Wednesday, July 30, 2008

poor bear

a black bear got his head stuck in a jar. the poor thing wandered into town out of desperation and was eventually shot by police. how incredibly sad.
the jar was the type that holds sweets or popcorn.
please recycle!

for your summer feet

cute flats:

gladiator inspired sandals:

all these pretty sandals from here

Monday, July 28, 2008

pretty dress

i'm always on the look out of modest dresses because i'm not very comfortable wearing revealing clothes. it has nothing to do with my body image. i'm quite comfortable with my body. i eat healthy, have an active lifestyle, and fairly good genes so i'm happy with my overall appearance. i contribute my preference for modest fashion to the way i was raised. i was never allowed to wear tank tops, short shorts or even nail polish to school! i can still hear my mom saying "modesty is the best policy."

i'm my own woman now and i agree with my mom...to an extent, of course. i believe dressing a bit more modest, yet stylish, gives a woman a lady-like, classy appearance. if you stop and think of fashion icons of the past, such as hepburn, grace kelly, jackio o., they all had that image. however, striving for a more modest style also presents one with challenges. there are a lot of frumpy, ugly clothes out there! sheesh.

that is why i get so excited when i find a dress like this:

i want it! i mean, i really, really, really want it! why does it have to be $550, jcrew?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

batman has been arrested!

christian bale (aka Batman) has been arrested on allegations that he assaulted his mother and sister. he is denying it, of course. i loved the movie so much that i hate to even think that he would do something like that! who knows what type of guy he is like in real life. he could be the epitome of white trash for all we know!...but he could have also been set up.

Friday, July 25, 2008

marinated mushrooms

how good do these look? also, pretty inexpensive and easy to make. you can get a package of small cremini mushrooms from trader joes for around 2 bucks!


1 pound fresh cremini mushrooms
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2–4 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or to taste
1–2 cloves minced garlic (optional)
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 teaspoons fresh minced oregano
2 tablespoons fresh minced Italian parsley
sea salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon each black peppercorns and coriander seeds
Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Simmer mushroom caps in salted water for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, garlic, red onion, oregano, parsley, salt, peppercorns and coriander. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving. Serves 4 as an appetizer.

(found recipe here)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

moive review - Batman

i saw the The Dark Knight (aka. the new batman movie) last night and it was sooo good. very action packed! the plot moved quickly and it was well written. i also think that it's one of those movies that must be seen at the movie theatre.

other thoughts on the movie...
  • i thought Heath Ledger was brilliant in the movie. great acting. RIP.
  • i'm confused why such a popular indie actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal, would stray so far from her roots and star in one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. (well, i suppose money is a good reason)
  • i love Morgan Freeman's voice. i could listen to him talk non-stop.
  • i never noticed how cute christian bale was until last night.
  • i thought some of the make-up the actors were wearing in the movie was too obvious...and i'm not talking about the joker's makeup. when you watch the movie, notice the bronzer christian bale has on to accentuate his cheek bones...it's too obvious.
  • how is batman's voice so drastically different than when he is just a normal guy?
  • there are other things i want to talk about but it would give away some of the plot line...darn!
  • go see the movie. you'll like it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

can you believe these are dolls?

these are dolls!!
this is amazing work. they are called Destinys Reborn Babies. each doll takes up to 40 hours to make and no two dolls are the same. the skin, hair, feel and weight of the dolls are made to resemble that of a real baby.

what's especially interesting about these dolls is that there is quite the controversy surrounding them. it seems that many of the buyers of these handmade dolls are parents who have experienced a great loss and are looking to fill that void. a couple of department stores have excluded these dolls from their shelves because they are too life-like.

here is the link to the company that makes these dolls. and here is the link to an article speaking of the buzz surrounding the dolls.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy Hour in Seattle

i found this very helpful website to find happy hour spots in seattle (and greater seattle). i've been looking for something like this for quite some time now. i thought i'd share!

Monday, July 14, 2008

expensive pillows

i was at the downtown REI this weekend. i don't know why. i am totally not your typical REI-fleece-and-croc-wearing-seattleite. i like my heels, dresses, and everything girly! so i spent 15 minutes in there and walked out empty-handed. i wandered across the street and into the velocity store. OMG! totally overpriced! don't get me wrong, i thought a lot of their stuff was cute but i could never justify spending $98 on a freakin' pillow! but for those of you that can, check this stuff out:

i'm pretty sure my parents have a chair that looks like this sitting in their garage gathering dust...but hey, it's good to know that i can buy another one for $225!...are they being serious?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

great belltown spot!


we stumbled across cellars restaurant & lounge in belltown on thursday night and i absolutely loved it! we were there for happy hour and i was pleasantly delighted by the cocktail menu. i had a watermelon martini and it was great. the food menu was good too. we ordered the crunchy polenta fingers and we liked it. what i loved the most was the overall ambiance of the place. there were white shear curtains hanging from the ceiling, modern leather chairs, and tons of chandeliers on big wooden dinner tables and hanging from the ceiling. outside seating is also available...perfect for a summer night with tons of people watching opportunities!

2132 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-8757
(where jai thai was formerly located)

Friday, July 11, 2008

pasta with tuna tomato herb sauce

i saw this on the rachael ray show the other day and it looked SO yummy. it looks fairly easily to prepare as well. i've always wanted to cook with anchovy filets!

Ingredients
1 pound medium shell pasta
2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 tablespoons anchovy paste or 4 to 5 anchovy filets
1 pound fresh tuna steaks, chopped into small pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 sprig rosemary
1/4 cup (about half a handful) flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup (about half a handful) chopped basil, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper


Preparation
Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring it to a boil.
When the water has come up to a bubble, add some salt and the pasta, and cook to al dente according to package directions. When the pasta is done, drain it and reserve it in a colander until the sauce is ready.
While the pasta is cooking, place a large skillet over medium-low heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Toss the garlic and anchovy paste or filets into the pan and cook until aromatic and melted, about 1 minute.

Raise the heat to medium-high then add the chopped tuna, tomatoes, white wine, lemon zest and juice, rosemary sprig, parsley and basil to the pan as well. Season everything with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened up and the tuna is cooked through, 5-6 minutes.
Add the reserved pasta to the pan with the tuna-tomato herb sauce and give everything a good toss to evenly coat the pasta. Serve immediately.
watch her prepare the meal. here is the link to youtube.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

i want to run!!

i've always wished that i could be a jogger. someone who gets relaxed after a 20-30min run. unfortunately, i always feel like i'm going to die after a run. i run 11 minute miles. i feel like i'm going to faint and i have tremendous pain while i attempt to jog. but i want to change. i want to train myself. i want to become a jogger damnit!

i did some googling and found these steps to becoming a runner:
  • Week one: Walk for 6 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Aim for three sessions with that same sequence for week one.
  • Week two: Walk for 5 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Aim to do three sessions in week two.
  • Week three: Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 4 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Aim for four sessions in week three.
  • Week four: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Shoot for four of those sessions in week four.
  • Week five: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 8 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do four of those sessions in week five.
  • Week six: Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 9 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Try to do four sessions for week six.
  • Week seven: Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do four sessions this week.
  • Week eight: For your first run this week, try walking for 5 minutes to begin and end the workout, and run for 20 minutes in between. By the end of the week, try to run for 30 minutes without stopping. Aim to run for 30 minutes four times a week, and you'll notice that your stamina and fitness will continue to improve.

ummm....i'll let your know if they work. *fingers crossed*

Sunday, July 6, 2008

baby blue

wouldn't it be sweet to drive this:

wear this:

live here: eat this:
and have this on your finger?

Friday, July 4, 2008

let the reading begin!

so i've finally healed from the two weeks of tortuous finals i had a couple of weeks ago. i can talk about it all now. i am also to the point where i can look at books and not feel like i'm going to get sick. it feels good. i can't believe that i finished my first year of grad school. only 3 more years to go!

this past year i have been continuously adding to my summer reading list. topping the list is the book that everyone, it seems, has read: Eat, Pray, Love

i've only read about 20 pages or so, but i like it so far :) please let me know of any other recommended must-reads!

p.s. happy 4th of july!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

red velvet cupcakes


oh my goodness! these look beautiful and delicous. amazing!


buttermilk red velvet cupcake recipe:
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temp
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Red Food coloring
1. Preheat the oen to 325. Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the kosher salt after sifting and set aside. Measure out the buttermilk and red rood coloring. Add the die to the buttermilk for easier incorporation later.
2. Cream the butter and the sugar using an electric mixer, until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, letting the eggs beat for 1 mintue in between additions. Scrape down the bowl in between additions.
3. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients. Start by adding one third of the flour mixture. Mix just to incorporate. Add half of the buttermilk. Add another one third of the flour mixture. Mix to incorporate. Add the last half of buttermilk, followed by the last third of flour.
4. Spoon into paper lined cupcake pans. Check the cupcakes after 12 minutes. Makes 12.
(found this amazing recipe here)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

greatest american dog...waste of tv time.

this show is ridiculous. i understand people can get close to their dogs, but is it really necessary to have a show about owners and their pets? with the present state of the world and the economic struggle our country is facing, i just don't understand why this show is necessary.
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