Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday follow up: SNO LA Celebrates Halloween

Today, before our much hyped happy hour, we had the SNO LA Halloween parade. (Obviously not everyone dressed up or the parade would have been much bigger! Next year.)

(L-R: Flo as Gallagher, Michael as Prince, Kristian as Lt. Dan, me as a Bunny, Casey as a Logger/Hunter).

Gallagher likes to smash things, even when we're trying to take a group photo.

See what I mean?

His tool of destruction + poor orange.

In typical SNO fashion, no parade is complete without jumping (to be clear, I was hopping as bunnies do).

And more jumping...even Lt. Dan got into it, Forrest would be so proud.

Perhaps what's funniest, is seeing costumed coworkers - at work. For instance:

Casey logging some illustration time.

Flo designing some smashing t-shirt graphics for OBEY.

Me, rubbing my foot for luck.

For the umpteenth time, Happy Halloween! XO.

Not So Spooky Things

Okay, so I couldn't resist including at least one spooky thing (wouldn't that would be a cool Halloween photobooth idea?), but oh my word! I'm so in awe of the loveliness which abounds from these things:
Have a wonderful weekend! XO

PS. My heart is actually made of Red Velvet.

Ghost photo via Tim Boucher

Love for Pablove

The PABLOVE foundation is doing great things to shed light and awareness on the fight against children's cancer.

It all started with little Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz and his dad Jeff''s blog chronicling the journey of the most important battle of their lives.

After Pablo's passing earlier this year, PABLOVE continues to keep up the fight. Recently, Jeff embarked on the Pablove Across America bike ride (he's in TX right now) and our friends at Dangerbird just announced a concert benefit to raise money for the foundation.

I'm happy to say that SNO LA/OBEY is helping by promoting November 21's event and by doing what we do best: designing a poster from which proceeds benefit PABLOVE.


Happy Eve of Hallow's Eve

Hope you have a Spooky Saturday night and a Saintly Sunday.
Or Happy Halloween and Happy Hallowmas, yes really!

To usher in the weekend, SNO LA is putting on a little office cocktail party at 3pm today.

I made Devils On Horseback and Polenta Half Moons with Red Pepper Tapenade and Goat Cheese. I also made a cranberry compote of sorts, for a cocktail taste test. Rae made some delicious homemade (the best kind) pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Can't wait!

Hope to have photos to share later today!

Image from Ffffound via Bleubird Vintage

Thursday, October 29, 2009


In honor of Sir Ernest Shackleton -

Doesn't that name sound a touch made up? If you think so too, wait until you learn more about him and of his exploratory trips to the South Pole! Simon, our copywriter at SNO, also told me that Sir Shackleton found his crew by posting classified ads in the paper. How oddball.

Since our work with Dewar's, I've become a fan of Scotch Whisky (in fact, I just enjoyed some with Hot Apple Cider over the weekend) and as a result, I found this story , about two recently unearthed cases of Scotch from one of Shackleton's South Pole voyages, even more intriguing!


Image by Robert S. Donovan for Global Post

Hair Nostalgia

I've written about memories of my dad's care in preparation for his work days. He parted his hair and combed it back. His tools were old school: a simple black comb and a pomade. "Back home" as he would refer to his native country, he talked about using Tancho Tique (surprisingly to me, it's made in Indonesia).

Maybe it's because of my dad, but Tancho is one of my favorite products (ever!). A pomade/wax product, it has a definitive scent. The label says Lavender, but it's not like any Lavender I've ever smelled. It's aromatic and has a slight balsam fragrance.

My favorite is the stick form (it comes in a jar as well). It is a lovely moss green stick of waxy pomade that I rub in my hands and through my hair to impart that lovely scent and slight weightiness to my otherwise flyaway, fine tresses!


I purchase Tancho at my local supply shop, but online it's available here and here

Dreaming of a Home-Work Space of My Own

One with a door, perhaps a little sign on the door that says my name, pink walls, a vintage typewriter, a telephone, a seating area, that doubles as a nap space (on the job), pinking shears, a corkboard (naturally), loads of pencils, graph paper and sketch pads, a scented candle, flowers from my lovey, a rug and mirror, plenty of envelopes and stamps for sending letters, one pen (to pen said letters), a dictionary and thesaurus and desk mate: Jane Austen. XO

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SNO LA: Halloween Happy Hour

I know, it goes without saying: I love Halloween. Although I did not carve a pumpkin this year (it's early yet) - and Mr. W carved not one, but three (show off)!

However, in preparation for the day, we proposed to do a Studio staff cocktail hour this Friday, to usher in the Halloween spirit!

I'm no Martha Stewart, but I'm planning to make toasted polenta squares with roasted peppers and cheese, Devils on Horseback and an of-the-season cocktail (can't decide between Garnet Punch, the Paloma or a Peach Spritzer, all tinged with Rosemary) and our favorite sodas: Jarritos, of course. To round it out, I know Rae is planning on baking some delicious cupcakes!

Even if I'm the only one who dresses up (as has been the case the last few years), it will fun to celebrate with our so-good-it's-frightening team! XO

Morning Coffee & Cake

There are some ladies who can subsist on a cup of coffee with milk in the mornings. Sadly, I am not one of them.

Just as I was about to make a sturdy effort to bypass breakfast pastries (seriously, I really can't fathom a cup of coffee without a proper accompaniment, be it a biscuit with jam, a scone or a full breakfast) - Intelligentsia switched their breakfast pastry offerings from a local favorite Delilah's to Cake Monkey!

I know Cake Monkey as makers of mini layer cakes, and reincarnations of favorite lunchbox snack cakes. I didn't even know they made breakfast pastries, but now that I do (savory Sage Bacon Cheddar scones, Maple Pecan scones, Banana Wheat Germ muffins, Chocolate Almond brioche) I may have to put off swearing off until after I've sampled a few more, of course all in the name of pairing with one of their daily Clover offerings. XO

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mad for the Man's Clothes

Janie Bryant is a genius - the costume work she does on Mad Men is breathtaking.

Now the men in our wicked industry (or in our wicked lives) can dress the part - starring as Don Draper. Brooks Brothers recently unveiled the Mad Men suit (only 250 suits at $998 each).

I only wished they created more looks (maybe just a teaser for things to come? I hope so!). I love it when a man dresses like he gives a damn.


Image from Brooks Brothers

Dreaming of: A Root Cellar?

Yes, it's true.

I've written already about dreams of a slower life in a place that's self-contained and sustained. On a recent trip to Washington state, I spied a strange dwelling that I thought for sure, was a gnome's home. In reality, it was a root cellar.

A what?

A life long Angeleno, I had never heard of such a thing. Apparently, it is an ideal storage space for extending the life of root vegetables, jars of pickled and preserved produce (jams!), drying herbs and keeping wine perhaps? I don't really need one, but I would love one. And if I had one, I'm sure I would use it! I may just have to plant the idea into Mr. W's capable mind and hands.


Photo from Latitude 45

Monday, October 26, 2009

To be a kid again, or at least fit into their clothes!

Stella McCartney for GAP Kids - hits select GAP stores November 2. I'm particularly loving those military jackets.

The whole collections seems to reflect the way most children see the world (at least I still hope so) - with verve, lightness and imagination! XO

Photo via WWD

Friday follow up (the wedding post)

It is so beautiful to see two people make a pact to embark on life as partners, especially when it's two of my most favorite people in this entire universe!

Steph and Flo, all my love - you are a match made in the sparkling and complex constellations!

I wish you many lovely star gazing evenings together (with champagne, or my current favorite: a sparkling pinot noir). XO

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Plans

This weekend, after tonight's wedding, we have BIG plans to tidy up, run some errands and finally carve pumpkins!

Since it'll be a mellow weekend of laying low, I want to make sure and bring out the cheer with hot apple cider (inspired by my friend Rae) and maybe some baking!

And with Mr. W's urging a scary movie or two.


Image from Martha Stewart, of course!

Wedding Friday

I'm so excited that two great friends of mine Florencio Zavala and Stephanie Hutin are getting married today!

They've planned an intimate, yet festive ceremony in their backyard (with a Mariachi band!). Following their ceremony is a cocktail reception at the beautiful Marvimon House in downtown Los Angeles. It's definitely one of the best spaces in the city.

This has been by far one of the best build ups to a wedding. Maybe because I've had a close look into the makings of it. From a surprise proposal in San Francisco last fall, dress fittings, ichatting blog inspirations, a lovely girl's weekend in Palm Springs, a dinner (which I sadly missed) at The Bazaar, last night's Taco Truck rehearsal dinner at Subliminal Projects and this evening's nuptials! XO

Bouquet by Nicolette Camile Floral Design via Once Wed, Site photos from Marvimon

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Definitely a fan of: Christien Meindertsma

I first stumbled upon her work when I saw this great photo.

As a leisure knitter, I love the way she creates everyday household items (a pouf/ottoman, a rug) using knitting techniques usually reserved for scarves and sweaters (although someone once told me that knitting was first created by fishermen who used the skill to make their nets)!

I also appreciate Christien's interest in seeking out organic wool and even creating pieces derived from a single sheep's wool!


Image from FLOCKS

Love at my feet.

I know we're still feeling the recession and all, but oh my! I can help but swoon over these Louboutin heels. Maybe it's the not-so-subliminal message emblazoned on the vamps? I get giddy just staring at them! XO

Photo from Net-A-Porter

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm dreaming of eating, again

Tonight's imaginary menu consists of:

An elderflower cocktail to start (i know it's getting chilly, but I still love a nice cocktail to set the tone)

Oysters (these seafood images make my mouth water)

A luscious chocolate cake

I know, it's not much of a nutritious dinner, but that's why it's a dream! XO

Delectable photo of Oyster New Orleans from Gourmet Traveller

Wine and Dine

Mr. W and I have been looking for a new light fixture for our dining room for the past year. We haven't been able to agree on one yet. I haven't been into Pottery Barn in years, but I recently received a catalog in the mail and saw this fixture:

Of course, we love wine and the green glass lends it a nice warmth and authenticity. I think this might be the one, let's hope Mr. W agrees! XO

Photos from Pottery Barn

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Stay sharp! said my Dad.

First off, I am a classicist. I love wooden pencils over mechanical ones. And to take it a step further, I prefer pencils with no attached erasers (they are always so unsightly when the eraser nub has worn all the way down to the metal). I know my preferred pencil is not convenient, but so romantic!

Newly sharpened pencils write magnificently after a few warm up/wear down strokes. I remember how resourceful my dad was - if I lost my pencil sharpener at school, he would take a knife and carve my dull pencils until the lead showed through. My pencil tips looked rustic with all the carve marks. The kids at school thought I was a country fuddy, but it didn't matter. The fact that my dad took the time to hand-sharpen my pencils for school was a small testament to how much he cared. XO

Twig Pencils from Etsy

A Backyard Escape

Mr. W has tasked me with backyard plantings and creating the overall mood of the space (although I'm thrilled, I'm really afraid of disappointing, and over the last three years I've fallen into a phase of non-commitment, which I need to snap out of ASAP!).

So far, my ideas include:
A Succulent Wall

A statue of Virgin Mary surrounded by roses (reminds me of the Mary's Day celebration at my
high school)

A mix of flax

Outdoor lighting that feels like it could be on a porch at a bayou (maybe we need to hook up an outdoor sound system and add some bayou sounds!)

We shall see! I'll keep you posted on the transformation! XO

Photos from: Re-Nest Sunset In His Name (who know there was such a thing!) Desire to Inspire

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tune Travel

There's something about old Dixieland Jazz. It has a way of captivating me, allowing my mind to wander and think about myself in another place and time.

Try it! Georgia Swing by Jelly Roll Morton


Image of Jelly Roll & his Vaudeville! partner (and lady friend): Rosa Brown from Doctor Jazz

Monday's Outfit Inspiration

I don't like crowds very much. And I had to endure a few over the weekend while running errands.

Because of my near-recluse behavior, I almost forgot that a perk of being in crowded spaces is the people watching. I happened to see a little girl whose outfit sparked the inspiration (read: copycat) in me.

When I got home, I immediately jumped online to search for the makings of a similar outfit. I have yet to find the perfect shoes to anchor the whole ensemble, but in the process I put together a different, yet lovely outfit that I can picture myself wearing on a crisp Fall morning braving yet another crowd: the line at Intelligentsia Silverlake as I wait for my morning coffee!


Clockwise from Top left:
Sada suede jacket from Hayden Harnett
Sylvia dress from Dolce Vita
Venice-of-the-North clog boots from Anthropologie
Chyrpe purse spray from Patyka
Slimshine Lipstick in Urgent! from MAC
Multi-chain necklace from Forever 21
French Nanny bag from Tano

Friday, October 16, 2009


How did I miss this? Actually, I have no one to blame but myself. I did see a sprinkling of blogposts about this chocolate convention.

Looks like there were some lovely chocolate ideas - the fudge looks like heaven!

Is a Blog and a Website Superfluous? (for a wedding, that is)

It's no secret. I'm getting married. WE're getting married, next Spring.

I (we) was (were) keen on keeping all the fine details on a blog dedicated to the marital happenings, but apparently I (we) can create a website through a number of online resources, for FREE! And it's organized in a more familiar way, for those who may not frequent the blogosphere, if you know who I'm talking about.

But now begs the question: shall I (we) maintain a wedding blog AND a website?

If I (we) keep both portals, I (we) should define their individual purposes. Perhaps the blog should be about trials and tribulations and fantastic randomness. And the site should be the facade that everything's under control? Chaos = Blog. Order = Website.

Sounds like a good idea (at least for now)! I guess all that's left to do is to inform the WE of me. Thanks for letting me blog this through. XO

PS. Since we're on the topic of marriage, when I saw this post, I wish we had thought about having a magical and festive masquerade Halloween wedding! With beautifully carved pumpkins lit up on each table and lining the path to the ceremony, and everyone dressed up for both occasions. And we could have really planned something fun for the Red Velvet wedding cake! Just saying...

Image of cake topper from Ann Wood Handmade

Cut it out!

I'm loving these antiquated pictures juxtaposed with character cutouts and of the moment humor!

Reminds me a little of this genius ad campaign!. XO

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A matter of interest.

You definitely need one to be the other. XO

Image from Ffffound

SNO Love: Casey Ryder

Casey Ryder (part of the stellar Studio Number One creative team!) and his work were just featured in art & design blog: The Best Part. Check it out here.


Image by Casey Ryder

Missing my Mister.

This morning I woke up three times. Once when Mr. W arose to get ready for his journey. Again when he smothered me with kisses letting me know it was time for him to go. And a third when it was my turn to get ready for the day. I didn't really ever go back to sleep after Mr. W woke up.

It's only been a few hours, but I already miss him as if he's been gone til next Tuesday. It's not that I'm-of-no-use-now type of missing him. It's just not as warm under the covers. And I still feel half awake without our morning ritual of little kisses and a proper hug, before sending eachother off in opposite directions. These brief partings remind me what life could be like, and I'm glad it isn't. XO

Image from Le Love

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rain calls for day dreams in slow motion

Today I'm dreaming of a steaming cup of hot cocoa, a blanket (or dare I say? A Snuggie!) and a pair of super warm snuggly slippers.

What is it about rain and not wanting to change out of PJs, at least for the first part of the day?

Truth be told, by the afternoon, I'm restless for a proper outfit and some lipstick. But it's nice to prolong the makings of a morning and hesitate for a moment before facing the dreary outside for the rest of the day. XO

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I know, the sod just came in

And I must, say - we had the best-looking sod crew I've ever seen (thanks Marty, Troy and of course my lead sod man Mr. W)! Where was my Flip when I needed it?

I hope my thinking isn't premature, but is it too early to hope for a scene like this in the near future? I have no qualms manning the refreshment stand, or even baking cookies for a post-game circle (or heartfelt conversation?) round the fire.

Plus, really, who can argue? Nothing ushers in Fall more than Rugby (and other sports having to do with cleats on the green). XO

Image from The Sartorialist


Hallow's Eve is fast approaching and I love getting ready for it with decor, candy! and watching scary movies (even though I watch it through my hands cupped over my eyes and strategically placed fingers to plug my ears).

I was conversing with a few kids recently and inquired about their costume ideas. One was thinking of dressing as a dead punk rocker, another as a Smurf (really? do they know The Smurfs?) and another as Ballsy - the ball from Wipe Out. Huh?

What happened to good old-fashioned ghouls? I love dressing as a vampire for Halloween, but with all the fanged-flicks at the moment, I don't think I'll be alone this year.  Looks like I'll have to conjure up my creative spirits to come up with something new (really: old). XO

Monday, October 12, 2009

Après-midi de chien

I'm dog-gone wild from all the excitement this past weekend.

I promise that tomorrow I'll be composed and back to blog about non-canine topics (although can't promise this won't happen again!). XO

insanely cute photo from Le Love

Hooray for Rescue Dogs!

I just bought a card that said this very thing AND the cover image looks just like our dog, Millie, whom we adopted around this time last year.  This past weekend, my own mom adopted a rescue dog named Lucky - who is so sweet and lovable!  Needless to say, with all we had going on already, it was a very full and rewarding weekend.

OBEY Clothing now sells collars and leads where proceeds go to Adopt-A-Pet. Pick one up for a pup you know or check out Adopt-A-Pet to see if there's a new friend waiting for you!


Image from OBEY Clothing

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Puppy Love

Oh my word - look at this little bundle of cuteness! XO

Friday, October 9, 2009

They're back!

Oh love! How sad I was when Domino closed it's doors. I loved getting that magazine, as I did Gourmet (tragic).

Sigh. But I've been seeing the stir about LONNY and how apparently a few of the editors from Domino are behind this! 

I guess it goes to show - we live, forever, online. XO

Weekend Plans

Have any?

This weekend, is a busy one, but so much less stressful than last (Mr. W and I took our engagement photos and I am not a fan of taking photos - turned out alright, can't wait to see the photos now!).

Looking forward - it will be perfect Los Angeles Autumn weather (in the 70s) all weekend. So we're finally laying sod down in our backyard, between college football, visiting with out-of-town friends, picnics and a brunch with pumpkin pancakes.

Phew! OK maybe it will be a teensy bit stressful, but wonderful nonetheless. XO

Image from Sunset