Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#wesandersonclustercuss Halloween Party

On Saturday night we went to a super fun Wes Anderson-themed Halloween party, hosted by Toddland. The attention to detail was awesome. The party was on a boat (renamed the Belafonte for the night), limited to 75 people, and the captain and boat crew were dressed like Team Zissou. The ladies restroom on the boat had framed photos of Margot Tenenbaum on the wall. There was a guy who was specifically hired to wear a Team Zissou outfit and play David Bowie songs on an acoustic guitar. Upstairs, where the dancefloor was, was themed like The Life Aquatic. There was a "Loquasto International Film Festival" banner, and seahorses danging from the ceiling colored up like the "crayon ponyfish." Even the food at the party was a mix of references from different movies. Pictured above is one of the photo opps on the dock so people could take photos before boarding The Belafonte.

I must say for a self-proclaimed hater of crafting, Rachael certainly did an awesome job on her mask.

Todd as the narrator from Moonrise Kingdom (that is his real beard, colored grey), and Paul as cousin Ben from Moonrise Kingdom. Figuring there would be a ton of Margot Tenenbaums and Suzys (Moonrise Kingdom), I tried to think of an obscure reference. I wish I could take credit, but his one was actually Kyle's idea. I was the wounded zebra from Margot Tenenbaum's first play. See reference here:

I was right about the Margots and Suzys, so I was proud of my costume as the only wounded zebra on the boat! Plus, that shizzle was super comfy and warm. Although I did have to shed it at one point because I got pretty hot doing my sweet interpretive dancefloor moves with Rachael and Kristine. Best part was that I overheard Todd explaining us to his friends. "That's Kelly and Rachael. They do this..." Ha! Love it.

Kristine as the jaguar shark! She even used glow-in-the-dark paint.

Rachael and Josh dressed like Mr. and Mrs. Fox. 

Amber, one of the hosts, dressed as Laura Bishop (Moonrise Kingdom).

Props to this dude for dressing as Suzy's record player. It must have been hard to maneuver that on the boat's narrow staircases!

Two girls dressed in Indian clothing and passed out "sweet lime" shots.

Todd posing with the most convincing Owen Wilson I've ever seen.

Those are some of my photos from the party, but for more awesomeness, check out this Pinterest board featuring party pictures, or look up #wesandersonclustercuss on instagram.

I remember when Todd first started Toddland, he said that if things ever really took off, he wanted Toddland to be known for it's Halloween parties in the same way that Paul Frank was known for it's Christmas parties. This first one will be pretty hard to top. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mounted heads

I love these mounted unicorn and deer head brooches by Hungry Designs (Amanda Whitelaw from Australia).

Somebody tell me - is it just ridiculously easy to get things laser cut in Australia? I swear every time I start looking up laser cut wood brooches on Etsy, most of the sellers are from Australia!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cocktail Time

1. Crosshatch Globe Decanter by DwellStudio, $185.  2. Capuchine decanter, Jonathan Adler, $168.  3. Hobnail Pitcher, Anthropologie, $78.  4. Walnut woodgrain ice bucket, Mr. Ice Bucket, $30.  5. Pop rocks glass in orange, Jonathan Adler, $14.  6. Gold horse swizzle sticks (set of 10), Gnome Sweet Gnome, $12.  7. Santorini coasters (set of 4), Jonathan Adler, $68.  8. Metallic gold striped paper straws.

These are a few of my current favorite bar accessories. There are so many great bar accessories that I could probably make, like, 20 of these little collages, all with a different theme or color story. I love those decanters so much, but they are so out of my price range. I was thinking about trying a little DIY project to mimic the DwellStudio one with the gold crosshatching at the bottom.

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I asked my friends to stock my bar for my birthday. I just happened to find a recipe for a cocktail called Stormy Morning on a site called The Framed Table, that uses some of the things I received as gifts. It's so tasty, I thought I'd share it.

1.5 oz Créme de Violette 
1.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur 
1 oz fresh lime juice 
4 oz champagne
Lime wedges to garnish

Pour the creme de violette over ice. Add St. Germain and lime juice and top off with Champagne.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Crowded Teeth for The Land of Nod

Check out some of the new items from The Land of Nod, designed by Michelle Romo aka Crowded Teeth. Honestly, I kind of want most of this stuff just for myself! Especially the yeti and mushroom plush! I am thinking of getting one of the wood puzzles for Zoey. I'm already thinking about Christmas presents.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Native Creative #3: Desiree B.

photo by John Santoni

I first saw Desiree's creations when I was walking past Seed People's Market in Costa Mesa last year around Christmas time. She had done a really cute (extreme alliteration coming) woodland winter wonderland window display. Inside the store, I admired her adorable woodland creatures which she sews herself from reclaimed fabrics. Fast forward to summer time and I saw her at her space at Crafted. She was warm and friendly, and you can really tell she loves what she does. So I asked her to be a part of my then future blog feature!

Please introduce yourself! 

Hello, my name is Desiree. I am a maker of plushies, accessories, and a greeting card line.

Where do you source your fabrics?

Mostly charity affiliated thrift stores, wherever I happen to be. I found a wonderful blue striped blanket in a red cross shop in Bath, England once. If I think that there might be some wooly treasures I will dive in.

You've also added greeting cards to your repertoire. These are your drawings? 

Yes, they were a bit of an accident. I made a thank you card for a man that had fixed my surfboard and then just started drawing lots and lots of birds.

The first time I saw your products was when you did the holiday window at Seed in Costa Mesa in 2011. Can you tell me more about that?

I am lucky enough to sell some of my products there, and they were spotlighting vendors each month, and I cheekily asked if I could have December as I had this idea in my head for it. It took a lot of work finding and making the props but it was such a fun thing to do.

What is the Furry Travel Buddies Project? 

The FTBs, as they are known, are an intrepid bunch of global travellers. When I first started sewing, I drew monsters and then made 3D versions. They each had their individual character, likes, and dislikes. From that came the blog where I would get owners to send me their photos and I'd then make up a story to accompany them.

You have a space at the new Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Tell me more about this! 

I signed on to do Crafted in February as I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to showcase my work and meet other creative people. I loved the space too, it has so much character. Since it opened I feel like I have been sewing constantly to replace sold items which has been fantastic if slightly exhausting. This morning I was up at 7am sewing some cats and bears.

Where else do you sell your creations? 

I have a couple of stores Seed Peoples Market, Hapa Collective in Seal Beach, and Green Bliss Cafe in Fullerton, as well as Crafted.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?

Love what you do and do what you love. If it makes you happy then you won't mind the long nights and early morning starts, your enthusiasm and passion will win people over, and every day will bring new discoveries.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not creating? 

Walking and running with my dogs, surfing, cooking and searching for new materials.

What would be your dream life? 

Having come from London to Huntington Beach, I feel like I'm already living it. I have beautiful weather and the ocean on my doorstep. Life is pretty good.

Can you share some of your favorite local Orange County spots?

Love The Camp, obviously. Blackies Newport Beach is my surf spot. Sandy's Grill for good music, Portola Lab and Green Bliss Cafe for great coffee.

Where can we find you online? is my rambling collection of thoughts and pictures. is the collection of FTB's stories to date. Facebook page handmadebydesireeb. I do hope to have an online store that is well stocked one day.

Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed! I love my little owl friend. He currently watches over us from our fireplace mantle. 


Monday, October 15, 2012

New Tame Impala

Now ready for something adorable? Not to mention they sound amazing!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Snapshots: Birthday Edition

When my friends asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I told them I wanted to stock my home bar. I've always admired photos I see of bar carts and I'm always pinning recipes for fancy cocktails. But I hardly ever drink at home, so I've never wanted to spend money on cocktail ingredients. It worked out perfectly! I got a bottle of St. Germain, Creme de Violette, Lillet, little bottles of champagne, and bitters. But my favorite are these swizzle sticks Rachael made me. Aren't they adorable? I am ready to throw a party!

We celebrated by going to a karaoke place called Cafeoke Ding Dong Dang (seriously). It was one of those places where you can rent a room, so there were just 6 of us and we really let loose. I wore glitter pants and sang my heart out all night. We didn't get home until 3am!

Kyle was really the star of the evening. You'd never guess it, but the dude can wail.

Our sweet, tired gal car-napping. She stayed over at my parents house the night we went out for karaoke. We were all exhausted the next day. I'm glad I got to have a big allnighter (it had been years...), but it really made me appreciate doing mellow things, like a small dinner out with friends, or watching a movie at home. 

My favorite desserts are Indian desserts. I usually venture over to the Indian grocer around my birthday and pick up a box of various treats. I'm not too sure what any of them are called, except that the white one is kalakand. The white one and the brownish square one are my favorites.

On the night of my actual birthday, Kyle surprised me with the most epic cheese plate ever! He went to Whole Foods and told the lady at the cheese counter what my favorite cheeses are and she recommended some new ones for me to try. Those cheeses were Grès des Vosges (a washed rind cow's milk cheese that I found to be very similar to Red Hawk) and Andante Tomme Dolce (a really lovely, mellow-flavored, silky, semi-firm goat cheese with a sweet after taste, made by Soyoung Scanlan of Andante Dairy in Petaluma, CA). I loved them both. He also got my favorite - Red Hawk. He also got a few different kinds of meats, a baguette, and some marcona almonds. We used sage honey, and 2 jellies from Backyard In A Jar - lavender jelly (great with the Tomme Dolce) and their "tapas jelly" which is a wine jelly infused with shallots and rosemary. 

I had a few reminders this year that maybe I am getting older and I don't really want to party all night. And that maybe a small, quaint night out (or in) with your BFFs is way better than a huge bash with every person you know. Funny how life changes, and it kind of weirded me out at first. But the more I think about it, the more I can dig it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some things I like right now... Frilly edition!

Sheer To Your Heart dress, via ModCloth.

Lacy Color-Pop Panty, via Anthropologie.

Honeycomb Lace Dress, via Anthropologie.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Native Creative #2: Ari Rodriguez

If you visit The Camp often, then you have probably noticed Ari sitting outside her shop Viva Eclectico. Owning a shop has always been at the top of my list of dream jobs, but the hours and risk have always scared me. So I kind of envy Ari for following her dream. Ari answered my interview questions a few weeks ago, and when I stopped by to take some pics of the shop, she informed me that she is moving to Seattle and someone else will be taking over the shop! I will miss her smiling face, but I know she is excited to live in a "real" city.

Please introduce yourself!

Ari, short for Ariana Mabel Rodriguez. My shop is called Viva Eclectico, meaning live eclectic in Spanish. We are located in a tiny trailer at The Camp in Costa Mesa.

Your shop is full of well-curated vintage goodies. How do you acquire your loot? 

Because I am so small, I am able to hand pick EVERYTHING, often making it hard to part with many of my finds haha. I go to my secret LA flea markets and occasional thrifting, but that is just how I've been doing it since I was a kid, so I have a quick scanning eye that zeroes in on treasure in a pile of junk.

You also carry a selection of newer items. What kinds of items, and how do you choose them? 

I carry everything I would actually own (if I don't already). I have travel knick knacks, not because it's in right now, but because it really is such a part of my real life. Since I turned 21, I've been saving my money and going somewhere every 6 months. I just came back from Thailand 2 days ago. I figure that the people that would like these things would have similar interests, and that's not always the case, but I like to think so. I also secretly implement cat things, manly pieces like tool boxes and whiskey bottles, and I don't carry anything purple. (Homegirl just does not like the color purple!)

What's your number 1 seller? 

Vintage suitcases.

Owning my own store is like a dream to me, but it seems so scary. What gave you the push to venture out on your own?  

I wanted to do what I loved on my own terms even if it meant I wouldn't make as much as I was making at the time. I really, really love that I get to do this. My guy was a big encouragement. As women, I think we underestimate our ability to do things so I try to encourage other women to start their own thing because we need more women to do that. We are so talented, we just need a push.

Did you always know that The Camp would be "your spot" or did you look into other venues? 

If I remained in the states I knew The Camp or The Lab was where I wanted to be. It surprises me to this day that it worked out perfectly.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do? 

Do it. If you really want it you will find a way. You'll save your money, do research and do it.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not running your shop? 

Hunting for treasures. I have a subconscious need for hunting. I can't drive by a dumpster without thinking there's something awesome in there.

I watch a lot of movies. I just adore them because I can really immerse myself in the story and get a different perspective on a different situation.

And last, I love FOOD. I will go to a restaurant when it barely opens, or seek out new takes on food, such as molecular gastronomy, and critique the food after the meal. Unfortunately you start to get good at knowing when bread is a day old or if seafood isn't fresh, and when combinations don't work and it can start to ruin that very simple experience.

What would be your dream life? 

The life I have now on a bigger scale and not in America.

Can you share some of your favorite local spots?   

Eating: Old Vine Cafe (Costa Mesa), Lola Gaspar (Santa Ana), Habana (Costa Mesa).
Shopping: Goodwill, Zara, TJ Maxx.  
Entertainment: The indie theatre at the UC Irvine campus, The Camp, and The Observatory for music.

Where can we find you online?  

Viva Eclectico website
Viva Eclecitco Tumblr

Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed! 

Thank you for having me.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Illustration Love: Leah Duncan

I know that it's only been a few months since I last gave props to Leah Duncan's lovely designs, but there are some newer things that have popped up in her shop that I just love!