I don’t always have an opportunity to travel but I love it when I do. When I go somewhere I really like to act like a local, go to their local eateries, hang at the best bars, all of that townie stuff. My trip to DC wasn’t much different but I did hit up some touristy areas, don’t judge me.
I did a little shopping.
Saw some sights!
That’s the Newseum, the place where all nosey people like me get to see the history of news!
Had to swing by the National Museum of Natural History.
Then my dear friend Charita and I organized an amazing group of motivated and dynamic entrepreneurs for Sunday brunch at Lincoln. We supported each other, shared with each other, and had some seriously amazing girl boss time.
I had a little costume change so yes this was on the same day!
Then I took a very personally meaningful trip to the National Museum of African American History and was given a tour by my dear friend Timothy. She’s not just a phenomenal friend but also an amazing curator. African history is American history and as someone that always seeks knowledge, I was constantly surprised and frequently moved to tears. I recommend everyone go.
It was sugar, not cotton that brought my ancestors here.
9-year-old Rose was sold to a different plantation from her mother and on the auction block, her mother gave her this bag filled with a dress, walnuts, and a lock of her hair. she never wanted Rose to forget who she was. What were you doing when you were 9? I know I wasn’t doing this.
Nat Turner’s Bible. It’s amazing to me how religion comes to soothe the fears of people in the direst situations. Faith is a beautiful thing.
I can’t wait for change to come! May each of you go to bed tonight having made this world more beautiful for at least one person. xoxo
Let’s be honest, with world hunger, violence, terrorism, and any other number of regular atrocities, taking pictures in sprinkle pools and with life-sized gummy bears might seem like pointless fluff. And, partly, it is. However, I liken all of the heaviness of this life to a huge swimming pool. On one end the water is 3 feet deep and the other end is 30. We can only stay in the deep end for so long before we need to head back to the shallow end and catch a breather. This is that breather. We can handle everything that comes our way but we need to learn how to recharge our batteries. I do it by focusing on things that make me happy. Things like pink, cuteness, documentaries, glitter, crafts, and yoga. This week it was the Museum of Ice Cream that made all of my pink and colorful dreams come true. Here are some images, I hope you enjoy and find a little happiness today!
Wonder Woman is killing in the theaters and reflecting our changing climate where women rule supreme! No, we didn’t get Hillary but globally it’s the time of the woman. Lest we forget, the largest protest in HERstory was dedicated to and organized by women. The world is changing, gone are the days of hand to hand combat and protecting our caves, now politics requires diplomacy and a gentle thoughtful touch, that’s where we come in. So, in honor of all things woman I’ve cultivated some Wonder Woman inspo to motivate your Monday.
Go gold, metallics are powerful.
While you’re at it grab some Wonder Woman inspired fashion. Think bangles, amazonian/Greek inspired dresses, and lots of laurels.
Wonder Woman’s home, Themyscira, is a little reminiscent of ancient Rome. So why not go Greek with your inspo.
Then always remember who runs the world!!!
I love cake. Well, I guess there aren’t many people that hate cake…but I really really love it. My mother was a big baker and we baked a cake every Friday. It was our Sabbath tradition. So, I want to integrate it into my new life with my hubby.
Today isn’t a baking lesson, just a little cuteness for your day. But this is the very helpful baking pan set I used from Target. I bought a simple white boxed cake and used some of the massive amounts of pink food coloring I have lying around the house…yes I have so so much pink food coloring. I gathered 5 bowls and added 1 cup of batter to each bowl. Then I added no food coloring to the first bowl, .5 drops to the second, 1 drop to the third, 2 drops to the fourth bowl, and 3 drops of food coloring to the fifth bowl. I mixed them well and added them to the pan and baked them as directed. They baked very fast. Keep an eye on them.
And it was yummy too!
Fairy toast is possibly the cutest insta trend ever!!! I did my own version with some fancy cream cheese flavors.
I just added strawberry, blueberry, and plain cream cheese to a bowl and then…
So number one, today is my birthday!!! Yay, throw some glitter in the air!!!! Every bday I attempt to do some adorable DIY and this year is kinda my favorite. I mean look at this pink and floral goodness!
I started with an inordinate amount of balloons (light pink, pearl pink, white, and clear), glitter, confetti, a handmade paper cone (for putting glitter and confetti in the balloons), string, and a manual balloon pump.
I blew up all the balloons in different sizes and added glitter and confetti to the clear ones. Then I tied a string to something static, I choose my drawer knob and began tying balloons to the string. I spaced each balloon about four inches apart with a total length of 7 feet of string. I made a total of 5 strings. Then I taped them to the wall, by the string, adding tape to any area of string that I felt needed to be secured.
I flattened the balloons against the wall and occasionally taped one of them down too. Well, there were a few bald spots so I added a few free-floating balloons with a tiny roll of tape-sometimes more than one.
The wall didn’t feel complete so I added some silver dollar eucalyptus, lemon leaves, ranunculus, and silk peonies. At first, I tied strings around the ends of branches and tied them to other strings in the greater structure. This became exhausting so I literally started taping them directly to the wall or to balloons themselves.
This is what I ended up with, stinking cute. I placed a pink backdrop below my creation in preparation for my shoot.
Then just get cute and shoot!
If anyone makes a balloon wall I simply MUST see!!! Happy crafting my lovelies.
I love bringing nature into my home. From my slight obsession with succulents to the abandoned bird’s nest; compassionately transitioning the outside inside is a passion of mine. So, as I was aimlessly walking around my parents’ property I found this delightfully abandoned feather and thought it must go on my cafe wall. This is possibly he easiest DIY ever.
Firstly, don’t judge my gloves. I’m a tiny bit paranoid about tics and little creepy crawlies. My first task was to make sure the feather fit the frame and yay it did!
Next, grab your trusty E6000 glue because nothing can withstand its power.
Hold it down and you’re almost done.
Place it in the frame, put the back on and voila! Beautiful!!!
The only space left on my wall was horizontal so here it will live. Happy crafting!
I love crafting a little more than the average person so I have developed a special set of skills. This results in me occasionally taking on projects that are a little big and complicated. This DIY is NOT one of them. This DIY was way easier than I thought. So, here you go.
If you’re a renter…and who in LA isn’t? Then you are quite familiar with this absolute eyesore. The dreaded in unit fuse box…dum, dum, dum. Well, I knew it had to be covered but its slight protrusion makes hanging a picture there awkward and it’s directly behind a door, making a picture risky. The only answer was channeling my inner 1970’s moonchild and making some yarn art.
I collected all of my tools. Basically, yarn, a stick from outside, and scissors.
Cut your yarn long enough to double and have it hang long enough to fit your very unique needs. Then double the yarn and create a loop. Place the loop over the top of your stick or dowl.
Fold the loop around the stick and pull the free hanging part of the yarn through the hole in the loop.
Now just keep going until you’ve added as much as you want.
Add one piece of yarn so you can hang it up and voila. See where that door is. Hmmm such a problem. Who designed this wall?
Next, cut your yarn however you want. I did a gentle chevron.
The final product. Hope you enjoy your beautiful art.
Yay!!! Valentines Day is coming!!! I’m never truly ready but I’m trying to get a little festive.
Flowers and gifts are getting me in the spirit.
Then I decorated a little…let’s be honest this isn’t really my husband’s thing.
But he loved the note I left on his pillow. Check out my other blog post with 20 creative Valentines Day idea for creative people.
With the world becoming seemingly more and more chaotic, I needed something to slow me down. As many of you know, I practice mindfulness and meditation regularly and wanted my DIY this week to reflect something that will help my mindfulness journey, a Mala. A Mala is a necklace of beads that you can use to count mantras or breaths during meditation. They come in four different lengths 18, 27, 54, or 108. I figure I need all the mantras possible so I went with a 108 bead Mala.
So, I headed down to The Bead Shop in Laguna to find the perfect beads for my meditation needs. Ha that rhymed! Also, I totally recommend that you go to an actual bead shop, don’t just order online. There’s something so mindful about touching everything and getting a feel for what you’re buying. Anyway, I bought 108 counting beads made of Earth Jasper also known as the “Supreme Nurturer” it reminds us to help one another and brings tranquility into our lives. Then I grabbed 3 marker beads made from Agate which is a protective stone. Your marker beads should be a different size so you will know when you’ve passed a particular number of beads. Then I bought one large Agate guru bead. The guru bead is the large bead at the apex of the Mala where the tassel hangs. I also added a pretty little tassel and Ohm symbol.
The spacing can get a little confusing, to keep everything simple I placed a large marker bead every 27 counting beads and the guru at the bottom. It all came together to form 4 sections of 27 beads.
Happy meditating my friends!