Best Breakfast Nooks

When it comes to breakfast, I love the idea of relaxing in a nook that is comfortable and visually stunning. Why not start (and end) the day in a private corner enjoying good food, conversation, or a book? These are my 10 favorite breakfast nooks…

1. The light in this room is perfect. With the high wooden ceilings, black bordered windows, and open doors out to a patio, I would never ever leave this nook.

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2. Another classically clean and airy room, these linen chairs and pillows look great for snuggling up on and enjoying breakfast in the mornings.

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3. The striped booth and pillows give this breakfast nook a chic quality. And that candle chandelier – amazing!

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4. For a more eclectic morning, this nook is simple and unique.

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5. A new spin on the nook – put it against the kitchen island. I like it.

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6. A chic, upper-scale diner look. Love it.

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7. These bursts of color through the cushions, pillows, and flowers add a great vibe to this room.

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8. Gorgeous huge windows and a simply corner seating area make for a lovely morning drinking coffee and reading.

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9. More eclectic details here: gallery wall, cool table, unique pillows, and a basket lamp.

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10. Stairs leading up to a private nook? This is fantastic. What a beautiful kitchen, too.

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Which breakfast nook is your favorite?

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That’s a Wrap!

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I tried my first-ever Levain Bakery cookie this week, and it lived up to the hype. It was chewy and had a brownie-cookie quality. As you can see, the cookie was so heavy that I had to use all of my fingers to hold it up. Birdman comes out today, and with an amazing cast and interesting story-line, I’m excited to see it. There are long choreographed scenes in the movie, which I am such a fan of. I love when movies do long takes that feel like you’re actually watching a play, and for the plot of this film (about a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero who must overcome his ego and family trouble as he stars in a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory), that makes total sense. And now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Starting a business with a sibling? I share my tips on The Huffington Post.

* 10 rare Hollywood props.

* I kind of really like this collaboration.

* Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola reunite.

* Crumbs 2.0.

* The perfect butter tray.

* How Keli Lee made television more diverse. Still not diverse enough, but glad to see that changes are being made.

* Pizza from around the world.

* The most incredible houses from movies.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Around Town: Boba Guys – San Francisco

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I can’t get enough bubble tea. While I used to only like bubble tea shakes, once I tried the milk tea, it became a weekly must-have. During my visit to San Francisco, I knew I needed to find a boba fix fast. Enter: Boba Guys. I love their logo and what they’re all about, so it was obvious I needed to try their bubble tea. They do loose leaf brews (I tried the oolong) and have flavors that are more unique than other boba places. Their tapioca is sweeter than I prefer (not much of a sugar girl when it comes to bubble tea), but it tasted fresh and will be a treat for tea lovers. The tapioca can be pretty filling, so one of these drinks is a perfect post-breakfast/brunch treat or mid-afternoon snack.

Mission Store: 3491 19th St, San Francisco CA
Union Square Store: 429 Stockton St., San Francisco CA

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{Photos by Lauren}

Kitchen Accessories for Autumn

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It’s that glorious time of the year when you can give your kitchen a little makeover and add new accessories to spice things up a bit. You can make more major changes such as a quality Le Creuset pot, or for an inexpensive and stylish change, add a towel with a cute pumpkin print or switch out your plastic measuring cups for these russet ones from Anthropologie. Wreaths will elevate the look of your kitchen in seconds, and this folk art wreath is gorgeous. The Ramen spork is perfect in every way, and I seriously think it’s going to change my noodle game for the better. Any kitchen could easily benefit from a chalkboard with a built-in planter for herbs. Convenient, useful, and beautiful! What accessories are you adding to your kitchen this autumn?

1. Chalkboard Wall Planter

2. Stainless Steel Ramen Spoon/Fork

3. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron, Caribbean

4. Russet Measuring Cups

5. Folk Art Wreath

6. Autumn Pumpkins Apron and Dishtowel

That’s a Wrap!

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Happy Friday! Food and film-wise, this week was pretty great. I mostly went out, or got take-out, to eat, so I’m craving some quality kitchen time. However, I can’t complain, especially when there were potatoes and a huge blueberry pancake involved. That pancake (yes, singular) is literally a cake. It’s that big. This weekend, I’ll be watching a couple of movies from my 100 Films List. Which ones have you seen? For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Elevating dinner for one.

* Meet the young men of UnbrokenCan’t wait for this movie!

Loving Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder.

* This is the coolest water bottle ever! So practical for tucking between planners and notebooks.

* Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S’mores. That’s a (delicious) mouthful to say.

* 6 movies about the magazine industry and what they’ve taught us.

* Shonda Rhimes is awesome.

* Why do women read more novels than men?

* What a funky kitchen backsplash! Here are some others.

* Great food photography tips!

* Scandal‘s costume designer Lyn Paolo talks about dressing Olivia.

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

 

100 Warner Bros Film Collection Bucket List

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I received one of THE BEST presents from my aunt and uncle: the Best of Warner Bros 100 Film Collection. To say I am obsessed would be an understatement. This collection has everything! I’m especially excited for The Jazz Singer, Interview with the Vampire, Singin’ in the Rain, just to name a few. Just as I have with the Best Picture Bucket List, this amazing gift deserves its own list. By the way, you will make any film lover’s birthday or holiday with this collection. As I watch these movies, I’ll cross them off the bucket list. I can’t wait!

1. The Jazz Singer (1927)
2. Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929)
3. The Public Enemy (1931)
4. Cimarron (1931)
5. Grand Hotel (1932)
6. 42nd Street (1933)
7. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
8. A Night at the Opera (1935)
9. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
10. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
12. Dark Victory (1939)
13. Gone with The Wind (1939)
14. Wizard of Oz (1939)
15. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
17. Citizen Kane (1941)
18. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
19. Casablanca (1943)
20. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
21. Gaslight (1944)
22. Anchors Aweigh (1944)
23. Mildred Pierce (1945)
24. Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
25. The Big Sleep (1946)
26. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
27. An American in Paris (1951)
28. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
29. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
30. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
31. A Star Is Born (1954)
32. East of Eden (1955)
33. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
34. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
35. Giant (1956)
36. The Searchers (1956)
37. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
38. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
39. Gigi (1958)
40. Ben-Hur (1959)
41. North By Northwest (1959)
42. How the West Was Won (1962)
43. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
44. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
45. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
46. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
47. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
48. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
49. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
50. Bullitt (1968)
51. The Wild Bunch (1969)
52. Dirty Harry (1971)
53. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
54. Cabaret (1972)
55. A Clockwork Orange (1972)
56. Enter the Dragon (1973)
57. The Exorcist (1973)
58. Blazing Saddles (1974)
59. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
60. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
61. All The President’s Men (1976)
62. Superman, The Movie (1977)
63. Caddyshack (1980)
64. The Shining (1980)
65. Clash of the Titans (1981)
66. Chariots of Fire (1981)
67. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
68. The Outsiders (1983)
69. The Right Stuff (1983)
70. Risky Business (1983)
71. Amadeus (1984)
72. The Color Purple (1985)
73. The Goonies (1985)
74. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
75. Lethal Weapon (1987)
76. Batman (1989)
77. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
78. Goodfellas (1990)
79. The Bodyguard (1992)
80. Unforgiven (1992)
81. The Fugitive (1993)
82. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
83. Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut) (1994)
84. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
85. Seven (1995)
86. L.A. Confidential (1997)
87. The Matrix (1999)
88. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
89. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
90. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
91. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
92. The Notebook (2004)
93. Million Dollar Baby (2005)
94. The Departed (2006)
95. 300 (2007)
96. The Dark Knight (2008)
97. The Blind Side (2009)
98. The Hangover (2009)
99. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
100. Inception (2010)

Which of these movies have you watched?

Read Then Watch

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Read then Watch, but there are some good books and movies that have come out recently. Two of these recently released films are Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars. Because there’s a lot of hype around the films, I wanted to point out how great the books are. Then, of course, there’s The Great Gatsby. Of all the Gatsby films that exist, I would qualify the 2013 movie as a recent release (2013) since the first one came out in 1926 as a silent film. What are you reading then watching?

Read/Watch Tie: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a read/watch tie because they were both highly enjoyable. I went to the theater with high expectations because I found the book highly engrossing, but I left very satisfied with the way things played out. I can’t say too much without revealing major plot points and spoilers, so I’ll just say that I liked both the book and the movie. Since the story is so gripping in both the book and film, you will be on the edge of your seat either way.

Read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then watch the movie. Whatever you do, you’ll cry, so you might as well read John Green’s words between tissues since they are perfect and spot on. The way Green crafted his sentences made a world of difference. The story, the quotes, the emotions…the book takes you into a world that the movie couldn’t quite capture. That said, I did still have an emotional response to the movie, and it was well done.

Read: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, then watch one or all of the movies. It’s no surprise that this classic book has inspired many other art forms to retell the story, but in this case, I’m specifically talking about the films. Because so many different versions have been made, it’s interesting watching all of the movies once you have read the book. Seeing the 1974 film compared to the 2013 film is quite a contrast, but at the core of them all, the Gatsby story remains. I highly recommend reading and enjoying the book first.