Archive | March, 2011

//farewell nashville

31 Mar

tuesday was our last day in nashville. yeah, i’m a little behind. had breakfast with a heart attack. they happened to be filming, the best thing i ever ate.

one of my favorite parts to nashville is seeing the beautiful homes. and just so you know, these were on the lower end of their nice homes, they were just the ones close enough for me to catch driving by on our scenic trip with my cell phone.

stopped by jack white’s studio

we were treated to a homemade rhubarb beverage. then went to the most southern type restaurant i can think of. you sit down family style and there’s no menu, they just bring you food. delicious food. best fried chicken and corn bread pudding. and this was where tony bennett happened to be celebrating his birthday. we were at tony bennett’s birthday party! followed by a trendy-schmendy place with delicious drinks and amazing ice cubes. (their dress code? “preserve the sexy”)


//breakfast of champions

29 Mar

nashville day 3:

let’s just say we woke up at 11… rach and i joined chris, our host, and his friend for their lunch, our breakfast. it is amazing we slept that long, and more amazing our first stop was a near by burger place, where we enjoyed one of the most delicious burgers i’ve ever had… with pepperjack cheese and sweet potato fries, regular ketchup and spicy!

one of the only things rachel wanted to do this trip was to stop by some studios and hand out mini portfolios. simple, right? wellllllll let’s just say we made 3 stops to the print shop, and spent many a hours of labor. a little unexpected in terms of what we had planned for the day, but they turned out beautiful!!! success.

we also spotted this glimpse of beauty leaving the print shop (round 2) poking through an open garage. the sunset was much needed by this time in the day.

by 10, when we finished, we were starving. considering we only snacked since our “breakfast” that makes complete sense. we were borderline passing out. we went to a restaurant in a cute part of town, luckily made it in 10 minutes before their kitchen closed, and our wait for this meal was so worth it. we both started with a white bean, cabbage, carrot, onion soup, followed by a kale-arugula salad with peanuts, raisins, parmesan and some chilli gnocci to share, for dessert a chocolate bourbon cake. it was a perfect ending to the night.

//southern charm-ed

28 Mar

nashville day 2:

first of all i am going to ask for your apologies because there are too many photos to choose from for project phone photography. i’ll try my best but the day was full of aesthetically pleasing, adventure quenching photo opportunities.

yesterday, rachel and i went on a run as soon as we woke up. after we showered, we were presented with delicious coffee from nicaragua and a breakfast for champions.

our first stop of the day was the flea market. and let me tell you, i was one inch short of heaven. this flea market makes costco look like a 7-11. (i’ve been known to exaggerate, but this is not one of those times.) i wanted to furnish my whole [imaginary] house. every thing was not only adorable but cheap. from the few antique shops i’ve been to in portland, i’d guess that everything was 1/3 of the cost. southern charm is just so accessible. my purchases of the day: locket $10, boots $25, pipe $30, lantern $18 and some sugar and cinnamon roasted pecans, fresh & warm.

my favorite finds were a beautiful pair of lamps. and a cerulean blue with leather seats set of refurbished chairs. the best find was probably a chastity belt. yep! a chastity belt.

mary, our host, let us know about this marshmallow joint. that was our next step of the journey. it was in a cute part of town, probably most comparable to portland. and what did we find? a coffee shop dedicated to portland. we had to try it. the coffee was acceptable, but the most convincing part was all of the macbooks sitting out. however, the guy at the counter was anti-social, unknowledgeable and we felt no loyalty to this ‘portland’ so we left.

we spotted another coffee shop about a block away. on our way to it, we stumbled upon custom jeans shop and boutique. the interior was perfectly done. see for yourself! then just outside we got our marshmallows with some hot chocolate. and finally we made it to our coffee shop. a lovely atmosphere, with a loft for the dj and beautiful photographs on the wall. they made good coffee, which i have learned is a rarity in nashville.

i’m not exactly sure how this happened, but we ended up at a smoke house. and by smoke house i mean it’s like a bar or coffee shop except with delicious tobacco. cigars and pipes and dominos and chess and sports tv and really nice workers. they cleaned out our flea market pipes and let us sample some flavors. i am normally against this sort of thing but we had a really great time and hung out there for longer than i would have ever expected.

around the time we left it became nap time. we headed home and of course woke up to a wonderful dinner. we seriously have the best hosts ever. ever. some pasta with a spicy sausage andouille and some collared greens and rosemary bread. everything from the local farmer’s market. and let’s not forget, strawberry pie for dessert.

//project phone photography

26 Mar

i took a photo the other day, on my iphone, and was inspired to take interesting photos using only that. here she is. part of the effect was the tinting on my car window (hands free?). an unforeseen consequence but wonderful. 

so here i am, on my trip and going to implement project phone photography. a perfect opportunity for success or devastating failure. no slr? we’ll see.

nashville day 1:

(jet lag for sure. but it is so great to see some of the most wonderful hosts the world has ever known. and be with friends with the city’s offerings. and we may have had breakfast with mat kearny. well, near him. the photos will show my highlights of the day, marché: where i found my spinach crèpe with potatoes, bacon and a parmesan sauce, rachel’s asparagus, egg bruschetta, the holland house: which was described to me as cocktails at anthropologie and it definitely fit the bill. i did not order a drink seeing as i’ve been beverage-sugar-ed out with previous giftings from our hosts but had a tomato basil bisque, and we shared deep-fried cheesecake.) i am going running in the morning!

//leaving on a jet plane

25 Mar

in about 12 hours, i’ll be taking off! i am so excited to be going across the country to two of my favorite cities. first stop, nashville. second stop, ny. i really need to be finishing up a project right now, but i can’t stop day dreaming…

i really love how this was put together.

sometimes kyle tries to get me to play airplane with him, i get scared.

playing with scale; so fun.

i absolute love this shirt. i want it.

the alphabet typography is my favorite part, figured i could sneak it in with those hanging planes.

by far my favorite of all the pictures. a lot of photos are aesthetically pleasing, and enjoyable to look at. this one, is moving.

//making cards

24 Mar

i don’t know how it came up, but i have a pen pal. kind of (she hasn’t written me back!). my friend anne lives in eugene & suggested being pen pals. i think it was haphazardly but i haven’t had a pen pal since 3rd grade. so why not?! anyway, it seems buying cards is out of fashion. so i’ve been making quick cards lately. a lot of the time, when making a card, i feel a lot of pressure to put lots of work into it. but recently, quick little notes are the way for me to go. not overly complicated but personal. just a few ideas, all different but using the same supplies…

just card stock i cut the corners on, punched a hole in, and drew on…

the border is some of this fun tape found in most craft stores now days. i also used the baker’s twine to tie through the punched hole on the card.

these pastels are prismacolor, so fun to use. and the trick to getting the pastels to not smear–for the rest of eternity–is to put hairspray on it. i use cheap stuff i had laying around, doesn’t even change the color, though it will appear darker until it dries. (thank you ms. o’neill from when we learned the solar systems and used pastels for each planet.) also, i happened to be in the vicinity of one of my favorite paper stores oblation when i found that brown card stock/envelopes on sidewalk sale, 25/$1. i am still impressed every time i use one.

I used one of my favorite gold paint pens to put a more finished effect on the card. while i was in class…

used the tape to make flags, connected them with just a gold writing pen. did the border again.

just a little doodle on the back to make it nicer…

the end.

//somewhere over the rainbow

23 Mar

anything is better than what i am supposed to be doing. seriously, anything..

anne sage

design sponge

wood & wool stool

jordan ferney

cozy memories

bright bazaar

room for dessert

//shout out to runs brown

21 Mar

i stumbled upon a treat today. pop chart lab. first, i spotted the poster for rap names, and was amused in trying to find where my own rap name would fit. and then i thought of the person who would most appreciate this: ryan.

(pause from the original train of thought: i recently created a wedding blog and got to write about all of my bridesmaids in ‘meet the wedding party’ section where we get to share about the wonderful people in our lives. i am honored to say that ryan is going to be in my wedding, but naturally he will be on the grooms side, so i felt it best to leave that snippet to kyle. sort of. i’ve known ryan longer, so here it goes…)

i am convinced, running deep in our subconscious, we are both trying to foster the other’s undoing. i am also convinced this only makes us better. at least our egos as we try to outwit one another. it has been said, ryan is the boy version of me & i am the girl version of him. i think that becomes less and less true as we grow up but i also know there are few people who i can more closely relate with in sense of humor & slumming it & on the other hand, indulging in the finer things without crossing the line into unacceptable taste on either account. ryan (and his wife ashley, a best friend) probably have the bulk of funnier stories i’ve ever experienced. and ry is the closest thing i’ve ever had to a brother. the end.

now back to the posters. i included all of these 1. because they’re cool. 2. because these are all things i can imagine in ryan’s lair. and to give him an official shout out, check out his blog, adventures of beer and life.

//feelin’ green

17 Mar

happy st. patty’s.

first things first, i seriously love this photo. it could be that ireland is in my top 3 dream destinations (sitting next to new zealand and russia.) it could be her impeccable style, striped tunic, with a neutral sweater on top and some bold mary janes, over some tall wool socks. but mostly, it’s because the girl is a badass. from this day forward, every viewer she shares this with, will give her respect. i played with barbies… she held down beasts with horns.


next things, next…

i’m going to be real honest. it’s that time of the year i hate working with kids. ok, that’s a bit strong. not hate. but really… pinching, any touching, crossing boundaries, ugh. i would like to picture myself, on my high and mighty horse, opposing green, making a stand because it is such a silly tradition. but i’m a coward. to conform is my only safeguard. i need the assurance, no mischievous elementary school kids will be acting like leprechauns. not on my watch.

if you could see me this morning:

i think this is better than dorothy:

mmm…window shutters with a green pop. yes please.


i normally consider myself someone who dislikes hair clips of the floral nature. but i find these rather pleasant.

i love the parisian influence; especially the chair but the bold green dresser definitely makes the vision complete.

everything about this photo reminds me of my friend brittany. and if you know her, you definitely agree.


good luck to you!

may we have pinch free days

//food for thought

16 Mar

getting married is awesome. for many sappy reason. but also for lots of really fun reasons. one of them, food. last night, kyle & i got to meet with our amazing caterer. we met her when we went to look at our venue. she just happened to be there, and happens to go to the same church as us. she has been so helpful; having never planned a wedding before her ideas, questions and suggestions have given us a vision for what we want. we met her for drinks to talk about food. before we knew it 2 hours passed. the more and more we plan the more excited i get for our big day. but for now, i am stuck thinking about delicious foods. tomatoes, zucchini, lamb shanks, cheese, salmon, focaccia, peaches. yum.

all photos from kiss my spatula

ps: if you’ve never visited kiss my spatula, it is a beautiful food blog, really wonderful recipes and visually capturing pictures. recipes with pictures are always more enticing.

//battle of rococo, and the walls came…

15 Mar

tumbling up? strikingly finished?

i’m not sure if you ever had to stand in the corner as a form of punishment, but “i have a friend” who did. there once was a specific time (i hold dear to my heart) when i was 11ish and far too old to be standing in the corner learning a lesson. my mom’s rationale was that “if [i] wanted to act like a child, then [i’d] be treated like a child.” well if i had these aesthetics, or my mom had a savvy decorating sense (take that mom-that’s for the age-inappropriate discipline), those wasted minutes/hours could have been a time of inspiration… you’ll see what i mean

my mom used to use wallpaper a lot. i remember going to the store as a kid and picking out the best of the best; what comes to mind is a cream floral border with maroon and forest green and screaming of the early 90s. it used to be cool, and then something happened in my immediate surroundings where paint made the comeback of the century. but watch out miller.

print has come a loooong way. oh the possibilities for beautiful wallpaper. our resources seem endless. how will you ever decide?

funny you should ask. artist ludovica gioscia may have foreseen a solution to the problem of limitations. the rococo hardcore installation presents layers upon layers of pattern certainly making for a stunning visual. an incredible mix of pop imagery, traditional decorative prints, and abstract geometry—pushes the concept of interior decor to the point of pure decadence.

all photos from rococo hardcore installation

yay or nay?

//dear narcolepsy, i’m ready.

14 Mar

let’s just say there’s something i am supposed to be doing, and something i want to be doing. there is this paper i have due, i am trying to work on it, but it sits in front of me with very little progress. and normally, as it comes down to the wire, i get things done. especially papers. good papers. but i’ve had a rough day. any day beginning with 3 hours (no exaggeration) of tech support is nothing short of a hurdle. and that was just the beginning.

siesta, siesta

Cia de Foto

jaime m



sesame ellis


//to dream, or not to dream

11 Mar

that is the question.

this was too beautiful, i couldn’t not share it! from the wonderful artist priscilla ahn. if you haven’t heard of her (slash: fell head over heals in love with her) then check her out. plus she has a new album coming out May 3 and her website has a free download.

aghhghh such a beautiful voice..


other dream-like things:

from graphic-exchange found on pinterest

from the coveted found on ruby press

doodle everyday tumblr

happy friday


//ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

9 Mar

…i know i sure do.

“remember, O man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return”

in honor of ash wednesday, the first day of lent:

photo by James Horan

good news.


//mardi gras

8 Mar

happy mardi gras! last year, around this time, i went to new orleans. and it must have infiltrated my mind… for the past month, i have this nostalgic feeling that makes me feel like i need to go back. in all fairness to my weak mind, it was one of the best trips i’ve ever been on. i am missing new orleans… siiigh.

side note: we were not there over the holiday, in fact we intentionally avoided bourbon street while we were there. but accidentally we stumbled onto it and those 8 minutes turned out to be the most interesting people-watching minutes i may have ever had. and it was on a weekday afternoon… i cannot begin to imagine the chaos during an actual celebration.

we did spend a lot of time in the french quarter. there were tons of musicians and artists and performers. there were, what seemed like hundreds, of people standing frozen in character (like these next two):

tons of beautiful masks, it’s hard to believe that all the shops stay in business selling the same thing. but in our short time we must have seen at least 15 shops or vendors within 10 block radius. mask shops must be like the coffee shops of new orleans.

i had my first beignet from the famous café du monde, and it was love at first taste.

but our most favorite place was outside all the hustle and bustle. maya’s. it may actually be my favorite restaurant in all the world.

i really love basically everything about this city. it had a lot of charm, some of the buildings were to die for.

everything we ate was phenomenal. if you’re looking for some shrimp po boys, i’ve never had better bread, then at pascal’s.

my pictures from march 2010

if i were there right now, i’d probably be wearing something like this:

dresses from modcloth