Friday, September 30, 2011

Destination: Seattle, Washington.

Counting down the hours till I fly off to Seattle for a total girls weekend! Ready for some relaxation, possibly some rain and fresh oysters.

Photos found on Pinterest and then edited by me in the wonderful, sometimes magical, Photoshop. Follow me on Pinterest here. Have a lovely weekend!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Daily Dose of Travel

This weekend I'm adventuring to Seattle, Washington for a girls weekend with my fun mother and two younger sisters. (Yep, I'm the oldest of 3 girls!) I used to live in Seattle every summer for 7 years and I truly believe that is were I developed the love for lush green forests and fresh seafood. I'm now counting down the hours till Friday and my departure time. Traveling, oh how I love you.

Tights from Gap. Can't wait to buy a new pair this fall

Photos by my J at Ocean Beach in SF

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Morning Cup of Tea

"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself"
- Henry Miller

Picture taken in the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park

Photo taken at Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite 

Amazing Photos from a Bass Filled Night

Concerts are by far one of my favorite things to do on the weekends and for the past 4 months I have seriously been going to a concert every other weekend. San Francisco has hands down one of the best music scenes I have ever encountered. These photos are from a Bassnectar show a few weekends ago and Lorin, the man behind it all, is a complete master of the craft. As much as I love deep and heavy bass I can't listen to it all the time. For example I am currently indulging in the positive vibes of Noah and The Wale.

(Warning mom: you will not like this song)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Life Quote...

Photo taken by J, while hiking in Calitoga, CA, and then edited by me. 

"Not All Who Wander Are Lost" has been my life quote for many many years now. I can't even exactly pin point where I discovered the saying, thats how long I've been living with it embedded in my mind. The saying, to me, means that because I stroll around aimlessly doesn't mean I'm lost. I'm walking with my eyes wide open, as well as my mind, with the hopes of meeting someone new and discovering somewhere amazingly unfamiliar.

Try it. You will not regret it.

Favorite of The Week: Distorted Gravity

How can you not fall in love with these amazing photos by Ana Zhuravleva? She is a Russian photographer who spent her years growing up with her head in books, a paint brush in her hand and "borrowing" her mothers art supplies; but it was only 2006 when she truly discovered her love for photography. She is extremely talented and I would highly suggest further exploring her online portfolio. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Always Lookin' Up

The Beast in Brooklyn, NY

Restaurant in SoHo, NY

Flowers and Wine in SoHo. Wonderful lighting and unique details. 

Jacks Coffee Shop in NYC
One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco... Suppenkuche. Amazing German food. 

My favorite bar in San Fran... Chruchhill on Market and Church St. 

Considering I love interior design, I can't help but taking in all aspects of a store or restaurant when I first step into it. I found myself being so drawn to the ceilings at many of the restaurants in NYC, almost all of which were tin and vintage looking. The ceiling is such a small detail that really catches my eye and can add a unique atmosphere to the entire room. (as usual all photos taken by me)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Remember When...

I will never forget this amazing day spent with my girl friends in Golden Gate Park. It consisted of afternoon cocktails + dessert at Alembic , riding bikes all the way to the ocean and lots of laughter.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Favorite of The Week: Lisa Chow

Titled: Butterfly Effect

I'm loving these simple yet detailed hand drawings by Lisa Chow. They remind me of a childhood dream come to life, especially the last which which I self titled Feather Castle.  

September Designs

Some designs I just finished for work. Loving the embroideries and fun colors. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Asia Adventures

Brian playing hacky sack 

I have two very close friends, Brian and Logan, who are currently traveling around Asia for an entire year. I was lucky enough to be the last person to see them off when they flew out of San Francisco headed toward Taiwan. They are both so creatively fun and interesting that I have no doubt in my mind that they will have some wild adventures and even crazier stories to share. Here are some photos that Logan has taken thus far from their days spent in Taiwan and Thailand. They are breathtaking and I couldn't help but share. Be sure to check out both their blogs linked above.

Logan perched up possibly enjoying the sunset. Just maybe though. 

Book Club


Tonight is the night! The book club I created is finally coming together to have our first meeting. The club consists of 4 girls including myself; which is the perfect amount of people to start with in my opinion. The first book we have chosen is The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and let me tell you... It's amazing and I truly can't put it down once I find time to read it throughout my busy day. Our book club is not just going to be about books, questions and sharing in depth thoughts. We will also partake in lots of delicious food around the city, indulge in wine and tea, and talk about life in San Francisco which we are all somewhat new to. I'm feeling very inspired today and ready to start this new small chapter of my life. (pun intended)

This is one image I have envisioned for my book club
Although this is not exactly the case for my book club but I love this book bag!

Where it all starts

Oh the many kinds of books in the world

All photos found on WeHeartIt

If you have any questions on how I started my book club or are interested in joining our club feel free to contact me.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Morning Cup of Tea

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on the outward circumstances.
-Benjamin Franklin

Such a lovely quote to start my day with. Thank you Good Earth: Vanilla Chai Tea for the inspiring quotes that help me start my day and get me thinking. I particularly love this one because I am a firm believer in the ability to somewhat ignore outside issues and disruptions in order be at peace with yourself. 

All photos by photographer Li Hui

Friday, September 16, 2011

Homemade Tomato Soup

I must admit, I have been quite the chef lately. Tomato season is coming to an end here in San Francisco and I'm honestly worried about what I'm going to eat all winter. I love tomatoes! J and I have started a Wednesday night tradition of going to the wonderful farmers market right down the street from our house. I recently discovered the wonderful blog Honey & Jam and more importantly this amazing homemade tomato soup recipe. I followed the recipe exactly EXCEPT for instead of half and half I used coconut milk. I am so happy that there are leftovers in my fridge to keep on enjoying through the weekend. 

Tomatoes before being placed in the oven

... After. At this point the entire house smelled sooo good! 

Final product

Final, final product. 
Trust me when I say this will be the perfect recipe to guide you through the winter ahead.