Weekly Music

March 4th, 2014

Lots of good new music lately! Bursting from the seams. I’ll try to make up for skipping it last week.


Little Dragon “Klap Klap”


Jessica Lea Mayfield “I Wanna Love You”


Tycho “Apogee”. Stream the whole beautiful album, Awake, on NPR now. I always recommend Tycho to those who need some good instrumental music to work and focus to.


Dum Dum Girls “Rimbaud Eyes”


Real Estate “Talking Backwards”


Nick Waterhouse “It #3″


Michael Kiwanuka “It Always Comes Back Around”. Sidenote: I don’t watch House of Lies but I thought that was Naomi Watts on the posters as it does.not.look.like Kristen Bell.

Chocolate Swirl Blondies

March 3rd, 2014

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Brownies are hands down my favorite dessert to make for an easy, crazy delicious sugar fix. They please crowds, dry tears, and aid in creating that necessary layer of winter blubber. Normally I make my tried and true recipe I got from the Black Apple, with the edition of sea salt on top. Ever since this recipe entered my life years ago, it’s been bliss. But recently I’ve been craving blondies – brownies pale, caramel-y tasting cousin. If you’ve never had them they are essentially brownies without the chocolate and lots of brown sugar. As a kid my mom would make me bake them for her when I was in trouble. This is something I can laugh at in hindsight and store in my back pocket for future tweens and teenagers that may be in my life, but for a long time I couldn’t look at them due to overly dramatic teenage negative connotations. But I decided 15 years was enough space and gave them a go. But most of the recipes didn’t do it for me and involved a blender, which I think is pointless with brownies. So I thought, what if I used my classic brownie recipe but just turned it into blondies? What if blondies are kind of boring and need chocolate chips? What if you guys, what if?

Answer: delicious. I’ve tried them a few different ways and my favorite is using semi sweet chips as they melt into the batter and create a chocolate swirl, but you can also chop up hunks of a chocolate bar and get more chunk than swirl. Your choice. They are caramel-y, with bits of chocolate, and you will need to hide them from yourself.

Chocolate Swirl Blondies (Or chocolate chunk, if you want)
recipe base thanks to The Black Apple

You need: 1 medium sized pot, parchment (optional), and an 8″ sq. baking pan/dish

Ingredients:
1 stick butter (8 tbsp)
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 C flour
Pinch salt + more for dusting
Tbsp vanilla
1 C semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks of chopped chocolate bar.

Preheat oven to 390 F (yes, that’s right). Melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. I like to brown the butter, but it’s not entirely necessary. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. Add brown sugar to the pot and mix well. Add eggs, flour, salt, and vanilla. Once well mixed, fold in your chocolate chips. Mix until the chocolate melts a bit and swirls in, but don’t overmix to entirely melt it.  Pour into a buttered baking pan or a parchment-lined baking pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with sea salt or kosher salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes. They will be gooey and should rest, if you can help it, for at least an hour before you dive in. They will be even more delicious the next day. Store them covered at room temperature, preferably in an airtight container.

DIY Copper Coffee Table

February 26th, 2014

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It all started with getting a real sofa. And then I made a coffee table that wasn’t great, but we didn’t hang out on the sofa often so we didn’t really notice that much. But then we got a TV and suddenly a good coffee table was much more important. Something to prop your feet on, something to hold all the damn remotes a TV requires, something to put your glass of wine on while you plow through seven episodes of Scandal in a row. So we built another not great coffee table, constructed of things we already had, and it turned out to be awful and wobbly. Will is a carpenter but building things when he gets home after hours of hard labor does not sound appealing, and I get that.

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So I started plotting something on my own, something to do on the side as I’ve been in need of a non-work related project. After I built a copper pipe jewelry stand for the book fair, I decided I really wanted to use copper pipe. Pros: so pretty! You can cut it yourself fairly easily! They sell everything you need at Home Depot! Cons: so expensive, they don’t really make flanges for it so you have to get creative with how it attaches to things and connects. I sketched out a million ideas and almost gave up until an idea sprang into my head so suddenly I immediately jumped from my desk and ran to Home Depot.

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Ok, so if you’ve ever spontaneously built something before you know it’s not always the best idea to spring from your desk and run to the hardware store. So it’s no wonder I returned to the hardware store three times in less than 8 hours and went over budget accidentally cutting copper incorrect lengths. But I finally did it, and did it all on my own. Carpenter husband gave it his seal of approval. I will admit it’s not perfect and because cutting copper isn’t super precise the legs aren’t 100% even so I need some rubber on the bottom to even it out, but it’s nothing crazy.

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Here’s what you need for this project (I’m linking to Home Depot as that’s where I bought everything, I’m not sure what other hardware stores will have):

  • 1/2″ Type M Copper Pipe. Type M is the softest and cheapest and all you need for this since we’re not building a house. The longer the piece of copper you buy, the more you will save, but you have to have the means to transport it. I could only fit 5′ pipes in my car, but they also sell 10′ if you have a larger vehicle, and that is the more economical route.
    My table’s wood top is 4ft long by 17″ wide and 1″ thick. It stands about 16.5″ tall and I wish it was only 16″ as my sofa is so low, but it’s not obnoxious to use, it just looks a tad too high. Here’s a break down of the pipe sizes you’ll need to cut for this particular size:
    6 at 14″ – these are you legs
    6 at 13 1/4″ – these connect the legs on the floor
    4 at 22.5″ (this caused my pipe to be flush with the edge of my wood, which is dangerous as it could look dumb if it wasn’t exact and stuck out, I might recommend doing 22 or 22.25″ to be safe) – these connect all the pieces together and get drilled against the wood.
  • 10 1/2″ CxC 90 Degree Angle Elbows. MAKE SURE you are buying CxC and that your copper pipe fits into both ends. The first trip I bought one that fit into one end but not the other. d’oh.
  • 2 1/2″ Tees. Make sure all three ends are 1/2″.
  • 6 1/2″ Tube Straps. Because they come in packs of 5, you could go crazy and screw down the pipe in more spots if you’re paranoid.
  • Wood board. I used a 4ft long by 17″ wide and 1″ thick piece of laminated pine. It’s actually the exact same piece I made my old desk with ages ago and I highly suggest a piece this thick as it has less of a chance of bowing and holds everything nicely.
  • Wood stain. I used a stain + poly to protect spills and cup rings but applied it quite light as I hate the look of thick poly. (optional, I think a raw piece of wood would also look awesome, though I might recommend sealing it if you have an ounce of slob in you like myself) You’ll obviously also need all the stuff to stain it. Gloves, sandpaper to prep the wood and sand in between coats, your brush of choice (I like foam). TIP: stain both sides! The wood will bow if you do not.
  • 12 3/4″ wood screws. When you drill one side down you can pull the other a bit to line it up evenly, don’t be discouraged if you lay it on top of the wood and it looks warped.
  • Gorilla glue. Copper connections meant to be soldered together for a tight fit and this does the job instead and makes the whole thing tight and not so wobbly. I only glued the leg pieces, so I assembled everything, drilled it all down, and then removed all the leg pieces and glued them, then flipped the table right side up to let it dry with weight on it. A rubber mallet is helpful for making sure everything is snug.
  • Pipe cutter. Make sure it cuts copper. Pro tip: Don’t buy the cheap junior one! I bought the cheap one and it cut in a spiral and gave me blisters. I went back and bought the more expensive one and it not only cut straighter, but was less insane on my poor hands. But it still may cut in a spiral sometimes. If so, rotate at 180 degrees back and forth instead of around and around.

In the end I spent about $160, though I wasted some copper cutting a whole pipe the wrong length, so it could be a touch lower for you, and you may have things around like screws, stain, glue, etc. Even though it was a lot of work, it looks so much better than something I could have purchased for twice that! Also, something to note is the copper will oxidize over time and get darker, especially if you touch it often. You could coat it with a protective finish, which I’m contemplating. I’ll update you on that if I decide to, though I think spray polycrylic would be best?

Because I know someone may ask, my living room details: sofa – vintage, pillows: Barrington Blue and Cotton & Flax, rug: Overstock.com (though I’m so tired of it and want a new one! Who wants to buy me this one or this one?), curtains: Target (they’re ombre though it’s hard to tell), lamp: CB2, everything else is vintage.

Brief Things

February 21st, 2014

I’ve had major blog writers block lately and have decided to half give up. I wanted to write a post about bad ass ladies lately and I couldn’t find the right words, so here is a condensed version and you’ll just have to forgive my brevity:


Please read Wild.


Ordinary Girl LA has one of my favorite interview series: Ordinary People, with lots of real talk. Please go look.


Please support the Got A Girl Crush Issue 3 Kickstarter! In the promo video you can see me in the flesh be a huge dork.

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I wrote a guest post for Honey Kennedy, which you can go read and be nostalgic for days when I did not have writers block and feel meeehhh about blogs and the internet. Just pure “hey look at this cool stuff!” vibes.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! To update my last post I am now officially obsessed with the Beck album and think it’s way more positive than Sea Change, which I need in my life these days as I’m not longer an 18 year old girl with SO MANY FEELINGS (year I was when Sea Change came out, which SHOCKED ME upon doing the math). As for the St. Vincent album, it starts off amazing and then I lose interest, but that could change!

Weekly Music

February 18th, 2014

It’s such an exciting time for music, this month. Two albums NPR is streaming until their release, both of which I have not listened to enough yet to give too much of an opinion on, but I definitely do not dislike.

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St. Vincent. Her two first releases from this album didn’t get me super excited, but I love love love “Prince Johnny”.

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Beck Morning Phase. I can’t find any audio on youtube for any of the other songs besides the two I’ve already shared, but I’m so amazed at how much Morning Phase sounds like my favorite Beck album, Sea Change. The first song “Cycle” is even a sister song to the first song on Sea Change, “The Golden Age”. I need to let this sink in more as I know it’s a beautiful album, but part of me keeps wanting it to be Sea Change as it sounds so similar. I need to let it stand on its own for a bit!

I have a non-music post in me soon, promise. Ha.

Weekly Music

February 11th, 2014

New music from two Pacific Northwest gems.


So crazy excited that a new Mirah album, Changing Light, is coming out in May! I liked the Thao & Mirah album, but nothing beats her own work and I can’t wait. I’m particularly excited by her working with composer Jherek Bischoff. The single “Oxen Hope” is excellent.



Damien Jurado quietly (at least to me) came out with a new album and upon discovery I thought, “well, I’m about to listen to this to death”. Mission accomplished. Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is amazing and has a very similar quality to his fantastic previous album, Maraqopa (thanks to the amazing Richard Swift?). The deluxe edition includes some beautiful stripped down songs with a choir at the end that are very Neil Young-esque.

New Jewelry & Prints In Stock

February 10th, 2014

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New items both the Kate Miss Jewelry and Kate Miss Prints shops! First up, a new simple cast bronze shape – Arrow, plus a special edition to the cast necklaces – Etched Moon. Etched Moon is larger with a shiny, polished finished and etched details. It’s actually cast from the necklace I made with metal clay for my wedding. I have very limited quantities of both new necklaces while I have more made – I just wanted to get them up in time for Valentines Day! If you need rush shipping in time for Friday, please let me know. Individual Medley in Los Angeles also has one of each.

As for the new print, it’s a photo I took during the Winter 2014 jewelry shoot that my husband Will art directed and styled, so I’m excited to have a collaborative print in stock. We debuted the prints at the LA Art Book Fair and sold out of them like hot cakes by the second day. Available in 8×10 and 5×7 sizes.

Weekly Music

February 4th, 2014

I’m positively slammed with work right now so all I can muster are music posts for the time being. Which I keep up thanks to your awesome positive feedback about them lately.

New Future Islands makes me giddy as everything they put out makes me feel so dang good. I love a unique voice, and Samuel T. Herring certainly delivers that magic. “Seasons (Waiting On You)” is from their forthcoming album Singles.

Another new Beck song! “Waking Light” is a slow jam beauty.

Not new, but Will saw Nosaj Thing a couple weeks ago at the Echoplex and had me listen to his last album as he thought I’d be into it. Correct! I recognized Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead’s voice immediately as I was just having a nostalgic moment for them a couple weeks ago, which was a funny coincidence.

Happy listening!

Weekly Music

January 27th, 2014

Just a few songs on repeat:


The excellent new Damon Albarn song “Everyday Robots” from his forthcoming solo album.


Really looking forward to Beck’s new album coming out this year, and I’m intrigued by the single “Blue Moon” as I don’t know yet if I’m 100% in love with it or not. Still deciding!


I realized I forgot to put Caveman on my best of 2013 playlist. Acknowledging it here with my favorite song off the album. I’d never seen this video before and it’s funny as I was just swapping Julia Stiles sightings stories with a friend over the weekend. Love her.

Great Heights

January 23rd, 2014

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Even though my plate has been extra full lately (just the way I like it), I’ve been making a point to take breaks on go on lots of hikes lately. I know this is a very LA thing to do, but I never partook in it much when we lived on the other side of town as I didn’t have a car at my disposal to get to the hikes and the closest thing was Griffith Park, which I love but the trails are often super crowded and I prefer more solitude. On our new side of town there are so many pretty walks and hikes to discover, and it feels like exactly what I needed. Reflecting on how I was starting to feel about LA when we lived in Koreatown, I realize how necessary this move was for us – me especially. Maybe it’s watching half of the country get buried in snow while I sunbathe, but oh LA, I love you. Cue Jenny.

December was such a downer of a month that it took everything in me to turn it around. January has been a steady climb to such greater heights (literally and figuratively) and I can feel that the knot of worry inside my stomach is nearly gone. I was hiking at my recent favorite – Ernest Debs – with just a few other people walking their dogs, watching the sun was just start to slip and turn everything golden and the hot, hot day was fading and a cool breeze started blowing. I walked over to the edge of the trail and closed my eyes for a full minute to feel everything in that moment, it was so perfect. I opened my eyes and looked down, picked up the prettiest rock I could find and pocketed it. It sits on my desk now within view to remind me to always find strength in turning things around. I’ve said this here before, but sometimes it’s necessary to feel like a pathetic sack of shit to appreciate the contrast in feeling amazing.

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Fellow NELA dwellers, any other hiking recs? I went on a sweet little loop at Eagle Rock Canyon trail and I walk all over my neighborhood, but I’m willing to drive a bit more.

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