Did you guys have a good summer? I did. There were many pool days had, day trips taken, watermelons eaten, projects created and memories made. I just love the summer. I really do. I love hot weather and the sun still shining in the evening. There’s a certain vibe to the summer–a certain energy that makes you want to DO more things.
However, I’m gearing up for the fall/winter. I love soup and oversized sweaters and flannel pajamas and the overall feeling of being cozy inside with a cup of tea and a good book. If you’ve been following my stomach diaries posts, you’ll know I’m mainly eating fruit at the moment. I’m sad that soon I won’t be able to gorge myself on stone fruit since it’s one of the few foods that agrees with my stomach and there isn’t as much fruit in season during the winter. The other day, I bought butternut and pumpkin squash. I’m actually quite freakishly excited to try out different squashes and see how those feel on my body. I’m also really excited to try this recipe after I introduce beets into my diet (let’s just hope they agree with my stomach!). It sounds amazing. It’s the little things, you guys.
On a more somber note, we haven’t gotten much rain at ALL for the past few YEARS in California. It’s quite scary, actually–we’re in an extreme drought. It usually rains only in the winter and I’m hoping for some rain this coming season. I like the rain… when I don’t have to go out in it. 😉 And rain hitting the roof at night is the most soothing sound ever, am I right? Here’s to soup, oversized sweaters, flannel pajamas, cups of tea, good books, winter squash, staying in when it rains and rain hitting the roof at night!
Tell me, what are you looking forward to this fall and winter season? And if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, what are you looking forward to this spring and summer season?
Entryways are hard. It’s the first place in your home anyone sees yet they hardly spend any time there. It’s even worse when the garage door shares this space with the front one. In my home, there is only one place to enter, all the doors leading outside (except the balcony) share a space. So I want it to make a good impression but it also needs to be functional since this is where everyone wants to leave their coats and shoes.
This is also the only place in our house where we can leave our cat’s litter box. None of the bathrooms are big enough and the only other place with a hard floor is the kitchen (ew, no). So I wanted to obviously keep that as out of site as possible. I also wanted to create a little coziness here. The solution was to turn a simple rectangular coffee table (functioning as an entryway table) into a bench!
Here people can take off their shoes more easily, the seating and pillows makes the space feel warmer (it’s the coldest area in the winter) and closing off the sides makes it so the litter box isn’t visible right when you walk in our house, no one should ever have to see that.
Using some left over materials, a thrifted headboard and some inexpensive pieces of wood to get the length I needed, this project only cost around $30 and it only took a few hours of work, most of the time is just waiting for paint and glues to dry. If you happen to find a table and headboard the same length then your project will be a breeze!
• Coffee table
• Twin size headboard (found mine for practically free at ReStore)
• ¼” thick board, enough to cover headboard and sides of your table
• 2” x 10” x 10’ (only if you need to add length to your table)
• 2” and 1” wood screws
• Drill and bits, #8 and 1/8” for pre-drilling
• 3 colors of paint
• Gorilla glue
• ¼” x 1” paneling
1. Because I was using an old table we already had, I had to add quite a bit of length to get it the right size for a twin headboard to fit on top of it. I needed 1.5” on each side. The only way to get this length was to use 2” thick wood which only comes up to 10” wide. I used two pieces on each side. The measurements for the sides of the table were 17.5” x 19”. I had the 2” x 10” cut to 4 pieces at 17.25”.
2. Cut the ¼” wide board to the inner dimensions of your headboard and two pieces the dimensions of the sides of your table (mine were 17.5” x 19”). Then cut 2 pieces of your paneling to 19”.
3. Trace your headboard shape onto the large piece of wood and then use a jigsaw to cut that out.
4. Adhere this piece to your headboard by pre-drilling holes with a 1/8” bit and then screwing 1” screws in.
5. Paint the piece with the headboard. I used a combination of spray paint and craft paint. The spray paint is great for the curves and grooves of the side posts but terrible for a large flat surface so that’s why I used both.
6. Paint your table. I wanted a diagonal color blocked look so I painted most of the right side of the table with my turquoise color. I painted the other side coral and when the turquoise dried, I taped over it and then painted the coral over the tape and removed it.
7. Also paint your sidepieces. Each ¼” thick board will need to be painted on one side and your 2” x 10” pieces will need to be painted on one 10” side and one 2” side (the sides that will face inward and the sides that will face the front and back). The paneling pieces will need to be painted as well.
8. When everything is dry, assemble the table by first pre-drilling and then screwing in 2” screws to attach the 2” x 10”s to your table. Make sure your painted sides face inward.
9. Attach your ¼” board the same way but painted side out. Be sure not to drill in the same spots as you already did with the 2” x 10”s.
10. Now attach the paneling on top by screwing it together as well.
11. Paint all sides and screws that are showing in their respective colors.
12. At this point, I placed the table where it would be going before gluing on the headboard piece because I knew that would be easier to move. Attach it with gorilla glue by following the instructions on the bottle. This piece should stand upright on the table well enough to hold itself in place while the glue sets.
Hello guys! Channeling another French-inspired look with ACT THREE. Apparel. I’m taking it a little autumnish this time because guess what… the first day of autumn is tomorrow! I have a soft spot for the summer, but I’m psyching myself up for colder weather and warm layers. This dress certainly helps me get in the mood! Such a great warm pattern. The dress I’m wearing is called the Margot dress and is inspired by the character Anna Karina played in Laughter in the Dark. Ummm hello swoon?!
I’ve had my eyes these shoes from Marais USA pretty much since the brand launched. When I heard they were on sale and in danger of selling out, I snagged myself a pair and I do not regret it at all. These are my new favorite shoes hands down. Marais USA was named after the Le Marais district of Paris, France. With that in mind, I deemed it apropos to wear these and keep the French theme going.
Earlier this week, I had an appointment with my nutritionist. The appointment was for another round of food allergy testing via the skin prick test. The results of the last skin prick + blood tests I got in June weren’t too good, so I was hopeful that this one would be better.
Since my last test in June, I had to really really really watch what I ate. My nutritionist had me start out by eating one food for three days straight, then slowly introducing one new food at a time. (You can read more about my last visit/plan of action here.) I started with eating only fruit. I ate bananas for three days straight, then introduced a different type of fruit every few days. I immediately felt better after limiting the variety of my food. After I exhausted every kind of fruit I could think of, I starting introducing vegetables and I still felt good… until about 1.5 months ago when I noticed the skin on my face was starting to break out again and I was getting bloated after meals… WHAA? Huge red flag. My grandma was coming out for a visit in a week, so I knew I needed to get my body back to normal ASAP. Going on day trips isn’t fun when you’ve got a perpetual stomachache! I did a quick banana-only cleanse for a few days, then went back to my fruitarian diet. I immediately felt better once again.
I’ve just started delving back into the world of vegetables. I started eating sweet potatoes last week and next month I will probably try different vegetables. But for now, I’m only eating fruit + sweet potatoes. And I’m feeling good! (Which makes me happy because I love sweet potatoes. Aren’t they the best?)
(An example of a meal I used to eat when I was eating grains, nuts, beans and more veggies)
This past test, I tested positive for less foods, which means my body is less hyper-reactive, which is good! Since I still tested positive for a good amount of food, my nutritionist really thinks I have Celiac disease. I know I mentioned I blood-tested negative for Celiac disease in Part II, but since Celiac disease is fairly novel, the tests are not always accurate. My nutritionist said she’s seen enough patients with Celiac disease to notice a similar pattern in my health to theirs.
My nutritionist wants me to continue doing exactly what I’m doing now and I’ll get retested for just the foods I tested positive for next month. I’ll also get another blood test in a month to see how my immune system’s doing. (I didn’t get a blood test this past time.) Since my body doesn’t digest food like it’s supposed to, I may very well eat a mainly fruitarian diet indefinitely, as long as it continues to make me feel good. I used to be extremely skeptical about people eating a restricted diet, but now that I’m on the other side of the spectrum, I truly believe that you should do whatever floats your boat!
I love interacting with you guys via social media, email and the comments section below. Thank you for everyone who’s told me their personal health stories and keep them coming! A lot of you have said you’ve been able to heal your health issues or at least keep them at bay simply by changing your diet! I am continually fascinated by holistic healing and the effect of food on the gut. It’s certainly changed my entire life.
A little sporty outfit for ya this week… If only gym class uniforms were this cute in real life. Which leads me to my next question: Did you call gym class “gym” or “P.E.” in school? Where I grew up–in Connecticut–all us kids called it gym, but when I moved to California, everyone called it P.E. I got a few weird looks before I caught on to the fact it was “P.E.” and not “gym.” (Personally I like calling it gym class, but that’s just me.) Also in Connecticut, we didn’t have any gym class uniforms, at least in the public middle school I went to. I must admit it did get a little competitive over which girl had the cutest workout outfit, so I was secretly relieved when I discovered we had to wear gym class (errr… P.E.) uniforms in California.
You may remember when I wrote about JumpFromPaper a few months ago. It’s an accessories brand specializing in handbags, purses, backpacks and wallets. It was inspired and designed by quirky “Kids of the Internet Age” which explains the cartoonish look of the 2-dimensional graphics. Pretty cool, eh? You’ve got to check out their website–even their logo looks like it’s jumping out at you!
The backpack has a bunch of zippers to allow it to expand and can surprisingly fit more in it than I had expected!
Also I had to be super cliché and wear this bow necklace from RossLab with my bow print shirt. It just fit in with the outfit TOO WELL. I’m a girl, what can I say.
This past week of working on the rebrand (specifically logo design) stuff was kind of rough (BUT it has a good ending, so read on!). I had a million logo ideas in my head but every time I translated them to paper, it just didn’t work. I tried creating some pictures/icons (hearts, lips, clouds, me) to go with my name but they all looked really cheap and not good at all. I liked some of my previous logosketches, but nothing was quite there yet. And it seemed the more I tried, the farther away I got from my goal. I missed my self-imposed deadline to finalize my logo by last Thursday. I was really out of ideas.
I talked to my friend Jess and she suggested I try going in a handwritten direction. The handwritten direction is actually closer in aesthetic to the logo I have currently (although my current logo is actually a font, believe it or not!)
I sketched out a few ideas and I really like the way they look. I like the thinness of my current logo, so I used that as a guide in some of the sketches. My brand is very whimsical and vintage, so I played that up in the unevenness of the letters. Looking back on my previousideas, I feel I am much more closer to a logo that represents me than I was before. (To be honest, I’m kind of cringing at some of my first ideas… but don’t we all?) Dare I say I even think one of these logos could be the one?!