Friday, October 29, 2010

Pencil Shavings

Is it just me, or are there are some mornings meant to be spent standing at the pencil sharpener, sharpening loads of pencils while letting the mind wander? Okay, maybe it's just me. Maybe it's escapism. Maybe it's nostaligia.

Maybe it's because this pencil sharpener looks SHARP! (pun intended).

Or maybe it's because I keep thinking I need to sparkle up my work space. Yes, I do. I should shoot some before and afters so I can document the call center space spruced up beyond recognition. TGIF! XOXO

Beautiful pencil sharpener by El Casco. More cool desk stuff available at Unica Home.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Olive Juice

Mr. W recently pointed out that we have an olive tree in front our house.

I always wondered what sort of berry/fruit littered our streets and seeing how I never figured out that it was an olive tree, someone needs to take away my self-proclaimed "I-love-olive-trees!" badge. But truth be told, the only olive trees I've been exposed to in the city are tidy non-fruit bearing trees in terra cotta planters.

So the real question is...urban foraging. Should I collect these olives and make something with them? This recipe looks simple and delicious! Friends I've surveyed say YES! to experimenting with the neighborhood fruit (and Mr. W thinks I need to keep a branch handy for the times I disrupt his peace, ha!). XO

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh My Stars

My love affair with stars (astrologically speaking and otherwise) continues.

Maybe too late for Halloween, but how beautiful would it be to wear this Starlette Crown and don a goddess gown for a 30s-themed costume.

BTW. I've loved the 30s era for a long time. I'm so glad that Boardwalk Empire is my new HBO Sunday night fix. I bring out the Dewar's and celebrate with the bootleggers on screen. XO
Starlette Crown by Giant Dwarf via A Beautiful Mess

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wine Not?

Lately, I've been dreaming about a getaway to Napa Valley for the mister and me! While researching, I found this very cute vineyard: Swanson Vineyards with an equally sweet tasting Salon and Sip Shoppe!

I love the simple and graphic labels on their mix & match wines. They would make really great gifts, don't you think? XO

Monday, October 11, 2010

Old + New

I re-inducted myself to my old weekend coffee rituals in Echo Park. I've really missed it. Intelligentsia one morning, FIX another.

On another note: this morning during the drive, I was completely riveted by the idea to take a train into the office. Can you imagine how much blogging and reading I can accomplish? Amazing idea, fueled by my morning joe no less. How my Mr. W gets away with not drinking coffee, I have no idea!

More to come on the train commute. Until then, here's a lovely video from Intelligentsia, via SwissMiss.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Simple Kicks

I've been admiring the collection of no fuss, yet timeless shoes from Marais USA since they launched their well-edited collection.

For Fall, I'm absolutely loving some of their new lady-like styles and their standard satin pump (on sale) in neutral colors!

Two-Tone Flat

Classic Pump

PS. Their BLOG is really cute too.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bright Idea

We spent the majority of the weekend moving. A last minute move, that wasn't really planned, concerning not one, but two houses. Did I mention that I started a new job today? You could say I was feeling ambitious.

We're getting there, but now that we are starting almost from scratch, we're really excited to decorate. We've got an open space, so we want to define the dining area with a light fixture as a focal point. I really like the Edison chandelier from Pottery Barn.

It looks very minimal, but in clusters feels full and substantial. More on the progress to come. XO