My niece recently picked out a small gift for me for no reason other than to show how much she loves me and Sunny. My sister said she picked out the cute little frame below all by herself and then chose her favorite photo of Sunny to put inside. She also included this adorable card that she wrote all by herself! Baby Imo is a term my niece and nephew call me, which is a play on the Korean words for younger aunt. They came up with it when they first started talking and it's stuck since. I love it!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Catbird recently had a stacking rings sale and so of course I had to pick up a few lovely pieces. I am obsessed with dainty stacking rings recently so this sale was perfectly timed!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Here are a couple photos I took ages ago of Essie's Cascade Cool, from its summer 2012 collection. It's a beautiful and fun cool pink. Pretty good application. This is two coats, with base and top coats. This was one of my favorites from the collection because I have a hard time finding pink polishes with my skin color. It's a bit Barbie-ish but I think that's part of why I love it!
Monday, September 24, 2012
I've been a fan of MZ Wallace bags since my friend first introduced me to them a couple years ago. While leather bags are beautiful, they can often be too heavy for my taste. And I love how MZ Wallace bags all have so many zippered sections which makes it so easy to store and keep track of things. Since moving out of NY I sadly resigned myself to never being able to attend their annual sample sale. But luckily MZ Wallace has started doing their sample sales online! It was a mad dash to put things into my cart before they disappeared (and man they were going so fast!), but I managed to score a light blue Zoe bag.
I also picked up this cute purple studded makeup pouch. I'm not sure what I'll use it for yet. Maybe makeup, maybe something else.
I can't get enough of these lovely MZ Wallace bags!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I have a love/hate relationship with running, especially in the summer. I continued to do my long runs outside through June, taking advantage of any cooler weekend day. And by cooler, I mean like in the 80s and not in the 90s or 100s. I'm so ready for fall!
On my last outdoor run of the mid-summer, I enjoyed the scenery.
And was surprised to see some baby deer along the path! They were super cute. Where's their mother??
Aren't my large calves and flip flop tan lines so sexy? I'm just glad to have flip flop tan lines instead of sneaker tan lines.
Sunny wasn't so impressed. She thinks the color is too bright so she promptly started shedding all over them. And oh man pug hairs worm their way in through the fabric, making them really hard to get off. Sigh.
Elevating my feet after my runs also helps. I also like to enjoy the view.
I'm getting a bit nervous because I have a few races coming up (my first since the one 5k I did as a teenager) and my long runs have been really rough! But last Sunday I had a surprisingly decent long run where I increased my speed and distance and didn't feel busted afterwards! It also helped that the weather was much cooler and drier. I actually kinda enjoyed the run, instead of just feeling agony.
So I'll keep on shuffling outside and hope for the best!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Oh man I've had some polish photos sitting around for a while, waiting for me to post them! Oops! Here's Essie's All Tied Up from its summer 2012 collection. I was a bit confused by this polish because it didn't seem exactly summery. It's a beautiful dusty rose with some gold shimmer, but definitely not my taste. It looked a bit grandmotherly on me. It's also a bit of a pain to remove because of the shimmer, but application was pretty smooth. Two coats, with base and upper coats.
Anyways, here are some photos of the polish with my helpful model, Sunny.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Lately I've been cooking a lot more in an effort to eat a healthier and more varied diet. I get obsessed with certain foods for a while but then once I'm done with it, I need something very different to surprise my taste buds. On my sister's suggestion, I got the two Six O'Clock Scramble cookbooks which have a ton of great recipes. I definitely have to be thoughtful about portions since most of the recipes are geared for families and I'm cooking for one, but luckily I love leftovers because it means less cooking. And I also add a lot more spices because I like my food spicy and strong flavored, and a lot of the recipes in the cookbooks are meant to be kid-friendly. So here's a few of my recent meals that I've cooked up!
Rosemary-lemon pork chops with yogurt feta sauce (p. 101, newer book), french roll with cheese, and a side of green beans, tomatoes, and goat cheese. I love the pork chops with the yogurt sauce! The yogurt sauce seems a bit strong and yogurty if eaten alone but combined with the seasoned pork, it makes such a great combination.
Do you see the little begging lurker?
As soon as I finish cooking a casserole I divvy it up into tupperwares.
Potato and goat cheese Spanish tortilla (p. 109, old book). This is one of my favorite recipes but my sister is not a fan of it. I've had this kind of dish at Spanish restaurants before and love it. I definitely add more things to it like mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, and salt and pepper it generously. My sister thinks it tastes bland, but I love it because it combines so many things I love - eggs, potatoes, and goat cheese!
Asian pasta salad with ginger-soy dressing (p. 66, old book). Since I don't love carrots (actually I really hate them for the most part), I use Trader Joe's broccoli slaw instead of shredded carrots. The slaw has a bit of carrots, but I can't really taste them. Another good vegetarian option. I also like to add peas to this. This can taste a bit bland but I think it's because I use low sodium soy sauce. If I sprinkle more salt on, this is really yummy, but I guess that kinda negates my getting low sodium soy sauce. Oh wells.
Chicken/tuna waldorf salad. I always love the chicken waldorf salad sandwiches my sister used to make (recipe here) and was craving them recently. I like this recipe because it's so flavorful but I made quite a few tweaks - used low fat mayo, used canned chicken (and double the amount), and used sandwich thins (since croissants are delicious but sooo bad for you!). I topped this with a slice of light havarti cheese, sliced tomatoes and sliced Persian cucumbers (love those).
Chocolate mug cake. For a while I was obsessed with mug cakes. I guess I was going through a sweets craving! I don't recall the recipes for these but you can google them to find a bunch. The first one I made was chocolate cake using coke instead of oil and eggs. It's not as yummy as real cake but it was pretty good!
Mug coffee cake. The second one I made was a coffee cake which uses real butter and is very good! I got the recipe from here (mug coffee cake recipe). It's definitely an occasional splurge for me, not regular! I also usually halve the recipe since I really only want a taste and don't need much (sweets I don't need too much, but chips, fries, and other salty snacks, forget about it!).
Banana "ice cream." I also tried out some banana "ice cream," which I made with a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and peanut butter. The "ice cream" is basically just frozen bananas that you run through the food processor until they get creamy. I then refroze it to get an icier texture. This does not taste like ice cream at all except for in texture. So it's a good alternative if you love bananas, but for me it doesn't quite hit my ice cream craving. I did like eating this as a cool pre-run snack since I usually eat a banana before my long runs but often don't like the texture of it in the early morning. I'm torn between the two options for freezing bananas. Most people peel and slice the bananas before freezing which makes it a lot easier. But I kept the peels on the first time since I didn't know any better, but found that it helps prevent freezer burn. It's a pain to peel and cut afterwards but found that if I let the bananas sit out for a bit and then cut it with a knife I run under warm water, it's not too bad.
And here are a bunch of fun baked goods that my sister made recently for her kids' birthday parties.
Turtle cupcakes! The body is made of a bunch of cupcakes that she then iced over and designed as per her kids' specifications. What you can't see and that I only discovered later was both the turtles have cute little licorice tails.
Kimchi. And this one was made by my mom. One of my favorite things that she makes is homemade kimchi. It tastes sooo much fresher and lighter because there's less salt and no msg. It's almost like a salad! And the juice that comes with the kimchi makes for some excellent bibimbap. Sometimes I could just drink the juice with a spoon, it's that good and light!
I know, I know, long time no post! I keep forgetting to update this blog because I post all my photos now through Instagram onto Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. And really, my blog posts are just vehicles for my photos. But I will try to be better about updating this blog at least a bit more frequently than I have this past summer. So as my first post back in a couple months, here are some photos of Sunny as a welcome back. Warning, there are a lot of pug photos below so if you aren't into that then you can stop reading here. But honestly, if you've been reading my blog then you can't be surprised and must love pugs!
Over the past couple months Sunny and I did a lot of things, but mostly we just napped.
YAWN! All these nap photos are making me sleepy!
Except when it tries to attack me.
Yes these are two different photos from two different times. Her tongue is just that large and crazy, so this is a regular occurrence. I fear it.
Sunny practiced modeling her side wrinkle, which is currently my favorite wrinkle of hers.
But this one was juuuust riiiiight! Until I moved because I had to pee and my hip was achy.
And we had a lot of fun times at my parents' house. Mostly because they love her and feed her a ton of treats.
Sunny spent a lot of time reflecting on the pug life and having some deep thoughts (mainly about food).
Sunny acted as an excellent muse for my pug drawings. You can see more at my other blog, Bah Humpug
My sister sent me an adorable pug key cover, which Sunny helped to model.
And we had a lot of laughs along the way!
Phew, that was a long post. Hope you enjoyed all of our photos and we wish you pugs and kisses!