happy holidays

Even though I'm still working tomorrow, I wanted to say happy holidays to those of you who will be away from their computers for the rest of the week. I wish you plenty of good cheer, happy memories, warmth, & relaxation! :)

*image from Jim Barraud



Oh dear, this week before x-mas = nuts. Too much going on! What say we all save an evening this week for a cup of tea, quiet contemplation, and painting our nails? :)

*image from kaitlynmeanspure



Had a fun little crafty Saturday with my two girl friends - we made these snowflakes. We were actually attempting to make some last week but our folding was all wrong, so I was very thankful that Design*Sponge read my mind and posted that project. We ended up ditching doilies for silver tissue paper though - it was just much easier to cut and ended up looking wintery and airy.

BTW, just bought a new Fuji Instax Mini and it is the cutest lil camera - I can't wait to take it to Palm Springs! My first picture with it is this shot of one of my snowflakes in the window. :)


palm springs

I'm headed to Palm Springs soon and can't wait to relax for a little while. If anyone has any recommendations for things to do I'm all ears!

*image from danske


a little light

How rockin' is this conservatory from the home of Alexis & Trevor Traina? The rest of the house is pretty glamorous (see: too much for my cozy tastes), but this? This I could make an exception for. You can check out the rest of their home here.



Dear, oh, dear. I've got the holiday spirit bad. I don't think I'm the only one either - this economic & political climate has a lot of us grasping for something jolly and festive, no? My mom put up Christmas lights before Thanksgiving for goodness sakes!

Playing 15th century Christmas carols at my desk every day is probably a little overkill, but I'll take my kicks where I can get 'em.


lazy sunday

I've been a bad photographer and haven't been practicing at all lately, so I made a point to go out and shoot on Sunday. Didn't really get anything I loved (not as fun if there are no friends to photograph), but the act of getting out there is important in itself. And generally it felt great to get outdoors and pick some herbs and lemons from our garden. I love fresh rosemary!


row your boat

A little late in posting this, but I went for a fantastic rowing adventure in Julian a couple weeks ago. It was picture perfect day. The weather was sunny and 75, the food divine, and the wind had a slight fall nip. Heaven. 


Oh, technology.

My laptop pooped out on Sunday, so I'm using a friend's backup computer to get me through. In the mean time, I'm going to take a little break from blogging until I have all of my materials again. Have a great week!

*image from Jacob...K


Honest Foods: the Musical

As some of you may know, my friends and I have been working on a video for Honest Foods (the company I do marketing for) for quite a while now. It all began when my boss suggested we make a video for YouTube - something to get the word out about us. I honestly had no idea what would be remotely appealing to people, so I just decided to do what I love most: singing and dancing.

Well...2 years and $150 later I'm proud to say our video is done! So if you could please give it a look, post about it, leave a comment and/or rate the video, we'd be much obliged! Thank you so much for all of your support! :)




Boy, do I feel like visiting NYC again. I'm thinking I need to make a bi-annual pilgrimage - it's like living there, but without the wretched cold!


boyfriend watch

I don't know if I'm totally behind on the manly watch trend, but I just picked up a spiffy lil' timepiece from Target. Sadly, it's not in their online store, but if you look for it in-store, I believe it is literally called "the boyfriend watch."

What I like is that it maintains the nice, masculine feel of a guy's watch without having an overwhelmingly huge face. And at $15, it was a pretty easy decision to take it home with me.

Note: I had 2 links taken out since the band runs big, which costs about $10 more. But hey - $25 total? - not bad!


slides of slides

Sometimes when I'm feeling stressed out or low, I just take a look at this kodachrome slide of a parrot going down a playground slide. Game changer.

*image from Jacob...K


What fall is complete without a pumpkin outing? Coop & I went to Bates Nut Farm - a San Diego institution. My favorite parts were probably the little kids playing in the pumpkin patch and the animal pens - how obscenely cute are baby goats?


polka face

Don't know about you, but I am polkaing tonight! Woo! Bratwurst, beer & the chicken dance - Get it, Oktoberfest. :)

*image from pastorfuture


ode to october

It's October again...that month I used to be so obsessed with when I was little. Halloween, when you're done right you're my favorite holiday. All it takes is a whiff of pumpkin when I cut into my jack o' lantern-to-be to bring back the memories. That smell is amazing; it beats Eau de Christmas Tree hands down.

I was one of those kids that wanted to be
a witch way, way before Harry Potter hit the presses. That was when I was around age seven and eight. I would draw pictures from this children's book The Little Witch Girl starting in July and paste them to my window as Halloween decorations. When the Oriental Trading Company catalogue came in the mail around September...woo, that shit was my Cosmo. Papier Máché skeletons, glowing cauldrons, battery-operated pumpkin lanterns, fog machines, graveyard window clings - all labeled with a Made in China sticker at the bottom. It still has power over me; thankfully, I don't receive Oriental anymore. It was a real allowance drain.

For about two consecutive Octobers, I'd bust out this doll-sized plastic skeleton - Stanley the Skeleton - and he'd be my teddy bear for a month. I would take bubble baths with him, paint his toenails, cuddle with his little plastic bones each night...we really had a great bond, Stanley and I.
How this all didn't completely terrify my parents? No idea. Somehow, instead of sending me to the psychologist for possible coping-with-death issues, my mom now loves Halloween just because I got so into it as a kid.

So why choose a skeleton to tell all of my problems to as a seven year old? Honestly, don't look into it. If you ask me, I just didn't relate to my porcelain girl dolls or Barbie much. And do you blame me? They were materialist. Obsessed with looks. Stanley had the wisdom of his years on his side; plus, his jaws were always slightly open in this black-toothed, laughing smile. He was just having a good time, that guy. I wish I could find him now - he's probably in the basement somewhere, lying in mouse feces.

All of this...and I was not goth (not that there's anything wrong with that). No black clothes and Hot Topic tees - I just loved the whole magic and fantasy of it all (not the, you know, DEATH thing). Well, maybe I did like the macabre a bit, but the whole idea of souls outliving their bodies is compelling, whether you're a kid or not. And at the time, I took more of a Hispanic, folkloric stance on it all. Namely, death isn't some scary thing; our relatives are still floating around having some good times. I love the whole idea of Mexico's Day of the Dead...Here, Dearly Departed Aunt Conchita: a tamale for your troubles. Now let's party on your grave!

I haven't gone to a really scary haunted house in a long time, but I'm hoping San Diego's Museum of Man may someday bring back its amazing one...even though I know they auctioned off all of the decorations and costumes many years ago. I went when I was four and never went back, it was that good. I'll never forget the part with the trippy mummy coming out of the sarcophagus, all rendered completely disorienting with strobe lights. ahhh!

So here's to you, October: now it's time for some beer garden action at my city's little Oktoberfest. :)

*images from Abby Try Again, via Olivet


shall we dance?

Just watched Shall We Dance? for the hundreth time, and I must say, I always get googly eyes for Ginger Roger's dress in the "They All Laughed" number. The sun-like pattern is so stunning and vibrant on film - I always forget I'm watching a movie in black and white!

As with all of her dance dresses, the design of the piece is not only beautiful, but moves beautifully as well. The choreography just
wouldn't be the same without Ginger's skirt floating around in that dreamy way. :)

*images from here

morning air

I've started taking little 10 minute walks around the neighborhood in the morning, and wow! Amazing what a little fresh, dewy air can do to brighten up your whole day. Why in the world didn't I start doing this before?


orange happiness

Had a really tasty sparkling wine yesterday called Amour De L’Orange! It's from a local winery in Temecula called Wiens Family Cellars. A sparkling chardonnay with a hint of sweet orange, Amour would be a great brunch wine or toasting wine for brides. You can order it directly from Wiens here.

*Gigi image from Woman Around Town



I think I'm finally going to see The Informant this weekend and have dinner with the boy's lovely parents. Doesn't hurt that his dad is an incredible cook! Oh, and that they have an awesome wine cellar. :)

Hope you have a relaxing weekend!


state bird & flower

Enjoying the state prints from dutch door press. :) nice, subtle way to give a shout out to where you're from in your home.

{via Oh Joy!}

I know it's still the work week and I'm not supposed to have any fun, but dang it...I want to go outside and have a picnic & some wine tonight. :) Gotta enjoy the light while I can - starting to get darker earlier!


Think I get to go to Northern California this week for business - sure hope I have time to take some pictures. :)

*images by Franco Folini & Kathryn in SF


mariachi el bronx

What happens when a punk band from LA goes mariachi? You get Mariachi El Bronx. Take a listen. I'm in love.

*image from shockhound


tennis shoes

Been debating on whether to get a pair of Bensimons for fall or Tom's shoes new Cordones. I own a pair of converse, but that's the extent of it.

I still love the Bensimons, but the slim fit and arch support of the Tom's win in the end. Plus, the gray is nice & versatile for fall.

Autumn, I'm ready for you now. :)



Went to a friend's wedding last weekend and oh, what fun! The Antoine tie from fieldguided looked spiffy on Coop. Anabela is always wonderful to order from; she puts so much care into what she sends you. :)

* Pics by Miller
& JJ



I think we're all due for a relaxing weekend full of giant fish, don't you?

*image from Jacob...K


currently obsessing

...over this accompanying music video to 500 Days of Summer. I can't stop watching it!


harbor living

More shots from last week...