February 18, 2017

wishing everyone an amazing adventure filled weekend.


February 17, 2017

we may be in the middle of a storm in California but these Spring 2017 looks from Steven Alan have me dreaming of sunny days...


January 26, 2017

I was wandering around Highland Park when I happened upon the most serene women's clothing and home store called Sonomama.  They have all the goods for your spiritual well being as well as some seriously dope gifts, you know like the kind you buy for yourself...  Needless to say,  I will be back. 


January 24, 2017

On a recent trip to Iceland (more on that later) I saw these gorgeous fluffy sheep skins everywhere, I somehow convinced myself I didn't need one and now that I'm home I can't stop thinking about them...  


January 19, 2017

morning rituals...

palo santo incense to start the day clear and grounded, deep breaths, and hot herbal tea.

my new favorite incense holder made by my friend pkk ceramics 

the yummiest smelling incense available here


January 18, 2017

Women's rights are human rights! Use your voices! If you feel your rights, safety, and health are at risk under the Trump administration then come out and march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington this Saturday January 21st at 9 am from Pershing Square to City Hall.  More information can be found here.

Make your own poster or download and print out this one over at and say what you are marching for. 


January 12, 2017

Bathroom Makeover Part 2: AFTER

A look at the mood board I made for the bathroom.

The finished product in all its bright white glory.  Swapping out the vanity for a pedestal sink really opened up the space and I love the penny tile the floor, which I messed up a bit by walking on it before it was dry but hey what can you do?  Lesson learned.  The bathroom has gone from a place I would avoid to place where I go to relax and unwind in a hot bath after a long day. 


January 05, 2017

Bathroom Makeover Part 1: BEFORE

When we first moved into our little bungalow it was in need of some serious love.  The walls were all mushroom brown, the laminate floors were so cheap they were basically made of paper, the kitchen had mismatched brown-on-brown cabinets and counters, and the exterior, well it was what it was. That being said the charm of the place was undeniable, its light filled rooms, tons of windows, location just steps away from hiking trails. The place just had good vibes.  

Anywho, I've taken on a lot of projects to make this little place feel like home and one of my favorites has been the bathroom makeover.  Just a little warning this is not intended as a tutorial, it was my first time tiling anything and it's well known that tiling over tile is not a good idea...I did it anyway.  

The old rental grade sink/vanity combo, awful beige tile floors and tub surround made of who knows what. Oh and don't forget the black mold.
I chose penny tile because of its clean simplicity and because I thought it would be easier to install over the uneven floor below.  The sink and toilet were already installed so I decided to tile around them vs taking them up, if I could have done it the other way around I would have but hey, I needed instant gratification.  Countless penny tile chips later I can safely say I learned my lesson.   I used the mortar right over the cleaned old tile and set the penny tile sheets making sure to line them up so as not to have visible seams.  
Yes those are steps for my teacup yorkie in the background, it was a joke but they are incredibly useful.
Once the penny tile was set I moved onto the mortar for the marble tile tub side.  Surprisingly this was the easiest part of the whole remodel.  Finn was there to cheer me on or was he wanting to be picked up, I can never really tell.
Ugh grouting penny tile, don't get me started.   
The grout actually made the inconsistencies in my tiling job much less noticeable so there's that.  Stay tuned for Part 2 the big reveal.


January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!  So long 2016, you brought great joys and great sorrow.  Here's to moving forward in a more conscious more meaningful way.


December 30, 2016

hi there! 
it's been quite a year full of ups and downs and all sorts of things keeping me too busy for this old blog.  that being said i feel refreshed and inspired and plan on getting back here in the new year to share more of what is near to my heart, be that design, food, travel, family, nature, wellness etc.  

on that note here is a recipe for delicious leek and goat cheese tart for this itty bit of rainy weather we're experiencing...

Pate Brisee / mom's best ever pie crust
3 3/4 cups flour 
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 
2 teaspoons salt
1 2/3 cups unsalted butter
2 eggs 
2 tablespoons milk
makes 3 crusts

Mix all dry ingredients together. grate (yes grate) the cold butter into the flour mixture.  Mix with hands until coated and crumbly.  Add the milk and eggs and mix just until it becomes dough.  Do not over mix, form into flattened rounds and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.  Remove from the fridge and roll out dough until it is around 1/4 inch in thickness and around 11 inches round. Cut baking paper to fit into the bottom of a 9 inch tart pan. Transfer dough into the tart pan, pressing into the sides and trimming off any excess dough from the top.  With a fork poke light holes around the bottom of the crust.

Leek & Goat's Cheese Filling
1 large leek 
2 T unsalted butter
3 small spring onions  
1 T extra virgin olive oil 
5 ounces whole milk
2 eggs, whisked in a large bowl 
6 ounces fresh goat's cheese crumbled 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme 

Wash and chop leek into 1/4 inch rounds, melt butter into medium saucepan and sauté leeks until soft and set aside.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Slice spring onions lengthwise and coat with salt, cracked pepper and olive oil, roast in the oven until just golden (they will continue to cook on the tart) Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium low heat until hot but not boiling, stirring every couple minutes to keep the milk from scalding. Add the crumbled goat’s cheese and continue stirring until it is completely melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and ladle a scoop of the milk mixture into the bowl of whisked eggs, whisking constantly. Repeat until half of the milk mixture is in the egg bowl. Empty the custard mixture into the pan and place it back over the heat, stirring every minute for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in the salt and pepper, thyme, and sautéed leeks.  Pour mixture into the tart shell making sure not to overfill.  Place leeks around the top and bake for 45-50 minutes or until crust turns golden.  Let rest for 10 minutes before serving along with a simple green salad.
(recipe for filing adapted  from Adventures in Cooking)


February 01, 2016

My backyard needs some love, the file cabinet planters I made years ago have finally started to deteriorate, the fence has seen better days, and I'm going crazy looking out on a boring concrete slab.   A deck is soon to be in the works but until then I've been pining like a madwoman and making mood boards for my future outdoor dining area.  You can follow my Pinterest board here.

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