Kimball Marzipan Tortoise 

Annette Petal Tortoise

Durand Whiskey Tortoise

Warby Parker Home Try-On

I’ve been meaning to get new glasses for nearly six months, but haven’t found a pair that I really liked. I received five home try-ons from Warby Parker in March (see the video I made about them), but didn’t end up choosing any of them.

I requested five new ones this week and love them so much more! Sangbin and I went to our favorite house in the neighborhood that has a bamboo privacy forest around their yard to take pictures of my top three favorite frames. It started to downpour, but I actually like how they turned out. I’m between the Annette Petal Tortoise and the Durand Whiskey Tortoise ones.

Which ones do you like best?



Sa Rang Ee (left) and Fraulein (right) 


Where did Sangbin get Sa Rang Ee?

Sangbin got her from a cat adoption place after he decided he wanted to raise a kitten. The adoption center was unusual because the cats were not kept in cages, so it was a little overwhelming walking into a small building with ~100 loose adult cats!

How did she get her name?

Sa Rang means “love” in Korean. Sangbin’s dad suggested the name and we thought that it fit.

Why is she his cat?

They do everything together! She follows him around and runs to the door when he gets home. They also both enjoy napping in the sun.


Where did I get Fraulein?

I got Frau from a farm in Indiana. In college, a few friends and I went to pick pumpkins and ended up spending several hours making friends with the farmers and meeting their horses, pony, cows, and farm cats. They told me that Frau (known Mama at the time) was meant to be an indoor cat and that I could have her if I wanted.

I had always wanted a cat and took her home. Once we got home I noticed that she was covered in fleas and her fur was very coarse and matted, which I hadn’t noticed when I took her because it had gotten dark. She received several baths with anti-flea cat shampoo, a lot of brushing and has been with me ever since!

How did she get her name?

A friend named her after a character in a theatre production she was working on and the name just seemed fitting.

Why is she my cat?

She doesn’t like very many people…She’s the cat that cat people don’t like.


Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 7.55.34 PM1. Work Bag | Fossil

Why I Love It: The graphic design and durability. I usually wear very plain clothes, so I think that having a bold printed bag makes my outfits more interesting.

2. Blank Page Journal | Anthropologie

Why I Love It: Hardcover journals feel more durable and travel well in between my bags and meetings. I also really like that all the pages are blank. It gives me a lot of freedom when I’m working to sketch out ideas or make lists. The cute design on the front also gets a lot of compliments. :)

3. Lint Roller | Target

Why I Love It: I have two cats. And long hair. And am very messy.

4. Ultra Slim Gold Pen |On Paper

Why I Love It: It’s so elegant and I feel like my handwriting is better with fine tip pens.

5. Saint Maria Goretti Cloth Relic Badge | Family Friend

Why I Love It: I received this as a gift when I was very young (I think five or six) because my name is Maria. It’s something I always carry with me.

6. Cow Envelope (chapstick, lotion, & rosary) | Honest Carry Goods

Why I Love It: The black and white colors and texture. It’s also the perfect size for small items that are easy to get lost in a big bag.

7. Polaroid of me & Sangbin | Family Party

Why I Love It: Happy memory with family.

8. Wallet | Coach

Why I Love It: Sangbin bought this for me as a gift after we had been married for a month. I also love how durable it is and the black and gold colors.


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On Saturday, Sangbin and I celebrated our first year of marriage!  We went to the park and had a picnic dinner of Italian sandwiches, lime & mint watermelon, and a strawberry cake.

Every year with Sangbin has been better than the last, and I feel that we both have learned so many lessons in particular this past year. We decided to read the letters we wrote each other for our wedding day out loud. It was very sweet, but also affirming how those words we had written were still, if not more, true today.

After we ate dinner and blew out the candle on our cake, we played a few card games that we used to play in high school.

Shortly after, we heard some cheers from behind us. A man had just proposed to his girlfriend and the cheers we heard, were their friends watching from the top of the hill. It was so cool to be on the edge of that moment, while we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.

Do you have any traditions for your anniversary?






Italian Picnic Sandwiches 

  • 1 Ciabatta loaf
  • 1 Mozzarella ball
  • Provolone slices (1 per sandwich)
  • Fresh basil leaves (~2 per sandwich)
  • Pesto
  • Sliced salami
  • Sliced prosciutto
  1. Cut Ciabatta loaf into sandwich sized sections, then cut bread down the middle to create the two halves of the sandwich.
  2. Slice mozzarella ball into thick slices and set aside.
  3. Spread pesto on one half of the bread.
  4. Add 1 mozzarella and provolone slice to sandwich, along with a few basil leaves, and sliced salami and prosciutto.