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Friday
May042012

Wildflowers & Fields Inspiration

Happy Friday friends! Are we all looking forward to the weekend? What are your plans? I am so, so excited because my little brother graduates from college tomorrow! As of tomorrow, he is officially out of school and officially an adult. Yikes! I couldn't be happier for him though and cannot wait to share more about his big day next week. I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures.

This morning I was needing a little inspiration so I started perusing through these pictures I took awhile ago. They are from the photoshoot I did with my brother and his girlfriend. The shoot was for a feature that will appear in a magazine (yep, a real print mag...eek!) so I cannot reveal too many pictures quite yet. But I did share a few sneak peeks here and today I'm going to divulge a bit more. We took the pictures in this lovely field near our home with an abundance of wildflowers. It was such a serene and untamed location. It felt like it was out of another era. I have been meaning to go back actually and just reflect. It feels like a good place to be alone with your thoughts.

So here are a few of the shots. I'll let the picture speak for themselves. Hopefully they can give you a little bit of inspiration on this Friday. And just maybe you'll be encouraged to take a walk yourself and enjoy your own local landscapes.

In the last one I'm styling my brother and getting him all ready for the photos. No I'm not chocking him.

What is a serene place that you like to escape to?

Happy weekend! 

Wednesday
Mar212012

Love: Pictures of My Brother and Me

Hi blog friends! Sorry for the late, late post today. This morning I watched a live webisode with Guy Kawasaki on Chase Jarvis Live. I just happened to see a tweet about it and thought it might be interesting to see Guy talk. Guy is a best selling author but also a small business, creative business, and entrepreneurial guru. The webisode was packed with a ton of helpful and inspiring advice and I feel like I got a lot out of it that I can then apply to my own business. If you're interested in watching you can still view it over on Chase's site.

Since I didn't have time to throw together a real post, I thought I would just share something that makes me happy. My brother and I took these Instax pictures of each other while we were in Downtown LA a few weeks ago. Obviously I always enjoy spending time with my brother but to me what these pictures really represent are excitement and passion and big hopes for the future. As we wandered LA, David and I talked a lot about the things we're attempting to create, big and small and the things we want to be a part of. We both have some crazy dreams but I think that mentality in both of us is so motivating. I'm inspired by his passion (music) and hopefully he's inspired by mine. In Guy's discussion this morning he talked a lot about the importance of loving your work and having exquisite quality. And it makes sense. As I start to develop my business more, start to define myself more, I become more content and just plain happy.

Trust me, I have a long way to go. I want a steady paycheck, a home, to expand the scope of my business. All of these are things I need to see happen. But even now without those things I am happy because I know I'm moving in the right direction. These pictures remind me of that feeling. I plan to cherish these pictures as a reminder. Hopefully one day David and I can look back at them and be like, 'That's when it all started.' 

Keeping dreaming. Find your happiness.

Thursday
Mar082012

LA Arts District Adventure

Alright everyone, this is my second post of the day. My first was to announce the awesome record release show my brother and his band Mojo Stone are putting on in Silverlake on March 15th. I will be there and I suggest any other LA locals should come and support too. The music will not disappoint.

I want to show a little more Los Angeles love today and share some pictures I took yesterday in the arts district in downtown. I met my brother there so that I could retrieve my digital camera from him and also spend some time catching up, getting food, and enjoying the perfect weather. The arts district seemed like the perfect spot since it's relatively small with some neat pockets with cool graffiti and architecture.

I would say the main stretch is Traction Avenue which is where we spent most of our time. There is a small art/architecture supply store on Traction and I have been going there since my freshman year at USC architecture school, eight years ago. The area has really developed and become a destination, there are a lot more trendy restaurants and art galleries around. Old warehouses are getting converted into new lofts and more apartment buildings are springing up so the streets have a lot more life. It's a great spot to sit and people watch.

The toy district is adjacent and you can find some old, fading signage on abandoned warehouses.

Colorful murals and intricate graffiti and street art are on every corner. It makes the area feel vibrant.

David (brother) and I had four cameras between the two of us, plus two iPhone cameras. A bit much but I bet the people in this neighborhood are used to picture-takers.

New apartments on the right, old church and buildings on the left. Uber-trendy German restaurant Wurstküche straight ahead. It appears to be a major scene. We ate a few doors down at the Novel Cafe. I really recommend this place. The food and drinks are great and it has an inviting atmosphere. It has been on Traction since I started coming here. 

We couldn't resist getting dessert at The Pie Hole, a fairly new establishment in the arts district. This place was perfect, my kind of atmosphere and design. It felt very European with the bistro chairs on the street and since it was a beautiful day, David and I opted to sit outside for our pie consumption. It has very simple, minimal design inside but some beautiful furniture and design details. I'd say their delicious pie is the main thing on display. It was so yummy! We tried two flavors, Mexican Hot Chocolate and one called The Lonely Pie which consists of chocolate and peanuts and crushed up potato chips...kind of like a Twix bar in a pie. It sounds weird but it was great, salty and sweet. 

And boy did those pies get devoured. Yum.

I had such a nice, relaxing afternoon. This is a favorite pocket of LA for me and of course the company couldn't be beat. Yes, the trip prevented me from doing some work but sometimes you just need to stop and eat some pie. Happy Thursday everyone!

Thursday
Mar082012

Los Angeles Local Music Event: Mojo Stone in Silverlake

Hi everyone! This is my first of two posts this morning and right now I'd like to take the opportunity to let any Los Angeles locals know about a great show that will be taking place in Silverlake on March 15th. Being the proud sister that I am, I can't help but share about my brother and his talented band Mojo Stone and the record release party they will be having at the Bootleg Theater. Their second album Strange Honey will debut that night and Mojo will put on a spectacular performance (they always do) along with Downtown Train, Dustbowl Revival, and The Wind and Rain.

I am lucky enough to have heard the album (perks!) and I am blown away. Mojo Stone has put together a beautiful collection and to me, it's so apparent how much they have grown as musicians and as a group. According to David, my brother, the band feels this album is more a reflection of their style and I couldn't agree more. I think you hear that in the songs.

So if you're in the area, stop on by. I'll be there, supporting of course. If you aren't in LA, I will share links to the songs when they get posted and eventually they will have the album up on iTunes to download. So everyone can get a listen, local and non-local alike. Also Mojo is going on tour this summer, all across the country and they might be stopping in your city. I'll share more details about that tour as they come. 

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Unique LA Local Love Event

On Sunday I was lucky enough to go to my first Unique LA show with friends. I am such a fan of Renegade (I've talked about it countless times here on the blog) and shopping from local, independent artists so I knew I would enjoy Unique just as much. This weekend was the first 'Local Love' event which featured LA area vendors only. The show was smaller than normal and I must say I liked the size. It felt very manageable and I was able to see all the artists without having to rush. I saw a few familiar booths but a lot of new vendors too. I was impressed with everything I saw and only wish I had more money to spend on nifty handmade finds.

Unique is held inside, in a loft-warehouse space. It is on the 13th floor with windows all around the perimeter so you get a great view of Downtown LA. Similar to Renegade, the rows of vendor booths are the main focus but Unique also had a DIY station, a photobooth, lounge areas with chairs, a DJ, and plenty of food vendors offering free samples. The food and wine samples were quite the treat. My brother came along, his first LA craft fair experience, and each time I looked up he was at a different vendor partaking in the tasty samples. He came hungry.

It was a cloudy day in LA but we still enjoyed the Downtown views.

David checking out Pocket Square bowties. They had a beautiful collection with a great mix of fabrics and textures. On the right is a sampling of the vintage-inspired, pocket watch necklaces by Love Nail Tree. I've seen them at Renegade before. They have some watches where you can see the gears and internal mechanisms moving. Very cool! Kind of steampunk. I like it.

A wide array of posters from The Poster List. I've bought things from them before at Renegade. I love all the color.

The tins on the right are all candles from the Topanga Candle Company. This company repurposes vintage tins, containers, boxes, crates, kitchen accessories (anything really) into new candles. I'm a big fan of finding new uses for old things so this booth was fascinating.

There were cute decals up all over the walls, including this pink one in the elevator.

It was such a fun show and I was so glad to make it. Sadly I got called away sooner than planned so I didn't spend as much time there as I wanted. But I think they do another show in the spring so hopefully I don't have to wait too long to return. I purchased a really cute scarf that I'll share in a Crafted Fashion post soon. It was such a good find.

I still love Renegade but Unique is a fabulous show too. They are different but I think there is a place for both shows in LA. I look forward to future craft and handmade fairs, including Unique and Renegade and any other new ones that happen to pop up!