#100HappyDays – Week Eleven

Week Eleven of my #100HappyDays challenge was full of happy discoveries in the everyday stuff. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8 , Week 9 and Week 10).

 <<June 10, Tues – Thai tea with chewy boba, brought home by my thoughtful roomie>>Week 11-1

<<June 11, Wed – This mysterious wooden door, flanked by stone and ivy, discovered on a walk around my old LA neighborhood>>Week 11-3

<<June 12, Thurs – Challenging myself to create a dish with just pantry and freezer staples>>Week 11-7

<<June 13, Fri – Introducing Wally to his new buddy Yoda>>Week 11-2

<<June 14,  Sat – Vintage kitchen tools at an antique shop – a reminder of how much cooking has changed and stayed exactly the same>>Week 11-5

<<June 15, Sun – Father’s Day brunch and just being with my family>>Week 11-6

<<June 16, Mon – A leisurely twilight stroll along the Venice canals with my man>>Week 12-1

Yum: Almost-No-Bake Berries & Cream Cheese Pie

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Summer berries are here, huzzah! To celebrate, I was going to make a typical fruit tart with cream cheese filling. But then I remembered this wonderful berry pie recipe from Cooks Illustrated and decided to combine the two. It takes some time to put together, but if you like berries and the tangy richness of cream cheese, this pie’s for you!

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A Little DIY: Paper And Washi Tape Mousepad

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This is what happens when I ask my mom for a mousepad. I have no idea what Korean beauty product this is advertising and the girl’s cute and all, but it’s not exactly something I want to see every time I use my computer. So I turned to some easy materials to spruce it up! Continue reading

#100HappyDays – Week Ten

Can’t believe it’s already Week Ten of my #100HappyDays challenge! Writing this post every week really lets me appreciate these moments all over again. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8 and Week 9).

<<June 3, Tues – Getting in touch with my inner kid at the  LA Natural History Museum>>Week 10-1

<<June 4, Wed – Admiring my old-school neighborhood on an evening walk>>Week 10-2

<<June 5, Thurs – Wandering around Santa Monica with an old college friend (even the parking lot was gorgeous!)>>Week 10-3

<<June 6, Fri – Spending an evening volunteering for an amazing organization>>Week 10-4

<<June 7, Sat – Browsing the irresistibly colorful sale section at Anthropologie>>Week 10-5

<<June 8, Sun – Discovering this sad, slumpy bear while cruising the local shopping mall>>Week 10-6

<<June 9, Mon – Catching up with old friends over classy Tex-Mex at Bar Ama>>Week 10-7

Yum: Vietnamese Summer Roll Party

Ever notice that customizing your food makes it taste better? There’s something about being involved in the process and making choices for yourself… it’s no wonder places like Chipotle and Yogurtland are doing gangbusters. So why not use this basic human psychology for your next lunch party? After the jump, see how to put together a Vietnamese Summer Roll spread so people can make their own, maybe learn something new and definitely have a blast!

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Tile Inspiration at the Getty Villa

Sigh… what a magical place

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Last weekend, I finally visited the stunning Getty Villa in Malibu and basically stopped and gawked every time I turned a corner. The thoughtful layout reveals different angles and views as you wander in and out of the rooms, courtyards and gardens. There are exquisite details throughout – molding, columns, carved ceilings, fixtures and the tile! Oh, the tile! Me and my toes couldn’t get enough.

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My ever-patient boyfriend stopped and waited as I photographed every different tile pattern I came across but I’m sure I still missed some. I love that they took the time and effort to install a different intricate pattern in every room.

If, by some miracle, I become a gozillionaire, this is how I would spend my piles of excess money. The Getty Villa is a beautiful, free art space that will inspire and brighten for so many people over so many years. I feel lucky to have it in my backyard – if you’re in LA, you should definitely check it out!