November 03, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Face Mask

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October 28, 2016

Diner Days

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October 19, 2016

How to Style a Desk


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It's been a few months now since we moved into our new apartment... I guess it's not so new anymore, haha. 😛   Anyway, I wanted to show you guys my desk setup so far!

We are so freaking lucky to have a second bedroom.  I've adapted it as an office, meditation, and music space. We're putting a futon in there eventually for guests, so the furniture will be reconfigured sometime in the near future.  Also the walls are plastered, so we have to drill to hang anything up, and I want to avoid that as much as possible (washi tape to the rescue!) Hence, this is far from a permanent setup.  


Even so, there are a few things I thought about when I was putting it together-

+ Keep it minimal.  Yes, the wall is pretty bare... I kind of love it, though.  In the past I've been the queen of hoarding vintage knick-knacks and decorations, but that can get junky-looking if you're not careful.  Embracing a cleaner palette can give you the leeway to add more colorful touches later.

+ White furniture!!  I love the feeling of openness, or at least faking it if you don't have the space.  I painted my desk last year, because at the time my home office was super small.  The goal was reducing the amount of visual space it took up, and this did the trick nicely. 

+ Baskets- your new BFFs.  I'm a clutter-prone person.  Sometimes I try to be good and keep things picked-up and put-away.  But sometimes, trying to be organized is too overwhelming...  Next think you know, there's papers all over the desk, books all over the floor, everything is everywhere!  I LOVE baskets, because they're an easy place to throw random stuff when the messiness gets out of hand.

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+ Organizational Tools- I didn't get to finishing the Konmari book... but one thing I took away from it was the beauty of grouping similar items together.  It's such a simple concept!  Small examples that anyone can do include the pencil jar I made a few years ago, or the little wooden napkin holder I use to keep important papers.  

+ Fun vintage touches.  Remember those colorful touches I mentioned earlier?  Use them with abandon now that your space is simplified!  Especially if they have special meaning to you.  I love the pretty boho platter that my mother gave me.  Also, the glitter-filled heart jar I used in my wedding 😃 

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October 15, 2016

Fall 2016 Bucket List


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October 11, 2016

Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe

Sometimes, I feel like my love for peanut butter is way deeper than most people's.  It's my go-to for any kind of decadent dessert.  Come to think of it, a couple of dollops on pretty much anything, and I'm a happy camper 😛  (hello, peanut butter BACON anyone??  Will save that nugget for another blog post...)

Turns out that if you combine it with popcorn, you've got the perfect cozy fall night snack!  My mom used to make this recipe when I was little.  She loved popping up popcorn as an easy treat for us kids, and she was pretty creative about it.  There were all kinds of flavors up her sleeve, but PB would always reign supreme for me.  So I decided to dust it off for old time's sake.

Sigh.  Making childhood recipes for nostalgia is a certain kind of happiness, isn't it :)

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October 04, 2016

Summer Memories ~

It has FINALLY started to get a little cooler outside (thank god!) and my enthusiasm for all the typical fall activities has been renewed.  In the past it's been like... yeah, apple picking is cool... but planning that stuff is a pain, especially in the city with no car.  If I get to it this year, bonus!  If not, oh well.  This time around, I'm all about it.  Bring on the PSL parade!!

Since I've been gradually working my way back to posting here, I never got the chance to share my memories and photos from this past summer, though.  It has been a happy one!  Our move back to the city was completely painless and our apartment is awesome.  We spent a lot of time getting our living space in order, adjusting to being back, and hanging with friends and family :)


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September 30, 2016

Honeymoon Part 4 ~ Santa Barbara & LA


Time for Part 4 of my 4-part honeymoon series!!  Last year, my husband and I got married :)  Then we went on a roadtrip down California Highway 1.  Click for Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.


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September 20, 2016

Honeymoon Part 3 ~ Scenery & San Luis Obispo



Time for Part 3 of my 4-part honeymoon series!!  Last year, my husband and I got married :)  Then we went on a roadtrip down California Highway 1.  Click for Part 1 and Part 2.


So... we were on the third leg of our journey, coming from Monterey down to Santa Barbara.   Things are starting to seem more relaxed, and we start getting used to the feeling of changing hotels every couple of days.  I remember driving through mountains in the dark, listening to 60's surf music on Sirius Radio.  I remember checking into our hotel- the retro Agave Inn.  I remember cool air that night... it all felt like a movie.

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The next day, I made plans for us to backtrack upstream to a resort in San Luis Obispo, where they had hot spring pools open to the public.  I'm kind of obsessed with saunas, spas, steam rooms, jacuzzis... basically all things hot and relaxing.  So this side trip was a must for me :)

The experience did not disappoint.  They were private hot tubs for two nestled in the woods.  You could rent them by the hour for two hours max.  To get to the pools you ascended a big outdoor flight of stairs, like you were climbing to a magic treehouse in the sky.

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Sigh... so gorgeous.


And through it all, there was of course MAJOR BEAUTIFUL scenery.  My favorite part was during this drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara, because it's where more of these yellow flowers started to show up.  They contrasted gorgeously with the blue ocean.  I took too many pictures of everything...

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Next up, we're exploring Santa Barbara and LA  :))

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September 13, 2016

Honeymoon Part 2 ~ Monterey & Big Sur






Next stop, Monterey!!  This was the time when we started making our way down to California Highway 1.  Which in case you haven't heard, has the reputation of being one of the most scenic drives known to man.  That drive was the main reason we wanted to do the trip, and boy did it live up to the hype.

Blue water.  Cliff drops.  Secret paths.  Scenery for days.



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September 02, 2016

Honeymoon Part 1 ~ San Francisco





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August 26, 2016

Redesign ++ Techical Issues!

Hii!

So, quickie update... I'm doing a redesign here that I'm really really excited about!  Tbh, it probably looks a little messed up right now, and will for the next few weeks.  Lol.  There's some bugs to be worked out.







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August 17, 2016

Maine // July





*Throwback alert*

Remember 4th of July last month?  Yeah well, I'm just getting around to posting about that :P  I have a seriously big backlog of photos that I'm hoping to share eventually.  Or at least catch up with myself, and start posting the ones I take on the regular.  At this point, it's just a personal project.

Either way, maybe you will enjoy re-living July 4th all over again in August?!


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July 27, 2016

A Year (Give or Take)







This year...


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