Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Have you heard about...

... these amazing Bear portraits by Jill Greenberg? (Please meet Barney. He's a Kodiak.)

... these hilarious tweets about the DC earthquake? (Favorite: "This guy in the cafe and I agree that we liked the earthquake when it first started. But now it's like, the wrong people are into it.")

... Angelique, Ink? Ok, I know she's one of my best friends, but I can't help but advertise on her behalf. Angi's an amazing calligrapher with the perfect little Etsy store (here!) And, after reading my Written Correspondance blog post, she sent me a random little note in the mail. Yay!

... this modern take on a shopping experience? A miniature, pop-up clothing store in Poland uses mirrors to seem like a giant warehouse (or the landscape of Tron.)

... these new planets? Oh, never mind... they're just frying pans that look like planets.

... the new pieces in e27's Loll line? Love them.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Boots, please!

We have one more day of August. In my mind, that means summer is over. Even though I've been out of school for over three years, once September starts I begin daydreaming about sharpened pencils, crisp weather, new books, falling leaves... and boots.

In southern California, this doesn't mean much. The heat can continue through December. But, for the rest of America, it's time to celebrate the changing seasons and cooler weather with warmer footwear.

I love boots: short boots, tall boots, suede boots, leather boots, dressy boots, casual boots. And this year, I'm crazy about flat(ish), equestrian(ish) style boots.

I could get these from Anthropologie. (Best. Color. Ever.) 

Or, these from Urban Outfitters.

These, by UGG:

Or, maybe these from the fabulous Kate Spade. (I'm loving the zipper in the back.)

Then again, I can't stop staring at these from J.Crew. Not equestrian, but amazing!

I know I won't be able to wear them for a few more months (c'mon California!), but I'll probably still get a pair now... just in case. :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Anniversary, L.A.!

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my moving to Los Angeles.

When the end of August comes around, I'm always nostalgic. Has it already been a year? Two years? FOUR years?

And now, five years from the day I moved out, I find myself reminiscing on all that's happened since I left home.

In the last 5 years, I've...

1) Made lots of new friends.

2) Watched those friends get married.

3) Worn too many tacky sweaters. 

4) Graduated from college (and gained, then lost, some weight apparently.)

5) Danced. A LOT. 

6) Started my first real job - and started hanging with these kids. 

7) Carved my first pumpkin. 

8) Had the best roommates ever (not including the guy in the middle.)

9) Taken a few crazy road trips.

10) Thrown some good parties (like this shark-themed one.)

11) Fallen in love.

12) Gotten engaged. 

13) Married and moved-in with my best friend. 

Happy anniversary, Los Angeles! Thanks for the memories. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beating the Heat

While NYC is being tormented by Hurricane Irene's wind and rain this weekend, in Los Angeles we're finally seeing summer.

This weekend, it's HOT. Even the city seems to be trying to cool itself down (as witnessed by this burst pipe I saw on my way home from work):

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not especially thrilled about this. When Zach and I moved into our new apartment (in winter) we saw that it had a window airconditioning unit... but we never asked if it worked. And, surprise! It doesn't. Hot summer days are pretty brutal.

But, so far this weekend we've managed to stay fairly cool.

Last night we beat the heat by meeting our friends Matt and Angi for drinks at The Dresden. A scene from the cult classic Swingers was filmed here -  and it features the most wonderfully horrible lounge musicians, Marty and Elayne (pictured below on location.)


Today, after breakfast at BLD, we closed all the windows, shut all the blinds, turned on all the fans, blasted our broken airconditioner, and watched movies all day. We talked about going out... but then generally decided that "It was too hot."

The heat took away our appetites - but we did manage to make some pretty fabulous milkshakes.

Ingredients: vanilla ice cream, nutella, peanut butter and milk. De-li-cious.

(I ran out of ice cream, so they weren't very big... it's probably better that way.)

Looks like tomorrow's going to be just as hot. What are you doing to beat the heat??

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Weeknight Dinners

One of the hardest things about having a full-time job is making dinner when I get home. After 8 hours of work, who wants to cook?

Thus, I've been scouting for new (... and easy... and fast) recipes to make in the evenings. This way, Zach and I don't have to eat at Chipotle every other night (...not that I'm complaining.)

This week, we've been really good! I've managed to cook every night - and Zach's been super helpful as a cleaner-upper.

So far, we've had:

1) Tilapia, green beans, and roasted potatoes (I made up this recipe, so I can't give it to you.)

2) Bucatini with turkey sausage and zucchini. This was good! Zach loved it and it was super-easy. I thought it had too many onions... so, if you're not an onion person, put in less.

3) Oven fried chicken with crunchy broccoli slaw. The recipe for the broccoli slaw was good - just too salty. Definitely cut the salt in half.

4) Chicken cutlets with tomato saute, and brussel sprouts. If you love tarragon, you'll love this. Myself... not much of a tarragon person (this recipe helped me to discover that.)

Finally, I won the "best-wife-ever" award with this Lime and Blackberry Italian Meringue Pie. By far, it was the hardest recipe I've ever made (and the most time intensive.) But, dang... It is delicious!

What are your go-to weeknight recipes? I'm looking for new options - so anything can offer would be appreciated!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Cut

I did it.

I made an appointment to cut off my hair... all of it. It's going to be short. Like, short, short.

I've done a lot of things with my hair, but I've never done anything this drastic. And lately, I've been eyeing some fabulous celebrity pixie cuts.

I've narrowed it down to two options: Emma Watson vs. Carey Mulligan. Here are the samples; what do you think?

1) The Emma Watson: Straight up short.

Emma Watson is a doll (I have a girl crush on her) and she totally rocks her pixie cut. But it's so short, I'm not sure I could do it. Plus, I might look like Zach's twin... literally.

2) The Carey Mulligan: Short, but not AS short.

I originally saw this cut on the cover of last October's issue of Vogue. (I would stare at it while standing in the checkout line at Vons.) Simply stunning! And, I think I could pull it off a little more easily...

Oh the decisions!

Help! Which one should I choose? 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Written Correspondance

Best thing ever: getting cards in the mail.

Unfortunately (besides my birthday,) I can't remember the last time I received a random, fun card in the mail. Then again, I don't send out enough random cards either.

So, let's bring back the random card sending... I've found the perfect cards to start with (thanks to Etsy.)

[Wizard of OZ cards found here

[Typewriter card found here

[Space Needle card found here]

[Camper cards found here]

[Knot card found here]

[Chair cards found here]

Happy writing!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ich Bin Ein Berliner

I listen to NPR every day on my way to work.

Last week, they had a whole segment on the Berlin Wall (August marks the 50th year since the wall was built.) As they interviewed locals - who saw the wall go up, and come down - I found myself becoming super nostalgic. Four years ago, Zach, myself and six other friends went to Berlin for two weeks. I adored the city... and, until last week, I didn't realize how much I missed it.


{Whittenburg - and Luther's 95 Thesis}

{Random Apartment Complex}

{A Berliner Beach}


{Fernsehturm - Television Tower}

{Baby Zach and Ali flirting at a train station...}

Berlin is a juxtaposition of a city. It's a beautiful blend of history and culture, art and science, old and new (with a few discos thrown in.) I love, love, loved it. And, I can't wait to go back.... Zach?
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