I hear a symphony

5/15/2012

lights
pesto pizzza

Without a distinguishing separation from Spring, Los Angeles now feels like a true summer. I imagined it to be filled with string lights in the night, various lemonade flavors and the sound of birds. In the city, it's often impossible to hear birds or see wildlife. Most of my memories of thriving nature come from various trips to desolate places, so perhaps I'm attempting to replicate those moments in my own small way. I choose to ignore the cars passing by and amplify the wall of chirping sounds. A moment of solace for a mere moment.

floor
lil chair

Somehow my imagination of summer manifested, with a little work of course. I purchased more flowers for old vases and bought a shiny white chair for reading. I also strung up five dollar lights and covered a stark patio table with my polka dot tablecloth. So simple!

tulips
pasta

For dinner one night I assembled a lemon pappardelle pasta. I've been designing a cookbook for a class assignment and needed some simple recipes to make. This is how I made it: I chopped two cloves of garlic, 1 bunch cooked asparagus, 1 tomato and threw them in the pan for 3 minutes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Then I boiled lemon pappardelle pasta and tossed it in the mixture. It was so good!

mini limeade

It went very well with limeade + mint sprigs

chats
I can't wait to try many more recipes and use the patio for much needed rest breaks!

Do you have a favorite space to relax in?

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32 comments

  1. love the picture of the pizza so much!

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    1. Thank you! I actually took it with my iphone one day :)

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  2. I like your writing style. Your short stories are very addictive...and in combination with photos even more!xx

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    1. Aw thanks Lola, I definitely enjoy pairing words and images together. It's an exercise in memory and recreating a feeling, which is tough to do sometimes for me hehe x

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  3. The patio looks like a nice little haven- perfect for reading, pondering and having fun.
    That pizza looks delicious, and the pasta recipe sounds like something I could successfully attempt to do :P
    And what is that book of cats I see?!

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    1. Haha that's the best book that I've ever received! It's a vintage French book about cats that my sister bought me for my birthday. I included some pictures of it in this old post here x

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  4. You have turned it into a magical wee space, without the sound of the cars it looks very peaceful and imagine at night hopefully the car noises die down and you can sit with the candles and wee lights feeling pretty amongst your yummy food and flowers! :) Love it! Your pictures look gorgeous, good luck with the cookbook assignment! A nice excuse to cook some yummy food! Isn't lemon and lime water just so yummy and refreshing!?!! :) Mmmm! Have a wonderful week darling! :) Zoë xxx

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    1. Wow you have described the space so perfectly! At night the car noises do die down and sometimes the candles are lit :) Hehe thanks for the well wishes! I only had a week and a half to do the cookbook (still pending) so it's definitely not my best work, but that's what pesky professors are for I suppose! Have a great week too Zoë x

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  5. Your blog is pretty much my favorite thing ever and I spent an hour procrastinating this weekend reading through about a zillion of your posts. I love how gorgeous your outdoor space is in the photos and that food looks scrumptious!

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    1. Aw that is beyond flattering. I'm glad you enjoy it and I'm in love with your hair :) I'm quite addicted to yummy food, maybe a little too much! x

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  6. You have such a lovely little patio! I love how you strung fairy lights around the railing. My favorite spot to relax is on our front porch - similar to a patio for sure :) Fresh flowers are really a nice touch as well.

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    1. I saw some of your porch photos on instagram and it looks like a cozy space! Those flowers are from ikea and unfortunately not fresh - my porch kills all flowers because we get no sun! I only buy potted plants when guests are over for a warm touch :)

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  7. Love your pictures! Have a nice week :) xxx

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  8. All that food looks so yummy!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  9. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about the camera straps! Aren't they amazing!

    Great to find your blog too!

    -Jenn

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  10. These are some great comments. Glad the patio is up and running. The weather has been pretty awesome lately, so outdoor relaxing is perfect. I haven't had that pizza in ages. Nooom. Must buy.

    Oh, and my space to relax in is my whole apartment. Good times :)

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    1. I hadn't had it in a few years either! It tasted as good as ever. The weather has been amazing and thankfully not too hot. Your apartment is pretty great so I definitely understand. Can't wait for the sleepover party haha :)

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  11. Your pictures are so gorgeous! I can't wait to have a patio or some type of outside space bc right now we don't have any. Yours looks so peaceful & relaxing! For now I guess my space to relax would have to be the bathtub with lots of candles close by : )

    Victoria
    Forever Fashionably Late

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    1. The bathtub sounds like an amazing place to relax. Mine are quite small so there's not much room for relaxing, so I'm envious of you! x

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  12. A p0lace of my own to relax? Nothing more special than my little room that I love, but it's quite enough for me. <3
    I found your blog on Sugarlips and fell in love with your style! Truly fantastic! I love your pictures too. :D And I'd love to live in Los Angeles more than anything in the world!
    I'm following you, would you like to follow me back? Thank you!

    http://the-wandering-heart.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Jelena! I didn't even know I was on their site hehe. Los Angeles is an interesting place for sure hehe x

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  13. These feel exactly like summer. And all of the food looks so good! I'm going to have to try that pasta out.

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    1. It's super easy and it does feel so much like summer already! x

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  14. love it! great photography!


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  15. aaah, thats so pretty! ive given myself the mission of fixing up my little balcony for the summer. its small and quite narrow but i think if i plan it correctly i could fit a small picnic table and 2 chairs, and have summer-night dinners with the boyfriend. im saving your pics for inspiration! x

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    1. Thank you Chloe. It's certainly do-able! I only established my patio space last summer, before that we had a barren patio for 3 years! It was quite awful really, but so worth it when you finally set it up :)

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  16. What a wonderful pictures and blog!
    Kisses

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