23 - Aug - 2012

See the little blue guy hiding in the back on the left? He's our new baby!

09 - Aug - 2012

Song: 40 Day Dream by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes

I don't do enough of the things that I love, like taking photos, journaling, or finding time to read a good book. I figure that the only way to change that is to set a goal to do so! This is my collection of books to conquer over the fall and winter seasons!

1. "Tell-All" by Chuck Palahniuk - I bought this book as soon as it was released in paperback because Chuck P. is one of my favorite authors, and I have yet to make the time to sit down with it. So on the list it goes.

2. "Pride & Prejudice" by Jane Austen - This will be a re-read, but I bought a new copy and I am excited to break it in.

3. "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway - This was purchased a few months ago while I was on a Hemingway kick... and it has sat on my bookshelf ever since.

4. "Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain" by Charles R. Cross - I am a huge fan of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, and biographies, so I am particularly excited to start this one.

5. "Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin - I have to confess; even though this book is great, I have been working  away at finishing it for months! It is just one of those books that I have to read in complete silence with no distractions, thus I cannot read it pretty much anywhere at any time, ha ha!

6. "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern - This is the book that I am currently reading. I struggle with feeling guilty when I choose to read a book for pleasure instead of for work or study, but when I saw this recommendation on Everyday Emma, I got myself a copy the next day. I still find it hard to make time to read it but it is super good!

I don't know at what point I stopped reading and enjoying the other hobbies that I have always loved. But I am realizing now how much I miss those things, and how much I took that time for granted! I hope that I can find a way soon to balance out my work-life and my me-time.


05 - Aug - 2012

Every month Creature Comforts offers a printable calendar (for free!) on their site. Below is the print for August; click to visit and download!


04 - Aug - 2012

Song: And the Boys by Angus and Julia Stone

This week I am listing some current favorite songs. Enjoy!

1. Numb by Marina and the Diamonds

2. Shadows by Warpaint

3. I'm Not Asleep by Vivian Girls

4. Waste by Foster the People

5. Mykonos by Fleet Foxes

04 - Aug - 2012

Song: Lingering Still by She & Him
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27 - Apr - 2012

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27 - Apr - 2012

Song: Big Jet Plane by Angus and Julia Stone
I am working out my priorities in my mind, and most of the time when things are cluttered in my mind it helps me to put everything down on paper.

1. Love, and being a good partner.
2. My health and happiness with how I feel.
3. Being creative every day.
4. Feeling like I do something important, and ideally, being able to do what I love as a paying job. (And this is the hardest part for me because unfortunately, right now I am not doing what makes me happiest. And I need to figure out what that really is and how to make it my life's ambition.)
5. Making a positive impact on the people and environment around me.

Now that I know what the important things are - and are not - I just need to make the proper adjustments, and do the work necessary to align my life with my goals. I feel better already.
And for your patience in listening, here is an adorable picture of our grumpy cat letting us hold him like a baby the other day and pet him. He actually purred and enjoyed it.


26 - Apr - 2012

Song: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Today I am going to show you all of the things that I lug around with me in my bag on a day-to-day basis; lately it has been this gorgeous cross-body saddle bag from Forever21.

1. My SmashBook. I put everything in here! The pages are so much sturdier than an average notebook.
2. Coach coin purse.
3. Colorful ultra-fine point Sharpie's and Martha Stewart Craft pens.
4. Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunset. (It has a mirror inside the compact so it pulls double duty!)
5. I always have shades. These were from Forever21 but have since sold out.
6. Burt's Bees chapstick / Clinique Lipgloss / H&M Lipgloss
7. Android phone, but I wish it was an iPhone!
8. Mini Hello Kitty playing cards.
9. Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer in Fresh Picked Tangerines.
10. Fuji S1800 Camera (not pictured)
11. Re-usable bags. (not pictured) You have to use these, everyone! A plastic bag can take thousands of years to decompose.

What is in your bag?


22 - Apr - 2012

Lately... (from my Instagram postings)
1. Dinner date at Ninja Sushi.
2. Loving new filters on my phone.
3. Leopard print flats & my chevron print Urban Outfitters rug.

4. Coffee table shot: personalized map coasters from Etsy, candy dish, Rimmel nailpolish, and odd&ends jar.
5. Leopard Orchid, an Easter gift from my mister.
6. Lizard skeleton.
7. Strawberry Basil Lemonade at Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu.
8. My new SMASH! book, which I am obsessed with.
9. Bath time.

Hoping your week has been as enlightening as mine!


10 - Apr - 2012

Song: Pretty Bird by Jenny Lewis
As part of "My Weekly List of Love," this week I decided to make a list of my five favorite blogs. I subscribe to at least thirty different crafting, photography, music, and lifestyle blogs and these are the ones that I am always the most excited to receive updates from! Please take the time to visit their spaces and I promise that you will leave feeling inspired and cheerful.

1. A Beautiful Mess

2. Skunkboy Creatures

3. Mint Love Social Club

4. Kyla Roma

5. Oh Happy Day


05 - Apr - 2012

Song: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

My newest piece of jewelry finally arrived from Korea, and I got to wear it today! (Some of you might recognize it's design; it's an homage to Rachel's "Finn" necklace on Glee.) I definitely recommend the seller, SpeciallyForU on Etsy. I ordered the Mini Size Rose Gold version, but they offer a lot of different styles. 

I'm really happy with how it came out! And it makes me boyfriend smile, which is a plus for me because he's got the cutest smile.


02 - APR - 2012

I found the recipe for this Cucumber & Radish Salad on page 220 of the April 2012 issue of Real Simple magazine that I got in the mail this weekend, and it has the perfect spring taste.

1 English Cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
4 radishes, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon each Kosher salt and black pepper

Toss all ingredients in a medium bowl, and enjoy.


01 - APR - 2012

Song: A Letter to Elise by The Cure

We made it a priority to go to the beach this weekend. We took Starbucks and some tofu hummus wraps from my favorite healthy store, and we got to lay in the sun for hours. It was my first trip to the lagoons, and we both had a great afternoon.


30 - MAR - 2012

Song: In The Sun by She & Him

Friday date night: dinner, a visit to the candy stand, and a some shopping with my love.