Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! Spring is trying its very hardest to happen around here, and I’m looking forward to slightly higher temperatures this weekend and maybe even some open-toed shoes. Be the change you wish to see in the world, right? I’m also excited to have brunch with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and catch up over mimosas and chilaquiles. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever’s on the agenda, I hope you have fun and enjoy this week’s roundup!

Friday Favorites!

1.  Everyone I know has such crazy busy schedules these days! The art of making time is something that can benefit us all. (From Roses)

2. Fake your way to built-in bookshelves (among other things) with these super chic IKEA hacks. (My Domaine)

3. Not sure where to shop for affordable art? These online resources are all budget-friendly. Personally, I’m a big fan of Society 6 and 20×200. (A Cup of Jo)

4. In honor of Women’s History Month, please enjoy these historic pictures of badass ladies during World War II. (Buzzfeed)

5. I’m not one to deny the power of a good serum, but these foods can be just as helpful in your quest for smooth, glowing skin. (The Everygirl)

Have a lovely weekend!

♥ Mil

If You Had to Leave Your Home Today, What Would You Take With You?

It’s an interesting question, right? One I’ve been thinking about a lot for the last few months as we’ve gone through the move. My husband and my dogs are the obvious answer. But after that, I’m not sure. My computer? Old family photos not yet digitized? My box of cards and letters from over the past 12 years? Which, by the way, definitely holds many a note from my middle school days with Mil.

About a year ago, Seattle Opera went into the community asking this very question. People of all ages submitted 5 minute videos recording their answers, which you can watch here. I love the man who has saved his Bugs Bunny doll from childhood and the guy with the letter connecting him to his high school sweetheart after years and years.

Drawing on two of the submitted stories, Seattle Opera commissioned a brand new piece entitled An American Dream. The opera weaves together the stories of a Japanese-American family forcibly removed from their home during World War II and the German-American family that buys the house. The two families are connected by the Japanese daughter’s doll, which she hides beneath the floorboards of their home – unable to burn it with the rest of their possessions that tie them to Japan.

Last weekend, Nick and I attended the annual Japanese American Citizen’s League Banquet with Nina Yoshida Nelsen, one of the principal singers in An American Dream. Nina plays the Japanese mother forced to relocate with her family to an internment camp. Incredibly, Nina’s own grandmother was interned during World War II, a connection that makes her role in this piece particularly powerful. She and Nick were at the banquet to promote the opera’s upcoming debut, and as she sang for the crowd I could see waves of emotion cross people’s faces. It’s easy to forget the challenges that different communities have historically faced due their ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation – even though similar struggles still dominate the headlines today. I’ve never considered myself an opera lover, even though I married one. However, this particular show is one I feel compelled to see. It feels relevant, meaningful, and even personal. For more information about the upcoming world premiere, you can go here. While I know that most of our readers aren’t local, I just think it’s such an interesting topic that I had to share it!

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Nick and Nina having fun at the Japanese American Citizens League Banquet.


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Nina performing at Houston Grand Opera (source)

So now I want to know, what would you take with you? An object or something intangible, like a specific family memory? Share your answers in the comments below.


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! This week has been a long one, and I’m extremely excited for a leisurely weekend. Jules and I have some exciting V-Day activities planned, including a delightfully cheesy rom-com marathon and possibly some DIY craftiness. We’re also going to scope out her new neighborhood (I hear there’s a chocolate café)! Don’t worry, we’ll give you the full scoop. Now, let the countdown to the weekend begin with this week’s Friday Faves!

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1. Donating your gently used clothing to Goodwill is commendable, but if you’re in need of a little extra cash (who isn’t?) check out this guide to making $1,000 in a month selling your clothes on eBay. You can use the proceeds to hit up the Nordstrom Clearance Sale. It’s the circle of life! (

2. Have you visited any of the world’s 20 most beautiful bookstores? There’s one in Buenos Aires converted from a 1920s movie palace that uses theater boxes as reading rooms. It makes Barnes & Noble seem a bit underwhelming in comparison. (

3. These festive cocktails are perfect for Valentine’s Day. How adorable are those heart-shaped ice cubes? (

4. This history of high heels is fascinating. Did you know they were originally worn by men as a sign of dominance? In the words of Dita Von Teese, “Heels…will put the fear of God into people.” (

5. I’m very content living where I do, but every so often I get the urge to drop everything and run off to some sunny, exotic locale. These reasons to move to Thailand are pretty compelling…dirt cheap luxury living, delicious street food, and some of the most amazing beaches in the world? Yes, please! (

Pictured: the cutest thing you've ever seen.

Pictured: dangerous levels of cuteness.


BONUS: Australia’s oldest man has a hobby, and that hobby is knitting tiny sweaters for endangered penguins who have been affected by oil pollution. Okay, that’s officially the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard. (

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and a very happy Valentine’s Day!

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all! What’s going on this weekend? Tonight I’m seeing the new Hunger Games at a theater that brings you food and cocktails throughout the movie, and I could not be more excited. Tomorrow I’m attending a launch party for a friend’s new business, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with her and catching up with some ladies I haven’t seen in far too long. That means my Sunday is reserved for lounging around the house, and maaaaybe doing some Thanksgiving shopping and prep if I’m feeling proactive. (How is it possible that November has flown by when this week has passed so slowly?)

Anyway, here are some awesome links to distract you while you wait for the sweet release of the weekend. Enjoy!

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1. Does seasonal affective disorder have you feeling wanderlusty? Check out these 12 countries you can visit for less than $50 a day. (

2. This article delves into the prevalence of archaeologists working as spies during WWI. Two of the coolest professions combined! (

3. Step aside, pumpkin spice latte, the bacon spice latte is here. (

4. An Australian television host wore the same suit on air every day for a year to prove a point about the harsh criticism his female co-host receives from the public; no one noticed he was wearing the same outfit all year. Point well made, sir. (

5. The Shedd Aquarium recently took in a tiny, abandoned sea otter pup who is now learning how to swim and basically how to be an otter. WARNING: her cuteness may be too much to handle. (

Have a wonderful weekend!

♥ Mil

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