Friday, June 29, 2012

Vacation planning: Love it or hate it?

St. John beach
St. John crab
I love almost everything about vacationing—sleeping in, eating too many desserts, exploring around town—except for the planning aspect of it. I've managed to visit Jamaica, London, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Mexico all with minimal planning efforts thanks to spending vacations with friends and family who are the exact opposite and love to plan. This year, Alan and I are both itching to take a trip to Hawaii (I've never been and he could go on forever about the warm water there) but neither of us wants to plan it since it feels like such a chore. I've slowly been getting pumped up to sit down and do it (maybe this weekend?), or maybe we'll just buy two plane tickets and figure the rest out later. Ha ha. Everyone else I know seems to love the planning part of vacations. How do you feel about it? Are you taking any trips this year?

(photos by Jamie Beck)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Office Talk: The best boss you've ever had

Last week, I asked about the worst boss you've ever had, but this week, I'd like to ask who your best boss was. Luckily, I've had way more awesome bosses than rotten ones, so I'll just tell you about one who really sticks out in my head. His name was John.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Instead of saying goodnight...

Alan and I've lived together for a long time now, but there are still little moments that catch me by surprise. Last week, right as we were drifting off, he turned to me and said, "See you soon." Like we were about to embark on an adventure together just as soon as we fell asleep. (He'd be wearing something dapper, and I would have that amazing hair).


(Images via For the Love of Pretty and Designspiration)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mullet Wedges

mint and grey outfit
anthropologie dandelion wedges
mint shorts
anthropologie dandelion wedges
Because sometimes you just have to have a pair of shoes that are all business in the front and party in the back. :)

{I'm wearing an Urban Outfitters tee, Zara mint shorts, and Anthropologie wedges, bag, and bracelet.}

Monday, June 25, 2012

Weeklies 6/18-6/24

pina colada cotton candy
{pina colada + strawberry cotton candy}

Last week at work we celebrated being named to the Bay Area's Top Work Places list by having different treats each afternoon: cotton candy, chocolate fountains, ice cream sundaes, and—my favorite—freshly-made kettle corn. It was really fun and indulgent—I haven't had cotton candy in forever! And here are a few other things that made me happy last week. 

baby bump!
{lunch with my friend Jennifer—isn't her baby bump so cute?}

blueberry shortcake
{blueberry shortcake (with extra fruit and nuts) + coffee for breakfast. these shortcake biscuits are amazing}

thin crust blue line pizza
{my latest pizza obsession from blue line}

california sky
{this beautiful california sky}

Friday, June 22, 2012

Do or Don't: Orthopedic shoes


Woah, orthopedic shoes are in! They're by Worishofer, and Madewell describes them as German orthopedic wedges that "started their life solely as a go-to for the granny set but quickly became a cult favorite among the smartly stylish, who appreciated their ridiculously comfortable construction." I think they're cute, but then again, they had me at "granny." Would you wear them?  

Wear-everywhere sandals for summer

It's officially summer—yippee! I'm so looking forward to practicing swimming, feeling the heat before 9 a.m., and exploring new places. Most of the time, wearing flip flops will do, but when I want to feel a bit more put together, I'm loving these simple leather sandals. They're so comfortable and go with everything—here's how I wore them with lace and scalloped shorts. I love them so much I just ordered a pair in red. (Do you order two of things you really like, too? Or is that just me and Mr. Rogers?)

(Image via the BC Footwear blog)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Office Talk: The worst boss you've ever had

horrible bosses
the devil wears prada
My second job out of college was working as a jr. copywriter for a boutique advertising agency (which might explain why I like Peggy so much). It was a teeny tiny place run by a charismatic guy who also liked to write. I was living in L.A. at the time, doing something completely different, but was so excited about this opportunity and impressed by my new boss, I packed up my small car with whatever I could squeeze in and moved to San Francisco. At first, we got along smashingly. We'd toss around our ideas. He'd ask for my input on how something should be done. Sometimes we'd walk next door to Whole Foods and grab bagels together. Then a few months into working there, I started noticing his mood swings.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Who were you in high school?

Recently my ten-year high school reunion came and went. I didn't go, but it got me thinking about high school and how, looking back, a lot of the high school stereotypes in movies are completely true. At our school we had jocks, nerds, popular kids, goths, skaters, and band geeks to name off a few. I was a nerd (which I'll happily admit) who took AP classes, did all my homework and extra credit, played tennis, volunteered, and co-founded a new club with my cousin Nathalie. I even wore super thick glasses! I wear contacts now, but I still feel like a huge nerd and would totally do extra credit if my boss assigned any. Sometimes I'll meet a really nice person who'll admit she was the mean girl in high school who tormented everybody else which is always surprising.

What were you like in high school? Do you feel like you've changed since then? 

{Nat and I (and our advisor) hanging out at Environmental Action, the school-wide recycling program we started. It doesn't get any cooler than this. haha}

(Images from She's All That, Election, Rushmore, Mean Girls, and 10 Things I Hate About You

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Would you have a small wedding or a big one?

When I was young, I always pictured my wedding to be huge, but the older I get, the more the idea of a small wedding appeals to me. A friend of mine had less than 40 guests at her wedding, and the ceremony and reception felt like such a special intimate celebration. On the one hand, big weddings mean...  

You could have a great big dinner party with never-ending conversation (eating family-style would be so much fun!)...

You wouldn't have to worry about cutting down the guest list... 

And you could party all night long in one of these crazy tents!

But on the other hand, if you had a small wedding...

You could choose to invite only the people that really mattered to you... 

You could enjoy a more relaxed, low-key vibe...

You could have an adventurous destination wedding...

And you could host a cozy 30-person reception in your backyard and not have to worry about if there will be any cake left for you...

Or, if you really don't want to decide... 

You could elope! (My family would kill me).

Do you want to have a big wedding or a small one? (Or which one did you have? And was it fabulous?)

(Top photo by Mikael Olsson via Once Wed; second photo source unknown; third photo by Sam Hurd via 100 layer cake; fourth photo by Jonathan Wherrett via Ruffled; fifth photo by Yvonne Wong via Green Wedding Shoes; sixth photo by Brooke Courtney via Ruffled; seventh photo by True Photography; eighth photo by Jessica Johnston via Brides.com; ninth photo by Andreas Holm via Green Wedding Shoes)


Monday, June 18, 2012

Weeklies 6/11-6/17

tube top and high-waisted shorts
{my "keep cool" outfit this weekend}

This weekend was insanely hot (Saturday was almost 100 degrees!), and since we don't have AC, we  spent Saturday swimming at the pool and Sunday just lounging around. I haven't worn a tube top in over a decade, but I've decided they're super cute with high-waisted anything and are perfect for beating the heat. 

heart and stripes swimsuit

popping boba
{finally tried the "popping boba" in my froyo. like fruity caviar.}

top knot and red lips
{wearing red lips and a top knot for Friday night drinks}

pink peonies
{the hugest peony blooms—$1 a stem at Trader Joe's!}

mussels and fries
{mid-week date in Half Moon Bay. we split the mussels and fries.}

Friday, June 15, 2012

Funny poses for summer vacation photos

handsome man fall illusion
What kinds of pictures do you take on summer trips? Pictures of people jumping are really big, but I always think it's funny when people take pictures and pretend like they're falling. I have to take one whenever I’m doing anything remotely outdoorsy or adventurous. It’s kinda like how everyone who visits the Leaning Tower of Pisa has to get a picture of them pushing it back into place. When Alan went bouldering a few weeks ago, he sent me this one and I nearly died. But after I realized it was fake, my worry turned into being really impressed—it looks so real! What are your favorite funny poses?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Peach and Pea Sprouts Salad

Peach and Pea Sprouts Salad
Pea Sprouts Salad
The first time I had pea sprouts was in a Chinese restaurant a few years ago. They were lightly sautéed and simply prepared with just a little bit of garlic and oil, but they were delicious. Unlike spinach, wilted pea sprouts don't leave that dry-mouth feeling spinach sometimes does, and since they're stemmy, they retain a magnificent bite when cooked. They're my favorite vegetable right now, especially since I discovered I could buy a huge bag of them for just $1.50 at the Chinese supermarket. I've eaten them almost every day this week and still have more than half a bag left. I've wilted them for a quick side, put them in sandwiches, and—the winning recipe this week—tossed them in a salad with ripe peach slices, mini heirloom tomatoes, and Persian cucumbers for a refreshing first course.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pink-y swear

pink striped dress
knotted belt
flower shopping
This weekend I tried the dressing-in-one-color trend I blogged about last week with a pink dress, shoes, lipstick, and accessories. I thought I would feel too matchy-matchy, but I think the simplicity of the outfit evened things out. It also made getting dressed really easy since I don't own very many pink things. Speaking of pink things, I think the last time I wore a pink dress was sometime in middle school. Why is that? Pink is so pretty!

{I'm wearing a Forever 21 dress, Anthropologie bracelets (similar link bracelet here), a Gap belt, and Urban Outfitters shoes.}


Monday, June 11, 2012

Weeklies 6/4-6/10

apothecary jars turned vases
Since the past few weekends have been pretty busy, spending this weekend close to home was just what I needed. I spruced up the mantel with these apothecary jars turned vases (from the Guerneville restaurant we ate at), lounged around in sweats, and dropped people off/picked people up from the airport (which is giving me a major travel itch). 

double-fisting ice cream
{my kind of double-fisting: strawberry cheesecake and oreo ice cream}

stila stay-all-day liner
{playing around with new liquid eye liner; my sister Sophie swears by Stila's!}

garden party cake
{this cake would be so pretty for a garden party}

sweatshirt tee
{Sunday + my love for sweatshirt-esque clothing = match made in heaven}


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