eating this: butter cake

January 28, 2013


most people would shy away from baking something called butter cake. wouldn’t you? ok well i wouldn’t. and didn’t. and would never again. you shouldn’t either.

true to form, this recipe requires VERY VERY VERY little effort and time. i made two batches for a friends birthday. people liked it. a lot.

you mix the crust.

you mix the filling.

and then you gorge.

(from paula deen)

for the CRUST
1 18 1/4 ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted

for the FILLING
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar

*a little more powdered sugar to garnish

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.

add the powdered sugar and mix well. spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. i baked mine for about 43 minutes. make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

payday wishlist

January 25, 2013

wish list

ONE for the man in your life, this flax pocket square from fox and brie is so simple and handsome / TWO i would happily give up my vintage steelcase chair for two saddle office chairs from west elm / THREE coasters seem stuck up. when you have guests over and you’re on coaster radar, you feel like a nerd. right? well these leather theorem coasters by molly m designs (glad we didn’t go to school together) are so gorgeous and laid back, you can be like use these coasters for the sole purpose that they’re awesome / FOUR the time teller acetate watch by nixon. swoon. / FIVE a really charming little hand glazed hanging cactus planter by smallspells

making this : diy leather cabinet pulls

January 22, 2013

diy / the apartment

if you’re on pinterest, you may have seen these things before. the original leather cabinet pull was by horton rower.

the first time i laid eyes on them, i was like oh shit where will i be putting these?

good news. i found a place.

behold this behemoth piece of furniture for $129 at ikea. the ikea dombas wardrobe. why is it called that? it comes with awful, cheap plastic handles.

i have a TON of stuff i need stored, so we got this for the office. it’s not as pretty as the pax wardrobe, but it’s cheaper, and i thought with the right handles, it’d look just as good. hopes.


each pull i made was about an inch thick. the original was done with roofing nails, but i was going through existing holes and wanted it to be safe for my hands on the back, so i went with screws and nuts. teehee.

a chunk of leather *
screws *
nuts *
an awl
an exacto knife
sharp scissors

* i got a page cut out from the fun leather book at the shoe repair shop
* i used machine flat head brass screws (8-32 x 1 1/4″)
* make sure they’re the matching size! (8-32)

step one – decide on the size you’re going with and loosely measure them out with your leather.
start cutting with a razor and ruler or do it the easy, less exact way, with scissors. i did a combo.

step two – once you have your leather pieces uniformly cut, fold one and pick a place for the screw. punch the hole with the awl as deep as you can through both sides. this seemed easier in theory. in order to really get a large hole cut, i then went in with an exacto and cut a small square on both sides.

step two point five – drill holes if you don’t have them. hopefully you already have them.

step three – make sure you can now fit your hardware through both holes of the leather. stick them into the drawer or cabinet holes, and turn the nut on the backside until it’s tight and your strap is straight and perfect.

i made mine pretty long because of the ridiculous height of the wardrobe, but these would look pretty good shorter on some drawers.

also, if you’re working with a piece of furniture like mine, where there are TWO hardware holes, you may be able to kinda see that i have not yet successfully filled those holes. i’ve tried wood putty and spackle, but they’re not great yet. i will report back on how to properly do that.

hey we went to palm springs

January 21, 2013

la / me / travel

two years after going to the exact same hotels, we went back and did the same trip.

here is me and my boy, two years ago.

and here is us now.

we took the same photo. what dorks.

there was a ton of sunlight.

a ton of things i wanted to steal.

a ton of ping pong.

a ton of admiring the parker. it’s so so so so good looking.

and mostly, a ton of cards at the pool and fish tacos.

i love palm springs.

going to palm springs

January 16, 2013

internet shopping / la / style

via jose villa

we’re heading to palm springs for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. and we got a big discount for my favorite hotel the parker. (we’re also staying a night at the ace because the parker is stupid expensive)

here’s hoping the weather will be warm enough to sit at the pool!


THE STUFF ⋅ poolside

dunes bucket bag from nastygal / mesa turqoise cuff / topshop crochet coverup / j.crew high waisted graphic dot bikini / dv slingback sandals / retro round sunglasses / countryroad island beach towel / malin + goetz spf 15 moisturizer / jonathan adler playing cards

THE STUFF ⋅ thrifting

billy stripe sweater from sosiebdg leather chelsea boot / pretty mommy banglesjoie printed pants / maja scarf / asos river island tote bag

payday wishlist

January 11, 2013

wish list


one : this laquer wine rack from west elm looks super clean and modern and holds just enough bottles / two : heavily craving some nemadji pottery like this vase from 86home / three : i love the lines and leather on this magazine rack from clayton gray / four : planning on getting this adorable celestial nightlight for the litterbox (the kitties are afraid of the dark. yes. i’m serious.) / five : most likely, i’d wear this open front southwestern cardigan from forever 21 every day / six : obsessed with this converge brass votives by dwell from clayton gray. they are just too attractive.