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{Jack Spade}

Appah recently expressed interest in a new work bag. So now I am on a mission to find the perfect bag for him. I love the design of these Jack Spade bags. I'm just not sure if these are too casual for someone who wears a dress shirt, tie and trousers to work every day. If you have any suggestions for a nice work bag for Appah please let me know!



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Screen Door is my favorite Southern restaurant in Portland. They serve comfort food using local and organic produce and meat. We tend to order a bunch of side items and share them family style. Our favorites are the fried pork chops, macaroni & cheese, sweet potato fries, bacon & hock collard greens and buttery mashed potatoes with tasso gravy. And we always save room for dessert, my all-time favorite dessert is their ban-offee pie. There is always a wait so our secret is to arrive 15 minutes before opening in order to ensure we get a table (last week we got the last available table). But if you do find that you have to wait leave your number with the hostess and head over to Heart Coffee Roasters (which is a few doors down) to hang out.



{Photographs by Irène Nam}

My dear friend Irène Nam is not only a wonderful mother to nine-year old twin boys in Paris, France but also a talented writer and photographer. Today Irène is sharing a sweet little girl's room that she recently photographed. The room reminds me of something you would find in a lovely édition PAUMES interior book. Thank you, Irène!

Ava is a beautiful little girl who lives in Paris, and who will be four next month. She loves princess stories, but her favorite book is "Le Tour du Monde de Mouk" because she loves to travel. She's already been to Bali, Thailand and Morocco, and plans to visit all the pink countries that are on her globe. She also loves to sing and dance. Her summer playlist was French band Brigitte's latest album.




These dresses and sweater tunics are some of my favorite pieces from the Uniqlo Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Uniqlo is one of my favorite stores to shop at when we travel to Asia. I have yet to visit their NY store (they're opening up two more this month) but I hear they will be opening up a store in SF and LA next year. Uniqlo is known as the Japanese Gap but I personally like the store so much more than Gap. They carry nice basics in neutral tones which fit my personal style well.  I love buying classic pieces that you can dress up or down with accessories. 



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

Last year was the first year I made Halloween decorations for Casa Shim. I'm not sure what came over me last year but it was a productive year for seasonal decorations (you can see our Thanksgiving decorations here and Christmas decorations here). This year I plan to be lazy and bust out last year's decorations. Although I somehow managed to agree to be in charge of the decorations at the boys' school wide Halloween party later this month so I do have Halloween decorations on my mind. Let's just say their decorations from years past have been pretty minimal. Fortunately they are giving me a lot of freedom but the budget is pretty small so I'm going to have to get creative. The latest Martha Stewart Halloween magazine has been a great source of inspiration and I have also been collecting images and pinning them to my Halloween Entertaining Pinterest board. If you have any ideas for Halloween decorations please let me know!



{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

This fall I officially became a soccer mom! This is the first year of organized sports for the boys so the world of practices and games is completely new to me. And surprisingly despite the back to back practices and weekend games I am really enjoying it. I admit I'm the loudest parent on the sidelines (I'm afraid my cheerleader roots cannot be repressed) and I really enjoy watching the boys learn a new sport and interact with their peers. I always tell the boys it is not important if you are the fastest or "best" player but that you try your hardest. And even at my age I think the same can be said, that trying my hardest and not giving up is something to strive for personally and professionally. 

I'll be cheering my boys on this weekend at their games. Hope you have a good weekend!