It's been all top knots, KW shades, and pink lips.

And salad parties:
Carlos and I had some friends over last Saturday for backyard hangs. I made a million (5) salads, four of which were from the Rose Bakery cookbook. Still dreaming about/drooling over my visit there. Carrot and Seed Salad from the Rose Bakery cookbook:

Serves 6
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
pinch of salt
8 medium carrots, grated
1 handful chopped chives

For the dressing:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
about 3 tablespoons sunflower oil or olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and, if you wish, mix the seeds with oil.

Season the seeds with the salt, and spread them evenly on a baking tray and bake for approximately 15 minutes till they are lightly roasted and crisp, turning frequently. Set aside to cool.

Place the carrots in a serving bowl.

To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon juice, salt, pepper and sugar in a bowl, then whisk in the oil. Check the seasoning - you may need more salt, sugar, or lemon juice.

Pour the dressing over the carrots and mix well.

Sprinkle with the chives and the cooled seeds.

Anabela snapped a picture of Erin and I looking swell and full of salads.
I've also been enjoying quiet/hot mornings on my back deck in which I take photos of my breakfast and reread The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I can't wait(!!!) for the English translation of Murakami's 1Q84 to be released here this fall. (Speaking of autumn releases, I'm also mega-excited for the new Jeffrey Eugenides book, The Marriage Plot.)
Also, this song is pretty much it.
Midnight City by M83


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The Plant Journal is so good, you guys! I picked up a copy on Friday and am really enjoying it. So many beautiful photos, articles, and tips which have given me inspiration to become better at gardening (or at least keeping my herbs alive). Get a copy. Anyway, here's some plant stuff that I like from around the internets:


This photo was taken by my friend Amy Baker on her recent visit to Korea (jeaaaalous) and I'm completely obsessed with it. The composition is crazy amazing, as are her pink nails and that watermelon treat. I've been feeling really nostalgic for Seoul lately and this photo is making me even more so. Anyway, hope you enjoy! You can find Amy on tumblr here: http://helloamy.tumblr.com/.