A snapshot of my week in images . . .
Do you have any plans scheduled for the weekend? #TGIF
I love the beauty + fantasy of this ad. . . . Desperately trying to figure out where I could wear this outfit in public and be okay with myself the next day . . . I wonder if the bunnies are included?
I don’t read the paper through and through like Rob does, But I do enjoy a cup of coffee and a good read. If I do read the newspaper, I typically stick to the Business section, the Image section or Real Estate . . . reading the paper is another one of those things I always considered to be a “grown up” thing. These days I prefer to get my news from NPR or the BBC . . .
My brother and niece came out to spend time for his birthday last weekend and we took the kids to the park . . . actually we took them to their school playground, and the swings were high enough for me to get my swing on! . . . #rare
I spent a couple of hours working from Starbucks @ Barnes & Noble this week. It’s so refreshing to change your surroundings. Plus I have been suffering from wanderlust and foreign fashion magazines are my temporary solution to tide me over until I can get away again!
Yeah so, it is definitely true love . . . this polish by Fergie for Wet-n-Wild is my new fav. I can’t get enough of it! When it chips, I take it all off and just reapply. It’s so bright and happy. I can’t find it in the stores anymore though. I wanted to get a back up bottle but alas . . . that ship may have sailed so I’m secretly on the lookout for another really bright reddish pink. Let me know if you know of any!! Btw, did you notice my glued-back-together-frame in the background? tee hee hee . . . Vision Therapy has been going well for Reston. He is really progressing. Over the past few months we have been watching the building undergo some remodeling and landscaping changes. I love these new planters they put in. Because of the drought, more and more people are turning to dry landscaping options. I was never really a fan, but lately I have been seeing lots of options that I really like . . .
The weather this week has been fairly overcast . . which of course I love. I also love that I get to work in front of this huge window of natural light everyday. Downside:: two birds, on two different days, ran into the window right in front of me this week . . . not so cool . . .
I’m headed to San Diego tomorrow to do a culinary walking tour! Although it looks like it might be be raining, ☁☂☁ I think it will add to the adventure. Can’t wait to taste! Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!
The warmer weather is making me reach for more patterns as I am getting dressed everyday. It’s also making me want to shop! I love this black + white polka dot scarf with a pop of yellow, perfect for these summery evenings we’ve been experiencing lately.
Rob was “Professor for a Day” @ his alma matter earlier this week and brought home this beautiful flower arrangement, which now graces my coffee table. I haven’t bought fresh flowers for the house lately, and this totally reminded me of what I have been missing!
My mom treated Nadiya + I to a girls nite on Friday and took us to see the Alvin Ailey dance Theatre at the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavillion on Friday. She loves to dance and I love exposing her to different types of dance.
I am in love with this Fergalicious polish by Wet-n-Wild. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but it really makes me happy . . . and so does a good leopard print!
Nadiya is always bringing me things to keep at my desk. I love these little La La Loopsy dolls + she has tons of them, so some have taken up residence on my desk along with my sheep and a lego dog that Reston made me ♡ . . .
I love downtown LA @ night . . . !
Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the new week at hand!
My Renaissance Clutch has proven to be a real go-to bag for me for evenings out. I’m thinking to make it in a slightly larger size as well. Do you like to carry clutches or do you prefer a strap? I really ♡ the option of having a removable strap . . .
Last Friday Rob and I drove to San Diego for the Bonobo concert. I love Simon Green’s music. It was such a treat to see him do his thing in person + feel the music and energy of everyone experiencing it together . . . #perfectdate Went for a 5 mile hike with my buddy Loreta last week. There’s already so much beauty on this trail and then we had the treat of seeing these beautiful horses taking a stroll with their riders through the creek . . .
Reston turned 10 years old on Saturday and wanted to visit Mission Santa Barbara for his birthday, so we drove up and spent the day in The Barbie. It was such a beautiful day . . . and now I have a 10 year old . . . wow.
I love the view from this park. I used to bring the kids here when they were littles. They like to visit it whenever we are visiting SB. This time we were able to, but the playground was closed for construction :/ . . .
We dog-sat my niece’s dog, Coco, over the weekend. She is the sweetest dog ever, with the best temperament. I have never met a dog so chill! . . . she definitely has her moments of playfulness, but overall she was really easy to handle. I’m allergic to dogs, so it was tough when she would get all hyped up and want to run around and play, but I handled it. Reston really wants a dog, was this a test?
I hung out with my nieces on Saturday, we went vintage shopping and hung out in Pasadena. It was really fun. I love hanging out with them. Found this “faux” tile in a store in Santa Anita. I love the pattern + of course I love the colors ☺ . . .
Ended the week with a super productive brand clarity meeting with Kelly Brito. Kelly is really good at what she does and I have been wanting to work with her for some time now. I’m excited about the work we are going to do together!
Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. This is the last weekend of Spring Break for us. My days are so out of whack! Did you notice that yesterday I posted a Mood Board Monday post on Friday? OOps! My bad!!
Enjoy your Saturday!
I love interesting floors and tiles. It’s amazing how happy a great floor can make me. Did you know there are a few instagram accounts dedicated to floors and tiles? Check out two of my favorites: @ihavethisthingwithfloors + @ihavethisthingwithtiles for more flooring magnificence . . .
So this happened . . . we hung out in WeHo with my brother and sister and tried a new pizza place. Somehow we made the mistake of each ordering our own pizza without considering that they were not personal sized pizzas . . . a total of 7 whole pizzas. Fun was had by all.
Are you familiar with Bunch Magazine? Its a great magazine that features creatives+ influencers in different industries. I got my first copy and loved it. I’m so glad to have discovered it. One can never have too many goodies to read + draw inspiration from. You can check them out here.
I ♡ taking walks through unfamiliar neighborhoods. I can’t wait to live in an area where it is more conducive to walk to things. I love looking at the exteriors and landscaping in different neighborhoods. Spotted this ivy + red door on our same walk to the pizza spot last week.
More work in progress taking place in the design lab . . . Sometimes I wish I could just push a fast forward button. It’s amazing how long things take to complete when it’s just you doing a million things, but slow and steady wins the race, and progress is steadily happening, so I’m thankful for it.
Hope you had an amazing week! Have a fabulous weekend + Happy Easter in advance!!
I hope you all had a fabulous week and are having a productive Friday. I’m so glad the weekend is here! Keep chipping away at your goals, and don’t forget to celebrate the (seemingly) little accomplishments. In the past I was not always one to celebrate the little things. I had to make a choice to begin doing it (and it’s still not second nature, just ask Rob). I will tell you that it does make a difference! By highlighting the fact that you ARE making progress, it somehow makes your end goal seem more attainable. So go ahead! Celebrate what has already been accomplished, completed, checked off a list or released into the world. Any excuse to party on a Friday, right? ☺
One of my besties introduced me to Augie’s | À La Minute last week and I had my first ever vanilla lavender latte. The best. Can’t wait to return to try À La Minute’s liquid nitrogen ice cream! Have you tried it?
TGIF! Hope you all had a great week. Got any fun weekend plans?
TGIF!!! It’s been a busy week around these parts! The LA Fashion Council kicked off LA Fashion Week with shows at Maker City in downtown Los Angeles this week. So far, my favorite of the shows I attended was Odylyne. I’ll be reviewing the line on the blog next week. But for now, here’s a behind the scenes sneak peak of a few of the pieces . . . .
Last weekend we drove up to Central California, Hanford, to be exact, to spend the weekend with Reston’s best friend + family who recently moved there. It’s an agricultural town, lots of dairies and farms, which I love. Fun fact: Hanford is well known for their ice cream, the brand is called Superior and it’s made locally and packaged right there in Hanford. Of course I loved the pink box and old school typography so I had to snap a shot. They have an ice creamery in town, but there was a Renaissance Fair going on and streets were blocked off so we opted for the take home kind. It was delish!!!
The plan was to stay over at our friend’s house and drive up to Sequoia National Park on Sunday. But I underestimated my dog allergies -they have two little doggies and I was equally allergic to both, even though they were being kept away from me in different rooms :( So after they treated us to dinner at Harris Ranch Restaurant, we opted to stay over at the adjoining Harris Ranch Inn. BTW, did you know that Harris Ranch is California’s largest source of beef, and the largest ranch on the West Coast? I don’t eat much beef, but the steak was good and the loaded baked potato was AWESOME!!!!!
The next morning we headed out on the open road to Sequoia. Along the way we stopped at Pinky’s Produce, a roadside fruit stand, for some freshly squeezed orange juice. I’m told it is the best around. Of course, I loved the signage and pink lettering . . .
Then it was time to hit the road again. It was a beautiful drive, especially once we got into the forest. I LOVE trees, and there were tons of them. Beautiful tall redwoods and lots of cool fresh air. A nice break from those heatwave temps we’ve become accustomed to.
Our goal was to do a cave tour, but we found out that the one we wanted was sold out. While we were waiting, the kids discovered an old relic known as a “pay phone.” They were fascinated by the buttons and attached cord. I realized that it had been a while since I had seen one myself! The park rangers told us about another cave tour that was 2 hours up the mountain, and everyone was game so we headed back out. On the way, we stopped to see General Sherman, a giant Sequoia tree. By volume, General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on earth. And he was massive. You can see him below . . .
We ended our trip with a really cool cave tour at Boyden Cavern in Kings Canyon. It was both fun and informative. I will share more about it later, but if you are ever in Sequoia National Park, I recommend you go. Our guide was great and it was very beautiful, both inside the cave and out.