Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yummmmmy in my tummy

Get ready for the best summer sandwich combo ever. Thank you Morucci's in Walnut Creek for the inspiration {and watering taste buds with every thought}. My girlfriend and I made these for lunch yesterday, and I tried to only eat half the sandwich as to avoid a food coma/food baby. Needless to say, I only made it the 20 minute drive home and couldn't wait to devour the rest.

What you'll need:
Fancy bread {we used small artisan rolls from Trader Joes} - warmed!
Crunchy lettuce
Fresh mozzarella
Dried basil
Olive oil + vinegar

What you'll do:
Warm the bread in the oven till slightly toasty and warm. Slice the tomatoes and top with a slice of mozzarella. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, and dashes of dried basil. Flip the cheese slices over and let sit in the fridge for a while.
Slice the bread and smother each slice {or just one if you're not a huge pesto fan} with pesto. Add tomatoes + mozzarella and add lettuce for a nice crisp crunch.

Finally, stuff your face and don't feel bad about eating the entire thing.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Case of the Mondays

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Holy smokes it was hard to wake up this morning. Gloomy weather, cloud-like bed, and exhausted body make for a v e r y   s   l   o   w   monday morning.

Luckily I just came across some of these silly aminals doing things that put a smile on my sleepy face.

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Friday, April 22, 2011


It's shoes like these that make me wish I was several inches shorter so I could wear heels like these all the time. They remind me of fuchsia wedge heels I'm hoping to pair with a neutral dress for a wedding this summer...ahhh the dress hunt continues.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Puppy lovin'

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I love my dog. Just love him to pieces. He's full of unconditional love, is a pro at being adorable, and can make anyone smile on a cloudy day. He is the best at sleeping in, and the happiest to see you come home.

Last night he was the Sharks lucky token...they won {obviously} because he was wearing his Thornton shirt on.

Today we had quite the adventure...he had his first 30 seconds of fame in a short film {after going through 'fur and makeup', not to mention eating loads of treats}, he played with my cousins' adorable daughter, and upon his arrival home got the ultimate doggie spa day {complete with blow dry}

love love love. doggies are the best.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Duuuuuhhhhh blonde

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Ahhhh summer. The season of being tan, living in bikinis and going blonder. Although I have my summer color going, my stick straight hair leads me to fantasize about having super thick, voluminous hair. TG one of my besties is a hair pro, because although I can rock the bed hair {no brushing in the a.m} and the fresh out of the pool nest, anything 'put together' is not something I have mastered. Yet.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Commonly unique

I've been a big fan of over sized watches, especially the gold ones {like one of my favorite bloggers wears } but I have this problem where I wait so long to invest in a style that I end of feeling like too many people do it or have it. That's when I sometimes look for something similar, but a little different.

The first time I saw one of these tortoise shell watches was at Urban Outfitters, but I found mine when I was newly obsessed with Asos. So far I love it on it's own, with a few thin gold bangles, and/or with homemade beaded bracelets.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

UGH : a need for inspiration

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I've had a pair of wide leg trousers for a while, and finally got them tailored to fit a wee bit better. I end up changing a dozen times with them {unless it's for work}, never feeling totally confident with my outfit. I think my fears are that the waist is too high, my butt looks too big/wide/etc, or I just look weird. What to do, what to do.
 I felt a sense of hope when I saw this outfit and love the style. It's sparked some ideas of other {new} ways to try them {and it doesn't help finding other photos too} Score!

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I need...

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I've come to realize I have a thing for stripes lately. Although I don't own a lot of them, I suddenly feel the need a lot of them.

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Sweet tooth disappointment

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Today, I had one of the worst cupcakes ever. There's a new cupcake shop in town, and even after a friend told me they were gross, I had to try it myself {and satisfy an intense sugar craving}. I can't believe I finished it and felt some heavy regret about doing so in my tummy right after. My friend and I both agreed we could make better cupcakes from a box mix with our eyes closed using our feet.

Anyhoo, it's inspired me to make my own cupcakes soon {with my hands} after seeing these...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Dress me up

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Lately I've been {obsessively} hunting for :
a. the perfect white summer dress
b. wedding appropriate dresses

I don't know if I've just gotten picky, cheap, or just won't settle till I find the 'perfect' dresses {likely all of these} but I just can't find what I'm looking for! On the other hand, I have found fun new websites to window shop and lots of pretty dresses I would be happy with for other occasions or for regular day wearing.

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{I absolutely love the color combo and relaxed look to this. For me it would be the perfect wine tasting or shopping dress}

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{super sassy, though a bit dizzying}

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{OH EM GEE this is adorable. When I win the lotto, this will be my party dress}

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{I could seriously see myself living in this dress this summer}

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{another one that would be totally daytime wearable}

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{ooooooo there is something about this I love! Except I really wonder what it looks like on a person}

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{I think there's something about this whimsical fit I'm liking...}

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{I love the simplicity and richness of this color, and the cut seems like it would be fun and flattering}

Stay tuned for more dress hunting...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Essie organizing

Lucky is one of my favorite magazines, and needless to say I got suuuuper excited when their tabs were nail polish themed! AND Essie of all polishes {my new fav} !!
love love love

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Green thumb

This past weekend the weather was amazingly gorgeous so I took the chance to be outside as much as possible. Our backyard is in great shape thanks to so much rain, but there are spots in the landscaping that could use a little something extra. After checking out Home Depot, I put on my yellow gardening boots {aka best rain boots ever}, pink gardening gloves, and sunglasses and got to work.

{the collection after trip #1 to HD}

We're also trying herbs this year...fingers crossed



{yellow peppers and jalapenos}

...and citrus trees! We have a kick-ass lemon tree and added a lime and orange tree

Quote of the day

 "If we could see the miracle of a single flower, our whole life would change"
The Buddah

Friday, April 1, 2011

Gotta have it

I ___________ this dress.
1. need
2. want
3. crave
4. have to have
5. all of the above!!

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Lately I have forgotten about Pintrest (where I first came across this photo), and am on a mad hunt to find out where the people found this picture so I can find the dress. I am contemplating getting a sewing machine, in part to make this dress...that is how badly I want it.

If anyone can find me this dress, I will be your best friend :)

Hello, sunshine!

The weather this week has been a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I am a summer girl at heart, so for the weather to be heating up and the sun to be out more, I am quite a happy person. I am super stoked for hot weather, and have been waiting for summery things, so here are some of my favorite warm weathered things

I love that more fresh fruits are available with warmer weather, and this summer I have been living on smoothies. And not just my normal ones, but monstrous smoothies because I end up putting so much in them. My mix for the week: strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, apple, vanilla yogurt, pineapple OJ, flax seeds.

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One of my requirements for being poolside or on the boat are colorful towels. Although we have a surplus of towels, I want a hooded towel. SO BAD.

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Along with colorful beach towels are fun and bright bikinis. Apparently I have been cut off from getting any new ones, but secretly may get this one...both cute for sunning and functional for wakeboarding.
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Probably just the first color of the summer...a bit of red, a hint of pink...perfection. Red-y set ex is all over my nails.
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Last year I found a super fun straw fedora with a classy navy and white striped ribbon. However, it didn't properly fit huge-head over here. Luckily, I checked out a favorite store, Sway, and found a new one, yippee! The fit is perfect, but I want to add a ribbon or flower since it's a bit plain for now.