SO WE'RE MOVING TO LA

December 13, 2013

So... we're moving to LA!

We went down to apartment hunt last weekend and just signed the lease for this baby. We've been calling it "the bungalow" since we first laid eyes on it on craigslist, and I can't wait to make it all cute and cozy. (by cozy I mean a lot of IKEA furniture because I am still college poor) It has tons of natural light and good vibes. And skylights. And an awesome view of the giant blue monstrosity that is the Scientology building (I'm sure we'll look back fondly at our first apartment and Tom Cruise will have a place in our hearts forever).

This whole move thing has been in my "five year plan" since I can remember (because I'm that annoying person that has a "five year plan" and talks about it). I also kinda hinted at it here. It's always been New York or LA for me, and for Greg too. In fact, when we first started dating, both of us had in the back our minds "I really like this person, but it's gonna suck dropping this I want to move to LA bomb on them." Then we both "broke the news" to the other person and it was like, "oh, you too? thank goodness."...kismet, baby, kis-met.

I'm from LA originally and lived there until I was 15, which means that I never drove in this city and therefore have NO idea where the hell anything is. It is SO big, and so sprawled out and there are so many neighborhoods. I'm looking forward to exploring this city as an adult. I'm not looking forward to the traffic. But I would much rather be stuck in traffic in my own car than stuck in a crowded muni bus with a homeless man masturbating to me. (true story)

So with that being said, San Francisco, it has been majorly real. Thank you for being so many of my firsts. Thank you for fostering the coming of age of yours truly, and giving me the wherewithal to save all my money and have a great job and fall in love with so many amazing people. We'll be driving off with our Uhaul into the sunset on January 11th. Wish us luck. I promise to report back. and I promise to NEVER go blonde.

THANKSGIVING 2013

December 1, 2013

I'm so thankful for where I am in my life right now. I had a wonderful warm thanksgiving with Greg and his family and ate tons of food and lounged and watched a lot of Doctor Who. Unfortunately, no leftovers though. No glorious leftover sandwiches on toasted rye bread will be happening. It hurts my soul a little bit.

But we can finally say...CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!!

FILM FESTIVAL

November 12, 2013

Last Saturday night we went to watch Greg's short film Chaizu screen at a film festival. It was so great to sit in a theater with him and hear people laugh as they watched it. There was a small Q&A afterwards and people asked him questions about it. It was really wonderful to see him in his element, even if he doesn't think it's that great (and Greg, if you're reading this - I can see your eye roll from here. just indulge me, ok?) I love you and I'm so proud of you.

Alright, enough with the sappy boyfriend sheeeet. But in my defense, this is a blog about swooning. among other things. ;)


FROM MY PHONE WITH ❤

November 6, 2013



PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

November 3, 2013





Whenever I make these, I'm instantly transported to my mom's house in Washington, nice and chilly, with a fire going and surrounded by evergreen trees. On a good day I have this as a naughty / not nutritious breakfast with coffee, or with some almond milk for dessert. on bad days I'm averaging like 7.

+ 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
+ 1 cup granulated sugar
+ 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I usually 1 1/2)
+ 1 teaspoon baking soda
+ 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
+ 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
+ 2 large eggs
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla
+ 1 cup plain pumpkin (half of a 1 pound can, although I like mine extra pumpkin-y so I use 2/3 of the    can)
+ 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
+ 1 cup chocolate chips (feel free to go rogue here and add as many as you want)

1 preheat oven to 350°.
2 grease muffin cups or use paper baking cups. (I think paper baking cups are way easier)
3 thoroughly mix flour, sugar, pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips
4 in a separate bowl, mix eggs, pumpkin, melted butter, vanilla. whisk until blended.
5 pour over dry ingredients and fold in using a spatula until combined.
6 scoop batter evenly into muffin cups.
7 bake 20-25 minutes, or until puffed and springy to the touch in the center.
8 turn out onto a rack to cool. 

A few notes: to make mine extra fall-ish, I add a sprinkle of nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. The recipe doesn't call for it but I DO WHAT I WANT. Also, these taste way better if you make them a day in advance. I rarely have the self restraint to wait for these to cool, much less 24 hours, but it's worth it. (they're delicious no matter what, I'm just trying to give you the prime muffin experience)

Makes 12 regular or 48 miniature muffins, I usually double the recipe.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! *SNAP SNAP*

October 31, 2013

so, I felt super lame about halloween this year. greg and I really wanted to do a couple's costume, but with him getting a cold, us trying to save our pennies for stuff, and me desperately trying to find a costume that didn't involve him shaving his glorious beard (oh, how I love it so) it resulted in ziiiiilch. but when you're running a costume contest at work, you kinda have to dress up. so I busted out my good ole black dress and white button down and did my best wednesday addams sulk. because she's cooler than I'll ever be.

we spent our halloween eating sushi at moki, watching all the trick-or-treaters go from shop to shop on cortland avenue. then we made cookies and watched a documentary on people who make haunted houses.

Another thing I realized is that my last three halloween costumes have involved a white oxford, buttoned up alllll the way to neck. (rawr!) Greg, I promise to do my best "slutty ___" costume next year. ;)

(See last year's halloween costume here.)

HAUNTED HOUSES + BEING ARTSY

October 23, 2013

Last weekend was the "end of quarter" party at work, so we celebrated with the amazeballs Tonayense taco truck and a printmaking class at 3 Fish Studios. I had never taken a printmaking class before and it was so much fun! both owners of the studio (hubby & wife team Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin) were wonderful and very patient at teaching 30+ of us how to work the machines. as it turns out, Annie is also the artist behind these "I love you California" prints that I've seen all over the mission and have been lusting after. She was nice enough to show me her studio and some of the pieces she's currently working on. We chatted about our love of Margaret Kilgallen and she her irish accent and well, I like her.

Eric showing us the magic machine that turns basically any piece of paper (a map, old textbook pages) into a sticker. 
// 
What I made. I can't wait to frame and hang it somewhere.

I loved this "look sharp" drawing that hung above the sink in the bathroom. 
// 
Annie's California prints. 

Then on saturday, Conner and Claire came to visit! We went to Val's (again, I know, we have a serious problem) and then hit up a haunted house park. Claire refused to go in any of the houses or wait in line with us, but we still love her. :)

I'm a total baby but I survived all the clowns and smoke and the creepy guy with a skin mask who touched me with his chainsaw. wooooo.

SATURDAY AT THE FERRY BUILDING

October 6, 2013

We spent Saturday at the Ferry Building because it was supposed to be really nice outside. By really nice I mean almost 80 degrees in a city that doesn't really use air conditioning. (SF has officially ruined me for any weather over 75 degrees) There were pumpkins and halloween decorations up but it was so freaking hot that all I wanted was a watermelon margarita. 

Spoiler alert I got one. 


Enough of this indian summer business! I don't own a fan, my apartment doesn't have air conditioning, and I feel weird eating pumpkin flavored things in the heat. It just feels wrong. 

Hope you had a good weekend, lovaaaaahs.

SO IT'S LIKE OFFICIALLY FALL NOW

October 2, 2013

Happy fall! Things have been pretty quiet around here. I've been mega slacking on the blog front, not for lack of excitement, because BULIEVE me - exciting things are brewing. I just can't go and talk about them on the interwebs just yet. :) Random photos from my phone? I'd thought you'd never ask.

Date night with my red-bearded pirate. we saw Midnight Cowboy and Mary Poppins at the Castro. and we finally got a burger / milkshake session in at Val's. You remember how upset I was about them being on vacation...

Weather in San Francisco has been kinda gross lately. A lot of foggy misty days, which is great (sarcasm) for when you have bangs. 

and for every 7 foggy depressing there-is-no-way-I'm-getting-out-of-bed days, you have a day like this. 

and then you have the official beginning of fall: the return of the pumpkin spice latte. welcome back, my sweet and spicy friend. 

LIFE LATELY + PIE SAVES THE DAY

September 13, 2013

Life is quiet right now. That quiet space in between all the craziness of summertime and the craziness of the holidays. It's starting to feel like fall but not quite fall yet...

Greg and I were craving a burger and milkshake from Val's. I specifically had a salad for lunch that day so I could (as my niece says) eat alllll the things. So we went out of our way to get cash (am I the only one who never carries cash these days?) and drive 20 minutes only to find that they've gone on vacation.

We had a good pout session in the car and then proceeded to have a really depressing dinner at Shari's. to be fair, Shari's has it's time and place to be delicious, but we were pretty inconsolable. At least it was free pie Wednesday, though. You'd be surprised what situations can't be improved with free pie. But I've already talked about that, haven't I?

A few other things:

My bangs are back.
23 things that women need to stop doing
The new arcade fire single is amazing (David Bowie and James Murphy - YES PLEASE)
My nephew jack turned 1.
My dad and stepmom celebrate their 10 year anniversary today.
I am obsessed with the hair and makeup from rebecca minkoff's show at nyfw.

Happy Friday the 13th!

HAPPY SEPTEMBER + FALL WISHLIST

September 3, 2013

1 metro watch from kate spade // 2 cardigan coat from ASOS // 3 kitty ring from leif // 4 winston booties from madewell // 5 tall boots from frye // 6 a great lightweight jacket from ASOS // 7 pretty cutout loafters from anthropologie // 8 the perfect everyday bag from madewell

happy september! what's on your fall to-do list?

BECAUSE PIZZA

August 26, 2013


we snuck down to LA for a quick trip a few weekends ago.
lido pizza in van nuys. 
THE. BEST. 
that's all. 
happy monday. 

LIVI BOO TURNS 22

August 22, 2013


olivia is a girl who always follows her gut. she feels everything 110% and never lets you forget it. she is the fiercest and most loyal friend. she sends without a doubt the weirdest snapchats you will ever get. (usually distorting her face in ways I didn't think possible accompanied by a taylor swift or boyz II men lyric) I love you, liv. I'm so proud of the human you are and I'm proud to call you my seester. and yes, this is an accurate representation of our text messages.


FROM MY PHONE WITH ❤

August 16, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG

August 12, 2013

 this is what happens when we take photos. can we freaking pull it together?



greg turned 25 yesterday! we hiked and ate our weight in italian food and spent time with friends. also BREAKING BAD, omg..."tread lightly." 


happy birthday, handsome! I sure do love you lots.

A WEEK AT LAKE TAHOE

August 7, 2013






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