Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A New Room

Lately, Ive been getting the itch to switch up my apartment.  I'm not sure exactly where to start but my default is always new bedding.  It is far less expensive than any furniture changes and is also less permanent.  MUCH more conducive to my ever-changing tastes.

I've been looking at a few options but seem to have narrowed it down to the following three:

Restoration Hardware:  A classic sheet set.  I like that it is simple and understated.  

Pottery Barn: A small variation on the Restoration Hardware set.  I like the small detail that adds a little twist to the original.

Land's End: These are oxford cloth sheets.  Much different than the other two but still simple and clean.  I had oxford cloth sheets when I went to college and have been thinking about getting more ever since. They were just great to sleep in.

Which one do you like best?

Until tomorrow . . .

Monday, July 30, 2012

Dior Flowers

I've written a few times about how much I love flowers.  They always bring a smile to my face and brighten up any room.

Recently I came across a flower installation that Christian Dior put together earlier this month for Paris Fashion Week.  It is incredible!!  I can only imagine what it was like to sit in a room and be COMPLETELY surrounded by flowers.

Via YouTube

 Love it!  What do you think of the installation?

Until tomorrow . . .

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Keys To My Imagination

So I may be a little late to the party here, since I've been seeing keys as a design element for the last few years, but I do like them.  There is something about an old-time key that conveys a sense of mystery.  The promise of something extraordinary behind whatever lock it fits spurs my imagination.

Overstock Jeweler

Pottery Barn

Grandin Road

Martha Stewart

Pottery Barn

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware


Factory Direct Craft

What do you think of keys?  Do they inspire you to think of a world of possibilities?

Until tomorrow . . .

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Day at the Ballgame

Yesterday, my friends and I took a trip to Yankee Stadium to watch my Los Angeles Angels take on the NY Yankees.  It was a GREAT game!

8 home runs between both teams kept us on our toes and the heat & humidity made us all a bit weary.  But there was enough drama in the bottom of the ninth to last me a lifetime.

Fortunately, in the end, the Angels came out on top.

Light up the Halo!

Until tomorrow . . .

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Life Today

Where I wanted to be today . . .

Newport Beach, CA

Where I actually was today . . .

Behind the glass at focus groups

But I came home to this . . .

July Birchbox {partnering with Glamour Magazine}

So it all was okay.

The Birchbox surprise was a nice way to end the day.  I'll post reviews in a day or two, but I am looking forward to using most of what I got.

Until tomorrow . . .

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cinderella's Slipper

I'm still looking for my prince, but I may have found the shoes I should have to help the search.  I just can't imagine losing one!

To commemorate the release of "Cinderella" on Blu-ray this fall, Christian Louboutin has collaborated with Disney to create an updated, real life version of Cinderella's slipper.  And they are gorgeous!

via CBS News

Some of the press feels that the shoes are too ornate given the simplicity of the original, but I think they are a great inspiration.

What do you think?

Until tomorrow . . .

Friday, July 6, 2012

A World Of Color

I've always loved the intricate designs that kaleidoscopes unveil as the light bounces off of the mirrors and crystals.  Not sure why I though of them today but thought these shots were particularly beautiful. 

Wouldn't these make great templates for a coloring book?

Until tomorrow . . .

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday America!

Happy 4th of July!  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Until Thursday . . .

Monday, July 2, 2012

Newport, RI and the America's Cup World Series

This weekend I decided to take a day trip up to Newport, RI to explore the area and watch the America’s Cup World Series sailing races.  I had never been to Newport or seen a live sailing race so I was very excited for my adventure.  Growing up in California, my frame of reference for “Newport” was always Newport Beach.  But after visiting, I can see why California wanted a “Newport” of their own.  “The Original Newport” could not have been nicer!  

Trinity Church

It was a gorgeous day and after finding parking, I walked along Thames Street down to Bannister’s Wharf where I had a very nice {though hot} outdoor lunch at The Black Pearl.

There were a lot of people out enjoying the beautiful day.

After lunch I drove over to Fort Adams to watch the America’s Cup sailboat racing.  

There were a ton of people watching and it was a little difficult to get a good view of the boats, but the event was still VERY exciting. 

I was surprised with how much I got into the races!  It was pretty cool to see the sailors moving back and forth on the boats and realize just how fast they were going. 

Luna Rossa

Team Korea

Team Artemis

Oracle Team USA {below with Jimmy Spithill at the helm} won the time trial I watched by quite a margin. 

It was a great day at the races!  I may have to head out to San Francisco next year to see the actual America's Cup races.

There were also quite a few sponsors on the grounds including Lexus, Puma & Fidelity.  I however found my way into the Moet tent.  Not a bad way to take a few minutes and cool off.

I was able to get a few pictures of the action, but for another detailed account, please head over to one of my favorite blogs: The Daily Prep written by Muffy Aldrich.  She has a wonderful account of her day at the races.

{She writes about her travels throughout the Northeast and New England.  I love her posts and have gotten a few day trip ideas from the beautiful pictures on her blog.  A definite must read!}
Every time I visit a new place like this one, and experience something new, my love for New England grows.  It makes me realize how lucky I am to have been able to live on and experience both coasts.  Their similarities and differences only highlight how great they both are.

Until tomorrow . . .