Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meet the Sangers

Congrats to Matt and Natalie!
Such a sweet, intimate and fun night with old friends at the beautiful Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. Wedding season is in full force my friends!
A summertime kind of love...

Friday, July 30, 2010

T is for.......

LA Shoot from last weekend. Go NATURAL. love love love

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

love is in the air.

the flowers.the dresses. the bowtie. the hearts. the ribbons. the swing. the smiles.
heaven hit this blog post

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I just love sunflowers today

from : fecalface

photo by: Adam Guzzon.

Happiness envelops me.
"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers"
- Claude Monet

I feel ya Claude... and I think Van Gogh does too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mah Main Squeeze

In Santa Barbara, 1933

"Life is like riding a bicycle,
To keep your balance you must keep moving."
-Albert Einstein, in a letter to his son Eduard, February 5, 1930.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Late night pleasure

There is nothing quite like the feeling of staving off sleep, straining one's eyes to lap up the sweet words spun in the final chapters of a truly wonderful book. Tonight, I found that peace, that envelopment, in Anita Diamant's The Red Tent.

This biblical fiction novel weaves an elaborate tale with original basis from late chapters of the book of Genesis about Dinah, the sole daughter of infamous Jacob, son of Isaac. I have always wondered and silently grieved the lack of stories about the women conceiving the champions, the heroes of biblical tales. The mothers, the sisters, the midwives, the servants. Who were they? What were they like? Whom did they fear and who feared them for the power of life held deep inside to give to the world? Diamant creates a beautifully believable tale around Dinah, her mother Leah and aunts Zilpah, Bilhah, and gorgeous Rachel.
I consumed every word of this novel and cherished the effect it has had on the appreciation of the mystery of my own womanhood. What if we still had the Red Tent to rest in, to celebrate the new moon and the blessing bred in us as women, sisters? Ah, at times, with all of our progress, I still yearn for the simplest opportunities to intimately share in the joys of the feminine heart. No woman can read this book and not understand its importance and ferocity. We are all united, we hold up half the sky.

"Why had no one told me that my body would become a battlefield, a sacrifice, a test? Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers?"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Two Years Ago....

....I went to New Zealand
and proceeded to experience the best trip of my life. hands down.
Miss those Kiwis.
photos courtesy of Tyler Grobowsky.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ruff Life

kisshes to this little munchkin of a critter.

Today Jake turns Six.

Nothing good gets away.

Letter from John Steinbeck to his son Thom after Thom claims he has fallen in love

November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First--if you are in love--that’s a good thing--that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second--There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you--of kindness and consideration and respect--not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply--of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it--and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone--there is no possible harm in saying so--only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another--but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens--The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.



Monday, July 5, 2010

Spud Lovin'

July 5th morning arrives, my temple cries out for greasy goodness, and I do not ignore it. Destination: The Potato Shack in Encinitas, CA.

This packed Shack was cozy with delightful service and delectable breakfast foods. The veggie omelet and sticky cinnamon roll tickled my fancy this morning but I soon envied the neighboring table chowing on the Shack's signature man hole size pancake. The owner told me the pros in the back only use one spatula to flip this fall-off-the-side-of-plate flapjack. Yowzas!!! Bring the whole fam, muy bueno spuds.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Little Uncle Sams

Meet my nephews, Jake and Will. They love America and its lakes. Happy 4th!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Whites and Woods

Fell head over heals with this Brooklyn home of
Lyndsay Caleo, goldsmith and interior designer
Fitshugh Karol, woodworker and interior designer.

Gosh the clean whites next to the beautifully rustic woodwork makes me melt. pretty please?

Moroccan Beauty

Peacock. Immesouane, Maroc
Saida. Essaouira, Maroc

In this module,

Hats + Bicycles + Summertime + Carlsbad = Dreamland.


AKA the MOST garish restaurant conceivable found in the Peppermill Casino of Reno, Nevada. Also notable for its delectable seafood.
I felt like I was in the motel in the Goofy Movie.
Definitely order the Rainbow roll but steer clear of the Hurricane roll....

Beadville, USA

Mission Dig-Through-ALL-Old Beads-and-Trinkets = Accomplished.
Craftiness with my grandmother's broaches to come.
I just love doodad organization. so nifty.