Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vintage graphic design

sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fun with camera phone

Scenes from around Xanadu (we call our home Xanadu). Top picture: I bought that deer head to go in our dining room and I decided it looked better in our living room. Middle picture: My friend Todd scored me this cardboard unicorn head and I put it together on Friday night. I’m still deciding where it will live. Bottom picture: I bought this Fee Harding print also for our dining room and decided the fireplace mantle needed something epic, so I put it there instead. I’m happy with the way it looks there.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Little Fisheye friendship bracelets

Aren’t these friendship bracelets rad? They were made by Lauren, who has an etsy shop called “My Little Fisheye”, and a blog by the same name where she shares her photos, most of which were taken with her fisheye lens camera. Lauren and I used to work together. Now I admire her handiwork from afar. She makes other types of jewelry and accessories in addition to these friendship bracelets, and she also sells vintage jewelry and accessories in her shop. These would make such great gifts for your friends too!

Friday, August 26, 2011


Happy weekend, please enjoy this funny video (if you haven't already, I know it's been making it's rounds on the internetz-masheen).

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bunny masquerade

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More from SonnySkyes

Palm Springs day

This weekend my friend Rachael and I took my mom and sister to Palm Springs for the day. My mom watches Zoey (and asks for nothing in return) when Kyle and I are at work. Plus, homegirl doesn't get out much. So sometimes we do little things here and there like take her out for brunch or take her to antique shops, which she loves. But she has been wanting to go to Palm Springs, and no offense to my dad, but I thought she'd have a lot more fun with the girls. And boy did she! Both my sister and mom asked not to be pictured on the internet. But there's still fun stuff to share.

Our first stop was the the Palm Springs visitors center, where I bought a map that shows all the mid-century architectural landmarks. We ended up not using this map, so I suppose another trip is in order. Then we headed up the mountain behind the visitors center to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is a rotating tram that is suspended from a cable. In just 10 minutes it takes you 8500 feet to the top. When you get to the top, it’s about 20 degrees cooler. You can go hiking or eat at the restaurant up there. We just took in some of the views and came back down about half an hour later.

Then we went to the Ace Hotel, where we ate lunch at their cute diner, King's Highway.

Our next stop was the amazing Parker Hotel. I stayed here 4 years ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it since, so I was excited to show it off to my mom, sister, and Rachael. We got there at about 2:30 and roamed the grounds just soaking up all the Jonathan Adler goodness. And as luck would have it, the mini bar in the lobby opened right at 3! My cute mom had her first mojito. Of course, she was a wusslord and nursed it for 2 hours. Our original intent was to do a little shopping at some of the antique and vintage shops in the area. We ended up sitting in that bar for 2 hours cracking each other up and not doing any shopping at all, but we had so much fun we didn’t even mind. After that we decided it was time to head home.

On our way home we stopped at the dinosaurs in Cabazon.

Then my sister wanted to stop at Casino Morongo, so why the hell not? We were only there for about 45 minutes. But I did spot the most magical of slot machines. By the way, Casino Morongo? Not like the commercials. 

By this time we were pooped. We got home right on time for me to crawl into bed (after showering casino smoke off of me) and watch “Celebrity Ghost Stories” (my current favorite Saturday night activity). And Kyle said Zoey was a dream baby for him all day. It was a good day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pandora's Parlor in San Juan Capistrano

Hidden in the back of The Old Barn Antique Mall in San Juan Capistrano, you will find this amazing gem of a place called Pandora's Parlor. Pandora's Parlor (see Facebook page here) specializes in "Macabre antiques, Victorian mourning items, haunted house decor, and everything for the darkly inclined." The Old Barn Antique Mall isn't my favorite antique mall, because they don't have a very big selection of what I am usually looking for, which is more in the range of 50s-70s mid century type stuff. But it is worth a special trip just to visit Pandora's Parlor.

Pandora's Parlor has a blog and it gets updated from time to time when new items arrive. Plus there are tons more pictures of creepy things. AHLUVIT!

The Old Barn Antique Mall
31792 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-9144

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mini & Maximus, Fall/Winter 2011

Things I love about Mini & Maximus: Super cool tee graphics for kids that even I would wear, artist collaborations with people like Mike Perry and Fee Harding, they feature art by kids (this is important to me), artsy yet laid back vibe, overall awesomeness. Plus, this paragraph from their website that describes their current collection, is just perfect to me as a mom. Which is funny, because the collection is called “Imperfectly Perfect”:

For those days, when they pull one sock up but get happily distracted before they can pull up the other. When they start stomping their feet about who knows what, and all evidence of sanity seems to have runaway. “Imperfectly Perfect” celebrates the slightly “off” moments where you decide you’ll watch them go to the beat of their own drum because sometimes they just wake up like that.

Cece L'amour

After designing shoes for the likes of Betsey Johnson and LAMB, my friend Celine has started her own shoe line called CeCe L’Amour and yesterday she shared with me that she named one of the shoes in her debut collection after me! In fact, all the shoes are named after girls she knows, and Rachael got one named after her too! I feel so cool. Celine said she named the flat “Kelly” because she knows I love flats. This is true. Furthermore, this is a super cute vintage-inspired flat with a big pom pom on it! I love pom poms. I will wear the heck out of these.

Besides the Kelly flat, my favorite shoe in her line is the Nicole, pictured below. I love the polkadots, the taupe, cream and black color combo, and I like the way it looks like it was inspired by the 1940s. I will be picking this one up for sure. To see more CeCe L’Amour shoes, visit Celine’s blog The Shoe Girl. If you poke around some recent posts, you will see some cool inspiration boards, and she talks a lot of about the process of designing shoes.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vintage graphic design

sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lotus Plaza

80s inspired

1. Neivz “Rad” ring from Moxsie, $29.   2. Lightning bolt clutch from ASOS, $43.10.   3. Vivienne Westwood “Anglomania + Melissa Lady Dragon VI” heels from Zappos, $162.   4. Betsey Johnson crystal tiger studs, $25.  5. Essie nail polish in “licorice” and “sexy divide.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Monday, August 15, 2011

Fun with camera phone

I saw these cereal boxes at Target and really liked the design.

A fruit tart from The Queen's Bakery, which just opened in Costa Mesa.

My new necklace from miju.

On Saturday night, I snuggled up in bed with my new copy of Heidi Swanson's cook book Super Natural Every Day. I'm really exciting like that.

While browsing the magazine rack, I saw this. The content doesn't interest me, but I love the "California" lettering.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vintage typewriter ribbon tins

Vintage typewriter ribbon tins via Uppercase Journal.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A little secret...

I love the shoes I am wearing today. They came from Old Navy. I know. It surprised me too.

My sister-in-law turned me on to these jeans from Old Navy. They are called The Rock Star Jegging and they are technically “jeggings”, but they look just like jeans. These things are so great I feel like I must share them with the world. Before I had a baby, I wore H&M jeans called SQIN. Skinny jeans. Even though I was small, I still muffin topped out of them. After I had Zoey I dreaded going back to regular jeans because if I was muffin topping before, I didn’t even want to think about what kind of situation I’d have now. But these jeans produce NO MUFFIN TOP. I repeat, NO MUFFIN TOP.

I have always hated how low the waist is on most women’s jeans. I have hips. The Rock Star Jegging sits a little higher on the waist. I am not constantly tugging at my pants and pulling them up like I was before. I also think the higher rise attributes to the lack of muffin top.

Also they don’t get all stretched out! Isn’t a bummer when skinny jeans don’t stay skinny? These don’t do that. They are dream jeans, and if they ever stop making them I will never wear pants again. That is a threat.

By the way, I really want to provide you with proof of the no muffin-topping, but as it turns out, I am wearing a dress over these today. So just trust and believe, y'all.

Xray Eyeballs

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I want a pretty dining room

When Kyle and I first moved in together (before we were married because we are heathens) we didn’t really have much money to spend on furnishing our place. So we ended up with a whole lot of Ikea stuff. Which is okay because I love Ikea, but sometimes it’s just too much Ikea.

We have the Bjursta dining table, which seats 2 and expands to seat 4, in black-brown. But then the very next year, you know what Ikea did? They made that ish in a regular brown! Which I like way better! But of course, I’m not going to go out and buy a brand new dining table 1 year later just because of that. So the table remained, and even came with us to our current place. But I kind of despise it. I think it’s too small for us now since we have our families over a lot. There’s definitely room for a bigger table in our current place. Also, I just do not like the black-brown. It just looks black. So lately I’ve been day dreaming about giving our dining area a complete makeover.

I love the dining rooms pictured here. I noticed that every time I see a dining room that I love, it has 2 things going for it: 1) mid-century and 2) rustic or natural or something. I love the mix of the clean white mid-century chairs and tables that look like they are made from reclaimed wood.

image via Pinterest (original source, anyone?)
I like everything here except I would change the plant and the art on the wall.

room by Emily Henderson who is the BEST thing on HGTV right now.
In this image, I love the chairs and dining table together. The photo wall not so much. has an affordable knock-off of the Eames shell chair, sold in a set of 2. also has tulip chairs, which are sold as singles so they are a bit more expensive, and I would say out of my price range. I like the other ones better any way.

For a table, my best bet may just be to stick with the Ikea Bjursta series, only with a larger table (this one seats 4-8), and I can get the medium brown. Since I already own one, I know they are durable and quality is great. And for $199 it's kind of a steal!

I like both of these CB2 tables, but the rectangular one is 900 bucks and the round one is too small.

Let's talk about rugs.
The rug on the left is by Madeline Weinrib and it is my dream rug, but costs major moolah. The rug on the right is a much more affordable option from West Elm. The design is very similar, but the color is not as exciting.

Here are 3 more graphic choices. The top 2 are from I'm not completely sold on the one on the left, but I really like the chevron stripe on the right, although it looks like it's no longer available. The bottom is from Ikea. I like it, but definitely not as much as the chevron stripe. If I had to choose between a colored rug or a black and white rug, I would probably go with color.

The ZigZag rug from Urban Outfitters is nice and I like the colors, but it will probably be too small.

One thing that will definitely be staying in our dining area is my beloved mid-century desk/credenza/cabinet thing. Luckily, it fits in with the vibe I'm going for.

So, what do you think? Any more ideas for me?