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//in tandem

3 May

more for your sake than mine, i’ve been avoiding anything wedding to post about. it all becomes so consuming (in the most pleasant of ways) but i am sure gets old real fast to onlookers..

however, i cannot get over this. i periodically check back to make sure it still exists.

and is nothing like my own future wedding, so i feel at peace with sharing this amazing event.

i mean AMAZING.

“rebecca & derek” (that is no attempt to preserve confidence, those are their real names, i just feel too estranged to be on a first name basis with either of them, so i used quotes) surprised their guests after the ceremony with BIKES to a picnic! something you can only plan with confidence in sunny california. they planned lots of fun details for the whole day, check it out and feel free to read more. this is just a small glimpse:

incredible pictures by rachel thurston featured on green wedding shoes

ps: i feel like i’m inviting animosity, but this excites me much more than any royal wedding.


//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.

//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

//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?

//it’s what’s on the outside that counts…

7 Mar

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover you say? I say DO. Well when it comes to great packaging. There are always those things that you want to buy simply because they just look cool. Props to those with the talent to make me conform. The wonderful people of Lovely Package consider themselves to be “curating the very best packaging design.” Such an original niche for a blog, I’m sold. Some of my favorites due to their simple yet thoroughly creative design using natural colors:

Better Half by VSA Partners

wooden shoebox by Society 27

glass bottle by Gauthier

wallet envelope by bellroy

Rubén Álvarez Yogurt by Zoo

pure honey by the ballard bee company

//never too old for a snow day

24 Feb

I don’t care how laughable my still-grass-poking-out-deep snow is, school IS cancelled! I suppose that is the beauty of being in public education (besides summer break of course); all of that great equalizer and closing the achievement gap hope seems to be secondary this morning. Last night I wanted a snow day so I could sleep in. This morning, I woke up to my alarm at 5:25 to go to my work out, looked outside and have been wide-eyed ever since. I’m just too excited.

My grandparents live about three and a half hours north (I know I should have used miles for this term of measurement, but I have no idea, okay?) and they’ve reported 17 inches! I will admit I am slightly jealous of that. My cherry on top would to know a near by frozen over lake to go ice skating on. Check out this brilliant winter ice skating party idea:

all photos by geneve hoffman featured on the sweetest occasion

This is such an incredibly simple idea, yet so magical. I am definitely going to have a cup of hot chocolate today!

//el presidenté

21 Feb

“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.” -George Washington [1974] I take for granted on a daily (probably minute-ly) basis of what it means to be an American citizen, to live in a free country that was fought for, paid for with a price of great sacrifice, steered by leaders whose vision had consequences on the line that determined my existence.

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large; and, particularly, for their brethren who have served in the Geld; and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacifick temper of the mind, which were the characteristicks of the divine Author of our blessed religion ; without an humble imitation of whose example, in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” -Circular Letter to the Governours [1783].

Ryan Brenizer

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.” [1790]

Happy Birthday George Washington!

& thank you.

pottery barn


alexander mcqueen

olive manna

eryn brinie



Hope you enjoy  somewhat trivial finds in the grand scheme of America and Your Day Off (or your time and a half)!

//you’re the inspiration

18 Feb

Happy Friday weekenders! For your viewing pleasure, I give you my latest obsession. And by obsession I mean I may need to cancel my account because it is becoming an addiction. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. I am someone who always saves images I find, prints them out, puts them into a scrapbook of things I love; now I am saving a whole bunch of time because this site stores things for me and allows me to find them later.

I introduce to you, pinterest. Here is a sneak peek at some of my boards, the things that inspire me. But viewer be warned, you too could develop a dependency.


17 Feb

Maps are such fun for decorating inspiration. My mom has wanted a map for a long time. LONG TIME. They can run fairly expensive, but I happen to find a sheet of paper (boutique papyrus wrapping) at a local market. So the six dollars which would have been a lot for wrapping a present, seemed cheap for wall art. I am going to find an ornate frame and make it gold, if it’s not already, for an old world feel. But I also love all of these ideas: hanging frame over a print, door windows, a lamp?! There are some really cool possibilities.


diy ideas|withtwocats|better homes and garden|martha stewart|simplesong

//happy valentine’s day

14 Feb

So I was thinking about it, and even though I give Valentine’s day a lot of flack now days, I remember a time when I loved it. Elementary school. It was one of my favorite times of year, purely because I got to decorate my very own shoe box or paper bag. With that in mind, this year I wanted a simple way to tell those close to me I care. This is my twist on the box of chocolates or suckers for the modern Valentine.

This is a really cheap idea with most supplies being things you have lying around the house. I got the boxes at a craft store for 75¢ and the valentine style ribbon at the same store for $1. I used a gold paint pen to decorate the boxes with uncomplicated patterns. I would have maybe tried something more sophisticated but I was afraid the pen would die after I’ve used it all week on another project and getting carried away doodling because they’re so fun! I used tissue paper I had from home and cut wax paper into squares to line the boxes.

On the tops of the boxes, as well as the insides, I wrote some short & sweet messages personalized for each recipient. I used stamps and micron pens (which are amazing! unfortunately they can run between $15 and $20 at the store but I bought 2 packs, a black and a color on amazon for $8 or less)

Next, I went to my friendly neighborhood store to buy a variety of fillings in bulk. Everyone I had wanted to shop for has such different tastes. On the left, I got some peanut clusters and peanut butter malt balls and on the right, some dried sweetened cranberries and walnuts. Each box had something different (I spent around $20 for 5 boxes worth of fillings-with some left overs of course). It would be great to also use savory snacks. Now, you know when you go to a market/co-op type store and buy flowers, they wrap them for you in a sheet of brown paper and tissue? Well I always save those things, and for the “more perishable” foods, I used that tissue because it’s different in texture, waxier, I didn’t know how the regular tissue paper would hold up with foods like strawberries. 

and Violà! a small gift, for really any occasion or thank you.

//wood you be mine

7 Feb

[wood]: the hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches. best used for the following…

large stained wood tags $6 from olive manna

wood grained pitcher $58 from terrain

ordinal dresser $998 from anthropologie

‘italian cypress’ by tom ford $190 from nordstrom

seascape stamp set $30 by yellow owl workshop

aviator sunglasses by alexander mcqueen $480 from nordstrom