Link Love 8.17.14


1/ Sarah from Harper & Harley is one of my new favorite style icons that I've been crushing on as of late...

2/ Will Rodgers is where you can find me today, probably snapping away at everything in sight!

3/ A little haircut inspiration via Pinterest because I'm going for that disheveled put together look...

4/ I just NEED this dainty skull ring in my life from Michelle Chang Jewelry over on Etsy...

5/ I'm low and parted mainly, sometimes the high pony... which pony tail are you?

Happy Sunday everyone! Sundays are always pretty bittersweet for me and they seem to come way too fast! It's like I just left work only to turn around and go right back. Am I the only one feeling this way? I'm not too upset about this weekend coming to a close though because I had Friday off and a long weekend is always appreciated... and sometimes needed. I've been on a fitness and self pampering quest as of late and I made sure to indulge extra these last few days. I had some girly me time with a much needed haircut (inspired that pic above) and some eye brow threading (also desperately needed!) along with a few face masks, some new skin/hair product splurges. I even painted my nails guys! I nicely complemented all of that with an early anti gravity yoga class, started the 30 day yoga challenge at home, did loads of meditating/stretching, and I even squeezed some running in there. Oh and today I'll be off hiking! I have this habit you see, when things outside of my control are well, out of control, I usually turn to improving my fitness and well-being since those are things I can control. I need to be able to feel like I'm still the boss of something in my life and luckily those are things that benefit me too. A healthy body makes for a happy mind and heart ya know. Have a good one!

***Today I am thankful for the extra day off... it was definitely needed!***


Walking The Line...


hat: urban outfitters (similar) | sunglasses: coach | top: madewell (similar) | jeans: diesel | shoes: dvf | purse: camden market | watch: michael kors | bangle: madewell | bracelet: mint julep | lipstick: m.a.c. (lady at play)


Dating LA: No. 1


 ^^^enjoying the architecture of downtown^^^
 ^^^the famous ace hotel^^^
 ^^^drawings on the walls, literally^^^
 ^^^always looking up^^^
 ^^^love the street art^^^
 ^^^one of my favorite street art pieces^^^
 ^^^trying to take a couple's selfie^^^
 ^^^hubs loves his popsicles, but especially on a hot day^^^

A few weekends ago hubs and I decided to start "dating" again. I mean, we hang out all the time right? So what exactly is different? For starters, it's so easy to get stuck in a rut and only go to our local spots that have been tried and tested. There's still so much to explore in this large city known as L.A. that I thought it would be fun to explore the unknown. One of my favorite things ever is sharing new experiences with hubs, it helps us create a stronger bond and keeps our relationship fresh. So what exactly is the catch you may be asking? Well, when it comes to our individual ideas of what a perfect date is, we tend to differ... sometimes a lot! So here are a few simple rules we are (hopefully) sticking to:

1/ one person gets to plan a whole day (A WHOLE DAY!) of fun activities in the neighborhood of their choice...

2/ all activities (food spots too) should be completely NEW to the other person...

3/ the other person MUST go along with EVERYTHING planned, no vetoing....

So their it is folks... 3 simple rules that will help me get hubs to those museum exhibits I've been dying to go to and probably also end up with me on a segway sometime in the near future. Obviously his idea, not mine. The surprising thing (and maybe it shouldn't be) is that in our time together, I'm always caught off guard by how much fun I have with the things he proposes that I'm resistant to... and the same goes for him. I guess we both need to be more open minded and that started with date number 1, my date!

While I worked downtown for some time, hubs hasn't really ventured that way much and so I thought it was time to change that. We started with a late brunch at the Ace Hotel, LA Chapter that opened up earlier this year. Normally we tend to order different things so we can try more (food gluttons, I know!) but this time we were both craving the same thing and so the Chapter Breakfast with a side of sauteed mushrooms it was. Downstairs seating was pretty full so we opted to sit upstairs on the sofa and coffee table settings they have up there instead. Not a lot of people know this but you can order food up there. It was a different vibe from downstairs, quieter and a bit moody which I actually preferred. Plus the view of downstairs with that amazing checkered black and white tiling was well worth it. Hubs enjoyed it and we both agree, we need to come back for roof top drinks at a later date.

From there we strolled around downtown, making our way to the Renegade Craft Fair, taking in the architecture and graffiti as we did. I got to point out to hubs all the different buildings that always catch my eye and some cool new shops I knew he would love. He agreed, the shopping is way cooler now that new brands keeping popping up (hello Aesop and Tanner Goods!) compared to Santa Monica. Now here's where I went wrong... while I love to walk... could walk for miles on end, hubs claims to have heavy bones and therefor hates walking. I plugged the address of where we were going and assured hubs it was a mere 5 minutes... until 30 minutes later, we were still walking in the sweltering heat. What happened was I was reading the time distance for a car, not walking speed, whoops! I still insist that the best way to really see a city is to walk (or run) through it so whatever. We eventually made it and hubs made a bee-line for a popsicle stand that was selling freshly homemade ones in the craziest flavors imaginable. 3 popsicles later (I kid you not) and hubs was back in the game.

The fair was filled an array of vendors, all selling homemade or homegrown stuff, each more inspiring than the next. I was in heaven and just kept wondering to myself- why am I not out here doing stuff like this, selling my own product?! Oh sigh... one day. Anyways, I got the cutest little dream catcher for Beoynce (my car) from Lady Lu of the Wolves and also a few candles from P.F. Candle Co. (the teakwood & tobacco burn lovely with the amber & moss, fyi). Hubs got some specialty honey and contemplated a teddy for our new nephew back in England. I was even able to squeeze in a surprise visit from one of my friends and her baby boy that live in the area. Little I instantly warmed up to hubs and then deal was sealed when hubs climbed over a fence to retrieve a thrown (almost deemed lost) ball.

Overall, I would say it was a great date... long and tiring, the kind where you go to bed with a happy heart. Hubs liked it for the most part, though he wasn't impressed with how spread out downtown was and the fact that walking everywhere isn't always enjoyable. It's true, downtown can be an eyesore in spots with all the run down buildings and homeless people hanging about, not to mention the heat made it that much smellier. I think it's an area where you really, truly have to look hard for the beauty. But it's (sort of) there. He's not sold on the area yet, but I'm sure I can make him come around in future dates!

***Today I am thankful for these little dates of ours... love exploring and sharing new adventures with this man!***


Link Love 8.10.14


1/ Loving the flirty edge Blair from Atlantic-Pacific gives to this tomboy look...

2/ A glowing Sydney makes pregnancy look so effortlessly chic and easy on The Day Book...

3/ Love the idea of a coffee table dinner party like Bri's over on Design Love Fest...

4/ Reminiscing my old Brooklyn days thanks to Natalie and her witty adventures on Hey Natalie Jean...

5/ Can't wait to watch this wedding documentary I found on A Cup Od Jo, thanks for sharing Jo!

This weekend I made it a point to do nothing. No plans, no pre-orchestrated to-do lists, na-da. Ever feel like you've been running on empty for just a tad bit too long and desperately need some solo time? Well that's been me for awhile now and can I just say that sometimes a weekend in is exactly what the soul needs. Now don't think I didn't do anything at all, because that would be boring. I just did what I wanted, when I wanted, listening to my body as I went along. Something that helps piece me back together oddly enough is cleaning... or rather more like de-cluttering, mega purging, and rearranging. I also slept in past 9 which I haven't done in sooooo long! I lit candles, played my folky tunes, and caught up on some much neglected blog reading and so the links above are thanks to that. These are just a few of my all time favorite, have missed you guys (actually gals) dearly, I'm so sorry it's been so long bloggers. Of course all this indulgence was made sweeter by endless cups of coffee and some delicious raspberry oatmeal muffins I made the other day. I'm starting to feel recharged and more like my old self already.    

***Today I am thankful for some me time... world I love ya, but sometimes I just need to be alone***


A Lovely Month: July Edition


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I think as part of this monthly series, which will sometimes be late (because that's just me), I'll also keep you updated on the current status of my calendar like I did here and here... in case you would like to know. As of this very moment, my calendar says... July! Big shocker, I know. Anyways, I'm going to skip over the part where I apologize for being absent from this space because life, work, my brain (chose one) has been so crazy lately. I would however like to point out that this year by far takes the cake in least amount of blog posts ever! Total, it's been a whopping 13 and nothing for the month of April, my birthday month. It's not that I'm over it all, because I'm not... I just really misjudged how juggling a full time job with crazy long hours and relocating would affect it all. Seriously though, my job is getting in the way of my bloging! Pretty much your safest bet for seeing what's going on in my life (if you care) is to stalk me on instagram because that is one creative outlet I refuse to let go of!

So July... what can I say except that you came in a whirlwind of apple pies, salty beach air, and surprise visits that ended bittersweet, just as fast as they had started. My rendition of apple pie was a major hit at work this year which I not so secretly rejoiced in. Who knew a few cut out crust stars could be so impressive?! The long weekend was spent at the beach (duh) with my hair soaking up as much salt as it could possibly manage for that ultimate beach hair look... because who needs store bought product when you've got the real deal at your footstep. I explored L.A. further and fell in love these local spots- Superba Snack Bar (which has the coolest wallpaper ever!), the Ace Hotel (swanky but in a non threatening sort of way), and The Classic Coffee (has a succulent was, enough said). Then there was the last minute, sort of surprise but not really visit from my mama and that was all the more reason to play tourist in this nutty city I am calling home. It also happened to be her first visit out here and so I made sure to show her a good time. We went hiking at Runyon Canyon and she made me so proud! Sometimes I think my mama is in better shape than me because she carried on like a trooper and didn't even get sore after... unlike someone else that was limping awkwardly after (it was me). I was pleased with myself for sticking a run dem crew running man sticker on a sign atop of the mountain. We had drinks at the Hotel Erwin roof top bar so she could properly soak in one of the prettiest sunsets ever! I also surprised her with a trip to the Rose Story Farm which nearly made her cry from sheer happiness (score!) She was in heaven and I would highly recommend the tour to anyone in the area. We spent the day strolling the most fragrant rose gardens and hubs did not die of allergies so I would say it was a successful trip all around. We stopped in at The Getty Center for more garden wandering and some art. And ended her trip with a walk along the Venice canals which was just so good for the soul. I'll be sharing more details soon on the whole visit for those interested. It was such a good time showing my mama around and I might have shed a tear or two saying goodbye, but I know she'll be back soon. Lastly, I tried to kick start my fitness routine again by finally signing up to anti-gravity yoga at Believe Fitness Studio and you guys, it's just as amazing as I had remembered! I ran along the beach for the first time since moving out here... over a year ago... and it was AMAZING! I'm slightly embarrassed that I didn't get around to it sooner and think this might just be what I need to kick-start my running passion again. I'll keep you all posted. I also dragged hubs all around downtown on my date (more on that later) and may have over done it with the walking in the heat because he has sworn off that part of L.A. Whoops! I'm sure I can make him come around though. All in all, it was a busy month I must say but I loved every minute of it. Hope your month was as jam packed with fun memories as mine was.

***Today I am thankful for the whirlwind that was July... she left me exhausted but happy!***

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