spring 2011 Dear Creatures line, I have been checking their website often waiting for some images. The website still isn't updated, but they did post some pictures on their Facebook page. These are some of my favorites.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fun with camera phone

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LA visit

Since Monday was a holiday, my BFF and I headed up to LA. Our first stop was simplethings sandwich & pie shop. I read it about it on Oh Joy! back in December, checked out the menu on their website, and bookmarked it as a place I had to try. The sandwiches sounded so good. I was so glad after eating here that it lived up to what I was expecting.

I had the sweet potato sandwich (grilled sweet potatoes, apples, jammy onions, chevre, avocado, cumin coleslaw, pretzel roll)

 I took home a bunch of these tiny pies ("cutie pies") for Kyle.

Rachael had the fried chicken sandwich (free range chix breast, coleslaw, tomato, tabasco mayo, onion focaccia) with buttermilk bleu cheese.

After lunch, we strolled along 3rd street and popped in and out of shops. I enjoyed OK and Plastica.

Right: The coolest litter boxes I've ever seen, and kitty teepees! (tipis?)

After that, we headed over to Silverlake where we hit up Barkeeper, ReForm School, and Spice Station.

Barkeeper was our favorite, with it's selection of new and vintage barware, and unique cocktail ingredients. I ended up buying lavender water (which I will use to make lavender simple syrup), cherry bark vanilla bitters (which I still have no idea what to do with, but it smelled really good), and some cool metal straws.

ReForm School is a store I've been meaning to check out pretty much since they opened it. They sell handmade items, unique housewares, prints, books, cards, and other miscellaneous things. This store and it's displays are so adorable.
Rachael's really into cooking, so Spice Station was cool. They carry a lot of spices that are usually hard to find, and they also make spice blends.

Our last stop of the day was to Frosted Cupcakery. Stacia, Simone, and I all worked at Paul Frank together at one time. Stacia left to pursue her dream of opening a cupcake shop, and she opened Frosted in Belmont Shore in Long Beach. Simone stayed at Paul Frank for a couple more years before deciding to open a Frosted in Hollywood. And the rest is history! Seeing Simone was great. She's like a little beam of sunshine, even though she thinks she's "awkward".
Loved these sprinkles in test tubes.
After that we called it a day and drove home to the land of left turn signals. :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Eating out: SOL Cocina in Newport Beach


Right: Ginger Tangerine martini

Warmed goat cheese encrusted with salted peanuts,
sweet/hot chipotle syrup, and cilantro.

Right: Watermelon margarita

Cucumber Jalapeno margarita

Right: Guacamole SOL (topped with mango, tequila,
goat cheese, toasted pepitas, and cilantro)

 View of the water.

Left: Ceviche SOL. Right: Shrimp Taco Dorado (back), Taco Vampiro (front) - double tortilla stuffed with melted cheese, serrano chile & scallions, topped with carne asada, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce & cotixa cheese.

Nachos Dulces

251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My print came in the mail today!

That was fast. Merrilee was able to raise $1000 in 3 days! Read more here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fun with camera phone

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cute new purchases

I just bought this hoodie and these shoes from Modcloth. I like having a fancy hoodie. I can look like a real scumbag sometimes, so having a fancy hoodie at least makes it seem like I tried. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A cute print + a good cause

I just read something nice. You can read it here:

If you aren’t into reading, I can summarize for you:

 This gal Merrilee has an etsy shop. The words are from a song that was on Yo Gabba Gabba. A woman bought this print from her as a gift for her husband, and she learned that the woman was the wife of Scott Schultz, one of the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba! It turns out that the Schultz’s (Schultzeseseses?) have 4 rad kids – 3 boys, and a baby girl named Davy who was born with a cleft lip and palate, congenital heart defects, and several other conditions. They often need money for Davy’s medical bills. I have a lot of Gabba friends, and I know that the money they make is, howyousaaaaay, modest. So Merrilee has this print for sale in her etsy shop and all proceeds benefit the Schultz family! Not only that, but if you buy one, you get a second print for free! The hard part is choosing a color. I got a pink and a yellow!

If you follow the link I posted to Merrilee's blog, you can read more details and see pictures of the Schultz family.

Smith Westerns

I just got around to listening to the newest Smith Westerns album, "Dye It Blonde". I like it. It's cleaner-sounding than the last one and has some T Rex-y moments. I think I like the first 2 tracks the best.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day shoe clips

I ordered these heart shoe clips from and I just loves 'em!

As you can see, I am not the only one who likes them.