|Trina Turk dress, Chanel sunglasses (similar), antique necklace and ring, Coach clutch, J. Crew bracelet, Manolo Blahnik mules|
Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness
I’m definitely NOT a Trekkie, but loved Star Trek Into Darkness. Action packed with enough humor to break the tension, this movie is a must see. After an act of domestic terrorism, the Starship Enterprise crew pursues a madman (or is he just a man who is misunderstood?) across the galaxy. With plot twists and amazing special effects, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Fast & Furious 6
Fast & Furious 6
Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the crew are back! The outlaws become the good guys after they’re recruited by Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to find a gang of mercenaries.
Fast & Furious 6 was a fun movie! I would never call it a work of art, but it was entertaining, action-filled and had one of the best chase scenes I’ve ever seen. Enjoy yourself by putting aside the laws of physics and seeing this movie!
Monday, May 27, 2013
|Kéan Coffee’s Turkish Caffè Lattes|
Since Kéan Coffee isn’t close to where I live, I decided to replicate the latte at home. Here’s what I came up with:
2 shots of espresso (approximately 1/3 cup)
1/2 cup steamed milk
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup or sugar, or to taste (see note)
sprinkle of cardamom
Note-Simple syrup can be made by combining equal parts of sugar and water in a pan. Heat until the sugar dissolves. It may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month
If you really want to make it easy, simply top a double shot caffé latte with cardamom and add sugar to taste!
|my version of a Turkish Caffè Latte|
Friday, May 24, 2013
While I’ve never been a big fan of our family room bookshelves, we can’t remove them because:
1. We need the storage space for books, DVDs, photos, etc. and
2. The bookshelves were installed before the wood flooring, so removing them would mean installing new wood and resurfacing pretty much the entire first floor.
To make them more interesting, I had graphic print wallpaper installed on the back wall. It adds depth and visual interest to the entire room. I love the result!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
|Mango jacket (similar), Gap camisole, Gap pants, Madewell sunglasses, antique watch fob worn as necklace, Rebecca Minkoff clutch, Louis Vuitton shoes|
When I buy clothes and accessories, I try to choose things that will have longevity. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to participate in a trend. When I do this, I either try to buy at the very start of a trend or I buy lower priced items. These printed pants are fun, inexpensive (especially since I bought them at 40% off), and will go with quite a few things in my wardrobe. My best guess is that they’ll be current until Fall 2014.
Monday, May 20, 2013
My son has always been really good at sharing. Even when he was a toddler, he was always willing to give things to other people, even with his favorite foods. When I make cookies for him, he shares them with his friends and dorm mates and they’re usually gone within a few hours. When I make these cheez its, though, he hides them because he likes them that much. I have to agree…
|Once the crackers are frozen solid, they can be stored in the freezer for up to a month|
Homemade Cheez Its
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan or Jalapeno Jack cheese,
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 C. all-purpose flour
2-4 Tbsp. ice water
Friday, May 17, 2013
|Theory dress (similar), J. Crew necklace, Chanel purse, Manolo Blahnik mules|
Back in the day, I had a pair of low-heeled black mules. I loved these shoes and wore them 3-4 years at least 2-3 times per week. Needless to say, my cost per wear was very low. I finally retired them when they were not only out of style, but also completely worn out. Ever since, I’ve been anxiously waiting for mules to return. When I found these fuchsia mules, I had to get them. Paired with a Theory dress and chunky necklace they’re the cherry on the top of the sundae.
|photographed at the home of Tom and Ellen Crane|
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
|philosophy hope springs eternal|
This time of year, it’s usually cool and overcast in Southern California. We even have names for it: May gray and June gloom. This year, it’s been unseasonably warm. To keep cool, I spritz my face and neck with this product from philosophy and immediately feel refreshed. Even better, it’s 20% off until May 17, 2013.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Me Before You
Set in rural England, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a different kind of love story between quadriplegic Will Traynor and his caregiver, twenty-something slacker Louisa. Prior to his accident, Will was a large-living extreme sports enthusiast and captain of industry whose life would never have crossed paths with Louisa’s. At first, Will is a difficult patient, but comes to respect Louisa, who made it her mission to show him that life is worth living. In turn, Will teaches Louisa that there’s a whole world to explore outside their small village.
Saying more about this book would ruin the ending.
Labels: book review
Friday, May 10, 2013
While I liked the Dali-inspired clock over the family room fireplace, there were a couple of problems with it. First, I didn’t think the scale was quite right-it was just a little too small for the space. The bigger problem was that because the numbers and hands were the same color, I couldn’t see the time from across the room.
I looked around for the right clock for a while and decided this George Nelson Spindle clock was perfect. The size is proportional to the space, the look of the clock fits with the décor, it’s beautifully constructed, and it’s visually interesting. Though this version is a bit pricey, reasonably priced replicas are also available.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I like to think when we invite friends to dinner, the meal I serve has a cohesive theme, like Italian food or comfort food. Last week as I was planning a meal for our friends, I realized this just isn't the case. Appetizers were sushi, Italian meat pie, homemade cheez its and champagne. Dinner was Mexican food-grilled marinated skirt steak, Spanish rice and avocado corn relish. S'mores ice cream pie was served for dessert.
I now realize that my dinners do have a theme-it's to serve guests foods they like.
Monday, May 6, 2013
For the past few years, I’ve kept a reed diffuser in the master bathroom. A few were overpowering and all had not-so-attractive labels on the bottle fronts. I’m happy to display this one by Grand Casablanca-Not only is it pretty, but it also has a delicate floral scent. Though it's pricier than traditional reed diffusers, refills are available to bring down the long-term cost.
Labels: four star finds
Friday, May 3, 2013
Mud is a coming of age tale of love and disillusionment. The title character, portrayed brilliantly by Matthew McConaughy, is on the run from the law and bounty hunters. He befriends fourteen year old Ellis (Tye Sheridan in a breakout role) and Neckbone, who agree to help him reunite with first love Juniper (Reese Witherspoon in out-of-character role) so they can run off together. During this time, Ellis is also coping with the dissolution of his parents' marriage. This film is a must-see!
Disconnect contains four interwoven stories about human connection in the cyber age. Jason Bateman and Hope Davis play parents whose son is cyber bullied with devastating consequences. In another storyline, an ambitious reporter (Andrea Riseborough) investigates an internet prostitution ring. Alexander Skarsgård and Paula Patton are a couple grieving the loss of their only child who each seek solace through the internet. When their financial information is stolen, they contact a computer security expert (Frank Grillo) who has relationship issues with his son. This movie is gripping and thought provoking, and I highly recommend seeing it.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
|Alice and Olivia Sweater, Banana Republic Tank, Rag and Bone Jeans, Jason Wu Shoes, Madewell Sunglasses, Club Monaco Necklace (similar), J. Crew Bracelet, vintage ring, Target clutch|
When I took a Styling class at FIDM, I had an assignment to style a celebrity. I chose to dress Jennifer Aniston for a movie premiere. In researching this assignment, I fell in love with some Jason Wu shoes. When these similar shoes were available on myhabit.com, I immediately snapped them up and haven't regretted it.