have a happy weekend!



I'm so glad the weekend is here because I've got a full plate. There's getting a manicure and pedicure (looooong overdue!), going to this fashion show, and possibly (oh, so very possibly) going to this restaurant for their Sunday dim sum brunch with the best of friends. I can't wait! What are you all up to?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: SARAH KLASSEN/HAUTE DESIGN

 
 

characters for an epic tale.






London-based illustrator Tom Gauld's print of Characters for an Epic Tale made me laugh today. Everything in the print is just so whimsical and hilarious! I especially love "The Apparition"!






PRINT COURTESY OF: TOM GAULD

 
 

interview! (**UPDATED**)




Not so long ago, I was feeling blue about the job world. But guess what? Today, this girl has an interview with IKEA! I'm feeling a little nervous about it simply because I am nervous in interview-type settings. But more than that, I'm terribly excited! Wish me luck! I'll be sure to keep you all posted.*

{P.S. Aren't these
vintage IKEA catalogs the jam?}


*UPDATE!*
After being so nervous and freaked out over the whole interview process, I walked in and calmly and coolly collected myself. And after nearly a whopping two hours, I was offered the job! Thank you, all, for the well-wishes and luck! All of your good energy and charm was sent my way and I thank you thank you thank you so much!!!





PHOTO COURTESY OF: TRENDHUNTER

 
 

random dose of loveliness.




Oof. This little guy is sure to melt everyone's hearts today.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: CUTE OVERLOAD via ONE PEARL BUTTON

 
 

where would you go?




Good morning, my friends! I woke up this morning to the sound of airplanes passing overhead. And while, yes, it was an annoying way to start the day, it got me thinking of travel and all the places I'd still like to visit in my lifetime. I've done some pretty extensive traveling since I was a kid mostly visiting relatives in the Philippines and Japan, with a few sprinkles of family vacations to random places like Las Vegas (Hello, Circus Circus!) and educational excursions (Washington, D.C., anyone?). Because of this, I feel like I am filled with wanderlust and cannot stand the idea of being in one place for too long (unless, of course it's Portland and I settle there!) without feeling stir-crazy. It's been over two years since I've gotten on an airplane and I'm getting to the point where my bones are itching and I can't stop thinking of taking a mini-break somewhere fun. Any suggestions? I am currently in Florida and the weather's absolutely perfect right now. But. (And there's always a "but"...) I'd like a change of scenery. Somewhere I can walk or ride my bike a lot, enjoy some awesome mom-n-pop places to eat, and take in something cultural like a museum visit or a show or two. Where would you go? When was the last time you traveled somewhere far and wide or nearby and small? I'd love to know!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: POLANOID

 
 

bunny ring.




Why doesn't this shop carry this ring anymore? It's a men's ring (which I think makes it even more awesome) but I think girls could also wear it around their necks on a simple gold chain, no? So good!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: THE WORLD'S BEST EVER

 
 

bonnie.






Woah. I feel like I just unearthed something extraordinary. This is the dress version of Faye Dunaway's top in Bonnie and Clyde. Seriously. Woah.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: LARK and LANCE MANNION, RESPECTIVELY

 
 

tote.





Really loving this tote from American Apparel.






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: AMERICAN APPAREL

 
 

japan love.





I love and miss Japan so much. Most especially, Tokyo and the best street style ever. {Sigh.}






PHOTOS COURTESY OF: THE SARTORIALIST

 
 

a day off.



Today, I am still coming down from Beach House's incredible performance last night. I had never seen them live before last night and am truly in awe. As if I didn't like them so much already, this just pushed me over the edge. And so, I am taking a break today from the blog world and just going to reminisce on how fantastic music can truly lift and inspire a person. I'll see you tomorrow!

xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: NONSENSESOCIETY

 
 

have a fantastic weekend!




Oh, my goodness. I have been waiting for this weekend to come for a looooooong time now. Ryan and I are going up to Gainesville to meet up with our friends Danny and Lulu. And then...we're all taking a road trip up to the panhandle and capital of Florida, Tallahassee. Now, I know that Tallahassee is not exactly a hotbed of fun and exciting adventures (or is it?), but the only reason I am returning there (after nearly six years since I graduated from my alma mater) is because Beach House will be there for their only Florida stop! {Huzzah!!!} For those of you who have not heard them (yet), click here, here, here, and here for some of my favorites. I am so excited to see them, I can't even contain myself (can't you tell?). I LOVE them! And you, my dears? What will you be doing this weekend?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: M.EIGHTY TWO

 
 

random dose of loveliness.



Polar bear cub. 'Nuff said.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: SPREAD THE HAPPY

 
 

heavy metal.




I recently stumbled upon Metalista and fell in love. Everything is just so feminine, delicate, and classic. I especially love this necklace.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: METALISTA

 
 

cooking up an idea.




Calling all domestic goddesses, wannabe chefs, and foodies alike! I think I want to start teaching a cooking class! Since food happens to always be on my mind and because quite a few of my friends have enjoyed my cooking and well, quite frankly, I love cooking, I think I want to start hosting a cooking class in my own kitchen once a week. The idea is simple, really. The class is open to up to five individuals who will each pay around $10 to cover the cost of food / groceries. I want there to be a theme as far as the type of food is concerned. And I want there to be three courses: an appetizer, a main dish, and a simple dessert. I can just imagine how much fun it would be to have people over sharing the same passion for food and enjoying a meal together. What do you guys think? Also, can you help me come up with a name for my cooking class? I'd love to hear your ideas!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: MUSIC2MYEARS

 
 

flowers for you. and you. and you.




I am struggling this morning to keep my eyes open. I don't know why, either. I had a full-night's rest. I had breakfast (with coffee!). I am feeling pretty good. But for some reason, I am just feeling so sleepy. So, due to lack of inspiration and feelings of lethargy, here are some pretty flowers for you. Why? Oh, just because.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: WE HEART IT

 
 

sham-bray.




There is something so effortless, so chic about just throwing on a chambray shirt and owning it. (Celia seems to think so, too!) This particular one from Urban Outfitters is calling my name.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: URBAN OUTFITTERS

 
 

jab-cross! jab-cross!



Not so long ago, I posted a little blurb on exercise and how I wanted to get back into it. Well, I'm happy to report that now that the weather has actually warmed up (read: above 70 degrees), I have been riding my bicycle more often and actually going to a kickboxing class twice a week! Let me tell you something. Not only do I feel like I actually did something good for my body, I also feel like I'm getting stronger every time I go. It is such a stress-reliever and punching that bag with everything I've got only makes me feel better about myself and everything else surrounding me. It's like pessimism can't breed in an endorphin-filled environment. I highly recommend taking a kickboxing class (even if you've never done it before)! I promise, it's probably the best form of exercise I've ever done.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: FFFFOUND!

 
 

pirelli: friend for your bicycle.




These gorgeous Pirelli advertisements done by late Dutch designer Bob Noorda make me happy. Don't the colors just make you want to smile?






PRINTS COURTESY OF: DISPLAY

 
 

2!



What an eventful couple weeks! On this day two years ago, my sister Beverly and her husband Adam got married! It was a gorgeous wedding and the day could not have been more perfect. The photo above is my most favorite from their wedding set. Happy 2nd Anniversary, you two!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: ADAM AND BEVERLY'S WEDDING




 
 

have a lovely weekend!




Happy Friday, loveliest of readers! I hope that the end of the week meets you with delight and a wonderful weekend to look forward to. Ryan and I are going to have dim sum on Sunday (yum!) and then we're cooking out with friends that evening, too. I'm looking forward to all this food!

Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: IOBAD

 
 

random dose of loveliness.



While this does not typically fit into my "Random Dose of Loveliness" posts, these two are most definitely lovely. Look at them! Listening to one of my favorite albums of all time on my morning walk to work, I just thought to myself, Lou Reed and Nico, you make my heart melt not only with your beautiful words and songs and voices but also with how f***ing cool you are. {Sigh.}






PHOTO COURTESY OF: WHAT WILLIAM WEARS

 
 

say hello...








...to my new mixte! The husband did it again. It didn't matter that it was his birthday yesterday. No no, he decided to surprise me with this bicycle: a mid-to-late 1970's Schwinn Le Tour. It's in pristine condition and rides like a dream. I've been looking for either a Dutch bike or a mixte--basically, something I can ride while wearing dresses and skirts. We're planning on switching out the handlebars to albatross bars and I think I want to add a wire basket to the front so that I can tote my belongings around town. This was such a wonderful and perfect surprise to come home to. I am over the moon!

 
 

it's someone's birthday today...



To my dearest, most doting husband: Happy Birthday! Let's go to Caffe Paradiso tonight for a rustic Italian meal and get dessert and cuddle, okay? I hope that all of your wishes come true even before you blow out your candles. I love you!

 
 

two years.



Two years ago today, I had butterflies in my stomach as confessions were told. Two years ago today, Ryan took me on our first date. And two years ago today, I decided that this was the guy I wanted to grow old with. {Happy 1st Date Anniversary, Ryan!}

 
 

olive oil + baked potato = magic.



Last night, Ryan's boss took us and a few friends out to dinner at one of the best (if not the best) restaurants in town. So much food was served along with an entirely organic array of vegetables, not to mention an abundance of really lovely wines from France. In other words, this dinner was "fancy". During the meal, when the waiter asked one of our fellow diners what he would like on his baked potato, he replied, "I know this sounds weird, but I'll take some olive oil, please." Weird? This wasn't weird! I thought this was genius! Unfortunately, I had already told our server to load it up (with all the fixings that taste so good but are so bad for you--sour cream! bacon bits! butter!) and was quickly regretting my decision. By the end of the night, I had to box my food for left-overs and much to my pleasure, I had scraped off most of that "bad" stuff from my baked potato, thus leaving me with a clean one.

So today, after a pretty rigorous kick-boxing class, I was famished and remembered last night's left-overs. I re-baked (does that make it now twice-baked?) my potato, took it out, drizzled some olive oil and threw some sea salt and cracked black pepper on it. Woah. It was so flavorful and light and rich all at the same time! To be perfectly honest, I don't think I'll be going back to all that bad stuff after all. Tell me, how do you take your baked potato? Will you try it with olive oil? You won't look back, trust me.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: deviantART

 
 

home...er...closet office.




Happy Monday! This morning, while perusing the interweb, I stumbled upon something pretty awesome. This step-by-step "tutorial" on how to turn a closet into an office is simply amazing. While the color scheme / wallpaper in the closet does not exactly match my own, I do appreciate the compactness of this home office. One day, when Ryan and I have multiple rooms in a house (rather than our studio apartment!), I will set out to turn one of the closets into a secret hideaway office. I love this!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: COUNTRY LIVING

 
 

have a sunny weekend!




This weekend, before summer shows her mean hot streak, I plan on taking advantage of this lovely weather. Relaxing in the park with a book and soaking up the sun sounds like a plan to me. How about you?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: MOON FACE

 
 

random dose of loveliness.




A friend of ours has two Samoyeds--an adult and a puppy. And let me tell you: these things look like miniature polar bears! According to the usually-trustworthy Wikipedia, Samoyeds are native to Northwest Russia and Siberia. They're known to be reindeer herders (!!) and would sleep on top of their owners to keep them warm. Isn't that adorable?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: SAMOYED PUPPIES

 
 

{...}




It's Thursday and I could not be happier. You see, this is now the start of my weekend. I haven't told you all officially, but last week, I was laid off from a job that I believed had so much promise. I gave it my best shot, but in the end, it just did not work out the way that I had wanted it to or hoped it would. Unbeknownst to me, there was a lot of darkness in what seemed to be so pretty and shiny on the surface. And yes, while I was deeply saddened by this loss, I am slowly coming to realize that there is so much to gain from my experiences there and so much more to do with the time I have. And at least I had my old gig at the law firm to fall back on, this time being part-time (three days a week from Tuesday through Thursday). I was talking to a friend recently and she reminded me that there has been a list of things that I have wanted to do for quite some time now but have not gotten around to doing them for one reason or another: learn how to sew (I am so behind in this), master the art of European cake-baking, spend more time with the dogs, read more, et cetera. And so I welcome this oddly refreshing lack of a full-time job. At least, for now anyway.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: ? (If you know where this is from, please let me know!)

 
 

his & hers.



These bathroom doors would look so cute in a little café, don't you think?






PHOTO COURTESY OF: THINK SIMPLE ACT SIMPLE

 
 

bicycle + type = crazy awesome.



I'm not sure what this is an advert for, but I quite like it. I really do.






PRINT COURTESY OF: BEHANCE

 
 

cults.



Holy new music and Happy Monday to you! A good friend of mine introduced me Cults over the weekend and I am smitten. Their sound and Robert Longo imagery remind me of something straight-up Fellini with a twist of Swedish pop. Am I crazy? In any event, have a listen. You won't be disappointed. {Thank you so much, Chris!}






PHOTO COURTESY OF: ROBERT LONGO via THE FACTORY

 
 

happy birthday, sophia!



Today, my baby sister turns 18. How adorable is she!
{Oh, and Happy Easter, too!}

 
 

have a beautiful weekend!



Dearest of friends, what are your plans this weekend? I've got a whole lotta nothing going on tonight, which suits me just fine, to be perfectly honest. Tomorrow, it's a girl-date with one of my favorites which means cooking + wine + lots of great s t o r i e s! And then, Sunday dawns with a wonderful late lunch with the family. I must say, I'm pretty happy with the first weekend in April!

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
xoxo,
TFH.






PHOTO COURTESY OF: RODNEY SMITH

 
 

happy friday!



I see the end of the week and it's looking fabulous! Here's to Friday!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: ANA LEE

 
 

random dose of loveliness.



OHMYGOD! This has got to be the cutest thing I have ever seen. Ever!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: WE HEART IT

 
 

poisson d'avril.



Happy (?) April Fool's Day! If you are one of the lucky ones that doesn't get fooled today, then good for you! It's easy to fall victim to pranks, especially if you're unaware of the date! Interestingly enough, did you know that April Fool's Day is actually called Poisson d'avril in France? It actually means "April's fish" and was a day when kids would try and tape paper fish on to the backs of their peers. Cute!






PHOTO COURTESY OF: ROSA POMAR