Nature’s colors

anemones english-peas

I know I’m really lucky to be living in sunny Los Angeles where Spring actually feels like Spring. This is usually the time where I start going to the farmer’s market more often and I get really excited about the abundance of fruits and vegetables available. Nothing wakes me up more on an early Sunday morning than the smells and colors of nature.

I really scored on my last trip because I was able to get two of my most favorite things: anemones and English peas. I didn’t get to have anemones at my wedding since they weren’t available and having them in my home to admire more than made up for it. I mean, how beautiful are those bursts of red against the white petals! My husband and I made a simple salad with our English peas and I’m still amazed by its subtle sweetness. As someone who didn’t care for peas before, these made a convert out of me.

A gift wrap, wrap


I finally got around to putting velcro straps on all my gift wrap and it feels so satisfying. Yes, in a way it’s a little over-the-top but don’t you hate it when your gift wrap starts unraveling once you set it down? And sometimes your nice gift wrap gets crumpled once you put it away. I bought these Scotch bundling straps from Target to fix these annoyances. They are meant for wrapping power cords but as you can see they are multipurpose. Easy solutions are the best.

A good weekend…


It was a one of those weekends where I somehow managed to be really productive and yet still had time for fun. It always feels so satisfying to get a lot done especially when there is a room for a nap somewhere in between. On Friday, I went to Old Navy to return a couple of things but of course you just end up browsing. I could tell they were channeling J.Crew which meant a lot of cute stuff! I bought a couple of striped shirts and I couldn’t resist the print on these pajama pants.


On Saturday morning, we made our favorite french toast recipe (except we use milk instead of half and half) with the sweetest, fresh-squeezed orange juice.



I finally went to the Rose Bowl flea market for the first time on Sunday and now I understand why everyone loves it. The amount of stuff to look at was overwhelming at first, but I got the hang of it and I started to like the thrill of hunting around. I’m really happy with my new coral and I got this really cool recipe converter for $5. Now that I’ve had my flea market primer, I will definitely be coming back.

Hope you had a good weekend, too!


The layers of Copenhagen Pastry

Don’t you love places that make you feel you’ve been transported somewhere else the minute you walk in? On a rainy, Saturday morning I stopped by Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City and it really felt like I was in a small town neighborhood bakery. With its charming and minimalist Scandinavian-designed space, the light and flakey pastries really stand out, some filled with my favorites like almond paste and custard. It was so hard to choose but the friendly staff offered samples of their best sellers and patiently explained what’s in everything. My favorites are now spandauer and kringle piece!

When I saw this behind the scenes video of Copenhagen Pastry, it reminded me of the warmth you feel walking into their bakery. It’s nice to see people who love and care for their work and you can really feel and taste it in their pastries.


The Stripes Series: no.1

I really like stripes and I used to think it was a problem. I have amassed a collection of striped clothing and I didn’t even notice until I piled them all together one day and realized, oh, whoops. But I just can’t get enough and J.Crew and Madewell in particular are enablers to my addiction. When I realized there were Pinterest boards dedicated solely to stripes, and that fashion/design bloggers were wearing stripes as often as I did, it was nice to know I wasn’t alone. Since then, I’ve learned to embrace it and I think it’s encouraged me to want more!

So in honor and celebration of stripes, I will be posting a regular series of striped items I love. Let’s officially launch: issue no.1.

Recipe | Vanilla Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche frosting


Remember when Orla Kiely created a line of housewares for Target a few years back? To this day, I still love the tablecloth I bought from there. I found this old photo of cupcakes I made around the same time inspired by the pattern, and hey, it’s never too late to share.

I made a stencil for the flower by drawing and cutting out the pattern on cardstock. I used a circle stencil to make the center of the flowers, and the colors were created by mixing food dye with fondant. All the shapes were cut out using a clean exacto knife. A little dab of water with a paint brush bound the dots and the flower pattern together. I placed it on top of a caramel-colored dulce de leche frosting as a background (I bet chocolate frosting would look great, too). Once it’s all put together, you’ve got Orla Kiely inspired cupcakes!


Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
Adapted by Amy Sedaris
Makes 12-14 cupcakes

3/4 stick of unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1-1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
1-1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Combine milk and vanilla extract in another bowl.
Beat sugar and butter with mixer on high until creamy, fluffy and light in color (about 3 minutes).
Add egg and mix until combined.
Add in 1/3 third of the dry ingredients and beat on low to medium speed. Then add in about half of the wet ingredients. Continue alternating the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.
Scoop batter a little more than half-full into a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place on cooling rack.

Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup dulce de leche (I used La Salamandra)
2 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with mixer on medium high speed.
Add cream cheese and dulce de leche and beat until combined.
Add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until well incorporated.

I assembled the cupcakes the same way I did it here.