Monday, March 30, 2009


my talented friend caroline made this super cute cowl. perfect for spring days when it's still a little cold out. the most amazing part is that she just made it up. big needles, a seed stitch, and voila. and you people thought she could just bake. pssh.

fabric hunting

i'm helping a friend make some coordinating duvet covers for her girl's room, so we're heading to the fabric district in la tomorrow morning for a couple hours. if you've never been to this area of town, it's fantastic, but like most big cities, you really have to hunt to find what you want. not everything is $1/yard (but this store really does exist on the corner.) stores like michael levine have higher end fabrics, but overall it's a great place to find a huge selection within a 2 blocks. these are the photos i found her for inspiration via ohdeedoh - i'll post the final product when we're done.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

hello spring

The colors are more vivid on my screen than once on blogger, but these 2 revisions of my winter design are going up for the next few months at 2 Rodeo in Beverly Hills until the store is leased (it's under contract). I'm loving this spring 09 color palatte - very pretty colors.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

editing today

editing shoots today. a kids shoot from up north and headshots from last weekend (welcome to LA). busy weeks make me happy.

Friday, March 20, 2009

earth hour, march 28

Turn out. Take action.
Be part of this historic event.March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time
World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.

i've never heard of this before. apparantly this is happening in all major cities worldwide. i'm just wondering if that means we can finally see the stars in los angeles.

pretty with ribbons

i wish i had the talent to sew clothes. right now i'm just really good at straight lines. i was browsing this blog and came across a dress that the girl just you know, put together. so cute! one of these days i'm finally going to take a sewing class.

box of goods

last night i came home to a box under my mat. my aunt's friend was going to send me 'something' since she owns a maternity garment manufacturing business. i pulled hanger after hanger of cute clothes out of a box! 4 tops, 1 tank top, 3 clamdigger shorts, 1 pair of white capris, and a skirt. everyone has said not to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes, but i wasn't expecting to get them this cheap. i love the kindness of strangers and pure generosity!
photo via

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

happy saint patricks day!

don't forget to wear something discretely green, head to rite aid for a cheap scoop of thrifty mint ice cream (pic), and plant some pretty and unique shamrocks in a pot for luck all year. i won't tell if you add a box of thin mints to the day either.

Monday, March 16, 2009

i thought i'd update the old book

what to expect when you're expecting (the first 14 weeks)
by julia bender

1. try not to eat anything you really like. after you puke it up several times you will hate it.

2. expect to look bloated, but not pregnant for quite a few months. it's very attractive.

3. make a clean path in the bedroom to the bathroom when going to sleep. boxes or clothes that you trip on are likely to make you curse and you don't want to teach the baby bad habits already

4. expect a lot of relations to tell you what to eat to help you feel better. most of these involve more than 3 minutes of cooking which means you won't do it

5. don't forget to button your pants when you walk around the office. it's nice to leave them unbuttoned when sitting, but it's awkward when you are surrounded by men and wandering the office

6. don't ever eat a fish sandwich to follow lent with your husband. it's the worst ever coming back up. ever.

7. be prepared on smells. everything has a funk. parking garages. apt hallways. elevators. bathrooms. the list goes on.

8. if someone ever says, can i do anything do help? always respond with dishes, please. they're really not hard, but the smallest effort is just too much when you're as lazy as pregnancy makes you.

9. buy a roomba. yes, i didn't push the 'clean' button for 4 weeks, but now that i'm less nauseus during the days, i will start. roomba, clean my house!

10. let your husband do all the dishes and cleaning as long as possible until he notices that you haven't done any in 5 days. then act really surprised.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

it finally looks like a baby!

We got our second ultrasound yesterday and watched the baby kick and wiggle around (do you see it doing leg lifts?). it's feeling a lot more real now even though i barely look pregnant. my brother commented on the little 'thing' near it's legs, but the lady told us that was the placenta, not a man part. we'll find out for sure in 4 1/2 more weeks!! it was nice for j to be a part of this one. we're heading to san diego for the day...

Monday, March 9, 2009

lovely wedding

J & I went to Rachel & Grant's wedding on Saturday. My talented friend Jon Canlas was the photographer and I had set duties but I brought the polaroid along to take some photos of the site. It was more than amazing. A private beach just for us. The tables were set up on the sand, with food and dancing up at the building. Highlights included a friend salsa bar, fernando's homemade tacos, homemade donut holes for dessert (rasberry vanilla, maple, powdered sugar, you name it), and a bonfire to roast our favors - bags of a s'mores kit while sipping on hot cocoa. Rachel decorated with wheat grass and candles on the table, Caroline did all the design work, and Rach collected old vintage bottles to be spread around the tables up top with water and single flowers and leaves as decor. White paper lanterns hung with mini lights. When it came time for the speeches, the cutest little nieces said nice words and each appropriately ended them with, 'and i say these things in the name of..', just like a mormon prayer or testimony. too cute.

Friday, March 6, 2009

hello old friends

oh no. they're back. i took last year off and didn't buy any, and totally regretted it. who was i kidding that i was saving myself some calories - didn't someone invent the word moderation? which is why the best thin mints are frozen. my favorites will always be the thin mints & samoas, but if someone buys another flavor, i'll help them eat those too.

here's the 09 lineup, starting today:

2009 Girl Scout Cookie Lineup
This year’s cookie lineup features eight varieties: time-honored classics the crisp minty Thin Mints, the shortbread Trefoils, the chewy caramel Samoas, the Tagalong peanut butter patties, and the peanut butter sandwiched Do Si Dos. The 2009 program also includes the crunchy fat-free chocolate chip, the zesty Lemon Chalet Crèmes, and new cookie: Dulce de Leche.
ok, did we all read the last part - new cookie? dulce de leche? caroline is going to flip.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

letter book

i love, love this idea for a letter book, seen on party perfect. if anyone see's old wooden letters like this at a thrift shop or garage sale, let me know! i just checked ebay, but only saw the old wooden blocks w/color. it's a great inspiration for photography as well as a personal teaching tool for your kids. or anything - places you and your husband /bf have visited, gone on dates to, family recipes, etc. Sarah did a great job. I'm excited to see her version of family - I had talked about doing one as well for my future kids to look at during church. and now i have a future kid!