Some of my very best memories growing up are at Phoenix Lake, in Marin County. This is where it all went down, long walk & talks with friends, break-ups/fresh starts, and big life decisions. I took Ruby there on her birthday as few weeks ago, where she jumped in pools of fresh water with little girls wearing rainboots and bikini's, and then carved her name inside a super cool old log cabin (currently the best play house around). I feel so lucky to be able to still come back here, every step is like a memory.
Monday, June 30, 2008
This weekend we went into a great little children's shop with a display of painted paper lanterns hanging at different lengths from the ceiling. The lanterns were all different patterns, but looked gorgeous together. I'm doing this in Ruby's room - it's such a simple way to create a fun, arty room. LOVE!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Summer reading is all about dreamy, carefree writing about women finding their way and happy endings - I save the heavy stuff for Fall and Winter. Here's my list of beach/vacation/lazy Sunday reads for this Summer:
Girls In Trucks
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Chasing Harry Winston
Love The One You're With
Belong To Me
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My friend David told me you know you've really "made it" in life when you own a set of white luggage. Perplexed? Ok, his theory is this: should you own a set of white luggage, chances are you're traveling in serious style; ie not waiting at the baggage carousel as hundreds of anonymous ribbon-tied suitcases pour out sporting scuff marks and dents. With white luggage, no doubt someone is hand carrying these on and off of your private jet/yacht without as much as a shift in the contents.
luggage image via this is glamorous
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I'm not in a book club, or any other club for that matter, but what I'd really like to be in is a cooking club. Something where friends gather and create with food. I'm not sure how it all comes together, like if the "host" cooks everything, or just picks a theme and everyone brings a dish within that theme, but I do think it would be so much fun. Cooking can be so creative and such a treat for the senses, it can only be better spent with a group of friends ready to eat! Anyone interested?
Monday, June 23, 2008
I blew it big time, my wheat-free, sugar-free "cleanse" went out the window this weekend. From the big burrito on the beach, to the delicious grown up-mac 'n cheese last night at The Fig Cafe (it was SO worth it). It's back on, of course, but weekends are hard and my self control is almost non existent...what to do?
If you feel like really going for it, here's a great recipe.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday was another scorcher in Sonoma, so we headed to the city for a bike ride and picnic on the beach. It was gorgeous! You never know what you're going to find once you cross the golden gate, usually being greeted by the thick summer fog. Today was one of those amazing SF weather days with just-right breezes blowing off the water, a good dose of the sunshine and a sailing regatta to top it off. Happy weekend, everyone!
Friday, June 20, 2008
It's official, my new favorite summer show is Swingtown, from the director of "Big Love" and "Rome," we just finished off episode 3 last night. The crazy 70's plaids, polyester halters, the decor and nights at the Bunny Club are reason enough to watch. Remember Grant Show from Melrose Place? Well, he and his wife are swanky swingers trying to convert the new "squares" on the block. It's fantastic. The food is truly comical - as a housewarming appetizer they made pickles, coated in cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, fried and sliced - can you imagine? If you have a few hours to spend in swanky Swingtown, catch all the episodes here, it's so worth it!
I guess we're not exclusive; it seems that my soft and subtle summer fling, Sienna, has been known to have a tryst or two before me. While looking for images of the purse, I came accross this Flikr site of outfits created solely around Sienna! So crazy. Seriously, I ask you, where do people find the time?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I just now ordered this Kooba Sienna bag in cream,
and I think we'll be very happy together. Sienna is like my summer
fling; we'll go out to dinner together, maybe watch a few sunsets on
the beach, surely go out on the town in the city, and we might just end
up at a museum or two -something cultural for sure. I am counting the
days until it arrives...and I have a feeling there will be high pitched
happiness squeals as I'm opening the box!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
It's finally happening, my invitation line is coming to life! I'm still working on my logo, but this is what I have so far - the dandelion will be used throughout the website and overall design concept. Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? It really is so much easier designing for other people!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This favor idea might just be one of the cutest ideas I've seen in a while. You could personalize these in so many ways - a sticker with the couple's initials and date, or even an insert that fits directly behind the cookie cake with a poem or a picture...so many ideas.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I'm in the market for some low slung, wide waist pants that are not, I repeat, not jeans. They must look cute with flip flops and also with flats or wedges for work. These cuties fit the bill, and I love pants by Sanctuary. Too bad they're out of my size - the search continues!
We had a delicious dinner at Joe & Aubrey's house this weekend - we had a fantastic, refreshing appetizer - crab stuffed endive. She used this recipe from Food & Wine, and put her own twist on it bystuffing the crab salad into endive. Take it from me - it was simply mouthwatering, cool, crisp, and not super filling, just right for an appetizer on a warm night.
Better late than never! I was tagged a week or so back by Fifi Flowers Design to answer a few questions about moi, so here goes:
1. What did you do 10 years ago?
I received my BA in Advertising Design, packed my bags and did a work abroad program in London with my friend Cara. We lived in a hostel, quit our jobs after a week and ended up working as barristas at a coffee shop, it was an amazing experience!
2. Five items on your to-do list Today
• look up recipes for wheat-free, sugar-free foods, because once again, I am going on the "no" diet as I like to call it, but this time Dave is joining me.
• work on birth announcements for Rosalie (I'm pretty sure it's not too late)
• call David's Bridal to make sure I ordered the right size bridesmaid dress for the July wedding in Long Island
• begin sketching for my fairy godmother's business card (she's an amazing milliner - hats to die for)
• finish up my logo for my business, Whish Invitations & Design...I'll have a debut very soon!
3. Snacks I like...
I'm a total snacker, and I like salty over sweet. Chips & salsa, cinnamon sugar pita chips, Havarti dill with apple slices, mmmm, all good.
4. What would you do if you were a Billionaire?
First off - party like a rock star for a year, live on a sailboat eating fresh fish and tropical fruits, have a personal yoga instructor, private chef and masseuse. We'd live the life of luxury inviting friends to travel the world and stay in the most luxurious locals. And of course, all of our friends & family would get a lavish gift of choice (home, yacht, business...). When (and if) reality finally set in, I'd probably open an amazing yoga studio/cafe overlooking the ocean somewhere.
5. Places I would live-
Del Mar (San Diego), Mill Valley (Marin County), Montecito (Santa Barbara), or St. Martin.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Ruby had her graduation from pre-school and performed a solo act (yes, there were tears in my eyes!). She did her version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and it was sweet (as in sa-weeeet), I was so darn proud!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I made this colorful summery salad the other night and it was so flavorful and tasty - it may just be my new favorite summertime dinner. I used romaine lettuce, mangoes, sugar peas, shredded carrots & broccoli, radishes, and tossed with a lemon/olive oil vinaigrette. SO good (and it photographs really well, too!).
The invitations for my cousin Melissa and her fiance Bryan are finished, resting soundly in a tissue-filled box headed overnight to NY. M&B dreamed of something fancy, and similar to an invite I'd done and posted here. I used a vintage flourish, cleaned it up a bit taking out the flowery parts and replacing them with more scrolls and swashes. The layout is one I love; it's a tri-fold that folds into a neat 6x6 square and the r.s.v.p is an attached (perforated) postcard (love that). This is the third yellow & grey invite I've done in the past few months - I think this may be the wedding color theme of the year!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
We're having a bit of a heat wave here in northern California - last night it was 90 degrees at 8pm...needless to say, I'm craving popsicles, fruity and refreshing. I went to the farmer's market on my lunch break today and bought the makings for these frozen treats. Mmmmm. Here's the recipe, if you want to give it a try!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Last night I saw Sex and the City with my friends Rosalie & Susannah - it was fantastic by the way - but why I'm bringing it up is the closet scene. The big, light filled closet that Big had built just for Carrie. It made me think, right then and there - could I even keep a gorgeous closet like that clean?
* Please note, not even one item was moved in order to create a pretty picture. The mess & disaster you see here are real, it's a real mess that I'm sharing with you.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Ruby's butterfly birthday party was too cute - all those little one's clutching their butterfly wands, pitching bean bags through the butterfly toss, and mmmmm those delicious butterfly cupcakes. Happy 5th Birthday, to my little flutter-fly! xo
Friday, June 6, 2008
This corner, on the ledge above the kitchen sink, makes the daily dish debacle a bit less of a chore. I usually find myself spacing out during this time, or meditating if you will, but it's usually a nice quiet time. The beachy bottles were a gift from my husband, after I'd blogged about them a while back. Sometimes I stick flowers in each bottle, but mostly I just leave them as-is, each one is a little different and neither one is perfect.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
It's been a whole year since I sat down to write my very first post here on Daisy Chain. Joining the world of blogging has opened me up to so much beauty and inspiration, it's kind of like being in a really creative art class with the best feedback.
So, dear blog friends, I've confided in you, showed you my silly side, confessed a few things, talked food & recipes, delighted in everyday beauty, shared my clothing wish-lists, and even opened my home. And now, I'm hoping you'll share your thoughts with me by letting me know what it is you like (or dislike), love, or want more of in your daily dose of Daisy Chain. Constructive criticism and me go way back, we're like this (fingers crossed)!
Thank you for reading, and for sharing a little bit of you with every comment, I really do take each one to heart!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Let's take a trip, shall we? Close your eyes and picture this: it's a balmy summer evening, an occasional cool breeze makes the trees rustle, the palms sway, bringing out the scents of the gardenias, plumeria, and jasmine. A glass of chardonnay gathers condensation while you lay reading a magazine filled with pretty little things. You take your time looking at the stars, each one different, trying to connect the dots to find the little dipper. It's quiet and peaceful, the garden is magical, you can open your eyes now.
images by David Tsay