Thursday, December 25, 2008

merry christmas

have a merry christmas! i'll be back sometime next week with photos of what we've been working on all week. we made it safely to utah and are having fun in the snow, spending time w/friends and family before we take off to indiana to do the same for a week.

Friday, December 19, 2008


first you find the recipe from a friend who has already tried & succeeded

then you make the dough, refrigerate it for half hour and arrange them into 'flattish' logs. yes, 'flattish' was in the recipe

bake the loaves and let them cool. slice them up into 1" diagonal strips.
bake again, cut side up for 15 min's (we turned them at 15 and did 5 more on the other side)
voila! biscotti with semi-sweet chips, dried cranberries & plenty of orange zest
and into little bags w/red string for office gifts

Monday, December 15, 2008

japanese inspiration

i've been swamped with so much design/illustration freelance work lately that my photography is lacking! i shot a few things for Blush over thanksgiving, but want to make some new goals in the new year to shoot consistantly. i just ordered the new canon 50d, as i have to wait for the husband to graduate and make some $ before i can go full professional with the 5d mark II. i found these images on flickr, by Akihiro Futura. I have felt creatively stumped in the past with family portraits, because in my mind, people sitting or standing together seems a little boring, even with a more creative backdrop. These images sparked some great inspiration, for creating creative portraiture with props, matching clothes, gestures, etc. Matching outfits (ie women's dresses) was so outdated, but I think w/a modern twist it might come back and be pretty rad. These are some of my favorites. Email me to schedule January/February family portraits.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


i was trying to be secretive while wrapping gifts for j and another relation, thus, pulling my excitingly discounted jcrew items out of the shipping box one at a time to wrap them. after wrapping all the gifts, i threw the box away, forgetting to grab the receipt and a cute satin belt that was for me and didn't need to be wrapped!!! and yeah, that was about 3 days ago. Don't think I just woke up w/a start and didn't try to sift through our community garbage. I just wish we didn't share it w/40 other families...

Friday, December 12, 2008

j's wishlist

here is j's man list:

1. five pepper blend from williams-sonoma
2. an ocean fishing license
3. dried montmorency cherries from trader joe's
4. $ towards scuba lessons (he knows an underwater shooter and would like to assist him next year)
5. a gps (he frequently gets lost around los angeles)
6. balsalmic vinegar
7. bike lights for night vision/safety
some of the ideas on my brother's lists included wii controllers, $ towards lift tickets in UT, addidas/pumas, a bluetooth headset, and a wii nunchuck.

holiday wishlist

these are some of the things on my wishlist this year, in case anyone is looking for ideas for your own friends/family. i'll post my list, and then jan's in case you want some guy ideas.

1. a tea kettle (w/my discount)
2. stockings with
this style of design,
slippers (i know i live in LA, but my feet still get cold!)
4. vintage ornaments from thrift stores/flea markets
5. old archie comic books (i've read/collected these since i was a kid)
wicked tickets (the show is over in january!)
7. ground cinnamon from
whole foods (seriously, amazing).
i also told his family i would love a small lemon tree (around $20) or a citrus press - the vintage kind that you push the handle down on.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

bodies as art

i am always facinated with creative photography collaborations. the site i found these on says,"Art director Willi Dorner and Photographer Lisa Rastl have collaborated on a project combining humans in odd formations and unusual locations. ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’ sets out to explore the “relationship between body, space and architecture”. The urban based series was created as a set of human sculptures. They are currently spread throughout the city of Philadelphia." images and text found here. i would love to have a print of the first one.

little k

i love my nephew. his laugh is infectious. he ate his first lime, and kept eating! he tried on women's shoes and looked adorable hobbling around macys. he loves to honk your nose and show you his tongue. i'll post a few other pics from my big camera later this week - we didn't have much time. the last photo is of both of my sister-in-laws. i love them. we had a mini shopping spree w/mom at WS to pick up some christmas gifts w/my discount.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Someone dropped a loaf of this bread off at our office. It's Italian christmas bread, sprinkled with powdered sugar. A sweet egg type bread. Delicious. Ours has chestnuts (i picked them out) and raisins, but my favorite is just simple and plain. It's great toasted with a little butter, and amazing as french toast. It usually comes in a big tin and can seem intimidatingly huge, but you won't regret it.

Friday, December 5, 2008


if anyone of you ever has to have this, i can now emphathise. with a lot of silent prayer, i survived it. twice, because the tube broke 80% of the way into the procedure. but, my uterus is golden. and i'm practically wearing a diaper. is that too much info for blogging?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

gift ideas

The season for gifts is coming, and I saw these boxes on the onion that are gag boxes that you put your real gift inside of. They are cracking me up. The bottom box says: "Introducing two new attachments, because debris is always in season." This would be hilarous for someone's dad.

need to get my craft on

we have a pendant light from ikea that we used in the small box but haven't put up yet in the new place. i came across this amazing ikea hack. looks like felt circles cut out, then glued in the middle onto the lamp. pretty great in the day, but amazing at night. looks like i'm going to have to get some felt this weekend!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

our new panda (rabbit)

When J went to NYC last weekend, I adopted a bunny. We brought our new panda home for Thanksgiving. She still doesn't have a name and I don't want to keep calling her the old name - Zeta-Centauri. It just doesn't fit her. So we're trying to come up w/something new that fits her better. Pandira? Pandora? Pandacious? Any suggestions? Either way, we all love her. K would run down every morning when he woke up, saying 'ba ba!' in a high pitched voice. He fed her carrot tops and cilantro, and even climbed in her box to see how it felt to be a rabbit. She is a rex, in the family of the original velveteen rabbit. (ie the softest thing ever). Come visit!

the kitchen

our apt is coming along. one of the things i have been on the hunt for is a pan rack to open up more cabinet space. all the ones in the stores are a lot longer than the 24" space we have to work with. i used some creative thinking and picked up an 18" modern towel rack at home depot and some S-hooks. I'll post the finished product this week. The cost at crate & barrel was about $99. Mine was $25, and now my fry/crepe/grill pans hang all pretty on the wall.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

the week of thanksgiving

1. plan a side dish for thursday
2. make no knead bread in my lecreuset for thurs.
3. get my new bunny ready for the drive up north (more pics to come)
4. do a photoshoot for blush
5. check out heath ceramics (i ran out of time in sept)
6. print holiday cards for jen, assemble & deliver
7. take photo for our holiday cards
8. smother my cute nephew
9. see if i have time to make this wreath for my apt door
10. read this book
11. eat dad's famous homeade chocolate chip ice cream

what are you doing?

Monday, November 24, 2008

grosgrain blog giveaway

there is a woman who writes a blog called grosgrain. she sews the most stylish outfits for kids, and then gives them away. how amazing is that? this week, she is giving away these sailor pants, jacket and matching hat. i don't even have a kid but i want it for my future girl. and photoshoots. and one in my size? she has great photography skills and adorable little girls. post a link from your blog and you can win too! and then call me and let's do a photoshoot. you have until dec. 2 to enter.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

lactose intolorance

me: yes, yes, yes, yes (but who really likes pepperoni? yuck)
it started in highschool. i noticed it more in college and during one of my microderm treatments junior year to work on my breaking out face, the lady said that 80 or 90% of asians were lactose intolorant, and that maybe it was causing me to break out. i went off it almost immediately, pausing only to inhale my dad's homemade ice cream, willing to suffer the consequences. it didn't help my face, but i started to not get stomach sick...ever. i stayed off for about 3 years, and then slowly i craved it all again. i studied abroad in france, how could i not love cheese? buying separate milk w/caroline seemed like a waste and baking w/o dairy was tricky. and who doesn't crave a good bowl of cold cereal at any i could/can easily stray from heavy creme, key lime pie, etc. i've been taking lactaid for the past few years. first everyfew days and then suddenly when i ate like everyone else, 2-3x a day. it's not cheap and it sucks to down the pills all the time. it's gross when i eat pizza (hello nasty clump of cheese) and on the occasion when one pill wasn't enough, i still have to excuse myself.

a few years back my dad saw a product talked about on dr. phil. it's called lactagen and is a 38 day program designed to cure you completely. i lost the print out for about 2 years and just found it as we were unpacking. i ordered it yesterday. there's a 6 month money back guarantee. it's about $140, so it's not cheap, but if it can cure me for good it's worth it. i'll let you know how it goes in the next few months. does anyone else have this problem? is there another cure you've heard of, or are we all doomed to daily chalky pills?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

tie rack

we just bought a tie rack for jan that we have to bolt into the closet (nothing special). i think this idea is much more his style, and one of the (very) few ways i would accept a dead animal in my home. images taken by james carriere, via sfgirlbybay. i'm going to keep an eye out for a plaid tie now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


There is one bed frame out there that j & i both love. we even contemplated getting it when it went on sale for 20% plus free shipping. but it's still really expensive, and although we would have it for life, we want to get into a house first. so..the next alternative is making one ourselves or hacking a craigslist one for less than $100. We figure if we are spending $3-500 on an ikea/west elm bed that we mostly like, but not love, then we should just put the money into savings for the one we do love. i found a few on apartment therapy complete w/how to instructions. I also found some using photography, stencils, old doors, etc. Do you think an actual headboard is necessary? Could you make do with just a stencil or block of paint and no physical wood/cushion?

Friday, November 14, 2008


by this image, titled: Girls in the Windows by Ormond Gigli. again, another great idea for a family portrait recreation. that would be a rather large family though, so maybe a family reunion?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

carnivorous plant

i picked up a pretty plant at trader joes. these tubes w/curly grass in front. i thought it looked hard to kill and would look pretty on our dining table. when i got to the checkout stand, both guys said - hey, you got our favorite plant! it eats things! huh? turns out i got a cold blooded killer. "the pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap." Who knew? I can't find a photo of the curly grass, but they said that ants crawl deeper and deeper into the curls and get trapped. j's excited to find some bugs and try it out.

DIY projects

i browse kids magazines looking for good photo ideas for my shoots. parents magazine online had this cute posting of DIY costumes. some are a little cheesy, but i thought these ones were really cute. green sponges to make a dinasour & gloves to make antlers. genious. my next photo project is going to involve bright fabric and kids in costume.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

hello there

i am working w/a company to do illustrations in a vacant store front in beverly hills - very posh! this is my most recent submitted draft. the requirements were - one illustration, 2 color schemes, holiday feel & incorporating their colors for this season of burgandy and silver. what do you think?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

of all the luck

i just went on my lunch break to quit pb. i have a lot of freelance on my plate now, plus the full time gig and i can't give up spending time w/family over the holidays for a part time job. they're usually pretty adamant that if you work, you have to help through the holidays and busy season. so i figured i'd have to quit before thanksgiving. only, the manager said no. no? no. she'll let me work one or two sat's a month, help w/floorsets in the evenings every few months, and other than that, i can just call in when i have free time. 'and you can keep your discount.' i think that the black cloud that followed me while we were moving has morphed into a lucky charm. image via

Monday, November 10, 2008

no way!

look at this photo from orange beautiful. doesn't it look VERY similar to wallpaper #2?? it is very cute in real life! my pattern repeats itself every 20", so it's pretty big which makes it not so crazy on the eyes. if you click on the post there is an additional close up. thoughts??

shoot idea

i would love to borrow this idea for a family photoshoot. image via rodney smith

last 2 (i think)

when i tried to post #3 below, the link wasn't working so I had to use the front page of the book and write in a description. So these are now up for voting, #3, and #3.5. (as of today, i'm leaning towards one of these or a b&w one. the wall color to the right will be a lighter to medium grey. really pretty)

Friday, November 7, 2008

wallpaper is back

top: 1,2,3
bottom: 4,5,6
top: 7,8,9
bottom: 10,11
i'm going to wallpaper the entry of our new place w/the sherman-williams easy change line. it's pure genious because when you are done, you just peel it off. the paint underneath is just fine, and you walk - perfect for apartment dwelling! now, what i need you for is helping me pick. i've narrowed it down slightly, but there are a lot of options here. to help you w/the decision, the front wall will eventually have CB2's clear console and a white modern west elm mirror over it, the left wall will have j's antique wood chair and a long strip of zebra wood w/vintage hooks for hanging coats/bags. to the right will be the dining table which is currently grey, with clear chairs. the dining wall will be painted based on the wallpaper. please let me know your top two!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


saw this great print today on orange beautiful from etsy. it's currently sold out, so i hope they print more. doesn't it just make you smile to read? simple happiness is how life should be. j was saying how he saw a few black people walking around town, who, when they saw another black person said - hey, congratulations or it's a great day isn't it? i think it's great. O seems calm and collected and hopefully will do a good job leading our country out of war and a recession. (not an easy task). Maybe he needs this poster?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

how to let go

I don't approach dating much on my blog. I am afterall, a year and a half into marriage with my best friend. But, i had to date a few to get to this one. I never admited it at the time, but a few moon's ago a friend sent me this book after I dated Nordon (not his real name). I tossed it out of embarassment to have it on my shelf, but what it said made sense. See, Nordon and I were great. Everything was great. Week 2, he said he loved me, wanted to marry me. And then one day, 6 months later it was over. It just wasn't working. He needed sometime to work on personal goals and then we would reasses. (worst line ever). So I waited. Patiently, then not so patiently. I kept the old hope up and it was hard to break that down. I didn't eat, sleep, lost weight (def. not a bad thing), and cried a lot. Then in time, I moved on. To the next guy who didn't work, and then to my husband. Why do we do it? Why do we hold on to the best that we've had even if they didn't want us back? Even if they were great, the mere fact that they are unwilling to push on and work on things because they like/love you that much means that they're just not that into you. Which is fine, it's just hard to swallow.

For ages women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men. Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that -- despite good intentions -- you're wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they'd like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages. The truth may be, He's just not that into you. He's Just Not That Into You -- based on a popular episode of Sex and the City -- educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

What are your thoughts? Guys, when you feel it's over are you just done? Girls - any advise to a friend that is having a hard time letting go?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

the election

I downloaded CameraBag on my iphone. It gives me the option to do different filters one of which is very similar to my Diana/Holga. I took these this morning while I waited outside the pretty Culver Hotel to vote. 2 hours in heels. Waiting, waiting, waiting, voting, a quick stop at Noah's (best bagels ever) then off to work! It feels good to take part in history. Did all of you vote absentee or did anyone brave the lines like me? Prop 8 is a big issue out in California, but it was nice to see some other good CA propositions for better schools, transportation, etc.

Monday, November 3, 2008

the tales of moving

last weekend it felt like a black cloud was following us. we submitted in my job contract later than planned and barely got approval on a single vs double deposit on our new place. (if they had said double we would have found a new place, which i spent hours on fri. looking for 'just in case'.) we got a late start to go get the uhaul sat. am and while j was taking care of it all, the battery in the truck died in a very ghetto part of los angeles. we got a jump 40 min's later, and even though pep boys said the battery seemed to be ok, j installed a new one. 4 hrs AFTER we had planned, we loaded up the uhaul and it started pouring on our way to the new apt. it hasn't rained this much since we moved here in may!! just when we thought things couldn't get worse, the rain cleared, our friend showed up to help us move and i caught this sunset off our back patio. things went smoother from then on but man are we tired. the indiana stuff shows up tues., so by this weekend, we should be a little more relaxed.

Friday, October 31, 2008

sorry, moving again

moving all weekend into our new place in marina del rey. no time for blogging. more boxing and packing, working in the day, packing in the evenings. blech. it's amazing how much STUFF adds up over time. this is how i feel. photo via

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

a visit to the o'neills

after we moved, we spent 2 days w/j's sister. somehow i always find time to take photos of these guys. this time i had a white backdrop set up for some product shots for a friend of ours that makes these beautiful cuttingboards. we put the kids on there for a few minutes before we all froze out and grabbed some images. azalea got tired at the end and just laid down.