Playing Make-Believe: Decorating My Hypothetical Apartment

Today was one of those days where I was all over the place–errands, lunch with my aunt, rushing back to pick up my dad, booking travel, trying to plan for a hypothtical move, job-related shenanigans and an extensive search for something scrumptious and healthy to make for dinner. All that didn’t stop me from wasting an hour or two on Pinterest, looking at interior decor. I’ve found that in addition to helping me keep track of the billion recipes I want to try, Pinterest is great for planning for that hypothetical apartment that I have after my hypothetical move. Hypothetical life has never been more fun. And don’t even get me started on how lucky the little girls of the world are now to have Pinterest to help plan their hypothetical weddings.. sleepovers just got crazy.

My problem is I like about a billion different things, and if I could blend nautical with art deco with sleek with eclectic with pirate-themed (think stripes and ships, not Somali pirates), I would. I also have a thing for lots of interesting and bright colors, so I can’t even imagine what I’ll do when I have to pick just one color scheme to decorate with.

These are just some of the items/crafts/decorating ideas I’ve found and loved on Pinterest.

Lots of my favorite ideas are DIY crafts:

Perfect for the book-nerd in me

Beakers made into vases

DIY typographic display

 

Homemade teacup candle

And others I’ve just pinned as inspiration, because I love the look or the idea:

 

Urban Outfitters duvet cover

Collage of frames above the bed

Two-in-one lights and picture display

Stacked trunks as a bedside table

To my friends who made their hypothetical moves into real moves, how did you decide to decorate your rooms? Any designspiration?

All images from Pinterest.

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Olympic Weekend Essentials

The 12-year-old girl in me still wants to grow up to be her

I admit it, I’ve been infected with Olympic Fever. Not having a job makes this a lot easier, since I can pretty much watch every event. Yesterday I sat and watched Women’s Judo because, well, why not? I’ve discovered within me a strange ability to care about white water kayaking, and my love of watching gymnastics and love of watching water sports have met in the middle at synchronized diving. In short, the Olympics are awesome.

And, yes, I’m one of those people who whine about the NBC coverage (they didn’t even show the Russians on the podium getting bronze and silver in the women’s gymnastics all-around, panning right to Gabby Douglas). But I also play right into their hand by watching all four hours of prime time coverage.

So in honor of the Olympics I’m doing an extended roundup of Olympic-related Weekend Essentials.

Get your national pride on this weekend

Watch

The Olympics, silly! Although, if you’re feeling NBC fatigue you can extend that Olympic spirit with a little movie break–Miracle, anyone? There’s no way you can watch Miracle and not get wrapped up in a little bit of USA chanting. Or, if you’re pressed for time, just watch this forever adorable video of the little boy reenacting the Herb Brooks Miracle speech.

Read

There is no lack of Olympic coverage to read, but in my opinion the Grantland articles have been great. Check out this piece by Brian Phillips on Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics. It’s an entertaining read, but also raises some interesting points about issues around the sport, including gender and intensity. He notes that it’s often the female sports that are relegated to the “It’s not a sport” category (e.g. rhythmic gymnastics), despite the fact that they require extraordinary skill and athleticism.

Fierce

Eat

There are a lot of options here. The most obvious, of course, is to eat Olympic-themed food. Check out Six Sisters’ Stuff for a great roundup of various Olympic snacks, from Olympic ring cookies and donuts to Olympic torch cupcakes.

Snacking in style

If you’re not particularly interested in baking Olympic goodies, there’s always the pretend-you’re-in-London route. Eat fish and chips and drink a cold beer (or cider if you’re me). This also gives you the opportunity to go to a pub or sports bar where you can be surrounded by aggressive amounts of Olympic spirit.

Grease in its finest form

Listen

Pretty much your only option here is to listen to the Chariot’s of Fire song on repeat. Ideally you’d run down a beach while listening, but you can substitute pretty much any slow-motion action and be fine.

If you’re trying to get into Olympic shape, however, you can check out these workout playlists from Women’s Health. I spent half of last night making some workout playlists of my own since mine were a little tired, and they actually have me a little tiny bit excited to work out (but not that much..).

Lust

I highly recommend getting your Olympic sparkle on in a gold, silver or bronze dress that is wholly inappropriate for summer. Topshop can deck you out out in this entirely sequined dress that has the benefit of being the color of a medal with the pizazz of a gymnast’s hair glitter.

Be the medal

As with food, however, you’re not without options. Getting into the Olympic style here in the States might require more patriotic apparel.

Flag-tastic

My personal favorite approach, however, is to watch the Olympics casually in this Vivienne Westwood Union Jack gown, paying tribute to England and the London Olympic Games. Nothing screams “sports fan” like a floor length gown.

With all the money saved not going to the Olympics it makes sense to spend $3800 on this dress

Lounge

While you’re watching you may just want to support athleticism in general, forgoing national pride. In that case, Ashish has the sweatshirt for you. And while you’re at it you may want to check out the nail art of Olympic swimmers. I know that personally this option (wearing a sweatshirt and painting my nails while watching the Olympics) is the most likely plan for my weekend.

No need to pick sides with this look

I apologize for the excessive amount of Olympics-related links you were just inundated. Can you tell I’ve gotten a little to into it? #TeamGabby

Go forth and get into the spirit Or don’t.. whatever..

(Image sources: Gabby Douglas, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Olympic ring cookies, Fish and Chips, Clothing images from associated links)

Date Night Looks

Pardon me while I give a lengthy introduction to my fashion-based post. Last night when the boy got back from a few days at a retreat we got to spend a good chunk of time together. Naturally, I cooked. It’s so much more fun to cook for someone else, especially when that someone has the appetite of a small blue whale (krill on krill on krill). Wanting to try something I hadn’t made before, I searched for some homemade gnocchi recipes. I was pretty focused on not majorly effing anything up, so I didn’t take many pictures, but all in all I’d say it wasn’t a total failure. I made ricotta gnocchi in a sage brown butter sauce and turkey meatballs. Maybe not the most cohesive meal ever but I didn’t get a lot of complaints.

For the gnocchi I loosely followed two recipes from The Kitchn and Italian Food Forever. Making ricotta gnocchi was much easier than potato gnocchi, but still requires some precision. I’d say next time (and there will be a next time when it comes to me and gnocchi) I’d be more judicious in my flour use and try to find an even more flavorful sauce. If you’re pressed for time though the brown butter sage sauce was delicious and easy. After boiling the gnocchi I quickly sauteed them in the sauce so they’d soak up all that flavor. I also left a few plain so that Patrick could opt out of the buttery goodness in favor of red sauce.

The meatballs were made from this Turkey Ricotta Meatballs recipe originally found in Cooking Light. Patrick’s only complaint was that they could use some more seasoning, and I agree. I’d definitely say add more basil, salt & pepper than you think you need, or incorporate whichever seasonings you like in your meatballs.

I did manage to get this picture of the aftermath..

So while our “date night” involved food and curling up for a few episodes of Breaking Bad, a more adventurous date night (i.e. ones in which you leave the house) might require more of a cute look. I thought I’d post a few cute outfits I’ve been eyeing. As always, the images link through to where you can buy them.

Looking for a cute, simple dress? I  love the way this Elizabeth and James dress fancies up a simple silhouette with a metallic shimmer. This would be perfect for a nice dinner and then going out after, perhaps dancing if you’re lucky enough to date someone who dances.

Elizabeth and James Tank Dress

Looking for a little more pizazz? I love this Free People beaded dress. The beading makes it feel very twenties, but the tie dye makes it feel a little more low key. And the hemline and bit of mesh let you show a little skin without feeling like you’re too on display.

Free People Beaded Dress

Of course if you’re like me and jeans are a pretty major staple in your wardrobe, or if you’re going somewhere a little more laid back, pair your jeans and heels with a cute jacket. I’m absolutely in love with this Rebecca Minkoff jacket, and it would be perfect once the summer starts to cool down. Or if you’re in San Francisco like me, perfect all summer. Yes.. I’m going to continue to gripe about the weird San Francisco weather for a long time.

Rebecca Minkoff Becky Printed Jacket

As for jewelry? I’ve recently been on a gold kick, lusting after all sorts of pretty gold jewelry. Strange, since I’ve almost always been a strictly silver girl. Try a big gold bracelet, or maybe go fashion functional with a gorgeous watch.

Jules Smith Bracelet

Sarah Designs All Chain Wrap Watch

And if you’re like me and choose to stay in and cook, there’s always the “sassy apron” route.

The Joy of Ex Foundation’s Kitchen Dancing Apron

So, do you have any good date night looks? I’m always in the mood for a little hypothetical date night shopping with my imaginary money.

San Francisco Style

My current view as I write this

You know those days where you have the perfect outfit planned out and in your head you see yourself strutting the street as heads turn? Okay so maybe that last part is just me, but you know what I mean. And then you know those days where you pull out the shorts for your oh-so-great outfit and realize that during your flight nail polish spilled all over them? Dreams shattered, cute outfit flying out the window, the works.

Well lucky for me when I pulled out my nail-polish covered shorts I remembered an important detail: I’m in San Francisco, and I can wear whatever I want. Summer style be damned, I would wear whatever I wanted. A lot of people knock the Bay Area for being decidedly untrendy and its inhabitants for being unfashionable flannel-wearing granola freaks. What I love about San Francisco though is that everyone seems to be wearing exactly what they want to wear. I wont lie, my heart belongs to New York and London, both of which I’d place above SF on the fashion hierarchy. But the many people who are fashionable here in SF always seem to be effortlessly so.

Side note: my other favorite thing about San Francisco fashion is that on any given day you have people dressed like it’s the desert, like it’s the dead of winter, and everything in between. Awkwardly mild/cloudy weather will do that to you.

In the end I opted for a more temperature appropriate sweater and met Patrick for lunch downtown, which gave me a chance to wander around a little bit. I love exploring whatever city I’m in, and the walk was just what I needed. The 25 minute wait for the bus.. not so much.

Walking around downtown

In honor of San Francisco style and the fact that it got me off the hook when my outfit fell through, I thought I’d just post about a couple of my favorite San Francisco fashion blogs. They’re definitely worth checking out.

1.) Calivintage: Erin at Calivintage lives in the Bay Area and rocks one of the most tried and true San Francisco looks: vintage. She’s got a very quirky style and her pictures always seem to capture a decidedly Bay Area look.

Erin from Calivintage

2.) Going West: Jennie is a non-native who wound up in California and I love her look. She mixes a little bit of edge (black, leather, etc) with more classic pieces for a very defined style.

Jennie from Going West

3.) Britt + Whit: I feel like Britt and Whit who write this blog embody the “I’ll wear what I want” vibe that I love about San Francisco. They definitely keep up with trends, but they wear them in their own way. Plus I love the fact that you get two different people’s style on the same blog. I’m all about consolidating the amount of blogs I check.

Britt + Whit

All three blogs are definitely worth checking out for a taste of San Francisco style. Or better yet, just come to the area and see for yourself.