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The Brand Market LA...

6.20.2014

 ^^^Kelly of Studio DIY sharing her wisdom with us lucky folk^^^
 ^^^getting silly with balloons^^^
 ^^^Caitlin of The Giving Keys is such an inspiration^^^
 ^^^the lovely Katie of Juniper Fancy provided yummiest of treats!
 ^^^finally got to meet long term blogger buddy Anna of In Honor Of Design!^^^
^^^colorful balloons in jars^^^

Last weekend I managed to land a spot at The Brand Market workshop hosted by the super talented Anna of In Honor Of Design alongside Kelly of Studio DIY, and guest speakers Caitlin and Brit of The Giving KeysIt was such a whirl wind of inspiration, creative thinking, and meeting lovely new friends! Firstly can I just say how much I LOVE Kelly's studio! Bright whites and lively colors are her calling card and she has remained true to that right down to her studio's decor. The space is filled with so many fun and sparkly props (her stools have donuts on them!) that it naturally cultivates creativity. I think going forward, we all need a few confetti and balloon jars in our lives don't you think?

Surrounded by props galore, we dove into the story behind The Giving Keys. Caitlin and Brit shared with us their individual journey and how various factors in life, hard work, and determination eventually led them to where they are today. For those of you that aren't familiar with the brand, the idea was pretty simple, yet powerful. They repurpose old keys as jewelry, each stamped with an encouraging word. But the real beauty behind this specific company is that they employ those transitioning out of homelessness, giving them a real chance at employment and the opportunity to better themselves. As someone in the fashion industry, it's really easy to get jaded with all that is wrong in fashion these days. So to me, this was a glimmer of hope! One thing they made perfectly clear, be passionate about whatever it is you want to be doing. When you genuinely care about a cause, you will go the extra mile and people will respond to that. Here's to more dreaming and hopefully one day implementing.

Next up was Kelly and she basically disclosed all there is to know about Studio DIY. Nah, just kidding! But she did say ask what you will and I'll answer... and answer she did! We learned her blog's back story and all the little (and some not so little) lessons she learned along the way. I think the thing she said that struck me the most was- "be your own self imposed filter". What she means by this is deciding on a handful of key factors that are extremely important to your blog/company in terms of aesthetics and philosophy. Her for instance is anything colorful, anything bright white, anything worth celebrating. Only when something meets at least one of those "filters" does she go forward with it be it a blog post, collaboration, etc. If it doesn't quite fit, she just ditches. I think we all simultaneously had an "of course!" moment.

And lastly but certainly not least, the social media guru herself, Anna of In Honor Of Design, shared her tricks of the trade with us. We covered instagram, pinterest, twitter... you name it, she had some pearl of wisdom on all if it. I think the biggest standout for me, was assuring us that it was ok to not be so actively involved on all platforms. In fact spreading yourself too thin could be a disastrous thing. Instead she encouraged us to know which platforms we like and which we are good at (usually they go hand in hand) and just focus on those. Phew! That take a loud of me! Here I'd been feeling terrible for not being as active on my facebook page and twitter accounts. We also had the chance to test our creative juices with all the props conveniently hanging around and get guidance on how to improve... because there's always room for improvement. It was just such a great experience and I am fully convinced, I need to to more blogging related stuff because the people involved are usually just lovely. So if you happen to read this blog and happen to be the LA area, let's collaborate! I promise you nothing but fun, silliness, and of course, coffee :)

***Today I am thankful that I was able to be a part of such an amazing workshop!***

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Link Love 6.15.14

6.15.2014


1/ Because my dad is the ultimate Beatles fan that ever did live...

2/ A Cuba Libre is just the sort of thing you'd find my dad sipping on these days...

3/ Some heart felt words that moved me to tears in Letters From Dad...

4/ This Bistec Empanizado recipe is what I'd be making for my dad if I was on the other coast...

5/ Dove nailed it with their latest Real Men advertising campaign and also this video made me cry too...

Feliz dia de los padres papi! Quiero que sepas que aunque estemos fisicamente lejos, no pasa un segundo que no te tengo en mis pensamientos, mi corazon, y mis oraciones. Si pudiera agradecer te por todo lo que as echo por mi hasta hoy, seria perfecto. Solo puedo esperar que te sientas orgulloso de mi y que estoy viviendo la vida que tu tan cuidadosamente imaginaste para tu bebe. Te queiro mucho!

***Today I am thankful for my daddy of course... he is my rock!*** 

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Local LA: Rae's

6.14.2014

 ^^^he looked like a regular^^^
 ^^^her sunday ritual perhaps?^^^

In a true genuine effort to give this crazy place I've now been calling home for over a year a chance (I'm looking at you LA!), I've been making it a point to do more stuff. You know, see... eat... hear... shop LA even! I figure it's a win-win since I need content to blog about anyways and this will force me out around town right?! Hopefully it can help others that are trying to connect with this funny city... or tourists needing a city guide. At the very least it will be a continuation of life as mrs. beale and that suits me just fine.

Anyways... sorry for the rambling and back to Raes! It's a really cute little diner with your typical diner food. It's not gourmet or anything but it certainly hits the spot! A big plus, they serve breakfast all day long so it's perfect for Sunday brunch. As you can imagine, we all ordered breakfast because why else would you go to a diner after 12pm on a Sunday?! It's also ridiculously cheap so how could you not stop in? I'm talking three of us ate for less than $30 ridiculously cheap! Which reminds me, it's cash only so... This also happens to be one of the few authentic diners left from the 50's which is kind of cool. I also really enjoyed people watching while waiting for the food to arrive. There were all kinds of characters in there... everything from what I suspect to be regulars to tourists. A lady sat a booth over from us nearly had her eyes bulge out of her head when she heard hubs and R's british accents. I guess maybe they don't get a lot foreigners? It was so funny and she just couldn't stop herself from staring, even when I caught her eye and smiled. I guess not everyone is used British accents? Another fun fact, a ton of movies have featured this little gem because of it's unique charm. Remember my last post about Cinespia, I mentioned that a certain diner was featured in Swingers... well this was it! After some googling (is that even a word?) I also discovered Rae's has been in many other films like Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, Starsky & Hutch, and The Next Best Thing just to name a few. I would definitely recommend this place to locals and tourists alike!

***Today I am thankful for the perfect little diner that just happens to be cycling distance from ours***

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Local LA: Cinespia

 ^^^alfred that is^^^
 ^^^skulls on my knees was appropriate considering the location^^^ 
 ^^^so serene^^^
 ^^^the packaging spoke to me^^^

Last weekend hubs and I went on a date to watch an outdoor screening of Swingers via Cinespia. For those of you that are local, or perhaps visiting this summer, I highly recommend checking this out! Basically the viewing is held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where a ton of hollywood legends now rest in peace. I have to admit, I was pretty aware of how surrounded by dead people we were to begin with but I soon got over it. They'll be showing old movies all summer long and I'm sure we'll squeeze in another... or five! Believe it or not, neither of us had seen this film before and it was the perfect light hearted comedy for a summer evening in a graveyard. I've always enjoyed watching movies featuring my current city and now that we're living in LA, I'm all about films shot in here. I have fun trying to recognize places... like the diner they eat in at one point, it's in Santa Monica and we've totally eaten there! That post coming up sometime in the near future so stay tuned. My advice to have a fantastic time, come early as seating is first come and fills up fast! You can also bring low chairs which we did because hubs is getting too old to sit on the ground for long periods of time (true story!) but I have to admit, it was so worth it! Bring layers and blankets since LA is known for it's chilly summer nights and no one wants to shiver all night in a cemetery. You're also able to bring in food and beverages so picnic style is so the way to do this. We sipped rose wine from plastic red solo imitation cups... you know, the reusable version of the already reusable cup because we're sooooo hipster. You can fancy it up if  you like or not... just don't forget a bottle opener if you opt for non screw tops. Also the skulls on my knees was totally by accident but seemed to be fitting don't you think? I had such a fun night and there's nothing like laughing out loud with a few hundred people (I think) when the funny stuff happens.

***Today I am thankful summer events like these that are helping fall for LA***

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My Best Friend's Wedding...

6.06.2014


You guys know the story... girl is best friends with the guy. Guy likes girl but girl is too busy looking for love elsewhere to ever notice love right under her nose... until guy gets engaged. Girl tries with all her might to nonchalantly brake up the wedding while proving to guy that she's the one. Yea, this story is just like that... except not at all!

G is one of my oldest and very best friends from childhood. I literally can't remember a time in my life before him, he's always been there. I'm not even sure how we became so close, it kind of just happened. I guess it's no surprise really seeing as I've always had better luck with guy friendships than girl ones... less complicated and usually less drama involved. I have a vague memory of me slapping him once in the 3rd grade. Something about a dare and how he thought I wouldn't and then I did and then he was mad. He said something about sending me to Mexico with a swift punch if I wasn't a girl and me taunting him not to let that stop him. There were never any cooties with him because he wasn't a boy, he was just G... the boy that would show up at my house for a glass of orange juice after playing basketball in the intense heat for just a tad too long, shaky from lack of sugar and hydration. He became my mom's adopted son to dote on and my sister's older brother to hate... then again he did tease her an awful lot!

As we got older, I became his wing-man and he mine. People always speculated that we liked each other or that it was only a matter of time but to us it was never like that. We were like siblings. He watched as I fell in love for the first time and then had my heart broken. I watched as he went around braking hearts until one finally broke his (he cried, but don't tell him I told you so!). He was the one I would call to share new college experiences with and even though we war far apart, our friendship never skipped a beat when we reunited. I remember telling him about hubs and never feeling like he would judge when most thought I was crazy for getting into a long distance (separate continents) relationship. And I remember when he told me about how he had finally met his match! Of course I was over protective as I am with all the guys in my life, but she was different and I could tell just in the way he spoke of her.

I am so fortunate to have been able to meet her and really get to know her over the last few years. I can totally see what he sees in her. She is gorgeous, is crazy talented with a great taste in music, and possibly more of a sports fanatic then he is... and for opposing teams which makes it all the more perfect. Definitely his match in every way! It is a sweet thing in life when you get to stay friends with someone for as long as we have... to really know each other and grow up to see each other accomplish dreams, get married, and live happy lives. Seeing my best friend moved to tears for possibly the second time is his life (in public of course) gave me a lump in my throat and brought me to tears though that's no surprise. But more importantly, it made my heart feel as if it could burst with happiness for the two. It was their special day and nothing could ruin it, not even the Heat losing (his team) which they didn't and that isn't a sign from above, I don't know what is. I can't wait to see their lives unfold together as they continue to grow with each adventure that life will offer them. I'm not very good with speaking my feelings out loud so G if you happen to read this, know that I love you and feel blessed to have someone like you in my life. And to Lady G, I am so excited to welcome you to the family! Wishing you both all the best in your new life together and here's to many more years of friendship and possible babies in the future.

***Today I am thankful that I got to be there on your special day G... you made me cry!***

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Pool Party...

6.04.2014

 ^^^this girl is the bomb-diggity!^^^
 ^^^the cutest couple ever!^^^
 ^^^that's my momma!^^^

So my parents recently (well, in the last few years) had that dream pool installed in our back yard, complete with tiki-hut (bar included, of course!), and swaying hammock. You know, that pool that little k and I had been begging for since about as long as I can remember... that we could've enjoyed year round thanks to the sweltering heat that is Miami. Our house after all always has been (and continues to be) the hang out house. Oh the pool parties that could've been! But I guess that's just what happens when the baby chicks leave the nest and you're left with all this time (and probably disposable income) on your hands... you build that dream pool you always wanted. Though I do wish this fabulous pool had come about sooner, I have to admit I am enjoying her plenty with each visit home. It's like staying at a hotel only better because here they know your favorite foods and stock the fridge with them just for you! Mint chocolate chip ice cream and black beans (duh, not together), um yes please! Of course one of the advantages to the pool happening later on in life is being able to take full advantage of that tiki-hut bar. And the cherry on top, when it's my dad passing the rounds of cuba libres and margaritas! And that was pretty much Memorial weekend for hubs and I, a massive on-going pool party with some of my favorite people... like M that drove down just to see me!

***Today I am thankful for the beautiful pool my parents recently built... better late than never eh?!***
 

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