Friday, August 26, 2011


that's what my life has been lately.  bananas.  well, my work life, anyway.  it was tiring me out!   that is the main reason i decided to give up sugar for a while and i must admit that, two weeks in, i feel better.  significantly less bone tired, less...spent.  i expected i would be cranky for a week or so as i adjusted to life without regular doses of mini Hershey® bars, but i am beginning to suspect that being a little miss crankypants is just an unfortunate aspect of my personality.  then again, in my own defense, i'm not entirely convinced that i'm not surrounded by these:

so.  tgif.  i hope your weekend is lovely.

Monday, August 22, 2011

fresh start

happy monday!

i've decided to go sugar free for the next few weeks, so this weekend i made sure to stock my kitchen with lots of fresh veggies and fruit.  i am already one week in, far, so good!

i also got a new orchid because my other two are sans fleurs right now.  isn't it beautiful?  sometimes i just can't believe the colors that nature comes up with.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

blank canvas

some pretty interior inspiration.  i love how the bright whites act as a canvas for the deep blue, hot pink, and warm wood tones.  it's somehow cozy and stark at the same time.

images courtesy: 1, 2. ©jessica comingore 3. absolutely beautiful things

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

beauty in the everyday

last night as i walked to my car while, i admit, texting, a man caught my eye, smiled, and said, "isn't it funny how we're all so busy doing that that we miss what's right in front of us?"  even though it clearly was not his intention to call me out -- he went on to say something charming about noticing when other people are "checking us out" -- i felt completely guilty.  i'd been caught in the act of doing the very thing i am trying to avoid!  

because i feel so rushed lately, like there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that needs doing, i have been trying to pay attention to the small, ordinary bits of beauty all around me.
here are a few bits, from recent days:

1. dew sparkling on cobwebs right outside my door

2. purple zinnias help to render manageable a stack of unopened mail

3. fresh farmers market strawberries, for their color and flavor

4. the swoopy skyline created by LACMA's Pavilion for Japanese Art 

yesterday, i really needed that reminder to look up, to pay attention.  so...what have you noticed lately?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

summer days driftin' away

happy august!  it may sound crazy, but i'm already beginning to feel a bit nostalgic for summer 2011.  i know, i know, it's the heart of summer, but i fear autumn will be here sooner than i would like -- really, where did july go? -- so i am already plotting ways to prolong the season and bring that summertime feeling right into my home.

no matter the date on the calendar i think any of the following lovely items would do the trick, don't you?

image courtesy anthropologie

image via overstock

walking around the house barefoot in cooler weather would be no problem with either the spiny lobster rug from anthropologie or this coral branch beauty from thomas paul to keep my tootsies warm.  aren't the creamsicle® colors wonderful?

image via the container store 

how about this rugby stripe bin with nautical rope handles to store sandals and sunscreen now, mittens and mufflers later.  or, use it for your collection of these.  (c'mon, admit it, you have one or two or twenty of them, don't you?)

image via votivo

for an aromatic touch, a candle the color of beach sand that smells like the sea!

and, finally, i'd really like this sailfish to hang over my bed.  an art canvas as headboard that would surely inspire sweet dreams of summer.