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Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Weekend in April

Here's a peek into my weekend: it was Ryan's birthday, so we celebrated with friends at Disneyland. We also discovered that a cat had crawled into our basement and given birth to 5 kittens. Definitely the cutest problem I've ever had.

Unfortunately I'm allergic to cats, and we already have two dogs, so if you or anyone you know is looking for a kitten in the LA area, let me know.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Style Section: Vanillary

lush vanillary perfume
I'm not big on perfume, in fact most make me sneeze and stuff up - but not this amazing one from Lush. It doesn't smell perfume-y at all, and changes into this highly addictive caramel scent the longer you wear it. It's my favorite perfume.

Are there any other Lush products you'd recommend?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Food Therapy Friday: Cafe Stella


One of my favorite brunch places in LA, especially when I need to scratch a Paris-in-LA itch, is Cafe Stella. I usually get the eggs benedict with smoked salmon, because using hash browns in place of english muffins is just...inspired. Dinner is really amazing there too, though not many options for vegetarians. Put it on your LA food tour list. & have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recent Acquisitions

I had really great luck at the Rose Bowl a few weekends ago - bought this library card catalog for half the offered price, and couldn't resist this pink room divider. You've just gotta have things that make you happy in your home, ya know? Make that - happy in your life. Also had many Dita Von Teese sightings, and if you've read this blog for awhile, you might know she's my #1 style icon.

P.S. If you're on Instagram, come find me: anndanger.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Foodie Call: Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies

a healthy cookie

Now that I'm finally getting more settled into our new place (kinda - our third bedroom is dubbed the Room of Requirement, as it's been turned into a giant hall closet), I've been itching to get back into the kitchen. And the first thing I made, thanks to my friend Annie, was based on carrot oatmeal cookies from the great 101 Cookbooks. This was also inspired by the two bundles of carrots in my CSA box this weekend.

These cookies are vegan, super easy to throw together, and taste like carrot cake in quarter size cookie form. And I may or may not have eaten half a dozen for breakfast one morning. I had made over two dozen to bring into the office on Monday, but Ryan & I ended up finishing them before the weekend was out. In less than 12 hours, folks. So I made another batch last night just to bring to work so I can stop yapping about how great they were to my coworkers. I've gotta put my money where my cookies are, right?

vegan carrot cake cookies

Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 cup rolled oats (I used Quick Cooking Irish Oats because I had it)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup real maple syrup, room temperature
1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed until just melted
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ground ginger

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. P.S. I just bought an oven thermometer because our new oven has no numbers on it, and it is saving my baking life.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and rolled oats together in a bowl. Then add dried cranberries and shredded carrots until just mixed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil and ginger. When incorporated, pour into dry ingredients and mix until everything is roughly wet.

Drop rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets covered in parchment paper. Pop in oven for 8-10 minutes - they're done when both bottom and tops are golden, which will be impossible to tell because they're golden going in.

Makes over two dozen.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Style Section: Summer Ready

This weekend dipped a toe into summertime weather, which I'm more than ready for - some sun after all this rainy weather and crappy cold is nice. How cute are these gals? Setting the mood for my summer 2012, even though I'm working indoors all weekend on a bunch of fun freelance projects.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How Not To Be A Crankypants

value your time

I've been learning, the hard way, how to balance a full time job + freelance work. Both make me very happy right now, but I'm exhausted and sometimes cranky to the ones I love because I'm so tired and overworked. Then I read this great interview with Dana Tanamachi, where she talks about the same experience I'm having, and quoted passages from Quitter by Jonathan Acuff.

This one especially struck me:

"...when you still have your job you don’t have to obsess about the consequences of saying no [unpaid bills, going hungry, etc...]. You can instead focus on the benefits of saying yes to the right opportunities. When you keep your day job, all opportunities become surplus propositions rather than deficit remedies. You only have to take the ones that suit your dream best.”

Yeah. I'm gonna have to get this book and find some time to read it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Listen! Your Creativity Will Thank You


I tweeted about this last week, but in case you're not big on the tweeter (as Dwight Schrute calls it), I wanted to share it here too. Because it's that good.

Creative folks (and I don't just mean by profession only), you have to listen to this Fresh Air interview with my neuroscientist boyfriend Jonah Lehrer - Fostering Creativity & Imagination in the Workplace. It's a great Cliff's Note version of his new book Imagine.

Thanks to my friend Kim for sharing it with me!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Style Section: Mint Green Pants

Eight years ago I bought a pair of mint green pants that fit perfectly from Anthropologie. Now I'm finally see them everywhere & finding new inspiration for wearing bright pants. So exciting. I've since added a fuchsia and a green pair of jeans into the mix...

See Jane & Madewell

Monday, April 9, 2012

If She Doesn't Scare You...

Cruella De Vil

Let's kick off this week with a new illustration! (Yay!) Here's my latest contribution to the recently redesigned Ten Paces & Draw - a finish of Cruella De Vil as sketched by the great Rachel Dougherty. Check out her finish on my sketch and more awesome Disney swaps here.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Style Section: Spring Cue

clemence poesy

Love this image of Clémence Poésy in Glamour UK - it hits all the right notes for spring. Saturated pastels (seems like an oxymoron), fearlessly mixing patterns, loose wavy hair, and cardigans with balloon mini skirts. Farmer's market flowers, shopping packages, and a city cruiser. That's all I want this spring.

Photo by David Oldman, found here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Perfect Chair


I've been obsessed with this chair for a long time, and now that we have more space I think I know a perfect corner for it in our bedroom...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dining Room Inspiration


The move went very smoothly this past weekend, except for the part where I got a really bad cold. So while most of our home remains unpacked until I'm fully recovered, I'm browsing home interior inspiration from magazines (hello, revisiting old issues of Domino) while in bed in between bouts of being knocked out by cold medicine. Love this dining room set up from the British interior magazine Living Etc.
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