Recipe: Papaya Salad

Papaya salad (or Som Tum in Thai) is my favorite salad to eat in the summer. The combination of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy all mushed into one refreshing dish is just pure deliciousness.

Usually papaya salad is made with salty crabs and fish sauce. My family normally use crab paste. Since I am a vegetarian now, I have found that leaving out the seafood ingredients and replacing it with a soy-based sauce is still very tasty.

Here is the video for the recipe:

I hope you all enjoyed that! There are many ways to approach this salad. If you have a certain way you make papaya salad, please feel free to share. I would love to hear about it.

Spring Time Flower Power

Spring is my all time favorite season. Not only do I get to start my garden, but I can pull out the sun hats, shades, and beautiful dresses to picnic around the blooming perennial flowers. I love wearing floral dresses paired with neutral-colored sandals. Floral dresses can stand alone or can be worn with a simple necklace that doesn’t draw too much attention away from the flower patterns. The outfit below is great for a stroll in the park or even a quick trip to the local farmer’s market.

dresscollage|| Modcloth dress | Seychelles Sandals | Noel Stewart sun hat | Stella McCartney bag ||

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Garden: Vegetables

I continue to add more to my garden each year. This year is no exception. Due to the drought, I’ve decreased the square footage of my garden, however, the amount of plants I’m growing remains the same. It will be a crowded garden this year. More than 90% of the plants are on one side of my yard. The other 10% or so consist of the grapes that are finally settling in and producing fruits. I hope to conserve a little bit more water with this garden structure.

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Backpacking in Style

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To give David a break from carrying a heavy load, I occasionally bring my own backpack on our outdoor adventures. For a longer hike I would bring a lighter backpack designed for outdoorsy activities. However, a day out with the dogs or a nice stroll in the park deems this fashion-friendly backpack appropriate. It’s also a great bag to take out shopping.

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Dressed-down Blazer + Coral Colors


Hello hello. In keeping up with my theme this month of dressing down articles of clothing meant to be dressed up, I am wearing a blazer with a pair of denim shorts and a summer tank with a peek-a-boo laced bandeau. I chose coral teal to accessorize with the coral orange top (which was gifted from one of my closest friend). I broke the conventional wear of the blazer by taking it out of the office and into the park to play with my dogs.

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Dressed-down Plum Trousers

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During my spring cleaning this weekend I came across a handful of professional items, or what I like to call “interview clothing” in my closet. Some have never even been worn (gasp). I bought a lot of them in hopes of wearing them in my office. However, my daily work in the lab doesn’t require me to dress up in professional-looking attires, and it doesn’t make sense for me to put these pieces in the dangers of chemical spills. So I figure I should dress these dress-up clothes down a little bit. In the next few weeks, I’d like to do a couple of posts where I dress-down an article of clothing that would typically be worn in a professional setting. I start it all off with these plum pants purchased from Loft ($20) on sale a few months ago.


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Sporty With A Skirt

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I’ve always liked the sporty sexy look, so here I paired a varsity jacket I got from Forever21 ($30) with a feminine skater skirt (also Forever21, $20). What can I say? I’m a sucker for the inexpensive trendy items at this place. The “M” on the jacket is what drew me to it. I also like the faux leather. It keeps me cool on a warm day. The best thing about the jacket is that it doesn’t attract lint or dog hair. Living with two hair-shredding monsters can be a drag so it’s nice to have clothing that doesn’t require me to constantly search for lint rollers or tape. I usually wear an XS but it’s difficult to find XS at Forever21, so I settled for a small. Besides, allowing it to run a little big will make it seem like it’s a boyfriend jacket. It brings back memories of wearing your high school boyfriend’s jacket, right?

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Paisley + Silent Disco

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Hello, it’s been a couple of busy weeks for me. I’ve been trying to finish some sewing projects, which I will post later if the results are pleasant. =) I’m still practicing so it’s taking me longer than expected to finish anything. By the time I finish a winter item, summer is just around the corner. So it’s now time to pick up my unfinished project from last summer.

I have also been doing a lot of spring cleaning, including repainting the house and also redecorating. I find cleaning to be very relaxing. I spent last weekend cleaning out the whole house and moving things around. My dogs, Bumble and Suki, were not very pleased.

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