'Gram envy

Monday, August 18

Let's start a brand new work week with beautiful photos from Tara Pearce. Her Instagram feed is gorgeous, and I love the wonderful mix of pics focused on family and her travels. They'll seriously brighten up your day. Check out her other Instagram feed: @outertowners. It's just as follow-worthy as this one. Have a great Monday!

Happy Friday

Friday, August 15

It's been an emotional week, to say the least, and this Nordic Light photo series from Babes in Boyland just brings on the calm. The beautiful light fits my reflective mood and the images are a perfect reminder that fall is on its way. Have a fantastic weekend, friends. 


Wednesday, August 13

Live a life of simple creativity and allow time for rest and recuperation from daily life. Awesome advice, right? That's the message behind Provencial, a wonderful site I recently found when I was searching for something entirely different. I love when that happens. For now, it's an online platform that features photo essays (find the stories to these images here and here), films, and a curated page of beautiful stand-alone images. But soon, Grace Taylor and Nicole Abesamis - the two ladies behind Provencial - are moving forward in making it into a quarterly print magazine. The first issue is expected this fall. That's definitely something to look forward to.

Bye weekend

Monday, August 11

Yesterday was all about good food and shopping. Basically, it was the best day ever. I met my friend Duane at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA and we brunched at Eggslut. After our meal - I had the yummy bacon, egg and cheese sandwich - we spent another three hours or so wandering around Unique USA's 6th Annual LA Summer Market. 

Unique had more than 300 hand selected designers and artists so we went to a lot of booths. I went home with awesome goodies I'll be giving as gifts, but I'm going to keep this beautiful honeycomb long necklace from HyJewelry. Other favorites: Sugar Pie, Honey Buns {tasty pies} | Eva Franco {fancy frocks} | Concrete Geometric {cute plant pots} | Janie XY {plush toys} | Gourmet Blends {delicious balsamic and olive oil blends}

Photos by Christine Rose Morente

I can't wait for the next one. Stay tuned for upcoming Unique USA markets in San Francisco and New York. You don't want to miss them. 

Happy Friday

Friday, August 8

Yay, another work week bites the dust. Saturday is devoted to errands, but on Sunday, I'll be brunching at Eggslut located inside the Grand Central Market and checking out some of the other eateries in the area. If there's time, I'll head over to Unique USA's LA Summer Market at the California Market Center. If you're around, I highly recommend you go. I've gone several times and I've never left disappointed. Just go early because it will get crowded. Have a fantastic weekend!

Wise words

Thursday, August 7

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I booked my flight to Seattle!!! I know I've already mentioned that I'll be in the PNW in September, but I'm so dang excited. I can't believe it's been two years since my last vacation. I've taken one or two mini road trips during the occasional long weekend to stay sane, but I'm finally leaving LA even if it's just for a few days. No smog. No traffic-clogged 405 freeway. Bliss. Do you think it's too soon to start packing? 

'Gram envy

Wednesday, August 6

It's so easy to get lost in all the flowers, pretty pastels and beautiful styling found on Victoria's Instagram feed. I recently stumbled upon her blog, Oh So Pretty, and I'm just as enamored with that space and visit frequently. Victoria is definitely one to follow if you need a bit of calm in your life.

Just lovely

Friday, August 1

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This weekend, I'll be planning my trip to Seattle. Yay! I'm taking a week off next month and a good chunk of that will be spent in Bremerton, Seattle, and the San Juan Islands. I've never been to the San Juan Islands, so if you have, I'm open to restaurant/shopping/B&B recommendations!

P.S. Happy that I'm doing my "Just lovely" posts again. Forgot how much fun they are. My favorite is No. 6 because it reminds me of my friends and that I'll see them in September. Can't wait. Have a wonderful weekend!!


Tuesday, July 29

Putting these lovelies from considerthewldflwrs on my wish list. 

Currently loving

Monday, July 28

When I need to escape for a few moments, I go to chef Camille Becerra's journal and portfolio. Inevitably, I get hungry after looking at her pics and watching her videos, but I can't help myself. She collaborates with some of the best photographers such as Nicole Franzen, Sharon Radisch and Emma Jane Kepley, so I keep coming back for more. Also, head on over to Food 52 for her Beyond the Basics column. She posts tutorials every other Monday. My favorite is her step-by-step on how to make puff pastry.


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