Friday, April 26, 2013

Liberty Art Fabrics

Lately I've been attracted to girly floral prints.  One of my favorite purveyors of offbeat florals is Liberty. Established in 1875, Liberty is actually a department store in the heart of London. Oscar Wilde apparently dubbed it "the chosen resort of the artistic shopper."  Below are a few of my favorite prints.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Back Door

On the hunt for an inexpensive home project, yesterday it struck me that I could add a whole lot of personality to our kitchen hallway/Eric's office by painting the back door. After researching a bit, here are a few of my favorites. I'm leaning towards the chartreuse door - what do you think?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays

 Happy Holidays. I thought I'd post a few of my favorite holiday moments so far this year. Below is a picture of my mothers adorable pink Christmas tree. I've been trying to explain it to people but I think a picture is the only way to do it justice.

Our family dog Cocoa getting into the christmas spirit.

 I'm a sucker for beautiful wrapping paper and ribbons. Generally I say the more simple the paper the better and then go for over the top ribbon like this sparkly red ribbon above.
Last but certainly not least our first tree! The man at the Christmas tree lot looked at us like we were insane but once again my trusty convertible proved its self! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pretty in Pink

Ever since I saw the Royal Tenenbaums I've been hooked on pink walls. I love that contrary to popular belief pink doesn't have to be super girly. In fact, pink can be very modern if done in the right context. While I haven't found the perfect spot for pink paint in my own home it doesn't stop me from collecting inspiration pictures.  Below are a few of my favorites from around the web.

This recipe is so good you'll want to make it again as soon as you're done...

For our anniversary Eric gave me Tender by Nigel Slater which has since gone up the ranks to be one of my favorite cookbooks. So far I have LOVED everything I've made. Not only are the recipes delicious but Nigel's writing makes you feel like you are a friend he's letting in on a secret. 

Last night I made the stir-fried lamb with broccoli and it was so good our dinner conversation pretty much consisted of different ways to say "oh man this is good." I highly recommend making it on a cold winter night. It's easy and hits that comfort food spot.

Stir-fried lamb with broccoli

A thin steel wok is ideal for this because the fierce heat will help to caramelise the sugars in the meat, but you could use a frying pan, too. The sweet taste of the meat contrasts nicely here with the hot sour notes of the seasonings.
Serves 2
broccoli - a large handful of florets
spring onions - 3
garlic - 3 plump cloves
hot red chillies - 2
peanut oil (I used sesame oil and it was lovely)- 3 tbs 
minced lamb - 300g 
a lime
nam pla (Thai fish sauce) - 1 tbs
sugar - a tsp
cilantro leaves - a small handful
Blanch the florets of broccoli for one minute in boiling water. Drain and set aside. Chop the spring onion, removing the darkest green leaves as you go. Peel the garlic and chop it finely, then seed and chop the chillies. Get the oil really hot in a shallow pan then cook the onions and chillies until soft but not coloured, moving them quickly round the pan as you go. It will appear there is too much oil, but bear with me. (This is my favorite bit of the recipe - so great!)
Add the minced lamb, let it colour appetisingly. It should go a rich golden colour. Add the drained broccoli. In a small bowl mix the juice of the lime with the nam pla and sugar. Tip into the hot pan, leave to sizzle briefly scraping at the gooey stickings on the bottom of the pan and stirring them in as you go. Check the seasoning - you may need a little salt - and stir in the coriander.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stop shoulding all over your self!

In a world so success driven its very easy to tie up our self worth with our careers or more precisely were we think we SHOULD be in our careers.  I turned 30 this year and unlike most people I could barely wait. I had always seen women in their 30's as so much more together. I've since learned that the secret of the 30 somethings is not that you're necessarily on top of the world financially or even career wise but that you have built up the resilience to know that you can get through whatever lies ahead of you. One of the places I find the most strength is by having the same sort of compassion I do for my friends, with myself. I have one friend in particular who started her new job around the same time I did and though we work in very different fields its amazing how similar our experiences have been. Both of us burst into our new roles full of energy and excitement and inevitably fell flat on our faces more then a few times. The difference is when I fall on my face I feel like a big failure - when I look at my friend doing the same it in no way diminishes her or her worth in my eyes. She is still my friend who makes me smile just thinking about her. I love her and will continue to love her no matter how many times she fails. So on days like today when I'm feeling a little diminished I remind myself to have the same compassion for myself as I do my friend.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Do you ever have a week where one theme keeps reemerging? Well for me, last week it was plants. First I went to my hairdresser who had moved into a loft in Oakland with her boyfriend around the same time Eric & I found our place. While I gossiped about how great our neighborhood was she couldn't stop talking about all of her beautiful house plants. The next night we had dinner with our upstairs neighbors and once again there were plants everywhere.  Then I saw the image below on sfgirlbybay, ok, ok a girl can take a hint - so I bought some plants! I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pots but pictures should be coming soon. In the meantime here is a little inspiration from around the web...
From Australian Vogue