2014. featured on: lucky magazine.
today lucky magazine published a lil’ list featuring bloggers for SXSW and to my potato chip eating surprise, i found myself in the slideshow! also included are my austin blog friends indiana (of adored austin), nicole (of writes like a girl), joanna (of keep austin stylish) and more fashionable ladies.
thanks lucky for making a spring break friday even sweeter! check out the slideshow here.
last year i began watching all of my favorite 80’s movies partly out of boredom and partly out of curiosity. i wanted to see if my affection for these films remained the same as an adult. i came to the conclusion that ferris bueller is kind of a jerk and teenage mutant ninja turtles is terrible (though i loved it as a kid).
but i still harbored warm feelings for adventures in babysitting. chris parker (played by elisabeth shue) is a sweet girl-next-door who deserves an honorable frat boy. plus her trademark wardrobe of a long camel coat and bright pink sweater wouldn’t be out of place today.
the whole plot is cheesy with its chop shop crooks and her tween charges, but it makes you smile. it makes you root for her. and it definitely makes you envious of her perfect hair.
collage by me. images via amazon, j.crew, boden, madewell, and net-a-porter.
the picks | cubs hat | j.crew sweater | paige jeans | boden jacket | vans shoes
when michael and i were dating, he said i had to try this vietnamese noodle dish called bun. he described it as noodles with pork, herbs, and spring rolls. to his surprise, i told him the dish wasn’t strictly vietnamese; my mom makes the same kind of dish and she’s from laos. basically a cold noodle bowl is a deconstructed spring roll without the wrapper, and the peanut sauce is the best part.
last year we began making noodle bowls at home. you can use any kind of grilled meat you like (or even tofu). my mom creates egg rolls by hand, but we buy frozen egg rolls from the asian supermarket because we go through her stash quickly. the frozen ones are tasty, too— just make sure the oil isn’t super hot when you fry them.
have you ever eaten a cold noodle bowl? what do you put in yours?
stop the press: i’m gonna be a mama! before christmas, we found out that we were expecting a little one, and we felt excited and terrified all at once. our lives will never be the same. there will be more love, more messes, more giggles, and more adventure, and we can’t wait.
tomorrow i’ll enter my second trimester (14 weeks); so far, so good. i haven’t had morning sickness but i’ve been eating a lot more than usual. i felt super duper tired in january (hence my sporadic blogging). my energy is finally starting to come back and i’m cooking dinner, staying up past 8:30, and doodling again.
the little one is due in august, and we’re grateful for the well-wishes and prayers from our family and friends. i can’t lie: i’m personally thankful that i still fit into my madewell dresses. fingers crossed these a-lines will continue to agree with me. and i am totally going to thrift the best stuff for the baby, just you wait.
p.s. an extra special thanks and hugs to kelsey and eric (of words of williams) who sent the smallest and cutest moccasin boots ever.
2014. these boots.
anna cardigan by mcginn. madewell tee. cropped verdugo leggings by paige. enzo angiolini boots.
these boots are made for wearin’… especially because i bought them back in the fall. they’re super soft and super cool and i was super afraid of scuffing them up. then i remembered my new year’s promise to be plucky and just went ahead and wore ‘em. no scuffs yet!
michael calls this sweater “the sheep sweater.” he pretty much hates all of my oversized cardigans. i think it’s cute. it also doubles as a blanket so maybe we should call it the counting sheep sweater.
hope you gals are having a good week. it’s almost valentine’s day, and i’m counting down to our valentine dinner of cheeseburgers and french fries.
the look | sweater | similar tee | similar jeans | shoes
2014. the thirteen pennies.
in college i worked at a children’s toy store with my friends laura and virginia, and those years as a shopgirl were some of my favorites. we decorated windows, arranged dolls, organized puzzles, wrapped gifts, laughed, ate salad bar lunches from the neighboring grocery store, and sang in the car after work (usually to saves the day).
our boss tom printed small cards with the store logo and “to” and “from” spaces, and we used the cards as gift tags for presents. each card had a spot for a “lucky penny” aka the shiniest pennies we could find. the store manager judy always joked that she was the weird lady at the bank asking for the new pennies, the shiny ones, not the old ones. some customers viewed the penny as a little wish while others considered it a nice gesture of good fortune.
whenever i see a shiny penny, i think of the toy store, laura, and virginia. i think of people who go to college and work at the same time. i think of tom who ran a small business and trusted us to help and look after it. i think of cold egg rolls and dr. pepper. and a warm glow fills my face, every time.
the thirteen is a personal photo project that documents little things in my life that mean something special. every friday i’ll share a collection of items and a story of their importance.
in one of my favorite seinfeld episodes, jerry laments, ”what is this obsession people have with books? they put them in their houses like trophies. what do you need it for after you read it?”
michael and i have owned these bookcases forever (meaning at least six years). when we lived in an apartment, they stood against a wall in the bedroom. when we moved into our house, we lined them up at the end of our living room. we painted the walls dark just for the bookcases. but i never put a chair near them.
over thanksgiving, i began our book nook project by updating some of the decor on our bookcases and adding a comfortable place for reading. what a difference a chair makes— i actually sit by the window and read (or check instagram).
i prefer two styles of bookcases: the eclectically cluttered or the extremely sparse. our shelves are quite busy, and i don’t mind. i arrange the books in color families with matching objects. we also display drawings, a few photographs, and pugs, lots of pugs!
the green bins on the bottom hide my husband’s comic books and corral board games that we don’t break out enough. one day i’d love to replace the chair with a chaise so i can relax and read or relax and nap, whichever happens first.
texas cannot make up its mind. i’ve spend the last two weeks covering my plants because it’s below freezing at night and then uncovering them later because it’s warm and pleasant during the day. this afternoon i covered all the plants again! sophie was curious but wary; she stayed indoors (pugs don’t got time for that).
when the weather gets cold, michael and i like hearty, hot soups for lunch. we made chowder last week from one of our real simple cookbooks. the only difference between our chowder and the magazine’s chowder is the bacon— you can never go wrong with bacon. enjoy!
2014. the thirteen pencils.
my art teachers in high school kept a hodgepodge of colored pencils in a giant plastic tub that students shared during class. crayola pencils were fine, and rose art pencils were terrible (the points always broke). i loved prismacolor pencils and meticulously dug through the tub for them. the prismacolor pencils colored smoothly and beautifully and i vowed to have a big box of my own one day.
that vow came true— in college i bought a 24-pack and added new colors over the years from trips to ben franklin (a craft store in my hometown) to chain stores like michaels. i keep them in a glass jar above my desk and break them out when i feel like doodling the old fashioned way. my thirteen favorite colors range from a pale icicle blue to a classic bubblegum pink. there’s room in the jar for more; that may be my favorite part.
the thirteen is a personal photo project that documents little things in my life that mean something special. every friday i’ll share a collection of thirteen items and a story of their importance.
2014. spring hints.
fossil dress. sidewalk wedges by madewell. necklace by jen loves kev.
last week the temperature reached eighty degrees and i rejoiced in a warm weather shirt dress. i happily told michael, “i’m going to wear dresses and skirts to school everyday!” i spoke too soon.
the last few days have been cool, and today is downright cold. the wind is blowing so fiercely that it sounds like someone is fussing with our back door, and the weatherman predicts overnight sleet and snow.
oh, texas. at least you let me wear a dress once this winter.
the look | dress | similar shoes
my handbags range from obnoxiously big (the pendleton tote) to decently sized (a minkoff bag) to quite small. today i celebrate the little guys— they’re the ones that run with you to the grocery store, gas station, or dinner party with your most important belongings like a license, lipstick, phone, or handful of quarters.
i searched high and low for the cutest of the cute, the quaintest of the quaint. the fox is my favorite but i like the triangles on the herschel wallet, too. are you keen on pint-sized purses?
collage by me. images via need supply, amazon, fossil, and nordstrom.
the picks | star clutch | geometric wallet | fox purse | book clutch
2014. make + take: paper dogs.
materials: paper towel roll (or bath tissue rolls), permanent marker, craft paint, assorted paintbrushes, glossy mod podge
the trio of unsavory characters belong to my dog gang. they’re sophie (the pug), mungo (the boxer), and smiley (the boston terrier). one day i will write stories about them for a children’s book series. sophie’s the boss, mungo’s the muscle, and smiley’s the silly one.
i made the paper dogs over a year (or maybe two years) ago, long before i started sharing crafts on the blog. i remembering seeing paper owls on pinterest and and thinking, those would be doggone cuter if they were pups!
find an empty cardboard roll and trim to size if needed. using your fingers, pinch the top part of the roll and push down to create ears. it took me a few tries to line up the ears just right.
use a sharpie and outline details for the dogs like eyes, snouts, noses, whiskers, and patches. paint the dogs with acrylic craft paint. apply multiple coats for light areas like eyes and chests. allow the dogs to dry. the next day, finish the dogs by adding a coat of mod podge.
aren’t they adorable? i lined them up on a shelf by michael’s desk, but if you have little ones, the dogs would make even better finger puppets.
this make + take is approved by sophie. bow wow wow wow wow!
2014. featured on: langford market.
a few weeks ago, the dynamic duo of davina and megan of langford market asked if i’d share a little wedding advice for the store’s bride-to-bride column. of course i said yes (and i also told meg i was going to steal her adorable baby but that’s another story).
if you’re a bride-to-be, check out the three most important things i learned from our wedding. or if you’re just a friend, check out some more cute wedding photos. thank you to langford market for letting me write for the day!