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Friday Faves

1.  THIS effortless summer get-up (found here).

Basic tank + fun tropical skirt (those shades are also killer).  Perfect for the scorching Arabian-desert-like heat wave we’re having…  The only thing that could make this outfit any better is due scoops of gelato.  Thinking of sporting something like this to the Pearl Jam concert tonight at Wrigley Field.  Yeah gurl.  You heard me right!  I can’t wait to hop my flight to Chicago later today, and take a trip back to the 7th grade.  I hope someone there burns some incense or patchouli.

2.  THIS Paleo pizza I made last night.

Well, there are a few shavings of Pecorino Romano on there (c’mahn – didn’t the cavemen churn cheese?), but all-in-all this is full of fresh veggies and was a delight. And gone in 4 minutes.  I totally wung this one…  is it winged or wung?  Bah, whatever.  Here’s what I did:


  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Dough (1 cup almond flour + 1 egg + 1 TBS olive oil + dash salt – mix thoroughly)…  you won’t be able to roll this, because it’ll be too sticky, so scoop the dough onto a non-stick cookie sheet, and work it into a thin round layer using your fingers.
  • In a small bowl, toss 1 clove fresh minced garlic + a glug of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) + mushrooms (I used a small container of wild ones) – then layer that on the dough.
  • Sprinkle fresh sliced heirloom tomatoes on (I used about 8 – all I could find ripe in the garden).  Sun dried tomatoes would’ve also been lovely.
  • Sprinkle a few leaves of fresh basil.  I cut these with the scissors (classy), but would’ve chiffonade’d them if I’d had more time.
  • Shave a few thin shavings of Pecorino Romano on top…  I love Pecorino because it’s got the consistency of parm, but it’s much spicier.
  • Drizzle top with a little EVOO, sea salt & fresh ground pepper.  Bake 20 minutes.
  • Makes 2 servings.

3.  THIS quote.

Which is such a good reminder, and of COURSE I got it from our most amazing and inspiring friend, Paria.  I know we all have a million things going on and probably a million things we could complain about…  but seriously.  We can all make things a little better for each other, can’t we??  I think I’ll look at it every morning.  Or better yet, hang it on the wall next to the front door and give it a good smack on my way to work every day – à la the Fighting Irish.

4.  My Goodwill scores for the week.

Which include MUCH of the colored glass in our dining vitrine (above).  AND this dining buffet (below) that was…  wait for it…  $19.  I literally threw myself on top of it when I saw it.  This shot shows the gorgeous detail of the doors, but it’s probably 6 ft long.  Going to paint the outside cream, and the inside a Tiffany’s-box-aqua color.  What do you think??

5.  Being featured as a Guest Blogger on Rent the Runway’s lifestyle blog yesterday, and talkin’ all about the makings of a good Stay-cation.

Including a KILLER playlist, some great book recs and our favorite at-home spa secret – among other things.  This is the first in what will be bi-monthly posts for them, but we could NOT be more excited.  Check it out when you have a chance!

Stay cool this weekend!


Big Tacky Plastic Clam Shell Re-Do: VOILA!

Purchased: January 2012

Where: Goodwill Store in Santa Monica

Price: $3

Size: 18″ x 12″

Thoughts: Why would anyone pay any kind of cheddar for a large, plastic, found-in-a-Big Lots-in-Naples-lookin’ clam shell?  Well, I’d been eyeing giant clam shells for quite some time to use as a lovely, natural accent piece in our apartment.  This summer I even participated in an epic, Saving Private Ryan-esque, hour-long haggle fest with some poor vendor at the Pasadena Flea Market.  He wanted $75 for a shell; I acted all hard, then pouted, then melodramatically stomped off, sulking to my visiting mom.  I guess these things are really, really rare (the clam shells… not my tantrums), so you’ve either got to fork over major dough for the real thing, or pay a good amount for a fake version like this one from Z Gallerie.  No thanks to both.

So this DIY was the easiest I’ve ever finished. First, I took it out back like Old Yeller and spray painted it white.  I made sure to leave the tiniest bit of the original blue color to seep through, giving it a slightly more bit of depth:

Then I went to town and filled it with darling little succulents just purchased at Home Depot.  PS, they’ve got some great cacti/succulents for those with a history of killing off regular plants.  Anywho, so I filled the shell, and


My formerly cheap-a@@ looking tchotchke became a pretty miniature succulent garden that’s provided a nice organic touch to our place.  I love it.  And if I defy the odds and am the .001% of the population to kill the succulents, I’ll probably end up using it as either a magazine holder…


Or as a fruit basket on my kitchen table, to hold my new obsession, clementines:


The moral of the story?  As Steph’s pointed out a ton in her Goodwill Hunting posts, you gotta look in the most unexpected places for little gems to emerge.   Go to your Goodwills, go to rummage sales, go to Salvation Armys.  Put on your No Excuses overalls and slap some paint, some new knobs, or some new fabric on your find and there you go: a little dime piece that cost you a fraction of the fancier newer pieces out there in stores!

Jam out with your clams out, people.

Yours truly,