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My Healthy Obsession

It's that time of year again!  The NBA Playoffs have commenced and my favorite team in the whole wide world, the Los Angeles Lakers, has a 2 and 0 record so far.  The playoffs are an exciting time and as expected, I couldn't be happier that the Lakers are playing to defend their title.  I am nervous because this playoff season will be a battle for the Lakers but like any great fan, I know my team can pull through and win. 

Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers on Yahoo Sports

I have been watching this team for years now and I have enjoyed seeing how the team has evolved.  Ever since I became interested in the Lakers in high school, Kobe Bryant was a part of the team and its success.  Some of the supporting characters have changed though.  When I originally started watching it was all about Kobe and Shaq and the two were definitely a dominating duo.  They won three championships (those were some good years!).  But then Shaq left and I was disappointed because I didn't know how they would recover from that kind of loss.  But they figured it out and instead of one huge guy in the center, the Lakers responded by putting two huge guys in the center and Gasol and Bynum (when Andrew is healthy) are a force to be reckoned with.  For me it seems like Derek Fisher has always been a part of the team, even though he left for a few years and then returned.  His name is synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers almost as much as Kobe Bryant's name.  Kobe is just beautiful to watch (even with a broken finger) and without a doubt he is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.  I have enjoyed watching him mature over the years and become this strong leader and teacher for the rest of his teammates.  Lamar Odom, who was inconsistent last year, has been so much stronger this year and is the only bench player I'm not repeatedly embarrassed by (specifically referring to you Shannon Brown who has not played with the same intensity since he bombed at the NBA Allstars earlier this year).  Maybe marrying a Kardashian did Odom good.  I particularly love Bynum (he has the cutest smile) and even though he is good now, he is so young (like younger than me even) and I think he will become so much better over the next few years.  And Gasol, well, hopefully they never get rid of Gasol because that Spaniard is consistent and awesome.


Ok, see, clearly obsessed.  So far this post has nothing to do with craftiness but that is all about to change.  I am always looking for ways to show my Lakers pride, especially now during the Playoffs.  Yesterday I quickly threw together this purple and gold garland so that everyone will know that we are Lakers fans.  I think it adds a nice touch to our decor.  I like that I can show my love for the Lakers but still in a cute, crafty way!!

The Lakers play again tonight in Oklahoma City for game 3.  So you know exactly where I'll be at 6:30 pm.  Go Lakers!


Orange and Grey Wedding Inspiration

So here is another inspiration board for my best friend Ashley (here I wrote about why she loves orange).  She did not specifically express an interest in grey but she likes the idea of fall colors and I think grey and orange go well together and are reminiscent of fall.  Grey is also very neutral so it can be paired with most colors.  Ultimately, I believe Ashley wants her color palatte to include more than just two colors and grey might not even be one of them but I hope she enjoys looking at these pictures at least!  

Photo credit:

First row:

boutonniere: Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

tablescape: Maine Season Events and Brea McDonald Photography via Style Me Pretty

Middle row:

bridesmaids: Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

bouquet: Dia Rao Photography via Style Me Pretty

Last row:

boutonniere: Orchard Cove Photography via Style Me Pretty

stationary: Union Photography via OnceWed

favors: Gabriel Ryan Photography via OnceWed


Orange Wedding Inspiration

So my best friend Ashley is getting married.  And as the best friend and soon-to-be maid of honor I am excited about the opportunities to help in anyway that I can.  I want Ash to have a perfect day because she deserves it!  Although her wedding is more than a year away, she has already started getting ideas and planning...yeah!  At the moment, the best way that I can help her is to show her beautiful things that inspire her and give her ideas for her big day.  And this is right up my alley because I am constantly blog searching and looking for awesome images anyway.  Basically this is the perfect job for me.  So thanks Ash for getting engaged at a perfect time for me, oh yeah, and for you!


So Ashley really likes the color orange and she hinted to me that she might want orange to be in her color scheme for her wedding.  But she was a little discouraged because some of her acquaintances were pretty negative on the idea...they flat out ragged on orange and said it was ugly.  Shame!  Orange can absolutely be fantastic and beautiful and so I'm set on defending it because to me, it seems like the perfect color choice for Ash to make...especially since she is having a fall wedding.  So over the next couple of days I am going to be providing Ashley with beautiful orange inspiration...because that's what best friends do.  This first board revolves around oranges, as in the fruit.  The town that Ashley and I grew up in used to be a huge orange producer so these ideas pay a slight tribute to our lovely town (which I know Ashley will totally appreciate).  So without further ado...ORANGES!!

I hope you enjoyed this Ashley!  There will be more to come over the next few days.



Top row: Jill Thomas via OnceWed and Style Me Pretty (I cannot get enough of Jill Thomas and her wonderful orange and orange grove pictures...love!)

Middle row: Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty (you cannot get anything better than Jose Villa's images...I LOVE them all), Design*Sponge, and ImageSpark

Bottom row: Kiss the Groom and Union Photography via OnceWed


Mojo Stone

On Saturday I had the privilege to hear my brother's band, Mojo Stone, live for the first time.  I was blown away!  I have listened to my brother's music for years now and with each performance, I am even more awed by his talent and dedication as a musician.  Music is his life and his passion for what he does always inspires me.  But the most awesome part is that now he has helped compile this ridiculously brilliant band.  So not only is this kid crazy talented on his own, but he is even better at surrounding himself with other top quality musicians.  I was so impressed by their performance the other night, especially since the group hasn't been together long.  I have heard recordings of their songs before (they have pretty much been on constant repeat on my iTunes the last few days) and unlike many bands who do not sound as good live, Mojo Stone sounded just as good, if not better, than their recordings.  Their lead singer Natalie has one of the best voices I have ever heard and after seeing her Saturday, I can also say she has great stage presence while performing.  I had so much fun seeing them play and I cannot wait for the next performance.  I am so proud of the band, but especially my brother!


I was able to get a few pictures of their performance which took place in Los Angeles at a place called The Joint.  It was a pretty cool venue.  Most of my pictures, including these few I'm going to share, are really blurry because the club was dark.  These were the best ones by far. 

And one of just my amazing brother!!!!

Thank you Mojo Stone for putting on an awesome show!  I loved it and I cannot wait until next time.

Also thank you to my good friends Elysse and Cole for showing up.  I'm so glad you came and hopefully you had a good time and enjoyed the music.   


Want to hear more Mojo Stone?  Find them here:

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What I Want...Friday, April 9th

This post is the first in a series for Fridays called "What I Want Fridays."  Like most people, I have a huge, long list about things I want to experience, places I want to go, and items that I want that will enrich my life.  If money were no object (this is SO far from my reality right now) this list would be much shorter because I would no longer have to wish for these things.  But not everything on my "wish list" is expensive.  Sometimes I want to just spend a day relaxing in a park.  Clearly, I could fulfill this wish on the cheap and go to a local park but more often than not, my true wish is to be relaxing in Paris in the Place des Vosges in Le Marais (the best park in Paris).  Ok, so I cannot fly off to Paris right now so instead, I have to learn to appreciate the things I can do.  But I can still dream.  These posts will document what I would like my weekends to be, in a perfect world.  So this is what my perfect weekend is looking like now:


Where I want to { go } :: The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs

Ok, this hotel is absolutely fantastic.  I've heard of it before but just recently started ogling over the pictures.  The mid-century modern vibe is perfect for Palm Springs and the decor and casual atmosphere is so inviting.  I always feel slightly uncomfortable in hotels, probably because of the hideous floral comforters, but this hotel would make me want to lounge around and relax.  There are branches of the Ace Hotel in Portland, Seattle, and New York (I'll add those to my wish list too) also.  Check out their website for all of the awesome room pictures and the 360 degree video. 

Photo: Ace Hotel 


What I want to { do } :: ride a bicycle with a basket

As long as I'm not pedaling up any wicked, intense hills, I really like bike riding.  It can be kind of peaceful.  Some of my best memories from studying abroad in Italy were the adventures we had while bike riding.  I cannot resist a bike with a basket...you need somewhere to put your stuff.  I have a couple of bikes at home but their tires are in desperate need of some air.  And my bikes don't have baskets.  And my house is surrounded by wicked, intense hills that would kick my butt.  This white bike has to be my favorite, it's beautiful.  Whenever I get some disposable income (eons from now) I would love to have a beauty like this.  

Photo: Fisher Bikes, Simple City 8 model 


What I want to { eat } :: penne + mint + parmesan + peas & mint mojitos

I am craving mint!  Mint mojitos are my favorite cocktail, by far.  They are so refreshing and now that the weather is warming up, it is mojito season (yes, there is a season).  The penne + mint dish was invented by my friend Pat who is a food genius.  I tried the recipe the other night and it is so good.  I don't have any specific quantities but here are some simple directions.  Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil.  Once the onions start to brown, add chopped mint and the peas.  When done, put this on top of your penne pasta and garnish with parmesan cheese.  Yum! 

Photos: Mojito from Buena Vida Comida found via foodgawker

Penne from The Zest found via foodgawker


What I want to { hear } :: Mykonos, Sun Giant EP, Fleet Foxes

I love the Fleet Foxes.  Their music has an old sound to it which I totally appreciate.  Mykonos is probably my favorite song from Sun Giant.  The only downside to this song is that it makes me want to go to Mykonos, Greece.  Add it to the list!

Photo: Fleet Foxes last.fm page


What I want to { buy } :: Blackbird, Fly 35mm Twin-Lens Reflex Camera

I am so intrigued by this camera.  I love the colors although I'd probably buy the white one.  It is a new take on a classic twin-lens reflex and the best part is it takes 35mm film instead of 120mm.  120mm has to be developed at specific camera stores while 35mm can be developed at Target.  It is not an unreasonable price, being only $120.  I could actually save up and buy this sometime soon...and I plan to.  Check out the website for photo examples.

Photo: Blackbird Fly Camera  


What I want to { watch } :: Mad Men, Season 3

Season 3 just came out on DVD which makes me so happy because I was only able to catch a few episodes when they originally aired.  The costumes, the acting, the photography...everything is just so beautiful and sexy and intriguing.  The best part is that I'll be able to watch all the episodes without having to wait each week. 

Photo: AMC Mad Men


Ok, so a few of my wishes could actually be accomplished this weekend.  Bring on the music, Mad Men, penne, and mojitos!