Lovely Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s May! One of my favorite months of the year. May for me means the beginning of Spring, my birthday, and…Mother’s Day.

My mother. My mother does not like gifts (or so she says). She doesn’t really have any hobbies, and spends most of her time working 80 hours a week (yup, hard working immigrant, who creates American jobs, by the way). She doesn’t like candles, or wine, or “spa” stuff. If she were a friend, I’d probably gift her cash, but she’s my mother, so that would be…weird. What have my brother and I been sending her all these years on Mother’s Day?

Well, whether you’re on a starving artist’s salary or a little bit more comfortable than that (I’ve been both), here are some sweet ways to show your appreciation…

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Spanish Rice (Veg.)

Ok ok, so it’s not your traditional spanish rice. It’s…a veg. version. Still very very yum, I assure you!

I used a recipe I found online and made it my own. Basically, I used my own salt and did something different with the rice. Instead of 1 cup of rice, I used 1 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup quinoa (protein!). I doubled the amount of grains and added an extra cup of broth because I noticed that substituting quinoa makes the broth to grain ratio disproportionate.

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Things to Love This Weekend

Happy friday, lovely readers. My week went swimmingly well (aside from the painful bug bite I woke up with this morning…so random). Here are some pretty, fun things to take you into a swimmingly well weekend…

I want you. You vegan, bordeaux, gorgeous thang.

Squee! Romy & Michele Reunion.

I will gladly grab a Heine.

Ooo…secret to dating…

Love the floral collection.

People in cars…

Yummy & minty.


– Greta

(Top photo from Angela Roi)

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A List of Note: What I Won’t & Will Miss

I love lists. Maybe because the format makes it easier on my brain to digest. Or maybe it’s the organization I like. Or the aesthetic.

No matter the reason, I love lists and this is why I was reading Nora Ephron’s list of what she will and what she won’t miss. It inspired me to make a list of my very own “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss”.

What initially started out as a fun idea, quickly turned into something somber, then serious, then joyful. Make your own and you’ll see why. It’s an exercise on life-reflection, self-reflection, and gratitude. I really enjoyed making this list…

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Things to Love This Weekend

Had a lot on my mind this week. What about you?

I’m not sure if I believe in all that “mercury in retrograde” jazz (isn’t something always in retrograde?), but this week has got me almost believin’. All this to say…I am very excited for the weekend. If you’re looking forward to it as much as I am, I hope it’s a good one…

Pretty bunnies.

Excuse me. Off to take a forest bath

Smells like coffee, tastes like coffee, is it…coffee?

Asian-Americans aren’t white. Wait…really??

The Nye answers Twitter. I learned a thing or two.

Real-life Bonnie & Clyde.




(Top photo by Hiroyuki Nagaoko via T&L)

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Things to Love This Weekend

I am picnicking and brunching this weekend. How about you?

Spring really is one of my favorite times of year because of the perfect weather for outdoor-sy fun.  Sipping mimosas in the sun? That is my thang. Here are some fun, pretty things to get you into YOUR thang this weekend…

Fun and delicious idea.

Have you heard of the Kesh Angels? So. Cool.

What’s red, black, white, and gorgeous?

Can’t wait for this...

Living, breathing twinkle lights.

Perfect pants for the weekend.

Sooooo into this. That color makes me smile.

For the avid Snapchatter…


– Greta

(Top Photo taken by Hassan Hajaj)

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The Love Center (Ojai, CA)

When I first heard “The Love Center”, I was skeptical. I thought it would be this outdated house with gimmicky “spiritual” decor. Really uninspired. To my surprise (thank god), this place was nothing like that. It was beautiful, serene, and felt genuinely spiritual.

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