Thursday, May 30, 2013

Work-Week Wear: Silk + Sweats

Silk and sweats
Yesterday I wore a thin sweatshirt tucked into my silk trousers and felt ridiculously lavish all day.   Wearing sweats to work feels like cheating, but it also feels like a lovely lazy afternoon—I couldn't resist.

thick glasses
I also started wearing my glasses more because my eyes feel like sandpaper lately. I'm happy to report that I went an entire work day without anyone commenting on their coke-bottleness! (I get it so much I should have a shirt made—"Yes, they are really that thick.")

gold bracelets
And I loved feeling the jingle-jangle of my new gold link bracelet (on sale!) throughout the day.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Seattle Style

brown clogs
rachel comey clogs
While we were in Seattle this past weekend, we spent a lot of time just hanging out and exploring the different neighborhoods. In the evenings, we'd go out to dinner, and our friend Ashley would wear these Dansko clogs with skinny jeans and an infinity scarf. People swear by clogs for their comfort, but I think they also look effortlessly cool.  

Then on Sunday, we visited the Ballard Farmer's Market where I spotted these beautiful Ferdinand's leather bags. They would be perfect for trips to pick out flowers and new cheeses, don't you think? 
leather grocery bag
Top image by The Style Crusader, middle image by Clever Nettle, bottom image by Ferdinand's

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day Plans

high-waisted swim suit
Do you have any Memorial Day plans? The long weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and mine is starting two days early! Alan and I are headed to Seattle to hang with friends and eat lots of goodies. I was planning on wearing my new swimsuit, but the forecast looks a little chilly. I'm so ready for some dedicated relaxation time. Have a good one!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Winery Wedding

spring wedding attire
This weekend, Alan and I went to our friends' winery wedding. We had tacos for dinner, and the bride sang a song (that she wrote!!) for the groom. It was so beautiful! Here are some pictures of the wedding details...

lace wedding dress
The bride's gorgeous lace dress.

teacup succulent
flower centerpiece
Each table had flowers and succulents in different vases and teacups--so pretty!

wedding tent
We ate dinner under a big white tent—it felt very Father-of-the-Bride-esque.

small wedding cake
My friend Ali made a little tiered cake for them to cut, while the guests had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

guest book table
Here's the guest book table.

brick and ivy building
guglielmo winery
The winery had ivy and brick buildings which felt cozy and rustic.

cake cutting
vineyard walk
It was such a fun wedding filled with sweet little touches. Don't you love weddings? Hope you had a good, love-y weekend!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Moments #1-4

{breakfast for dinner: eggs with green onions and goat cheese}

Dear friends,

The past few weeks have been incredibly hard. I don't know if I can explain it yet; maybe one day. I love blogging, and I hope that never stops. While I may be focused on other things right now and not posting as regularly, I often think about the blog and the people who visit. Because I want to keep sharing things here with you, I'm starting a simple series focused on happy moments to remind myself (and hopefully you, too :) to have at least one every day. To start, here are four from this week.

Thanks for reading,
Your friend,

men holding babies
{men holding babies}

{scalloped shadows}

sprinkles cupcakes
{Monday meeting cupcakes}

Monday, May 13, 2013

Baby Shower Picnic

baby shower picnic
I helped throw a baby shower for my friends Stacy and Rob this weekend at an open, grassy park. Guests lounged on blankets and enjoyed their root beer floats in the shade. For decorations, we hung paper pom poms from the trees and had a bunch of oversized balloons everywhere with frilly tails. My favorite part, though, was the teepee! (We followed these easy DIY teepee instructions.) It looked so cute as part of the decor and was also fun to give them as a gift for their baby. 

jumbo balloons
Isn't Stacy the cutest pregnant woman? 

DIY teepee
The teepee was a big hit. All the kids tried to squeeze in all at once. It was so cute.

painted letters
Painted letters for the baby's initials (they're naming him Charlie Roy :).

spray-painted mason jars
Spray-painted mason jars for flowers.

striped straws and mason jars
We stuck flags on the straws and asked people to write their names on them so they could tell their cups apart. 

handsome men holding babies
Alan and our new baby Oliver. (haha, just kidding, Ali!) 

twins at the park
Thanks for reading. Hope you had a lovely weekend and Mother's Day! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Office Shenanigans: My Deflated Stress Ball

A few months ago I bought a cheapie stress ball. It started off soft and squishy but has gotten progressively harder to squeeze. People even comment on how stiff it is when they pick it up off my desk. On Tuesday I looked down and noticed it looked crazy. It had shriveled into itself and looked dried and crusty. At first, I thought it was an old plum I had forgotten about, but then I recognized the black circle on the top—it was clearly my stress ball. Freaked, I grabbed a wad of tissues, carefully picked it up and marched over to show my neighbor. "Look what happened to my stress ball! The chemicals completely deformed it!" For emphasis, I knocked it against her desk. "It's as hard as a rock!" I threw it in the trash and rubbed some hand sanitizer over my hands. Who knew what chemicals were in that thing?!

My co-worker Amanda walked over hiding a smile behind her hand...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My CupsCo Diary: 7 Days, 0 Single-Use Cups

picnic cups
CupsCo is a Berkeley company that makes retainable, high-quality stainless steel cups (and is co-founded by my friend Jon). Their mission is to minimize waste created by single-use cups often used at parties, festivals and backyard BBQs. They challenged me to not use any single-use cups for an entire week. Here's my journal of how it went...

Monday, May 6, 2013

How to Order Dinner at A New Restaurant

nick's next door lamb chop lollipops
nick's next door nani's meatloaf
At dinner on Saturday night, Alan and I ordered like we normally do: an appetizer to share, two main courses and a dessert with two spoons. (We had the duck confit served with creamy polenta and wild mushrooms, the lamb chop lollipops, the meatloaf and the warm banana rum bread pudding—all of which made our eyes roll back into our heads—in case you were curious :) As we were finishing our dessert, a couple sat down next to us and ordered one of each appetizer—and that was it! This way, they explained, they could sample a lot of dishes (seven or eight between the two of them) since they had never been there before. What a great way to experience a new restaurant, don't you think? You'd get to try a little bit of everything and never suffer from dish envy where you wish you'd ordered what your date did.

(photos of the deliciousness from Nick's Next Door)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Friday!

berry berries
pink blossoms
Happy Friday! Are you excited for the weekend? Alan and I are going on a dinner date here tomorrow night. (I'm eyeing the scallops and the duck confit.) The past few weeks have taught me that when life gives you lemons, you deserve a fancy night out. :) I hope you have a great one. 

p.s. I can't believe it's already May! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wish Kits

wish kits
DIY birthday card
I got the idea for these wish kits as I was rushing to get ready for a friend's surprise birthday breakfast. After remembering the cake, the gifts and the guests, people often forget the candles and matches. I figured these might come in handy. :) They would be cute to give in place of regular birthday cards or even just because.

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

* Cellophane treat bags
* Colorful tissue paper
* Make a Wish stickers (here's the free printable)
Repositionable Mounting Spray or regular glue
* Birthday candles (I like the look of tall candles)
* Strike anywhere matches


Print out the Make a Wish "stickers" on plain paper and cut them out (we'll turn them into stickers later). Cut the tissue paper to match the size of the treat bag and slide it in the bag. On top of that, add in a candle and match. Lightly spray the back of a Make a Wish circle of paper with spray glue. Fold the top of the bag over and place the sticker over it to seal. Start giving away wishes!

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