Wednesday, December 5, 2012

long time, no blog

Well hello there blog friends. Hope everyone had a great November! I've spent the past five weeks dealing with a horrible, stubborn sinus infection and have had no energy. I've been on a handful of different antibiotics (with lots of nasty side effects like insomnia, anxiety and nausea), dealt with too many Drs and spent a few hours in the ER, but finally one medicine seems to be working (along with a shot in the butt ;)). *fingers crossed*

It's been a challenge each day just to get through the day at work and concentrate and sadly my blog got placed on the back burner. 

I have done a few fun things that I hope to share the next few days pending I sleep tonight. I tossed and turned all last night which was not fun and ended up taking a sick day today because I was exhausted. 

Hope you month was way better than mine was & I'm looking forward to all December has in store!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


sometimes i get so busy living life i forget to blog. but the whole point of my blog is to have something to look back on as a timeline of where i'm at right now in life. my goal this month is to get back into a better posting pattern. i have lots of projects and goodies to share, i just need to find the time to upload them!

anyway, here's a recap of the past 2 weeks via instagram!
i spent a sunday morning at the long beach flea market. they had lots of awesome bits and baubles there and i had to pry myself away from a pair of blue cowboy boots. i did end up buying these skulls beads that i made into bracelets.
some of my favorite nights are ones spent reading at starbucks
last saturday i hung out at the park with these guys, a band called hollywood ending. 
cutest. ever.
taking a picture of taking a picture
i hung out at the koi pond for a little bit. it is so relaxing to watch the fish just swim around.
pretty fountains
i was in downtown orange, near chapman university, and found the cutest record store. i wanted to buy all his vinyl & 45's. i left with none :( 
i had a special treat! DUNKIN DONUTS. there were pumpkin munchkins in here. they were delicious. dear dd, please open up some west coast stores.
loved this outfit i threw together after waking up late for the native foods cooking demo. it was raining and i wanted to be warm and cozy and dress for fall. i had a good time at the event and vegan food > everything.
some mornings you just need a soy chai from starbucks.
i love car washes. i crank up the music and love the way it sounds mixed with the water.
pretty sunset over the pacific ocean driving back up north from san diego
my baby pumpkin
panera's black bean soup is so delicious.
sushi is delicious too. especially the sushi rolls on the bottom. tempura crab & mushrooms. yum.
life rearranged

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

diy skull bracelets

I have been seeing skull bracelets like this all over wrists in California lately.  At the flea market this past Sunday I found a booth with these awesome skull beads and decided to make my own bracelets from them. They were super easy to make and it only took 5 minutes.
Here's what you need to make your own:

strand of skull beads (try etsy or this website)
String your skulls on the elastic making sure that they are all facing the same way. Make sure not to cut the elastic yet. If you leave it wrapped around the spool, then you don't have to worry about the beads falling off the end. 
After every few beads you string, trim the top of the elastic. It will start to fray (below) and the trimming will help the beads slide on easier.
Once you have all your beads on, cut the elastic. I used 15 beads on each bracelet. How many you need will depend on the size of your wrist and how tight you want the bracelet.
Pull the elastic about an inch past the last beads on both sides to tighten it and then knot the bracelet. I did two standard knots and then one looping knot where you pull both strings through the knot at the same time. I followed it up with one more standard knot and a tight pull at each end before cutting the elastic off so it wouldn't stick out.
That's it! Super quick and easy. Now you have some super cute skull bracelets to rock on your wrist.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

anthropologie - i love you

dear anthropologie, i love you.

i love your awesome unique window displays that always lure me into your store. 
 i love that you have a new interior setup that makes you now look like a coffee bar on the inside. please serve real coffee. nordstrom's does. that would make shopping at you even sweeter. 
i like how your displays are always spot on. and make me want to buy 183719823 little bowls in as many fun colors as i can find. 
 i love that you love owls. because i do too. especially cookie jar owls. yum.  
and i love that you don't support real taxidermy (i'm a pescatarian) but i fully support that you support faux taxidermy. paper mache is awesome.
 i also love your collection of coffee table books. particularly this one. i wanted it to come home with me.

and finally, i love that you have so many cool knick-nacks and odds and ends that i forget to even look at the clothes. my bank account loves you for this. until next time. xo.

in case you didn't guess, i made a trip to anthropologie this weekend. it was perfect. i had a warn soy chai tea latte in my hand as i was browsing, it was lightly raining outside (a rarity in southern california), and i had this song stuck in my head. maybe because of the rain. or maybe because it's just an awesome song.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Participated in #throwbackthursday on instagram - this is Alex Marshall, from one of my absolute favorite bands, The Cab, and I in the Summer of 09.
Had some delicious pumpkin flavored Blue Moon while tailgating before the UCLA football game.
After the game, I ended up at Hollywood & Highland for Radio Disney's NBT concert.
My friend Rachel & I.
Saw this one again!
On Sunday I went to the pumpkin patch to do a photo shoot for a friend.
When I was leaving at dusk, they turned the strings of lights on and I felt like I was in the South. Such a cute little pumpkin patch with an awesome atmosphere!

& I managed to not take any other photos the rest of the week! FAIL.

football saturdays

This past Saturday I finally made it to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA to see UCLA football take on Utah.
the Rose Bowl
kicking the extra point on a UCLA touchdown
UCLA alumni band playing at halftime
we had great seats
pretty flags running down the field
make some noise
tunnel leading into the stadium
pretty palm trees in Pasadena

I had a fun time at the game, but I will say this... UCLA football has nothing on the atmosphere at a Michigan Football game in the Big House in Ann Arbor, MI. Just sayin' ;)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tiffani's Pumpkin Patch Photo Shoot

I took Tiffani's photos this past Sunday at a Pumpkin Patch in Irvine, CA. I had never been to this place before and it was so adorable. It was the perfect location to take some Fall themed photos. They had pumpkin picking, pony rides, a petting zoo and teepees. There were bubbles and lights strung overhead that made for some fun photos.