friday fave finds . . . happy summer!

1. happy summer banner via you are my fave
2. pretty pink + gold drinks via 100 layer cake
3. pie chart magnets by studio fludd
4. striped ballerina flats by anniel
5. tie-dye backpack by baggu
6. diy tassel banner via prudent baby
7. pastel manicure photo via lovelyish
8. macaron ice cream sandwiches from jeni's splendid ice creams


pretty packaging . . . marvis toothpaste.

if this toothpaste wasn't over $10 a tube (yikes!), i'm sure i'd have one adorning my vanity right now. prettiest dental hygiene product ever? i think so.


wish i was here . . . alam shanti, ubud, bali.

in my mind today i'm lounging by the pool at alam shanti in bali. why am i not there right now? seriously... rooms start at only $75. that's right, $75! now if only i could find someone to pay for my plane ticket... any takers?


friday fave finds . . . aqua + gold

1. ring by rachel leigh jewelry, via shopbop
2. photograph via beach bungalow 8
3. mixed media artwork via rectangular objects
4. vintage grain sacks from online fabric store
5. soft aqua espadrilles by pour la victoire
6. gold sequined shift dress, via we heart it
7. bicycle photo via earthboundwinglessdream
8. embroidered pillow from anthropologie


party ideas . . . backyard movie night!

i am so doing this before the summer ends! such a fun, simple idea... all you need is a projector and a white sheet... then grab some friends, candy and popcorn and you're ready to go! any suggestions for what movie i should screen?


friday fave finds . . . cosmic thing.

1. custom-made constellation pillow by regan's brain
2. 4x6 photograph by eternity in days
3. cosmic print lita boots by jeffrey campbell, via solestruck
4. silver sparkle post earrings by tiny galaxies
5. outer space-inspired nail polish via we heart it
6. galaxy birds t-shirt from delia*s
7. orion nebula photo from deep space photography
8. stairway to the stars photo by honeytree


taste this . . . veggie bahn mi.

despite the fact that i love all types of asian cuisine, i have somehow neglected to try vietnamese food until my recent trip to portland. while there, hubby and i visited a lovely little place called silk vietnamese restaurant, where i fell head-over-heels in love with their delicious bahn mi.

a banh mi is basically just a sandwich, but let me tell you it is no ordinary sandwich. you start with a freshly-baked french baguette, then pile on toppings like pickled veggies, spicy jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. total flavor explosion!

i've been trying to take advantage of my local farmer's market as much as possible this season, so i was thrilled when i found a recipe for a vegetarian banh mi courtesy of raspberry eggplant.

it seemed a little intimidating at first because there are a lot of components to the recipe, but it really is simple to make and doesn't require a lot of specialty ingredients. oh yeah, and it was DELICIOUS. seriously... try it. you'll thank me later. check out the photos of my version above if you're not convinced :)

Banh Mi Chay
(Serves 2-3)

For the pickled carrots:
½ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 carrots

For the marinated mushrooms:
Juice of ½ lime (about 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon sriracha sauce
3 portobello mushroom caps (about 6 ounces total), cut into 1” strips

For the sandwich:
1 large baguette
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ medium-sized seedless cucumber
½ jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
¼ cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon soy sauce


Make the pickled carrots:
In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, peel and coarsely shred or finely julienne the carrots, then transfer the shredded carrots to a non-reactive bowl or container. Pour the vinegar mixture over the carrots. Refrigerate overnight. (If you’re in a rush, you can leave it at room temperature for an hour, but overnight is best.)

Prepare the mushrooms:
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a quart-sized plastic bag. Add the mushroom strips and marinate overnight in the refrigerator or for 1 hour at room temperature.

Assemble the sandwich:
Heat oven to 400
° F.

Put the marinated mushroom strips and the marinade in a baking dish and bake until the mushrooms are soft, about 12 minutes. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes.

Cut the baguette open by slicing it in half but not going all the way through. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of the baguette. Place the baguette on a baking sheet and heat it until it is crisp and lightly browned, about 6-8 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before assembling the sandwich.

In the meantime, cut the cucumber lengthwise into ¼” thick slices and squeeze the liquid out of the pickled carrots.

Assemble the sandwich by arranging the cucumber slices in a single layer on the baguette, then topping them with the mushrooms, pickled carrots, and cilantro. Sprinkle the soy sauce on top and close the sandwich.

Cut into 3 or 4 sections and serve.


lucile's kitchen.

delicious-looking food + pretty handwriting + lovely pastel colors = lucile's kitchen.

in addition to prints, lucile offers gorgeous poster-sized original watercolors for $65 usd... a price that's hard to beat for a one-of-a-kind piece of art!

wordless wednesday.

photo by alain delorme.


etsy front page . . . times two!

yesterday i was thrilled to find out that i was on etsy's front page not once... but twice!

my bicycle photo was featured in treasury #1, and my delacroix photo in treasury #2! this has never happened before and it was definitely a surprise... but a very good one :)

special thanks go out to daphne of la cravatte du chien... the über-talented curator behind both of the featured treasuries! she is also an amazing illustrator and jewelry designer... check out some of her colorful, whimsical designs...

merci beaucoup, daphne!