Room Update x Joshua Vides

So unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that Fendi just released the California Sky collection in collaboration visual artist Joshua Vides. The collection is super amazing and is the inspiration for how I finally decided to decorate my bedroom.

Now my bedroom was obviously decorated to my style which is very white very minimalistic very clean. My bags and shoes are on bookshelves – hello basic instablogger but whatever it looks nice!

The thing was there has always been something missing from my room. I have some art in my room like my baby Jeff Koons balloon dog and some prints I got while I was at his exhibit in Mexico City last year (You can read more about that here), but I haven’t put those up at all because I just didn’t really have a home for them. That is… until now! The only problem is I haven’t anything to hang them with so for now they’re framing my Balenciaga baseball cap and my Fendi monsters bag.

I started just with the door and then I saw the air vent and did that too. I thought of stopping there and making just a vignette but I got inspired the more I painted and I simply just kept going. Pretty soon the crown molding was painted black as well as the outline of my window. As I am writing this I am waiting for some arrows I got at the Dollar Tree to dry but let’s just say I have to fix the window because it came out pretty ratchet.

I repurposed a pretty ugly canvas which only had like an inspirational quote on it and painted the Fendi Caffe table design on it. It hangs over my bed now and on the wall next to it are three outlines for the prints I mentioned before which I have to figure out how to put up on the wall since they’re not glued to the canvas yet.

This project has inspired me loads. I am already a pretty creative person but sometimes I just have a block and I have no real concrete ideas or what I am doing just feels stale. Well right now I am feeling all of those creative juices flowing and I think I may be spiraling out of control and will probably end up with tons of arts and crafts that I don’t need and won’t have a place for but who knows we will see how long this creative run lasts.

Taking a poll, I am thinking of putting my plaster to good use and make my own Future Relics. Let me know what you think in the comments and if I should do a vlog on it too!

For now, my room feels a lot more like me and really all it took was seeing Joshua Vides work for Fendi. I know it’s kind of lame that all I am doing is copying his style but like imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And like to be honest I would kind of kill to be his apprentice because his artwork is so cool and so simple yet so complex at the same time. Joshua Vides please make me your apprentice!!!!

Definitely take a look into his work Reality to Idea because it is AMAZEBALLS!!!

Memorial Day Sales Roundup

Happy Memorial day guys! I know things are slowly opening back up but we still can’t gather so I’m hoping you have something fun planned inside your homes or backyards! If you aren’t having fun though what better way to beat the ‘rona blues than by doing a little bit of sale shopping! The sales this year are kinda major, so I decided to share a little round up of my top favorite sales + what I am personally eyeing.

Have a safe/fun/relaxing day & happy shopping!

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Theory

15% off sitewide with code SHOPSTYLE15. Personally, I have a collection of the Jatinn Dress in Good Wool. Every time a color goes on sale I buy it. I work in an office and it is perfect office attire especially for the summer! Yes even if it is wool!

Nordstrom Rack

Up to 60% off Activewear from top brands like Champion and 90 Degree by Reflex. These sneakers are giving me life. The pastels are super chic and they match the Theory dress I love! A great way to dress down formal work attire for everyday!

Naadam

25% off select styles sitewide with code SUNNY25. Valid 5/20 – 5/26. Okay I know we can’t travel yet but how cute is this travel set! I cannot wait to travel in style again!

Rosemary Focaccia

Okay so I asked and you answered! Here is the recipe for the Rosemary Focaccia and let me tell you but it was amazing. And making this recipe was even more fun to record and eat.

Only sad thing is that my phone’s battery kept dying, the tripod was just not working with me and my phone didn’t record two crucial steps. So the video will simply have to wait until another time. I will keep you guys posted and upload a re-do video as soon as I can!

After making this recipe I do have a few things I would like to note! For best results mix rosemary into the dough as well as sprinkling on top. Also fresh rosemary works best. I only had dried rosemary so I used what I had, but the house still smelled like rosemary bready goodness.

So for now, here is the recipe! It is so easy and it was so much fun to make!

INGREDIENTS

♡ 2 1/4 tablespoons of yeast

♡ 1 1/3 cup of warm water (very important that it’s warm)

♡ 2 teaspoons of sugar

♡ 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

♡ 1/4 cup of olive oil plus extra for drizzling

♡ 2 teaspoons of salt plus more for sprinkling

♡ Rosemary

1. Proof the yeast. Add the warm water and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer (if you don’t have on you can do this in a bowl). Sprinkle the yeast over the sugar water mixture and and give it a quick stir. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until foamy.

2. Knead the dough. Set the mixer to a low speed and gradually add in the flour, salt and olive oil. Continue mixing until the dough is not too sticky and is pulling off the sides of the bowl.

3. First dough rise. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and shape into a ball. Grease the mixing bowl with olive oil, then place the dough ball back into the bowl cover with cling wrap and let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

4. Second dough rise. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and roll it out onto a floured surface and roll into a rectangle and place inside a parchment covered 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Cover with cling wrap and leave for twenty minutes.

5. Prepare the dough. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Use your fingers to really poke holes into the dough. Like all the way through down to the baking sheet. Drizzle about a tablespoon or two evenly on the dough and sprinkle with salt and rosemary.

6. Bake. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the dough is slightly golden and cooked through.

7. Enjoy. Bread is always best enjoyed straight out of the oven. Slice and serve!

If you try out this recipe make sure to tag me so I can see your beautiful creations!

+ turmeric bread: the recipe / + mngo cafe

Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and although we couldn’t go all out! We tried our best though! I’m sure you have all been told by your mothers “Don’t get me anything.” As if we would ever think to not get her anything!

If you guys read my post about her birthday you’ll know we are pretty intuitive when it comes to buying her gifts or planning her parties. We pay extra attention to the things she says. Yesterday she said wanted to have Spirulina pancakes for breakfast and Phil’s BBQ for dinner. I didn’t get a shot of the pancakes but I can assure you they are delicious! Should I do a blog post on these? Let me know in the comments below.

After breakfast it was time for presents! My mom’s been sad that her candles have been running out since we use candles all the time! And Voluspa are her fave! We usually have the Saijo Persimmon or Mokara burning in the house because they smell amazing.

Since we recently changed the living room to blue tones we obviously had to have candles to match and we got the Cool Tones set.

You didn’t think that was all that we got our mom though did you? What kind of children do you think we are?

Ever since we did the closet clean outs (quarantine has us way too productive) my mom realized she didn’t have any nice pajamas anymore! Natori silk pj’s are my absolute fave but those are too much for my mom but I have this exact pajama so we could match! (Mental Note to get my sister the same pjs for her birthday to match)

And the piece de resistance. Mother’s Day would be incomplete without beautiful flowers. These Venus et Fleurs are just divine….and since they last almost two years with proper care it’s an investment!

The Living Room Edit

The living room has been in the works for a while now and we finally pulled the plug on the full edit! And can you believe it but we only spent about $100 on making this drab looking corner into the prettiest focal point for our living room.

First things first! Our trip to Home Depot was an adventure in itself. We waited in line a bit to get in, found our things after an hour, bought all the things we needed and were back home filled with excitement for our latest project….only to realize halfway to getting home that we bought the wrong painters tape! We thought we had bought a two pack when in reality we bought a thicker tape which was not going to work for the thin lines between our triangles. So back we go to Home Depot to buy THE RIGHT TAPE!

Okay so fast forward to our little snafoo and we start taping up the wall! This was a pretty difficult task as the lines had to be pretty straight or at least as straight as we could get them.

Once we finished taping up the hardest part of it all came next. Which triangles were going to be which color. Well, we numbered the three paints we had and started numbering the triangles 1, 2, 3 and so on. We were finally ready to start painting. OR SO WE THOUGHT!

We had two 1’s together and we couldn’t have them side by side. So we changed the numbers around, but then we had two 2’s together. We changed the numbers around again but there was no way we weren’t going to have two of the same color that weren’t going to be really close together. So we decided to leave two that weren’t very noticeable close together.

And so began the painting. This was so much fun and let me tell you we laughed and joked around a lot. It was just a fun project. If you have a boring wall or corner you want to spruce up and need a break from this quarantine mess this is the project for you!

The Basics

+ Layout: If you know my mom you know that she loves to change the layout of everything….all the time. And at least for now the layout changed so it’s more social!

+ Paint: Ok su duh this whole post was about the paint job. Didn’t it turn out so cute? We found the idea on Pinterest!

The TV Console

+ So this console is from one of my fave stores and probably yours too! Home Goods!! It was a real steal but there is a super similar one on Amazon. We live in Coronado so naturally our living room had to have a beachy style but we gave it a more modern twist adding the industrial and geometric features.

The Coffee Table

+ This coffee table is also a Home Goods favorite but you can find plenty on Amazon too! It’s perfect because it works as storage for our decorative pillows and throws and its tres chic.

BONUS! We had paint left over and gave new life to our hallway as well!

+ the closet makeover / + mental health during quarantine

Turmeric Bread: the recipe

The votes are in! You all decided you wanted me to do a blog post on this super easy turmeric bread recipe! I mean look at how gorgeous this loaf turned out! And on my first try no less.


This recipe has 7 ingredients and if you bake a lot you will definitely have all these ingredients, less the turmeric. But let’s be real everyone went through a turmeric latte, golden milk phase so this is a perfect way to use that spice that’s probably been sitting in your pantry forever!

I was so excited to bake this bread, as it had been on my mind for a few days. I was just hoping to have some time to finally make it! My mom loved it so much that she said I should never make it again because she was going to sit and eat the whole loaf!

The finished product turned out absolutely beautifully golden, deliciously airy and a great crust! I tapped the bottom of the loaf and like all good bread sounded hollow once I tapped it. Major success! Try out this recipe and tag me in it!I would love to see all you try out this recipe!

Ingredients:

4 cups of all purpose flour plus extra for dusting

2 teaspoons of salt

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

2 1/4 teaspoon of yeast

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 1/3 of tepid water

1. Mix the flour, turmeric, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Pour in 300ml lukewarm water and the oil.

2. Stir to create a loose dough.
3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface.
NOTE: the turmeric can stain, so if using a wooden or porous surface, line it with cling wrap.
4. Knead for about 10 mins (or use a stand mixer with a dough hook) until smooth.
5. Form into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl, then cover with cling wrap or a clean tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
6. Knock back the dough by punching the air out and folding the dough over.
7. Form the dough into a ball and place onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap and leave to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
8. Preheat the oven to 430F / 220C. Lightly dust the bread with flour and cut a cross into the top. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until it turns golden and if you knock the bottom it sounds hollow. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

+ Rosemary Focaccia

Not another Quarantine post

I have been trying to work from home since forever, but now that we have been in quarantine for 23 days I have realized how much I take for granted all the awesome things I can do outside.

We were supposed to be going on our Spring vacation a few days ago and I have never been so sad to have to cancel a trip. Mainly because we have been trying for years to make this particular trip. The first time we tried to go to Turkey the airport was bombed and we changed our trip and went to Munich instead.

Munich was absolutely gorgeous but the day we got there the some guy went on a shooting rampage literally blocks from our hotel.

Sounds like trouble finds us when we are on vacation! But it’s always a grand time and I have stories to tell when I come back home.

I hadn’t noticed how much traveling absolutely replenishes my mind and soul. So as you can imagine being ordered to stay home for non-essential travel and avoiding public places (like tourist attractions) has made me feel anxious. Not necessarily in a this is scary kind of way but an anxious I need to be doing something exciting and I need to stay in place type of way.

Being in quarantine hasn’t been all bad though, this has been a great way for me to focus on other things that I have been wanting to do. Like focus on growing my blog. This has helped keep my mind busy because I have so many ideas of things that I can do! I even started my own clothing label Red Lip Crew. If you’re interested check out the shop here.

I even made the decision to start doing law office study so I can take the California bar in a few years and finally be an attorney!

We are all in this journey together! What are some things you are working on during this down time? Leave me a comment below. 

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+ mental health during quarantine / + mother’s day

Colorado: The mini Guide


It’s the start of the New year and I am back to reality sitting at my desk at work wishing I could be back on my magical vacation.

Being in Colorado was like being at Disneyland, especially Vail! It had just snowed before we got there and it was absolutely breathtaking driving up the mountains to get there. Once you’re in the town it’s like if you stepped into a huge version of the Matterhorn! Swiss chalets everywhere and a cute bustling center filled with shoppers and snow sport junkies alike.

I was only in Colorado for a few days but they were the right amount for a First trip to explore a new place. You especially need to get acclimated since the elevation is super high! I don’t recommend staying just for a weekend because you’ll spend the whole time with altitude sickness like my sister did.


Wednesday: We took an early morning flight to arrive around 10 am to allow us time to check in to the hotel (we stayed at the Ritz Carlton) and explore the city. We traveled New Year’s Day so pretty much everything was closed but there were still people walking around the 16th Street Mall. Don’t get me wrong though a lot of things are closed for seemingly no reason when you need them to be open! Most places are closed at 5.

We went back to the hotel after having breakfast at The Earl. The place was cute but the food wasn’t exceptional for the price so I don’t really recommend it. Once at the hotel we passed out for two hours because altitude sickness makes you drowsy!

After our nap we were pretty hungry and realized it was probably time to go get some food again so we ventured back to 16th Street mall where shocker almost nothing was open. We ended up at Giordanos which is a Chicago favorite! You can even have pizzas shipped to you from them!

Thursday: Second day in Denver and we spent the day roaming around the city. We met up with one of my sisters friends and had coffee at Little Owl Coffee. I had a strawberry croissant that was just wow. Definitely worth the $5 I spent on it!

Later on we stopped by the Denver Milk Market which is a super cute food and retail hall. So many great options to choose from and Happy Hour at their bar did not disappoint! We bought a cheese pizza, our three burgers, two orders of fries, a cocktail and a beer for about $35 dollars.

Weekend in Memory Lane

It’s been a minute since the days where our family would spend every weekend in Los Angeles. We would spend the weekend to visit my aunt at her gallery and eat at the best restaurants LA has to offer.

This weekend we decided to do just that and relive some great memories at some of our favorite places.

If you don’t care to read the full post and just want my recs scroll down to the bottom!

We deviated a little from our usual stays in Beverly Hills to stay closer to my sister who goes to school at Pepperdine in Malibu. The Four Seasons Westlake is a hidden oasis in the middle of the hills near Calabazas and Hidden Hills. They’ve been remodeling so not all the rooms look like they’re out of an elegant 1950’s hotel anymore but we stayed in one of the more “historic” suites. Bright yellow walls with white crown molding and gorgeous oak furniture. The bathroom has a shower and bathtub both marble. For those of you who know me, I am a sucker for marble.

The hotel has a beautiful views of Malibu/Topanga canyons and the facilities are gorgeous. I wish I had time to take some cute pictures in front of their waterfall. Those pictures would have been precious!

For dinner we went to the Palm Restaurant. Getting there was a pretty hilarious ordeal. We were worried about being late for our reservation and were zipping through LA traffic to get there even though it was about 9 pm! Once we drove past it to find parking my grandma stated “Where did you bring me this isn’t the Palm!”

Now I’ve been to this specific Palm location with her sometime over 12 years ago and granted it was slightly different then since Beverly Hills is always changing. But anyway we got there and my grandma just had to ask if this was indeed the Palm where she would spend almost every weekend about 30 years ago. They told her that this particular restaurant had originally been on Sunset but parts of the original building and it’s celebrity drawings were in this new location.

Anyway we were there because my grandma just could not get the thought of their famous Veal Chop out of her mind. And at 16 ounces it’s a huge cut! My grandma can’t eat that much anymore so you better believe that I ate mine and what she left of hers which was quite a lot! Despite her having eaten almost 3/4 of it!

How juicy does this veal chop look!?

We had tiramisu for dessert and I can tell you that it is incredible! The mascarpone is delicate and the taste isn’t overpoweringly sweet. No good picture of it because we just devoured it!

The next day we had breakfast at another Beverly Hills icon. The Ivy! Both old and new Hollywood stars are known to hang out here and why wouldn’t they when the food is absolutely incredible. Sipping champagne while you wait for your table is simply a luxe extra that makes anyone feel like a celebrity. Don’t even get me started on the scones! Are you a lover of the breadbasket before a meal? Well you will never think of those the same after having these scones, they are to die for! I know I went for breakfast but I always get the spaghetti and meatballs. I am a creature of habit and what can I say I absolutely love theirs.

Sultana scones with raspberry jam and butter.

After breakfast we went down to Rodeo Drive so I could pick up some things from Saint Laurent Rive Droite for our works white elephant. Not going to do any spoilers in case anyone from work reads this but just know that you all will be fighting over these gifts!

Last item on our mini vacation in memory lane was the iconic Beverlywood Bakery. This is your corner Russian/Jewish bakery for all your challah, bear claw, babka and black white cookie needs. I am of course biased but it’s only because I have been coming here for 20 something years now. Wow does that statement make me feel old! Anyway this black and white cookie is to die for and no matter where I go and try new cookes, this will hands down always be my favorite.

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