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{Layout from Oh Joy! & Babble}

It has been a busy week here at SALLYJSHIM. I was delighted to be featured on this week's Oh Joy's closet & casa. To tell you the truth I struggled a bit picking a favorite clothing item and home accessory because I know the Joy's blog aethestic is bright and colorful and well, my favorite color is grey. But I stayed true to myself and picked one of my favorite dresses which I made last fall (and wear all the time). I've received many inquiries about the dress pattern so I will share it very soon (along with some suggestions if you are planning to make one yourself). I was also honored to be a part of Babble's Top 50 Design Blogs for Mom, 2011. Wow, I am in some amazing company and was very happy to see so many of my mommy blogger friends on the list. 

It is interesting to look back on my blog journey, starting over six years ago with a personal blog and then slowly making it into a personal (but more public) blog which all led to my SALLYJSHIM blog. I really do love this space and enjoy cataloging and documenting my life here. I want to thank each and every one of you who comes to visit this space, I really appreciate your support and kind words.




{Photograph by Bonnie Tsang}

Seeing Miss V and the boys together makes my heart smile. I've mentioned their special friendship before and Bonnie has captured them on many of our adventures together. They are definitely very comfortable together and have no problem hamming it up for the camera.


j + J 

HATS // Target

SHIRTS // Target


SHOES // Converse

BACKPACKS // Fjällräven Kånken


SOCKS  //  Gap

SHOES // Converse



After having my second manicure and seeing how nice my nails looked when they are given a bit of TLC I decided to try to incorporate a simple nail care routine in my life. I did a bit of online research and decided on the following routine. Step One, clip and file. Step Two, buff the surfaces of my nails. Step Three, apply cuticle remover. (I use Blue Cross cuticle remover because it had good reviews on Makeup Alley. I bought a huge bottle at our local Sally Beauty Supply.) Step Four, remove cuticles with cuticle trimmer. Step Five, apply my few coats of my favorite Essie nail polish (above from left to right, Geranium, Power Clutch and Mesmerize). Step Six, seal the nail polish with Seche Vite dry fast top coat. Thanks to Anna for the Seche Vite recommendation because prior to using this top coat my manicures would only last a few days before getting a chip (the drawbacks of constantly using my hands for crafting or cooking) and now I can go about 5-6 days before my first chip appears. I usually leave my nails bare for 2-3 days in between manicures to let them breathe a bit. You can find some fun nail polish related posts over at The Beauty Department. If you have any nail care recommendations or tips please share!



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

There are so many wonderful food blogs out there and it is hard to keep up with them all. But one of my favorites is Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette. Last year I came across Molly's Chicken Stew with a Secret Weapon recipe and decided to try it out since the boys love chicken soup. I followed the recipe but added potatoes and corn and alphabet pasta. It is flavorful and hearty, perfect comfort food. And now that the weather is cooling down I've been making extra for the boys' school lunches which is a big hit.




We have been doing some major purging at Casa Shim and all our closets have been sifted through. When I look at my edited wardrobe what is left are classic and neutral pieces that provide a nice base for any outfit. My favorite color is grey and I would say 70% of my closet consists of grey clothing. Although I do like pops of color I usually reserve that for accessories or jackets. So needless to say I love these grey Muji sweaters. They look comfortable and perfect for the cooler temperatures we're experiencing here in Portland.



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Although I am a summer fruit person (I love peaches and berries) I do love a nice crisp apple. I'm planning to go apple picking with the boys soon which will give me the perfect excuse to make more apple galettes. I used Stephanie's recipe over on 3191 miles apart and it turned out beautifully. I love the rustic nature of galettes and this one is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.