April 15, 2014

Inked arms.

Arm tattoos. Always a favorite of ours. We are constantly on the lookout for cute tattoo inspiration photos and these are a few that have caught our eye lately:

 Not only is this gal a babe, but she sure knows how to rock a full tattoo sleeve.
photo sources:  1 / 2 / 3

Love this botanical design.

Friendship tattoos.

Always a sucker for inner arm tattoos. Especially floral ones.

Cute pop of color.

April 14, 2014

Vietnamese grilled pork noodle bowls

Vietnamese BBQ Pork Noodle Bowls
(original recipe found here)

I love cooking Asian food, and when I came across this recipe I knew that it would be come a staple in our home, and I was right. It's cheap and easy to make, it's healthy and it's delicious. What more could you want?

Ingredients:

Marinade:
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp garlic
3 shallots
3 stalks of lemongrass
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 1/2 tbsp oil

Sauce:
3 limes juiced
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp garlic
4 tbsp fish sauce

Noodle bowl:
1 pack of thin pieces of pork shoulder
Rice vermicelli noodles
1 cucumber (cut into thin strips)
Bean sprouts
Fresh basil, mint and cilantro (as much as you like-I used a lot)
Instructions:
The first thing you do is put the garlic, shallots, lemongrass and brown sugar in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Next add the dark soy sauce, oil, pepper and fish sauce and pulse until mixed. Place the pork in a ziploc bag with this marinade and let marinate for 6-10 hours. 

Next, light your BBQ and while it's heating up, cook the rice noodles and then prep all of your herbs and veggies. Place the pork directly on the grill and cook for approximately 7-10 min. While that's cooking, you can make the sauce for the noodle bowls, simply whisk the ingredients together. Once the meat is cooked, slice it into strips and build your noodle bowls. Top with peanuts if you like, and grab some chopsticks and dig in! The best part of this meal was the bbq'ed pork. It's so crispy and delicious and would be amazing in so many other dishes!

April 11, 2014

Friday love.

It's Friday, the sun is shining, the snow is melting and we couldn't be happier! I hope you all are having a lovely end to your week as well! Here are a few pretty things to brighten your day up even more:

Are you guys as excited as we are that Mad Men is starting this weekend?! Yay! This adorable vintage-inspired cocktail recipe via 100 Layer Cake would be the perfect beverage for the occasion.

Messy hair, magazines, & coffee in bed. Best way to spend the morning.

The Notebook is always a guilty pleasure of mine, and this pretty print with a quote from the movie is too good.

This fruit tart looks too beautiful to eat. Recipe found here.
 
I cannot wait until it is warm enough to bust out my jean shorts again. Soon.
 
 Happy Friday! XOXO

April 9, 2014

Studio Inspiration.

It's been a busy week over here, getting ready to move into our studio space next week! The first thing we are going to do is give the entire space a much-needed coat of paint and then it will be time to fill the space and make it our own, and we can hardly wait! We've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest, gathering inspiration and thought we'd share some of our favorites today.
A large table and colorful chairs will be a necessity to work and play at.

Lots of natural light, beautiful hardwood floors and plants galore.

Obviously there will be a well-stocked bar for all of the entertaining we plan on doing!

There will be lots of white in our new space, but not to worry, there will be many pops of color. How good is this color combo?

We are going to need a nice big rug and lots of comfy seating options...and maybe a studio pet?

We have four giant windows and can hardly wait to pick out window coverings for them. These ones from Urban Outfitters are so stunning.