Twinkle Toes 

Lifestyle November 7, 2016

IMG_8696.JPGI simply love all things glitter.  So, of course, my heart skipped a beat when I saw Kate Spade’s Keds.  Hmmm, do I just go out and buy a pair or do I try to do it myself?  Obviously, I make them myself.  It’s much easier than you think and far far more satisfying.

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Start by heading to your local drug store and buying a pair of $11 sneakers.

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If you are anything like me you have tons of glitter on hand.  I chose three different colors.  My mixture was two parts silver one part gold and one-half part light pink.

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Get your tools ready.

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Start adding glue to the shoe, but only in patches.  It drys pretty fast on fabric.

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Then glitter away until done!

Colorful Nursery DIY

DIY, Home, Lifestyle October 3, 2016

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I swear there is something in the water.  My life has become an endless parade of baby showers, blessings, sprinkles, and nursery decor.  So, when a dear friend of mine asked that I make a little something for her nursery I jumped on it…gotta practice for the future, right?  Well, she bought the Oh Joy! nursery line from Target so I had some parameters to work within.  If you read my blog you have probably already heard of Oh Joy, basically she’s a crafting and design Goddess that now is uber paid by Target!  Basically, a genius!!!

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Image from target.com

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I decided to make a mobile.  Newborns can only see about 12 inches from the tip of their cute little noses, so the little one might not see the colorful soft mobile until she about 6 months old.  But the colors may actually be neurologically stimulating and help her cute little brain develop.  Ok, let’s get to the actual project.  There are a lot of steps to this so if you are already exhausted but still want one contact me and I’ll make you one, for a nominal fee of course.  Send me your colors and it’s done!  For those of you that are a little craftier keep reading.

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First, you must make a ton of poms.  You can make them on your fingers or make this little cardboard template.

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Cut one long piece of yarn and place it toward the end of the notch in the cardboard.

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Then wrap the yarn.  I wrap it around at 60 times.

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Tie it off with the long piece of string, then push it to the other side and tie it off again.  Gotta keep it strong and tied.

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Then you cut the sides of the yarn.

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After both sides are cut pull it free from the carboard template.

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You are left with this awkward little thing.

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Trim.

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Yay!  Now repeat this step about 30 more times.

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Now let’s move on to the mobile frame. I used a needlepoint ring.  I actually didn’t use the piece with the screw on it but I used the inner piece.  You can get these for like $2 at Michaels.  Tie 5 long strings at equal intervals around the circle.  Keep more string at the top so you can hang the mobile however you want.

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After tying on all the strings start wrapping yarn around the ring until it is completely covered.  Have fun!!!

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Once that’s done you need to start adding the poms.  I make a little needle from some extra wire I had lying around.

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Skewer your pom.

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Then trim again!

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Add poms in any way you wish I just tried to make sure colors were equally dispersed and you’re done.

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xoxo

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The Best Staycation Yet!

Lifestyle, travel September 20, 2016

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My Hubby and I are working on perfecting the staycation.  I mean, why live in sunny California if you don’t take full advantage of obscure hotels, unique restaurants, and Cali’s great ecological diversity.  Where else can you surf and ski in the same day?  Well, yesterday was a double whammy it was my husband’s birthday and our 6 month wedding anniversary.  So, we took a little weekend trip to Palm Springs and stayed at the Saguaro Hotel.  Just enjoy the colorful pictures!

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Hope you enjoyed our colorful weekend at the Saguaro!

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Advice, consulting, Lifestyle September 14, 2016


5. Create a writing schedule: dedicate the same span of time per day to writing and creativity. This gets you brain all primed a ready to perform. Give it at least a week to kick in. 

4.  Just 10: set a timer for 10 minutes where you write, edit, or brainstorm with little distraction. 

3. Change your environment: head to a park, coffe shop, maybe even a museum to trigger some motivation.  

2.  Research:  when you take time to read related articles and books it can help you understand your own point of view. Sometimes you can find glaringly missing  perspectives in the literature and you can find your angle in the white spaces. 

1.  Stick with it: when stuck in writer’s block people tend to want to quit, but the more you work the article the more ideas you can get. So, take a breath, get some coffee and get back in there. 

Make a Healthy Watermelon Cake

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle September 7, 2016

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I love a good blogger collab.  So, Blue Lilly Pad and Me (Cupcakes) teamed up to make a delish and healthy cake made from…drum roll please…watermelon!
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We started off with a real life watermelon. OOOHHH AHHHH!

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Washed some berries.

We cut the top and bottom of the watermelon then cut the rind away.  Blue Lilly Pad was a master fruit maven.  Try to get the watermelon as “cake shaped” as you can.

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Next, we made the whipped cream.

2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1Tbs vanilla extract

lime zest

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Add the ingredients into your mixer and whip for 6 minutes at a speed of 4.  Toward the end, we sped it up to 8 for a few seconds.  Mind you, we ruined our first batch by mixing it too long.  It literally looked like congealed milk.  Ewwww!

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Dry the watermelon with a paper towel and spread your fresh whipped cream just like frosting.  Blue Lilly Pad’s little, Chef Zam, helped with this stage.

We added some blueberries around the base, clearly, they were drowned in whipped cream, covered the walls of the cake with fresh coconut, added our berries to the top and of course chocolate chips.  Yay, we’re done!

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Blue Lilly Pad and I then had a little photo shoot.  Look forward to that soon.

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Stickhouse Gelatos 

Food, Lifestyle August 30, 2016


Yesterday I went to the yummiest place on earth, Stickhouse in Santa Monica. I walked past it twice and could no longer abide their sweet confections not in my belly. So I went for a fine “sticked” Italian gelato. 


You walk in to the bright and trendy shop to a fine array of gelato on a stick. The almond cherry was by far the prettiest, but of course I went with chocolate. 


Next, the gelato maven behind the counter dips your pop in one of three different chocolates (quite masterfully) and then your choice of hazelnut, coconut, or pistachio. 


Then you get this delicious treat!!! 


Success! 

The Art of Gift Giving

Advice, DIY, Lifestyle August 26, 2016

There really is an art to giving a meaningful gift.  I mean nobody’s balking at the ubiquitous gift card or cash, but a gift that really hits home gets remembered.  What do you get for the friend that literally has everything, loves boho chic, and only uses vegan, animal safe, sanctified by God products?  A bag full of stuff!!!

Contrary to popular belief I do believe in using equations (I’ll have to show you lovelies my fashion equation of day, let’s just say Karl Lagerfeld is a fan of a good equation too).  But since we are talking about gifts let’s focus on how to give a proper gift.  Ehem [clears throat…pushes up glasses] the equation is as follows:

Sentiment + Attention to Detail – Shopping for Yourself = An Amazing Gift

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Remember a moment from childhood or when you first met your intended giftee. Integrate those elements into your gift. For example my besties and I would share W Magazines when were were younger.  We would write our dreams and goals in the margins then pass the magazine along to the next lovely lady.  So by giving her a W Mag I’m reminding her to always follow her heart to remember that she can rely on us. We also bough a bottle of wine from the city where she and her forever were married. Adding a libation is always a good reminder of fun days.

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Don’t shop for yourself:

My bestie has a solid Christian faith, hence the gratitude journal with inspirational Bible verse. This purchase may not integrate into my own concept of spirituality but remember GIFTS AREN’T FOR YOU!!!!


Attention to Detail:

Gifts are all about presentation.  Yes of course who cares what the box looks like on the 7 karat diamond but isn’t it just that much better if it comes flying down from the heavens in the mouth of a pure white dove?  So, with that being said find the perfect receptacle. We clearly didn’t find any doves large enough to carry our gift but we did find an H&M.  Why go with a boring basket when you can provide your beach loving bestie with the perfect beach ready tote? Thank you H&M for all of your bounty.


Make sure you add stuffing so your gifts will stand tall.  Yet again I will reinforce the importance of presentation.  As humans we make appraisals within 10 milliseconds of seeing an individual.  I haven’t seen any research on appraisals and gifts yet (I may just publish one), but I’m sure it isn’t much different.  My little trick is paper balled up at the bottom to add that extra height.  Then add that Easter basked grass on top.  I don’t even know what that stuff is called.  Tinsel?

The final touches were the fresh tulips and some pretty expensive facial serum from the Montage Laguna. Our favorite hotel. Our other bestie was wed there last year in a fabulous ocean view ceremony (link) and we’ve all been drawn there like moths to a flame ever since. It’s really become a special place for our friendship. So, we talked to her hubby and organized with hotel staff and she was presented with her gift after dinner.


I heard she loved it!!! I would love to share the text she sent me, but I still have this weird thing called privacy I hold on to.  So just imagine all the wonderful stuff she said xoxo.

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The Best Meal of the Day

Lifestyle August 22, 2016

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Brunch is the fanciest of all meals.  It’s for those of us too busy for breakfast but too hungry to wait for lunch.  The staff of the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla California set up such an amazing spread for my friends and I, just 15 amazing blogger and influencers enjoying a fabulous weekend on the beach.

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I worked against my own best interests by noshing on chocolate, bread, and assorted libations, but what’s brunch without a few bad decisions.

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The beach has always been a place of balance and reflection in my life, a place where I could focus on getting back to basics.  There is something about being in the presences of all four elements at one time that really serves to ground me.  I could barely even focus on eating while taking in the view.  Ok, seriousness over…

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I even made a little beetle friend.  Hey, antenna off my pitaya, my new favorite fruit.  Don’t get me started on my favorite pitaya bowl at Leno Juice Bar, but that’s a convo for another post.

I realized that I like Eggs Benedict.  Look at this little nugget of amazingness.

We even had a private presentation of a La Jolla fashion line Timmithea.  That cute little lady in pink is the fabulous Timmithea Leeds.

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So cute!!!

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I obsessed over that maxi skirt.  So Audrey! Well C&C readers look forward to more posts of my transcendental weekend at the La Valencia Hotel.  xoxoxo

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Cute Shoot: the Pinkening

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle July 27, 2016

Maybe you haven’t noticed but pink is kinda my favorite color. Actually, pink is a serious obsession of mine. Things like this always get me thinking. Why do we favor colors? There have actually been quite a few studies about this and it is referred to as the ecological valence theory. Nerd alert 🤓!!!  I won’t get too deep but basically we’ve evolved to use color for survival then we feel all the feels when we see our favorite colors. The more feels we feel the more we favor our favorite color. That’s the evolution/socialization debate in like two sentences. Where’s my Pulitzer? 

Ultimately, I think Aerosmith said it right …

“Pink it’s my new obsession 

Pink it’s not even a question, 

Pink on the lips of your lover, ’cause 

Pink is the love you discover”

“Pink it was love at first sight, and 

Pink when I turn out the light 

Pink gets me high as a kite 

And I think everything is going to be all right 

No matter what we do tonight.”

Xoxoxoxo