Thursday, December 30, 2010

visual happiness

Saw this collection of Ma +Chr images on {Black, White, Yellow.} and it made me quite happy indeed.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


(I get to go to West Side Story, at the Pantages, plus my fave LA restaurant, Canteen, tomorrow night with my mom, Aunt, and cousin! I'm a lucky girl!) Sweet dreams.

my fave flower, shot by April Rocha, via Bliss

Monday, December 20, 2010



hello again

The Great Return! Wow, I haven't posted in exactly one week. Feels strange. I guess I've been busier lately than I thought. A recap: two separate shopping sprees (wait, 3) in Old Town, Pasadena. Happy Hour with coworkers. The best work party ever (Prosecco & beers , dancing , enormous buffet, 50 people playing white elephant), Happy Hour # 2 w/coworkers, Happy Hour # 3 w/girlfriend, etc. Today, hubby and I both have the day off. I can't remember the last time this happened. Certainly wasn't in the winter or fall season. We just started our day off with toast topped with pumpkin cream cheese, oh yes. And peppermint coffee. Ah, I love trader joe's (so much that I work there once a week now, more on that later....) Debating all kinds of things for our day-definitely xmas shopping and gym, possibly Black Swan viewing. For now, I leave you with this image I stole from Pergolina's lovely blog-if you live anywhere near LA (specifically Toluca Lake) this store is a must. Anyway, I WANT that lamp to float above my coffee table, in that absolutely perfect shade of blue/green. xo!

Monday, December 13, 2010

edible celebration

how cute are these cupcakes with edible gold star glitter? i saw these on Oh Happy Day! and i think i want to make them for NYE.

Friday, December 10, 2010


While I wait for the arrival of my guests for our potluck tonight, I thought I'd share this adorable kitchen floor, as seen on poppytalk.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

the holidays are here, here, here! I'm not sure when i'll be back in the blog-world. the blog-land. my happy spot. we leave in a few to see our friend spin some new tunes, then tomorrow night=holiday party w/finger foods, vino, secret santa, and white elephant. friday night=i'm hosting a potluck. saturday night=bday party for my cousin at a chinese restaurant in the valley followed by our favorite bday party every year in an old home in pasadena. all these days, including sunday, it's work work work during the day. so i say, goodbye for now!

Love this wedding dress by Elizabeth Dye, via east side bride.

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to have a focus here, huh? A project that I can document on my blog, so there's some sort of a purpose here. My balcony. Sigh, yes, balcony. I know we're so lucky to have one, considering how small our apt is. There's so much to be done. And either so little time, or so little motivation. And my free time is about to become much more limited-between my 4 employers, I potentially will be working 7 days a week, for as long as I can handle it. That means no sunlight when I finally make it home. That's a problem, as our balcony is insufficiently lit. Well, I'm not giving's a few images I've been holding onto for too long, thus I know longer remember where I got them from, argh. That's bad, so sorry.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

uh-huh, uh-huh

Can you see me? I'm nodding my head. Yes, please, I want it all. Chunky leg-warmers, a new clutch, turquoise vases, a cozy cardigan. All spotted on Bliss.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

hair dilemma

i'm really digging Kate's bangs in the top image-i guess the key is that they (the bangs) start pretty far back on her head, so that they appear long and full yet aren't in her eyes. I'm wanting to go back to bangs, but i'm also debating no bangs, and just parting my hair smack dab in the center, such as the 2nd image, which my hubby kinda voted for. we'll see who wins ;)
(both photos obtained through Studded Hearts)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sensory overload.... a really good way, is this blog right here: Bleach Black.
Check it.

Monday, November 29, 2010

why, hello there December

It does seem that every year we all say the same thing-something along the lines of 'What! It's Halloween time? Oh man here comes Christmas.' Then 'What! Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I'm going to blink my eyes and it'll be Christmas'....Skip to 'Man, December is going by so fast....' etc etc.
I'm determined to not let Xmas hit me on the back of the head this year-in other words, I am on a mission to savor every moment of December that I can. I have quite a few holiday get-togethers planned, my fave. My hubby found a playlist online of xmas music that gasp, is actually very pleasant and cool (I'm serious, and please don't make fun of me). I decorated a tad bit here at home. We're going to hang lights. I'm going to learn how to make mulled wine and a new pastry. And so on and so forth. For now I leave you with this cutesy-pie idea, felt ball garland, as seen on the ever-clever Oh Happy Day! Seasons Greetings! (Miss you, sis-can't wait to see you in January)

wedding radical-ness

wow, what a stunning wedding recently posted on my fave wedding blog. i love love their stationary. it's bold, pretty, exquisite. also, how amazing is her bouquet?? i was to lay my head on it. a wildflower pillow :)

something bright on a cold day

Love the print, and colors, of this bedspread, seen on House of Turquoise. Although I'd probably have it facing the other way...(?) I do love turquoise.....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

mr. sedaris is at it again...

I just finished reading When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris. Though there were certain parts of the book that I could have done without, I overall loved it and doubt I've ever laughed aloud that much while reading a book. He's got a new one out, the cover is above, I spotted it on Good Mouse, Bad Mouse. I want to flip through it, as the illustrator is the guy who does the (children's) Olivia books.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ah, the Golden Rule. The phrase I would hang in my classroom. The phrase I would scribble on my bathroom mirror in lipstick for when my kids got up in the morning. The phrase I need to do a better job at remembering myself!!
I can't get the image any bigger because of the lazy way I stole it from the super awesome DesignLoveFest, oh well. It still paints (or 'letterpresses') quite the pretty picture.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a joyful, cozy, yummy and healthy day. Here are some images that should keep the festive spirits alive....

Decor via Heart of Light

Pumpkin decor at a fall wedding, via 100 Layer Cake

Cashmere leggings via Bliss. Too bad you have to only weigh 80 lbs for them to look good...

'Bout how many apples I bought in order to make two apple pies last night....(via Design Crush)

Pretty paper, via Design Crush as well.

(Gourmet Mag's) Pumpkin pie, via Cup of Jo

And cranberry upside down cake, oh yes. Forgot where I found this, I'm sorry ;( Fail....

Hubby and I are eating twice, as we did last year. Have to be in Long Beach at 1pm for his fam, then Canyon Country at 5pm for my fam. I'm wishing everyone a happy, healthy, cozy, and yummy Thanksgiving day. (I love that it's actually a teensy bit cold here in LA. Helps the day to feel even more festive)

Monday, November 22, 2010


Perhaps these planters from PAD Outdoors would be a cute addition to my balcony? Especially the blue ones (I do love yellow, but something a bit softer). I like the height of the ones on legs...
via {Black, White, Yellow.}

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hi, I want this outfit, I'll wear it every day. Thanks.
(via Vain and Vapid)


The images of food on the site Smitten Kitchen are so incredibly gorgeous that they make my mouth water, not to mention the step-by-step images and directions that are provided. These are just a few of the recent shots that I simply had to share, in the spirit of pig-out-week (aka Thanksgiving)