Monthly Archives: September 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my mom’s birthday! My mom has worked so hard to make sure my siblings and I have had everything she could possibly give us. She made me look so cool, I’m pretty sure the only reason 10% of my friends hung out with me was because my mom was a neat person. I didn’t appreciate it at the time but my mom’s intense involvement kept me out of trouble, mostly because everyone was scared of her, so I wasn’t invited to the trouble making. She managed to raise 4 of us and at a very young age, (I can’t even imagine having a 6 year old and a 3 year old right now) and never complained about it. I can’t fathom all the things she has done for us over the years and all the selfish complaining we did over little things like, who’s night it was for the dishes or tallying up how much was spent on each sibling.

I hope one day I can live life the way she does and constantly be a surprise. I hope that when I’m a mother I can learn to strike the balance of fun, caring and scary. And I hope that one day when all 4 of us are grown up, my mom catches a break. I love you, Mom!

Top 5ish films to get you into Fall

I’m a little bit of a film nerd. And with fall quickly approaching, I thought I’d share my top five fall films with you. There is nothing better than curling up with a blanket, a warm mug of something yummy and a movie. Life seems to be moving so fast these days, so this is how I slow down and recharge.

5. Bright Star

Bright Star is a film about the ill-fated romance of poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. I love everything about this film, written and directed by the amazing Jane Campion. It’s has a sense of open air about it and the performances are just amazing. Save your Jane Austen films for spring and watch this on a rainy day.

Jane Eyre, is a good follow up if you are in the mood.


4. Harold and Maude

If you haven’t already seen this classic, I suggest you stop what you are doing and watch it.   When I first moved to San Francisco, I made a very serious attempt to visit places seen in the movie, but I digress. This film is heart-warming and really makes you look at life a bit differently. Also, you can’t knock the music by Cat Stevens. It’s all so good!


3. Rushmore

Do I even have to explain this one?


2. Dead Poets Society

O Captain! My Captain! How can you not love this movie? Robin Williams as an eccentric English teacher that teaches carpe diem? Yes, please. I like to imagine if I went to an all boys private school it would be exactly like this. Don’t shatter my illusion.

P.S. Don’t confuse this film with The Emperor’s Club, a good movie, but just don’t.


1. Mermaids

Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci and Jake Ryan (does this actor even have a real name?). Yes, that is a formula for greatness. Set in the 1960’s Charlotte Flax (played by Cher) moves herself and her two daughters to a small east coast town. Her eldest, played by Winona Ryder falls for the much older bus driver and caretaker of a nearby convent. This film, is funny, heart warming and has my three favorite people in it. If you haven’t seem it, go watch it. Plus, I believe it’s on Netflix Instant Watch right now. Yay!


Honorable Mention:

Radio Days

My dear friend Kathleen suggested I needed a Woody Allen movie and Radio Day’s just happens to be my favorite. Set in the 1940’s this film has a great story, great costumes, and a young Woody Allen is played by a prepubescent Seth Green. Enough said.

A Harvest Picnic

Though fall is just around the corner, I’ve been prepping for a month! Maybe, it’s because San Francisco tends to be a bit on the chilly side, so sweaters through summer are a must.  I am completely in love with this J. Crew Peter Pan Collar Sweater! It’s so simple! Also I can’t get past these Madewell Archive Boots. I keep coming back to them! This entire outfit makes me want to take a bunch of cozy blankets into Golden Gate Park and picnic with  warm soup in a thermos.

Clockwise from top left:

Herschel Supply Little America Backpack/ Hollister Super Skinny Jean/ J. Crew Peter Pan Collar Sweater/ Madewell Archive Boots/ The Great Gatsby/ Obey Stone Rose Ring/ Pumpkin Spice Latte :)/ 80’s Purple Rounded Cat Eye Sunglasses

Wedding DIY: Table Numbers

My friends Mindy and Chris got married this past weekend and I couldn’t be happier for them! Mindy looked so beautiful and Chris looked handsome as ever! The wedding was set deep in the Redwoods and 99% of the decor was DIYed or thrifted. I had the pleasure of contributing the table numbers, so I thought I’d provide a tutorial on how I made them. I loved how they turned out! I really only made the metal numbers and helped assemble, Mindy tracked down the scrabble tiles and made the fabric flowers, it was a real group effort!

What you’ll need to make metal numbers:

Pre-sanded metal

Light Paint ( I used white)

Dark Paint ( I used brown)

Steel Wool

Vinyl Stick On Letters and Numbers

Step One: Give the pre-sanded metal two coats of light colored paint and let dry.

Step Two: Rub on vinyl sticker.

Step Three: Using your dark color paint over the sticker and metal piece. Apply two coats, then let dry.

Step Four: Peel off sticker.

Step Five: Use steel wool to lightly distress. Keep strokes in one direction and weather edges a bit more than the rest.

Now for the easy part!

When you are done with the metal numbers, assemble your centerpiece. For each table you will need a reclaimed plank of wood, a fabric flower or embellishment of your choosing, the metal numbers you just completed and scrabble tiles that spell out your number. Arrange and secure with a hot glue gun. So simple!

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