Monthly Archives: July 2012

Life in Pictures . . .

And so another month comes to a close . . . Hard to believe we are so quickly approaching the month of August!! It’s amazing how fast this summer is going! Nevertheless, this has been a good summer. Last week our cousin from Chi-town came to visit. It’s been about 25 years since I last saw him . . . and that’s pretty damn amazing considering I am only 27!!! Lol. Anyway, we don’t have much family on the West coast, so it was fantastic to catch up and reminisce. July has been filled¬†with good food, family time, fun outings and time spent with loved ones. There is nothing better. This week we gear up for our first family camping trip! We are meeting some dear friends up in Malibu for a little fun in the sun. We’re all really looking forward to it. And since I am not taking any work with me, I am posting this now, that way I know I’ve done my due diligence and completed the month on the good foot! As I look back, I can see there are a few things I am not able to cross off of my July Goals list, but I guess that’s what August is for!!

Have a great Tuesday and keep reaching for the stars!!! xo

Randomocities: Balancing Acts | Work + Family

This weekend I had a crazy allergy attack that kinda knocked me off my feet. Luckily the worst is behind me now. I don’t get sick often, but when I do it makes me stop and take a look at what’s going on in my life. While I was recovering, I realized that I am feeling a little overwhelmed. Why? Because I am still having a hard time balancing work & family under the same roof, 24 hours a day. My bedroom is doing double duty as Command Center One for my business, and it is showing signs of distress. I’ve really been having a hard time keeping my work area neat and separate from my clothes, laundry and shoes. I’m thankful that I have a bedroom that can accommodate my desk & design tools, so this is not a full on complaint. This is just me recognizing that something’s gotta give. Meanwhile, I am really trying not to have my mind on work while I am spending time with my family. I hate being that person who is always on their phone tapping away during face to face conversations. I think it is rude and unnecessary . . . unless maybe your name is Barak Obama, then you get a pass for running the country and indulging in face-to-face conversations simultaneously. However, Barak Obama I am not, and lately, this has been something of a challenge for me. During the summer days I seem to take little work breaks, where I break away to my desk to shoot off an email or make a phone call. When there is a project at hand, I block off a few hours to sit (hopefully, yet unlikely) uninterrupted and complete it. Still, the guilt is there. I don’t expect to be available to my husband and kids all day everyday, but there is something that is understood when you are leaving the house to go to work. People know you will be less available, and that’s okay. But when Mommy is locked in her bedroom frantically typing into her computer, it just doesn’t seem to carry the same weight . . . at least not yet. I’m holding fast to the idea that this too shall pass. And though I find it hard to believe, school will be in session again shortly. I can’t believe we are almost face to face with the month of August. Realizing this, I am vowing to take every moment as it comes. I truly am enjoying having my family around. Even if I do have to take little breaks here and there!!

Tuscany in Black & White . . .

I love the gritty classic feel of black & white fashion editorials. The contrasts found in a black & white image can really set the tone for fashion magic!! These stunning images above are of Karolina Kurkova, shot in Tuscany by Miguel Reveriego for Vogue Spain. Love. Love. Love!

Autumn Dreams . . .

Nykhor Paul captured by Gabor Szantai.

It is a sweltering 93 degrees today, but looking at this picture makes me want to throw on my cool weather gear!!! I can almost feel a hint of chill in the air!!!

Absolutely gorgeous. . . .

This image has some of my favorite colors in it, gold, rust, green, deep red & brown. I love the way it has managed to capture the warmth of Autumn’s colors, as well as the coolness that Autumn brings. (We can thank the almost-bare tree limbs and leaf-carpeted grass for that!) It totally exudes the essence of Fall, from the leaves on the ground to the sepia tint of the image . . . Not to mention how fantabulous Nykhor looks in that dress!!!!. . . . I LOVE IT!!!

Find more beautiful images of Nykhor here.