Cornbread, Puppies and PowerMate

Yesterday I made some yummy cornbread to eat with the chili we had made earlier in the week. It was tasty and not too sweet. We used this recipe.

Buttermilk Cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

The pups and I had some quality snuggle time yesterday. With both the roomie and I at work for most of the day, I think both pups have been missing their humans. Isn’t Reese’s adorable?

Snuggle time with the pup.

Snuggle time with the pup (she loves it, I promise!)

Over the last few weeks I have noticed that I run my Iphone battery down pretty quickly. Between Instagram, blog things and emails, I have found that I usually need a mid-day charge. I just ordered this little guy to help me out when I don’t always have easy access to an outlet. And it’s nautical, how fitting!

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My new nautical PowerMate

What apps do you use (and love!) on your phone? Any favorites that you want to suggest I look at? Happy Friday!

Love,

-S

Parks, Babies and Roses

Today I took the little girl I babysit to the park. On our walk there, I saw some beautiful roses and couldn’t resist snapping a photo. We sat in the sun, she played and I read. It was exactly what I needed in that moment and it reminded me to breathe. Sometimes that’s all you need, one breathtakingly fragile moment to remind you that you are alive.

Roses are red.

I hope you have a lovely Wednesday.

Love,

-S

Coffee, Desserts and a Father-Daughter Cooking Session

This past weekend I was invited to a friend’s birthday dinner at a wine bar in Palo Alto called Gravity. I had some free time and grabbed a coffee before meeting up with the dinner party. Sitting in the sunshine I enjoyed a calm moment with my book. It was lovely.

Coffee and a good book make for an excellent afternoon.

Coffee and a good book make for an excellent afternoon.

Abby was the perfect birthday girl, and we indulged in plenty of yummy food! The restuarant Gravity was new to me so we ordered a little bit of everything.

Our appetizers
Our appetizers!
My delicious pasta.

My delicious pasta.

Our desserts were unbelievably good. I had the strawberry shortcake, Abby ordered a peach pastry with vanilla ice cream and Rita got a chocolate lava cake.

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When I got back to the apartment the pups were snuggling despite the lingering heat.

Adorbs

Adorbs!

Today my father and I spent the whole day in the kitchen creating delicious things to eat. We tackled an impressive list: chili, tortilla lasagna, banana walnut bread, and peppermint-chocolate ice cream.  A long day, but so worth it!

I think chili is my new go-to soup.

I think chili is my new go-to soup.

3 Trays of tortilla lasagna!

3 Trays of tortilla lasagna!

I'm hoping this treat will make early mornings bearable!

I’m hoping this treat will make early mornings bearable!

There are no photos of the ice cream. So sad, because it really was delicious. Next time!

How was your Tuesday? What did you do today?

Love,

-S

Burgers, Friends and Fancy Friday

The group of us went out to dinner last night at the Counter in Mountain View. Everyone looked fantastic and I had a blast. Burgers is what this place does best, but I enjoyed a yummy mint Oreo milkshake and a Cobb Salad. It was a lovely evening.

Dinner at the Counter

Dinner at the Counter

Doesn’t everyone look swanky? I’m thinking of Mexican food for the next Fancy Friday. How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Happy Monday!

Love,

-S

Shorts, Purses, Puppies and Bowties

The last few days have been spectacularly warm here in the Bay Area. Hitting the high 90’s every day has prolonged the summer feel, and I have been hitting up my shorts shelf every day. These are a few of my go-to pairs:

Hot heat makes shorts a must.

September heat makes shorts a must.

I had been waiting for something special to wear my new Kiel James Patrick purse to. So when my friend Kim had a BBQ I decided it was time to show it off. It was a casual relaxed affair, and I loved every minute of it.

My KJP purse debut

My KJP purse debut

Sometime in July the Roomie and I got new collars for both pups. Reece’s rocked a blue one and Nala got one with whales and a bow-tie. They fell asleep one afternoon in the back of my car and this is what they looked like. It proves they are indeed related.

Nala and Reece's new collars.

Nala and Reece’s new collars.

Nala loves to wake me up in the morning by standing basically over me until I wake up from the sheer force of her staring at me. In this photo she was momentarily distracted by the squirrels playing in our yard.

Nala 1

Nala 1

We loved how she looked in the whale bowtie, so we decided to find some other colors for her (and Reece’s!) to wear occasionally inside the house. We had a small photo-shoot the other day, and both pups rocked the photos.

Nala in her red bow-tie

Nala in her red bow-tie

Reece's in her lilac bow-tie.

Reece’s in her lilac bow-tie.

Both of them wanted the dog treat the Roomie had in her hand!

Both of them wanted the dog treat the Roomie had in her hand!

I’m hoping to make this a regular thing.  Do you have any pets? Do you do silly thing with them like I have? I hope everyone is having a great Sunday!

Love,

-S

Sunglasses and Pearls Part 2, Fancy Friday, and IPhone Cases

Robert the Magnificent (AKA my fancy photographer friend) sent me more photos. There were two beautiful ones from our photo shoot in the park about a month ago, you can read more about it in this post Sunglasses and Pearls. I’m wearing the sunglasses I talked about last post, from Banana Republic. I love them so much I am thinking about buying a back up pair in case anything happens to these.

Sunglasses and Pearls 3

Sunglasses and Pearls 3

Sunglasses and Pearls 4

Sunglasses and Pearls 4

I had a conflict on Friday, so this week’s Fancy Friday will be held on Sunday. More about that in tomorrow’s post! Robert was also able to recover one photo from the dusk lighting from last week’s Fancy Friday. He is fond of the serious faces, so this is why we look solemn.

Fancy Friday 3

Fancy Friday 3

I settled on this phone case, and ordered it this morning post workout. I got the durable option, and the Roomie is giving it to me for my birthday next month.

I hope everyone had a lovely Friday night! I know I did. What did you do? Do you have any big weekend plans? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

Love,

-S

Sunglasses and Tortoise-Shell

At some point in May I lost my sunglasses.

On a hunt for a new pair I stumbled into this beautiful tortoise-shell pair at Banana Republic. I wear them on a daily basis and I adore the style. They are the ones I wore in this post and I love how confident they make me feel.

I had not purchased anything tortoise shell style before the sunglasses, but I now understand the craze about the color and feel. I’ve had my eye on a few other tortoise shell things. What do you think of tortoise-shell? Do you have anything in that style?

Bloomkingdale's-CaseMate iPhone 5 Case

Bloomkingdale’s-CaseMate iPhone 5 Case

DKM-Assessories-Susan Shaw Tortoise Rectangle Link Necklace

DKM-Assessories-Susan Shaw Tortoise Rectangle Link Necklace

ASOS-Pieces Noma Tort Heart Stud Earrings

ASOS-Pieces Noma Tort Heart Stud Earrings

 

Super cute Sunglasses-Etsy

Super cute Sunglasses-Etsy

 

 

 

Which ones do you like? Which of these would you get?

Love,

-S

J.Crew, ShopBop, and Victoria’s Secret

I LOVE Pajamas Sets

Around early summer time I started seeing these cute pajama sets, and now I can’t get them out of my mind. They look so clean and crisp. I also love the matchy-matchy feel. And some have stripes!

J.CREW-Vintage cotton pajama set

J.CREW-Vintage cotton pajama set

VINTAGE SHORT-SLEEVE PAJAMA SET

VINTAGE SHORT-SLEEVE PAJAMA SET

Gisele Short PJ Top

Gisele Short PJ Top

VINTAGE SHORT-SLEEVE PAJAMA SET

Splendid-Fruit Fusion Shirred Front Tank

Splendid-Fruit Fusion Shirred Front Tank

COTTON MAYFAIR PAJAMA

COTTON MAYFAIR PAJAMA

Which pair would you get? Do you like a certain pajama style?

Love,

-S

Pumpkin Spice Latte, J.Crew and Kate Spade

Welcome to Fall!

love that Starbucks has seasonal drinks. It gives me something to look forward to with the changing of seasons. I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday and while the weather is still quite warm, I enjoyed every last drop of it.

My first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season

My first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season

I found this article on the Levo League entertaining. Which drink do you usually order? Do you think their description fits you?

What Does Your Starbucks Drink Say About You? By the Levo League

What Does Your Starbucks Drink Say About You? By the Levo League

As a young teacher I walk the fine line of dressing professionally while still displaying my style. J.Crew and Kate Spade are two of my go to designers.

J.Crew has this delicious mix of clothing made in house, and designers that display their products under the J.Crew name creating a line with good variety in style and fabric. Currently I have my eye on the following pieces. How would you mix and match them? Which ones do you like?

I <3 J.Crew
Kate Spade has a very bold color scheme in most products.  I love her jewelry. I have an addiction to her bangles, if only because they have adorable sayings carved on the inside like a little message in a bottle.  I typically enjoy the upbeat style, but usually only as an accent piece, not the whole outfit.
All About Kate Spade
Which designers do you love? What pieces do you dream of snapping up? What is your favorite thing about fall?
Love,
-S