Golden Gardens Park

The weather was such a tease last week. It’s usually really gloomy during the week but it was amazingly warm and sunny towards the end of the week. I ended up heading to Golden Gardens Park for a barbecue and some beach volleyball. Spent a good five or so hours at the beach and came home with a sandal tan. haha! Sandal tans are the worst!
Golden Gardens

Clear waters

people at the park

sun setting

the shore

bye bye. sun

I stayed at the park a lot longer than I thought I would have. Got to watch the sun set (which was gorgeous!) while playing a ridiculous game of 9-on-9 beach volleyball. What more could I ask for?

Cooking like a Pro

Wow, it’s been quite quiet on here for the past four days. Sorry about that. I’ve been working on getting a huge backlog of photos edited and uploaded.

I recently took a cooking class at Kaspars with a team of about twenty other people. We had the task of making a four course meal from start to finish. I think my favorite part of this whole thing was the fact that all of the (vegetable/fruit) ingredients were organic and locally grown. I couldn’t be more supportive of local businesses!


more chopped veggies

I was placed on the salad-making team and  tasked with chopping peppers, string beans, and slicing cucumbers. It was quite the task trying not to cut my fingers while using the super sharp (but incredibly smooth-cutting knives. Cutting beans felt like slicing through butter!).


To be completely honest, I can’t say I was extremely excited when I found out I would be making a salad. I pictured having to wash large amounts of leafy greens and using a salad spinner. Kaspars showed me that a salad doesn’t have to be boring! Look at how cute these salad bunches looked:


army of salads

The final (plated and served) salad came with a side of greens, carrots, and radishes. This was my salad, which looks extremely plain. I’m not a huge fan of dressing, so my salad is naked. haha! The salad team did make a blackberry vinaigrette dressing which seemed to be a big hit.

plated salads

I really wish that I took more photos of the other teams working on their dishes. This is the only other “in-progress” photo that I have aside from all the salad-making photos. The appetizer was an onion tartlet served on puff pastry and topped with a medley of peppers and tomatoes.

nicely baked puff pastry

There was also a nice balsamic dressing and fresh mozzarella cheese. So yummy!
onion tartlet

Main course: steak and garlic gnocchi.

Dessert: an assortment of creme brulee in vanilla, orange and espresso! Can you guess which one I ended up getting?

dessert: creme brulee

I really hope I can make it to another one of these cooking classes some day. I had a lot of fun using the professional equipment and learning about the dos and don’ts of working with food being prepared for the masses.

Getting Personal

When I first started this blog, I intended it to be a place for me to share my photos, random musings, cooking experiments, and the occasional outfit post. Turns out, I can’t exactly stick to this plan and may end up making this a little more of a personal blog about my day-to-day life.

If there’s something you must know about me, it’s probably the fact that I wear my emotions on my sleeve– It’s definitely my biggest flaw. Sometimes I wish I was a little more self-sufficient in terms of being able to handle my emotions by myself but sometimes I let them get the best of me and right now I feel like I’m just going through a little more than I can handle…

Long story short, I feel like I’ve been having a lot of trouble trying to adjust moving from one coast to the next. As much as I love to explore new cities and living in new places, I feel really torn about having to think about my future and where I think I will end up settling. Oh life, why do you have to be so difficult? Stop throwing me curve balls so I can actually start looking forward to something!!

frolicking in the sun

Outfit details: Lace halter dress (Asian online store), half leggings (Old Navy), half sleeve cardigan (Urban Planet), knotted flats (Target), ‘diamond’ necklace (Etsy)

close up of the lace

I promised myself even before I moved out to Seattle that I would try my best to make the most of my time here. I didn’t want to be caught up in all of life’s What Ifs and I promised myself that I would focus on me and do some soul searching. So here I am, giving this soul searching thing an honest effort and trying to figure out how to be content in unfamiliar surroundings and situations.

Hello Kitty is my Hero!

Over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to meet my longtime hero. I know, I realize I’m not a five year old (anymore), but I’m still a little kid at heart. I’ve always loved Hello Kitty (My friends actually nicknamed me Hello Kitty because of the fact that I have these crazy 8-bit Hello Kitty PJ pants and forced my roommates to use a Hello Kitty toaster in our apartment) and I don’t think I’ll ever stop my obsession with this cute kitty.

Hello Kitty Outfit Details: Trench coat (Dynamite), jeans (Guess), Sandals (Birkenstock)

Sadly, I always imagined her to be taller. hahaha!!

Aside from meeting a life-sized Hello Kitty in the Sanrio store, my weekend was pretty low key. Sorted photos and started to clean out my closet. It seems like I only ever blog outfits when I’m wearing the same shoes or jacket or jeans. Sigh. I promise my summer wardrobe is a little more exciting than I make it out to be.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Pretty in Pink (and Bows)

I recently did a swap with the lovely Erica of Sweets and Hearts. We both love bows and pink and girly things, so we though it would be a good idea to surprise each other with some mail. (Plus, she has a wicked sense of style and I couldn’t help but fall in love with all her handmade bows, dresses and kitty ears!)

First, let me just preface this by saying that I had a bit of a rough week and this package came in on Friday afternoon. I don’t think I have ever been so giddy about a package before. hah! I opened it and squealed. No joke. The pink tissue paper? The heart? Ahh too much cute!

pretty pink packageSo I carefully unwrapped the tissue paper and saw the cutest blue damask bow ever. Oh my gosh… but it gets better! There was another surprise!

more goodies?!

It felt like it was Christmas in June! Cute headband aaaaaaaand pearl earrings? *grins*

swap goodies!

a happy lady!I’m a happy gal.

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