Thursday, December 30, 2010

just thursday morning

And I'm craving this gorgeous jacket from Blu Moon by Planet Blue.

see it here

How was your Christmas? Full of good things, I hope.

I have enough goodies and sweets here to last me until New Year's...of next year.

And I found out I'm going to Paris in the Spring. Still sort of in shock, but very excited.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

THE PERFECT SERIES: the perfect music festival style

One of my 2011 travel goals is to go to Coachella.
I have too many 2011 travel goals though so it might have to wait until 2012.
But I must go.

Have you been?

P.S. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes were on Conan tonight. Really I just have no words for how happy that made me.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

life as iPhone it

hookah from a watermelon + mojito + miami =  doesn't get much better

Friday, December 10, 2010

life as iPhone it

Some of the best moments in life are documented by our cell phones. Makes sense, because we always have them with us and they're easy to whip out at a moment's notice.

As I was flipping through some old photos on my phone in search of a fave, I realized that there are a lot of great memories captured there, and though they're often in a low quality and sometimes blurry manner, they should be remembered and maybe even shared.

So I've decided to instate a new blog feature. (we shall see how long this one lasts) 

It's called "Life as iPhone it."

Admittedly this may be a self-indulgent feature, because only I carry the memories and emotions behind each photo, but I am going to try to pick pictures that may just may be interesting to other people. 

I hope you find this at least a little fun. 

I will start with the photo that triggered this idea, the one that I was looking for originally.

A lunch break spent reading in the park was one of my favorite things this past summer.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Just chilling out in my room of gold.
Drinking tea and drawing on walls.

But here's something much more fun and inspirational to look at.

How about that sweater?
How about that hat?
How about that everything?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Iiiit's time. Time for the ubiquitous Halloween post. And only a week late.

I struggled for 2 weeks to decide what to wear.
I had many good ideas, and multiple trips to various thrift/consignment stores.
I googled Audrey, Edie, Cleopatra, gypsies, Powerpuff girls, Jackie O, Carrie Bradshaw, Rachel Zoe, Annie Hall, Daisy from the Great Gatsby, Marie Antionnette, Juliet, Penny Lane, hippies...all in all, nothing very creative.

I didn't want to, how do I put this delicately...provocative, but I did want to look cute. It's not everyday you get to dress up.
(Side note: sometimes I wish that people dressed up all the time like they used to back in the day. They were so much fancier. They dressed up to go to the movies, church, everywhere. Even lounging at home they looked cute, or so the movies tell me. Now I feel like we only even barely dress up for weddings.)
Also, I didn't want to spend a lot of money. That complicated things.

Finally, come Saturday night, it's party time and I have not decided. I look through my closet.

I end up being a hippie. (and sort of Penny Lane too)
I just had everything for it. Not only did I have everything for it, I had so many hippie-esque options I had a really hard time deciding which to choose. The lesson we learn here is that hippie is basically an extension of who I am and how I dress anyway (most of the time) so it was pretty easy and totally fun.

I told myself right away that I wouldn't use the totally expected and slightly cheesy peace sign in my pictures though.

And then...

What the hecks? Before I knew what was happening, I was looking at a peace sign photo. Twice.

Here we have the oddest little group you ever did see: A bumblebee, Edward Cullen, and a hippie.

This is how ridiculous Taco Bell was in the wee hours of the morning. We waited in line forever to order our food.

And then we waited in line again to GET our food.

This was all the paraphernalia I took off at the end of the night. Holy wow.

So...what were YOU?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

more bakings

Just some baking endeavors from the past couple weeks. I'm still thinking about that lemon loaf and how it would be perfect if I had some right now. darnlemonloaf.

1. The gingersnaps with lemon-cream filling

These cookies were incredible. And they come out perfect, so much so that I couldn't contain a squeal every time I pulled a sheet of the perfectly round, golden brown beauties from the oven. I could hardly believe I made them. And the filling, let me tell you, that filling is dangerous. I made these with a friend, and every time we sampled the filling (what else do you do when you're impatiently waiting for some cookies to bake) we had to roll our eyes and comment on how unbelievably good it was. Here is the recipe.

(I should confess that I've been kind of obsessed with that blog lately. Valerie is innovative, talented, funny, and capable of making me want to try almost every single thing she bakes. I can almost guarantee that you'll see more recipes I try from there in the future, even before you get to the end of this post.)

2. The banana cupcakes with nutella-cream-cheese frosting.

These are really good. A little more dense than banana bread, and definitely sweeter and, well, just better. I don't exactly know why I'm comparing these to banana bread. I adapted the recipe from here (well, hardly adapted it at all actually. I just added my own frosting). I think it's safe to say that I'll be trying some other cupcake recipes from that site as well. You'll see why if you check it out.

Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 C. A/P flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 C. mashed ripe bananas
1 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 stick unsalted butter (6 T.), softened to room temperature
1 C. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3/4 C. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 275.
Prepare a muffin pan with muffin cups.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
Mash bananas and combine with lemon juice in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk while mixing, until combined.
Add bananas and mix until well blended.
Bake at 275 for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
After removing from the oven, place cupcakes in freezer for 1/2 hour.

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup nutella
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/4 C. powdered sugar

Cream together butter, cream cheese, nutella, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add powdered sugar. Add more sugar if desired texture is not achieved.

Frost cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired.

3. The lemon loaf

Ah, the lemon loaf. No one really knows what exactly it is, but it is delicious. Every time I mentioned lemon loaf, I got something like, "So what is that? Is it like meatloaf, or pound cake?" (seriously, I got two questions referring to meatloaf) or, "Why not just call it lemon bread?" I don't know exactly. The word "bread" doesn't do it justice, and it can't really be called cake either. One thing is for sure though: it does NOT, in any way, have anything to do with meatloaf. And it is so perfect with a steaming soy chai latte from Starbucks.
Here is the recipe.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I have a giant, giant girl crush on Carey Mulligan, of which I was reminded today at Borders when I saw her on the cover of Vogue October.

Isn't she fabulous?

I have been looking for the perfect TMNT t-shirt for the longest.
It only makes sense that she would have one.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

saturday morning cartoons

It's that time, kids! Grab your bowl of lucky charms and cozy up on the couch for some good light-hearted fun on a beautiful Saturday morning.* I have five 'toons for you today:

This one is coming to you from The Sharing Machine. If you like it, it comes on a t-shirt. They have other awesome t-shirts too. (No, they did not pay me to advertise. I just like their work a lot)

And I thought I was the only one.

I actually heard a rumor that Subway has indeed started tessellating their cheese slices for maximum coverage. Is this true? I don't want to just believe anything I hear.

This is by Marc Johns. His stuff is really awesome and I would highly recommend a little visit to his website to make your day just a bit better.

Love this student.
And then the response....

Love this teacher.

*I know it's not technically Saturday morning. I missed out on the morning part but I had the idea for this last night when I was going to bed at 3am (which is why I didn't make it out of bed before noon) and I really wanted to do it anyway.
Happy Saturday!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

hello sweet thing

Guys I made cookies.
But this isn't really news. I make cookies at least bi-weekly. And I usually bake something about once a week. (Lately it's been more like 2-3 times a week. Out of control.) It's one of my favorite things to do. The news is that I actually documented them this time, something I'm going to try to start doing regularly so that when I tell people, "hey I bake stuff, and I can bake something for you too", I can have something to show for myself.

These cookies are insane. They are gargantuan. They are rich. I can barely muscle through one of them. That's why the recipe only makes 12 cookies, yep, you read that right, 12 cookies. You don't need more than that. They're delicious and extremely filling. Soft, chewy, dense, and even better the second day as stated in the recipe.

(I used this lovely recipe)

Note: I know my food photography skills are less than stellar. Also my camera is less than stellar, which could be part of the reason. Someday maybe I will have a nice camera and nice food-documenting skills. For now, please enjoy these moderate quality pictures as best you can.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

using etsy to define fall

Check out the full treasury here.

Peace, love, and a hot cup of cider.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I stumbled across these images on my computer that were saved quite some time ago, but suddenly I find myself in alarming lack of a quilted dress and chunky arm-warmers.

Photo cred: Karl Rothenberger

Friday, September 10, 2010

girls in movies who inspire me: part 2

2. Kate Hudson as Penny in Almost Famous

If you're a regular visitor to this here blog, this should come as no surprise: I love Kate Hudson. She's such a hippie. I saw her on The Rachel Zoe Project last week and fell just a little more in love. In real life, she's just how I would imagine her to be: chill, stylish, fun, and apt to break out into song. Which is part of the reason why she plays the part of Penny so well in this movie: it's sort of an extension of herself, or at least that's what I like to think.

Penny Lane is legendary. She truly loves rock and roll. She lives for adventure. Where did she even come from? She travels freely, she lives and loves freely. She's darling, strangely innocent, stylish but not too girly, and appreciates good beer. Sure, she has her problems, she wouldn't be human without them, but all in all, she's pure inspiration.

Lines to remember:
Penny Lane: Maybe it is love, as much as it can be, for somebody...
William Miller: Somebody who sold you to Humble Pie for fifty bucks and a case of beer! I was there! I was there!... Look- I'm sorry.
Penny Lane: [sniffs] What kind of beer?

William Miller: "That groupie"? She was a Band-Aid! All she did was love your band. And you used her, all of you! You used her and threw her away! She almost died last night while you were with Bob Dylan. You guys, you're always talking about the fans, the fans, the fans; she was your biggest fan, and you threw her away! And if you can't see that, that's your biggest problem. And I love her! I love her!

Penny Lane: I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriosuly, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.

Penny Lane: We are not Groupies. Groupies sleep with rockstars because they want to be near someone famous. We are here because of the music, we inspire the music. We are Band Aids.

Penny Lane: I've made a decision, I'm gonna live in Morocco for one year. I need a new crowd. Do you wanna come?

Penny Lane: When we go to Morocco, I think we should have completely different names and be completely different people.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

cobalt blue is awesome especially on walls

But it also works on people:

And the occasional mixer:

(I want this)

And this isn't quite cobalt but it is quite funny:

And that is your very blue post.