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 a 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 MandanaDayani 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 favourite 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 tobi.com 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 outdo to show them off here. Tim and I went to a late lunch at one of our favourite 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 favourites! 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 favourite 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 seek 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?)

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.

I also thought 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. Finally, I really love this beautiful home in South Florida. It’s colourful 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 to say, simply because these issues tend to suck up all my brainpower. But I hope you enjoy reading it and find yourself inspired for the summer ahead. Let me know which articles were your favourite, and have a great weekend!

The Most Asked Question On My Instagram

Nearly whenever I’ve posted an image of our dining room on Instagram, I’ve gotten a drag about the artwork. It’s absolutely unique — it’s an old landscape (that you’ll find at a thrift store) that an artist painted over the absolute best of. The theme is Bigfoot, so all of the small drawings and words in how to represent the parable and history of Bigfoot. What’s super rad is that every time you inspect it, you discover more and more. Like after a year, I found that there is slight poo during a hand glass. I had a poo on the wall and had no idea.

But… an enormous problem is that I never knew where it had been indeed from. Comments, messages, and emails have all come my way asking where to shop for it, or who the artist is. which I just had to shamefully be like “yeah, I do not know.” So, the deal is, Tim acquired it at an auction while we lived in San Francisco. Up until latterly, my information on the origin was really fuzzy. a lover of ours worked at The Bold Italic (RIP) which that they had partnered up with a non-profit to host an art auction, with proceeds benefitting children’s programs within the town.

We didn’t show up the event, but our friend texted Tim a photograph of the piece and he bought it on the spot. There was never an honest spot for it in our small SF apartment. We hung it first within the bedroom then within the hallway, but it always felt out of sight. once we came to LA, it found the right range in our dining room… though the move assured any paperwork that accompanied the painting was long gone.

Since it’s gotten such tons of attention online, I even have spent many a while trying to hunt out more information thereon. It made me quiver to think that the artist wasn’t getting credit. I asked our friend, I googled like hell, all to no avail. i’m a crazy good internet sleuth too, so it had been troubling that I never shovel anything up. But then, our friend texted me and was like “did you ever get the knowledge on the painting?”

Once and for all, here are the details! The show was called I do not believe you either and was hosted by Office, a San Francisco creative studio. It benefitted 826 Valencia and 826 Boston, which give writing and tutoring services to kids. The Office team scoured the West Coast for old (somewhat awful) landscapes, then created 38 original paintings and 100 vintage postcards. each bit came with a summary, written by one among 826 Valencia’s students, and well, it’s just tragic we lost ours.

You can see more about the show HERE which I suggest you check it out. There are a couple of snaps of the landscapes before their makeovers. They created numerous cool pieces and thus the theme makes me smile. (I’m into the one, says STOP FOLLOWING ME.) For people that like playing “Where’s Waldo” but with a magnified little poo, here’s an thorough from ours:

While I’m sorry I cannot provide you with a shopping link to urge one among your own, I’m glad to possess finally been ready to share the story!

Shoes So Nice I Bought Them Twice

I’m just thrusting in with a friendly PSA that, at the moment, ZARA HAS THE BEST SANDALS IN THE HISTORY OF TIME. I bought this 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 time to remind everyone about COMPEED, which I dubbed “foot savers” 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 colours 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.

Currently Pinning…

I’ve been spending my evenings reading, but not good reading. Just falling down the rabbit hole of news sites and that leads to other news sites and then, I’m just frantically trying to understand what’s happening in the world right now so I go to more news sites. It’s so important to be informed but I fear I’ve gotten stuck in that technology loop and there are so many different opinion pieces that well, maybe it’s time for a news break. So, I hopped back on the Pinterest train and am trying to get those creative, positive vibes flowing again. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:


Obviously, I’m on a bit of a green kick, which is a hoot because of this cringe-worthy tidbit: When I was 22, I BOLDY and LOUDLY exclaimed that I just despised the colour green and it made my eyes hurt it was so disgusting and I just wanted nothing to do with it. But, you see, I happened to be sitting in a friend’s brand new forest green car. And the problem is (!!!) it was totally unrelated, I was thinking about a green dress that I’d seen earlier in the day and the girl who was wearing it had been sort of rude, and I started thinking about green duvets and green paint and green eyeshadow and maybe I was even green with envy over something that said girl had done.

 

Anyway, the driver of the vehicle was very offended because they assumed I was talking about their brand new, day-old, forest green car and I have never seemed to pull my foot out of my mouth since then like sometimes I think about that moment and I close my eyes for a second and cringe. And now you all know about it. But, who knew, I guess I don’t actually hate the colour green at all.

How To Stay Fit With A Busy Life

Are you someone who runs on an extremely busy schedule and just cannot find the time to prioritize their own health? If so, then this video will show you exactly how you can work out, eat, and recover in a way that is respectful of your time and enables you to build a body you’re proud of too even if you have an extremely busy working life. Make sure to move more throughout the day. You can do this by playing with your kids, taking the stairs, and walking instead of driving. We all know by now that maintaining an active lifestyle should be one of our top priorities in life.