Thursday, May 18, 2017

Shoes So Nice I Bought Them Twice

I'm just popping in with a friendly PSA that, at the moment, ZARA HAS THE BEST SANDALS IN THE HISTORY OF TIME. I bought these yellow Satin Bow Slides at the Glendale Galleria (LOL I just like the word Galleria) last week, and I wore them on our trip to Palm Springs. We walked all over and my feet were comfortable and blister free, which is a rarity. Almost every pair of shoes I've ever bought have totally destroyed my feet. (I've talked about that here. Yes, I buy the proper size.) Even when I've invested in a really nice, high quality pair -- I am left limping an hour in. (Let's take a quick moment to remind everyone about COMPEED, which I dubbed "footsavers" and desperately wish they'd hire me to be a spokeswoman.)

Anyways, blisters and bandages aside, I loved the dang sandals so much that I bought them in blue. I want to wear them with everything. They make me feel like a really wealthy old woman with a tiny dog and a flowing Pucci caftan. (I feel like Patricia from Southern Charm.)

I've only ever bought the same pair of shoes in two different colors once before, and coincidentally, it was Zara then as well.  Because when a pair of really expensive looking sandals are actually only $40, you can (and should) treat yourself.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Most-Asked Question on my Instagram

Nearly every time I've posted a picture of our dining room on Instagram, I've gotten a question about the artwork. It's definitely unique -- it's an old landscape painting (that you could find at a thrift store) that an artist painted over the top of. The theme is Bigfoot, so all of the little drawings and words in some way represent the myth and history of Bigfoot. What's super rad is that each time you look at it, you discover more and more. Like after a year, I found that there's a little poo in a magnifying glass. I had a poo on the wall and had no idea.

But... a big problem is that I never knew where it was ACTUALLY from. Comments, direct messages, and emails have all come my way asking where to buy it, or who the artist is. And I just had to shamefully be like "yeah, I don't know." So, the deal is, Tim bought it at an auction while we lived in San Francisco. Up until recently, my information on the origin was really fuzzy. A friend of ours worked at The Bold Italic (RIP) and they had partnered up with a nonprofit to host an art auction, with proceeds benefitting children's programs in the city. We didn't attend the event, but our friend texted Tim a photo of the piece and he bought it on the spot. There was never a good spot for it in our small SF apartment. We hung it first in the bedroom and then in the hallway, but it always felt out of sight. When we came to LA, it found the perfect home in our dining room... though the move ensured any paperwork that accompanied the painting was long gone. 

Since it has gotten so much attention online, I have spent a lot of time trying to find more information on it. It made me cringe to think that the artist wasn't getting credit. I asked our friend, I googled like mad, all to no avail. I am a crazy good internet sleuth too, so it was troubling that I never dug anything up. But then, our friend texted me and was like "did you ever get the information on the painting?" 

So, once and for all, here are the details! The show was called I Don't Believe in You Either and was hosted by Office, a San Francisco creative studio. It benefitted 826 Valencia and 826 Boston, which provide writing and tutoring services to kids. The Office team scoured the West Coast for old (somewhat awful) landscapes, and then created 38 original paintings and 100 vintage postcards.  Each piece came with a description, written by one of 826 Valencia's students, and well, it's just tragic we lost ours. 

You can see more about the show HERE and I suggest you check it out. There are a few snaps of the landscapes before their makeovers. They created so many cool pieces and the theme really makes me smile. (I'm into the one that says STOP FOLLOWING ME.) For those who like playing "Where's Waldo" but with a magnified little poo, here's a close up of ours: 

While I'm sorry I can't give you a shopping link to purchase one of your own, I'm glad to have finally been able to share the story! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekend Vibes and Fresh Stripes

This weekend was a good one. Tim has been back to work after the premiere of Trolls and the art show sabbatical he took after. It was a bummer having him go back to the office after being so used to having him around, but his schedule is only Monday - Thursday. You guys, it is pure magic. That extra day at home together feels like vacation, even if we're both working for most of the day. (Maybe because I am literally just at home, alone, with my laptop, for most of the week. It's REAL nice to have someone to chat with other than the cats.) 

I got a beautiful flower delivery from my friend Mandana Dayani and her team at EBTH. This bouquet was/still is so beautiful and made my entire day/life. I really love working with EBTH, mostly because it allows me to spend some time perusing their inventory and call it work. (This might be my favorite section on their site. So much creepy goodness.)

I am trying to up the game on my summer wardrobe, and this striped top that I found at is part of that plan. I recently went on a little spree and added some pieces that have more flair, so I'm going to do my best to show them off here. 

Tim and I went to a late lunch at one of our favorite spots (Hyperion Public) and when I walked out in this, Tim was shocked I wasn't in a black t-shirt and jeans. I'll admit, it 100% is totally out of my comfort zone but I think that's a good thing. It's so easy for me to get in a 'style-slump' and just wear a different version of the same outfit for two years. 

I like that it's super lightweight and the bell sleeves are just so good. I want to find a cute skirt or high-waisted shorts to pair with it, so let me know if you have any favorites! Anyways, shop the top here. (My purse is by MRKT Bags, which is an LA-based brand that I love. It's on sale now, FYI.) 

On Friday night, we went to a screening of Breaking Breaker, a show by two of the Novogratz kids. Afterwards, Robert and Cortney hosted a Cinco de Mayo party at their beautiful home. It was more fun than you can shake a stick at, so Tim and I found ourselves needing a greasy breakfast the next day. (Oops.) We spent Saturday morning in Los Feliz -- having breakfast at Fred 62 and then wandering a few shops. Our final stop was Bar Covell, which is one of my favorite places and conveniently walking distance from our house. How can you not be obsessed with a place that has a rad motorcycle and a stunning floral arrangement in the same corner?

By Saturday, we realized some exercise was WAY necessary to work off all of the weekend's fun, so we hiked up in Griffith Park.

All this to say, life in LA is weird right? I'm going to try and be a little more diligent about these weekend recaps, because the longer we live here, the more interesting the weekends seem to get. And you might not think that a hike is all that interesting, but when you see Bravo reality stars getting their fitness on too... WELL LET ME TELL YOU, it's a thrill. 

Thanks for tuning in and I promise to get the dust blown off this blog and the rust out of my writing. (That means I'm rusty. Did that even make sense?) 

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Summer 2017 Issue of Rue Magazine is Here

I am very excited/proud to show off the Summer 2017 issue of Rue Magazine! Our team is pretty small, and it feels really empowering each time we release one of these pups. I particularly love this edition. There are a lot of different styles/aesthetics reflected, so it feels like a true representation of what Rue is -- inspirational and accessible for everyone. You can read the issue in its entirety HERE.

I also though I'd highlight a few different articles:

A cottage in Portugal has a lot of really cool artwork, and the layout is rad. It reminds me of a vacation home I went to growing up in McCall, ID. One of the rooms had a row of beds to accommodate all the kids and teenagers who spent summers at the lake.

A bachelor pad in San Francisco that really exercises beautiful restraint. I particularly love the bedroom -- it's so soothing and sophisticated. I would never get out of bed on weekends if I lived there!

Orlando Soria shared a really powerful essay about his last home (pictured), a bad breakup, and what it felt like to leave both behind. It struck me because I am honestly getting so sick of this "everything is SO perfect" mentality that people portray online. It's refreshing to have someone explain that just because a house is pretty, doesn't mean it's happy.

I can't get over this beautiful recipe by Chef John Silva. It was styled and photographed by Ana Kamin, and it's just really easy on the eyes. (I am going to give it a try this summer!)

Finally, I really love this beautiful home in south Florida. It's colorful and fresh and feels so different from the West Coast homes we're used to seeing. The designer is extremely talented, and I enjoyed interviewing him about creating a mid-century space without the cliches. 

I don't have much more to say, simply because these issues tend to suck up all my brain power. But I hope you enjoy reading it and find yourself inspired for the summer ahead. Let me know which articles were your favorite, and have a great weekend!