Ooh, my favorite!

Say Something Nice
August 31, 2011, 6:42 am
Filed under: Smile, Videos

See what happened when podiums with megaphones were left around NYC, asking people to say something nice.

Bioluminescent mushrooms
August 30, 2011, 6:57 am
Filed under: Nature
Image via

After nearly 170 years, a species of bioluminescent fungi has been rediscovered in Brazil. While these types of mushrooms aren’t uncommon, this particlular kind is one of  the brightest known (see image below). It will be a surprise to no one to know that my first thoughts were if they were edible, and what they tasted like. Read the full article from USA Today.

The Conservation Report has pulled images of other forms of these glowing ‘shrooms, so if you’re interested check them out here.

Pimalai Resort & Spa
August 29, 2011, 12:45 pm
Filed under: Green, Thai Style, Travel

While helping a dear friend plan for her upcoming trip to Thailand I happened upon this beautiful resort, hidden away from the popular destination of Krabi, and suddenly my need for a beachfront getaway was boosted to new levels. Tucked away, and only accessible by a one-hour boat ride, Pimalai encompasses 100 acres of rainforest and a 900 meter (~.5 miles) stretch of pristine beachfront access. The resort is also host to one of Thailand’s best restaurants, world-renowned spa services and accommodations, and is also considered a green resort.

A new item for my travel to-do’s.

[via adelto]









These are a few
August 26, 2011, 12:08 pm
Filed under: My favorite things

Today marks my 300th post. It’s really not anything that spectacular (I did just disappear for about 4 months) but I thought it would be a nice time to take a different approach to celebrating Friday. In the past my “Happy Friday” posts were in celebration of the weekend ahead, but with my new schedule I’ve come to appreciate all the elements that made up a great week. Here goes….

Tiny new glassware that reminds me of my favorite lipstick shade.

Perfect for sipping.

Noble Tonic 05 XO: it’s a tiny little thing, but worth every penny.

The best balsamic vinegar I’ve had. From Mikuni Wild Harvest

The perfect sleep mask. I use it every night; organic, perfectly constructed, and so soft. From BibBon on Etsy.

(Message your fabric choices with Bonnie, she was wonderful to work with.)

August 24, 2011, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Shoes, Yes please

I awoke on Tuesday morning to find this in my Inbox. These mails from Barney’s are quite dangerous. Beautiful silhouette, gorgeous color; my freshly pedi’d toes, with an Autumn orange polish, would look so at home in these. Sigh.

Phillip Lim Regine, $750. Available at Barney’s New York.

Getting settled
August 24, 2011, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Home

Fresh flowers for a warm welcome home

When I’m not at work I’ve been working to get settled in. Since life is a bit hectic I am working to make my home as cozy and comforting as possible. One of my favorite past times has been taking time to “curate” small vignettes around my little studio. I’ve found that one of the best ways to return home at the end of a long day is to arrive to fresh flowers. The peonies above are long past their season, but they were especially beautiful and welcoming.

The bar area is still a work in progress but I’ve enjoyed getting it going; somehow I’ve found the decorating part of moving to be exciting and quite fulfilling. I’m currently hunting for some inspiring wall art to help make this area complete but in the meantime, I’ll be moving onto my dressing room. (Yes, my tiny studio has a dressing room!)

A small bar area, work in progress






What I’ve been up to
August 23, 2011, 12:41 am
Filed under: Personal, Restaurants, Seattle

Working. Eating. Working. And I love it.

Planning and starting a new business has been more work than I ever thought, but it has also been more rewarding and fulfilling than anything I’ve done before. It hasn’t been easy but I’m learning so much about the business (and myself). Let’s see…since I last left you anything of much substance I can summarize things pretty easily with this: I relocated to Seattle from San Francisco, found an apartment, started a restaurant with my dad, learned how to bar tend, and now work seven days a week. There’s tons more to share but I’ll be sprinkling in some stories here and there.

Check us out here if you’re curious.

(Glad to be back.)










August 22, 2011, 12:43 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Photography, Smile

I am so psyched about this! I adore Instagr.am, and to be honest I often go back through my feed to see past pics. Lately I have been longing to have printed versions to place in stacks around my apartment; instant happiness, no? So much better than sifting through my phone. Just as I was trying to figure out the best (and easiest) way to get this project going I happened to come across Printstagr.am and soon fell in love with all of the sweet options they had available, just check out the Tiny book!

Tiny book – $10 for 3, Mini book – $12 for 2, Poster – $25, Mini prints – $12 for 48


[Images via Printstagr.am]







Natalia Kills
August 18, 2011, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Music

A big fan for over a year now, I was beyond excited when Natalia Kills finally launched her debut album stateside earlier this week. Not quite patiently waiting for this album I’ve had to get my Natalia Kills fix via YouTube videos. She’s got my getting-ready-to-go-out soundtrack nailed, but having to stop mid eye-liner application to push replay every two and a half minutes was far from ideal (but still completely worth it). For me, Natalia Kills is everything that pop music SHOULD be, complete with a style that matches and complements her music. Some are calling it “revenge pop” but I don’t really care what it is, this album is fierce. If you’re looking for something new in pop music check her out–you can stream the new album from her site. (A few of my favorites: Wonderland, Break You Hard, Love Is A Suicide, Nothing Lasts Forever, & Mirrors.)

Thakoon for Somalia
August 17, 2011, 11:14 pm
Filed under: Compassion, Fashion, Yes please

My, my it has been a while! Lots going on, but before I get into excuses and stories I figured I’d start with this…a selfless AND fashionable note about one of my favorite designers and his work to help famine victims in Somalia.

I felt compelled and inspired to post when I heard that Thakoon was releasing a limited edition scarf with 100% of the proceeds going to aid Somalia. The lightweight scarf, a Masai-print straight from his autumn collection, is available now on his site. With the beautiful bright colors and plaid print it’s the perfect accessory for fall, but more importantly every penny will be donated to help the people (and especially the children) of Somalia. This has been on my mind with each meal I eat, so I was moved by the generosity in this offering.

Thakoon’s Somalia scarf available at Thakoon.com for $250.

[image via Thakoon.com]

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