We didn’t have a July 2014 closet post so we’re making it up with this by ensuring that it is extra bulky!
As we near the end of the summer, I’m starting to feel this urge to satisfy a craving for all summer desserts – especially ones that include my favorite summer fruits! I was hoping that by the time I wrote this post that it would feel more like fall, but what do you know – I’m sweltering in my home right now in what feels like 80 degree weather. How cute is this Cherry Crisp Pie in a jar? I once had a co-worker who told me that her partner was going through a phase of making only desserts and meals in a jar and this made me think of that!
[recipe here] You know you want it.
I don’t know how many times I have to say this. You have one job and your job is to not wear white to a wedding. Why is it so hard for people to get this right? Don’t wear white. The bride wears white. You do not wear white. And while you’re at it, don’t wear cream or beige or off-white. Even if you accessorize with colorful pieces – a cardigan or a belt, you are still not allowed to wear white. We utilize every other color in the color scheme on this bride’s special day because we do not want to upstage the bride. I’m not saying you can’t stand out in your own way at all though and here’s how we can help you still do that without making this dreaded mistake that seems to happen every wedding I go to. A part of me wants to walk up to the person and just ask, “So… you wore white.” My bff Ashley on the other hand says that if anyone wears white to her wedding, they are immediately out. Good rule, Ash. We’re behind you on this one.
1. Have an amazing clutch to go with your dress. I love this one from Zara that’s only $79.90.
I was having dinner with my dad earlier this week on the outdoor patio of Cascal when I noticed two things – the winds were picking up and the outdoor overhead heaters were turned on. Surely, that’s a sign that fall is on its way and we no longer will be in the sweltering heat. As much as I love the summer, I am very excited for fall. the cozy knit oversized sweaters, dresses with tights, and of course the pumpkin spice lattes that debut this coming Monday. Aritzia is one of my favorite retailers and I constantly live in their pieces no matter what season it is. Here is just a taste of what they are offering for the fall and we can’t wait.
You know a meal is special when you eat it two days in a row. While my work sometimes caters Asian Box and serves it in mass, I actually went to Asian Box two days this week because I wanted to have the real thing and of course my very own personalized box. Asian food to me has always been comfort food. For some people it’s mac and cheese and for many of my friends in my circle, it’s a burrito, but for me? Rice. How very Asian of me.
One man described it to another person behind me in line the other day as the Asian Chipotle. First, you choose your grain (rice or noodles) then your meat, your toppings, and your sauce. There are so many great options and you really can’t go wrong, but in case you’re interested in what I order… I’ll let you in on my favorite:
I always thought that to wear Free People you had to be a certain type of girl. The girl that shops at Free People is a free spirit, a flower child, and pretty easygoing. She wears light-weight fabric, fringe, and bell-sleeves for long sleeves. As much as I loved the brand, I frequently felt out of place when trying on their clothes. I felt like I was trying to be a girl that I just wasn’t, but so desperately wanted to be because who wouldn’t want to be the girl who wore Free People, right?! She was just too effortlessly cool. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way and maybe the brand recognized this. So what did they do? They picked a girl who wasn’t your typical Free People girl and made her into one and it worked! When I think of Joan Smalls, I think of edgy, a little dark, dangerous, and risky. She is someone who resembles more Erin Wasson than hippie child, but yet she made it work. Here are a few of her latest shots from the brand that make me want to run out and buy these exact outfits.
I finally caved! After weeks of having the Catbird website up on my tabs prolonging my purchase of the LoveCats ring, tonight I found myself in a moment of weakness. I had just come back from dinner and I had finished a long work day and was about to pick up where I left off when I decided that making this spend would be a worthwhile one. I’m not sure why it took me so long to purchase this ring. I went through a lot of effort to get here. I kept it up on my tabs which meant that I looked at this tab everyday or rather it stared me back in the face. Secondly, I didn’t know my ring size so two months ago I went into Tiffany’s to just get my ring size taken from someone working there.
And now we get to see you in like 10 days.
So we don’t have a Wedding Mondays video for you this week. I promise, I tried! I was behind for two weeks on two of my favorite wedding blogs and in those two weeks there weren’t any videos that I was dying to share with you all. I did, however, stumble upon a couple of other wedding posts that we think could be appropriate substitutes.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how Yow Yow! could transform over the years. There is never a shortage for what I want to do with it and the content. I may be busy with my new job, but I honestly can’t imagine a life without Yow Yow! And I’m really excited to continue on with this. Wedding Mondays is a huge part of what makes this blog and what I love about it is that it is consistent, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dive into other wedding details. Good lord, can you imagine how Yow Yow! will look when wedding moments happen in MY life? – ie) when my friends all start getting married or I become a bridesmaid and can give you a full insider scoop? I can’t wait!
We’re trying something different today. Monique Lhuillier recently released photographs to Green Wedding Shoes on their Spring 2015 collection and while I always thought I loved the very slim looking white dress, I’m starting to be open to new suggestions lately. These gowns are just too stunning to pass on.
Since I’ve moved to California, I am almost certain that I have consumed 80% more ice cream than I ever did in Seattle. Especially since it is National Ice Cream month, I’ve been having it on a regular weekly basis. It doesn’t help that there just happens to always be a shop nearby. My friend Sheila recently introduced me to what is one of the most bizarre flavors I have ever tried. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the best flavor I’ve ever had, but it is definitely intriguing enough that you would eat it until the very last bite. I believe she told me that the cereal milk ice cream that she either made herself or purchased was inspired by Momofuku. To really up your taste game, be sure to include cereal with it! Duh, right? I think when I had it, Sheila offered me corn flakes, but this cinnamon toast crunch pictured above looks like a game changer.
Readers, I am very excited to announce that Kitchensurfing, a company that I blogged about just last month, has officially launched in Seattle as of July 15th! You may or may not remember, but Kitchensurfing is a company that allows you to host the dinner party of your dreams without actually doing all of the work. You actually hire a local chef in your city who will come and prepare a meal for your significant other, friends, or family – ingredients, supplies, and cleaning included for just one price. I know it sounds like it’s too good to be true, but that’s why it is amazing. I am itching to try it out myself, but since I haven’t had the opportunity yet, I’m counting on my Seattle friends to take the plunge first for me!
To learn more, visit their website here. Seattle is the sixth city that Kitchensurfing is opening in.
Truth. I am most hungry when I am browsing the internet for inspiring content. The other day I stumbled upon Malvi marshmallows and was immediately intrigued with what I saw in front of me. First off, these marshmallows are perfectly square AND chunky. They are wedged between two shortbread cookies and come in a variety of very interesting flavors. Flavors that I have never even had in ice cream flavor form. I think that’s sort of like the ultimate test of uniqueness.
Curious yet? What do we need to do to get our hands on some of these?!
PS: I’ve decided that sweet treats like these make some of the best gifts. I’ve been finding all over blogs recently various companies that make really interesting desserts that you can ship all over and could make for some pretty great surprises on your doorstep.
We’re in love with Malvi.
To view their online shop, click here.
I am very fortunate that where I live has a pretty decent set up of a hot tub, grill, pool, and outdoor fireplace for community use and even more fortunate that I have my own personal balcony. I haven’t had any parties here yet, but every weekend I catch my neighbors throwing events and wonder someday if I’m ever going to do the same. Last weekend, Ashley mentioned to me that I should take the initiative and throw one myself. I’m still thinking about it and probably won’t make up my mind until the last minute. But that got me to thinking. I have a great space now, but the type of party I want to throw down the line will hopefully be in my own backyard and won’t have to be shared with “the community.” I’m really looking forward to when that day comes and I’ll sort of get a taste for that when I throw a party at my co-worker’s place at the end of the summer. Here’s some inspiration for now on some of my favorite backyard spaces!
Oh boy, two levels.
I was informed this week that I just missed the Ballard Seafood Festival back in Seattle this past weekend and all I could think of was how badly I was craving Ivar’s Clam and Chips and a bowl of their Clam Chowder. It was a tradition for my family to have dinner out at Ivar’s every so often and the clams and clam chowder were always my favorite. As we got older, we started eating out less, but that didn’t stop my dad from purchasing the clam chowder packets from Ivar’s that you could buy at the store and make at home yourself. If I have a chance to eat it here, I typically order it, but let’s be real – it just doesn’t compare.
I’m headed home in a couple months and flying out of my favorite terminal that just so happens to have an Ivar’s stop in it. Nailin’ it, you guys.
As a child, I loved the idea of having tea parties and nomming on tea sandwiches. I was a fan of all kinds of little food and that preference of mine is still something that rings true today. Donut holes. Sushi rolls. Sliders. Noticing a theme here? I would always make my dad cut my sandwiches into triangles or squares and even though I couldn’t appreciate cucumbers as a child, I am completely fine with them down. What I wouldn’t do for a few tea sandwiches right now…with the crusts off of course.