Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Make your bed.

It doesn't matter that no one sees your bed, or that you will "un-make" it later tonight; making your bed actually sets the tone for the entire day. If the first thing you do when you get up is create an organized and peaceful environment, chances are you'll manage to continue that same rhythm throughout your day.  An article published by Apartment Therapy, appropriately titled "Make Your Bed!" calls this a "keystone habit" that can also increase productivity and profit.

You have to admit, doesn't your room look so fresh with a newly-dressed bed? The last time I bought new bedding, I kept a classic Miranda Sex and the City quote in mind: "I'm trying to change my bed karma. I figure if I can make my bed a place I really want to be, others will feel the same."

I think it's time for a re-design.

More SATC Quotes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Do you kiss your pet?

If so, you may want to think twice the next time you kiss Fido.

It turns out "dog breath" does exist--kind of. A study has concluded that people who kiss their dog on the mouth could wind up with gum disease. Japanese researchers found a majority of the same bacteria that was in a dog's mouth, was in their owner's mouth. Yikes. Some vets are saying this isn't a proven, "conclusive" study, but you can still file it under "good to know."

Will this make you ease up on the puppy love? I don't really let my dogs lick my face (and I don't kiss them on the mouth). I kiss the top of their heads all the time though!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Must Make: Magic cookie bars.

They don't have this name for just any reason; magic cookie bars are as their name states: magic.

These sweet treats remind me of holidays back East. My mother would make them every year; they are one of my absolute favorite desserts. Buttery graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans--you just can't go wrong with these guys. Writing about them is making me want to get up and eat all I have left, which is about 3/4 of a pan. I better go bring some to my neighbors before I decide to eat them all.

I mean, can you blame me? (I took cell phone pictures because I was concerned with eating rather than photography.)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Friday!

LOL. Isn't this funny? My friend Lynden just sent it to me (those are 2 of her boys).

What will you do this weekend? I am planning to meet my friend Jane for coffee (we are trying a new place each week!), take photos of the city, try new recipes, and re-organize my apartment. It's more of a feng-shui thing, really.

Perry's Plate recipes.

A Cup of Jo's "best recipe" series.

Anything  Little Green Notebook.

Anything Apartment Therapy.

Irony: Downtown Los Angeles (by me!).

Pink wedding dress.

November 5, 2012

Holy pink! And holy jealous I wasn't invited to this wedding.

It kind of surprised me when I saw Jessica Biel's--er, Timberlake's--dress of choice, in a pleasant kind of way, just because it wasn't your conventional white wedding dress (and I'm not really conventional). She's absolutely beautiful, but admits she's not a natural born fashionista. Justin Timberlake usually helps pick her outfits, but you know it's faux pas for the groom to see the bride's dress before the wedding! I wonder if he liked the pink. What do you think, would you wear a colored wedding dress?

It looks dreamy here:

P.S. Would you let your partner help pick out your outfit?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What's your sign?

Ever since I moved to LA, people have asked what my "sign" is. My friends would ask. My classmates would ask. My coworkers would ask. Strangers would ask. 

So, I'd say, "I'm a Scorpio." And then they'd say, "Ohh, you are such a Scorpio." 

I had no idea what that meant. Or why it was unanimous that I was one. In Massachusetts, this wasn't a standard question asked, nor did people know me as being "such" a Scorpio. Whatever that was.

I wasn't sure if I should just shrug it off as an "LA thing," but I moved to LA, right? I should adapt the social norms of my fellow Los Angeleans and talk Astrology. (Or at least learn it first.)

Here's where I admit I am an absolute Scorpio. Such a Scorpio.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

When guys disappear.

Men are totally from Mars. If they weren't, they'd be here with us women on Venus, returning our texts and phone calls.

I've been off the dating scene for a while now, but I definitely have been there before. You meet a guy who is seemingly a "good guy." Things start off strong; he is super nice and seems pretty into you. But one day you send him a text message--and he doesn't respond.

So you obviously freak out, and immediately call your girlfriend to bombard her with questions: "Why do you think he didn't respond? Should I text him again? What about a phone call? No I can't call- I'll seem crazy, and I can't seem crazy. Maybe that's already why he's not responding; he thinks I'm crazy. I shouldn't have texted him that last time. I made myself look too into him and I can't seem that into him. I mean, where do you think he went? What did I do to turn him off!?"

Take a deep breath: woosah! Okay, you want answers (or you think you want answers). And I get it. It makes absolutely no sense why the guy who is totally falling in love with you--but doesn't know it yet--has disappeared.

I called up some guy friends to help explain this one to me. For those of you who thought you wanted answers...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dogs and the city.

The city dwellers: Ziggy & Nellie
If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me if my dogs were happy living in a downtown Los Angeles apartment, I'd surely be rich.

Okay. Upon first glance, I get it. You see a dog (or two) walking along concrete sidewalks. Buses are speeding by, car horns are honking, there's a ton of foot traffic, and then you think to yourself, "Oh, I bet those poor dogs wish they had a yard!"


Monday, October 22, 2012


I'm not godly. I'm not a parent either, but oddly enough, I would consider myself parental. I'm organized and regimented, I'm a firm believer in academia, I used to be a nanny, and the way I treat my dogs? Well, they might as well be kids (human ones).
I was recently asked to be a godmother (again!), and I'm actually pretty honored. "My godmother is cooler than yours!" is an expression I can not wait to hear, because 1- I don't have any kids of my own who will brag about me (yet...but clearly they will), and 2- I'm not gonna lie, I'm a pretty awesome gift-giver.

Upon my (not so humble) brag to my good friend Lynden this morning, I realized the weight of the word "godmother" the more I used it. She is a mom of 3, so the reality of what we were talking really came to light. She asked me a bunch of questions about the godmother I'll be: "Will you have a church ceremony, or is it only a spoken title? Will you be one of those people who would want to step in and take the child, should something happen to the parents? What if there is more than one child? What is your involvement with your first goddaughter, since you're kind of on the outs with her father?"

Friday, October 19, 2012

Go bold or go home.

Ivania Carpio, Love Aesthetics

Everyone's doing it.

Bold hair color has definitely been the "it" thing to do this past year. Everyone from Britney Spears to  Dakota Fanning to the girl next to me at Starbucks has been trying it out. Dip dye, rainbow fade, chalk ombré- you name it, it's being done.

When I was growing up, kids who were allowed to dye their hair probably weren't kids my parents would let me hang out with. Boring. Granted, we lived in a relatively small town, with an equally small chance of fashion risk. Crazy hair styles and bright hair dye were seen as rebellious...but I guess with reason, as wild ways typically accompanied wild hair. Meh. (I secretly always wanted to dye my hair blue.)

Today, you wouldn't look twice if you saw fluorescent hair.  People are becoming less and less conservative with fashion and beauty (hello, I shaved half my head!), and simply becoming more fun, regardless of age. Needless to say, I am loving it.

How chic is this gray color (above)?  Intentionally dyeing your hair gray...who'd a thunk.

Bold hair color moves from alternative to mainstream.

Ivania Carpiro's blog: Love Aesthetics

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Romanticism vs. realism.

(Google image)

My heart believes in fairy-tales; but my brain knows better. The two often collide, however, and leave me in a state of utter confusion.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012



I tried to be super coy yesterday when taking this iPhone photo, but I don't think I did a good job. She totally knew what I was doing. I was simultaneously juggling my two dogs...


I am really particular about my tattoos (I have too many yet not enough), and am even more particular about posting photos of them. So, my apologies first go out to the girl with the great tattoo, above. I am a total hypocrite.

But about a dozen years ago, not one, but two people copied my very first tattoo, and it has scarred me ever since. I have refused to showcase any of my personal ink on social media outlets (no #girlswithtattoos or  #tattoosofinstagram for me!), in fear of becoming unoriginal. It's since just become "a thing." 

I should probably learn to get over it.

Tacos with a twist.

I hopped onto Pinterest last week and read a taco recipe that I think is going to be a game changer. Ready for it?

Baked tacos.

Duh! Why had I never thought about that before. You still brown the ground meat in a pan (I used lean turkey); BUT, you put the tacos in the oven for a few minutes after you stuff them with whatever you choose! That way everything blends together more organically.

Makes sense, right?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Send a card, not a text.

There is nothing better than opening your mailbox and finding a letter. Not a bill, not random spam mail, but an actual handwritten letter (or card, etc.) that just clearly states "I'm thinking of you." Doesn't the concept alone seem so dated for 2012?

I passed by an art store today that had a sign out front that read "send a card, not a text." I thought it was fantastic! I always walk by dozens of people with their eyes glued to their phone screen, and it gets me thinking about how impersonal communication is nowadays. I talk--a lot--and find it so much more fulfilling to actually speak to someone. And I feel the same about writing a letter--I even mailed out postcards from my recent summer travels! The extra effort really goes a long way.

Since I had been thinking about this, I decided to pour over old boxes filled with old photos and handwritten notes of sorts (some even dating back to elementary school!).

How sweet is this one? My friend Kenny wrote it freshman year of highschool.

He is still one of my best friends :)

(I'll be framing these, too.)

PS, how fun would it be to send a letter with a wax seal?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Must Make: Quinoa mac + cheese.

Oh yes. My latest obsession, remixed.

I don't know why quinoa isn't more popular. Or why I didn't discover it earlier (the latter is more likely). Either way, all I am making recently is quinoa! So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across this recipe for quinoa mac + cheese. I was at the grocery store within hours.

Here is what you need:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Faux fur.

Meet my latest lover: le faux fur. I bought her one day as an impulse buy, on an impromptu 3PM work break that I felt I deserved.

I had been trying on a bunch of pieces that weren't even on the floor yet--I had gotten to the store just in time for new arrivals--when I was handed this amazing piece from the store clerk. I immediately fell in love with the dip-dye, and began twirling around in the store when I put it on (that's when you know you're taking it home).

I love throwing a bit of grunge into my outfits, and thought about pairing the coat with my beat-up old combat boots that I really should throw away. So, I set up my tripod to get some flix....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The gift was a curse.

(Google image)

I feel pretty bad.

Last year, I gave one of my best friends a birthday gift that I knew she would love: a customized art canvas that said "There's no place like home." It was perfect for her new apartment with her boyfriend.

At the bottom of the canvas it had her name, her boyfriend's name, and their anniversary. And they just broke up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My neighbor bought me a vibrator.

So, I came home from work one day and found a Macy's bag hanging from my apartment door. I had no clue who would have bought me something mid-day from Macy's, nor did I know who could have access to my apartment building without being buzzed in.

I  went inside and opened the Macy's bag, and I noticed another bag inside. So I opened that one.
...It was a vibrator.

Weekend staycation.

Ziggy, Nellie
Breaking News:  This past weekend was another weekend spent home alone with the dogs! And it was great.

After a long week of work, sometimes I'd rather forgo the cocktails with friends and just veg out at home with my dogs. I don't need to get dressed up or put on makeup, and I can eat whatever I want to no judgement (thank god the dogs don't talk).
For this weekend's home "staycation," I opted to order movies On-Demand, try new recipes, and snuggle up with the mutts.

Sometimes I wonder if I am (borderline) a "crazy dog lady," but then I think screw it, I might as well own it if I am.
That said, more of my dogs here.

And here.

And here and here.