shine on

I love wearing necklaces because it adds the finishing touch to any outfit. Even with jeans and a t-shirt, a cute necklace instantly adds character! I love simple jewelry, a good set of pears, and lately...anything that sparkles! Here are some necklaces I'm dying to have!


1. BaubleBar
2. Nordstrom
3. BaubleBar
4. Nordstrom
5. Target
6. BaubleBar



As a countdown to the opening of the Westfield Stratford City shopping center, The Viral Factory created a film to showcase 100 years of East London style in 100 seconds...a year a second! Watch closely or you might miss something fabulous! I think this video is brilliant because it engages the viewer and tells a story, all within a couple minutes! If you watch around the 35 second mark, there is a distinct change in wardrobe for women. Until the war, the woman is shown in various styles of dresses and hats and after the man returns from war, she is first shown in pants. I thought that part was interesting :)

Enjoy the upbeat video and have a great weekend!


the LOVE stitch

One of my dear friends has an Etsy shop called the Love stitch and it's full of wonderfully handmade treasures. Her collection includes iPad sleeves, eReader sleeves, iPhone covers, and bow ties! She graciously let me pick her brain about how she started and what inspires her.

You first learned how to crochet, how old were you and who did you pick it up from?
Julia: I picked up my first skein of yarn about 15 years ago. It was a lazy Sunday hanging out with my family and my aunt was crocheting a blanket. Up to that point I taught fiber working was just for "old ladies," but regardless I was memorized and pleaded with her to teach me. within the next couple hours I was hooked, literally and figuratively and haven't looked back. Since then there's been a ton of self teaching and lots of trails and errors.

When did you start knitting?
Julia: Two years ago a dear friend of mine taught a group of us how to knit and I loved that so much, the stitching and flow was different than crocheting and offered a new creative challenge.

Were you hesitant to start an Etsy shop?
Julia: Starting my Etsy shop was a big decision for me because up until then I mainly knitted or crocheted for pure enjoyment or artistic relief. I was afraid that taking orders would take away from the connection I had with making something. But I couldn't have been more wrong! There's been an overwhelming positive response to my creations and I honestly couldn't be more thankful. Interestingly enough, my Etsy shop has inspired me even more as I look forward to releasing new items and seeing what the public thinks.

How do you find inspiration for your shop?
Julia: I find my creative inspiration from fashion, art, and different fibers (bamboo, wool, cotton, etc...). I love the different colors and tones that particular yarn emit and it also aids in my creative daydreaming. It's very rare that I enter a yarn shop with a particular project in mind (mainly because I have SO many hopefully project brewing to last me a lifetime) but rather I let the yarn "sell" me and go from there organically. 

Here is a peak into her wonderful store, I have an amazing red bow coming in the mail that I CANNOT wait to use with my accessories!

Thank you for sharing your lovely shop with us Julia!

I love the vibrant colors!

 I am going to copy this idea!

and this one too! :) 


carry all

With netbooks, iPads, nooks, and kindles, many more of us are able to surf the internet or read a book without lugging around a bulky bag. I love messenger bags because they have an old school feel while being stylish at the same time. Did I mention they're unisex? I've seen men carry these satchel style bags and if it's good enough for Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird, it's good enough for your man! I got this messenger bag and love it! Here are other options to check out!

messenger bags


tea for two

I went to visit my bestie Victoria in San Francisco this weekend and we finally made it to Crown & Crumpet. I used to have tea with my mom and loved it so when I heard about this place I knew I had to go! We enjoyed a nice tea for two with tea sandwiches, crumpets, scones, sweet treats, and of course 2 pots of tea :) Here are a few pictures from our Sunday afternoon...


aim and shoot

I bought a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS after Christmas last year and hadn't tried the settings until now! I know, I know...I'm intimidated by tech stuff sometimes and I've been busy. There is still a TON for me to learn but here are a few of the different settings my little camera has :)



check out the zoom!

not too shabby huh?

a little fish-eye

miniature effect


mellow yellow

Growing up in the central valley I got spoiled with tons of fresh fruit and I've become a little picky. I like my bananas just ripe without any spots...is that too much? I don't think I'm a complete lost cause because I have found a good way to use the spotty ones...Banana Bread!! This mix is at Trader Joe's, it's easy and tastes homemade! I add chopped up bananas to my mix but you can go even further and add chopped nuts, some chocolate chips, rum soaked raisins...getting any ideas??

the simpler the better in my book!

I put in about a banana and a half