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Wanderlusting . . .


Every few days or so I’m struck with wanderlust… honestly, I think that is my normal operating status. I basically live in a constant state of wanderlust. As a child, my family moved around quite a bit and I loved it. Discovering new neighborhoods, finding new places to shop, hang out and stroll through, that was adventurous to me. Being the new kid at schools wasn’t always fun, but even though I was shy, I made great friends all over the country that I’m still friends with to this day. As of now, I’ve been living in the same place for 14 years. I’m so thankful for my home, I love it, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t restless. Until that next move, travel is my best friend. Travel doesn’t have to be long international trips, (although those are wonderful). Travel can be short one nighters, day trips or weekend jaunts, just as long as there’s a change of scenery. When I am traveling and immersing myself in new surroundings, observing the locals, and ogling architecture, I am in heaven. It’s totally mind refreshing and inspirational to me.

Here’s to finding new places to discover!


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Life in Contrast . . . .


October is swiftly coming to a close. Unfortunately, the weather here hasn’t quite reconciled itself to the fact that we are in our second month of Fall. I am yearning for cooler weather, boots + sweaters, and nights by the fireplace!

What’s your favorite time of year? Are you a summer lover, or does Spring make you sing? Do you love Fall or is Winter your thing?


Werkspace Wednesday | 5 Ways to Find Inspiration . . .

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Where do you seek inspiration? Traveling is one of my favorite ways to renew myself and garner inspiration. Since I can’t always travel as much as I would like to, I do a lot of reading. I love reading about how other people achieved their successes, you learn so much from an authentic story of trial and error because no journey is ever without it’s highs and lows.

Another way I seek inspiration is via Pinterest and Tumblr. The images + information I have found via these sites has been priceless to a visual addict like myself.  Photography has always been a side addiction for me as well. Taking pictures of things you find interesting + beautiful . . . seeing the textures and colors of nature up close and personal can be a great way to trigger new ideas.

Fabric + leather swatches and a blank sheet of paper are great motivators for me to design something new. Just the mere feel, or smell of leather can get my pencil moving on paper. There are so many different things that can be done with leather textures these days, and the PU (faux leather) textures are pretty amazing as well.  If you are looking for ways to get inspired I have listed 5 Ways to Find Inspiration Below . . .

5 Ways to Find Inspiration

  1. Travel:: You don’t have to go far. You can even visit the next city closest to your town, or your own city for that matter. Just go somewhere you haven’t been before. Notice the buildings, types of plants + trees, landscaping and what people are wearing. If you’re able to get out of town, notice what customs or rituals are taking place around you. Do people speak with accents? What are they wearing? What colors do you notice recurring?
  2.  Read:: Books, magazines, blogs + newspaper articles can all be great sources of inspiration. Some of my favorite reads are foreign fashion magazines (even though I often can not read the articles, the editorial styles, typography and fashions are different enough to be inspiring). I also read a lot of business related materials. Some books that have been most helpful to me are the 99U series, Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work + Steal Like an Artist , Blogging Your Way to the Front Row by Yuli Ziv and Hijacking the Runway by Teri Agins. There are so many books I love, but those are a few gems I keep on hand at my desk. I am also a coffee table book adddict (apparently I have many addictions) but a beautifully bound book with stunning images gets me everytime.
  3. Go for a walk:: (Similar to #1) Just getting out of your immediate surroundings, ie. your desk or office, can open up a world of inspiration. The fresh air and sunshine on your face will do you a world of good by allowing you to momentarily take your mind off your work and put it on your surroundings. Conversely, taking a walk in the rain will do the same thing. (I favored rainy day walks more as a child, these days I hate being wet with clothes on, but that might be something that floats your boat! And you’ll never know if you haven’t tried it so keep an eye out and an umbrella handy for the next rainy day!).
  4. Old Black + White Movies:: I love a good old film noir. Give me the the bad girls of Old Hollywood any day over the newbies of today. Joan Crawford, Betty Davis + Gene Tierney are amongst my favorites. I love looking at the clothes they wore, how they spoke, what the houses and cars looked like and even how the men + children were dressed. Loads of inspiration abounds in Old Hollywood . . .
  5. Get Quiet:: Information overload is real people! Don’t get me wrong, I love the era we live in. The answer to any question you may have is right at your fingertips with the help of google or Siri, but sometimes you just gotta shut off the tech and get into the peace and quietness of the moment. Let the sounds around you take the forefront, listen to your breathing and clear your mind. See what ideas pop into your head. See who’s voice you hear. Talk to God. You never know what inspired ideas you may be missing because you haven’t stopped to listen!

How do you seek inspiration? 




Palm Springs Travel Diary + 3 Things to Do While Visiting . . .


 I HATE being hot. When presented with the lesser of the two evils, I’ll choose cold over hot any day. With cold, I feel like you can always put on more clothes, but with heat, you can only take off so much before you hit indecent exposure status. Anyway, I write all this to say that Palm Springs was never an enticing locale for me. Located a mere hour and a 1/2 from my home, it didn’t seem like much of a get away . . . the drive wasn’t far enough from home to feel like I was really “getting away”, and the idea of chilling in the desert just didn’t appeal, if you catch my drift. Besides, the only experience I had with Palm Springs was a summer girl’s trip with my best friends in college. It went a little something like this . . . pile into a tiny car and drive for 3 hours into extreme 110 degree heat, check into tiny, nondescript hotel, decide to go hiking (I was outnumbered on this vote- the supposed pay off was that we would be hiking to some  . . . get this . . . HOT springs . . .?!!?) Well, we ended up having a good time because that’s what you do in college on vacay, but the unbearable heat and desert brownness of it all just didn’t float that boat I would have rather been on. And sadly, other than the hike, I don’t recall venturing too far from our seedy hotel. Flash forward about 20 something years and well, the feeling has changed . . . big time. I think Im in love.

Two weeks ago Rob’s job sent him to Palm Springs for a three day conference and I got to tag along. I used the opportunity to get some work done from the hotel while he was “conferencing” . . . But this visit was soooo different from my last! I loved the feel of the place, retro cool with tons of mid century modern architecture thrown in . . . basically it was like a little slice of heaven in the desert! Plus, the Gods were obviously smiling on me, as the weather was absolutely perfect, between 82 and 85 degrees during the day, with nice breezes . . . and I don’t mean the hot breath type of breeze that deserts usually supply you with, these breezes had a nice coolness to them. Apart from the architecture, one of the things I noticed was the landscaping. I typically like A LOT OF GREENERY; TREES, BUSHES, GRASS + FLOWERS, however, this is the desert, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of that. But strangely enough, I wasn’t disappointed either! Bougainvillea, one of my favorite plants, played a starring role in a lot of the local landscapery (yes, I modified the word landscape to fit my needs . . . that’s what a good writer does, in case you didn’t know). It brought just the right amount of color pop to the green + brown. I even have a greater appreciation for cacti. Never one of my fav plants, the cacti and pebble ground covers that I noticed dotting many landscapes, was modern and inviting. I think what I loved most about Palm Springs is that it was almost like stepping into a marvelous time warp. There were so many well preserved midcentury modern homes, furniture and vintage cars. The music in a lot of the shops and even by the pool at our hotel was from the early to mid 40’s . . . Sinatra, Nat King Cole + Ella, but mixed in with that was a lot of modern electronica.

We stayed at the retro-glamourous Riviera Palm Springs. This hotel totally made the Palm Springs experience that much more enchanting. The decor was a perfect mix of glam and retro Hollywood . . .

the beautiful Riviera Palm Springs, I would definitely stay here again . . .

the beautiful Riviera Palm Springs, I would definitely stay here again . . .

I spent the days working from the hotel room until about 2pm while Rob attended seminars and then we ventured out together in the afternoons/evenings. Once I realized we were in Mid Century Modern Heaven I had to get up close and personal with some of the surrounding exteriors. Which brings me to the first item on my list of  . . .


1. Mid Century Modern Driving Tour If you visit the Palm Springs Visitor’s Center located in the former Tramway Gas Station, (a mid century modern landmark in it’s own right) you can purchase a $5 map of Modern Palm Springs homes and buildings and do your own driving tour, or purchase the Palm Springs Modern Tours app ($4.99) on itunes or google play. There were a few celebrity homes on the list such as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore + Steve McQueen. We didn’t do the whole tour, but don’t expect to get all up close and personal with these homes. For instance, Sinatra’s home is located behind a gate and you can’t see much from the street, but it’s fun to imagine him + the rest of the Rat Pack driving up to this humble abode and proceeding to party the night away . . .

one of Frank Sinatra's homes on the driving tout . . .

one of Frank Sinatra’s homes on the driving tour . . .

more homes on the tour . . .

more homes on the tour . . .


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We found this baby (above) on the market for a mere $1,875,000. Located in the Little Tuscany area of Palm Springs, It has 3,224 square feet of living space on a 15,682 sf hill top lot. Built in 1952 and updated most recently in 2013, it boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths + a den/office/media room with direct pool access, vaulted exposed beam ceilings, glass walls, custom lighting and an open concept chef’s kitchen, among other amenities . . . if you’re thinking it’s time to relocate, contact Scott Lyle Realtors for more info.

It’s fun to take in the distinctions + nuances of places you travel to. One of the things I always notice is the signage + typography that is used around me. Typography is such an important part of design, it can really convey a message or feeling . . .

clean lines + scripted fonts in the mix . . .

clean lines + scripted fonts in the mix . . .

And if driving yourself around sounds more like a job than a treat, check out Palm Springs Modern Tours (www.palmspringsmoderntours.com) and sign up for a guided tour from the comfort of a mini van driven by Robert Imber, the knowledgeable guide, founder + owner of PSMT.


2277 N. Palm Canyon Drive

2. Villagefest Street Fair. If you are in Palm Springs on a Thursday night you are in luck. It just so happens that every Thursday evening from 7-10pm, Palm Canyon Drive (between Amado + Barista roads) is closed off to vehicles and becomes the Villagefest Street Fair. You’ll find musicians, arts + crafts vendors, food vendors and a farmer’s market to stroll through. We found THE BEST watermelon licorice vendor at the farmer’s market, and proceeded to OD on watermelon licorice for the next 2 days. I would give anything for a piece of that licorice right now . . . it was mouthwateringly yummy. You can visit www.villagefest.org for more information.


3.  Uptown Design District. If you love design + architecture as much as I do, you will love the fact that Palm Springs has it’s own design district. Head over to North Palm Canyon Drive, and you will find yourself in the middle of a solid concentration of contemporary + mid century modern design. Vintage furniture lovers, interior decorators and home stagers will have a ball discovering furniture pieces, and even some vintage clothing stores along this strip.


Palm Springs is a great little get-away with lots to discover, if you are interested in visiting, check out VisitPalmSprings.com for more of what this city has to offer.



Travel Diary:: Austin, TX | South Congress

SoC0_thelookbookphilosophy.com One of the highlights of our trip to Austin this summer, was visiting this little gem of an area known as South Congress or SoCo as the locals like to refer to it. The area is located on South Congress Avenue, from Johanna to Gibson Streets. It features an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, antiques and music venues.

The first thing I noticed about SoCo was its fabulous use of Airstream trailers! I think Airstream’s are beautifully designed, and I loved seeing how they were being put to use for everything from hot dog stands to pet shelters!


One of the things I loved about this area was its use of color! There was color on the sides of buildings, interspersed graffiti and brightly painted doors and storefronts at every turn.

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While strolling the streets we passed Gueros Taco Bar which (thankfully) had misters out on their patio. We had just come from kayaking, and it had to be at least 100 degrees with the humidity, so everyone stopped to partake of the free droplets. It really was a treat. Next time I would like to try their tacos in addition to their mist!

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Destination: San Francisco!

Hello friends!! It’s my last day here in San Franciso and we have had a ball!!! We took a 2 year hiatus from our yearly Frisco trips and boy have I missed this place!!! Rob + I drove up this past Friday for our anniversary get away. This city is so beautiful to me. I never get tired of it!! My dream is to one day own a home here. Im posting this from my phone, so I hope it works. I just wanted to share some of the beauty I’ve captured through my lens during my time here. Meanwhile, I hope you are all having marvelous Mondays! Go forth and prosper!!!

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I’m loving the rain.☂

Today I am catching up on work & staying cozy. This weekend Rob and I went to San Diego sans kiddies. We had a great time. San Diego is a beautiful city. I’ll share more of our visit tomorrow. Just wanted to touch base since I have apparently been AWOL since I discovered those Tom Ford python pumps a week ago. (my bad!) I also started my journey back to short hair. Did my first 2 cuts last week and the week before… tee hee…

Hope you are having a fabulous Tuesday!

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MAGIC: Day 1&2 . . .

Day 1 was pretty low key. The drive out was great! no traffic, good conversation and lots of . . . ugly, brown, dessert scenery. When we first got to Vegas we headed to Whole Foods to stock up on healthy goodies for the room. It started to thunder and pour down rain while we were inside. The checker told us it was Monsoon Season here in Vegas. Wow! Didn’t know they had Monsoons in Vegas!!! After  dodging the “monsoon” we checked into our room @ The Mirage, which, by the way, was 3000+ times more fabulous than the smokey, dingy box I stayed in @ the Riviera for MAGIC in February . . . Already the trip was off to a great start! After a quick lunch we picked up our badges and walked the show briefly. It was already 5:30 and the show was closing in an hour, but our timing was great because we ran in to a friend of Gina’s who invited us to the CALPaK Hennessey party @ The Palms Resort. They rented the whole 26th floor and had different themes and music for each room. My favorite was the Barbie Suite. So cutely decorated!! Barbie’s got great taste! But did you know that Barbie also has a stripper pole in her bathroom? Hmmm . . .

Today consisted of ALOT of walking and sourcing. There was more rain & thunder, which as I said before, I LOVE!!! I rarely hear thunder in Cali, and I welcome most changes of weather. We were indoors all day unless we were on the shuttle, so it didn’t effect us much. (except for the power outage @ the Sourcing show. There were no lights when we got there and it created a kind of “intimate” feeling). I saw lots of fabulous clothes and jewelry @ Project & Pool. MAGIC had some nice stuff too, but I felt more at home in the hustle and bustle (and loud music) of the Project & Pool tradeshows. There is definitely a different feel between the shows. I was actually surprised how calm and seemingly slow the MAGIC show was. The economy has definitely had an effect on things. Photos of the products are not allowed so I can’t visually share alot of the goodies I saw, but you know I have mentally cataloged them!! Tomorrow we are walking FN . . . the shoe show. Can’t wait!!! ☺

How was your Wednesday?

Camping 101 | Lessons Learned . . .

We went camping for the first time 2 weeks ago. Up to this point, my only experience with camping was sleeping in a tent in the backyard of a friend’s house for a few hours when I was 9. (It got too “chilly” and we decided to come in and reclaim her bedroom). Our friends, Tandalaya & Warren are avid campers, and they invited us up to their campsite to hang out with them and their kids. All of us were really excited to experience nature up close and personal. We drove up to Leo Carillo State Beach, in our car packed to the hilt with snacks, a tent, blankets, pillows, changes of clothes, bathing suits and towels. When we got there it quickly became apparent to me that we were camping novices!! Upon walking up to the campsite and viewing the cozy layout, 2 things were made very clear to me:

1. Our tent was pretty small for 4 people.

2. Camping requires ALOT of packing, planning, unpacking and organization!!

So here is my camping experience in bullet form, to briefly share our trip:

  • Overall feeling: Love camping; Underlying feeling: Camping is not as fun without the right stuff!!!
  • Don’t skimp on the blankets: Didn’t bring enough blankets so Rob and I froze all night.
  • Must. Get. Larger. Tent. -preferably one with 2 rooms (Yes! they have those, even ones with 5 rooms and screened porches!!)
  • Always check to be sure the ground where you are setting up your tent is LEVEL. I awoke with a pretty bad back ache because I had spent the night trying to keep myself from rolling onto Nadiya! The slightest incline makes a world of difference in your sleep.
  • You can have a blow up bed to sleep on in your tent??? WOW!!! Note to self: must research . . .
  • Get Warren’s rib recipe!! Total mouth-watering yumminess!!
  • Eating ribs with a plastic knife and fork (due to braces): not so fun.
  • Hatred of public restrooms: CONFIRMED. My natural aversion to public areas of waste deposit is in tact.

There were many highlights of our trip, (funny Jamaican ghost stories, good conversation & of course, good food) but I think the one that stands out most is being awakened at 4am by an overly-excited bird I had never heard before. It made the most interesting sound, and was very adamant about doing it right outside our tent. I don’t know what he was singing about, but it sounded ALOT like “McDonalds!  . . . McDonalds! . . . McDonalds!” I’m not a fan of McDonald’s food at all, but that bird could make alot of money if the McDonald’s PR peops found out about him!!!

We had a fantastic time and we are going to do it again next year. But this time, we will invest in a larger tent, and be sure NOT to set up our tent on an incline!!

Have you ever been camping before? Did you like it?

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