Home is Where the Heart Is

and apparently, where all my attention has gone.

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After several friends noticed I've been MIA from the Blogosphere, I'm here to dispel the rumor that I will be offline forever.  It's true that home life tend to get most of my focus these days, but I've really missed this special place where I can share my arbitrary ramblings.  So here I am, settling nicely in the new home and enjoying the little things including watching my cats' butts jiggle as they run down the stairs.

We've officially been in the home for three months, and I know there's a Housewarming just around the corner. I feel like there is still so much to do but alas, it's probably time to pick a date.

With the home filling up much of my mind, I hardly have any time to think about clothes.  I did, however, pick up some sale pieces online at MadewellDamn you internet, you make it too easy.  Here are the newest items in my arsenal:

Triomphe Striped Scarf 

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Light, gauzy scarf repping the red, white, and blue.  Is it Team France or Team USA?  You decide.
{found here}

Sahara Short-Sleeve Jacket

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I've wanted the Current/Elliot Infantry jacket when it first came out but never pulled the trigger.  Many seasons later, I'm finally able to get my hands on a similar version.  I'm kinda liking the fact that this one doesn't have a clunky belt at the bottom.  Plus, with the sale, I was able to scoop it up for about $40. Not bad.

I purchased the XS when it was still available, but you can get S and M here. Go one size smaller than usual since it has an oversized fit.

Black Paisley Romper
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I know there's still quite a bit of summer left for me to wear this. No product pic but here's one of Jamie Chung looking real cute in hers. 

As if I couldn't get enough paisley, I also bought the shirt version in red.

Lately, I've been leaning towards minimal dressing such as pieces from a fave site of mine, Everlane.  It's hard not to want every slouchy tee they sell since they keep coming out in such beautiful colors! So far, I have the Cotton U-Neck in Copper (XS), the V-neck in Merlot and Forest (S), and the Silk Round Collar in Marine (S).  I really love the company- its transparency, prices, and products.  I'm looking forward to stocking up on some of the sweaters soon. And oh, Petra bag, I have my eye on you!


Ulla Johnson // Spring 2014

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     I had to take a deep breath after seeing all the beautiful clothing Ulla Johnson put out for the spring season. It's what I want to be wearing right now. Those pink overalls... YES, PLEASE!



Between a major renovation on my mom's house and mentally gearing up for my move, blog life has been taking a minor hiatus.  Even so, I still find time to get inspired and daydream about beautiful things I find around the 'net...

This jacket.
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 // Acne Pre-fall 2014 //

This color.
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// via Design Sponge //

Going along with the cobalt theme. This dining room.  photo wheat_zps9b8db1b1.jpg // via Houzz // 

This cozy nook.
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// via Paperblog //

This resurrected Queen Anne.  photo queen_zps924dca59.jpg // check out the renovation on Houzz // 

This steampunk boho ensemble.  photo natalie_zps8688effa.jpg // Natalie Off Duty // 

This lovely food blog.  photo GingerFriedCauliflowerRice_2_zps332c11aa.jpg
// A Cozy Kitchen // 

This super calming photo.  photo Inspired-Home-Ditte-Isager-Danish-home-bedroom-Remodelista_0_zps5c9f5882.jpg // via Remodelista // 

This pool.
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// via Houzz // 


Young Girls

     When was the last time you stepped foot into a record shop?  I'll admit it's been awhile for me.  Ok, a long while.  I remember those days of sifting through CDs and LPs and being ecstatic after finding that rare gem.  So when our friends from Young Girls had their EP release last weekend, it was nice to finally set foot again in a real record store.  Cactus Music to be exact, which has been a Houston institution for as long as I can remember.

     Young Girls' current line-up includes brothers, Pete (Springfield Riots) and Charlie Tijerina (The Factory Party), and Nick Dudek (The Watermarks).  They rock out with harmonious pop melodies with surf influences.  If I hadn't known they were Texan, I would have easily mistaken them for some Cali boys.  If you haven't checked out one of their live shows yet, they always play a fun set!

Album cover art by Carlos Pozo
  You can listen to their tracks here.  If you like what you hear, you can also purchase the digital downloads or pick up the record EP at Cactus (which includes a CD version).   


Scungilli Salad

     Once in awhile, I'll get a hint from Bryan on what he'd like to see on his dinner plate via an email with simply a recipe link. When scungilli salad landed in my inbox, it looked fairly straightforward and quick to make.  However, my next question was "Where can I find scungilli and heck, what is it?" Google always come to the rescue in moments like these: scungilli, or conch, are very large marine snails (not to be confused with escargot). To my surprise, none of my local gourmet grocers (Central Market and Trader Joe's) had it in stock.  I ended up buying it off of Amazon because I could use my Chase rewards, but you can also find it at Italy Depot for a little cheaper. 

     Once you have the scungilli in hand, the rest of the ingredients can be found at any grocery store, and the recipe itself is incredibly easy.  A warning- if you cannot do '"fishy," the immediate smell of the scungilli right out of a can may be overwhelming.  The good news is it actually tastes pretty neutral and is able to absorb the flavors surrounding it. 

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16 ounces scungilli (canned)
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley (not curly!)
8 ounces sliced and pitted black olives (drained)
2 tablespoons of your best olive oil
1 lemon, juice of, and strained
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
red pepper flakes (for some kick)
1 garlic clove, chopped finely

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The scungilli looks like mushrooms and has a similar texture. 

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1. Rinse the canned scungilli well (soak for a couple of seconds and then repeat one more time).
2. Take a medium mixing bowl. Add all the above ingredients; toss until mixed well.
3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld and enjoy!
[recipe via Food.com]

     This is a great salad for the summer.  It's refreshing and has a lot of interesting texture going for it.  The scungilli is meaty, slightly chewy, and buttery and adds a nice balance to the crispness of the other ingredients.  If you're not into scungilli, I can easily see the salad being paired with fish or maybe avocado for a veggie option. I would reduce the red onions to 1/4 cup since they were overpowering at times.  I also doubled the celery to finish off my inventory, and it worked out just fine.  This salad makes a great conversation starter and would be the perfect starter course for a dinner party! If anyone gives it a go, let me know what you think!
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