One of my favorite photographers released his new collection today and I am beyond inspired by it. His name is Gray Malin, and the collection is called Far Far Away. It was shot at the largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyani, in Bolivia and as you can see the results are stunning. I did a shoot once on the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah and I was mesmerized by them. It is such an incredible feeling being out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but bright white ground and blue sky. You’re warned to wear long pants and tons of sunscreen because the reflection off the white salt will burn like the sun. I love how clean Gray’s work is, so crisp and clear, and the colors are obviously breathtaking. In my house I have a lot of stark white with splashes of bright colors, I’ve become quite fearless about it actually. It’s just in my wardrobe where I tend to live in neutral tones, something I’m going to try to adjust for summer. I think that’s why I react to Gray’s work so much, it’s my favorite palette and it has a sense of humor which I totally get. Gray, I really needed the jolt of inspiration this collection gave me this morning, my heart’s still pounding and I can’t wait to get one of these up in my home. We just redid the girl’s playroom and I think the Far Far Away balloon piece would be so perfect. Congratulations and keep it coming!
These two remind me of my mom and her quirky love of pink plastic flamingos and lamas.
So much of the first weeks of motherhood is a blur, but I remember the exact moment this was taken. Elle was born a week before and I had just declared to Mike that this was my new favorite place to be in the whole world. Home on the couch with her propped on my chest sleeping. Already a natural, he of course scrambled to get the camera and document it properly. It’s funny, this afternoon I was in the same position except I was praying she would stop fighting with me, close her eyes and take a nap so I could have a moment of peace from what had been “one of those days”. And I had the same dazed look on my face I have here, minus some of the freshness. A lot has changed since this moment, A LOT. But the feeling that comes over me when my children are safe at home sleeping hasn’t, don’t think it ever will. Hope not at least. If it was a drug, I’d be an addict. So my Mother’s Day wish to you all is lots of sleep-yours and theirs. That and of course, lots of jewelry. XO
Boots and Lovely Bird hats, a must for any music festival. That and a zillion pieces of rustic jewelry-yes, I was in style heaven.
Well, it’s over-my first Coachella and it certainly did not disappoint. The scenery was beautiful, the bands were amazing and the fun was endless. The few days of trotting around like a teenager did some real good on my soul, not so much on my back. But still, it was worth it. I laughed hysterically with my wingman Marisa and reconnected with Mike on our break from the kids. Highlights of the trip include making new friends, dancing the night away with Jurassic 5 and soaking in the desert sun. It was quite an unforgettable experience, one I’m glad I had.
Beautiful art installations and sunset views.
Earplugs and turquoise-a music festival must. That and a cutie to join you in VIP when you need a break.
A desert view from the pool.
A new favorite necklace, which I haven’t taken off much since purchasing.
The fancy presentation our Coachella passes came wrapped in. Wish it looked more like this one, but I’ll take it no problem. You can follow this weekend’s debauchery on my Instagram.
Nutritionist approved snacks from Nature Box. Arrived in this beautiful packaging, almost too pretty to tear into. But we did anyway-yum.
Fleeting orange blossom from a tree in our backyard. So fresh and so clean.
Basic grab from Planet Blue.
Genius wine-to-go cups in my favorite flavor.
Pretty pooped from the weekend, so feeling a little quiet this morning. But wanted to share this sentiment with all of you. Hope it brightens your Monday. XO
Nail treatment, candle, top, hair ties, cocktail cards, sweats, game, speaker, face brush
One of the best parts of a girls trip is the doing nothing part. One of my best was a 36-hour stay-cation in Lake Arrowhead with three of my besties and we did NOTHING. I mean, really-we talked, we ate and we watched 22 episodes of the first season of Revenge. I put a serious dent in the couch and laughed myself horse-it was rad. I know we’ll be more active next weekend at Coachella, but in between shows I’m looking forward to enjoying a little libation while sitting in my sweats, doing my nails, playing a game of Rummy and treating myself to a mini facial using all these goodies. And to keep the party going I’ll have my trusty Jambox for background noise, barely heard over belly laughs and gossip I hope. Happy Weekend!
In a few weeks I’ll be heading down to Coachella Valley for the Art and Music Festival and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve wanted to go for years and this year it’s finally happening. I can’t wait to parade around the polo fields with all the too-cool-for-school music lovers and relax in the sunshine. I’m going to let my every boho whim take over and soak in all the sights and sounds, but first I must prepare. Of course, I’m obsessing about what I’m going to wear so I’ve put together a few wish lists for each scenario I hope to encounter on my three child-free days. In truth, I’ll most likely dust off the old jean shorts and live in them all weekend with my new favorite booties from Target, but if I had my way all these goodies would be coming with me for the pool. Next comes showtime, lounging and other surprises. Stay tuned.
hat, shirt, iPhone case, earrings, necklace, inflatable drink floatie, sunglasses, sandals, suit, bag, pool toys, book (thanks Carrie), Kindle Paperwhite case
Remember that Mammoth trip I took back in January? Well, I FINALLY got around to editing the video I shot using skills I picked up at Blogshop Video. I’m not gonna lie, this was a journey. Learning this new medium has been such a challenge for me-I really could not get my head around it at first. But once I figured it all out, it was so rewarding . It reminded me how inspiring learning a new skill can be. I’m hoping to look back on this in a few months and laugh at how amateur it looks, ’cause I’m now fully addicted to the whole process and can’t wait to dive in for more. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. Special thanks to Karim, my video guru. Happy Friday!
Song “Going Up The Country” by Canned Head
This time of year means a lot to me. I remember when Elle was born (end of February) we drove home from the hospital thinking spring had sprung overnight. Hills were green, skies were blue and everything was clear-literally. There’s nothing like that first drive as parents. Exhilarating, terrifying, wonderful. Elle’s birthday falls right before what I’m going to start calling California spring. It’s not officially spring yet, but it sure feels like it. This weekend we had the quintessential California spring experience complete with a nap in the sun, a nighttime bbq and the beginning of spring cleaning. My closet is always the first victim of my organizing wrath but this year there was an added twist thanks to Threadflip. I was recently turned onto this consignment site by my sister-in-law and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It’s easy to list and the shopping is great too. Come check out what my springtime closet cleanse produced this year.