Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's the Grossest Thing You've Ever Found in Your Food?

parasites in sushi
Warning: This post is not for the faint of heart. Do not read if you are easily grossed out. Or if you're about to eat lunch.

I've found lots of hair in my meals over the years, but my friend Kristin's story takes the cake for grossest thing ever found in food. Interestingly, it wasn't something she found right away.

"The other night I felt something weird in my throat," Kristin says. "It felt like a piece of cheese was stuck and when I put my chin to my chest it felt like it was coming up more."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gallery Wall

hand-painted signs
For our wedding, our friend Andrew painted this awesome "For the Love of Pies" sign to welcome guests. I love that it feels like a piece of custom art. I was thinking of adding more artwork around it to make a gallery wall, but buying art has always intimidated me. How do you make it look like a collection of things that belong together vs. a random mix? And where do you buy affordable art that's not from a big-box store? Well, I just discovered that Minted, the online shop, offers so much more than cards for the holidays. They have a ton of budget-friendly art from independent artists, and their well-curated selection made it easy to find my favorites.

Here are my top picks for an airy and bright gallery wall with hints of coral...
gallery wall ideas

From left to right:
Abstract dots
For the love of pies
Keys wallet phone
Ferris wheel

If you'd like to make your own gallery wall, here are a few pointers I picked up:

Place your biggest piece off-center. 
This keeps the gallery from looking too symmetrical and makes it visually appealing.

Balance colors and art types. 
I picked a few pieces that fit within the coral color palette--including blush, pink and soft brown--and was drawn to prints that had lots of white space (to counterbalance the huge dose of color in my anchor piece). To add a little edge, I included a few black and white prints and made sure not to clump like-colored pieces together. I'm also a big fan of mixing photographs with abstracts and typography prints.

Mix sizes.
You want some art pieces to be big, others to be medium and a few to be small (teeny even!) Also, choose a mix of vertically- and horizontally-oriented prints.

Mix frames.
All your frames don't have to match. I included a mix of white frames and light brown ones. One convenient thing about Minted is that they offer art framing and have lots of pretty frames to choose from. I also really like these simple white picture frames that come in a bunch of different sizes.

What do you think? Do you have art up on your walls?

(This post is sponsored by Minted, a brand whose art and paper goods I adore. Thank you for supporting Quiet Like Horses' sponsors!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Colorful + Stormy Spring Wedding

spring wedding ideas
wedding pictures
wedding themes
My friend Whitney got married this past spring, and her wedding was full of color and personality. From the flowers to the decor to the wedding dress she designed herself (!), Whitney planned the entire day with the help of her fiancĂ©, friends and family. She says, "We were blessed to have many people lend a hand, and I loved the environment of community it created." Here's her wedding story and more pictures of her dreamy day...

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Adventures

alan and sobrina
Alan and I dedicated the month of October to having adventures. When we first decided on it, we thought we'd plan everything out in advance, but, as it turns out, we haven't made many plans at all. It's been glorious. First, we practiced our selfie-game

baby in a pumpkin patch
We picked pumpkins with this little baby who is equal parts torso and legs. Baby proportions are the cutest. 

uesugi farms hayride
I went on my first hayride!

uesugi farms flowers
We sat on straw bales in the back of a truck, bouncing through pumpkin patches and a sunflower field. It did not disappoint. 

flour bakery banana bread recipe
I continued my search for the best banana bread recipe and had high hopes for this one. It was okay (maybe it was me? It was probably me.) If you have a good recipe, I'd love to try it!

monterey bay aquarium
Alan and I recreated one of our first dates at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was 90 degrees! Eating hot clam chowder in the sweltering heat made me laugh.

I kept asking Alan which one he would pick if I had to be an octopus or a jelly fish. He picked jellyfish, which I found quite amenable.

caboose train
Sometimes he knows exactly what crazy question I'm going to ask before I ask it and asks me first. This is one of our favorite pastimes. 

san jose ramen festivalhide chan ramen
A ramen festival came to town with most vendors billed from Japan. This tonkotsu ramen from Hakata Hide Chan supposedly hails from Fukuoka. (I say supposedly because there's also a Hide Chan in New York, and I can't figure out if they're the same.) But it was delicious, nonetheless. So creamy, milky and porky.

persimmon cookies
Persimmons are in season (bless you, fall), so I made a double batch of Grandma Andi's persimmon cookies. The best cookies in all the land.

skull vase
I put out my skull vase to officially get in the Halloween spirit and also picked up these adorable lady apples. They're so teeny!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Matine Clutches

scalloped edge clutch
scalloped clutch
leopard clutch
I just discovered Matine, a shop that makes beautiful leather bags. I'm obsessed with the scalloped edge on this clutch which I have not-so-secretly added to my Christmas wish list. ;) Speaking of Christmas, this year I'm determined to finish all my shopping before Thanksgiving. My friend Jordan inspired me. Because who likes spending the holidays circling the parking lot at the mall and being elbow to elbow with other shoppers? It can make you feel crazy! It's a lofty goal, but I think it'll be worth it. I've already crossed one person off my list!
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