Friday, August 31, 2012


These comics by Flat Girl Comics made me laugh. As a smaller-chested gal, I can totally relate. 

p.s. Busty Girl Comics (for those with the opposite problem)

(comics by Cami)  

Thursday, August 30, 2012

In the Office: Sarah Garcia, Usability Experience Researcher

Whenever I go over to my friend Sarah Garcia's house, I look forward to eating dinner (one night she set up a make-your-own-bruschetta bar with things like figs and goat cheese) and hearing about the latest projects she's working on. She's so passionate about her job—and does it well—which I love. I'm excited to kick off the new series with her interview.

New Series: In the Office

Even though I've worked in an office for the past 7 years, I'm still fascinated by other people's office jobs. At parties, these are the first questions I'll ask: What do you do? How did you get there? What do you eat for lunch? Since I always wonder how people spend their days, I'm starting a new series called "In the Office" which will highlight women who enjoy what they do. The focus will be on women with "regular" office jobs because I feel like we always read about those with non-traditional careers, but I feel like office jobs can be just as interesting, challenging, and rewarding. I hope you enjoy it!

Coming right up is my friend Sarah Garcia, a usability experience researcher, who is always working with the coolest clients and going on rad business trips.

(top image by Bonnie Tsang via The Glitter Guide)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8 fall must-haves on my back-to-school wish list

This week, two things happened: I had a coffee date with my super stylish friend Ali, and Alan started school again (he takes night classes after work). It's back-to-school time! So, on our date, Ali wore a pair of leopard print flats with a chambray shirt and looked like she was ready for fall. Her cute outfit inspired me to start thinking about how I want to dress this season, so I've pulled together a fall shopping list. Here's what's on my wish list, starting with #1: the perfect pair of jeans that's equal parts stylish and comfy.

fall trend 2012: jewel-toned blazer
#2: a jewel-toned blazer

fall trend 2012: chunky knit sweater
#3 chunky knit sweaters that can be dressed up or down

#4: black opaque tights for looking chic and staying warm

#5: TOMS desert wedge boots which look so comfortable

fall trend: leopard print shoes
#6: leopard print flats 

#7: a timeless camel-colored coat

#8: a pair of Hunter boots—these have been on my wish list for years!

(photos of Hunter boots by Atlantic-Pacific and Classy Girls Wear Pearls; all others via Pinterest)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Weeklies 8/20-8/26

rainbow chalk
This past week was another busy one; I finally launched a project I've been working on for the past few months which felt really good. Here are some other highlights from the week, starting with the above chalks in a rainbow of colors.  
sidewalk chalk art
{beautiful sidewalk chalk art}

mixing patterns
{mixing patterns}

homemade peach pie
{homemade peach pie made with fruit from my friend's tree}

bilbo the basset
{bilbo, the most regal basset}

quirky cookie copy
{quirky copy on the back of a caramel-filled waffle cookie}

eating dinner outside
{eating dinner outside}

Friday, August 24, 2012

Our new roommates

I haven't had roommates for over four years (the last ones I had were awful), but this week we've been sharing our one-bedroom apartment with my sister Sophie and her boyfriend Jordan while they look for a place of their own. (Cozy :) Having them here reminds me of the perks of living with fun roommates: we've cooked meals together and gone on after-dinner walks, and they give me rides home from work and don't talk through movies. This weekend, Sophie's going to demystify how to use a diffuser when blowdrying my hair to get curls like hers and giving me an eye makeup tutorial. I can't wait. Have a beautiful weekend!

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    The Table in Willow Glen

    Last week, Alan and I went to The Table, a new restaurant that just opened up in Willow Glen. There's something really exciting about ordering things off a menu you've never tried before. To start, we both ordered a fancy soda. Alan tried the sour cherry; I picked one made with elderflower and muddled summer peaches. It was the most refreshing and pleasant soda I've ever had! 

    Everyone inside looked so happy: well-dressed couples on dates, a pair of sophisticated 11-year-old boys asking for more freshly ground pepper for their chicken, and groups of chatty friends. 

    My favorite appetizer was the fresh pappardelle with hand-foraged mushrooms. (Hand-foraged = my new favorite food adjective). 

    And my favorite entree was the beef cheeks which were really tender and full of a deep red-wine flavor. 

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Office Talk: The unsexy parts of jobs

    When I was in the sixth grade, the highlight of my day was sentence correction time. The teacher would project a sentence riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes in front of the class and would ask for volunteers to come up and correct it (which I always hoped would be me). Fast forward to today and editing copy is still one of my favorite things. My cousin Denise, who hates grammar, thinks I'm crazy. There's nothing glamorous about it, but it's so interesting to me. Are there unsexy parts of your job that you love? I used to work with a lady who was all about spreadsheets! 

    (Images via the Grammarly blog)

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Weeklies: 8/13-8/19

    orla kiely and method collaboration
    This week was a good week, a busy one, but good. I made a lot of progress on some work projects (which explains why I was MIA towards the end of last week—sorry!), and at the pool this weekend I practiced my freestyle stroke which wasn't half as shabby as I remembered. Other happy moments from this week include...

    the elements of style illustrated
    {glamorous grammar: the illustrated version of Strunk & White}

    babushka blush sticks
    {the cutest blush sticks from The Face Shop}

    {warm evening walks}

    purple flowers and leopard print
    {accessorizing with flowers and leopard print}

    rainbow beach umbrella
    {our new form of sun protection that's the biggest and brightest one at the pool}

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Sabre Paris spoons

    pretty patterned spoons and popsicles
    sabre paris polka dot spoon
    If Quiet Like Horses had a FAQ page, there would be just one question on it: Where are the patterned spoons in your food photos from? Someone else just asked about them earlier this week, so I thought I'd dedicate a post to them. They're by Sabre Paris, and I love them because they're so pretty and can be used all the time. I use mine to eat cereal and ice cream and to stir my coffee in the morning. I first discovered them on Cannelle et Vanille. They're a very photogenic prop for food styling and photography and are made of a surprisingly durable acrylic. They come in all kinds of fun colors and patterns, including: polka dot, floral, gingham, madras, frosted, and Moroccan. I just ordered a set of glitter spoons to use during the holidays!

    You can buy them online at:
    And there you have it! Now everyone go get your pretty spoon fix on.

    Happy food styling (or food eating)!

    (top photo by Aran Goyoaga, bottom photo via Gracious Home)

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Reviews for an ice cube recipe

    Do you read reviews? I love reading reviews for everything—from restaurants to comfort shoes to random products on Amazon (case in point: this recent purchase)—but the best reviews I've read this year are for this ice cube recipe. There's no french lavender or summer berries involved, but there are still over 250 reviews! The ones that made me laugh the hardest are below...

    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Weeklies 8/6-8/12

    corner flower shop
    Last week I noticed the sun setting earlier and earlier. It got me thinking about the end of summer which made me feel kinda sad. I know there's still over a month left of my favorite season, but the blogosphere is already all abuzz with fall trends, and I'm just not ready to put my flip flops away. So I'm trying to squeeze as much summer fun as possible into the last of these long warm days.

    This week, I stopped to admire these beautiful flowers, above, while out on a walk.
    tide house mug club
    I learned about mug clubs! Do you know about them? If you ever see lots of mugs hanging over a bar, chances are they're part of a mug club. The one at the Tide House gets you your very own mug, a spot on the wall for your mug's safekeeping, and discounts on your drinks.
    love and joy sprinkles from the fairy cakes truck
    I had a delicious cupcake from the super cute Fairy Cakes truck. I loved all the thoughtful touches, like how they offer free milk in paper cones and bright bits of joy and love to sprinkle on top of your treats. 

    santa clara international pool
    I practiced swimming with Alan, whose biggest advice to me is still to "just relax."

    cherry tomatoes fresh off the vine
    I picked cherry tomatoes one night in Stacy's backyard (she can grow tomatoes like nobody's business) and then we sat outside eating them and talking about our days.

    umami truffle cheese fries
    I had a fry fest at Umami Burger which included truffle cheese fries, plain skinny fries, and an order of cheesy tots. The truffle fries were my favorite.

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    Friday Flicks: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    jiro ono
    jiro dreams of sushi
    This week, I was in a documentary-watching mood, and finally watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It's about an 85-year-old sushi chef named Jiro who owns a Michelin-rated sushi restaurant. It has only 10 seats and is in a Tokyo subway station! What makes his story so compelling is how completely dedicated he is to his craft and to achieving perfection. Here's one of my favorite quotes from the movie:

    "Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably." —Jiro Ono

    (Portrait via Top Chefs and Food Trends, candid shot via The Final Take with Parker Mott, sushi picture via OC Weekly)

    Thursday, August 9, 2012


    This weekend Alan and I took a trip to Carmel because we were in the mood for a little adventure. Have you ever been? It was our first time visiting, and I couldn't get over how quaint everything was. We parked downtown (for free since there are no parking meters anywhere!) and stopped to eat a few huge pretzels from this popular bakery. Walking through the neighborhoods was my favorite part. There are no sidewalks, street lights, or even addresses! And I loved how the cottages all had names instead of house numbers. It's definitely the kind of place you'd dream about opening up a bed and breakfast (or, if you're like me, staying in one for an extended period, haha).

    carmel, ca dolphin cottage
    cottage in carmel, ca
    downtown shops in carmel, ca

    (First photo by carmacke, all others taken by me)
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