Monday, December 30, 2013

A Few Pretty Things

bhldn tidbit plates
{tidbit plates for eating snacks here and there}

olivia burton rose gold watch
{an oversized rose gold watch to match my rose gold ring}

fun office supplies
{fun office supplies to keep my desk tidy and bright: pens + swan scissors from oh, hello friend; mini tape dispensers + tray from Target}

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Saddest White Elephant

j.crew grey and turquoise necklace
I really scored at my family's white elephant with this pretty necklace, and all it took was one strategic steal. Everyone else, however, was not so lucky. Normally when we play, people hide their gifts under jackets to avoid having them stolen, but this year's game turned into a pitiful open air market. You couldn't make it through your turn without hearing everyone hawk their goods. As more gifts were unwrapped, and the sad inventory was assessed, statements like "you know you want this puzzle" and "check out these socks—they're not even used" became more and more appealing. A few winners went home with a bottle of bacon-flavored syrup (re-gifted from last year's game) and a dusted-off, decade-old museum book from the garage. We were all ready to write it off as an off-year—not every white elephant can be as good as the last, right?—but then a packet of MSG was unwrapped and that's when we knew: next year, there would be guidelines.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Color

christmas tree lot and lights
red leaves
sawing christmas tree
radishes
knit scarves for statues
christmas tree farm
grand macaron
Sending some Christmas cheer your way with these reds and greens. :) Hope everyone has a warm and delicious holiday!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Madewell Slouchy Pants

madewell slouchy pants
My Madewell slouchy pants finally arrived—they've been backordered since September! I shared a few ways to wear them a couple months ago (below) and thought it'd be fun to do an update on how I styled them in real life. For all the girls out there who don't like wearing real pants as much as I do, they're even more comfortable than I imagined!

p.s. A friend and I were just lamenting about the fancy shirts in our closet and how we never wear them because we're afraid to ruin them. This nude Equipment blouse is mine! I was about to head out the door wearing it, but then I remembered I had a meeting later that day where I'd probably be talking a lot (and getting sweaty), and we'd be having Thai food for lunch (which I'd probably spill down the front). So I went with the outfit on the left. Oh, the curse of the fancy shirts!

how to wear slouchy pants

Monday, December 16, 2013

Foodie Gift Idea: Pizza Tour

pizza tour gift idea
I was trying to think of a thoughtful Christmas gift for my food-loving friend, when I came up with a fun idea: a pizza tour! Since he loves pizza, I picked up gift cards for three pizzerias in his neighborhood that would be fun to try. One is for Pizz'a Chicago, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the second is for Amici's, thin-crust East Coast pizza, and the third is for Pizza Bocca Lupo, Neapolitan-style pizza. (Fun fact: I interviewed the Pizza Bocca Lupo owner when he first opened up shop!) 

fun ways to give gift cards
A fun way to gift a food tour is to package all the gift cards in a single box. Stencil or paint the name of the tour on top. Then tape a piece of string to the inside of the gift box lid and tape the gift cards and notes (think insider tips like "get the breadsticks!") along the string.

how to give gift cards
As the box opens, the notes and gift cards get pulled out one at a time. 

creative gift packaging
You could make all kinds of tours to match your friends' tastes. Coffee tours, cupcake tours and burger tours are just a few more delicious ones that come to mind. It'd be a great way to explore new restaurants, don't you think? I love the idea of gifting friends with an experience they can look forward to over multiple occasions :) 

gift wrapping idea


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Plaid + Stripes

striped dress for fall
plaid and stripes
Happy Thursday! I wanted to share two things. First, my search for a striped dress for fall has finally come to an end. It's been hard finding one made of substantial cotton with an easy fit. This striped dress from Anthropologie can be worn with tights and big sweaters now and then with sandles in the spring. Second, I'm staying at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley (which has the prettiest views) for a meeting, and the walls are paper thin. This morning, I heard my neighbor's phone vibrate, ha!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lumberjack Party

lumberjack snacks
lumberjack ladies and baby
i'm plaid you came sign
When it comes to parties, I love ones with a good theme. Case in point: my friend's surprise lumberjack party this weekend! 

plaid party
lumberjack party
Everyone wore their finest trappings. 

And then we had a wood-chopping contest! Just kidding. But we really should have, so we could have made a great big fire because it's been so cold lately. 

My beard came in nicely, except I kept getting honey mustard pretzel crumbs in it. 

s'more cake
s'mores cake
Our friend Ali made this amazing gigantic s'more cake.

All the clever signs were painted by our friend Andrew. It was so fun! I wish every day could be a theme party.

Friday, December 6, 2013

What I Like About Writing

pink striped dress
In the interview for my current job, they asked, "What do you like about writing?" I said "the style of it," but I wasn't very good at describing what I meant. I've been thinking about it ever since, and then one day, I was reading Murakami's 1Q84 when it clicked. In the book, he describes the main character's writing process:

"...he did another careful read-through of the text.... Again he deleted parts that seemed superfluous, fleshed out passages that felt underwritten, and revised sections until they fit more smoothly into the rest of the story. He selected his words with all the care of a craftsman choosing the perfect piece of tile to fill a narrow gap in a bathroom floor, inspecting the fit from every angle. Where the fit was less than perfect, he adjusted the shape. The slightest difference in nuance could bring the passage to life or kill it. ... Then he reread the revised text on the screen. Not bad, he told himself. Each sentence possessed the proper weight, which gave the whole thing a natural rhythm."

So that's it! Anyone can share an idea or story. But making your words sing and leap off the page? That takes style. :)

p.s. I love this quote by Aristotle that reminds us to keep doing what we do to be who we want to be.

we are what we repeatedly do quote
(bottom image via Inspower)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

'Tis The Season For...

rifle paper holiday cards
...sending Christmas cards, wrapping presents...

dolce vita gold heeled dollie pumps
...and dancing in gold-heeled shoes.

I'm so excited it's officially the Christmas season! In my mind, it doesn't start until the day after Thanksgiving (yes, I'm talking to you, neighbors who put your Christmas tree up the day after Halloween ;). What are you looking forward to most this holiday?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Teadrops Giveaway

teadrops
myteadrop
As someone who loves the idea of tea, I have drawers filled with lots of different kinds. But it all just sits there, looking pretty in their fancy tins, because the truth is, tea intimidates me. So I'm excited that my friend Sashee created Teadrops, a new all-in-one instant tea with a focus on using high-quality tea leaves. She says people no longer have to worry about "decoding the varieties of tea, investing in a tea strainer, familiarizing themselves with steep times, adding sugar or adding milk. If you can boil water, then you can enjoy an amazing cup of tea."

Teadrops has partnered with Quiet Like Horses to offer readers a complimentary package of eight cardamom spice black Teadrops in a lovely wooden box. To request yours, visit myteadrop.com, leave your name and address, and mention Quiet Like Horses. (Supplies are limited, so request yours now!) And follow myteadrop on Instagram and Facebook to get the latest news and updates. 

teadrops wooden box giveaway
teadrops
Each star-shaped Teadrop is made from finely sourced tea from India, natural sugar, and aromatic spices. Just drop one into your mug, add hot water and stir! 

high quality instant tea
Each drop dissolves instantly and comes perfectly sweetened.

cardamom spice black teadrops
Sashee recommends enjoying these Teadrops with a bit of cream (I used almond milk)—so delicious.

myteadrop giveaway
Making loose leaf tea seems like too much work for a busy morning and dinky tea bags don't seem worth the effort. Teadrops are the perfect answer for an effortless cup of good tea. Will you try them? Let us know what you think! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Small-Town Charm

small-town charm
happy valley, or
Did you grow up in a big city, a small town or something in between? All my years of living in the Bay Area and Los Angeles make me googly-eyed over small towns. They just seem so quaint and charming, like a scene out of The Gilmore Girls. My sister's boyfriend Jordan grew up in Happy Valley, Oregon (what a name!), with a population of about 15,000 people. Everyone owns a sprawling plot of land, and Sophie insists drivers never honk. Jordan's neighbors regularly put out a table with extra produce and flowers from their garden with a little sign for people to help themselves. Isn't that sweet? Just thinking about it makes me want to write them a thank you card for their awesomeness.

pink and white dahlias

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Going Lovely x Anthropologie Event

Over the weekend, my friends at Going Lovely hosted a DIY workshop at Anthropologie. We made holiday wreaths and sipped mimosas. It was really festive and relaxing.

Sophie and I got dressed up just for fun. She wore a gold-flecked dress, and I wore polka dots. 

Our friend Ali killed it. She was finished before anyone. From now on, I shall call her Master Crafter.

These are the scallops we used to cover the wreath base. I could scallop all day long. 

Here are our finished wreaths! (And that's my friend PJ on the far right who is half of the Going Lovely team. I felt like I knew a celebrity ;) Thanks for the fun day, Going Lovely! 

(Top photo and last two photos by Heather Elizabeth)
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