Monday, September 29, 2008

pretty woolies

If only I could knit, I'd buy these pretty candy-like wool sets right up. Imagine the scarves in these colors!

Friday, September 26, 2008

{happy friday}

Have a great weekend, everyone. Be inspired! xo

more {pretty packaging}

These adorable die-cut mustard labels wrapped around chunky jars make me smile. The design is super simple but kind of just right, too. 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Needed: Color!

Color freaks me out. Actually, committing to a paint color is what really terrifies me. But, I need it, I need some color, some accents, something. I'm loving this pale blue for the bedroom walls, love how it looks with the white molding, I just hope it doesn't look too "baby blue". These are some palettes I'm looking at now. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I love me some Project Runway, but this Kenley needs a serious 'tude adjustment. Her fancy feather hairpieces will only get her so far, if she can't take constructive criticism she shouldn't be in the business!

falling hard {for Fall}

I took a quick gander in Anthro today, and it it just brimming with cozy Fall goodness. These sweaters are at the very top of my wishlist.

the tail end of the trip

The trip has finally come to a close, a 10 day adventure in our tent trailer (and the ER...) with the family, hopefully the first of many! Thanks for all your kind words, we're all doing great, no more nasty strep. We're so happy to be home and spent the first day nestled in our comfy bed watching TV, ahhh life's little pleasures. image: just as the sun set in Malibu

Saturday, September 20, 2008

tales from the trailer {del mar}

Ahhh....Del Mar, the most beautiful of beach towns. Miles of rugged sand bluffs line an endless stretch green grass, all leading into the white sand and impossibly warm indigo water. The mornings here are misty, a cool line of coastal fog that clears before noon. A quaint main street anchors the (insane) beach homes and the (view-errific) hilltop homes, all landscaped with the lushest tropical palms and blooming hibiscus. Pink and orange sunsets bring a day of surfing, shopping, and playing to a close. More to come...this town deserves more than one post.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

tales from the trailer {Malibu}

Malibu is everything beautiful & pristine - and then some. Our campsite is huge, shaded with an umbrella-like tree that also blocks out the winds. Tiny squirrels, chipmunks, and bunnies run freely through, some even sit at the picnic table with us in the morning. We walked to the beach this morning for some great shell collecting and a bit of yoga, all as the morning sun warmed us up. The strep throat is slowly fading, we're trying to use the mind-over-matter trick to make it disappear. Ruby loves camping more than anything; upon arriving at each site, she locates the water spigot and the bathroom, then introduces herself to the neighbors. Oh, and she doesn't want this to end, she wants to keep on going. She's such a free-spirit, like a little wandering gypsy. I'm headed to Starbucks for some type of smoothie and hopefully some star spotting. Next stop -Del Mar! xo

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

tales from the trailer {Strep!}

We've hit a slight glitch on our road trip, Dave & I both have strep throat! Luckily, Ruby has been spared, and we're now fully into the first couple days of anti-biotics, so things are lookin' up. After spending an entire day in a Santa Barbara ER, Dave hooked up to an IV for hours on end, we opted out of the campground for a night and got a pretty Spanish-style hotel room with an ultra comfy bed. Camping and strep throat do not mix. Actually, nothing mixes with strept throat, my throat is covered in tiny white barnacle-looking things and I sound like I have a mouth full of marbles. Food? Not so much. Sleep? Most definitely not. Keeping a smiley can-do attitude? I'm really trying....but I swear it's hard.

tales from the trailer {back to basics}

Camping is a true personality test. Everything just takes more work - no flick of a switch for light, no lovely flushing toilets, no running water within reach. Our biggest lesson so far: camping brings us back to the basics. Days begin with long beach walks collecting shells and rocks, a simple breakfast of eggs and fruit, and then back to the beach for some swimming and sunning. Days end with the sunset, we retreat to the tent trailer for light, a game of cards, popcorn and a good puzzle. There's no talk of TV, not even a mention of toys and no mutterings of the "I'm bored" whine. It's back to basics, we color flowers on rocks and make the alphabet using strips of seaweed. With the exception of Dave feeling under the weather, all is good. On to Malibu today....xo

Friday, September 12, 2008

and...we're off! {road trip}

The bags are packed, boards are strapped down, the trailer is stocked and we're making our way down the Southern California coast for the next 10 days. I'll be posting "tales from the trailer" along the way with my trusty laptop, so stay tuned. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

organizing for Fall

There's something about the Fall and organizing that just go together. Suddenly I want to clear my linens out of the closet and place them all back neatly stacked. Here's some tips if you've got the neat-nick bug too, and extra time of course!

garden seating

Those clever folks at Ready Made created this grassy sofa using grass seeds and a sofa frame. A pretty cool/green idea, but I'd watch out for grass stains big time.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

album cover

love this album cover, I may have to download some songs since the cover is so darn cute.

Monday, September 8, 2008

packaging love

Clean & pretty packaging, the way beauty products look best!
via the dieline

I want to be a glass blower {when I grow up}

We went to the Chihuly exhibit yesterday at the De Young Museum. I had no idea how impressed I'd be by the art of glass blowing, but wow, it really is a stunning exhibit. If you go, watch the movie on how he and his team create these magical creations of glass, light and color. There are 11 installations including an enchanted glass garden, an undersea world, and a wall of gigantic flowers (my favorite). Only 2 weeks left, you've got to go!

Friday, September 5, 2008

{happy friday}

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I hope the sun is shining where you are, xo image: the hubby & Ruby riding a vintage cruiser at a Labor Day BBQ

Thursday, September 4, 2008

step inside, won't you? {our tent trailer}

Hooray! Our tent trailer makeover is finally (well, just about) complete. "Trailer Sue" has had some serious work done since we first bought her on Craigslist a few months back. Here's what went down: bamboo flooring, freshly painted cabinets & walls, all new upholstery, new counter tops (Ikea), fancy hardware, new tires, and new ceiling lighting. We're all set for the big road trip down the coast, I just have to stock all the cabinets and plan a menu. It's very cozy inside and folds down (just like a puzzle) into a neat 8'x8' square. It's pretty tiny, so it was hard to get a good angle with the camera, but hopefully you get the idea. Come on in, have a looksie!

This is the lovely trailer before the makeover...
notice the icky fabric and funky cabinets

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

frankly cami {super deal}

The Frankly Cami is on super sale at J.Crew right now - only $14.99. I love these cami's, even in the fall with a cardigan and jeans and a chunky necklace. Stock up!

the man scarf {thoughts?}

The other night we watched an episode of Date My Ex, starring non other than Jo & Slade from Real Housewives of OC (yes, Bravo will give just about anyone their own show). It was painful because of the complete scripted-ness of it all, but I was completely distracted by was all the scarves Slade was sporting. I mean, it's L.A, it's HOT and he has a huge scarf wrapped 3 times around his neck paired with a t-shirt. I'm not sure how I feel about the man-scarf being worn like this (obviously not for warmth, but for trend's sake only). Maybe in smaller doses? Maybe someone needs to speak with his stylist?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

a billowy retreat {and why not?}

Years ago my mom and I went on an amazing yoga retreat to Bali. The hotel we stayed at, in the artists colony of Ubud, had all these magical little spots filled with flowers, cushions, billowing curtains, and a view of tropical paradise. These little spots were perched everywhere; along the river, on a the walk into town, nestled into the side of a fern covered pathway. Each day we'd spend time in these little retreats, sometimes with morning coffee and other times to write or watercolor. This article makes me long for my own billowy retreat, right in my own backyard.