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trimming & decorating.

well, it's only ten days away. and i've been busy trimming and decorating all around the house. i have all of my ingredients in order and will start making cookies for the neighbors this upcoming week. i'll be taking better photos later, but i thought i'd share a sneak peak into my living room...

finally got around to wrapping some presents...

cookies & warm milk make for great winter evenings.

glittered these ikea dear to match my tree.

bought some kate spade socks to keep my feet warm!

glittered some more deer; note: i have a glittering problem.

added vintage door-nob decor around the house.

and finally, trimmed my tree. vintage & color is this years theme.


kate spade: spring 2011

so i'm very much smitten with kate spade's spring collection. i've vowed to save up for all of the pieces i can't live without. this year the theme is "the year of color" every month representing a different color. i'm pretty sure i'll be penniless by the end of 2011.


golden morsels.

edible golden spray-paint = brilliant. in more ways than one. i know have an uncontrollable urge to spray an entire meal. or at least a couple of holiday desserts coming up.

found via igobykatie


reader discount!

as a thank you to whomever stumbles upon this blog and enjoys it, i wanted to extend a special discount your way on my etsy shop! visit the POSTCARDS+LOVE online store use the discount code on the below coupon at checkout. the 15% will be applied to your entire purchase. custom orders are available! feel free to contact me via etsy with any special requests. offer expires 12/15/10.

happy holidays!



i've been terribly in love with the color red lately. a deep garnet hue. with the holidays upon us i can't help but listen to christmas songs, and wear my little jingle ring (pictured below). i was listening to a few songs from the nutcracker and was inspired to put together this little outfit. i want to prance around the house in a tutu and deck my halls with all things red.

no.1 kate spade lever-back earrings, no.2 bcbg tutuno.3 butter london / chancer
no.4 vera wang flatsno.5 kate spade lipstick, no.6 kate spade jingle ring
no.7 kate spade pom pom scarf


herb & raclette popovers

image from all

for thanksgiving i was in charge of the entire meal. pretty big undertaking i suppose... the easiest project out of all and that received the most compliments were my herb & raclette cheese popovers. popovers are so easy, i think next time i could even trust my significant other to take them on. raclette is a great cheese with tons of flavor, it is usually used for melting - which in this case makes it the perfect candidate for the popovers. here is the recipe:

2 eggs
1 tablespoon of butter (melted and cooled, plus 1 teaspoon for pan)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons italian herbs (or herbs of your choice)
1/2 cup of raclette (cut up in little cubes)

preheat oven to 450 degrees. grease 6 cup muffin pan with 1 teaspoon of butter. place all of the ingredients (except the raclette cheese) into a food processor or blender and process for 30 seconds. divide the batter evenly between the cups of the muffin pan, then evenly divide the raclette between the cups - placing the cheese cubes in the center of each cup. bake on the middle rack for approximately 35-40 minutes. remove the popvers to a cooling rack, serve warm.


tulle, sequins, and glitter.

so i couldn't help myself... i purchased my kate spade shoes, here they are enjoying their new home amongst my ever growing collection of perfumes... i also decided that since i got my wisdom teeth out last week, and my mouth still hurts, and i needed to treat myself to something else nice. so, i bought a "tutu" at bcbg and i feel better. yes, on occasion material possessions can make you feel better.

sequin top & sweater from j.crew.

and a doodle since i was feeling creative.


charmed, i'm sure.

i think i'll make the dive today and purchase these kate spade shoes. i keep thinking how fabulous they would look at holiday parties, or with a white v-neck t-shirt and grey jeans... it's silly to keep making up excuses not to buy them; because then i'll regret not doing so once they sell out. and i'll never get to embrace such a magical combination of glitter such as that of the "charm" shoe.


margot tenenbaum.

for halloween this year i decided to go as one of my favorite wes anderson characters: margot (from the royal tenenbaums). most of my costume was composed of vintage accessories. there are several interesting tidbits about the characters costume, such as: the cigarettes she has is from ireland, circa 1970 and have been discontinued. she has a wooden finger on her right hand, ring finger. she is wearing a mink coat (i purchased mine off of ebay, and it's fake fur). it was actually quite hard to find a similar dress to the one she wears at this time of year, so i bought two mens polo's and sewed them together to form a dress (i'll go into details later). the barrette is red, so i opted for a little bow from forever21. she wore white socks, and oxfords. mine are not shown, but i purchased some from urban outfitters. the cigarette was a fake one (i'm not one for smoking), and the "wooden finger" i made with a paper towel, tape, and acrylic paint. the purse in the film is a beautiful hermes birkin (i believe 40cm), but since my budget isn't ten grand - i just used a vintage crocodile purse i had in my closet. bought a wig, threw on tons of heavy eyeliner and all in all i think my outfit turned out pretty well! all i need now is to really practice that depressed frown laced with despair she pulls off so well. hopefully next year i'll persuade my significant other to be richie, and we can be secretly in love with each other.

the original, played by gwyneth paltrow. 

my rendition (iphone photo, hence the not so amazing quality).

and one of my favorite polyvore sets in honor of margot, by alliecoco


cauliflower soup.

image borrowed from hill house.

so i went out and purchased jamie oliver's food revolution when it first came out - and i've been cooking a recipe here and there. one of my favorites which i'm excited to try again with the arrival of fall is his cauliflower soup recipe. i'm not a huge fan of cauliflower, but this soup is just divine. it's creamy without any cream, it's thick, rich, and somewhat healthy. you can always do as jamie suggests, and add some bacon (for all you die-hard meat-eaters out there). i purchased the book with my boyfriend in mind, hoping that the step by step images and easy to follow instructions would entice him to cook something... nah. it's still all me. and i'm actually glad because i feel the kitchen is my domain. maybe eventually my dream of coming home to an amazing dinner will come true. for now, i plow through recipes and perfect my own skills. enjoy!

recipe by Jamie Oliver

- 2 carrots
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 medium onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 800 g cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 200 g cheddar cheese
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or chicken)
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1 teaspoon english mustard
- nutmeg
- 1 7/8 liters water, boiling

1. peel and roughly chop the carrots.
2. slice the celery.
3. peel and roughly cut the onions.
4. peel and slice the garlic.
5. cut the cauliflower into 1.5cm slices.
6. put a large pan on medium heat and add olive oil.
7. add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon.
8. cook for around 10 min with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape, and the onion is lightly golden.
9. grate the cheddar into a bowl and put aside for later.
10. put the stock cubes into a jug or pan and pour in 1.8 liters of boiling water from the kettle.
11. stir until the stock cubes are dissolved, then add the vegetables.
12. give the soup a good stir and bring to a boil.
13. reduce heat and simmer for 10 min with the lid on.
14. remove pan from the head.
15. season with salt and pepper and add the cheese and mustard.
16. using a hand blender, pulse the soup until silky smooth.
17. divide between your serving bowls and grate over some nutmeg, if you like.
18. if you want to dress it up a bit, top it off with some lightly fried crispy bacon.


hello autumn; i love you.

i wrote a post today for my gorgeous and talented friend Leigh Viner, on her blog create. she told me it could be of anything i desired... so i went with one of my favorite themes: fallautumn always reminds me of comfort, femininity, beauty, rich colors, and romance. i also associate fall with productivity, creativity, and inspiration - since it is when i get the itch to create the most. here are a few things i'm currently embracing: 

kate spade necklace & earrings, jo demontis dress, squirrel watercolor, gold frame, topshop aviators
j.crew handbag & sweater, urban outfitters bow flats, forget me knot ring.


locavore meets frugalista.

for a school project we have to take on working with a member of the journalism class, who writes an article for two designers, my lovely friend Theresa and i joined up to combine forces with multitalented Samantha (who is our writer) and came up with "locavore meets frugalista" a two page spread delving into the benefits of shopping locally in San Diego, as well as the local fashion scene, and how to save money and still look great. we forced Samantha into modeling for us. the final two page spread won't be published until fall on our campus. this is the end result of todays photo-shoot:

sweater by J.Crew, blouse H&M, skirt M. Dot Design Studio



my birthday party was a success! thank you to everyone who attended. we held my 24th birthday celebration at the pearl hotel, in point loma / san diego. the venue was perfect for the theme. i've always been a fan of quirky movies, and i find myself celebrating my birthdays to movie themes (last year was divorce italian style)... so this year wasn't any different with the life aquatic with steve zissou. the location embraces mid-century to the fullest, and is already ocean themed, with a huge movie screen over the pool. just add pennant flags, sea-creature cupcakes, and guests, and you've got yourself one fine event. the dress i'm wearing was made by my dear and lovely friend jennafer grace. it's super soft jersey material, custom, and affordable ($90). if you're having something made, it better be flattering and comfortable. 

seth and i holding my birthday balloons at the end of the night. 
i suppose he's making that face because he just wants to go to sleep!

more photos of event & details after the jump...


preview: 24th birthday / event

this year i've decided to have my party at the pearl hotel in point loma. the hotel has amazing mid-century design, a pool, fun menu, and overall lovely atmosphere. what better theme to suit the location, and season, than a tribute to "the life aquatic: with steve zissou?" the event is two weeks in the making, getting all the details set, and everything coordinated. i'm hoping for a good turn-out and fun night. i designed the cake, all white, with a little shark fin and waves up-top, cupcakes with blue-frosting and little sea creatures... each table has yellow flowers, shark/dolphin/whale toys and gum-drops. and of course there will be macarons, white beach balls, and white pennant flags stringed across the sky. the film will be playing on non-stop rotation with subtitles, and burgers, drinks, and snacks will be enjoyed poolside. i had a dress by made my friend, local clothing designer Jennafer Grace. i'm excited for thursday!

dress by Jennafer Grace, sweater Jcrew, shoes by lamb, nailpolish - butter london.


north-western roadtrip.

during the end of june, beginning of july - seth and i set out for a massive undertaking in the limited time of: one week. in the time we were able to drive from san diego, california - all the way to seattle, washington. stopping at several spots in-between (sacramento, portland, san francisco, etc). we stayed at some pretty wonderful places, met some lovely places, visited some quirky spots, and enjoyed some pretty delectable food. i'm still working on the video of our trip but i promise it will worth watching. here are some photos in the meantime:

more photos after the jump...


local fashion: san diego.

all photography by Q

in the last few months i've had the wonderful luck of becoming friends with two talented ladies, Michelle Aquino - designer and owner of M. Dot, and Jennafer Carter - designer and owner of Jennafer Grace. both of these designers have taken San Diego by storm with their fashion forward designs, custom tailored, and financially within reach. both channel vintage, and i was brought on to do a photo-shoot. the photographs were taken by yours truly, at my residence. here is a sneak peak at our final product:

outfit by Jennafer Grace

outfit by M. Dot

outfit by Jennafer Grace

outfit by M. Dot


county fair.

scarf by american apparel $15.00, shirt by forever21 $19.80, 
shoes by camper $145.00, shorts by old navy $22.00

image via weheartit


puerto vallarta.

well, i've neglected the blog a bit because i decided to escape from school, responsibilities, and my etsy shop for a week and some... to puerto vallarta. i have family in guadalajara, and we met up with some of them in this beach town to catch up. it's been funny seeing mr.robot struggle to speak or understand spanish, and i'm not really a good teacher (no patience). but he's managed pretty well! today is our last day and we've had a blast mingling, snorkeling, and taking in the sun. it's very sad to see how much worst the situation with the economy has panned out in mexico. many places that used to be bustling businesses are now closed. the beaches aren't packed like they used to be. i urge you all to try to visit and take advantage of the fact that the "peso" is very low. it used to be one u.s. dollar = ten pesos, now its thirteen. you won't get swine flu, or anything crazy like that. mexico is a beautiful country filled with so much culture.

image via flickr

image via fuckyeahmexico

image via flickr


my robot.

it's been three official years, and half a decade + some months of friendship - and i still have a crush on you, i still like you, i still love you - so stop asking. happy anniversary!

circa jan, 2006.



well, this weekend i went into mimi & red boutique in north park (san diego, ca) - and i had to purchase the dress below. it was less than $30.00, and entirely versatile. this dress can be dressed up or down. another thing that's wonderful about it is that i can wear it year round - it really doesn't have a season. but for the sake of mother's day coming up - let's plan a brunch outfit out with my momsie.

flowers from ebay and anthropologie; jcrew sweater, kate spade bracelet, 
prada purse, urban outfitters wedge, forever 21 necklace, mimi & red dress.



paulette is a lovely macaron shop nestled in beverly hills. sounds haughty? not really - it's perfection. i've been searching for delectable macarons in san diego, which is not insanely easy to come by. i guess my visits to paris spoiled me a bit.  browsing through the inter-webs i came upon the shop - and what's this, they ship? they have a plethora of flavors, including: caramel, Caribbean chocolate, passion fruit, colombian coffee (so addictive!), lemon, and earl grey tea. i couldn't help myself and ordered a box with all of their flavors, and invited some friends over for tea and a movie. by the end of the night they were all gone, and i'm sure i'll order more someday. i also tried to visit the shop, but it was just past 6pm, and they were closed (sadface). if you are in the area do not miss the chance to stop by and try a macaron.


notes on dressing your man.

i've always loved dressing people up, or assisting in fashion choices. for the most part, the only time i get to play dress up nowadays is when i shop for myself, play on polyvore, or get gifts for my robot. he's grown into his own style, but i can't help but influence him. he's dreaming of wearing only prada and g-star clothing - but financially that's a no can do for us at the moment. so i try my best to acquire fashionable frugalista finds for my dear metrosexual. this week was pretty fruitful indeed:

1. forever 21 beard shirt $14.00; 2. liberty london for target tie $8.00; 
3. target button shirt $8.00; 4. ben sherman shorts (on sale) $20.00; 
5. lacoste shoes $28.00 (on sale); 6. apple ipad
7. ben sherman shoes $38.00 (on sale); 
8. forever 21 jeans $29.00

two outfits for approximately: $145.00
(not including ipad)


cupcake cannon!

video via johnny cupcakes

have a splendid weekend;

image by PONY_TAIL, found via creature comforts


caitlin shearer.

caitlin shearer always makes me long to be more feminine, dress up more, and embrace vintage. i adore her watercolor / gauche / mixed media illustrations and am always visiting her flickr for new updates on her artwork. her style has only become stronger over the years, adding more depth and surroundings to each character. i feel as though every one of her illustrations could tell you a story, a secret, or something you long to hear...

illustrations by cailtlin shearer

kathleen hoelck.

fashion designer kathleen hoelck

when i first met kathleen hoelck (or katty), she stood out immediately. her creativity and kindness are contagious. she's definitely on the top ten of the most intelligent and driven women i know. she's always ready for adventures, and pursing projects, "hey katty want to act in my film?", "hey katty, want to model for my jewelry line?"... "of course!" she's always up for assisting those who have a passion for art. i was saddened when she took flight and left san diego, but so excited for the life ahead for her in new york city. katty has been designing clothing since i first met her. her style has evolved, yet she remains versatile. her designs are classic, modern, bold, sometimes channeling vintage starlets, other times straight out of bauhaus. i'm very excited to see her break into the fashion world, as she's already received recognition from vogue, appeared in several blog sites, and interned at yves saint laurent. she and her significant other have plans to start their own line of clothing; don't be surprised if you find yourself yearning after their fantastic creations.

all images copyright of kathleen hoelck©