Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Clean

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I've been slowly… sloooowly… very slowly trying to decorate Zoey's play room. It's not really a "room" so much as a wing off of our living room that's open to everything, but let's just call it a room. I don't know why it's taking me so long, I have so many ideas for it. There are plenty of little DIY/craft projects involved (like the pom pom flowers), so I suppose I should just tackle my list. These colorful images from Castle are really providing me with inspiration.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Snapshots: Food edition

Back-to-back food posts!

Fluffy coconut flour pancakes (recipe via Nourishing Days). I've been experimenting with different types of non-grain flours, like almond flour and coconut flour. These pancakes were fluffy just like "regular" pancakes, but they weren't sweet at all. After adding maple syrup, they satisfied my pancake craving, and I even felt a little bit guilty after eating them, so I know they were good. Plus, Kyle finished all of his. If you haven't eaten bread or "real" pancakes for a while, these will definitely hit the spot.

I made this beef kafta on Friday night, and it was one of the best things I've ever made. After reviewing several recipes and seeing sumac listed as one of the ingredients, I decided to swing by Jordan Market on my way home from work to pick some up. My kafta tasted just like the stuff I order at Lebanese restaurants! I am convinced it's the sumac, and maybe the grated onion I added to the meat. I served it with a side of tahini, and a salad made of Persian cucumbers, tomato, diced red onion, fresh parsley, mint, and dill, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

A ridiculously quick, easy and tasty dinner: Spaghetti squash tossed with pesto, shrimp, and goat cheese. To make this even easier, instead of roasting, I pierced the spaghetti squash with a knife several times, then cooked it in the microwave for 8-10 minutes. When it was done and cool enough to touch, I just sliced it in half and scooped out all of the "spaghetti". This dish really came together in just the time it took to cook the spaghetti squash, because while that was in the microwave, I made the pesto in our mini food processor and cooked the shrimp. I was able to do this on a week night after going to the gym!

I am a huge nerd and love seeing what other people are eating. Especially what kinds of meals they have planned for dinner. Is that weird? Sorry about the photos. I love beautiful food photography and food styling, but I don't know how to do that myself. I usually just snap a quick photo with my phone before I hog down my vittles.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cookie Sandwiches by Three Hearts Bake Shop

Three Hearts Bake Shop is an Orange County-based business baking up yummy cookie sandwiches. I spotted these cookie sandwiches (vanilla sugar with green tea filling, and peanut butter) at East Borough, but you can also find them at Sandwich World and Sage Café in Costa Mesa, and Deli-licious in Huntington Beach. It's funny I found these, because after watching an episode of "Unique Sweets" last weekend, I've had cookie sammies on my mind!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Some fun Etsy finds

Cute little deer planter, via Vintage Shopping Spree.

Cloud cutting board with raindrop coasters (or mini plates) by Round Table Design.

Unicorn necklace, via Another Thyme Vintage.

Kitten pals button pack, by The Black Apple.

Gnome doorbell, by Mike's Original Bronze Doorbells. Genius!

Kirra Jamison

I love these super colorful abstract/floral compositions by Australian artist Kirra Jamison. These are from her solo exhibition Love Me Two Times. Images via her website.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some things I like right now

Star hair pieces from the Rodarte Fall 2012 show, via HonestlyWTF. So pretty!

Over and overlay top, ModCloth.

From the current/elliot Spring 2012 look book. 

Rings made out of recycled skateboards, by MapleXO.

Monday, February 20, 2012


I just loved this light fixture. I always see light fixtures I love, but they require being wired into the ceiling, and we are renters so... no. This one was just a hanging light fixture with a regular plug. It was very tempting, but I didn't buy it. It would have been too expensive for an impulse buy. I'd need a plan first. It's huge!

These are pretty creepy. Notice that their "stands" are actually the tops of their cut-off heads!

Hey now.

This little cutie came home with me and is now hanging in Zoey's play room, but on a wall where it is still visible from the rest of Xanadu so that I can enjoy it. Kyle thinks it's kind of creepy.

I love all this colored glass. I didn't buy any though. It doesn't really go with that whole trying-to-declutter-and-simplify thing I've got going on right now. But I do love the way it looks when it's all grouped together, like here at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs (scroll to bottom of the post linked).

Thursday, February 16, 2012


France Gall and Francoise Hardy eat ice cream. Sylvie Vartan on the cover of Salut Les Copains.
Francoise Hardy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

50% off Orla Kiely towels!

I just wouldn't be a good friend if I didn't share with you that Orla Kiely towels are 50% off through their USA site! Bath towels that are normally $38 are on sale for $19. I still think $19 is pretty steep for one towel, but I would be willing to buy 2 towels as decorative accents, and then make sure whatever towels I buy in the future match them. Plus, I already have 2 that were gifts! Hand towels, bath mats, and wash cloths are also on sale.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Baby Valentine

Sorry, Kyle, you were already at work!

California Soul

1. Color coil pots, Anthropologie, $38 - $78
2. Side-by-side comparison of Herman Miller’s Eames ‘Plastic’ Shell Chair on an Eiffel Base and Modernica’s Case Study Fiberglass Shell Chair on an Eiffel Base, via Modernica blog.
3. Rust Velvet Toss Pillows, World Market, $9.99-$29.99.
4. Watercolor floral napkins, World Market, set of 4 $15.96.
5. Walnut wood blocks, Zen Blocks etsy shop, $28.50
7. Tavo Green Vase, Crate & Barrel, $24.95.
8. Kenza bowl, Z Gallerie, set of 4 $39.80.
Bottom photo: Credenza from the Kent Coffey Perspecta series.

This post comes with a soundtrack! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Illustration Love: Mariann Doherty

Mariann Doherty is an illustrator living in Denmark. She also goes by the moniker "Going Danish", which is the name of her online shop.

Lauren Moffatt Fall 2012

Lauren Moffatt, Fall 2012 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stripes and dots

Striped jesery peacoat, Anthropologie, $318. (yikes)

Smack Dab Adorable top, ModCloth, $47.99

Striped scarf, ModCloth, $7.99

Katie's Pencil Box dress, ModCloth, $39.99. I was skimming ModCloth and almost skimmed right over this dress. I love polkadots, but it didn't really look like anything special. But then I saw the name, and remembered that I had seen the blog by the same name pretty recently. So I went to her blog and saw how she styled the dress, and that is what converted me. Check out Katie, of Katie's Pencil Box, modeling the dress that was named after her.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Makes me want to dance

Kyle and I were just reminiscing about the first time we heard this song. Pardon my language, but we were like "SHIT." Just... so good.

I had never seen this video until I searched youtube for this song last night. Kind of funny.

Great dancing in this video.

Definitely my favorite Supremes song.

This song is so good.

I am going to plan a living room dance party.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

...Fun with camera phone? What?

I've been calling this regular feature "Fun with camera phone" because I had fun experimenting with different photo apps when I first got my iPhone. But it's kind of evolved into little glimpses of my/our life. So I think it needs a new name. What say you, eenternetz? I suppose I could just go with "Glimpses"? Is that lame skies? "Snapshots"?

We've been enjoying some really nice weather.


Here is Zoey staring deep into a water fountain at Irvine Spectrum. I have zero shame in telling you how much I love Irvine Spectrum. If you don’t live around these parts, Irvine Spectrum is a big outdoor mall. Lots of shops and places to eat, places to sit and people watch, a movie theater, a giant ferris wheel, and a carousel. When Zoey was first born and I was on maternity leave and I found myself bored to death and just needed to get out of the house, I'd pack her up and we'd go to the Spectrum and just meander around. She loved being outside, and I loved that it made the day seem to go by a bit faster. Not to say that I didn't enjoy those newborn days, but when you are in the trenches (and home alone), they do seem long.

A visit to The Cheese Shop at OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa. Here is a recent article about The Cheese Shop from the Daily Pilot.

A window full of Rody, at Plastica in L.A.