bye oh nine

December 30, 2009

It's kind of crazy that the year is almost over! It was long but lots of fun things happened. Here are  
9 highlights from '09!

1) In January I got bangs..first time since I was a little girl.

{my roommate Mallory}
2) My best friend Elizabeth visited me in February and we had a fun weekend in Berkeley and SF.

3) Matthew and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary and went to Hawaii in March! It was my first time going and we had such a great time! Although neither of us got tan!

4) I graduated from college in May! While I'm happy to be moving onto the next chapter in my life it still feels a bit strange to be done with it all.

5) In June I celebrated my 22nd birthday. Matthew took me to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

6) I started this blog in August as a way to make the long distance relationship more bearable.
7) A couple months later in October Matthew moved down here! And right down the street!

8) In November some of my short articles were published in the magazine I work for!
9) Tomorrow night Matthew and I will be closing the New Year together! And having our first New Year's kiss! Last year I was sick in bed! {Actually the past two years I was sick..keeping my fingers crossed I'll be fine tomorrow!}

Have a safe and happy New Years!


the fab four

December 29, 2009

Over the weekend I got together with my best friends. This is my little group. These girls know me pretty well and have seen me through a lot! I've known Hanna since middle school and Elizabeth and I have been bffs since Sunday School! Pauline joined our group in high school and we're all really close since then. Every Christmas we have a special tradition to go to Mi Piace in Pasadena, order the butternut squash and ricotta ravioli with brown butter and sage sauce and catch up! Now we can add drinks to the mix!

Hanna's boyfriend Todd crashed the party!

Seriously love these girls! Hanna and I are currently the only two in LA. Pauline is finishing up at Long Beach and Elizabeth is working hard in San Diego. I so look forward to get togethers with these beautiful girls. They're always full of lots of laughter and crazyness!


show and tell: christmas

December 28, 2009

I had such a lovely little Christmas with my family. We had family friends over for a Christmas dinner. It was all vegetarian {and delicious!}. We talked about some current events {Woods to Murphy}, how I was kinda hoping for a puppy under the tree {even though apparently Christmas is the worst time because of over-breeding}, and how my family is getting hooked on Dexter. We started Season 1 last week and are now 2 episodes shy of finishing Season 2. Sadly we missed out on some crucial Christmas movies this year because of that loveable serial killer!

Matthew and I had a budget for Christmas presents this year..but I think I was the only one who stuck to it! He gave me this beautiful vintage silver cuff, a pretty ring, and a GPS for my car. I was really excited. I'll take some pictures this week of the jewelry actually on!

For him, I framed these two illustrations of San Francisco {one of the Bay Bridge from Berkeley to SF--like all our dates! and the second of Alamo Square, where the Full House house is--I think we had our first real kiss there!}. I also made him a hook for his keys. I bought a letter G {for his last name}, painted it a dark red and put 3 gold hooks in. Because I thought these might not be the most exciting things I got him a shirt from Urban. Hopefully he liked it!

I hope all of you had a magical little Christmas! I'm taking the week off.. so excited!

merry christmas.

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope all of you are having a wonderful night and are enjoying being with your sweet families. Matthew left this afternoon to see his family in San Diego. It's funny how I can miss him already. I'm definitely looking forward to the day where we can spend our Christmas's together {!}

This time of year is my favorite. While it may be cold outside there's so just so much warmth and love around. I'm definitely counting my blessings this Christmas and I'm thinking of all my beautiful and sweet followers. I'm wishing you the merriest Christmas ever!

{Sugar cookies decorated by the boyfriend!}

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


meet miss nora

December 23, 2009

This is Nora. Nora is one of my oldest and closest friends. She's actually more like family. Our parents have known each other forever so growing up we always hung out and played together. Now she's 21, a student at Sarah Lawrence in New York and she just got back from a semester in London. It was so great to see her at dinner the other night! I was stalking her Facebook {hehe} and I just love these pictures of her.

Isn't she beautiful?

In other news, Christmas shopping is DONE! Woo hoo! I braced the mall for the last time today and I finally figured out a gift for that impossible-to-shop-for boyfriend of mine! So now I'm excited to spend the rest of the afternoon wrapping presents and watching Christmas movies!

Is everyone ready for Santa to come?


surprise date: ice skating!

December 22, 2009

On Friday night Matthew took me on a surprise date. We went "ice skating" in Santa Monica and it's in quotes because a). It's California ice skating..not real and b). We both pretty much sucked. Matthew tried to skate backwards and do some fancy moves but he ended up hurting himself and I pretty much wouldn't let go of the rail! It was a lot of fun though and I got to live out my childhood fantasy of being a professional ice skater {minus the confidence and sparkly outfit}!


oh hi Christmas tree

December 21, 2009

I was planning on saying this is the closest Matthew and I will get to snow this year..but then I found out Matthew is going to New York in January. And guess who he's bring along?! ME! So perhaps there will be some snow in New York. I am so excited because I haven't been to NYC since I was 14 years old {so long ago!}. I'm excited to see one of my favorite cities with the man I love and even if it's not during the romantic holiday time it will still be special!
Look at those itty bitty trees..so cute! Matthew and I picked out a pretty cute one, strapped it to the top of his tiny car and moved it in his apartment. It was so light I didn't even have to help! Woo hoo for holiday spirit!

gutter balls

December 18, 2009

While my brother Anthony and I may look like bowling champs..sadly we're not. {Ok maybe I'm just the bad one}. Anthony came to my work's holiday party on Tuesday night and we bowled a couple rounds {sets, games? idk}. Maybe I just need to practice more regularly..and that doesn't mean by watching The Big Lebowski.

{I got a gutter ball..can you tell?}

Today we're having a little Secret Santa party at work and I'm pretty excited! I love surprises!
Happy Friday {and one week until Christmas}!!

look book: a sweater comfy fall

December 16, 2009

Yes, I know it's December but it's still Fall technically and in LA it actually feels like a transition from Summer! I know..sad, right?! I went on an errand today and didn't even need a sweater! If I had it my way though I would definitely be in a winter wonderland right now! I want to make snowmen, going skiing, and make that honey ice thing I read about in Little House on the Prairie. But since that's not going to happen I'll bring Christmas to LA by going to get a Christmas tree.. right now!

How are all of you getting into the Christmas spirit? It is only 9 days away!

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

December 15, 2009

I made these delicious coconut macaroons last night. I actually used an intense dark chocolate because I didn't have any bittersweet but I thought it worked really well. Also I'd recommend making them a little smaller than I did in the pictures {keep it to 1 inch}. They're delicious but dense.

Macaroons from Emily Luchetti's Stars Desserts
You can vary the taste of macaroons by the kind of honey you use.

1 cup egg whites
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
15 ounces shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Whisk together the eff whites, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract in a large stainless steel mixing bowl.

Put the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisking occasionally, heat the mixture to the temperature of warm bath water.

Remove the bowl from the heat and fold in the coconut and the flour.

Refrigerate the dough until firm and mold it into 1-inc balls.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put the cookies, several inches apart, on the pan. Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool the macaroons for about 10 minutes and then remove them from the pan.

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. With a knife, speread a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom of each macaroon. Line another sheet pan with parchment paper and place the cookies, chocolate side down, on the pan.

Refrigerate the macaroons for about 1 hour, until the chocolate hardens.


My Fantasy Christmas List

December 14, 2009

Going clockwise from left:
  • Juicy Couture Silk Woven Chain Necklace- $110
  • JCrew Frances stripe ruffled tuxedo shirt- $89
  • Forever 21 Bow headband {like I don't need another}- $4.80
  • MAC lipstick in pink/coral color- $14
  • Eyelash curler {badly need to replace mine}- $19
  • Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Taffetta Bustier-$54
  • Elizabeth + James Sterling Silver & 14K Yellow Gold Ring- $395
  • Christian Louboutin Platform Ankle Boots- $1075
  • Oasis Black polka dot tights- $13
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume- $95
  • Urban Outfitters Kimichi Blue Ruffle Tiered Black Skirt- $48
  • yellow labbie! {I WISH!}
  • Frye Black Engineer Boots- $208
  • Steven by Steve Madden Melin Cognac Oxfords- $99
So obviously most of this stuff is out of reach..it's called my Fantasy Christmas List for a reason. But it was fun compiling some of the stuff I've been looking at over the past couple weeks!

This weekend was beautiful and rainy. I went to the movies with Matthew and the family and saw the Fantastic Mr. Fox. It was so good and I definitely recommend that you all see it! Stop motion is pretty amazing! And Wes Anderson..yeah I'm such a fan! Happy Monday!

Behind the Scenes: Elizabeth + James

December 11, 2009

Seriously love this dress! It's so pretty and girly and has a really interesting one strap {not sure if it's totally obvious in the pictures}. I wasn't going to add a belt but it really doesn't have much shape and my mom insisted..yeah never thought she'd be the one giving me fashion advice! But I think it looks good with this gold vintage one. And I wore these black/gold Betsy Johnson's. My Dad took these pictures with Matthew's camera and I think he's quite the photographer. Just ignore the shadows and clutter!

Hanna and I planned to make coconut macaroons last night {Thanks Kim!} but didn't because my Dad made the most amazing dinner. Here's what I'm talking about when I said he's so gourmet: He made a baked herb ricotta for an appetizer, followed by fettuccine with wild mushrooms, asparagus, and Parmesan. Then we had a cheese course with four cheeses from France and for dessert..chocolate panettone bread pudding with vanilla anglaise. I'm telling you.. AHHMAZING!

Oh yeah and my brother just got home last night from UC Santa Cruz! We have a full house now..love the holidays!!!

Happy Friday!

Top Chef's Top Chef

December 10, 2009

One of the things my Dad and I love to do is watch food shows- we love the Food Network and, of course, Bravo’s Top Chef. My dad is crazy in the kitchen. I swear to you he would beat out every contestant. He got his first set of professional knives when he was 8 years old and I've grown up having the most amazing gourmet meals! So it’s always so fun to watch these shows with him because it's his favorite thing.

Last night Michael Voltaggio won the title of Top Chef and it was so exciting. Not only because he was going head-to-head against his older brother but because I met him on the first day of my internship with the magazine. We went to his restaurant and had a photo shoot, while my boss, the editor, interviewed him. I think the season was already a couple episodes in so I already knew who he was and it was so fun to spend the afternoon with him and even try some of his desserts made with liquid nitrogen {amazing by the way}.  He’s very creative and makes some of the most interesting flavor and texture combinations. He's a really funny guy and yet is so passionate about cooking.  I was excited for him when he won! Did any of you watch it? Were you glad he won or did you prefer his older brother Bryan or the Kevin from Georgia?

{photo of Michael from the Langham}

Tonight Hanna is coming over for dinner and then we're making dessert! I'm still trying to figure out what would be relatively easy and not too time consuming. Any suggestions?

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