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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Drybar.

Weeee! I have been waiting for Drybar to open in San Diego since I heard about the salon's LA locations. Last weekend, I very happily stumbled upon the new Drybar in Carmel Valley. I promptly made appointments for myself and a friend who was coming down to visit form LA. In my opinion,the concept behind Drybar is genius:
From their website:

Just cuts. No Colors. Just Blowouts. Only $35.

"Our philosophy is simple. Focus on one thing, and be the best at it. For us, that’s blowouts. But don’t take our word....  and let us give you the best blowout in town. drybar style."

Here are some pictures from our Drybar experience






Drybar has a salon "menu" 
Straight Up = Signature Blowout
Mai Tai = Messy and Beachy
Southern Comfort = Lots of volume
Cosmopolitan = Loose Curls
Manhattan = Sleek and Smooth

Gila and I both opted for the Cosmopolitan



Thanks Drybar San Diego for providing us with such a great experience :)

Anndd just for fun, here's a picture from later on that night.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The craigslist scavenger hunt

Craigslist is a great place full of wonder. You wonder what you'll find tomorrow. I do everything I possibly can on Craigslist. I need a phone... Craigslist. I need a dresser... Craigslist. Have a hard drive to sell? Craigslist! Bikes, garage sales, books, cars, you name it, it'll be there! Problem is, one day you could see some great stuff, and the next there's a whole lot of piles of crapola.

My current hunt is for a black dresser and file cabinet for my office (aka: my closet). I decided since I have a mostly black desk (which I also purchased off Craigslist) that I would get a black dresser and file cabinet.


I hate IKEA, but I'm currently looking for something very similar to this dresser:



and for a file cabinet, I want a black wood lateral file cabinet like this:



So far the hunt's been slow and painful. Every once in awhile someone will post the perfect dresser or file cabinet and they'll sell it for 10 bucks under retail value. Sometimes I'd like to just e-mail them and say "ARE YOU STUPID!?". But no, that really won't help. Sometimes I'll bargain, sometimes I won't, sometimes it'll be sold by the time I get to it. It's ok though, my hunt will go on, and in the end I know that perfect furniture will be out there waiting for me. :)   

~Nadav

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Most Perfect Bike. Ever.

So I came across the most perfect bike ever while checking out some blogs last week. It made an appearance on Happiness Is... and it looks like this

Kate Spade New York
All right Kate Spade, $1100 for this bike? Was that really necessary? I enjoy your cute purses, but come on, that is expensive. Are you just trying to make me sad? ;)
Oh well, for now I'll stick with my Electra Townie. I'm not going to lie, I think it's really pretty too.  


~Tammy (obviously hehe)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Battle of the June Bugs

Anyone following this blog from the beginning knows we have a couple avocado trees. We were pretty excited about growing our own avocados, but wondering if the trees would actually produce any fruit. After buying the house the trees looked pretty miserable but I continuously watered them every day or two. I noticed that the leaves were pretty shredded but originally just figured that it was a result of neglect. 6 months down the line, I look more closely at the trees and notice the leaves are getting worse, not better! Obviously I know nothing about trees. I've never owned a house before. My record with keeping plants alive has been very grim. I'd say its pretty close to zero actually. So now I've got this backyard full of fruit trees and other plants with absolutely no clue how to care for them and I'm just lost. Over time the leaves were getting worse. After some research online, I came to the conclusion that all the leaves were getting eaten by worms. I figured... yea that makes sense. The worms come out at night and get their grubby little mouths on our trees.


Few days later, I say to myself... SELF.... I'm gonna show those worms! I wander out to the back yard in the pitch black dark of night with flashlight in hand and shine it on the tree. I don't see any worms, but I definitely see something that doesn't look right! I see a little beetle looking thing... then another and another and another...... The tree is just covered with 'em! There were at least 30-50 of these little things. Go back inside and immediately start researching again.



After a bit more research, I figure out they're in fact June Bugs (Phyllophaga (genus), a genus of beetles in the subfamily Melolonthinae of the family Scarabaeidae). That's great and all, but now what? I know I can buy pesticides, but I really would rather not.

One of the cool little tricks I found was to take a cup of water, drop a little bit of dish soup in it, place the cup under the june bug and flick the leaf. The June Bugs just drop right into the water and drown because of the soap. Actually a really awesome little trick. I brutally drowned at least 20 June bugs over the course of the first few days of figuring out this trick. It was great and all and I definitely noticed a significant reduction in June bugs, but it definitely didn't solve our problem. Just seemed that the June bugs wouldn't disappear.

After more research and reading about other interesting but strange non-pesticide solutions I finally decided to go down to Armstrong Garden Center, showed them all the dead bugs and they confirmed they were in fact June bugs and that I would have to get pesticide. I went ahead and sprayed the trees and sure enough, problem solved!

Over the last month or so we started noticing avocados starting to grow and they're about the size of golf balls now! We're really looking forward to eating our own home grown avocados!  :)

And a little lemon glimpse of the lemon tree :)

~Nadav

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An afternoon at Comicon, kind of.

Nadav, my friend Gila who was visiting from LA, and I headed down to downtown San Diego on Saturday to take in the madness that is Comic-con. We didn't have tickets to go in to the convention, but Comic-con basically takes over the entire downtown area and everywhere you look you see crazies Comic-con attendees who are decked out in "convention attire".

A description of Comic-con, from Wikipedia
"Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television... and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels."

Here are some pictures from our afternoon in downtown.

I call this picture "Comic-con in a Nutshell"










Fandango representing at Comic-con






I had to include this picture of Petco Park

And now... to add "Actually Attending Comic-con" to our San Diego Bucket List. The goal for next summer is to actually purchase tickets before they sell out. :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Beach Art

I love me some San Diego beach inspired art. We've been looking for some prints to add some pizzazz to our barren walls. Here are some of my favorites
Orange and Park
I'm kind of obsessed with this Orange and Park print, it highlights most of the beach communities in San Diego.
Orange and Park
Orange and Park
Surf Painter on etsy

Tom Veiga



A few weeks ago we commissioned a young artist, who we found on Craigslist, to paint us a large modern painting. We asked that she use colors that are inspired by the beach. She recently emailed us and said she should be done with the painting soon. We'll post an update with the hopefully beautiful canvas soon. :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cupcakes. I Kind of Like Them.

If you know me, you know I like am obsessed with cupcakes. It's a teensy bit of a problem.

A mini list of the silly freakish things I do for good cupcakes.
1. Did an average of one (cough sometimes 2) drive-bys a day when the Sprinkles Cupcakes in La Jolla was being built, I just wanted to check on "progress". 

2. I may or may not have waited two hours in line to get two free cupcakes the day Sprinkles Cupcakes La Jolla had their grand opening.

3. I may or may not have waited another two hours in line to actually buy cupcakes the day Sprinkles Cupcakes La Jolla actually opened.

4. I chased the Sprinkles Cupcakes truck around La Jolla Cove for about 35minutes until they were able to find parking to get free cupcakes.

Ya, I would say those events stick out the most. Do I realize this is weird? Yes. Do I care?.. eh, not so much, I admit it, I love a good cupcake that much. ;)

On that note, enjoy some pictures I've taken of Sprinkles Cupcakes


P.S. Just wanted to give a little shout out to the Sprinkles La Jolla team. Thanks for always being so friendly :)

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