Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Our old apartment was so small that we had absolutely no place to put our turntable, the stereo it needed to be connected to, the speakers that went to the stereo. etc. So we got rid of the turntable and stereo, and stored the records, and instead opted for an iPod dock/speaker thing. How uncool of us. Lately we've had the itch to pull out our old records and listen to them, so we went and bought one of those portable Crosley turntables. The sound quality is surprisingly good. 

My best friend Rachael and I have taken up rollerskating as a means of exercise. The roller rink is super weird. It's like it's own little society. There are "regulars", and there are teen boys who work there, and their high school girlfriends who hang out and give dirty looks to everyone. It's kind of amazing. I wish they would play better music, though. I have officially heard the song "Call Me Maybe" more times than I want.

Zoey at the aquarium.

I stocked up on some colorful glasses because my friend Kristine started working at Anthropologie and she got me the family discount card! Awesome. But I have a bad habit of buying things for the imaginary dinner parties I am one day going to throw. We live in a condo with a 2 year old whose bedroom is a semi-open loft. There will be no dinner parties at Xanadu. At least not any time soon.

That's nice.

Succulents in vintage beer, soda, and coffee cans at "that succulent place at The Camp" (Organic Designs by Aggelige). There is nothing I don't love here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No Joy

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Poketo: Your one-stop gift shop

It seems like not too long ago, I was visiting the Poketo site to check out some really rad t-shirts, wallets, and art prints. Perhaps a plate set or two. (And it seems like not too long ago that I was at their Karaoke Dance Party, sporting my homemade karaoke jacket!) I'd say "they've come a long way", but they were always rad. They've just gotten more rad, with an amazing stock of goodies on their website, a new, actual, physical store in LA, and multiple collaborations with Target. Their store motto should be "only the coolest shiz." You go, Poketo.

By the way, if you're confused about the pronunciation, it's poh-kett-oh. I once called it "poh-keet-oh" (Like taquito? Maybe I was hungry?) right in front of them and felt like a dumbass when they said the name differently like 30 seconds later! Ha!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nicaraguan Hammocks

These are seriously amazing! And at around $70 - $80, surprisingly affordable for such awesome design. I have no place to put a hammock but am so tempted to buy one of these for when I do. You know, before they become the next Moroccan pouf and you can't find one for less than $200. They are available from Veronica Colindres Etsy shop

What's just as interesting as these hammocks, is that the ones sold via this Etsy shop are made by Veronica Colindres and her family! She and her mother do the weaving, her brother does the sewing, and her father assembles. Knowing that, I would feel really great about buying a product like this.

Now, if I could only decide on a color!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Snapshots: Sunday afternoon in Downtown Fullerton

One area of Orange County that I really love, but often neglect, is downtown Fullerton. I love it's tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and brick alleys. Kyle and I got married in downtown Fullerton! It had been far too long since we'd visited.

Black Hole Records and Stray Cat Vintage & Costumes share a space. It's a little overwhelming! This place has been here forever. I remember coming here in high school. I don't remember records being as expensive as they were here, but it's also been a while since I paid attention to records. 

Zoey and I posing in front of the very same brick wall that Kyle and I took some of our wedding photos in front of. Now isn't that something?

We had lunch at Kentro Greek Kitchen, and oh my goodness it was so good. We've been really winning lately with the new places we've been trying. Pictured above is the beet salad (beets, figs, manouri cheese, walnut vinaigrette) and the lamb flat bread (braised lamb, thinly sliced potatoes, kasseri cheese, and big dollops of tzatziki, all on a thin crackery crust).

Otto Shop and Gallery is a great little space with a lot of mid century items, art, books, and gifts. We picked up this Alexander Girard Color board book for Zoey. Otto is located right next to Out of Vogue, which unfortunately is closed on Sundays, but has a great selection of mid century furniture and home decor. 

There are a lot of vintage shops on this little stretch of Harbor Blvd, but American Vintage stands out to me because it's so well organized. It's spaced out nicely, so the clothes on the racks aren't packed so tightly together that you can't tell what they are. Everything is organized by color and/or style, the hangers have sizes on them, and they have dressing rooms, which makes it so much easier. 

Our last stop was Angelo's & Vinci's - the actual place where we got married. There's a little to-go ordering spot on the side of the building and you can get a dozen zeppole. I was being a creeper watching the guy cut the dough, drop it in the deep fryer, and then roll it around in sugar and cinnamon. I would describe the food at Angelo's & Vinci's as Italian-American comfort foods. Huge, cheesy, greasy portions of lasagna, ravioli, fried calamari, and pizza. The atmosphere is awesome (think Buca di Beppo on crack), and there is a monster cellar.

Starting September 12, Fullerton will be hosting it's annual Haunted Walking Tour on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I love ghost stories, and I really want to go this year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Eating Out: Cucina Enoteca in Irvine

Gorgonzola walnut mousse with poached pears and mini toasts.

Create your own waffle. We topped ours with marscapone, caramelized onions, bacon, and fig compote.

Pepperoni and fennel sausage pizza.

Grapefruit, lemon, and mint infused gin.

Zeppole (Italian style donuts) filled with vanilla creme, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, with dulce de leche and candied orange peel.

One of my most coveted chairs, and their 2 patios are full of them!

Cucina Enoteca is located at Irvine Spectrum, across from the movie theater, next to Javier's.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Orla Kiely Pre Spring/Summer 2013

I am swooning over these boat prints from Orla Kiely Pre Spring/Summer 2013. 

And speaking of Orla Kiely, here was the scene at my local Target when I went to go pick up some of the Orla and Method products.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ceramics by Jen Kuroki

In my last post I mentioned that I have a little bit of an obsession with cute pottery. After seeing Jen Kuroki's work, I am pretty sure my obsession is going to be taken to the next level. That first piece is so great and I love the polkadots too! Lately I've been really liking when people use the glaze and the raw material (rather than paint or something) to create a pattern of some sort, like in the last photo.

All of these pieces are available in her Etsy shop, Jen E.