DIY Pull-String Donkey Piñata


It’s almost Cinco de Mayo time so please let me introduce you to my donkey piñata. He took some time to build but he was also so much fun to make. I felt so festive making it that I couldn’t get the Mexican Hat Dance song out of my head. Fiesta colors are not normally my style but I ended up loving its over-the-top bright colors. He just looks so happy!


This pull-string version is a great alternative to a traditional piñata. Instead of hitting it like crazy until candy comes out, each person can nicely takes turns pulling one string from the bottom of the piñata. All the ribbons, except for one, are loosely attached to the box and will simply slide off when you pull it. The one winning ribbon is tied to the trapdoor at the bottom of the box which, once pulled, releases all the candy inside.


Pull-string piñatas are great for little ones who are still too young to do any damage to a cardboard box with a bat. It’s also great if you can’t bear to watch people destroy your piñata creation right in front of your eyes. And how can you hit such a happy little donkey?

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A food lover’s hat


How cool is this hat? It’s called the “Dinner” hat and that makes me love it even more. The shape alone is super stylish, but the fork and knife is perfect for any food lover. Unfortunately, I’d have to fly out to Japan to get one so I will just continue to admire it here.

(Image via GO OUT online)

Recipe | My favorite roasted potatoes


One of my favorite things in the world are potatoes. Whether it’s french fries, gratins, tater tots, or mashed potatoes, I’ll happily eat it all. As far as roasted potatoes go, this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated magazine is one of the best and you’ll be fooled by it’s plain and simple appearance. It has a perfect balance of texture – it’s crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside with just the right amount of salt.

The secret to these potatoes is tossing them with olive oil and salt after they’ve been boiled to create a starchy, kind of fuzzy texture. I have to admit, for a roasted potato recipe it takes a little more time and effort, but I promise you it will all be worth it once you take that first bite.





Crispy Roasted Potatoes
(Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated magazine)
Serves 4-6

2-1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (about 5 medium), rinsed
and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Kosher salt
5 tablespoons olive oil
Ground black pepper

1. Adjust oven rack to the lowest position, placed a rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees. Place the potatoes and 1 tablespoon salt in a large pot or Dutch oven; add cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce the heat to a simmer until the exterior of a potato has softened, but the center offers resistance when pierced with a paring knife, about 5 minutes.

2. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt; using a rubber spatula, toss to combine. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons more oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt; continue to toss until the exterior of the potato slices are coated with a starchy paste.

3. Working quickly, remove the baking sheet from the oven and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over the surface. Carefully transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and spread them into an even layer (skin side up for the end pieces). Bake until the bottom of the potatoes are golden brown and crisp, 15-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes.

4. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully flip each potato slice. Continue to roast until the second side is golden and crisp, 10-20 minutes. Season with pepper to taste and serve immediately.

New Spring sandals


Don’t you love those moments when you’re shopping at a store and your eyes immediately see an amazing shirt/shoe/sweater/etc., and you want to buy it right away because it’s so cool and you have to have it?

That’s how I felt when I saw these red leopard sandals on Zara’s website and I had an urge to impulse buy. I tend to have better restraint when it comes to online shopping but I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I just loved that it looked so bright and happy and the faux-fur texture was a fun little detail. Of course, I took this as a sign that I truly loved it and I knew it would be money well-spent.

So I bought them after a week, waited until it got a little warmer to wear them, and now I can’t stop staring at them. Red shoes surprisingly work with a lot of outfits and it creates a nice pop of color when you just want to throw on jeans and a plain tee. I think we all need a pair of fun shoes or at least one that will brighten up our day, right?

Over the weekend…


How was your weekend? We celebrated my cousin’s birthday at Honey Pig where we feasted on delicious Korean bbq. My family raved about their kimchi but the best part was that we got to take home these amazing pig lighters. The flame comes out of its nose! And guess where you fill it with butane? Hilarious.


My husband and I made a quick trip to the farmer’s market before lunch and I was excited to find craspedia (or billy buttons). I’ve been seeing it a lot on wedding blogs lately and this was the first time I got to see it in person. Did you know they are a genus of daisies? They are much cooler than daisies.


Hope you had a fantastic weekend too!

The versatile belt


I love a good, well-made basic. I have been a fan of Everlane ever since I read about them on A Cup of Jo and bought a few of their super soft basic tees. What’s great about their site is that they have a limited line of everyday essentials like a cardigan, scarf, and an overnight bag that are practical yet stylish and made of quality materials. I can stand by a line that believes in making items well and I’m always looking forward to what they’ll come up with next.

They just came out with the High-Low Belt and it’s my new favorite because you can wear it around your waist for dresses or on your hip for jeans. I like the simple hardware and the colors (they come in black, brown, and rhum pictured above) are so versatile that it can work with practically any outfit. I don’t need too many belts and this Everlane one would be just what I need if I want to pull an outfit together.


(Photos by Everlane)