Monthly Archives: June 2011

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real.}

{Pretty}

The peonies and anemones at my friend Tori’s wedding were just so beautiful. They were all done by her godmother–not an insanely over-priced florist, not that you can tell.

{Happy}

A little while back this strawberry rhubarb jam arrived from my mother-in-law (she grows her own strawberry and rhubarb and this jam is the most contested possession in our home). The same day my neighbor returned from France where she had bought me this towel–if you can even call it that when it is way too pretty to mop up anything. (Confiture means jam in French by the way.) Both jam gifts were from people on opposite ends of the world, but arrived to me on the same day–the serendipity makes me so happy!

{Funny}

For my friend Maddy’s birthday at the South Bay Beach Club (a great place for a party on a nice night), we all dressed up in Hawaiian. Fun and funny times.

{Real}

I would never think I would call a toilet cute, but these mother / child toilets at the Hong Kong airport are so sweet!

I love how amazing the Hong Kong Airport is. It’s so great in fact that it was just voted best airport in the WORLD by in a world-wide survey involving 11.38 million participants over nine months for the eighth time. Singapore placed second, Incheon (South Korea) third, Munich fourth, Beijing fifth… not surprisingly nowhere in the US made the top ten.

If you’re not lucky enough to be at somewhere so family-friendly, clean and considerate, you may be interested in this travel potty seat… as well as my kid travel tips earlier this week: gear and entertainment.

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} is a fun link-up my mother and sis-in-laws have been doing over on their blog Like Mother, Like Daughter. Feel free to join them every Thursday (US time) or Friday (HK time).

round button chicken

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Everything but the kitchen sink, part six.

  • Istanbul. I really want to go here, especially after seeing all of House to Haus‘s pictures… the tile alone looks amazing!

  • Read: The Luxury Frontier. Mongolia is another crazy place a little closer to us that I really want to visit. Who doesn’t want to witness a gold rush in action? The article talks about how gold and other mineral deposits have brought Louis Vuittons to this formerly nomadic society to serve a mere 1,000 nouveau riche. It also mentions that Mongolia has the best cashmere in the world, which I’d love to buy straight from the herders as the Chinese often mix it with fillers. In the picture below you can see super modern buildings above an ancient monastery in the capital city of Ulan Bator.

  • Yellow bee hive cake. I wish we lived closer so I could make this for my father-in-law, who is a beekeeper.

Found on the always inspirational Lindsey Bee. Speaking of which…

  • Asia travel maps! Lindsey makes these to commemorate people’s travels… what a wonderful souvenir that you can hang on your wall!

  • Lilly Pulitzer does furniture. I think every table should have a drawer. I hate to say this, but this looks like the perfect type of thing to have copied in Shenzen.

  • Carrot pitcher. Can one ever have two many pitchers for flowers, water, iced tea, lemonade, or cocktails? I think not.

  • Iced Coffee. Darcy inspired me to refrigerate some coffee and freeze some coffee ice cubes = the perfect way to combat steamy Hong Kong!

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Pop of color fabrics + cupcake pot holder.

When I was back home, I popped into Natural Expressions, a cute fabric store in downtown Los Gatos, California. They had the prettiest fabrics–many very Asian-inspired.

It really made me want to get into quilting or tablecloth making. Although we have super cheap fabric here in China, I’ve never seen anything like this here.

Hong Kong is just one big wet soupy grey mess today and I am just craving this brilliant color!

Isn’t this cupcake pot holder adorable? And simple enough to make at home?


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Scallop swooning.

Any cookbook with scalloped edges = count me in.

Especially one by my very favorite SF bakery Miette.

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Their cakes are both the prettiest and the tastiest, which is rarely the case. Having a dramatic glasses story myself, I really appreciate Meg Ryan’s story of how she got into baking. Do you really believe she starts every day with coffee and a piece of cake?

Sidenote: have you noticed the movie trend of hot, thin women who own bakeries? Bridesmaids, It’s Complicated, Life As We Know It… Anyways get Miette’s free brownie recipe here.

On the subject of scalloped edges, scalloped shorts are ALL over Hong Kong! I think they’re so sweet.


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Amazing broach bouquet.

Isn’t this broach bouquet stunning?

Rhiannon gathered her grandmother’s lovely lacquer broach collection, plus some brooches and clip on earrings (and even a ring or two) from her mom, both her grandmothers, her great Auntie Helen and both of her husband Bill’s grandmothers, plus a few to fill it out purchased on E-Bay. Her florist then attached them to real flower stems.

Rhiannon has just the sweetest things to say about her stunning bouquet:

“According to my bathroom scale, the bouquet weighs 3.2 pounds. Which totally explains why my arm ached the day after my wedding. It currently sits on my mantle and and it makes me smile whenever I see it. I love that I have a bouquet that I can keep forever. Also, I know my Grandma would have loved to know her brooches were a part of our big day.”

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