Summer Things I Haven’t Done This Year | One Two Three

posted on: July 30, 2014

Every year that summer rolls around (which is to say, every year) my mind becomes a whirling dervish of summertime activities and To Do lists that immediately take precedence over all other plans once the traditional April showers have passed. Somehow, however, in the cacophony of work, travel, and blog, I seem to have missed out on several of the biggest Summer To Dos around.

To help keep things in perspective (after all, there are still at least two months of sunshine and 70 degree days to come!), I’ve created this list of the top three things I haven’t done this year… that I hope to before Fall sneaks up on us.

Go to the Beach



 This activity was far easier (and more fun in many ways, let me be honest) when I was nearer to the equator and the waters and winds of my chosen locale were not quite as…frigid. However, there are still plenty of great beach days to be had in SF, and even more great beach picnics to eat and tide pools to wander and sea gulls to dodge! This can be done, friends. I have faith.

Take a Road Trip



When I was still in undergrad, I would drive home at least twice a semester, and sometimes more often.  Those six wonderful hours of unadulterated (literally, I wasn’t an adult yet. Har har. Yes, I know that’s not quite what that word means…) car karaoke, drive through coffees, and wind ruffling my hair (read: matting with its gusty power) through the open sunroof were pure bliss to a college student. Then, in law school, I drove to school every single day for three years and had twenty-five minutes all to myself, morning and evening, to sing or laugh or cry or just listen to talk radio and learn strange facts. I miss driving, and I think a road trip (of at last a few hours) is calling my name.

Reading in a Park



This should be the easiest summer task to accomplish, and thus is the most shaming for my lack of having accomplished it. Dolores, Duboce, Precita, Chrissy Field – take your pick, those are just the parks I’ve lived near! There are many more within SF’s borders (including the parklets cropping up) and I need to take a book, take an iced coffee, take a blanket (I just bought this one from Target’s Pinterest collection, wouldn’t you know) and spend some quality time with the bugs and the sun and the grass. Less bugs, more sun, please.

So, there you have it – my summertime bucket list! At least for this year.

What’s one thing you’ve been wanting to do all summer? 

“Going on vacaaaaation, we’re on vacaaaation…”

posted on: July 29, 2014

(This blog title is a song I have made up recently and begun singing every time I’m in the car with my parents. You can imagine how joyful this makes them.)

By the time you all have received this post to your inbox, and settled in with a steaming cup of joe to read its contents, I will be en route to the airport!

My family and I are going on vacation!



Now, to understand exactly why this is so exciting, you should know that we rarely vacay. My parents and brother would come visit me in Los Angeles at school and stay in a hotel and go see things and do things and shop around and that was their version of vacation for four years. Then when I looked at law schools, my mom went with me to the east coast to check out some schools, and that was our version of vacation. We took a family trip to Seattle to visit other family last summer. All other trips I’ve gone on in the past five or so years (to my recollection) were friend-based, and even that was subject to our combined budgeting needs.

So for our family to plan a trip and bring it to fruition is something great, because it means we are turning a tide. We’re living life! We’re making the most of every moment! We’re using up those air miles we’ve so diligently on-purpose-not-on-purpose collected over the years!

And guess where we’re going? Drumroll, please…

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Alright, bear with me. I know if you could pick any place on the map, Montréal and Quebec City may not be the top two destinations on your wish list, but I think it’s a great place for us to go for a short trip. It’s a French-Canadian province, so there will be lots of European influences and foreign language debacles to make us feel like we’ve crossed the Atlantic, while saving travel time and travel money for things to do once we arrive.

First, we fly in to Montréal:



Isn’t that architecture just gorgeous? I know my camera(s) will be on overdrive – in fact, I’ve bought an extra battery for one and extra memory cards for both, just in case. I don’t want to miss a thing!

We’ll spend a couple of days there sightseeing (my mom wants to go to the Bio Dome, go figure), and then head north to Quebec City, for more sightseeing and francophile-ity!



We’re only going for about a week in toto, so I know it’ll be just long enough to get me to fall in love with the place (Degrassi! Maple Syrup! Niceness!), and plan another trip back soon.

In the meantime, I’ve got lots of scheduled posts for your enjoyment, and I hope you treat the substitute with as my courtesy and respect as you treat me! That means, keep liking and commenting. Ha. I’ll have internet access sometimes and will try to post snaps on my Instagram account too, for all of you to follow along in “real time.” I’ve heard how much you kids enjoy that.

And, because I love my readers so, I leave you with this…



See you in a week!

Any tips for traveling to the Great White North?

Doing the Polka (Dot) | Wearables

posted on: July 28, 2014


There’s nothing I love more than a good fruit accessory. No, really! My favorite thing about fashion is taking something everyday and putting it to “good use”… as something adorable. I’m loving this fruit-flavored movement this summer, and I only wish I could find more articles of clothing with citrus on them. I think it’s a good thing the Lanvin bag shaped like a pineapple is over $1200, because it might be hard to resist otherwise! Who doesn’t want to carry her possessions around in a pineapple purse, or a lemon purse, or a purse shaped like a keyboard?

Ceci n’est pas une pamplemousse! Except, it is. But it’s not. Because it’s a pamplemousse purse.

…it’s always good to end a post with a little Magritte.


Target Black Polka Dot Dress
Banana Republic blazer, old (similar here and here)
J. Crew sandals, thrifted (similar)
Lulu’s Grapefruit purse, sold out (similar)



High Five for Friday | 07/25

posted on: July 25, 2014

First of all, can we just acknowledge the fact that today is five months exactly until Christmas? This brings me so much joy! Elf, knitting, coco! I love Christmas.

Alright, on to the rest of my July week…

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1. Last weekend I went to the picnic my friend Lisa threw for her boyfriend’s birthday. This day involved me experimenting with the cauliflower recipe I posted earlier, playing a horribly bad game of corn hole, and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in years! It’s so fun to reconnect with people who knew you years and years ago…like in your middle school awkward stage. Look, I’m a real human now! Ha.

2. I got lunch with my friend Rachel on Sunday and then we wandered around Valencia street a bit – and discovered a great new shop run by a fellow ex-lawyer! Well, not that we’re ex-lawyers, but we’re lawyers who like to pursue more creative endeavors. Rachel and I are, that is. Anyway! We found this shop and I can’t wait to post about it next week. Hint: that bear turns into a travel pillow!

3. Made some new recipes from the Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook. Delish! I’m liking it more and more, despite what people say about her whacky healthiness.

4. The whole family dined at Il Fornaio on Wednesday for Big T’s birthday. This ravioli filled with italian sausage and ricotta was amazing. Uh. Maze. Ing.

5. I got new shoes! This should be shocking to… no one. What is shocking is how affordable they were, and that they have a “sensible” heel that I don’t mind wearing (I’m talking 2.5″) – and that they’re a great alternative to the pricey Valentinos so many people are lusting! I wish I could get some Vs but these Sole Society ones will have to do for now. And I’m not too sad about it – they’re really cute! I may have even gotten them in two colors…


What was your favorite part of the week?

Modernism at the De Young Museum

posted on: July 24, 2014

Friends, Bloggees, countrypeople, lend me your ears. I have been blogging far too much about food and style and not nearly enough about the thing that precedes that last one: LIFE. I have a life that revolves NOT only around food and fashion (I think) and I realized that of late I have not been sharing it with you. How amiss of me!

To rectify this wrongdoing (I tried to come up with a combination of blog-wrongdoing but it just wasn’t going to happen), I’ve decided to share this lengthy post of my trip to the De Young Museum this past Father’s Day – we saw some Modernist paintings, we ate food, we took pictures outside. It was the whole shebang.


Let me remind you, I used to hate museums. In my teenaged wisdom, I thought they were boring, I didn’t care about most of the artists my parents tried to show me, and I was also scarred for life by several “there are always bloody pictures at museums” incidents in my youth (crucifixions at the Louvre, a modern art exhibit at SFMOMA, etc.)

Lately, however, I have seen the error of my ways. I not only enjoy seeing these exhibits with my parents, but I can appreciate the historical context for each piece and like learning facts about these oft-spoken names. I think this is called…maturing? Oh god. Yuck.

At any rate…there are approximately 1000 photos in this post (slight overestimate) so I have concealed them beneath this handy link – please click through to see them all and chuckle at my delightful commentary! And, to see cute pics of my famiwee (minus my brother who was working. Homeboy works hard.) Read More

Summer Purchases I Wish I’d Made | One Two Three

posted on: July 23, 2014

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So, I’ve been on a bit of a shopping tear lately. I know, I know – all of my good tips about financial responsibility are going out the window the minute I see a cute sundress at Target! Or, you know, five. Some things I genuinely need (replacements of makeup, scrubbing bubbles to clean the shower, a pair of good sandals) and some things I just get sucked into thinking I need by all of the gorgeous blogs and Instagram accounts I follow.

There’s something to be said for finding inspiration and ideas from other blogs and other peoples’ lives, but the problem comes when that “inspiration” means buying everything they have so that your apartment, too, can look like a Pinterest pinboard of cool, collected, chic adulthood. Let it be known, my room does not look like anyone’s pinboard, and my life is far from “chic” as the word stands.

I do, however, think I manage to pull together a fair amount of personal lifestyle combined mostly-well with tips and ideas from others. It’s not all my own doing, but what I do with it is all my own…if you get what I mean. And not in a weird way.

While I do get hooked on the shopping bug sometimes (J.Crew just had a massive sale, did you all know about this?), there are things I would love to splurge on but hold myself back from because I know, deep down, I really don’t need it. I just don’t. Because who needs these things? Here are my top three I wish I could justify buying:

1. Blissful Organic Turkish Towel, $32

Turkish towels are said to be incredibly lightweight and absorbent, making them the perfect accompaniment to any picnic, beach day, or pool party. What they lack in cushion for lying on a deck they make up for in style – I’ve never seen towels before that look like sophisticated throws, and yet, every Turkish towel I’ve ever seen reminds me of white sand beaches and limoncello. I want to go to there!


2. Olive Wood Salad Hands, $28

My mom has a pair of these at home, and I have to say, they really do make serving salads fun. If anything could help me eat more greenery it is probably the feeling of scooping up a hefty plop of romaine and tossing it around the salad bowl (obviously I’d need a matching olive wood bowl.) These would propel me into adulthood in the kitchen, I’m sure of it.


3. Panama Hat, $58

This simple style has taken over the interwebs this summer, and I’m not a part of it. I should be. Rather than the simple straw hat (which I have) the panama hat conjures to mind linen suits and cigars. While I don’t need to wear or smoke either of those things, the worldliness of this style cannot be overlooked. If only I could wear this to work…

If you had to pick, which one would you get?

Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad | TCC

posted on: July 22, 2014

And we’re back, sports fans! Did you think I’d forgotten about you and The Cookbook Challenge? I know I didn’t get a chance to post a recipe last week, but fear not – this weekend I tried three (yes THREE) recipes from Ms. Gwyneth’s book that I think you’ll all really like. I know the cucumber-avocado soup was less than thrilling, but this recipe I would make over and over again!


I love finding simple, healthy dishes that I can bring to potlucks, or make for my family when I go home, or just make a large batch of and eat every night for a week. I’m lazy like that, y’all, in case you hadn’t noticed. This cauliflower and chickpea salad is just like that – make a batch, eat it up, bring it to a picnic, do whatever you want! Take a bath in it, it’ll be just as good. I’m not sure about the moisturizing qualities of cauliflower but you guys can be my testers on that…

So, how do you make this fun side salad? I’ll show you! Read More

A belated Red, White, & Blue | Wearables

posted on: July 21, 2014


While typically dressing up like the American flag is reserved for that eponymous July holiday (ed note: never blog without coffee!), I’m making an exception this year. Summer activities are in full swing here, with picnics and farmer’s markets abounding, and though the weather may not always match the day’s plans, we can at least pretend until fall hits (aka, until tomorrow morning when the fog rolls in.)

San Francisco’s summer is notoriously cold and breeze-ridden (I think Chicago might have some competition for that Windy City thing) so anytime one can wear something reminiscent of barbeques and Budweiser, one should. Without wearing, like, an actual tee shirt that says “Budweiser” across the front – because no one wants to be that girl, right? Right.



dress | Madewell, old (similar)
clutch | Lulu’s (on sale)
scarf | Zara, sold out (similar)
wedges | old (similar)
bracelet | Ciela Bangle, Bauble Bar
watch | Cartier (similar)

High Five for Friday | 07/18

posted on: July 18, 2014

You guys ready to recap?

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1. I finally picked up the needles again (knitting needles, that is) to start this long-overdue scarf for my friend Kate, who won it in an auction. It got me brainstorming all kinds of great things for fall, and now I just need the time to make them tangible!

2. Visited the AIM Farmer’s Market with my mom on Sunday – there were vendors from all over California! I picked up some flowers and cheese and peaches for a BBQ I attended later that day, but I only stopped there because we were on a bit of a time crunch. Must go back!

3. The parents and I tried a new seafood place in Larkspur for lunch this weekend – I got delicious fish and chips, mom had fish tacos, and Big T got some kind of shrimp louie thing. It’ll be on the blog someday!

4. I went to a Welcome Back BBQ in Alameda for my friend Chelsea, who is moving back to California after too many years away! Chelsea and I met in college and hadn’t seen each other in years before this weekend, so I’m ecstatic that she’s nearby again.

5. A friend had a cooking class at her house for her birthday (will also be on the blog soon!) and one of the first dishes we made was a broiled pear dessert with cinnamon and ginger. It was incredible. Someone buy me a dutch oven, stat!

What did you get up to this week? Eat anything see anything meet anybody fun?  

PS, I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth today!

Fork it Over | Puff Pastry Pizzas

posted on: July 17, 2014

There are days when the last thing you feel like doing is cooking anything of substance that takes any effort at all more than digging out your credit card to order something from GrubHub (my fav food delivery site), when the idea of grocery shopping and mentally planning or googling a recipe seems like the absolute last thing you’d want to do.

This recipe is for those days.

Or, there are other days when you want to change it up from the norm, when you know how to cook salmon and brown rice and broccolini, but you’d rather have something a smidge more indulgent that you can make yourself and still not feel “guilty” about later.

You’re in luck – this recipe is for those days too!


These puff pastry pizzas (inspired by The Londoner’s Tommy Tart - I love her blog, especially the recipes!) carry the fabulous cheesy goodness of pizza without necessarily being as doughy or carb-based. Now, let’s not get things twisted – puff pastry still has tons of butter in them, so these aren’t as healthy as cauliflower crust pizzas or anything else that is completely carb-free. But it is still a really fun twist on the usual make-at-home pizzas, and great for offering a little nibble at a party depending on how you cut them up.

Come on in, and I’ll show you how to make two different pizza pies! Read More