Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Office Talk: What NOT to Do in the Kitchen

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Strange things have been known to happen to unattended food in office kitchens: microwaved burritos end up with corners bitten off, smoothies are stealthily sipped and replaced, and half-eaten meatball sandwiches disappear in the fluorescent light of day. But what about food that you clearly have your eye on?

My sister Sophie was at work once, washing an apple in the kitchen sink, when a co-worker she didn't know came up beside her. In the same sink, in the same stream of water, the co-worker started rinsing her own fruit right above Sophie's hands! Sophie was too stunned to say anything because, really, who does that?!

Have you had any funny/crazy office kitchen experiences lately? They always make me laugh.

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Beach Uniform

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What do you wear to the beach? We've been hanging out at our friend's beach house in Capitola, and I realized I've been wearing the same thing. My beach uniform is a big floppy hat and a simple white top with a mix of bright bikini bottoms. White just looks fresh and unfussy – and goes with everything! Here's the triangle bikini top I like to pair with these scalloped bikini bottoms and these asymmetrical ruffle bottoms.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nerdy Fact: The Official Name of the #

Before it was called the hashtag, before it was known as the pound sign and before it was the number sign, # was called...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Small Space Organizer: Baker's Rack

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In between our kitchen sink and our stove, there's a small nook that gives me grief. It's not spacious enough to be all that useful but just big enough to have become an unsightly storage area. (There's even a door in that corner which makes it even more awkward!)

I always figured we'd move out before I'd have to do anything about it, but after living here for nearly four years, it was time to come up with a better solution. So, inspired by my sister Sophie, we got a baker's rack to help organize everything. They're so functional with shelves, counter space and extra hanging hooks. Plus they just look beautiful, don't you think?

Baker's racks come in all sizes, but this little one fit in our small space perfectly – we can even open the door still, woohoo! I loaded it up with our plates, bowls, glasses, various jars and containers and pots and pans. And even though I use the bottom rack for some storage (not pictured), the kitchen looks so much better.

p.s. This is the rack Sophie has which is 8" taller than mine and is a really nice height.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mystery Package

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The other day, something exciting happened. It was just like any other day: I got ready for work, grabbed my bag, stepped outside... and there it was. A big white box on our doorstep. As I dragged it in, I wondered what it was. It weighed a ton! It turned out to be...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Found! Perfect Summer Dress

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Most jersey dresses I've found are too figure-forming, but this Allen Allen dress is "slim yet not-too-snug." I'm sold! I love that I can wear it out on the weekends and then dress it up with a cardigan for the office. Mine's no longer available, but this one, this one and this one are cute, too.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Romantic California Wedding

My dear friend Sue got married over the weekend at the Christmas House Inn, a charming former bed and breakfast in Rancho Cucamonga. The day was filled with so many pretty details—I'd love to share a few of my favorites!
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