Monday, March 28, 2011

Peace to the Pedal

It might be influence of the job, but I'm wanting to dive deep into motor racing and learn as much as I can about the sport. Even down to the little details. I noticed a client wearing classic driving moccasins. I'm not quite ready to go for the real deal yet but I did see this driving moc "lite" version that I can wear while cruising down (deep down) the 5.

Perhaps that little symbol emblazoned on the top can help make me a more zen, courteous driver too?

Friday, March 25, 2011

I Wood Wear These.

I love me some Portland! Good coffee, food, terrain for outdoorsy types and great environmental responsibility.

Sticks and Stones, which is based there has really beautiful jewelry made out of wood and semi precious and precious stones. They pride themselves in small batches, taking their time to craft each piece and using reclaimed wood when possible.

I especially love the simple, yet colorful enameled pieces. They almost looked like polished pieces of semi precious stones. Some of my favorites below.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

So Catty

We know how much I love prints in almost any form. I wore my last pair of leopard print pumps into the Echo Park asphalt. So I'm in need of newbies!

Some currently on my list (after I post this, I'm sending the link to Mr. W so he can get wise!).

I really like the height of this heel, the platform and the almond toe of this version by Sergio Zelcer

Ivanka Trump!
I think it's weird that she's got a shoe line, because I thought she was a VP or something, in finance, but I have to say these work.

I like the interesting platform and the pony hair of this version
by Charles David.
This pair by Cole Haan aren't as tall as I like,
but maybe that's a good thing for more work wear!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Arm Candy

Though we're still experiencing rain showers and cooler temps, I'm dreaming of warmer weather and light-hearted accessories to go with the sunny days. Maybe it's just wishful thinking right now, but looking forward is not a bad thing! Here are some bracelets that I'd like to start weaving into my Spring/Summer wardrobe.

This piece looks like the sugar ribbon candy that I would eat at my mom's friend's house
(how cool that her name was Pinky and her toy poodle wore blush?!).

These are very outdoorsy-tech! I fully expect the carabiners to work.

This earthy looking bangle looks like it was made of old horn.

This leather cord bracelet looks like summer by the beach -
the type of bracelet you wouldn't take off all season and gets better with wear.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy First Day of Spring 2011!

I never thought I'd say this, but I've had enough of winter. Could be that I had one week of REAL winter on the east coast (I know, I'm such an LA pansy). And of course, with better temperatures comes being outdoors! Mr. W has been looking for his first Spring garden project and I think I may have found his first one!

A vertical garden that can be attached to one of our exterior walls. Makes for easier urban foraging. Who has time for real foraging anyway? I'm not known to have the greenest thumb, but perhaps I can even do this (my mom would be so pleased).

Long vertical garden (with pockets!) from Terrain

Friday, March 18, 2011

One Week Later

Though the world has watched on with anguish and sadness - it's been a beautiful thing to see people rally and create to help. That's what it's all about and that gives me hope.

Shinjuku 6:43 by Joseph O. Holmes at 20x200
All proceeds of this print benefit the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund.

And through Living Social, they'll match $5 donations to the Red Cross (via their website) until tomorrow. XO

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vintage Bombshell at Dior Spring

Despite the current Galliano controversy, the Dior Spring collection was, by far, one of my favorites. With the Bettie Page bangs, bright eyes and lips and candy shop colored frocks - it just makes me smile. Rolling my bangs under might be a tad too costume-y, but hot rollers are classic!

Some of my favorites looks:

Just really, really pretty. Pink and ruffles.

This shade of purple is probably my favorite color for Spring (especially with coral).

Fuschia. Though not my go to,
when done right it's so feminine.

Yellow feels so rich.
I think of canaries and island birds with this gown.

This floaty frock feels more subdued and much easier to wear than the two colors above.

Would you call this coral?
Vermillion is also a beautifully graphic and underutilized word.

All photos from

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shift into Spring

I love shifts, but sometimes I feel like I'm cheating, because it's too easy to get ready!

But if I could amass an entire wardrobe of dresses like these, I don't think I would feel so bad. And that extra 1/2 hour of sleep? Heaven. Especially with this Spring Forward nonsense.

Two of my favorites from See by Chloe, available at Nordstrom.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Simplicity: MAKR

Back to basics. A nice idea in these harried times.

Really enjoying the philosophy and the simplicity of products from MAKR CARRY GOODS. Down to their simple website design, photography and singular point of view on their blog. Really a breath of fresh air.

Some items I'm contemplating for a certain someone's birthday:

Their super simple Skateboard

Happy Friday everyone! Things at the agency have been a tad crazed, I'm really looking forward a slower pace this weekend (wow that sounded geriatric!). XOXO

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras, part deux

So funny story. I thought LAST Tuesday was Mardi Gras. But it's TODAY! Oops, oh well. Shouldn't Mardi Gras need to be celebrated a whole week, to prep for Lent? I think so. I made a King Cake last week, and forgot to share photos, see below.

It was a yeast-based bread flavored with lemon zest
(with lemons from our Meyer Lemon tree).

I cut the sugar in the drizzle. I'm not a huge fan overly iced King Cakes, but it was really fun to make the colors and drip the icing on the cake.

Another photo, because I was really excited that I made it from scratch.

Mr. W cutting into the cake.
It was cream cheese filled, but not a sweet filling.

Overall, it was a nice bread, but I think I would have preferred more of a brioche consistency. Next time!

Okay, so back to today. I can celebrate again can't I? I mean, it's not like I went way BIG last week. I really didn't. I thought no one cared, but now I know, it's because I had the week wrong. People do care - in fact, there's a King Cake (and donuts) in the agency kitchen.

I snapped a photo of the 1/2 eaten cake. It looks awfully sugary. I wonder if anyone found the baby yet.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone! Laissez les bons temps rouler! XO

Bikes Off the Floor

I love this idea! So simple, but so clever - from the folks at Knife and Saw in San Francisco.

It makes sense to give bikes a prominent and beautiful way to keep, alongside coveted photos and knick knacks.

And it's a no-brainer in small spaces.

Bikes and books. They're a pair that seem to fit so well together.

Available for order HERE.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Nuts & Bolts

Can you believe this jewelry is made out of nuts and bolts?

It's one of those things I wish I had thought of when I made jewelry! Despite its humble hardware beginnings, the leather strands lend a very organic and ethnic feel. Perhaps it's time to breakout my toolbox (and my jewelry toolbox)! Or maybe I should just buy it. XO

The necklace comes in Ivory or Coral.

And there's a lovely bracelet too!

Both from Need Supply

Friday, March 4, 2011

Frenchie Friday

OMG! We all know how much I LOVE Frenchies. They're so cute with their squiggle of a tail, those ears and that face! All in a compact little package that I can put in my bike basket (if I rode my bike).

One of the ladies in the office brought in her Frenchie and I almost died - she's adorable. Her name is Stella and she really is a sweet little lady. XOXO

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Currently Craving

It's always toward the end of the week when I get a hankering for something delicious and bad for me. For most of the week I'm really good and following the principles of a slow-carb diet.

It can be hard, but I motivate myself this way: I'm an athlete, in my own right. I might not run for miles, or compete in MMA, but I need to eat the right sort of foods to keep my brain and energy in tip top shape for all those...meetings.

Whatever. At least it works, for now. It still doesn't stop me from dreaming about food! Some days it's cheap cake with extra sugary icing and lots of it. Other days its nachos with freshly fried chips and cheese sauce tinged with jalapenos. Oh that's so bad.

Today it's bread. All sorts of bread. Fresh-baked baguettes with cold butter and sea salt. A whole wheat round studded with raisins and walnuts served with cheese. Donuts (churros, cake, raised). Plain white bread (with no nutrients) with creamy peanut butter and cherry preserves! I haven't thought about it much at all.

Some other contenders via Tasteologie (why do I torment myself so?):

Yeast Doughnuts from Whisk Kid

Another delectable donut, this time Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache and Pistachios from Vanilla Sugar

I want to eat this whole bakery in Mexico City from Eat. Live. Travel. Write.