Thursday, September 29, 2011

Choosing to Celebrate

lemme just be honest: this week's been a rough one. 

the good news is that i'm learning a lot about myself. (for instance, i'm way stronger than i thought i was.) 

the bad news is i'm really drained and tired - and sort of grumpy. i don't want to have to be strong anymore. 

but, let's not think about that any more. let's focus on all the good things that I can celebrate this week. 

new nail polish
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a friend date with christi

permission to decorate my office for halloween
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modern family
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the best husband ever

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long calls with my brother

so glad the weekend's almost here.

Screw Art

How cool is this? Painted screws...

Andrew Myers. You're a stud. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


My goal for the next two months: eat (and make) as many pumpkin-y things as possible.

As displayed below, the options are limitless.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin Soup (cooked in a pumpkin, no less): 

Pumpkin Bread Pudding (insert happy dance here): 

Not just pumpkin cupcakes... Pumpkin PIE Cupcakes:

Pumpkin Cornbread? Yes, please!: 

And, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (making these tomorrow?):

Hopefully, I'll be able to make at least ONE pumpkin thing every week. That'll put us right up to Thanksgiving... 
And, then we're switching to gingerbread.

Happy Wednesday!

Weddings by BHLDN

I'm wishing I could get married again - just so I could buy everything from BHLDN.

It's owned by the same people who brought us Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, but it's focused on wedding and party wear. Could anything be better?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cold Enough for Coats

It's time to talk coats. 

Autumn's here and winter's a comin' and I need a new coat. A good coat. A good, solid, warm coat. 

The last coat I got was from H&M. And we all know that H&M's product quality is, eh, not so much. 


I'm determined to get the best coat ever

Let's start with this awesome yellow one.
It doesn't have full sleeves (so, not very warm).... but it's so fun and unique. 

[find it here]

Or, I could go for REALLY REALLY warm option.
No fear of freezing here.
And, it's classic enough that I could wear it with my work clothes.
(It may also be waterproof? I'd need to check on that... But if so, then it's great for trips to Portland.)

[find it here]

Here's the classic classic.
 Always an important staple of every wardrobe.
Sad to say I'm currently lacking this important staple of every wardrobe. 

[find it here]

Then again, classic seems sorta boring.
And, if I'm going to spend lots of money on a good coat, shouldn't it have some elements of fun?
Like this coat with some cute plaid detailing (plaid is very "in" this season, by the way.)

[find it here]

Mmmm. The shape of this one is fabulous. Totally in love with the collar. 

[find it here]

Finally, I gotta represent.
Frances May (maker of the rad coat below) is based in Portland...
The attached hoodie is as practical as it is beautiful.  

[find it here]

Oh, the options! Which one should I choose?!?

New Girl

I have a girl crush on Zooey Deschanel. If you haven't seen her new show on Fox (New Girl), you must go watch it right now (there's a free download on iTunes.)

I've already seen the pilot twice.

The second episode airs tonight (yay yay yay!) and I cannot wait.

Fun Fall Activities

Autumn is my favorite season.... by far.

I love pumpkin-flavored food, warm & cuddly sweaters, scarves, tea, colorful leaves, crisp mornings, foggy evenings, and soup.

This year, Zach and I are going crazy and having an all-out autumn celebration. (Well, mainly, I am. Zach's a good husband who's just along for the ride.)

First, we're spending a weekend in Oak Glen. (I'm super, super excited about this.)

Oak Glen, also known as "Apple Country," is the closest thing to a "real" autumn we have here in Southern California. It's up in the San Bernardino mountains, so it's cooler and quieter.  And, it's peppered with apple orchards and berry fields. We're staying at an adorable Bed & Breakfast close to all the activity (our room doesn't have a TV because the owners want us to have family time...)

We're also planning on pumpkin hunting at Shawn's Pumpkin Patch in Culver City. It's nowhere near as amazing as the massive pumpkin farms I'm used to in Oregon, but it's the closest our little city can get.

And, we might make a trip up north to Underwood Family Farms for their 14th Annual Fall Harvest Festival - complete with antique tractor rides, a legit pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay pyramid and pig race. (All fall festivals should have a good pig race.)

What are you doing to celebrate Autumn this year?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello, Autumn!

Los Angeles isn't ready for you yet... but I am.

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I'm ready to play!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


  It's Friday! 

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Although the week rushed by, I still got to stop and savor some lovely little moments along the way. Here are a few: 

{My grandparents celebrated 58 years of marriage! As a newlywed, I can't even imagine what that's like.}

{I went on a shopping spree at Anthropologie - thanks to the fabulous Sarah Andruszko. Since it was technically a wedding present, I bought stuff for the apartment. Not just for me. Promise.)

{I finally had Canter's amazing Matzo Ball Soup, since this was the only thing Zach could eat. Yum!}

{I hit up Magnolia with Ms. Christi Schaeffer before book club.)

{I joined Pinterest - and haven't stopped pining. I'm officially obsessed.}

Now that it's the weekend, Zach and I are planning to: 

1) Hang out with our friends Matt & Angi. We're due for a lame movie night. So far, we've watched Waterworld, The Postman, The Swan Princess, Bicentennial Man, and a few Science Mystery Theater 3000s. (For the record, this is a legit activity celebrating terrible, terrible movies.)

2) Go to the last Cinespia Cemetery Screening of the summer. They're playing E.T. at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It looks like they've sold out of parking tickets, so we're trying to find an alternate way of getting there (doubtful.)

3) Relax. The Zachster's still recovering from last week's oral surgery. Poor guy. 

What are your plans for the weekend??

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Not Ikea

I've always been a color girl - even if my favorite color (mom) was brown. I just didn't like white... especially on the walls.

I've changed.

More and more I find myself loving white, white, white in a very Scandinavian (?) way.

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Have I convinced you yet?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Covered in Chalk

I made this. 

Well... technically I didn't make it. I'm not a carpenter. BUT, I did sand it, paint it (twice), write on it, and install new knobs. So, I pretty much made it. 

Look at what it used to be: 

It was definitely in need of a makeover.

Chalkboard paint is super annoying though. I thought you can just paint it onto something, let it dry, and then attack it with chalk. Nope. 

There's lots of waiting involved. 

Like, after you paint the first coat (example below)...

... you have to wait 4 hours before painting the second coat (example below). 

Then, you have to wait THREE DAYS before writing on it. 

Just waiting...

and waiting....

and waiting....

Totally a buzz kill. Thanks, chalkboard paint.

After three days, you're supposed to cover it in chalk. 

Then, wipe it off (geez, this is the longest process ever.)

Then... and only then... can you let your imagination run wild (by writing whatever the heck you want.) 

One of my favorite books is Pride and Prejudice. So, I wrote out the part of the book where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy finally express their true feelings for each other. 

I kind of like it. 

What do you think? Too much?
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