going to florida

July 31, 2013

style / travel

boy it seems like i’ve been traveling a lot this summer – i’m on hiatus from work for a month so we decided to go visit my grandma in florida. today i’m heading to tampa to visit her with my sister, dad and boyfriend and then we’re hitting up disney world before we leave!!

+ i really like disneyland. REALLY LIKE IT. i can’t wait for the world version.

backpack / lip balm / sunglasses / sneakers / sunblock (my fave) / hair elastic

our birthday week. yes i said week.

July 30, 2013

la / me

gideon and i share a birthday week, so while i dread the constant celebrating prior to it happening, the entire week of birthday is actually pretty fun. i’m on hiatus from work right now so we had nothing to do but party.

on my birthday, we went to my favorite spot figaro bistrot where most of the food is just … fine, but i’ve been going since i was a kid and love it. we had croissants (which are the closest to french ones in my opinion) and huge cafes.

we then spent the day finishing orange is the new black. if you haven’t watched it yet – it’s amazing. watch it right now! then we went to the movies to see the conjuring (meh) and had oysters and dinner at another favorite, the hungry cat. we tried something new there – the lamb and clams. omg good.

next we celebrated with my family at my moms house for dinner and had a great cake from lark bakery.

any cat lady would be ecstatic to have their cats being in the spotlight, a friend of a friend is starting up a cat photography business so he came over to shoot ours. i was loving it.

oh bodhi. his face makes me so happy.

for gideon’s birthday we went to dave and busters and drank beer and played a ton of games.

we then cooked for our weekend picnic. i made pasta salad and he made cole slaw.

unfortunately – i was way too busy having a blast during our picnic to remember to take photos. there was a TON of food. i wish you could see it.

we played wiffle ball and charades and ate and drank and didn’t go home until 830pm. we didn’t even pack up until the sprinklers went off and everyone had to run.

oh – and we went to a wedding at the la arboretum and saw a million peacocks up close.

+ BTW thank you for the birthday comments last week. i had a really hard time responding to them because they were so thoughtful. they really meant a lot to me.

diy washi taped decorative doors

July 29, 2013


buzzfeed asked me to contribute a DIY using washi tape last week – and coming up with something that hasn’t been done before was a little challenging. we have three huge white closet doors in our bedroom that are just … there. so i decided to tape up a decorative border on the doors to jazz ‘em up.

the regal hotel look is not really my style, so i’m back and forth on whether or not i want to keep the tape up, but they really did add a lot to the closet doors and were super easy to do.



two rolls of washi tape
an xacto with a sharp blade
measuring tape or yardstick

STEP ONE measure the first door you’ll be taping. if you have three doors like me, do the middle first so that you can base the other doors designs off of it. using painters tape or a pencil, figure out where you want the design on the door. we went with about 3.5″ from the edge.

STEP TWO start taping! because our floors aren’t even, exact measurements look wrong, so these were done by essentially eyeballing them. do your long lines first, step back and see if they look straight, then tape the corners off and step back. the washi tape was perfect for this because i was able to un-tape the lines multiple times and they kept sticking just fine. just make sure not to press down your tape hard onto the door until you’re happy with each line.

STEP THREE overlap your corner pieces, i personally liked the look of the corners overlapping in the finished project, so if you want to keep those, gently trace around the edges using the xacto blade and carefully peel off the remaining tape. if you don’t want to overlap the edges, just cut the edge above the other side.

STEP FOUR once the edges are done and you’ve triple checked that the lines look straight enough, rub all the tape down with your hand to get it really stuck to the door.

STEP FIVE do the other doors, stepping back often to make sure they’re lined up with the middle.

i can’t tell – does it look like our bedroom is a hotel now?


diy plasticware picnic bags (with free printable!)

July 25, 2013

diy / downloads

if you saw the picnic blanket diy the other day, you might have noticed these paper bags in the photos. inspired by the packaging that the wood cutlery from terrain comes in, there’s no way i’d spend more than $5 buying pretty cutlery that will just be thrown away.

so this is the perfect way to pretty up all your ugly or mismatched plasticware for your picnic.

all you need is the lunch size paper bags from the grocery store and a printer.

⋅⋅ CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD knife ⋅ fork ⋅ spoon ⋅⋅

these are sized for the bags i had at 5.11″ x 10.61″, but if your bags are slightly different sized, they should still work if you stretch or squeeze the image. just type your bag measurements in the print settings. [ these are for personal use only ]

make sure you feed the bags into your print with the thick bottom side down. the PDFS are upside down to accommodate this.

once you print out all of your bags, fill with your forks, knives and spoons and fold the top. you’re all done!

today’s my birthday.

July 23, 2013


i’m 28 today. for older people that doesn’t sound so bad, for younger people that sounds kind of old, and for me ( and others my age ) that sounds really close to 30. like reaaally close.

i’m definitely not where i want to be at 30, so i have some work to do. and i’m REALLY far from where i thought i’d be at 28 when i was a kid. for some reason i feel like the older i get, the less i’m caring about the future. that’s bad. maybe turning 28 is the time when you really start reflecting on what you’ve done, what you want to do, and what you’re going to stop talking about doing and actually start doing. which is the hard part for me. i am obsessed with fantasizing about new career paths and then moving onto something else. maybe it’s just that when i was in my early 20s, i was content. and now that i’ve aged – forever sounds intense.

career wise – when i graduated college, i thought i’d be happy doing motion graphics full time. since then, my career has organically changed and i edit and do graphic design as well. but sometimes i want to design cards. and sometimes i want to own a sandwich shop. and sometimes i want to live in france and do pottery. i am really terrible at being happy sitting at a desk in an office all day. i can do it – but that’s just not what i want for my life. hence wanting to be a housewife. staying home raising kids and fixing up the house and baking cookies and planning their birthday parties and designing the invitations. maybe i should be ashamed of that, but i’m not. and i like blogging the most. so my goal is to blog full time. it probably won’t happen anytime soon, but if i focus on making it real, hopefully it can be.

personal wise – i worry a lot less about what people think of me than i did when i was younger. and that’s a nice feeling. now i just get to worry about what i think. i’m still waiting for that point in your life when you finally accept the way i look. i’ve heard that happens… when? and generally i’d like to be less self-critical. when i turn 30, i’d like to stop gossiping and i’d like to be happy with what i have. that seems like it’s hard for a lot of people. especially now with pinterest.

shallow wise – i want the following stuff for mah birthday.


one momofuku cake (i’m attempting this myself someday, but won’t someone make me one?!)
two the madewell transport tote is basically the perfect bag.
three i’m in love with this gemz print. in LOVE.
four really wanting a white butterfly chair at the moment. and the cats would love it too.
five i’d love to collect some unique stacking rings to wear with my simple ones.

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+ are you over 30? under 30? do you have the same concerns… and does it get better / clearer?