Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vintage Key Bottle Openers

best bottle opener
good housewarming gifts
cute gift idea
Our wedding is coming up fast, so I've been busy nailing down all the little details. For the cocktail hour, we're serving Mexican Cokes and bottled Coronas. To make it easy on guests, I plan to tie bottle openers to the drink buckets (since you can never seem to find a bottle opener when you need one!) Instead of plain ones, I found these bottle openers that look like vintage keys. Aren't they cute? They'd be fun to give as a housewarming gift, tie onto a package or leave out during parties.

p.s. Just nine more days!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE Summer Pie

whole foods strawberry cream pie
The other day at Whole Foods, I ate four samples of this life-changing strawberry cream pie -- two of which I got myself, one that I bribed my sister Sophie to get for me, and my cousin's untouched sample which I'm pretty sure she was about to throw away (I have no shame.) After thinking about it all week, I bought an entire pie. And for the next few days, it was all I could think about. If I was at work, I'd wish I was home... eating pie. If we were eating dinner, I'd rush us through so we could get to dessert, ha! Alan's obsessed with it, too -- especially topped with fresh slices of banana. We'd highly recommend it if you're in the mood for pie!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Funny Thing About Self Timers

funny photos
Using the self-timer on my camera for group shots always makes me laugh. No matter how perfectly you think you've angled the camera, this inevitably happens: 

1) Everyone thinks the frame is much smaller than it is, so everyone squishes to one side...

photography humor
2) To even things out, people try to spread apart... But everyone just ends up squished to the other side.

funny group pictures
3) By this time, everyone's thinking We got this. (Half of the group ends up as a floating mouth.)

self timer
4) Finally, just as everyone's starting to think I really need to strengthen my quads, someone else takes matters into their own hands, does a slow series of holding the camera, looking through the viewfinder, looking above the viewfinder, then looking through the viewfinder again, and places the camera down just so for a perfectly-centered picture. (Thanks, Emily!)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kate-Spade-Themed Bridal Shower

diy photo backdrop
kate spade wedding
bridal shower ideas
What's colorful and quirky with touches of gold? A Kate-Spade-themed party! My bridesmaids threw me the prettiest bridal shower that I can't wait to share. I insisted that everything be a surprise so it was exciting to finally see all the details and discover the theme. Here's some more prettiness from the day...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Best Passion Fruit Cookie

lilikoi bars
the cookie corner
The Cookie Corner is like Hawaii's version of Mrs. Fields. The difference is that in addition to the standard chocolate chip cookie, they also make these amazing lilikoi bars from passionfruit puree. Like a tropical, buttery lemon bar, they're the best cookies I've ever had. True story: I dropped a piece on the floor at work and considered dusting it off and eating it but remembered the number of dogs that run around every day. They're that good! My friend brought some back for me from her recent Hawaii trip, but you can also order them online.  
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