Ooh, my favorite!

These are a few…
September 14, 2012, 11:00 am
Filed under: My favorite things

It’s not officially here, but the air is crisp and the days are so much shorter. It’s almost as if the earth tilted just thatmuch and suddenly it’s no longer the summer that we’d grown so accustomed to. And yet, it’s not quite autumn. I’d always thought this was an Indian Summer, but I think it’s still too early. Regardless of what this is I am going to live up these last few weeks of summer-ish weather and continue trying to resist the twinges of hibernation-mode that are creeping up. Do you get those too?

I am off to San Francisco tomorrow for a little getaway. It will be my first trip back since I was there to finish up my move so I’m a little anxious to see how things feel. So much of me loves that city, but there are also pieces that seemed so unforgiving. At least we have a packed itinerary of killer food and shopping. Yeah, it’ll be fiiiiine.

Hoping you’ve got a lovely weekend ahead. Here are my faves from the week. Kiss!

Transition camouflage. I’ve had this Equipment blouse for a few years now, and I’ve gotten so much use out of it. I don’t see the point in investing in the trendy camo skinny jeans (I just don’t see the longevity, and it’s almost too trendy if you know what I mean) so I’ll just stick to this guy which is quite versatile.

Courgettes and crabcakes.  After yesterday’s post I realized how truly fortunate I am to be able to eat in that same way. My post-farmer’s market lunches with Andrew (my guy!) are some of my very favorite moments. A few simple ingredients with perfect seasonal and local vegetables.

(Gifted crab cakes from Dan at Hama Hama Co. also don’t hurt!)

Playtime inside. One of the fun parts of the cold Seattle nights has been working to get the house in order, and by that I mean slowly taking over moving to Andrew’s house! While we have completely different tastes we’ve also found that we share a love of many things, including our new antique french cabinet from the 1900’s. This is the first nook we’re taking on. We just need a frame for the vintage persimmon print, a small lamp, and some girlier pieces to top it off.

The Cook’s Atelier
September 13, 2012, 10:08 am
Filed under: Clean, Food, Organic

Precisely how every meal should be made.

The Cook’s Atelier is a mother-daughter cooking school tucked away in Burgundy, France. The vegetables are from Madame Loichet’s farm. Check out their blog to see all of the beautiful (and simple) food and recipes they share. Notice the small the list of ingredients, and the importance of seasonal eating.

A History of Fashion
September 12, 2012, 11:14 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Fashion

These are great, aren’t they? I’ve always been partial to the glamourous fashions of the 30’s (and 40’s too) so I think that would be my favorite here. I am wondering why the 50’s didn’t get their own print though; I don’t think the fashions of that decade were similar to the 40’s at all. Hmm….

Check out the full size images here.

September 11, 2012, 9:48 am
Filed under: Art and Design


Some extra love is probably in order for today.

So here’s a heart.

As a bowl.

And a spoon.

Very sweet.


Scandinavian heart bowl and wooden spoon: $55 CAD

Vic Firth Pepper Mills
September 10, 2012, 9:24 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home


Who knew making a pepper mill decision could be so difficult? And who’d have thought a drumstick maker would become one of the best sources for gourmet pepper mills? Really.

Just like any other spice, pepper flavor profiles differ drastically between varieties, so at home we have quite a collection of peppercorns that we use in different ways or in combination. The one thing we don’t have is a set of pepper mills, so things can get a bit unruly in the spice cupboard. In an attempt to get organized we are trying to decide which colors and shapes we want to corral our peppercorns with, but it is tough deciding without seeing how they look together. So of course, I made a quick comp. (Nerdy, I know.)

In a more minimalist kitchen setting I could see the mixed colors and shapes being a lot of fun, but for our setting we’ll probably go with either all one color or one shape. My fave is the all white, mixed shape set. What do you like?

Vic Firth Gourmet $35-$45

These are a few…
September 7, 2012, 10:38 am
Filed under: Entertaining, My favorite things, Seattle

I had three days off this week and it was glorious! Even back in my corporate days I always wondered why the big wigs didn’t understand how much happier and productive I could be if I had three days off. For real! So yes, I had a wonderful week and am still very content with what remains through the weekend as we have a few more days of very summery sun.

I hope you were able to take advantage of your extra day off. If not, maybe you can sneak a mental health day in sometime soon. You deserve it. Kiss!

Overpass ribbons for instant happiness. There are a bunch of kites strung throughout Freeway Park and I believe this is part of the exhibit. It’s just a lattice wood fence with roadwork ribbons attached but it’s so pretty and it makes me smile every time I walk through.

Birthday brunch planning for mom. My guy and I made gravlax with a piece of salmon my dad caught for us so we decided make an entire brunch around it. It was unbelievably good. We’re making another tomorrow so I’ll see if I can’t come up with a recipe to share.

Nectarine blackberry pie for snacking. If the season is here the only thing to do is make a pie. The sour cherries in July were awesome but there’s just something about the fleshy, sweet nectarines (and autumn slowly approaching) that makes me so happy and content.

Whip it
September 6, 2012, 10:42 am
Filed under: Nature

NASA has just released photos and video of the sun and the giant solar flare that happened on August, 31. The “solar whip” was 500,000 miles long and travelled at over 900 miles per second. Also worth a peek is the resulting aurora that was seen from the Yukon. Just a little reminder of how tiny we really are. For more check it out here.

And be sure to check out the video with different filters for all sorts of pretty.



September 5, 2012, 10:01 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Vintage

Vintage telephones

I’ve become quite disenchanted with my cell phone. Probably not surprising to most of you, I am conscious about radiation levels (as we all should be), and as much as I work to limit my time with my phone I still feel like I’m on a leash, or using it as a crutch. And what about people’s manners anymore. Seriously, just so bad.

All of this is really to say that I’m totally stoked to get a landline and a vintage phone. I initially thought these were original colors, but Etsy seller OhioPicker takes these guys and re-paints them in these great retro hues. They still look legit to me, and based on the feedback people love them. So yeah. If you need me. Call me. AT HOME!

Restored vintage phones, $68.

Mix & Match
September 4, 2012, 11:00 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home

I love the idea of mixing and matching: old with new, classic with modern, conservative with edgy. It’s kind of my thing, and that’s precisely why I love both of these trays and I like the idea of them together. Think vignette playing and trinket corralling. Organic with Industrial. I like it.


This beautiful Yoshino Sugi wood tray is handmade by artisans in the Nara Prefecture in Japan.

Simple. Delicate. Perfect. $98

This polished aluminum tray is the perfect counterpoint to the natural wood.

Shiny, sturdy, perfect. $154.00

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