Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Flicks: What's Your Favorite Genre?

emily blunt your sister's sister
your sister's sister
the five-year engagement
Even though I like all kinds of movies, I really enjoy rom coms, even if most of them are overly predictable. It makes watching the good ones that much better. Alan and I recently watched The Five-Year Engagement and Your Sister's Sister, and now I totally have a girl crush on Emily Blunt. She always plays this funny, charming, down-to-earth character. Have you seen either? The dialogue in Your Sister's Sister is so real and spot on—like listening to your good friends having a conversation. The Five-Year Engagement's out for rent now, and while it's a little more mainstream and silly, it still made me laugh out loud. Are you a rom com fan? What's your favorite movie genre?



p.s. one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies

(top two photos from Your Sister's Sister; third photo from The Five-Year Engagement)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Have a Happy Wednesday

ranunculus
I've been fighting a cold the past few days and feel like my head's in a fog. Even blowing my nose hurts, blech. Anyway, I thought I'd leave you with some pretty ranunculus to start your day, and, if you need another excuse to postpone work, may I introduce you to the Procatinator. Have a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Black + Blue

Anthropologie mainsail shorts
gap classic trench coat
Autumn makes me reach for structured pieces with crisp lines, which is probably why I fell in love with this trench coat and these wool shorts. I'm a sucker for details and noticed the complementary gold buttons against the navy blue right away. To keep from looking too stiff (and for maximum comfort), I pulled on a plain white tee—still one of my favorite things in my closet!

{I'm wearing a Gap classic trench coat, an Old Navy tee, Anthropologie Mainsail shorts, and Urban Outfitters wedges.}

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weeklies: 9/17-9/23

baby picture
This weekend, I met Emi, my friend Jennifer's new baby girl. It's both incredibly amazing and a little weird to meet someone for the first time who previously lived exclusively inside your dear friend's belly. I can't wait to see what kind of little lady she grows up to be, especially with these two as parents. And here are a few other happy moments from the week...
  
micro-mini cookie cutters
{micro-mini cookie cutters for making teeny cookies and decorative pie crusts}

scalloped tissue paper
{the cutest tissue paper ever with scalloped edges}

european chocolate
{goodies from my friend Sashee's adventures around Europe. She brings me back something from almost every trip she goes on! Note to self: be a better friend like Sashee}

giants vs. padres
{our view of the Giants vs. Padres game Friday night. My friend Lauren and I scored tickets to the company's fancy pants box seats :)}


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quiche with Bacon, Kale, White Zucchini & Gruyere

quiche recipe with bacon, kale, zucchini and gruyere
My favorite way to shop for veggies is to walk into the produce shop and pick out the things that look the weirdest or that have the most striking names. That's how I came home with a bag full of white zucchini, round zucchini (or "alien heads" as Nathalie called them), and dinosaur kale. After finding bacon and gruyere in the fridge, I realized a most brilliant way to use all the veggies in one dish: make a quiche! Quiche is one of those wonder foods that's great anytime of day, don't you think? I used this rich buttery crust recipe again (minus the sugar) which was the perfect foil to the light and fluffy egg mixed with the smokiness from the bacon and the bite of all the veggies. This one is my new favorite recipe.

Quiche
(As adapted from the Pioneer Woman and Kiss My Spatula)

Ingredients for Rich Buttery Crust 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 
1 tsp kosher salt
4-6 tbsp ice water

Ingredients for Quiche
6 slices of thick-cut bacon
2-3 cups of chopped veggies (I used kale and zucchini, but don't spinach, mushroom, and onion also sound good? Really though, you could use anything.)
7 whole eggs
1 1/2 cup half and half 
2 cups grated gruyere (or another cheese of your liking)
salt and pepper to taste

Method
In a food processor, combine flour, butter, and salt. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water, 1 tbsp at a time. Pulse until dough is crumbly, but holds together when squeezed. Do not overmix. (Note: If you don't have a food processor, combining the dough ingredients in a large bowl and using a pastry cutter also works nicely). Remove dough from food processor and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Crumble and set aside. Pour out excess grease but don’t clean the pan. Add veggies and cook until done but still crisp. Salt mixture to taste. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.

Roll out pie crust and press into tart pan. (I had enough dough to make an extra smaller pie, too.) In a large bowl, beat eggs with half and half. Add grated cheese, salt and pepper, and set aside. 

With a slotted spoon, add veggie mixture into egg/cream mixture. Stir together. Add bacon and stir. 

Pour into pie crust(s) and press to submerge ingredients. Cover loosely with foil, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Bake for slightly longer if quiche is overly jiggly.

Remove from oven and allow to set for ten minutes before serving. Remove quiche from pan and slice into wedges.



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do You Feel Your Age?

Texas size donut at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
For the most part, I think I act my age, but yesterday it hit me that I don't really feel my age. Alan told me he wanted to go to dinner with his CEO and his wife and that he wanted me to come. At first, I panicked. I mean, the CEO and his wife? These are real adults we're talking about. Going to dinner with adults (who aren't our parents) was on my to-do list for when I grew up. (As is buying a house, having kids, seriously remembering to take my multivitamins, etc.) Then I remembered I'm almost 30, which, one might say, is a pretty solid adult age, and I wondered if I'll ever feel like a real adult. What do you think? For all you adults out there, do you feel your age?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wool + Lace

lace and wool outfit
fall outfit: wool and lace
fall outfit: wool and lace
Fall's almost here, and as much as I don't like cold weather, I'm excited about all of the rich textures this season brings. To help me transition, I've started pairing some of my summery things with cozy fabrics—like this lace top with a wool mini. When it starts getting really cold (which for me means anything below 65), it'll be easy to throw on a pair of tights and tall boots to stay warm.

{I'm wearing a Weston Wear lace top, a Pim + Larkin scalloped wool skirt, Gap booties, and a braid made in great haste.}   

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weeklies 9/10-9/16

{confetti tape + Alan's isometric graph paper I'm mildly obsessed with}

I spent Friday working from home since I was waiting for my new desk chair to be delivered. It's kind of weird being home alone on a weekday — everything is so quiet. It's easy to concentrate on things I've been putting off, but at the same time, a part of me feels like I'm missing out on what's happening outside. (Do you ever work from home? Do you feel that way?) I hope your week (from home or from the office) is off to a good start. Here are a few things that have been making me happy lately. 

{dark red and gray nail polish for moody fall manicures}

{a new trench coat. Fall, I am ready for you.}

{moving furniture around}

{making green juice at Nathalie's—this one had a bunch of kale, a bunch of spinach, one cucumber, two oranges, and three green apples. :)

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Office Talk: Awkward Moments at Lunch

clams and chips
A friend of mine was once at a business lunch with some co-workers when she had a very awkward moment. Since they were at a Japanese restaurant, one of the guys—whose first language was not English—ordered tako (octopus). In between taking huge bites, he couldn't stop talking about how much he loved it, but he kept calling it the wrong name. He was enjoying himself so much, she couldn't bring herself to correct him, so for the rest of the lunch, he kept asking if she wanted any of his octopussy. I laugh every time I think about it.

Have you had any awkward/funny lunch moments? I wish they happened to me more often!

(photo by Michael Graydon)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Today's Horoscopes

Do you read your horoscope? I never did until my friend Lauren got me hooked on Susan Miller's horoscopes. She's amazingly right a lot of the time—sometimes it can be kinda freaky just how right she is. I even got the app for my phone so now I can read it daily (you can read your monthly horoscope for free on her website). Reading horoscopes can feel like cracking open a fortune cookie in anticipation of reading what's inside (the small thrills :) Just for fun, want to read your horoscope for the day?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sequined Stripes

black and gold sequined stripes
black and gold sequin outfit
sequins and burgundy lips
I've had my eye out for a sequin shirt for a while, and this one--with gold sequins and stripes--was pretty much perfect. How can you not have a great day when you're wearing as many sequins as a Golden Girl? And, for all its festiveness, the classic t-shirt cut makes it easy to wear with a pair of jeans.

{I'm wearing a MM Couture sequin top, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Deena & Ozzy wedges, and
YSL Forbidden Burgundy lipstick.}

Monday, September 10, 2012

Weeklies: 9/4-9/9

inspiration plate
This weekend, I focused on getting organized and made some good headway, starting with my desk. I like to keep a few pretty things out on display, but the little plate I keep my watch on was starting to become the place I unloaded all my jewelry as soon as I got home. Instead of providing inspiration and easy access, it was starting to look like a big plate of crazy. I put all my jewelry back in its place and just kept a few things out — so much easier to look at!  My closet, however, is turning out to be its own massive project which I'm going to tackle next. In the meantime, here are a few other fun things from the week...

quirky measuring cups
{quirky measuring cups from my friend Lauren}

new makeup faves: YSL Forbidden Burgundy lipstick and Smashbox More than Primer
{new favorites in my makeup bag: YSL Forbidden Burgundy lipstick (burgundy is supposed to be hot this fall) and Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer (makes my skin look super even and smooth)} 

models in waiting
{models spotted on Fashion's Night Out}

yellow paper lanterns
{yellow paper lanterns decorating the night sky}

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Do You Call Your Mother-in-Law Mom?

bride and mom jumping
princess diana and the queen
While I was getting my hair cut last weekend, I was talking to my hair stylist about her wedding plans when all of a sudden I just had to know: was she planning on calling her mother-in-law Mom? She laughed and said she's going to keep calling her mother-in-law by her first name. I call Alan's parents Mr. and Mrs. Pies, which sounds terribly formal when I say it out loud, but calling them by their first names also sounds weird to me. My cousin who's been married for over four years still calls her in-laws Mr. and Mrs., too! Do people call their in-laws Mom and Dad anymore? Do you/will you? If not, what will you call them? I'm so curious.

(top photo by Brad Ross, bottom photo via Birmingham Mail)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Izakaya Sozai: Serving Small Plates of Deliciousness

Izakaya Sozai in San Francisco
Japanese izakayas are one of my favorite kinds of restaurants. What makes them awesome is they serve small plates so you can order a bunch of dishes to share. For my birthday, Alan took me to dinner at Izakaya Sozai in San Francisco (in the ridiculously foggy Inner Sunset neighborhood where people were wearing scarves and beanies)! I'd heard good things about it and was excited to try everything.

To start, we ordered the takoyaki—a ball-shaped snack made with chopped up octopus and fried in a flavorful batter—simply because everyone else around us was getting it. I've never had it before, but it was delightful. My other favorites were the bacon-wrapped mochi, the Chilean sea bass, and the tofu steak and mixed mushrooms served on a sizzling platter. I wanted to drench everything in that mushroom butter sauce.

Alan, who is never impressed with any of the izakayas we've been to, had an amazing time. We both agreed it was all so good. The restaurant itself is teensy-tiny, but since our party was just Alan and me, it felt nice and intimate.

Have you ever been to an izakaya? What did you think?

p.s. my favorite izakaya ever which started this whole love affair

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Taupe Nails

Speaking of nails, this weekend I was in a hip shop, and the sales girl helping me was wearing taupe nail polish. It looked so pretty and muted. Wouldn't it be lovely to wear this fall?

(image source unknown)

The Best Top Coat Ever

manicured nails
Doesn't a pretty manicure make even the dreariest days feel not so bad? The problem for me is that I hate, hate, hate waiting for my nails to dry. So after months of swearing off nail polish altogether (waking up with sheet marks in the morning after hours of waiting for my nails to dry the night before was the last straw), I found myself excited again to do my nails. In the past week and a half, I've done them twice! I wish I could say it's because my patience grew, but really, it's because I started using this... 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Weeklies 8/27-9/3

The week before a 3-day weekend always feels exciting, especially when it's right before your birthday. My co-workers decorated my cube on Friday which was the sweetest surprise. And here are a few other snapshots from the week via Instagram and Cinemagram. 

{No matter how many times I get cupcakes and balloons for my birthday, it never gets old.} 

{Brunch at Mission Beach Cafe. Mighty delicious.} 

{Foamy latte goodness for an afternoon pick-me-up} 

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Sparkly Birthday

sparkly gold dress
gold sparkle dress
gold sparkle and silk dress
Today is my birthday! I'm having a super low-key birthday weekend which includes a glorious afternoon nap, a dinner date for two, and a leisurely brunch here. Have a happy Labor Day!

{I'm wearing an Aryn K. dress, Gap shoes, an Anthropologie clutch, and an Urban Outfitters belt.}

p.s. Is anyone else as obsessed with Cinemagram as I am? I just discovered it!   

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