Cross stitched gnome

Leaning into the grandmacore life

I recently watched a Vogue video with Alexa Chung talking about quietly slipping into the Met Gala last minute in a modest Christian Siriano gown and no longer needing to be the person who creates the loudest noise. In the winter years of my 20s, […]

Dog in bowtie with birthday hat askew on chin

How I threw my dog a wag-worthy birthday party

In the past year or so, I went from being a person deeply afraid of dogs to someone who takes three dogs out to do their business twice a day — to be fair, I *did* get chased down by two unleashed geriatric pugs at […]

Wearing a red hat, flannel shirt, and Simpsons shirt

What to wear when you’re gardening

I’m telling everyone that I’m in my Vietnamese grandpa era. These days, I’ve been into flannel shirts, clogs, multi-pocketed cargo pants, and wide-brimmed fishing hats—things that made up my late grandpa’s go-to outfit on his flea market ventures. Fact: These also happen to be the […]

Cactus in pot

My first time ordering from Hey Rooted!

Hey, guess who just got *rooted*? I’m a thrifty gal, and I don’t usually seek out uncommon plants. Most of my plant collection comes from pure serendipity as I encounter cool picks from nurseries, flea markets, and grocery stores. BUT, I’ll occasionally do a little […]

Maranta

So-called easy-care prayer plants I haven’t killed…yet

Ross and Rachel. Sam and Diane. J.D. and Elliot. Me and prayer plants. Prayer plants and I have the most on-and-off relationship ever because I cannot resist their gorgeous patterned leaves no matter how much pain they cause me down the line. They get crispy […]

Summertime fragrances

The best summertime fragrances!

I’m back again with a fragrance recommendation list because my vanilla perfumes post was surprisingly a hit! Anyway, I first got into perfumes the first summer of the pandemic. Because no one was actively smelling me up, it was truly a hobby for my own […]

Alocasia silver dragon

The best places to find affordable plants

I finally willed myself to leave the five mile radius of my town for the holiday weekend and had some self-prescribed fun! (And now I need to sit in a dark, quiet room for about three weeks.) Anyway, I browsed a lot of plants yesterday. […]

Honey Girl and Time is a Mother

Review: June reads!

Hi, it’s been a long time since I’ve properly updated this blog (other than the Junji Ito blog post!) — I’ve been reading a ton of great books lately, and I think you should check them out. Outside of work, I’ve been taking things slow […]