I've been going through a little tiff with my new next door neighbor...
Having disagreements, with your neighbors, is never fun because they live right next door to you. I've been a little stressed out about how to squash this with her but she beat me to the punch.
note from Laura and some yummy Cabernet
My neighbor left this card and bottle of wine right by my front door....PEACE OFFERING!!!
Inside the card(peep the custom card with her name on it), she left her contact info so that I can reach her when needed and her apologies for all the noise she has been making lately. She said she had no clue. Sometimes our neighbors need friendly reminders that they are disturbing you because they might not be aware of it.
delicious savory corn muffins
The next day I made these delicious savory corn muffins for Laura. I wanted to show her that I wanted to start over too. I knocked on her door to properly introduced myself and to give her my peace offering.
follow directions on box and add some corn salsa!
When she answered the door she was so happy! We made up! Life is good again and now there is an open line of communication.
Life lesson... :)
I love Korean food!
When I'm having a bad day it makes me feel better and when I am having a good day, it's my cherry on top. Korean food is my comfort food, my meat and potatoes.
Of course, I can't remember every Korean recipe, so I either call my mom or visit www.maangchi.com
Maangchi is the Rachel Ray of Korean food and I reference her website whenever I am cooking Korean at home. She makes videos and walks you along the whole process.
Recently, in the Bay Area, it has been pretty cold with lots of rainy days. It is the perfect weather for soup making and why not Korean soups instead of the good ol' tomato soup. Here are a few of the classics...
Soybean Sprout Soup, Kongnamulguk, 콩나물국
Kongnamulguk is an everyday Korean soup. It is super good, easy and simple, add a scoop of rice and eat it with kimchi on the side. (that is how I do it)
Seaplant Soup, Miyukguk, 미역국
My mom made this soup for me every year on my birthday. Traditionally, Miyukguk is made on birthdays and for women who have just given birth.
"Miyuk is known to be rich in iodine and calcium and considered as food that helps lower cholesterol in your body."
I would add a scoop of rice to this one too, kimchi on the side. :)
Kimchi Soup, Kimchi Jigae, 김치찌개
Kimchi Jigae is another classic soup, my mom would slices of hotdogs instead of pork belly. My sister and I would fight over who had more pieces of hotdogs in their soup, to make sure we were even.
Of course, add rice if you want... :)
I hope these soups will warm you up on a cold day or cheer you up when you need cheering up.
Here we go on Pt.2 for Brown Girls Who Love Thrifting and Vintage...
Technology is amazing in that everything is just a click away...please check out these blogs about women of color, whose hearts beat for thrifting and vintage.
is based in Washinton D.C. and is a photo blog by Cindy. She is the one woman show behind UrbnVintage.com which is an online retro vintage shop.
Cindy loves vintage because it has helped her become an individual. "I'm inspired by colors, fabrics, other cultures, art, old movies, music, magazines, architecture, my surroundings, the people I see everyday". It is always wonderful seeing a woman of color entrepreneurs doing her thing!! :)
SheRea Del Sol, "SheDel" for short, writes a blog "My Thrifted Closet"
. SheDel currently lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. and she loves thrifting and natural hair. I ran into her blog when I was researching plus-size woman who love fashion. She has colorful outfit posts that always has me clicking for more. She also has a YouTube channel
where she talks about natural hair and her process with choosing natural hair.
This is Nefferth of Mode Plus
based in the Netherlands. She blogs about plus size fashion and whatever inspires her. Check out her blog to see her outfit posts that she makes into photo collages. She tweets on the daily about what new outfit she has put together.
is an Atlanta based blog by Vega. She blogs about her vintage finds, outfit posts and things she loves. She also has an online vintage shop where she models most of what she sells. Vega "specializes in awesome vintage for the modern girl, well, woman."
I love the research I am doing about this post because it is fabulous to stumble upon all these amazing women of color who love thrifting and vintage as much as I do.
Where are all the brown girls who love thrifting and vintage?
I am really excited about this post because it is part 1 of a continuing interest of mine. I spend hours researching vintage blogs so that I can find women who look like me that love vintage and thrifting. Almost 95% of the blogs I find have white women doing outfit posts and talking about and showcasing their love of vintage. There isn't anything wrong with that I am just looking for more variety. I want to see different point of views. I think that history shows that people of color have different fashion point of views. I am interested in that!!!
Where are all the brown girls who love thrifting and vintage?
Here are just a few of my favorites that I have discovered, please stay tuned for more exciting women of color who adore thrifting and vintage.
This is Ragini
. I have such a blog crush on her because her photos are always so romantical. I also love her because she is real and talks about body issues that are so close to home for me. I love her outfit posts and am constantly inspired by her.
This is Leilani
and she is aTHRIFTAHOLIC
! The tagline for her blog is "jonesing for junk." I love this. This is exactly how I feel when I can't shop...JONESING.
"Leilani is devoted to vintage fashion and jewelry, found vernacular, photography and various flea market/estate sale/yard and garage sale adventures in the Chicago area."
This is Vanessa
, creator of THRIFTCORE
. Thriftcore is about thrifting, creating and saving money. Vanessa has her hand in many jars and is a Jane of all trades. She blogs about her thrifting adventures, saving cash and my favorite is her regular posts "Thrifters Around the World
". She loves robots, cephalopods and cartoons. She sells her treasures at Souther Crossing Antique Mall in Florida.
My recent favorite is Christina, h
er blog is call FOR SHOW.
Christina has tons of quirky, fun outfit posts that always has me coming back for more. She hails from East L.A. but currently lives in Oakland. I love her in your face fashion sense. "She loves hunting for clothes, taking pictures, writing about art and finding meaning in stuff she picks up off the ground."
And me, of course!!!!
I hope that you will visit their blogs as much as I do. Stay tuned for more Brown Girls Who Love Thrifting and Vintage!!!
March's Art Party was off the hook!!!
Thank you Dave Young Kim and Mohani for all of your hard work!Here is what an ART PARTY looks like!
Thank you to those who tooks so many awesome pictures throughout the night!
Here is Jenn's link on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11171701@N00/sets/72157629505268599/with/6809104390/
Hanging in the Halmoni window
Artwork by Dave Young Kim
more more more
so much fun at Halmoni
looking in from outside Halmoni
so much sushi outside!!
(Photos above courtesy of Jennchen76)
March 2nd was such a fun night! The art, music, sushi and company was amazing!
Here is Andrew's link on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewhao/6812103280/in/set-72157629523625107/
Han from Mohani
more more more
sold, sold, sold!!!
Did you say Diane Von Furstenberg?
Be excited, come to the next party!!!!
(Photos courtesy of Andrew Hao)