Friday, November 27, 2009

Road Trip!

Mr. W and I have been planning a getaway for some time now - we initially thought about going to the desert this weekend. Instead, we decided to pack of the car with my mom and Nicholas and visit family up North.

While we're there, we plan to visit my friend Elaine and go to some wineries for tastings. Have a glorious weekend! XO

Image from Ffffound

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Feast of Fries

I know today is Thanksgiving and I do have a bountiful and courageous feast planned.
(A Dry-brined Turkey, Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes with Thyme, Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans with Oven-fried Onions, Savory Leek Bread Pudding, Buttered Peas (for my lovey), and to end: Pumpkin Cheesecake and Maple Pecan Squares).

We'll see if I'll be able to complete the entire meal and still be awake enough to enjoy it. Really this post isn't about today's feast, but another food dream: french fries. I love them and now there's a mobile food truck, here in LA, that's all about fries. Not just fries, but they are the basis of a more substantial meal.

Frysmith - features dishes such as Kimchi Fries with Pork Belly, a classic Chili Cheese Fries and Sweet Potato Fries with Chicken. From the photos below, I will probably make a day's worth of meals from one serving.

Happy Thanksgiving! May your meals be memorable and full of love. XO

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SNO Bake Off Recap

Oh my goodness! So much delicious and wonderful sharing this morning (interesting/scary trivia bit: in total we used about 15 sticks of butter to make this happen!).
  • Flo's Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Chocolate Shreds
  • Devin's Favorite Breakfast: bagels toasted with dijon mustard, cream cheese and cucumber slices
  • Chessa's (via Jeremy) Peanut Butter Kissed Cookies
  • Stephanie's Monkey Bread
  • Michael's Dump Cake (similar to a peach/pineapple cobbler)
  • Maria's Craisin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • Phil's World Class (purchased in Long Beach) Donuts
  • Casey's Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Jaspr's Banana Bread with Walnuts and Apricots
  • Marissa's Pumpkin Spice Donuts
  • Gabe's Zucchini Chocolate Babycakes
  • Tina's Finnish Spoon Cookies with Blackberry Jam
  • Amanda's Rosemary Lemon Bread and a Spinach Chestnut Dip
  • My not-too-sweet Whole Grain Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel and Maple Glaze
Seasonal blends of coffee in french presses, assorted teas and OJ completed the spread. And of course our coworker friends!

See the whole event here! XO

Jesselisa watching the cornucopia grow.

Stephanie's Monkey Bread (never had it before, but it was yummy and apparently really easy to make!)

Gabe with her first coffee of the morning.

Gabe's Babycakes

Tina was not kidding about these super sugary Finnish treats!

So scrumptious: Marissa's pumpkin fritters - heaven.

Tina and Maria being their extra-happy selves, must be the short week.

Flo's Homemade Ice Cream, not baked, but excellent with the goods and coffee.

Kristian's so cute with his oxford and heart-adorned mug.

Stephanie and Jesselisa - have the best morning smiles, don't you think?

Me= Le Little Piglet.

Tried out the new bundt pan with my very first coffee cake!

Cookies with a kiss <3

Amanda's stunning and still warm no-knead bread and spinach water chestnut dip! She also brought celery, which were much needed to balance all that sweet, thank goodness.

And of course, some of our lovely crew! Brings to mind that funny line: NOM NOM NOM!

Plans for Post-Feast Shopping Spree?

I probably won't be shopping on "Black Friday," but if I were, it would probably be online.

If you're like me, OBEY Clothing is having a sale, starting Friday, November 27 until Sunday, November 30!

Promo Code: HOLIDAY15, for 15% off almost everything (special collaborations and already marked down pieces, excluded).

Happy Shopping! XO

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Definitely a fan of: Baked NYC (+unintentional commentary)

I was recently flipping through the latest Food & Wine in search of Thanksgiving deliciousness and came across an article featuring the founders/owners of Baked, a Brooklyn bake shop featuring twists on the classic. A sampling of the scrumptious treats that come out of their ovens: "Coffee" Cake, Aunt Sassy's Pistachio Surprise and the omnipresent cupcake (I can never say no to one), to name a few.

I was even more intrigued by the fact that the owners actually met while working in advertising. Which brings to mind a quote by Banksy (shared with me yesterday by SNO Executive Creative Director: Florencio Zavala):
The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little."

Not very positive, I know. And I can't say I wholly agree, but I do like how he refers to advertising and the glut of bright and talented people working in the industry. I've always felt like advertising provided structure for creatives to thrive and dream bigger, eventually providing the experience and know-how to make their real creative passions come true, like these guys at Baked.

It's a lovely thing when our world is the recipient of another great idea, come to life. XO

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Labor of Love @ home

Beautiful photos of Our Labor of Love's home in Savannah, GA. Jesse and Whitney are wonderfully talented photographers who capture very important moments in life (read: weddings! And speaking of weddings, they'll be shooting our wedding next Spring!)

Seeing snapshots of their lovely home, made me really happy this morning. Here's just a sampling - see more on Design Sponge! XO

Friday, November 20, 2009

SNO Love: PABLOVE Benefit posters

Last month I posted about a special benefit concert for PABLOVE happening tomorrow night.

Now you can see the beautiful posters SNO (specifically: Kristian Henson) designed for the concert. The folks at PABLOVE loved them so much they printed them both! They're available for purchase at tomorrow's concert and through their site - proceeds, of course, benefit PABLOVE!

Read more about the posters and the concert at OBEY Giant. XO

Look of the Day: Boho-Grunge

Since we're fast approaching winter, I think I should finally buy a pair of boots for the season. I really love the look of these boots by Madewell, they remind me of a sporty Victorian lady.

Add to that the Edwardian eccentricity of a haphazard ruffled blouse, a colorful silk scarf and a bright metallic tote and bring it all down to earth with tousled waves, a military jacket, a pair of dark skinny jeans (I can't escape my affinity for them) and a cozy woolen cap (I'm not really a hat person either, but I really do love the look of hats). For make up, since we're talking boho-grunge, a natural lip and defined, but not so smoky eye will do.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

I think I just found the shoe I'll be wearing

When I become Mr. W's wife.

Miu Miu Round Toe Lattice Pump in Cipria, available January 2010.

Although I still love these.

But my lovely mother just reminded me that I mentioned a 4" max heel when I ordered the dress. What was I thinking? Tisk Tisk, JD. Tisk Tisk. XO

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SNO Love: Apple In-Store Workshop

Print comes alive! Anyone can be a publisher, and if you’ve got a Mac, Adobe Creative Suite and a couple free hours this Thursday afternoon, Studio Number One designers will show you how.

If you’ve ever wanted to do-it-yourself but have never done-it-yourself, come to our zine-making workshop at the Apple Store in Century City, Thursday, November 19 from 2 to 4 pm.

You can reserve a spot in the workshop by going here and clicking the link next to “Publishing on Your Mac” in the workshops and events section. Space is limited, and reservations are highly recommended. Macs, of course, will be provided.

We hope you can make it!

Burning Letters

Incense papers are not a new idea in home fragrance. Pyromania aside, there's something dramatic and definitive about burning a piece of paper. Add to that a fragrance which is released as the paper becomes ash and it becomes quite sensual as well.

I may just use up all 20 papers that come in a package from Maison Francis Kurkdjian within an evening, taking delight in watching the paper burn. XO

Available at Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nun for You!

When I was a little girl, I thought being a nun was a cool job.
1. It was something boys couldn't be.
2. They had these cool "veils."
3. They all matched and lived together like one big happy family, kind of like the Brady Bunch.

The Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Angels, based here in Los Angeles (Hollywood to be exact) - live a cloistered life, which means they live in seclusion to pray and study, and we shall add baking and chocolate-making to that list as well!

My pal Tina and I have been talking about visiting and buying and breaking bread. They invite the public to come see what they're all about. They write about needing to be well rested, well fed and laughing lots on their site, I just might stay awhile!

Perhaps we will go before our SNO Coffee and Cake party and share the Kerigma with the rest! XO

Images from the Monastery of the Angels

Monday, November 16, 2009

SNO Bake Off

We are now in the full swing of fall and it got the Studio talking about - BAKING! I have to say, it's one of my favorite things to do when the temperature drops. The oven warms the kitchen, there are delicious aromas floating about the house and there's anticipation for when, what ever is baking, is done!

So we've marked our calendars for Wednesday, November 25 for a little SNO Coffee and Cake Break party! Doesn't that sound fun?

I'm envisioning happy wide-eyed faces, multiple french presses going, holiday talk and bountiful spread of spiced, nutty and crumbly goodness!

I've got time to decide what I want to bring, but today I'm thinking about gigantic cookies, a spiced brown sugar coffee cake or this ginger chocolate pound cake. XO

Prism Package

I already love Prism eyewear, but now there's more to love! Check out the beautiful case that comes with the eye wear. It's like getting two amazing products for one! XO

via Lovely Package

Friday, November 13, 2009

Office Space

I moved offices. Well, I moved out of my office and into a communal space, in favor of turning my old office into an open employee space, for things like small meetings, conference calls, a coffee break.

Tina checking out the art (by Marissa Textor) in my new space.

Sure it was nice to have privacy, but I like being in our department space better. I feel like I'm in the swing of things, rather than hearing about it, I still get a window view and I no longer have to lure people to come talk to me, with candy. XO


Similar to those "bangs or no bangs?" type conversations, my girl friends and I have been talking ink.

I think I'm getting closer to making a decision. Hmmm. In the mean time, loving this beautiful lady's tattoo.

Photo by Garance Dore

So Simple.

Type. Color. Love. XO

Print from Hayley & Lucas

Print from Doug Wilson

Print from Twine

Print from Heartfish

Print from Ruby Roost

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Under the Weather, Under Cover

Sometimes when I'm under the weather, but need to be in the office - I wish I had a magical outfit that would help me look brighter.

I've been fighting a little bug for a few days, and I feel like I need a little more than Zicam and my Genmaicha tea to help me get through the day. I don't know about you, but if I felt feverish, but looked sparkly, it wouldn't be so bad! Here's how I'd imagine it would go: start with a hot shower in a grove of eucalyptus trees, then run light mist in a field of lavender (who likes to wear perfume when they're sick?).
Even knights had some sort of mesh underneath their suits for extra protection - so I'd choose a warm woolly sweater dress (I'd really like my Snuggie, but it is the office), and for that aforementioned sparkly-ness - well, nothing says a beaming hello like thousands of sequins.

Round it out with a hood to brave the cold (plus who has time to mess with their hair when they're sick?), a shimmery wristlet (to carry and conceal tissues and Ricola) and a dash of bright color at my toes (and they're rubber like a rainboot too!). Of course, those fever-induced rosy cheeks beg to be paired with darkly lined eyes (with a sulky-with-sickness mood to match).

Except for the occasional barking cough and requests to repeat what someone said in a meeting (everything seems so cloudy), no one would ever suspect! XO