Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Showerin'

Last week I got showered by my family and friends and it was so nice and special. It was a particularly hotter than average day, so you can imagine how much hotter this lady here was feeling. But it didn't stop us from celebrating baby Jonah.

My mom, sisters, and best friend did a great job with all the fun nautical themed shower. It was so cute! Here are some of the details!

The cake I made, because I couldn't help myself! 
 Such a cute diaper cake my friend, Alex, made. So cute and perfect for the theme!
 My family made these fun crab croissants that were just adorable! 

 I loved the drink details too! So nice and ocean blue lemonade was the cherry on top.

I actually made the drift wood boats. I saw them on pinterest and knew I had to make them. 

We spent a morning making this paper boat garland.  It was tied with rope too so it made it look even more nautical!

 And here's Jonah name banner of course! 

And all the food details with those cute crabs, and did I mention we had fun cantaloupe sail boats? Just loved it all! 

It was great to have so many loved ones there celebrating Jonah. We all felt super loved!
Now, 4 more weeks to go!

xoxo-Priscilla 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Maternity Pictures

I took some maternity pictures a couple weeks ago. I actually almost didn't do them, but had a feeling I would maybe regret it later down the line. I took the plunge and knew that if I wanted pictures, I wanted our wedding photographer, Lydia Messenger, to do them. Her photography style is just what I love and knew I wanted to use her again. She did not disappoint. They are perfect and so glad we did them.






Happy Thursday, friends! 
xoxo-Priscilla 

Monday, September 14, 2015

apple picking

I'm craving for the cooler season, like so much! Where are you fall? Last year we went apple picking in late September, and it was great! It really made me get into the fall spirit, and it was so fun. We went apple picking, had apple cider, ate apple cider donuts, and all the apple things you can think of to eat...we ate them. So this year it's a must we go again! This time I'm going even more prepared! Here's a little outfit inspiration to go apple picking!


apple picking




Beatles tee 
A tee is a must, especially since your outdoors the whole time. You want to be in something light and comfy.

Army green jacket 
Weather at the farm can be unpredictable. Here in LA we can have the heat til October, but then we also have random weeks of cooler weather, so a jacket is a good idea to bring along.

jeans
Boyfriend jeans aren't usually my go-to jeans but for a day for apple picking, these are cute and appropriate. They aren't super tight and have a give for reaching into trees.

Keds sneaker
I don't recall what kind of shoes I wore last time, but since you're going from fields to farms, you want closed toe shoes and something that you can wear for a few hours and don't mind getting a little dirty.

red crossover bag
A crossover bag of some sort for me is a must in my opinion. Since you need both arms for apple picking, something that hangs on your body without worry is a good idea.

Apple earrings
If you want to get into the spirit of apple picking, wearing something in the theme could be fun. I personally would do something fun and simple like this cute earrings.

 sunglasses
Some sunnies are a must, in LA even when we have cold weather, we still tend to get some sun. So keeping your eyes covered is always a good idea and always add style.

wool hat
A wool hat screams fall. So why not add a little sass to your outfit with a hat, and could even bring in some shade to your face,

 travel mug
I suggest brining a travel mug for coffee. Our apple picking place is a bit away from us, so being prepared with some coffee is a good idea, and you can even probably even refill at the farm with some hot apple cider!!

And if you're from LA and wonder where we go apple picking, its in Yucaipa. I know, it's a bit of drive but so fun to go to and away from the hustle and bustle of LA. It's a small area called Oak Glen. Check it out, and it will definitely make you feel like fall is around the corner!

xoxo-Priscilla

Thursday, September 10, 2015

September


Can you believe September is here? It's one of my favorite months because it means my favorite season is just around the corner. I sure love the fall season, and the cooler weather, except here in LA we are still experiencing 90-100 degree weather, and we had a freak storm pass through for an hour with crazy rain, wind, and thunder, typical LA. 

Anyhow, this month Ralph and I also turn 4 years married, so September has a special place in my heart. Whoa, has time flown by! I'm pretty excited mostly because year 4 brings an addition to this family and we just can't wait for this fun adventure we are going to embark on. 

So today, I'm simply sharing one of my favorite songs ever! Good ol' Earth, Wind, and Fire does it every time for me. I played this song at my wedding and I probably listen to this song almost daily, and just got to dance, how could you not???


Happy Thursday!

xoxo-Priscilla

Thursday, September 3, 2015

family dining space ideas

Since we are now done with our kitchen, we are working on our new family dining space off the kitchen. We have a formal dining room, but want something more casual. We have gotten some of the things for the space already, except it's not put together quite yet. But here are some of the things we have going on in the space.

dining ideas


 herb planter I really want fresh plants/herbs in the back room. It's so bright and airy that it only makes sense! I think it will freshen up the space even more. 

gold bar cart We currently have a gold bar cart in the back that I have to give a fresher coat at some point. It' so one of my favorite things. Ours is a bit different to this one since ours is vintage. But this one is pretty cool too.

glass decanter, A good bar set is a must for the cart. We have a lot of glass cool sets. Let's hope they survive with baby on the way.

Chalkboard I always wanted a chalkboard in our kitchen. I love the idea of writing a menu when guests come over, or even a to-do/ grocery list. 

Paper wall art We don't have any art in the room quite yet, but we do have a wall that would be perfect for some. I love the idea of cute fruit or veggie art on the wall to give the space some color. 

 Crosley  Turntable We have this crosby turntable already, and it was in the living room before. It doesn't really match with the living space, but goes perfect in the dining area and seems like the ideal thing to have on when guests are over! 

mid century table This item is the key piece to our space. It's a 10 seater mid century table from west elm. We ordered it and are still waiting for it. Can't wait for it to arrive because it makes the space feel empty.

 dining chair We love these chairs. They are a knock off of the Eames chairs, but they are comfy, convenient, and cool...oh yeah, and affordable! They are just waiting for their table!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Our Kitchen: Before & After


So we have been officially done with the kitchen as of last week! Yay! Technically, we were kind of done before last week, but were waiting on the window to be installed. But now, we have no workers and it feels great to have our space back.

What we did in 6 weeks:
A complete renovation of our kitchen.
Added a family dining space
New floors throughout the whole downstairs
New baseboards
Updated bathroom floors

Today I will be sharing just the kitchen space since it's the biggest change in our house. I had an idea of what I wanted the kitchen to look like, but the outcome exceeded my expectations. We had some tiny bumps on the road so sometimes it was a bit discouraging. But thankfully we had a good contractor, and it all worked out!

BEFORE
 Who remembers this closed off kitchen? I do! I didn't realize how much I needed counter space until I now have more. And that giant window was not my favorite! Here's more detailed pictures from before the renovations.

 The flow between the two rooms didn't every connect although there was bar seating on the other side.
And of course all of our appliances needed updating. I don't miss this kitchen at all. 

Here you can see the old laminate floors, and older cabinets too. 

 I think this is probably the biggest difference in view. Before we had this panel closing off the whole space to the kitchen and just never felt like it belonged.

AFTER
 And here's our kitchen now. This actually the same view as the picture above. Can you believe how open it feels now? We added some shelving on the island to add some cookbooks.

 The biggest difference for me is having a large island for prep space. One of my request was a large island to make my cakes, so now that we have it, I don't know how we did it without it. I also love that it works as a counter bar space and we can have people seated there why we finish up dinner.

Since we removed our double oven, I wanted to make sure we got a good range with an oven. So far, it's been great. I especially love having the hood over too. And the dishwasher is now to the right of the sink which makes it super convenient. Also, we got ourselves a farm sink. It's so big and wide, it's been  really awesome.

 Here you can really see the grey tiles we added. I knew I wanted grey long tiles to elongate the space and brighten it up. And the fridge has been one of my favorite upgrades. What a big difference it makes it a kitchen.

 Here you can see the smaller window we added, plus the additional cabinets on the sides of the windows. I really wanted display cabinets, and the space to still have enough storage. And despite getting a smaller window, it didn't close up the space like I was afraid it would. Still gives a lot of light, and makes more sense with the space.

 One thing you may notice is the small wall that the island hits. It was originally suppose to be a post, but when demolition was happening, they realized plumbing ran in the center of the wall, and the only way to make the wall a post was to reroute the plumbing which would be super costly. So we decided to just leave the small wall as is since it really was only a foot of additional wall and the space still felt open with it. It was the only thing we compromised with, and in the end I actually don't mind it because the whole original concept of the kitchen is still there.

We still have a few little decor things we have to adjust, and I'm still slowly organizing everything inside our cabinets. But the kitchen is looking good so far, and I'm super happy with it. So super giddy with this new kitchen, and even though this baby makes me feel more tired than usual, this kitchen motivates me to cook more. It also helps that we had no kitchen for weeks and I didn't have home cooked meals that now it just feels nice to be able to whip something up.

Our Kitchen: Before & After

So we have been officially done with the kitchen as of last week! Yay! Technically, we were kind of done before last week, but were waiting on the window to be installed. But now, we have no workers and it feels great to have our space back.

What we did in 6 weeks:
A complete renovation of our kitchen.
Added a family dining space
New floors throughout the whole downstairs
New baseboards
Updated bathroom floors

Today I will be sharing just the kitchen space since it's the biggest change in our house. I had an idea of what I wanted the kitchen to look like, but the outcome exceeded my expectations. We had some tiny bumps on the road so sometimes it was a bit discouraging. But thankfully we had a good contractor, and it all worked out!

BEFORE

Here are some images from when we bought the house. Empty and maroon walls.

 This is how it looked like when we lived here. Who remembers this closed off kitchen? I do! I didn't realize how much I needed counter space until I now have more. And that giant window was not my favorite! Here's more detailed pictures from before the renovations.

 The flow between the two rooms didn't every connect although there was bar seating on the other side.
And of course all of our appliances needed updating. I don't miss this kitchen at all. 

Here you can see the old laminate floors, and older cabinets too. 

 I think this is probably the biggest difference in view. Before we had this panel closing off the whole space to the kitchen and just never felt like it belonged.

AFTER
 And here's our kitchen now. This actually the same view as the picture above. Can you believe how open it feels now? We added some shelving on the island to add some cookbooks.

 The biggest difference for me is having a large island for prep space. One of my request was a large island to make my cakes, so now that we have it, I don't know how we did it without it. I also love that it works as a counter bar space and we can have people seated there why we finish up dinner.

Since we removed our double oven, I wanted to make sure we got a good range with an oven. So far, it's been great. I especially love having the hood over too. And the dishwasher is now to the right of the sink which makes it super convenient. Also, we got ourselves a farm sink. It's so big and wide, it's been  really awesome.

 Here you can really see the grey tiles we added. I knew I wanted grey long tiles to elongate the space and brighten it up. And the fridge has been one of my favorite upgrades. What a big difference it makes it a kitchen.

 Here you can see the smaller window we added, plus the additional cabinets on the sides of the windows. I really wanted display cabinets, and the space to still have enough storage. And despite getting a smaller window, it didn't close up the space like I was afraid it would. Still gives a lot of light, and makes more sense with the space.

 One thing you may notice is the small wall that the island hits. It was originally suppose to be a post, but when demolition was happening, they realized plumbing ran in the center of the wall, and the only way to make the wall a post was to reroute the plumbing which would be super costly. So we decided to just leave the small wall as is since it really was only a foot of additional wall and the space still felt open with it. It was the only thing we compromised with, and in the end I actually don't mind it because the whole original concept of the kitchen is still there.

We still have a few little decor things we have to adjust, and I'm still slowly organizing everything inside our cabinets. But the kitchen is looking good so far, and I'm super happy with it. So super giddy with this new kitchen, and even though this baby makes me feel more tired than usual, this kitchen motivates me to cook more. It also helps that we had no kitchen for weeks and I didn't have home cooked meals that now it just feels nice to be able to whip something up.


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