silverlake summer

I walked into the grocery store the other day and my eyes immediately fell on an end cap filled with halloween themed cheddar bunnies and some sort of pumpkin flavored item.  Yes, folks, it really is that time of year.  I like to let the grocery store tell me what season it is, especially living in Los Angeles, where seasons are a rare thing to discern.  So, while the rest of the world is pulling out their sweaters, we'll still be here enduring 104 degree heat waves, but I've grown to like it.  Those lingering sunsets, uncrowded evenings on the beach, and glasses of wine on the balcony after work.  These are all part of my dog days of summer and I'll enjoy them as long as they're here.

On another note I read somewhere that all that fog in our lives from the eclipse has been lifted and mercury is out of retrograde.  It is said that we should be cleaning, getting organized, and focusing, which is seriously all I've been wanting to do lately.  For some reason I've been craving a fresh start.  Feeling somewhat inspired, but not over the top.  Just wanting to get things DONE.  Wanting to make progress--visible, solid, progress.  On everything from my surroundings/home, to my work, to my personal creative endeavors.  Anyone else right there with me?  How are you feeling lately?



san francisco moon

Oh hey there, its been a minute.  But hasn't it always?  Sometime I dream of an alternate reality where I can just travel to inspirational places, wear magical clothes, and create inspirational stories and content via this little online diary.  But, this is my reality instead, posting when I can, editing out all the nonsense, and only sharing what I love.  You know what? maybe it's better that I only post when I can, it forces me to filter out all the fluff.  Sometimes life and time are funny that way, giving you only what you need, to do what you can.

Anyways, back to the real reason for these photos, this magical dress from Spell.  I've always been obsessed with them, but lately I've been finding myself wanting every single one of their dresses as each new collection releases.  Is it just me or have they have been killing' it lately?  It doesn't help that I'm a sucker for a beautiful, bohemian frock.  This is one of my favorites, there are beautiful silver threads that run throughout the fabric and it shimmers in the light. 
Morgan and I road tripped up to San Francisco to see one of the last weekends of the Summer of Love exhibition at the DeYoung museum.  Let me just say, mind blown and inspiration overload.  If you weren't able to attend it, I highly recommend getting the book that goes along with the exhibit, it will transport you to another time.
We snapped these pictures on an evening hike through the hills of Palo Alto.  By the way, I think in that alternate reality I live in the bay area, because man oh man.--the beauty and the nature!



vintage internet

I've been craving images lately.  Images with color, images that make my brain happy.  These are just a few of the ones that made the cut.  Especially those tiki drinks up there.  I could probably design an entire mood/vibe/collection around that one image.  It giving me 60s-mad men on vacation-hawaiin-old school better homes and gardens magazine vibes.  

What images have you been into lately?  Do you have any good sources or places on the inter webs that inspire you?  Lately pinterest hasn't quite been doing it for me (I say that as every image above is from pinterest) but hear me out.  Does anyone else miss the days of old school tumblr and blogs?  I feel like we all see the same thing over and over now.  I miss seeing random things that aren't selected for me by some pinterest or instagram algorithym.  Here's to 2010.



Bali journal: villa bella

 I can't believe the first week of our trip is almost over.  It feels like we just arrived.  Villa Bella in Canggu has been the dreamiest.  We've been sketching, traveling back and forth to the factories, shopping, and squeezing in as many balinese massages as we can.
I didn't come to Bali with the right mindset, I wasn't mentally prepared.  I had just come from a family vacation and two days later I was on a plane to the other side of the world.  It didn't give me much time to prepare for the trip.  So even when we landed, I wasn't in my usual groove.  But I can say that tonight, on the way home from dinner, I looked out of the window and remembered why I love it here so much.  The warm, thick air, the smokey incense wafting around, and the kind gentle souls that can be found all over the island.  It truly is a dreamland, and I'm so lucky to be here making magical clothes with magical people!



guts, grit, and glow

Last week's day dreams, while traveling to through Austin and Seattle, had me reminiscing and thinking about how one day I would look back on this time in my life and I would title it, "the LA years."  I guess I've realized the day will come when I no longer live here and this time in my life will be but a chapter in my story.  As much as I love and appreciate the city right now, in my heart I've always known I'm a country kinda gal and one day I'm gonna make my way back to those Texas fields.  But, for now, its just a distant dream and LA is still a magical, sun-soaked reality and I wouldn't have it any other way.  But, these 'LA years' had me thinking about all the other places I've called home and I came to the conclusion they are also a part of my story.  It can all be so conflicting sometimes, it feels like I leave behind memories, friends, and little bits of life each time I move.  Sometimes I wish I could just pick up all the geographical pieces and mesh them into one giant place that combines everything and everyone that I love.

Let's start with Philly, oh sweet Philly.  Where I first learned to truly live on my own.  First time in a big city.  First job.  First solo apartment.  There were a lot of firsts and a lot of tears if I'm remembering correctly?? I'm not totally sure because I think I've mentally blocked those parts out.  But even so, Philly taught me how to be tough, it gave me guts.  There were times when I was put through the ringer but I came out stronger for it and learned not to take things so personally or get emotional about things that didn't deserve my time or attention (any fellow Pisces out there know that the struggle is real).  I learned to have the guts to speak up.  I also figured out that east coasters say exactly how they feel, even though it may not always be what you want to hear.  I learned to love and appreciate that quality, and I think that might be the thing I miss most about Philly.

Next up is Texas, my home--where I got my grit.  First and foremost I developed an obsession with all things antique, over loved, worn-out, and vintage.  Scouring antique fairs with my mom, growing up in farm houses, riding to school in old pick up trucks, climbing on top of the hay bales.  Texas shaped me as a designer and an artist and I realize it now more than ever.  It made me tough but sweet, and instilled an appreciation for anything with a history.

Lastly, I like to think Los Angeles, and the golden state it resides in, gave me my glow.  When I say glow I mean more in the figurative sense that for the first time I felt like all the puzzle pieces were falling together, not to say new puzzles didn't arise but I was finally able to live in the same zip code as Morgan, I was all about my #dreamjob, and at last I was amongst all the beautiful nature I had craved so much the year before.  I was happy--so, happy in fact that I guess you could say I was glowing (and like to think that I still am).
So after those very lengthy, somewhat biographical few paragraphs, I guess what I'm getting at is--for all you people out there with friends/family/memories spread all across the US and possibly the world--don't feel conflicted.  You can love the places and the people in them equally and all at once.  I think we take a piece of each place with us everywhere we go and that's what make us all so unique.  We're truly a product of where we're from and all the places we've hung our hat along the way.



sanctuary in the city

Currently watching the 'Girl Boss' on netflix and thinking about the parking ticket that I have to pay in 45 minutes before they try to charge me late fee.  But still dreaming about my sanctuary space from yesterday.  Sometimes you just have to bring the inside outside and create an area worthy of your chill time.  I brought my favorite pillows, cushion, and glass of wine and was totally in my happy zone for a while after work yesterday.  Actually, come to think of it, yesterday was a pretty great day in general because work was abnormally creatively fulfilling and made my heart so happy.  Today, however, has been a strange one.  The wind has been insanely strong here in LA and with it came a weird anxious energy.  you know those days when everything just seems off?  And you try really hard to move past it but as soon as you do something else goes wrong?  That was me today.  I would say I'll be spending all weekend in this very spot trying to recover from the week, but I'm actually going home to Texas.  We're traveling to Austin for vintage shopping next week and I couldn't help but visit my hometown the weekend before to get some family time in.  I'm missing those wide open spaces.  Can't wait to be inspired and find some amazing vintage next week #soooostoked.

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