hey we went to ojai

June 9, 2014


ojai rancho inn | almost makes perfect

i realized i never shared my trip to ojai! so better late than never — two weeks ago gideon and i got away from wedding planning stress for two days and chilled real hard in ojai.

in high school, i went there for my senior retreat where we spent a week camping, cooking only vegetarian for ourselves, doing a lot of heart to hearts by the campfire and sweat lodges and a whole lot of sage smushing. it was clearly a hippie high school — but this trip changed my life and made me snap out of my bad kid ways, so i’ve always had a soft spot for ojai. anyway — ojai is a tiny town about an hour and a half away from LA and it feels faaar away. we mostly went because i’ve been wanting to go to ojai rancho inn from the first moment i saw a picture on instagram.

ojai rancho inn | almost makes perfect

and it was as pretty as i thought it would be. we got a really good price because it was during the week, fyi – this place is not a boutique hotel, but feels more like you’re back at sleep away camp. if you went to sleep away camp, i did. it was also really empty, we forgot to bring our tripod which i was planning on doing – but there was barely anyone around the whole trip so we never got a photo of us. : (

we spent the majority of our two days at the pool playing cards.

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on our second day we took the hotel bikes out to the town and walked around a little – before coming back and sitting at the pool once again.

osteria monte grappa | almost makes perfect

we were told right away by the hotel staff that the food in ojai isn’t much to write home about. they were mostly true, but we enjoyed most of our meals!

knead baking co. was where everyone had mentioned for breakfast, i had a breakfast sandwich that was good but the place was a little pricey.

osteria monte grappa was a really pleasant place for dinner because the weather was perfect on the back patio where we ate. totally recommend the pâté if you eat pâté, and we had a delicious pappardelle with duck. apparently we eat meat!

sea fresh was a seafood restaurant we had for lunch, i enjoyed the tuna tartare and the hush puppies. well, i always like hush puppies.

azu was a tapas restaurant that was decent — the honey baked brie was really good, the gambas shrimp – not so much. we also heard about the bison burger being amazing but didn’t try.

knead baking co | almost makes perfect

the town of ojai is SUPER small but there are a couple reaaally cute shops.

shop summer camp an old auto garage turned into a boutique full of camp themed goods and so much i wanted to buy. we may have gone twice in two days. and i may have bought things both times.

gravel and gold was a tiny little nook in the hotel office.

modern folk a shop right behind the main stretch of town full of perfect ojai themed gifts and some really cute clothes i couldn’t afford.

fig was a cute little shop with home decor and outdoor stuff – i bought the best wooden tongs ever.

where to shop in ojai | almost makes perfect

but like i said – we were mostly super lazy and we played a lot of cards. and got a whole lot of R&R to come back and not kill each other over wedding planning.

ojai rancho inn | almost makes perfect

and i highly recommend the ojai rancho inn!

ojai rancho inn | almost makes perfect

i link you : national donut day edition

June 6, 2014

i link you

although i don’t usually get on national ____ day holidays  — if you watch last week with john oliver, you may have seen that compilation of the INSANE made up holidays such as :

national biscuit day, national nylon stockings day, national odometer day, national third shift workers day, piercing day, hepatitis testing day, international museum day, pack rat day, national ride your bike to work day, wear your life jacket to work day, chronic fatigue syndrome day, dance like a chicken day, national limerick day, apple pie day, national hummus day, national pizza party day and national chocolate chip cookie day.

but i like donuts. so why not. happy national donut day!

donut project roundup

01 | donut printables by oh happy day
02 | diy donut balloons by studio diy

03 | glazed donut cupcakes by almost makes perfect
04 | a printable donut gift box by mini eco
05 | diy donut hole wedding favors from ruffled

06 | watermelon donut diy by paper & stitch

mexico, it is

June 5, 2014

our wedding / travel

tulum | a house in the hills

photo by a house in the hills

well, after our HUGE list of places we wanted to go for our honeymoon, we finally decided on the yucutan peninsula in mexico. it turns out october is a really challenging month for travel : southeast asia has monsoon season, europe just isn’t warm enough for us, a lot of places in the caribbean are closed for their hurricane season, costa rica is in rainy season… et cetera. we tried for south america for a good couple of weeks but couldn’t find the right trip for us. oh and remember i said i want to go to fiji? yeah that shit is ‘spensive.

so while my mom suggested we just postpone on the honeymoon for a couple of months, we’ve decided going to mexico will be not only amazing and something we’ve been wanting to do — but it’ll be easy, good weather and low key. we don’t have to plan a whole itinerary before we get there which is the last thing we want to worry about doing right now. and since everyone and their mother is going to tulum right now, it must be for a reason right?

BUT – we are trying to figure out hotels and portioning out the trip. right now we’re thinking for a 11 day trip, we’d stay in riviera maya for half the time and tulum the other half. we’re not sure about what hotel in tulum, there are so many cute ones, but we definitely want one that includes breakfast. (we love be tulum, but they’re having a wedding the same week… ahau is so pretty but they don’t include breakfast, the beach hotel does, papaya playa sounds like it’s a little too rustic, i know coqui coqui is supposed to be unreal but i might prefer just a spa day there)

we also want to do a lot of activities and excursions : xcaret, the cenotes, the monkey sanctuary, maybe some boating/snorkeling trips. we also want to eat lots of good food and i am so buying a hammock.

so if anyone has stayed in both, or just one, or anything — we’re desperately trying to figure out what’s more convenient and if we should stay in one place longer than the other?! or if anyone has any great tips in general — please share, i would love to hear!

printable father’s day gift wrap

June 4, 2014

downloads / father's day / holiday

printable fathers day gift wrap | almost makes perfect

with father’s day next week – i made some handwriting patterned printable gift wrap to spice up your gift for him! simply print the gift wrap onto standard 8.5 x 11″ paper (you can scale to fit or not) and wrap it up.

and stay tuned for a really easy DIY gift for dad!

printable fathers day gift wrap

printable fathers day gift wrap printable fathers day gift wrap

printable gift wrap is for personal use only, and NOT for redistribution.
if you’d like to post a link sharing them, you may not directly post the downloadable files.
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diy modern pet bowl stand

June 3, 2014


strangely enough, this is my first DIY for the cats ever. i guess i’m NOT that obsessed with them — AM I, DAD!? my cats have a tendency of knocking all their food onto the floor and spilling the water everywhere, so i was determined to try to get that to stop a little by raising their bowls up higher. and let’s be real, i also wanted something a little more chic… so we built this stand for their food bowls!

diy modern pet bowl stand  |  almost makes perfect

bodhi seems to be ok with it.

diy wood pet bowl stand | almost makes perfect

now our stand is built specifically for our cat bowls, which are actually small dog bowls. if you have different sized bowls or different sized pets, you can easily just remeasure for your bowls. (and duh, you could make a two bowl version if you have a lone pet)

diy wood pet bowl stand


food bowls
square wooden dowels cut down to :
— four 5″ pieces (length)
— four 18.75″ pieces (height)
— six 5.25″ pieces (depth)
2 packs of 1″ #3 wood screws
wood glue
a drill

diy wood pet bowl stand

now it was pretty hard to capture the actual process of this in photos, so instead i did something i’ve never done — make a guide. not sure if it helps or is just crazy confusing.


— once you have your pieces cut down at your hardware store (or you can do it yourself if you really want to), sand the edges to all be as even as possible. it never ceases to upset me when the cuts done aren’t robot perfect.

wood pet bowl stand guide

01 | build out your top and bottom first. attach one length piece to a depth piece, by gluing and clamping and letting dry. once dry, drill a hole. 

02 | once all of the depth pieces are attached and secure, clamp, glue and screw your opposite end on.

03 + 04 | do the same on the bottom.

05 | once both the top and bottom are completed, attach your height pieces.

diy modern pet bowl stand

now let your cats or dogs HAVE AT IT and make it all gross right away like mine did. i mean right away.

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netflix gems ⋅ part 3

June 2, 2014


it’s been a looong while since i last did a post on what’s streaming on netflix. this is because netflix never adds good movies lately. they’ve always had a crap ton of indie movies that i’ve never heard of – but it’s been hard to find any decent ones at all on there. have you noticed? but don’t worry — there’s still some stuff on there that you should watch if you haven’t. here are my favorites right now :

netflix gems | almost makes perfect

mortified nation a documentary about a live stage show where adults read their most embarrassing teenage journal entries on stage. i found this super heartwarming and highly recommend.

supporting characters i just watched this because i saw ray from girls was in it. i was pleasantly surprised when i really liked it.

bad milo if you like horror movies, i recommend it. it’s a ridiculous plot, but we thought it was really good. not sure if many others agree.

don’t trust the bitch in apt 23 we randomly turned this on once, and next thing you know we were on season 2. next thing you know i’m depressed it was cancelled so soon. all of the episodes are on netflix and it’s a really funny show. i swear. i had no interest in it either initially.

big trouble in little china i’m sure you’ve seen it, but if you haven’t — do that right now. i’ve watched it four times since it came on netflix. so what.

seems like old times i looooved this movie as a kid and i still do. goldie hawn & chevy chase & charles grodin? well duh.

our engagement photos

May 30, 2014

our wedding


we weren’t super into the idea of engagement photos initially, partly because my mom convinced me they were a waste of money, and partly because they are cheeeeeesy. but our photographer, color me rad, said they’re a really good way to get comfortable having our photo taken for the big day and getting more comfortable with the actual photographer. she was right, and i’m so happy to have finally good photos of us and we feel way better about working with her on the wedding day.


we took the first half of our photos at the ace in palm springs, and the second half at the windmills.

click through to see the rest if you’re not going to make fun of us!

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diy watercolor table numbers

May 28, 2014

diy / our wedding

diy watercolor table numbers | almost makes perfect

with the shower invites yesterday and this today, i decided it’s going to be wedding week on the blog! now that’s its summer, i need to buckle down and start checking DIYs off my list for the wedding in four months. so i started with something i’d thought of a few months ago and decided to make some prototypes. we have a lot of watercolor and ombre elements in the wedding, so i wanted to incorporate that into the tables. i originally was going to make these with wood blocks, but decided that glass water bottles can serve as functional as well.

these are so easy to make, but the best part is the rewarding feeling of removing the sticker.

diy glass bottle table numbers


glass water bottles (the cheapest i found were ikea)
vinyl number stickers (mine measure at 4″)
spray paint

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01 | after removing stickers and cleaning your bottles, dry them thoroughly. place a number onto the bottle as straight as you can. burnish it with your fingernail.

02 | in order to hang my bottle upside down to spray, i cut a hole into a cardboard box and placed the bottle in at an angle.

03 | lightly spray paint in a small spraying motions from far away, stop and check every few seconds to make sure you don’t overspray. i stayed at the bottom mostly and did just enough of the center to surround the number

04 | once dry, carefully and slowly remove the sticker.

diy watercolor bottle table numbers

i am so excited to have something done now! although after the RSVPs are returned, i’ll actually know how many tables we’ll have and will be creating a factory to make the remaining bottles. i’m also going to get some additional spray paint colors, and decide if i want to stick with multiple colors or just do one.

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and lastly, 143.