It’s been one of those weeks. Where the dishes have piled up. The clothes have piled up. You know the drill. (unless you’re a neat-freak, and I envy you forever + ever). I spent my time in Alexandria completely under the weather with a bad cold… and upon returning, I think I gave the cold to my sister. So we’ve been kind of pathetic. As I mentioned– lots of tissues, lots of unwashed dishes. It’s lovely.
And although I should only be eating the healthiest foods when I’m sick, I generally crave comfort food. Real-bad-for-you comfort food. And when no one has gone shopping, I am ever-so-tempted to just go pick something up. BUT, this morning, I stumbled upon this recipe. Amazingly I had all of the ingredients (cue trumpets), and was able to make a similar rendition for lunch. I basically just added red pepper and since I didn’t have any dill pickles, I left them out. Anyways, it was easy, delicious, and I still have leftovers. Basically, what I’m getting at is this: when I’m in a weakened state (ha) and really just want junk food, only something real easy (& yummy) can pull me away.
So, if you’re looking for a healthy lunch this week, I’d recommend a crunchy chickpea salad! Deee-lish.
Hope you’re all having a wonderful (read: HEALTHY) weekend!!
Guess who snuck into the latest issue of San Diego Magazine?! Odd Daughter! I was honored to have a little feature in the home & style section. You can take a peek at the entire page HERE.
** You may have already seen this announcement via instagram. If you’re not already following, you can find me here! :)
I just got my film back from the Portland trip, so here are a few more visuals. Sometimes, I wonder why I don’t just take all my photos on my iphone (it’s easier, so much lighter(!) and quicker)… but I just love film (especially because you have no idea how it will actually turn out!). I also love travelling. I haven’t spent any time overseas, but I’ve been fortunate enough to see some rad places within the US… and I’m super excited to be heading to Washington DC (Alexandria, Virginia to be specific) this weekend for a work trip. I’ll be busy with a conference during the next few days, but am so looking forward to doing a little bit of exploring.
Do you guys have any recommendations for DC and/or Alexandria?! I’m obviously planning to check out the White house, Capitol, monuments, etc…. but if you have any lesser-known spots I should visit, DO TELL! Also– food/coffee/ice cream suggestions? I know nothing, haha.
Hope ya’ll have an amazing weekend!! xx
* (note: this is the very best thing I’ve ever eaten. breakfast sandwich from Tasty & Sons. “last meal” status – for real).
I love a little pop of gold here and there.. which is why I designed this gold foil HEY YOU card! It’s the type of card that would be perfect to have on hand for a birthday/congrats celebration, OR just because (my favorite). In honor of this sparkly new gold card, I’m offering a special discount (available through the remainder of May)! Use the discount code “GOLDEN20″ to receive 20% off your entire shop purchase.
Last weekend’s trip to Portland featured a lot of food (SHOCKER). We were staying in an adorable, tiny house (above on the left) that had a rad kitchen (but it never got used because we had too many restaurants on our list!). I basically planned out most of our meals, because I didn’t want to miss any favorites. Notable meals included Screen Door (for brunch + dinner!), Tasty & Sons, Porque No, and Papa Hayden’s (for dessert). SUCH GOOD FOOD.
In addition to eating, there was also some shopping. Both the sister and I had sense enough (or not) to bring small suitcases that were packed pretty tight… which didn’t allow much room for new items to find their way home. HOWEVER, I know all the important tricks. So yes, I did sit on my suitcase to zip it up…and those vintage pumps and other lovely purchases fit riiiiight in. My super fashionable friend Lacey showed us some of the best vintage shops in town, and we wandered around some other lovelies including School House Electric, Alder & Co and Victory (my personal favorite!).
Though I’m happy as can be San Diego, I truly miss the good ol’ PNW!! I wish every month could consist of 3 weeks in San Diego, 1 week in Seattle or Portland. ;) Needless to say, Michelle & I took a trip to Portland this past weekend…because we found cheap tickets, an adorable place to stay, and delicious food was beckoning. I’ll be back with lots more photos (food photos galore? get ready)… but wanted to share this photo from a hike we took on our last morning in PDX. One of the most amazing qualities of the PNW is the abundance of trees. So. Many. Gorgeous. Trees. And this hike was no exception! If you find yourself in Portland, don’t miss Forest Park. It’s incredible.
Lately, life has been a good mix of busy and relaxing. The weather has been a bit odd — beach weather one day, rain the next. It’s nice, but has kind of kept me from completely settling into summer mindset. Michelle and I have found a lovely Saturday morning routine; we grab iced chai’s at our favorite coffee stand, Roast Coach, then go for a long walk in our favorite San Diego neighborhood. It’s truly one of my favorite things in the world. I love soaking up the sun while on a walk, and checking out the rad historic houses w/ amazing landscaping (cactus/succulents/raised beds, etc.).
Here are some film shots I took over the last month or so: 1/ love me some bougainvillea 2/ this house is ombre, ha! 3/ sunny day in la jolla 4/drinks @ polite provisions
Pigment is one of my very favorite shops in San Diego. It’s filled to the brim with succulents, stationery, home furnishings, books, and a myriad of other amazing items. They carry a lot of my favorite product lines, including Baggu + BKR water bottles, as well as a bunch of crazy cool local products… so every time in go in, it’s temptation CENTRAL. Anyways, I’m thrilled to say that a few of my stationery items are now available at Pigment. If you look at these photos closely, you’ll see my thank you cards, as well as my San Diego post cards. Yippee!!
If you’re local, you should check it out! And if you find yourself visiting San Diego, this adorable little shop in North Park is not to be missed. (ps. thanks to Pigment for letting me photograph their beautiful space!)
You know those moments where you think, “if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it”? Yep. This is one of those moments. Since dreaming up Odd Daughter Paper, and launching this website/blog, I’ve been working to launch the online shop. And let me tell you… that’s a heck of a lot of work. :) I wanted to have so many more designs available when the shop launched… and so I kept holding off. But let’s get real here– additional products = additional time + money. (which I don’t have at this precise moment). Needless to say, I just decided, “get over yourself, and launch your shop already!”. So that’s what’s happening!!
I DO have a ton of other designs/goodies in the making… so they’ll show up soon. But in the meantime, feel free to check out the official Odd Daughter shop!! Thank you for your kindness + support. It is much, much appreciated.
After having lived in San Diego for OVER A YEAR, Michelle + I finally visited the zoo!! I can’t believe it took that long. We went on a particularly busy day, so there were definitely crowds, but it was still super cool. We grew up going to the LA zoo (which has like 5 animals), so being able to see a tiger in real life for the FIRST TIME was pretty awesome. We saw monkeys and zebras and elephants (getting pedicures) and cuuuurazy looking camels (see above)… and so on. It was rad, and we will be back. If nothing else, for the pandas (which were the only thing we missed). And, we still have yet to visit the Safari Park. SO MANY THINGS, you guys. So many things to look forward to. :)