Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Kyle and I went out on a day date to The Anaheim Packing House for lunch at Adya. We just love that place, and we end up ordering so much food and sharing it all.

I ended up ordering a pair of these knit shoes. They are so pretty, I don't want to wear them out! So I keep them around as house shoes, if I need to run outside real quick or do something in the garage.

My friend Shanon and I took a screen printing workshop at Heritage in Costa Mesa. Heritage sells jewelry, candles, fancy honey and jams, paper goods, perfumes, books, and more. It is the perfect place to buy a gift. The screen printing class was good for figuring out the basics, since I had never done it before. I didn't realize it was so easy. I think the hard part is just having all the equipment and the space to do it.

As you may or may not know, Kyle and I have "Burger Friday" every week to have something to look forward to and to kick off our weekend. I started doing "Cocktail Saturday" because I am constantly pinning fun cocktail recipes, but I am way too tired during the week to enjoy drinking. I literally have to schedule time to drink (insert laughing emoji).

Sometimes my Saturday night cocktail looks like the picture above - a lavender paloma all decked out in a fancy glass on my patio. I took a few extra minutes to make lavender simple syrup the night before, in preparation of my Saturday night cocktail.

And sometimes Cocktail Saturday just isn’t as pretty. We were having some bed time woes for a couple of weeks with wake ups or just plain not going to sleep. I am assuming some sort of brain growth spurt was happening. She doesn’t have very many monster moments (we have been very lucky), but when she does it always seems like a week later she is using new words and phrases and cracking us up. Either way, Cocktail Saturday must go on.

A mural in Downtown Fullerton, across from the Fullerton Museum Center. We went to the Fullerton Museum Center to see Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross (one of Kyle's favorite comic book artists). We had no idea that museum was there, and that they have had some really legit shows there! And the gift shop had some surprisingly cool items.

We made an afternoon of it, eating lunch at Kentro Greek Kitchen, and visiting the Oh Hello Friend shop. That shop is rad. I went to it when Danni first opened it, and it was cute and reminded me of her craft fair booths. But it has really grown into something awesome. She now carries so many familiar brands, like Rifle Paper Co and Orla Kiely. The shop was poppin' off, with easily a dozen people inside. I bought a bunch of paper goods and a candle. You go, girl.

A juice flight! What a great idea! I stopped by Juice Served Here one evening after work and overheard the girl working there telling another customer about their juice flight. It's a great way to taste a lot of their juices, and it's totally affordable (cheaper than actually buying a juice, but about the same amount of ounces you would get in a bottle). Their juice called Cream Party is one of the best things I've ever tasted.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hell Yeah

Monday, February 16, 2015

Living Spaces I'm Loving

via Emily Henderson
The 3 images above are from Emily Henderson. I know I've gushed about her before, but again - I just love the way she can make a space look a) completely put together down to every last detail; b) somehow manages to make a cohesive look out of the most seemingly random flea market finds, and by mixing prints and colors in unexpected ways; and the most important reason I love her work - c) it looks completely and totally lived in and comfortable. Her spaces are so put together, but never fussy. The room at the top looks completely put together, but I also feel like I could flop down on that couch and put my feet on that table. That's exactly what I want my own space to feel like. I want someone to come in and feel like I put a lot of love into it, but that they can lay on my rug, or eat on my couch.

The following rooms are from various sources, but they still have that put-together-but-totally-liveable feel.

via sfgirlbybay

via Decor8
via Apartment Therapy
via Inspired by Charm
via Adore 
via Keltaine Talo Rannalla

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sourced. A California Collective.

Last weekend I visited the cutest little place with the coolest bunch of people. I got an email from Michelle who runs Sourced, inviting me to come check out their space at the open house event they do called Saturday Vibes. Sourced is a retail space in the front, with workspaces in the back. The idea is that creatives who are working for themselves can have a place they can go where they can still leverage off the energy of other creatives - something that I know would be sorely missed if one were to go out on their own.
The front of the building is a beautifully curated retail space shared by ReDeux Studio, Macalistaire Vintage, and Sourced's own co-op. With both vintage and new items throughout, there is something to see on every shelf and in every corner.
Michelle Mercado, pictured above, started out wanting a space for event planning business. As she started renting out spaces, her passion shifted to supporting creatives and small businesses. She still runs her event business while putting a lot of love into Sourced.
The two photos above show some of the workspaces. Sourced offices are shared by interior designers, graphic designers, floral designers, photographers, and more.
I am so glad I went to check it out. Everyone there was so friendly. We talked about the Serial podcast with Rachiel (Macalistaire Vintage) and tried on her vintage housecoats, had our photos taken in the photo booth, got the grand tour from Michelle, and just "talked shop" as designers. I hope to work with them in some way in the future, and to attend one of their creative workshops. Thanks Sourced!

Sourced is located at 930 Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Band of Banshees / Pom Pom Workshop

I mentioned a few posts ago that some friends and I got together to host a pom pom workshop over the holidays. Here's that story, finally, with some pictures sprinkled in.

It all started when my friend Amber curated a group of creative girls she knows and asked us to meet up at her house for dinner. Amber knows a lot of interesting people. The other day on the phone, she said, "Well, I do know a flamenco guitarist," and I was like, "Of course you do." 

She called upon Kristine, a real get-things-done badass who is great at styling and event planning, and is currently working for an amazing floral studio; Chari, an interior designer who literally "bought the farm" - she has a farm out in Temecula that she is grooming to become a wedding/event space, but she also grows pistachios and has a bunch of animals; Amber B (yes 2 Ambers), who is a crazy talented photographer, as in does huge campaigns for huge brands, and she also does stop-motion animations; Van, a restauranteur-slash-florist; and Courtney, a marketing guru whose business sense acts as the muscles of the group. Every creative person needs a business person. Oh, and me.

Amber brought us together to create a collective of sorts. She referred to us "her little band of banshees," and that naturally became what we started calling ourselves. The end goal is for us to plan events and parties, host workshops, get hired to style other peoples' events and spaces, and so on. And maybe one day money will be made somehow. There are a lot of cool workshop and event ideas being tossed around, including a Spring picnic on Chari's farm that is currently in the works. Think grassy hills covered in picnic blankets, bluegrass music, moonshine, and baby animals. 

Amber's vision is unique, and I like that. When we were talking about branding, she immediately said she didn't want to go for the whole white and pink and gold glitter and polkadots vibe. I actually love that vibe, but I totally get what she was saying. Her vision is a little more punk rock. She's like the Anthony Bourdain of event planners. 

When I first got Amber's email and met up for dinner, I was kind of going into it thinking there was no way I would be able to pull this off with my schedule, and I was prepared to say, "Thanks for thinking of me, but I don't think I can do it!" But once I met all the girls, I thought - no way, I have to be involved in this somehow, even if it's just creating a flyer for an event, or our logo.

We kicked off this whole thing with a holiday pom pom workshop, which we thought would be a fun and easy craft to do while also being a "mixer" with food and drink. Admittedly, this was kind of a test to see if we could pull it off. "Pulling it off" would mean the people who came would have fun, learn something new, talk and hopefully make some new friends. A great mix of girls showed up - some had made pom poms before, some had not, one asked, "What's a pom pom?" We taught them how to make different sizes of pom poms, how to mix up your colors, and how to create a pom pom garland, while we drank these amazing cranberry whiskey sours made by Van. I am happy to report that we pulled it off.

So what's next? More workshops, more events - you can keep up by following @bandofbanshees on Instagram, or by visiting the Band of Banshees blog, which is currently founder Amber W's baby, but we do plan on adding more voices. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Let's Party

I saw these posted by Pigment and thought they were fun!

I’ve been thinking about parties and get-togethers a lot lately. 2014 was the year of feeling sorry for myself. I’m always tired, I commute 4 hours a day, wah wah wah. “I’m too tired to go to the gym,” “I’m too tired to cook a good dinner,” “I’m too tired to have people over,” “I’m too tired to make art.”

You know what? I’ve been tired for the last 5 years and I don’t see that changing any time soon, so I might as well just accept it and stop letting it rule my life. I'm tired. So is everyone else.

Since I had this little revelation, I’ve been hitting the gym 3x a week, but not feeling guilty when I don’t. I’ve been keeping the house picked up and doing little chores throughout the week so that on Sunday afternoon, I can turn on some music and relax with a glass of wine in my clean house.

I've even been setting my alarm for 4:45am (15 minutes early), so that I can hopefully get to work 15 minutes early, which means I can leave work 15 minutes early. And let me tell you, leaving 15 minutes earlier can make all the difference in LA traffic. Then I can get home a little earlier and feel like I have a home life! It's been working out great.

I found this via DesignLoveFest

A couple of weeks ago, we had friends over on a Saturday night and made an awesome charcuterie spread and played that iPhone game “Heads Up." I've even been thinking of having a pizza party for Zoey and some of her little friends for no reason at all, other than to get together and have pizza.

Did you read this article? This article is what got me thinking about this stuff. I don't know if I can commit to a weekly dinner like the people in the article, but making little tweaks to my schedule and my attitude about my schedule seems to be making a big difference for me.

So here’s to more opportunities to make some “YAY!” cupcakes in 2015.

(P.S. Friends, you still won't get me to leave the house after 7pm, but you are welcome to wear pajama pants to my house and hang out on my couch with me.)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cotton & Flax

Cotton & Flax is a line of handmade textile home goods from designer Erin Dollar. Every piece in the collection is cut, printed, and sewn in Los Angeles, CA.

All photos via Cotton & Flax