Sunday, May 30, 2010

Park fun

Alan and I went for a long walk through Vasona Park yesterday to enjoy the gorgeous day. We came across this inflated ball with kids in it -- how fun does this look?? I had a plastic ball like this for Fluffy the hamster when I was little and always felt a little jealous seeing all the fun he had when he was inside of it. Hope everyone has a lovely 3-day weekend in inflatable balls and otherwise. Happy Memorial Day!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beachfront Wedding

My friend Sarah, whom we took on a Snuggie Pub Crawl for her bachelorette party, recently had her destination wedding on a beachfront in Thailand (her hubs is of Thai descent). Doesn't it look so simple and beautiful? And doesn't she totally look like Jackie O. in that first picture?

These photos are a nice respite from the supremely awful, miserable weather we've been having lately. Would you have a destination wedding?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sophie!

19 years ago, when I was in the second grade, I did a Show and Tell on the new baby sister I was getting. I remember being really proud of the fact, as if I had gone to Toys 'R' Us and hand selected her myself -- even over the doll that came with its own stroller!

When she came home, I lined up all my dolls and stuffed animals on my bed and set her down next to my favorite teddy bear. With one person who could blink on her own now listening to me, my classroom was finally complete! I pulled out my illustrated books, situated myself in front of my students and began reading aloud in my best teacher's voice. When she didn't interrupt or ask annoying questions like the other kids in my second grade class did, I knew it was the beginning of a wondeful friendship. Today, my lovely sister turns 19!

Happy birthday, Sophie!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pretty, Simple Rings

Before I discovered my love of chunky jewelery and statement necklaces, I almost exclusively only wore really simple, tiny pieces. Now I wear both depending on my mood (it's good to switch things up, keep 'em guessin'!). These rings by Priyanka Sodhi are so pretty and delicate. I think the first one would be a really lovely engagement ring.

Lost + SATC Love

If your head is still spinning from last night's series finale of Lost, you're not alone. I was still trying to wrap my head around it this morning, even after I stayed up way too late last night foraging around on the internet looking for more answers. And if you don't care about Lost and think it's crazy and have said it once before and will say it again that there is a black smoke monster for heaven's sake, you're definitely not alone either. But love it or hate it, I for one will miss it.

Now that it's over though, it's time to prepare for the next most exciting media event: Sex and The City 2! And the clothes, oh, the clothes.

(Photos from FabSugar)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Coffee Date -- Going Dutch

This morning, my friend Preethi and I met up for coffee in downtown Saratoga at Big Basin Cafe. The reason why I'd been wanting to come here is because I had heard about their Dutch-brewed coffee. It seems to be an intricate process which involves cold-drip extraction, and the result (I'm pleased to report) is an ultra-smooth, aromatic, non-acidic coffee.

I ordered my usual Saturday morning indulgence: a nonfat, vanilla latte with Dutch coffee, instead of an espresso shot, and learned from the cafe owner that brewing the coffee in the Dutch brewer can take as long as 16 hours! The brewer (top and middle photos) is really impressive in person -- it's as tall as the pastry case and has spiraled glass parts. Don't you love how it looks like it belongs in a mad scientist's laboratory?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Glass Water Bottle

How awesome are these "Mimic in Glass" pieces from My Sparrow? They're glass replicas of common plastic containers. I would love the water bottle with the wood stopper.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lovejoy's Team Room

This weekend, I finally got to try Lovejoy's, a completely dainty and charming tea room in the City.

It was like two women got together with a jar of Quaint 'n' Charming, ripped that thing open and unleashed it everywhere.

Thank goodness they did because everything inside really made me want to run home and put doilies under everything.

And the tea was good! We got about 5 different pots to share -- my favorite was the black currant.

The best part of everything we ate were the warm scones and the Devonshire Cream. The only downside was that for the rest of the day, my stomach begged me to learn how to make scones so moist and delicious.

Petit fours, I learned, are small dessert cakes made of marzipan. Aren't they pretty?

We couldn't stop staring at this lady's outfit -- someone takes teatime very seriously!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


The other day I was poking around on LinkedIn seeing where people are at and what they've been up to when I saw that my freshmen year roommate Connie (who is also the talented creator of the blog File Under Fashion) had this totally awesome online portfolio. I've been wanting to give mine a makeover, so I checked out the site she used and decided to move mine over to carbonmade, too. It was so easy to use, and I think the layout is so clean and aesthetically pleasing. It's free if you just have a small portfolio to host. Plus, I just love that their log-in page has a "Moustache" button instead of a "sign in" button!

You can check out mine at

Monday, May 10, 2010

Water Bottles

At yoga on Sunday, amidst the sea of Klean Kanteens and Nalgenes, I saw that the woman next to me had chosen to bring her water to class in the most lovely, simple glass bottle. I've been looking for a carafe for some time now so we can keep chilled water in the fridge, especially now that it's getting warmer. She told me the bottle was from IKEA. With its smooth glass construction and convenient stopper action, I knew that it was just what I was looking for.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tea at Samovar

Things at work have been super hectic lately as we've been running around trying to get things in order for our big event tomorrow. When things start to get really stressful and I can feel myself heaving heavy sighs more than I'm taking in air, I try to focus on my breath like they tell us to do in yoga. And when that doesn't work because my shoulders are so close to my ears I can almost hear the skin on the top of them whispering things to me, I think about the thing I think about when I want to feel calm and relaxed. Which is a chilled glass of iced tea. I don't know why that works so well for me except maybe because people often drink iced tea in the summer and summers are, for the most part, quite enjoyable and relaxing. So today, when I had 10 things to do at once, I thought about the recent tea adventure I had in the City.

We went to Samovar's located in the Yerba Buena Gardens.

It was one of my first times going to a sit down tea. The menu consisted of at least 4 pages of different teas! It was like reading a wine menu -- were you aware that teas came in so many different notes and blends and colors and textures?

It was the rare hot day in San Francisco so we all decided to try the iced teas. We had the Thai iced tea (so-so) and the Jasmine Lemonade (mm-mmm, refreshing!!)

We nibbled on small plates, like this grilled duck rice bowl with beautifully poached eggs.

My friend Sashee and me. It was a very scenic location.

Nat and D -- see how we were all prepared for the cold in our sweaters? At least we remembered our sunglasses!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Surgery Success

Alan had his surgery last Friday, and I'm happy to say it was a success! Before he went in, he said,"I feel like Ariel getting my legs." It made me want to push a small row boat out onto the fountain by our place, pack a picnic and sing songs from The Little Mermaid. We did it all, except for the row boat part.
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