after this bag. I was just saying to Mike the other day I am ready to have a nice grownup bag, no more of this canvas book bag nonsense, bring on maturity and responsibility. This is the leather incarnation of just what I had in mind, and it looks 1000 times better broken in and in person. Thanks Katelin for introducing me to this site, and your gorgeous bag.

{say hello to Catherine}


Christmas Ornaments

We decided our first Christmas together that we would get ornaments for each other every year {I know another revolutionary idea brought to you by Bille}. So last year I wanted to get something that commemorated our trip to Europe, a Eiffel Tower, the London Bridge, a small Polish flag something. However, true to form we waited until the last minute to vocalize this great idea and ended up getting ornaments that bore no relevance to our first year as a married couple. Don't get me wrong, I love the ornament Mike bought/made for me, and the story behind it is really heart warming. This year I am thinking of something Hawaii themed {please not Santa in an aloha shirt, yech} or some sort of camera related bauble.

{cameras via Sundance catalog}


What Kind of Kitchen are You?

Found this quiz via Abby Goes Design Scouting. Sometimes I have a hard time with quizzes like this, well I always have a hard time with quizzes like this. I look all the options and think, yes that applies, yes that does too, yes so does that one... which makes the decisions difficult and I sort of second guess the end result {I know these things are not hard and fast, but why do I have to be so indecisive?}. Whatever. These are the kitchens I liked best from my kitchen style which is, Perfect Form :

You love to entertain, and shoot for a restaurant experience every time you sit down with guests. You need a kitchen to blend serious equipment with candlelight and fine china. Ample islands topped with glossy, tough stone and faux-stone surfaces, dark wood and vintage furnishings make the switch easily from day to night. Take a moment from planning dinner for eight and get inspired by these kitchens.


Happy Thanksgiving

We've sort of ruined the fun of the Thanksgiving feast, as today we will attend out third turkey dinner. Oh well, bring on the stuffing! Hope everyone has a relaxing and pleasant day.


Books on Tape

I don't have a long commute to work everyday {which is when I would listen to books on tape if I did} but we do have lots of time consuming dishes to do around here. To make the work enjoyable I listen to my iPod, really revolutionary I know. I like it when you can get a book read by the author, I feel like you are getting the real story exactly how he/she intended the book to be read. Right now I am listening to David Sedaris', Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim for about the third time, so funny.


Ready for a Closeup

Mike got two new lenses for the camera last week, two zoom lenses. He has been taking some nice pictures, here are a few I really like.


Sugar High, Sugar Low

Well, I did some more investigating on the Snow Ice stuff {I know I am the only one interested in it, you don't have to tell me that} and by investigating I most certainly mean that I hitched a ride with Mike into Honolulu last Thursday as he was going to Home Depot, and made him go into China Town so we could get some more Hula Boba treats. And this is what I found out from the girl behind the counter: snow ice is powdered soy. Yup, that's all she said, but I did get a close look at the stuff before she put it on the machine to shave/powder it and it looks like a circular block of frozen milk, it must be lightly sweetened soy milk. Whatever, I loved it again and got one for me and one for Mike so I did not have to share. I got some snacks at down to earth before we drove to Honolulu and eating those and the snow ice made me sugar sick for the rest of the day, bleh.


More weekend pictures

Check out the lady with the purple hair, I love Eastern Europeans.

Shave Ice and Better?

This week our friends from out of town have been visiting, and the fun thing about having guests in Hawaii (or anywhere I guess) is that you get to do all the touristy stuff you did when you first got to Hawaii. So, this weekend we went to Pearl Harbor, China town and Waikiki. While we were in China town we looked in a few shops had lunch and most importantly discovered a new dessert. We had snow ice at Hula Boba, and it was AMAZING!!! The consistency is sort of like snow, we think it is made from frozen milk that is crushed into a powder and then sweet condensed milk is drizzled over it and you choose a fruit topping. I got passion fruit, but they had mango, kiwi, pineapple, peach and a bunch of other flavors. I love shave ice but this was 100 times better. I tried to find out if there are other snow ice places on Oahu, closer to the North Shore but no luck. I did find out that snow ice hails from Taiwan, so if you are in Taiwan any time soon, or Houston Texas (there is a shop there that sells them) have a go, snow ice is deeeelicious!

-- from hawaii - (?)

-- from hawaii - (?)


Paint by Number

I heart makeup. I really do. I used a really old gift card at Sephora a ways back and got this nifty little set. I have never been one to spend a lot of money on mascara, but when I run out of this I would be willing to pay the $18 dollars to get some more.

My heart...

is all a flutter for this dress. I think this is such a flattering fit, right under the bust line with a sash, sigh.

{via Anthropologie}



Here are some really amusing and beautiful pictures form Corey Arnold .

Aloha, Hawaii

We bought our tickets back to California last night, we are flying back January 10th. Mike was the one who did the purchasing of the tickets which was good because when I really think about leaving here for good I get this clamping feeling in my throat and chest. Sad, sad, sad.



So, we get a little bored around here sometimes with all the white walls, white shelves etc., but since this in not our place we can't really do much to it, and we don't feel like spending out hard earned cash on painted walls we will be leaving in a few months. However a shelf was passed on to us and we decided to paint it with what we had in the garage, and since I have been inspired by yellow and pink via Martha and Domino, we did this...

It sort of makes me think of a guava, or a womb. Whatever, it is cheery and bright and all our magazines are going on it. The bedroom is from the 2006 July/August issue of Domino, the whole interior of the house is white, pink and yellow. When I have time I will scan some pages so you can all see how fresh and mouthwatering it is.