Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
- Built 2 more Billy Bookcases for my living room and now, for the first time, I have more space than books! You know what that means... MORE BOOKS!!
- Had the most amazing brunch at South Congress Cafe with dear L who was in town visiting: crab cakes "benedict", carrot cake french toast (basically just carrot cake), and white wine sangrias infused with delicious watermelon juice
- Got my first "cake shake" at The Holy Cacao (red velvet + vanilla ice cream = pinkish shake). Laura got a frozen hot chocolate (although it wasn't very frozen). Cake was gooooood, but a little too liquid-y for me. Must try another time!
This week is a short one for me as I leave for Vancouver on Thursday. BUT there are some exciting things happening on Hang On Little Tomato this week as well so stay tuned!! Getting pampered on Tuesday with a much-needed pedicure and cut & color. Yay!
Hope y'all had a wonderful, relaxing and divine weekend. :)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I've been bitten by the design bug once again, and I can't stop drooling over gorgeous interiors, particularly those with multitudes of whites. As such, I am (naturally) contemplating such painting in my petite abode. My apartment's gone through countless transformations over the past 20 months, and while I don't intend on doing a dramatic overhaul, I am eagerly looking forward to some fresh change.
Mostly? I want to declutter, simplify and downsize. Luckily I recently became the owner of a storage unit across the hall from my apartment (negotiated with my apt manager since, um, THEY RAISED MY RENT), and today after work, I'm going to pick up the key and start hauling crap over there. Eventually I hope to sell or donate the "crap" I'm "storing", but that all takes time, and for now, I want it out of my apartment.
As for painting, there is a loooong wall that spans the entire length of my apartment (entry/dining/living room) that has never been painted. The current color is grey-ish (my apt is "loft"-y), which doesn't bother me too much (since it ain't beige), but I want a crisp clean white. I love white walls and white furniture with POPS of color. I have oodles of color in my apartment already, so a long white wall would fare nicely. Do you have any recommendations as to a good white paint? I'm a fan of Benjamin Moore. I also want to paint my bed white, but you knew that already. ;-)
I recently stumbled across Jennifer Ramos's lovely house tour. I love her home because it's so real, but still personalized, design-worthy, and beautiful. I also love her prints and recently made her I Love You, Blogs and Coffee one mine. I framed it over the weekend and will post pics as soon as I get my new dining table (that is currently sold out at IKEA - grrr).
I particularly love her office and *SO* wish I could get rid of all my standard (and BROWN) office furniture. Yuck.
What's your design aesthetic when it comes to your home?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Fuji Instax Instant Camera
First read about it here, then found it here whilst perusing Urban last night. Swoon indeed! This darling, DARLING camera is like a petit polaroid. I want!! Now, I know I bought that pink Holga awhile back and have yet to develop any pics, but that's because I need to finish the roll. I started it on my bday at Barton Springs, but want to take it to some fun Austin hotspots before I finish. See? It's not going to waste...
Crate & Barrel Colette Bed
I am so over my Hemnes bed. Unfortunately it was a biatch to assemble, and I've only had it for about 2 years, sooo I won't be getting rid of it anytime soon. But when it does come time for me to buy a new bed, I'd love the Colette Bed. You might be thinking, "wow that's a bit tame for Carolyn's taste," and well, you'd be right. But this bed ain't cheap, and I'd want it to last forever. The classic shape + super fun nailhead trim would be tres chic for decades to come.
Note: I might paint my bed a fun glossy white comme ca. Oh Domino... I miss you.
Taschen's Travel Books
You've probably spotted these babies at Anthropologie. Everytime I see them, I die a little. (Drama queen, much?) Because they ain't cheap (around $50 a pop), and I want all 3!
Paris & London Maps
And speaking of my fave European cities, I've been eyeing these darling Paris & London maps since they hit the world wide web. But again, I want both, and at $50 a pop plus shipping, they're just not in my budget right now. Le sad I am.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I didn't take another serious stab at journaling until my 2nd year of law school. It was the Spring of 2007, and I just had recently returned to school after a semester of withdrawal. I thought, what better time than now, as a recovering depression-holic to start a journal? Looking back I'm pretty unimpressed with my first choice - a boring black spiral-bound one from Barnes & Noble that had a tree and quote on the cover. Since then my journals have gotten prettier, and I've amassed quite an interesting collection. There have been ebbs and flows, naturally, but I've been an avid and consistent journaler since that Spring. I'm hooked.
Recently I've taken my journal in new and (exciting to moi) directions. I've started collaging, painting un peu, and even doodling in them (je suis a terrible artist). Today I stumbled across this journal on etsy and kicked myself for having missed out on the chance to purchase it for myself.
But as I looked at it, I realized hey, this is something I could sort of attempt to make my own. I mean, I'm a smart gal. And avec the magic that is the google search engine, I could make a pretty fun and fab and customized journal! Then a fellow Tweeter tweeted about this fab etsy shop and got even MORE ideas! I mean check out this fun French Market Vintage Journal kit -
Isn't it sooo fun? I adore all her petit embellishments, and I think I might indulge in some. :)
Anyhoo, have you guys ever tried something like this? How hard is it to, um, punch holes in bookcovers?? And what other fun (and EASY) bookbinding techniques are there? I know there are some that involve sewing, and I gotta say, that's not my cup of tea (yet). I'd love any ideas/suggestions you have, my darlings!!
Oh and speaking of gorgeous things, how much do you adore PaPaYa Art? I LOVE all their stuff!!! And they have a gorgeous workspace and warehouse which you can see here at decor8. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This AMAZING corn soup & roasted corn guacamole recipe from Bunny Bites. I love love LOVE corn, and it's been my favorite food for as long as I can remember. (Weird, huh?) I've never made any sort of corn soup or chowder before, but this looks easy enough. Yum!
Right up there in my "favorites" category is goat cheese. Oh how I adore le chevre, and for moi, the strongier/tangier, the better! When I stumbled upon this gorgeous tomato & goat cheese tart on one of my fave food blogs, fresh365, I knew I had to add it to my repertoire.
And finally, I find myself strangely fascinated with red lentils lately. I've never cooked with lentils of any variety before, but I've been hearing an awful lot of good things about them. And since I'm no longer eating meat, I need some good sources of protein. A simple google search pulled up this yummy-looking & seemingly easy recipe for red lentil curry. The uber fabulous City Girl also shared avec moi 2 of her favorite red lentil recipes (Curried Lentils with Sweet potatoes and Swiss Chard and Masoor Dal) both of which sound delectable.
Have you cooked with lentils before? Do you know where I can find curry paste??
Monday, August 17, 2009
I *love* Austin, I really do. It truly is the gem of Texas with its rolling hills, amazing local community, relatively cheap real estate, and fun music festivals. But having been here for 8 years and in the South pretty much my entire life, I often dream of moving to one of these cities...
Et vous? If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Oh and speaking of Austin, check out NY Magazine's travel story on my beloved city. Look and sound familiar?
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Is it really already Sunday night? I guess I can't complain too much seeing as how my weekend was delightfully chill and sans any set-in-stone plans (aside from my Spa time, but that doesn't count!). It's amazing how much I crave open space in my planner. I used to be such a social butterfly, and yes, I often love looking into my planner pad and seeing oodles of appointments/lunch dates/evenings out. But as soon as I start to feel overwhelmed (and yes, I've been feeling un peu overwhelmed these days), I want nothing more than to cancel everything and hole myself up in my petit pink paradise. Why is that?
Also, I'm having a tres difficult time balancing work-play now that work has gotten busy. :( I've made the executive decision to forego both book clubs this month, seeing as how they both meet this week, and I'm nowhere near finishing either book. On top of that, I have oodles of work to do in the evenings, and I really don't want to neglect yoga + running as both make me feel *so* good in my body. So, au revoir book clubs for now. Perhaps I can rejoin next month.
The good news is that I still made time today to have breakfast at my fave coffeeshop (banana filled pancakes, bfast taco & iced coffee), take a 2 hour nap, spend time avec my planner pad, create a weekly menu, go grocery shopping, whip up another homemade spinach/goat cheese/tomato pizza, work for a few hours AND fit in my C25K run. Wow, this weekend I went to a (killer) yoga class, got a deep tissue massage and ran?? I wish all weekends could be that way!
But now it's Sunday night, and oh my, this week is going to be jam packed. Fingers crossed for sanity! Oh and before I forget, voila my weekly menu (only suppers):
Monday - leftover pizza
Tuesday - asparagus & leek risotto (yum! haven't made risotto in ages and i looove it)
Wednesday - korean ramen & my mom's delish kimchi
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Clay Pit takeout (been craving Indian food, and I've decided that Friday nights are my stay-in personal nights)
Saturday - dinner out avec bonne amie
Sunday - dinner w/ Momma Park b/c she's coming for WICKED! yayyyy
Okay i should really go 2 bed since it's wayyy past my 11 p.m. bedtime. ;-)
P.S. CONGRATS to Melita who won 2 tickets to The Cove! Melita - email me, and we can figure out the details. ;-)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'm pretty open and honest on this blog and probably write a lot of things I don't want my family/friends/employer/random strangers to read. But my blog doesn't have a theme or a niche, my blog is all about moi. So for me, honesty and a little intimacy is key.
That being said, there are a couple of topics that I have avoided for the most part, and this post is about one of them - being *gasp* single.
Last week I went to an event with Christine Arylo, the author of Choosing Me Before We, who was recently featured in a podcast avec the lovely Kimberly Wilson. I went to this event unfamiliar with Christine's book and figured it was all about finding yourself, loving yourself, respecting yourself, etc. Well, it is. BUT. It's a lot about doing all those things in order to be in a healthy relationship. And that, my friends, is the problem.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yesterday I began my 26th bday with a fun and challenging yoga class. I don't know what it was about yesterday, but I was fearless! I kicked up into handstand for the first time ever without assistance (and actually hung out there for a few seconds!), *finally* felt what it was like to balance in headstand, did backbend push-ups (had no idea I had the strength), and even attempted some scorpion-esque poses (all near the safety of a wall, of course!). It was intense and fun and felt SO good.
Afterwards, mon amie C & I went home to pack for Barton Springs, picked up some yummies from Central Market, and then hit the Springs. It was UNBEARABLY hot with little to no breeze, but luckily the water in the Springs is freakishly cold so we spent 3 hours alternating between laying out and jumping into the freezing pool. Next time I am bringing a float! Voila a glimpse into Austin's beloved Barton Springs -
Divine, isn't it? I can't wait to go back avec float and more H2O!
After the Springs, we got sushi at a fun new sushi restaurant mere steps from my apartment, had some wine and oodles of laughs. Topped off the day with delicious peanut butter froyo. Mmmmm delish. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday.
Of course now, I'm exhausted and soooooo did not want to wake up and get dressed for work this morning. Luckily I woke up to this sweet face, which somehow put me in a better mood:
Don't her legs look freakishly long? That's because they are! Oh how I love my little (giant) Lola bear!!
How are you darlings?? I'm missing you masses!! Tell me what's been going on!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I don't know how you people with multiple kids or multiple jobs (or both!) manage! Le sigh. I was working on my planner pad tonight (one of my SWIM goals) and began realizing the daunting weeks (months?) I have ahead. There's too many to-do's, appointments, obligations, and even "fun" events that are starting to feel like a burden. I also have some difficult decisions to make and emails to write, which is never pleasant. On top of that, work is FINALLY busy so every spare moment I have will be spent attempting to catch up on hours. *Yawn* I'm exhausted, and my week hasn't even begun.
Oh and did I mention I'm turning 26 on Tuesday? Remember, embrace embrace embrace.
I had the immense pleasure of being offered a chance to check out this fabulous e-book from the amazing and inspiring Ana of Creatuitive Coaching. As someone who is on a (seemingly) constant quest to carve my authentic path, I was more than delighted to indulge in this interactive workbook. As I'm sure many of you know, there are oodles of books on the market aimed at this sort of self-discovery. The thing I love the most about Discovering Your Right Livelihood, and what I think makes it so valuable, is that it is an affordable and eco-friendly 14-page e-book that you can (and will) actually complete. How many times have you started a self-help book, with the highest of intentions, only to find it 8 months later, covered in dust and under your bed? Exactly. Another wonderful about Discovering is that because it is an e-book, you can complete it time and time again. The exercises inside it are as appropriate for the first timer who decides it's time to discover her passions as well as for the well-seasoned regular who engages in self-exploration on a full-time basis. I highly recommend it!
Also, right now Ana is offering a special reduced price 60-minute coaching session via phone with the purchase of her e-book. Find out more about it here.
Merci beaucoup, Ana, for this delicious gem!!