Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Boyfriend in a Bottle

Sometimes finding "the one" is a lot harder than all those Katherine Heigl movies would have you believe. The Etsy shop Sparkly Pony makes it easy with these "Boyfriend in a Bottle" kits. Aren't they cute? If I were single, I'd go for the guy in the yellow pants for sure. And if it still doesn't work out, well, there's always Insta-Luck.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mad-Men Themed Birthday Party!

This weekend my cousin Nathalie threw her boyfriend Scott a surprise Mad Men-themed birthday party complete with a fully-stocked bar and tons of "cigarettes."
{Happy birthday, Scott!}

{Candy "cigarettes." Did your parents get you these as a kid? Mine got me the gum kind when we'd go to the beach and I'd "inhale" and pretend to be a cool smoker. Funny that I've never smoked a real cigarette!}

{One of Scott's artsy friends drew this vintage Lucky Strike ad}

{Classic cocktail recipes printed out at the bar were a fun way to get people talking and to encourage them to shake up a new concoction}

{with our fancy cocktails, we practiced being suave}

{Nathalie mixed up a special drink for me made with 1 part alcohol, 10 parts sugary drink mix because I can't drink to save my life — thanks, Nat!}

{and I drank exactly 1/5 of it before feeling woozy}

{My friend Ali made the cakes. They were incredible! I especially love the party hat and the encircling city skyline.}

{For fun, Nat asked her to make a zombie cake because Scott also likes zombies. This would be such a fun cake for Halloween, no? Although it looked scary, inside was the most delicious butter cake.}

{The favors were these "after party" kits that included a mini chocolate liquor bottle, Advil, and a matchbox with one of my favorite Sterling Cooper quotes}

Monday, February 27, 2012

Friday Picnic in Calero Park

Last Friday was unseasonably warm—76 degrees!—and since Alan and I both had the day off, we went on a long hike and had a picnic to celebrate his new job! I finally got to use this lunch bag a friend gave me  which cleverly converts into a tablecloth for impromptu outdoor dining (and it makes packing everything back up when you're done super easy). We packed olives, hot coppa, bread, cheeses, blueberry scones for dessert, and a big bottle of water. I got Alan hooked on MT TAM cheese which I think is the best picnic cheese ever. It's so creamy and buttery and really satisfying after an afternoon of walking up and down lots of hills. 

p.s. This was our first time hiking in Calero Park. It was so pretty!  
{can you see the horses at the very top of the hill?}

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My new favorite trick for long lasting eye makeup

Aside from mascara, I don't wear very much eye makeup because I find it quickly turns into a smeared, creased mess when I do. I live in amazement of girls with dramatic eye makeup. But then my beautiful sister (who is also my own personal makeup advisor :) came to visit and introduced me to eye makeup primer. She gave me a tube of Benefit's Stay Don't Stray and it worked! It didn't work all day as I'd hoped, but it definitely made my shadow and liner look great for half the day, which is a lot longer than it normally would. If you have a party or hot date coming up for which sultry eyes would be a must, I'd highly recommend giving this a try.

(photos by Quiet Like Horses)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Office Talk: Watch out for the flip flops

When I start a new job, one of the first things I like to do is to find out who the very important people are. It's good to know who you're dealing with in case, let's say, you were about to take the last morning bagel and you know the person in line behind you is the CEO. It might make you think twice (unless you're very hungry and have an extreme passion for either carbs or cream cheese, in which case I would understand). I must be doing a pretty good job of identifying the VIPs right away because I've never had any embarrassing moments involving them, but Alan had a funny one last week.

He'd been working at this new company for a month but still didn't know everyone since it was a pretty big place. As part of his project, he had to schedule time to meet with almost everyone in the company. One day a young guy he'd never seen before sat down for his scheduled appointment. He was wearing a pressed suit and rubber flip flops. Alan asked, "How are you getting away with that?" The guy looked perplexed and asked, "Getting away with what?" So Alan gestured to his feet. The guy shrugged and said, "I don't care what people wear." Turns out he was the founder of the company :)

Have you ever had an embarrassing/funny moment with someone who turned out to be a VIP?

(Photography by Jill Greenberg)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bubble Rollers for walking on water

I used to think inflatable bouncy houses were the most amazing party attraction, but then I saw these waterproof Bubble Rollers. Kids and adults get zipped up inside and then they can walk, run, flip and skip across water. They'll even come to your house (even if you don't have a pool) to set up for events. My friend Stacy tried it -- doesn't it look fun?

The art of eating pancakes

I never really thought I had a pancake-eating style until this weekend when a craving for Sunday morning pancakes hit and Alan whipped some up for us. This is how we like to eat our pancakes...

My Pancake Style
size: as big as silver dollars
butter: a small pat on top
syrup: lots and lots
eaten: one layer at a time

Alan's Pancake Style
size: as big as dinner plates
butter: a great big lathering on top and in between each layer
syrup: lots and lots
eaten: one layer at a time

Do you like yours big or small? And do you cut through the entire stack for each bite or eat them one layer at a time, too?

(photos by Quiet Like Horses)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend!

This weekend we're going out for pasta with my good friend Roy who just started culinary school this week! I can't wait to hear all about it. We also just got this book in the mail today which I'm so excited to read because I love memoirs and I think he is such a genius. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Here are some of my favorite posts from around the web for your Friday reading pleasure:  

Animal print blouses under $30 (I have the cat one and am in love)

An interview with Emily Schuman and her rules of thumb for blogging success 

A DIY confetti tablecloth -- this would be so cute for parties! 

(image via CubaGallery)

San Jose's Content Magazine Launch Party

Last night I went to Content Magazine's print launch party at the new San Pedro Square Market. It was so fun! Models stood around looking gorgeous wearing local designers' clothing, there was amazing food, and I got to see my writing and styling contributions blown up in print. For the past year Content has been primarily available online but has now moved to a print subscription model which puts a hard copy in readers' hands. Some things are just way better in print, don't you think? It's something to hold onto when you're sitting at the park or to linger over while drinking a cup of coffee on Saturday morning. I know I'm biased, so all I'll say is that it's the most inspiring San Jose magazine I've ever seen (and I've lived here a long time). I'm so proud of how far it's come and of the amazing team that puts it together. You can take a peek at the goings-on of San Jose, and subscribe to the magazine if you like, right here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Office Talk: What pictures do you have up in your work space?

A few years ago, a busybody co-worker once stood at my desk assessing everything on it. The messy stacks of paper. The half empty coffee cups. And the absence of any pictures. "Why don't you have any pictures?" she pried. "Well," I said, thinking it over. "Well, because I'm... I'm a private person." She gave me a look like I was stranger than strange and walked away. After she left, I thought about how I'm not really that private if I go home every night to share the details of my life on the Internet, so I've since put up a few pictures of Alan and my family. Sometimes someone will come by and see the picture of my sister Sophie and ask if that's me. And I always think Wouldn't that be the strangest thing to have a framed picture of myself sitting on my desk? Which makes me wonder, is it not that strange? Do you have any solo pictures of yourself in your work space? What other pictures do you keep?

(Image via)

My new cubicle decor

I spend a lot of time doing work in my cubicle and decided it was time to do a little decorating. I wanted my space to feel cheerful and pretty and was so happy that this tassel garland did just the trick. It's by Pom Flair who makes all kinds of tissue paper decor in custom colors just to your liking. I requested a peachy garland and now I feel like I'm walking into a mini party every time I sit down at my desk.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DIY ribbon-accented necklaces

 {side view}

 {front view}

I picked up this vintage rhinestone necklace months ago but rarely ever wear it because its short length makes it look much more formal than I'd like it to. Inspired by an idea I spotted in a Martha Stewart magazine, I decided to make it longer by using ribbon as extensions. It was the easiest jewelry project ever — just tie two pieces of ribbon to each end of your necklace and tie a bow in the back. Short crystal, beaded, or chunky chain necklaces would be great candidates for this. I used this bright persimmon-colored ribbon, but any ribbon would work, and you could even swap out ribbon to coordinate with different outfits. I wanted mine to add a pop of color to even the most basic outfits like my weekend white tee and jeans. When I wore this into the office, a few people came up to me and commented on the fun color accent. Amazing what a little bit of ribbon can do!    

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Desktop Chicken Coop

A few years ago I saw a really cool modern chicken coop which set off a desire in myself I didn't even know I had to have my own chicken coop one day. It's funny to think about keeping chickens when you don't live on a full-fledged farm, but it'd be so homey having them in your backyard and just imagine how amazing it would be to gather your own eggs for breakfast each day. It seems like keeping your own chickens is growing in popularity though (or maybe I just never paid as close attention before) because I know at least 3 people at work who have them! I was telling my friend Lauren last week about how I wanted some chickens one day, and yesterday, she surprised me with my own desktop chicken coop complete with little chicks. Isn't she the sweetest? The little sign has a tiny calendar on the flip side. I love it! It's from Scout Creative's 3D Calendar of the Month Club (that's free!). She found it via this crafty blog.

Happy Valentine's Day!

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? We don't have any which is totally okay by me. In my opinion, Valentine's Day awesomeness peaked in elementary school when everyone in class had to give you a valentine regardless of if they liked you or not :) My favorite parts of the holiday will always be the sweets, the hearts, and the colors. Here are some pretty pinks to brighten your day!

{top photo: a wonderful arrival from Etsy...more on that this week, middle photo: all the trees around here are in bloom!, bottom photo: vanilla mayo cupcakes}
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