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I Wonder

Films, Lifestyle, women June 4, 2017

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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.

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Go gold, metallics are powerful.

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While you’re at it grab some Wonder Woman inspired fashion.  Think bangles, amazonian/Greek inspired dresses, and lots of laurels.

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Wonder Woman’s home, Themyscira, is a little reminiscent of ancient Rome.  So why not go Greek with your inspo.

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Then always remember who runs the world!!!

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Yarn Art DIY

DIY, Lifestyle March 1, 2017

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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.

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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.

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I collected all of my tools.  Basically, yarn, a stick from outside, and scissors.

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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.

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Fold the loop around the stick and pull the free hanging part of the yarn through the hole in the loop.

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Now just keep going until you’ve added as much as you want.

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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?

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Next, cut your yarn however you want.  I did a gentle chevron.

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The final product.  Hope you enjoy your beautiful art.

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V Day Cometh

DIY, Lifestyle February 8, 2017

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Yay!!! Valentines Day is coming!!!  I’m never truly ready but I’m trying to get a little festive.

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Flowers and gifts are getting me in the spirit.

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Then I decorated a little…let’s be honest this isn’t really my husband’s thing.

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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.

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Mala, Meditate, Mindful

Advice, DIY, Lifestyle, Mental Health January 10, 2017

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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.

 

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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.

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Happy meditating my friends!

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Bento Box DIY

DIY, Lifestyle December 12, 2016

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Compartmentalization is an important task for any business owner.  I fight daily to keep the events in my life in cute tiny little boxes.  This may sound a little neurotic but  managing multiple brand identities, challenges of a 9-5, family, and the HOLIDAYS, things can get hectic.  So, I’m seeking some order by making some pretty bento inspired boxes for my lunch.  Gotta start somewhere.

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I found these uber cute boxes at the Container Store.  That place is my idea of heaven…so organized, so beautiful.

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Then on to my second favorite place in the world, Michaels, to get some waistband elastic.  I just happened to find this stunning silver elastic.

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I did some rudimentary measurements.

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Then hand stiched.

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Yay!

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Easiest DIY of the year.  2016 was exciting can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!

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End Table DIY

DIY, Home November 28, 2016

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Love these little end tables.  I’ve had them for about 7 years and they’ve seen a recent transformation from cherry wood to white and gold.  Of course, that’s never enough in my constantly shifting world of home decor.  Sooo, I added a little embellishment.

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Cue every crafter’s bet friend, washi tape.

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After a little measuring and artful tape handling, this beautiful square emerged…oh la la!

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Then things got a little more complicated as I added shape number two.  If you’re doing this at home, make sure you give yourself enough room to add the second shape because the boundaries of the second shape will need to go beyond  the initial square.

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Then you’re done!  Simple!!!

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Friendsgiving

DIY, Lifestyle November 23, 2016

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Tomorrow, it’s game time.  We’ll be wrangling kids, grandparents, parents, and maybe even step parents.  And with this having been a particularly stressful year there will be some interesting table conversation.  Ooooh all that things we are thankful for.  I may even write a blog about the fabulous things my family members say.  I’ve decided that Thanksgiving bingo might be in order.

Well, this was my friendsgiving table and I want to give you resources for yours.

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Ok first things first, find a color scheme.  My mother always told me that any good event has at least three colors.  My basic three were eggplant, pink, and creme.  Then I added accents of sage and gold.

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I found these disposable plates at Smarty Had A Party .  They were affordable and looked so amazing!  Then I designed a little plate filler.  Here are some downloadable pdfs…yay… friendsgiving and thanksgiving.   The tablecloth came from Tablecloths Factory.

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Simple and DONE!!! I love decorating and my bestie’s backyard.  Gold pineapple says gorgeous!!!!

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Figueroa the Fiddle Fig

DIY, Lifestyle November 14, 2016

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For those of you that don’t follow me on IG, this is Figueroa.  She’s a fiddle leaf fig tree and I’m kind of obsessing over her.

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Just so cute!

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It took me forever but I triumphantly found the right 10in pot.  Anything for Figueroa.

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Here is a little close-up of the terracotta planter Home Depot so lovingly provided.

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They also provided me with this chalked…matte white spray paint.  I wanted to keep it looking rustic.  A glossy paint would have made everything look too polished.

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I lined the inside with tape and sprayed away. I let it try for about 2 hours.

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Here we go.  Moving day!

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This was a super simple DIY!

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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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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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