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I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a great weekend! It was 80 degrees and absolutely gorgeous in California today. John and I took the mustang for a drive along the coast and up into San Luis. The pups were in the back seat and the windows were rolled down. It was exactly like what I imagined when we bought the rusted out shell of a car back in July of last year. Only 8 months later and we are enjoying the heck out of it.

On another note, I finally broke down and bought a new camera! Not a super fancy one or anything, but something I can learn on.  I was messing around taking pictures of a bunch of freesias I picked from our front yard. They always just show up there every year. Maybe someone planted them long ago, but I love forgetting that they are under the soil all winter and how they pop up with their sweet perfume to signal the arrival of spring.

A few links for your Friday:

I LOVED this article about creating boundaries between your work and personal life. This is always something I struggle with, but am trying to get better at.

This video cracked me up!

I made these sweet potato chips this week and they were amazing!

Have you listened to this week’s Joy the Baker podcast?  Beauty tips ladies! Get into it.  :)


by Kayla on 03/01/2013

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farmstand veggies | tinyinklings.comJust wanted to pop in and wish everyone a happy Friday. I’ll be working on finishing up some drawings for this challenge, trying a couple new recipes, and loving on my pups.  I went over to the farm stand near my house this afternoon and came back with the prettiest spread of friuts and veggies!  Who says winter veggies have to be bland?  I’m really excited about the baby broccoli.  I’ve been reading through the Mozza cookbook and there is a recipe for sautéed broccolini with chiles and vinegar that I’ve been dying to try.  And those blood oranges?!  I’m really going to have to enjoy those raw, perhaps in salad form (although if I had a juicer, I would make some fresh squeezed blood orange juice, STAT).  Mmmmm…

Other than that, the weather is looking blustery and cold again, so I’ll just be holed up inside the house in my grandma sweater drinking coffee and probably watching reruns of Friends on DVD.  No bigs.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Xoxo!


by Kayla on 01/25/2013

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I stopped by the library this afternoon to pick up a book I had reserved on recommendation from Joy called The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  So far, I’m doing well on keeping up at least one of my New Year’s resolutions.  Whenever I’m at the library, I like to check out the “new fiction” section to see if there’s anything that looks good (confession: I totally judge a book by it’s cover). I grabbed The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King and another one called Girlchild by Tupelo Hassmen.  The summary inside the dust jacket looked intriguing on both, so we shall see.  I just finished reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which was fantastic!

Anyone out there have any good book recommendations?  I’d love to hear!

P.S. I really need to buy a good camera.  These iPhone pics really aren’t cutting it anymore.  I have my eye on this one.  Anyone have any camera recommendations?



by Kayla on 01/16/2013


For Christmas, my family has been doing a Secret Santa for the past few years and it’s been great!  Only buying for one person really takes a lot of the stress (and expense!) off the holidays.  This year, I picked my sister, who just recently graduated from nursing school.  I knew she had a little bit of time between graduation and starting a new job, so I decided to buy her a plane ticket from LA to San Francisco as my gift.

She flew up and I drove up last weekend and we had the best time!  We stayed in the Mission, which was a great home base for us.  We did all the usual touristy things like shopping in union Square (I scored these Madewell flats in saffron yellow on super sale for $30!), going to the Saturday farmer’s market at the Ferry Building, and checking out the California Academy of Sciences and the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park.  We even walked 5 miles round trip for donuts from Dynamo Donut (the maple bacon is my fave).  I think we earned it.  The weekend felt long and super short at the same time.  It was such a fun sister weekend!  I feel so fortunate to have a sister that I not only get along with, but really look forward to doing things ike this with.

I thought I’d share some highlights from our trip here. Of note: that drink up top is from Zero Zero Pizza.  If you’re ever in SF, GO!  It’s soooo good!

P.S. More of my travel adventures here.

P.P.S. The apartment I rented on Air BnB was amazing! Super huge and immaculately clean.  If you’re ever in SF and looking to stay in the Mission, I highy recommend this place. Best Air BnB experience I have ever had.


by Kayla on 01/15/2013

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I’ve been thinking about resolutions for the new year.  I’ve never really been one to make an official resolution, I thought that this year I’d put it out into the world in hopes that it will motivate me to stick to my guns.  I’m one week in and so far, so good.  Here are my top four goals for the new year:

Drink more water. This is something I constantly struggle with.  I get so wrapped in work throughout the day that I just forget to hydrate.  I got one of these water bottles for Christmas and it has really been helpful to see how much water I am consuming per day.  And I really do feel better!

Keep up good exercise habits.  I feel like I’m pretty good about getting workouts in during the week (it doesn’t hurt that my gym is one block away from my office), but I always feel like I could be in better shape.  I’m turning 30 this April (!) and my goal is to be in the best shape of my life.  I have four months…we’ll see how this shakes out.  Aside from the weight lifting classes I take at the gym, I LOVE the HIIT workouts from Zuzka Light.  I do them at home and they only take 15 minutes or so.  They are HARD, but they are awesome!

Read. Again, something I do every night before bed, but what I’d really like to get into the habit of is keeping track of all the books I read.  I just think it would be interesting at the end of the year to see how many books I’ve read.  This one is next on my list.  P.S. I finally read Gone Girl.  While I love Gillian Flynn’s writing, I hated the ending of this book.  Did anyone else feel the same way?  I definitely liked Dark Places better.

Prioritize travel.  John and I really want to get out into the world and see new places!  We’re thinking about trying to squeeze in a trip in February for a few days.  Hopefully somewhere warm.  Hawaii is quick and easy.  We may just have to splurge.

Images: 1/2/3


by Kayla on 01/07/2013

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I’ve got a pretty fun week on my hands! I sort of love/hate the holiday season with all of its obligations, both social and non. But I’m feeling it this week…and it feels like it’s going to be really great!

1. I have a hair appointment with my girl Jen at Fierro Hair in SLO on Wednesday after work. She always does such a great job on my crazy curls! I doubt I’ll magically be turned into Taylor Swift, but I can lust after those curls (even though they’re way too perfect to have come from anything but a curling iron).

2. My friend Christina is hosting her annual cookie swap on Wednesday night! She just had a baby, so it will be more of a drink-wine-and-chat-and-maybe-take-home-some-cookies kind of thing. I’m so down with that. I’m planning on making this chocolate espresso fudge with vanilla salt. Mmmm…

3. My friend Melanie has a babysitter every Thursday, so we are taking advantage of it this week! I’m really looking forward to hanging out with her. You know that one friend who’s just totally real and honest and you can say anything and not feel judged? That’s Melanie and I adore her. I’m hoping I can convince her to go to Ventana Grill in Shell Beach. They have halibut ceviche that is killer. Also? Homemade tortillas with cinnamon sugar butter. ‘Nuff said.

4. My annual eye appointment is this week. I’m half excited and half dreading it. The excited part of me is looking forward to getting new glasses and contact lenses (I may or may not be wearing the same pair I’ve had in my eyeballs for the past 4 months. They’re two week lenses. Whoops). The part of me that’s DREADING it is thinking about the glaucoma test. Man I hate that test. I’d honestly rather go to the gynecologist. TMI? But I am looking forward to ordering new glasses. I’m eyeing these from Warby Parker (see what I did there?).


by Kayla on 12/11/2012

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Happy Friday all!  Today I thought I’d share a few photos that my friend Marni took of me last weekend.  I was trying to update my Minted shop page and realized that I had no photos of myself that didn’t have my eyes closed/me making a funny face/a dog in them.  Sigh.  So, somehow I bribed Marni with bloody marys and we went out and took a few photos (complete with outfit change in car, of course).  Here are a few of my faves.  :)

Outfit 1: J.Crew sweater, H&M Necklace, Polka dot top from Marshalls, metallic gold pom pom flower, J.Crew metallic skinny belt, Levi’s jeans, Marc Jacobs watch, Seychelles wedges.

Outfit 2: Gray dress from T.J. Maxx as top, Forever 21 skirt, J.Crew metallic skinny belt, Marc Jacobs watch, Payless metallic gold sandles.

All photos by Michael Farmer Photography

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by Kayla on 11/30/2012

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I’m guest posting today over on Paper Pastries with my Top 8 Winter Essentials.  Thanks to Margaret for having me while she’s away getting married!  Click here to check out the full roundup.


by Kayla on 11/26/2012


It’s Tuesday.  It’s two days until Thanksgiving.  And I’m SO. EXCITED!  I daresay that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time.  Christmas is a close second, what with all the twinkly lights and the holiday cheer, but I find Thanksgiving to be a less stressful version of it.  One filled with all the food and family and friends, but without the consumerism and stress of Christmas.

Usually, my husband and I go to one of our family’ houses for Thanksgiving, but this year everyone will be out of town, so this is my first year cooking a Thanksgiving dinner.  It will just be John and I with a few friends, but I could not be more excited (plus, that fact that we don’t have a dishwasher means less people = less time spent hand-washing dishes).  I’m doing a ham instead of turkey (to ease myself into cooking this bonkers huge meal), with the classic sides.  Fun fact: John is THE BEST mashed potato maker I’ve ever seen. My mom taught him long ago and now he’s my go-to tater guy. Love him.

My favorite part is the stuffing.  Honestly, is there anything more worthy of busting out your Thanksgiving Pants than gravy soaked bread?  I think not.

Here are a few of the recipes I will be making this year.  Fingers crossed it comes out well!



by Kayla on 11/20/2012

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I really love election day. I get excited to get up early, go down to my polling location, and cast my vote. Tonight, I’ll be glued to my television watching to find out how it all shakes out. Regardless of my political affiliation or how I feel about major “hot button” issues (don’t even ask, I won’t go there), I truly feel that not only is it my right, but it’s also my PRIVILEGE to cast my vote on election day.

When John and I were in France this spring, we met a British woman at an aviation museum who was chatting with us about the presidential candidates and who we identified with. Something she said really stuck with me and I felt like I wanted to share it. Here’s what she said:

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by Kayla on 11/06/2012