Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kitchen Storage For The Soul

I despise Tupperware containers. And Rubbermaid. And any other plastic food storage container which requires me to not only find storage for them, but also keep the lids and bottoms together. I have yet to find a successful method for making them easy to use and so when I moved out of my last place, I got rid of it all. Every single piece of it. Dropping off a bag at Goodwill never felt so liberating.

I knew, however, that I would need to find a food storage solution as leftovers aren't going away any time soon, but decided to just wait it out. The right solution would present itself. And it did.

Hello, lover. Where have you been all my life??

Is it weird to be in love with small glass bowls? What if I told you they cost $1.95 each from Crate and Barrel? What if I told you they stack easily, wash easily and give my life purpose?

We use these to store just about everything. They are the perfect size for all of those little meal extras. I have them neatly and orderly stacked in a cupboard and they make it simple. I love simple.

The other storage solution we have embraced are these airtight, pop-locked containers from OXO. You can find them at Crate and Barrel and Macy's. Food stays super fresh and they are easy to stack and/or have side by side.

Dan is actually the one who found these and we have been hooked ever since. Our collection continues to grow as they come in every size and shape you can imagine. They are also dishwasher safe, aka - music to my ears.

To many it may seem like these are ridiculous items to get excited about, but it is all about the small things in life, isn't it? If any of you have these items, I would love to know what you think of them. Also, if you share in my loathing of tupperware-ish type containers, I would love to hear about that as well, because misery loves company, you know...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Germany 4, England 1

When you are married to a man from England, chances are he is into football (soccer to us Americans).

If he is into football, chances are he is REALLY into football.

When he is really into football, chances are the World Cup takes over his life every 4 years.

When it takes over his life every 4 years, chances are England will play Germany.

When England plays Germany, one of their biggest rivalries, nothing is more important than winning.

When Germany beats England 4 - 1, chances are you will have a very sad Englishman on your hands.

And that is your lesson for today.

I would write more, but I have a defeated husband to attend to.

Keep your heads up, my English friends! You can do it in 2014!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Healthy Desires

I am always on a quest to eat healthy. Always. I think about it a lot - too much actually. Does this mean I always eat healthy? Uhm - no. But the desire is there, at least?

Yesterday I was doing really well until approximately 9:37pm when I decided to ordered a margarita while out with friends. Then another. And perhaps another cocktail after that.

Then some late night cheese fondue.



Oh is another day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


At any given moment, I am usually obsessed with about 20 different things. Last week it was garlic, fresh flowers and keeping our bedroom clean. This week, those have all gone out the window - especially the clean bedroom thing. Poor Dan.

This week, I am obsessed with:

These green balls. I have them in a beautiful glass bowl on our buffet. I paid way too much for these green balls, but I care not. They spoke to me. In French. Oh la la.

My Dad's cabin up in Washington by a lake. I have many happy summer memories here and I am excited for new ones this summer. There is our car. Hi car!

This is the view from the dock at the lake. Totes obsessed with this view. I mean - are you kidding me? Beautiful.

However, above all else this week, I am obsessed with the view from our apartment. I love it.

We come home from work, open all the doors and windows and just listen to birds chirp and frogs "ribbit."

We live up on a hill right outside of Portland and we feel like we really lucked out with this place, especially since downtown is about a 5 minute drive.

I am also obsessed with the sunsets we get to see every night.

Oh yeah...and how could I forget these little do-das. We found them at Pottery Barn and they are little battery-powered lanterns. We have them all along our balcony and they give off a really lovely light.


What are you obsessed with this week?

PS - this is rain on our balcony. NOT obsessed with that. Not at all. Let's hope the rain continues to stay away!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

To My Dad

Happy Father's Day
To my Dad and all of the others.

You have guided me when I needed guidance.

Scolded me when I needed scolding.

And dutifully taught me that duct tape truly can fix anything.

Cheers to all the Dads!
We love you more than you know.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Few Things I Must Address Here And Now

The following things must be said. Right here. Right now. Without reservation.

1) As my sister so eloquently put it, "Who slept with the weather in Oregon and never called her back?!?!"

We are suffering from a serious lack of warm weather here in the NW and I have had JUST about enough. C'mon Mother Nature - cut us some slack, will you? Portland was rated as the "greenest" city in America. We recycle here like our lives depend on it. More people ride bikes to work in our city than anywhere else in the U.S. of A. Heck - when the rain begins in early October, many Oregonians actually are happy to see it back - but we do have a limit, Miss M.N, we really do. Please let us have some sunshine - please? And I am not talking about this little tease of sun followed by an onslaught of clouds. I am talking some weather so hot that it ruins my hair instantly, makes sleeping unbearable and reminds me that I really should have hit the gym a few more times since the only thing I can manage to wear is a swimsuit.

2) The World Cup is cool. I like it. Prior to having an English husband, I spent about as much time thinking about soccer as I thought about geometric proofs, but I am totally digging it.

3) Nothing pulls on my heart strings these days more than the pictures of sea life struggling on the shores, coated in oil. Can we maybe, just for once, stop making everything a political issue and just help the people/animals who need it? Can we maybe give politics a run for it's money with humanity and humility running the show? Just an idea...

4) Candles from Pottery Barn smell really good and burn really well. I want lots and lots of them.

5) I wish was actually a planet that I could live on, surrounded by talented people and pretty things.

6) I really like things to be in even numbers, which is why I am adding a 6th "thing that must be said." I really don't have much else to say, but now I have an even list, so HA!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

PS - I know the cupcake picture has no relevance to this post. I just liked it. They look yummy. And they are pretty colors too.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Right Now...

Right now I want nothing more than to be sitting on a hot beach with my husband and a cold glass of pinot gris.

Oh, and I would like to be tan on that beach too.

In a cuter swimsuit than the ones I currently own.

And be 10 lbs. lighter.

With pink pale pink lipstick on.

And smell like coconut.

While listening to Jack Johnson.

That's not much to ask, is it?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oh My...

I want this dress. Scratch that. I am craving this dress.

The pictures have left me feeling ravenous and I may need to go dress shopping this weekend.

Oh yeah, and I would wear it with these shoes. All sorts of delectable yumminess.

Stick a fork in me - I'm done.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My Friend Amy

This is one of my bridesmaids, Amy.

Amy likes to goof around.

She likes to do things she is not supposed to do, either.

And she laughs while doing so.

Apparently this was happening outside before the wedding as I was nervously pacing inside, wondering where my bridesmaids had gone.

Oh Amy...

I do love you so...

Especially when you dance like this...

And this...
And this too.

I do believe the world is a better place with this girl in it!

Friday, June 11, 2010

It's All About the Details, Baby

After having gone through the madness that is planning a wedding, I must say that my favorite aspect was figuring out all the details. Many times it was the details that kept me up at night and fervently making list after list all the while making phone calls and googling things such as "free standing shepherds hooks" and "wedding shoes that don't look like wedding shoes." However, looking back, it was the best part.

While my dress was one of the first big decisions I made, it was SO hard finding shoes, which I talked about here. I ended up loving my shoes and I wore them almost the entire time. No, they were not comfortable but I was just so wrapped up in the day that I sort of forgot how much my feet were really hurting.

There were, of course the rings. You know, the endless symbol of love? Am I the only one who finds such descriptions a bit funny? I do love our rings, though, and I find myself starting at them all of the time.

Also, a shout-out to my Aunt Barbara in Pennsylvania who made this ring pillow for us out of raw silk. I love it dearly and it meant so much to me that she took the time to make it.

How great is this photo? I love everything about it. The two lovely wrists you see are that of my sister Caitlin and bridesmaid Karla. I am still obsessed with the fact that the bridesmaid dresses had pockets.

After my many trips to England in the past year, which included a few weddings, I became obsessed with the fascinators that women wear in their hair for special occasions. I brought this idea with me back across the pond and gave my bridesmaids the option of wearing them if they wanted to and they all went for it. Each girl picked their own and I think they looked great.

Oh, the color! I LOVE COLOR! All those's ridiculous how happy it makes me.

The flowers were very important to me. I wanted them to be pink, but I also wanted some variety so I told the florist to just go for it and pick what was in season and looked good together.

On each bridesmaid bouquet, she used a used a different ribbon, which I hearted a lot.

And here is one of the flower girl baskets. I really liked that the florist used a real basket.

My Mom and Auntie made these for a few of the VIP men in attendance. They were fresh lily of the valley straight from my Mom's yard and I thought they were so sweet. Thanks Mom!!

As soon as I saw these linens, I had to have them. HAD TO! They spoke to me. I have been obsessed with toile since I was about 10 (I was a weird kid) and so the very second these came into my life, it just felt right. However, since the venue itself was quite stark with all of the white beams, we needed some color. Hence, pink came into the equation. Our hope was to not overwhelm with pink, but use it as a contrast to emphasize the black and white toile.

For the table numbers, I used a Martha Stewart template, discussed here, and I think they turned out great. Plus, they were practically free and free is a term not often used in conjunction with anything wedding.

For the longest time, I was stumped as to what to do for wedding favors. I knew that whatever I did had to be edible because, let's face it, who doesn't like food, but I just could not figure it out! Then, one day while endlessly browsing etsy, I found all of these adorable stickers by Sticker Me Chic. This Mr. & Mrs. design was so cute, I almost couldn't stand it and I knew I had to find a way to incorporate it into my wedding.

Now, aside from toile, I have also always loved little bags. I don't care what it's made of, it is a tiny bag, I will want it badly. Around this time, I decided to hit up a Paradise Bakery for a cookie and I saw that they sell these tiny little beauties called chipper cookies. Ta da! Little cookies, little bags and cute stickers. We put one on each place setting and it ended up only costing us about $200, which, for 175 people seemed pretty reasonable.

Speaking of 175 people...

That was a lot of names to write. I wanted each person to have their own little card with their name on it.

Here is what they looked like up close. By the time we were choosing what the place cards would look like, we were pretty sick of spending money so we bought some cheap plain white cards from Michaels. We then found a little stamp and stamped each place card. This cost us probably less than $30 in total.

On either side of the place card table we had a vase filled with curly willow. We got the curly willow free from someone on craigslist and I then spray painted it black to make it all match. For the vases, I just found some ribbon I liked and used double-sided sticky tape to wrap it around.

We kept the guest book table pretty simple. Because we work in film and thus are surrounded by ridiculously creative people all day, many of whom were at our wedding, we encouraged people to draw pictures in the unlined guest book.

I knew from the beginning of planning that I wanted pomanders going down the aisle. Originally the florist was going to make them, but the cost was just getting too high so I decided to make them myself out of tissue paper. While I love the way they turned out, let me tell you, these pomanders were my Everest. My Anna Karenina. My triple lutz.

It took me 6 months to get 8 done. Tissue paper flower after tissue paper flower, I worked on these constantly. Friends knew if they came over, they would be put to work. Upon finishing the last one, I cracked open a bottle of wine and celebrated. For those of you interested in how I made these, I am planning on posting a step by step tutorial in the near future, but let me warn you, they are time consuming.

One of my most favoritest elements of our wedding was our Tea Cart Candy Bar. The tea cart was purchased off of craigslist for $40 (!!) and Dan repainted it white. We then had a mix of American and English candies and it was popular. There was pretty much nothing left by the end of the night.

Apparently, when one of the little flower girls saw the candy cart, she turned her basket over to rid of the remaining petals, went over to the cart and started filling her flower basket to the brim with candy. I suppose it was bound to happen :)

Lastly, one of my absolute favorite details: the lights. The lights are what sold us on the place and I cannot explain how much the room came alive as the sun went down. I remember having moments of looking around and thinking, wow, this is beautiful. It was everything we wanted, and more, which is just as it should be.

Happy Friday, Everyone!
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