Sunday, October 30, 2011

Why Lemons and Chambray?

By now, I should talk about how I came up with Lemons and Chambray.  First of all, I need to thank lili who was instrumental in helping me finalize the name.

I started this blog a few months after we moved half way across the country.  We moved into this little old house.  There was really nothing attractive about the house itself.  It had a practical layout, it was in a very nice neighborhood, it was on a relatively large lot and had a ton of expansion potential.  But the one thing that made me smile was the lemon tree in the backyard.

When life gave me these beautiful lemons, I had to do something about them.  I searched for recipes, I thought about selling them at the local farmers market, I gave them to friends and neighbors, I even used them to clean.  And of course, I made the perfect lemonade.


1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup lemon juice (from our Meyer lemons)
4 cups cold water

1. Dissolve sugar in water in a small saucepan on low heat.
2. Juice 6-8 lemons, enough to yield one cup of juice. I use this wonderful Chef'n Citrus Juicer which makes juicing fun!
3. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 4 cups of cold water, taste and adjust for desired strength. 
4. Serve with ice.

To me, lemons are more than a wonderful fruit that are full of vitamin C, they also represent our new beginning.

Next time, I'll talk about why chambray.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Ever since Anya Hindmarch's I'm Not A Plastic Bag, I've been obsessed with canvas totes.  I was one of the lucky ones years ago to get my name drawn.  Here's my very own I'm Not A Plastic Bag, still unused and with its original tags.  Once in a while, I'll take it out of the closet and admire it.

One year for my birthday (actually it was a just-because kind of gift), my dear friend at lili sent me this cute tote that she hand-made.  It's reversible!  You can see from the wear and tear that I use it all the time.  I need a new one.  (hint hint!)

A couple months ago, I almost bought some Marc Jacob perfume just to get the free tote.  How cute is that tote?  It was very tempting, but I didn't need any perfume.

So, after a bit of online browsing, spying, magazine flipping, and memory jogging, here are a few of my favorites.

I've always been a fan of Ballard Design's furniture and home decor but had no idea that they made totes.  This one is on sale for $12!  See their totes here.

Ballard Designs - Limited Edition Shopping Tote - $12

I spied a Saltbox tote at swimming lessons the other day.  I stared at it for a minute and had to get closer to see what brand it was.  I got so close that it was a bit awkward but I didn't care.  I had to know.  

Saltbox - basketweave large tote in squash - $75

A few weeks ago, I met up with a dear friend at ylookblue for some girls time and I spotted her Rootote.  She got it from a consignment store.  First thing I did when I came home was to get online to find it.  I didn't find one exactly like hers but I found this.  The best part is that it's only $20!  They're very well-made and their signature outer zip pocket comes in handy.  Check out their other styles here.

Rootote - Stiped Tote Bag - $20

Today at a local bookstore, I saw these.

Bungalow360 - Eva Reversible Pelican Tote - $28
Glam Naturale - Canvas Eiffel Tower tote - $49

You can find Bungalow360 totes here or Glam Naturale here.

Branching away from canvas, there's Seabags.  Their totes are made from recycled sail.  I'm partial to the Recycle Tote.  You can also build your own for $155.

Sea Bags - Recycle Tote - $120

They made one for J. Crew!

Sea Bags for J. Crew Sail Tote - $198

And then there's Orla Kiely which I mentioned in my Fall Bags post.  I'm drooling over this one.

Orla Kiely - Oval Stem Medium Tote - $150


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