Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bittersweet Summer...

Some good things and some bad happened this past weekend peppered with some bittersweet memories. I guess I wasn't too far off about the upcoming season.

Dree Hemingway by Tom Craig for Vogue UK June 2011 via Oh Fashion Model

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Friday

Am I only the only one who thinks this week went by fast? I think it was due to last night’s cleaning overhaul, as vessels, dishes, buckets, coffee tables, and a filled camera cache got owned. It’s impressive what I can get done when no one's around to distract me.

This long weekend’s summer interlude includes flowers, barbecue, lots of driving, helping, working, some down time, laughing and an exercise in managing it all. Summer hasn't stood out this much for me since I was a working college student excited to get my on-campus housing comped for a few months (there were perks).

I’m excited and hopeful, scared but relieved that I finally took a step in the right direction. Hopeful for the possibilities that lay ahead, even if the good times are fleeting. I plan to learn a lot--good or bad--because complacency is horribly boring.

Chic Easy Pieces featuring Karmen Pedaru and Siri Tollerød by Alexi Lubomirski, styled by Aleksandra Woroniecka for Harper's Bazaar US February 2009 via Noir Façade

Happy weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Polished Comfort by Zara

As usual, I start out looking for one thing at Zara but end up loving something else. This time it’s a styling option. I haven’t worn shorts since the mid-90s but these styles utilizing blazers seem to be the perfect balance (and with the added security blanket) of polished comfort. A nice wedge heel can give those us not blessed with them the look of long legs.

From L-R: Zara Jogging Blazer, Zara Tailored Blazer, Zara Double Breasted Blazer

From L-R: Zara Linen Blazer, Zara Double Breasted Blazer in Green, Zara Striped Blazer

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Out in the Open | Wannabe Wednesday

I cooed about it last week but didn’t want to say anything for fear of getting ahead of myself. But now that the weekend has past and with more opportunities on the horizon, I finally feel comfortable enough to share it.

I started helping out a local floral designer: the talented Flowerwild. If you aren't familiar with her work, get with it!

Saturday was my first day and it was for a huge wedding. The logistics, the grunt work, and the fact that I was even there was a little overwhelming at first, but I started to ease into it fairly quickly. My body even tricked me on Sunday with the idea that I was just a little tired, that tacos and margaritas were the cure for what ailed me (well, we can call them part of the celebration). Well, I was wrong. I woke up Monday morning sore, as it's been years since I had any sort of physical job. With that lingering soreness aside, I headed off back to my day job. But in the back of my mind I was giddy over all the excitement, for having helped out at an actual event and with the possibility of even more to come.

I realize that my lazy weekends will cease to exist but honestly, that doesn't faze me one bit. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to learn about the trade through hands-on experience. It’s one thing to read and study but it’s quite another to actually do it, even if it's just moving, cleaning, and setting-up. (And I still practice with my little arrangements at home.) Quite frankly, as I get older, I have come to appreciate the things I've learned the hard way far more than those that came easy. So that is my secret: that I'm now a wannabe out in the open.

grainy images of tulips by me with no rhyme or reason

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Two Years - Done

Two years ago today, I married a man whose 2nd-year college roommate once quipped about our burgeoning relationship, “You two are moving way too fast.”

Well, (un)fortunately not everyone can keep up.

Here’s to going with your gut.

Image by Denise Bovee
Happy Anniversary, [redacted]!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Well... | Wannabe Wednesday (Late Edition)

I planned on posting these images yesterday but failed to transfer the images from my camera in an appropriate time-frame.

Then, I had a story for this post but it slipped my mind. Naturally.

Oh well. I blame the peonies.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bar Carts | Jonesing

I have a confession: even though I have two furniture projects in the wings and still need two tables for storage purposes, all my attention has been geared towards one thing: a bar cart. Yes, a boozy bar cart. I like to claim that it's for guests, but, really, I'm selfish. Honestly, I’ve been obsessed with getting one since late last year, thanks to a cool bar I went to during one of my trips back home to Sacramento (If for some reason you’re in Sac, visit the Shady Lady Saloon. It’s great!) and from years of watching The Young and the Restless growing up.

I've been keeping an eye out at the flea market (Rose Bowl - disappointing, Long Beach - there was some hope) and Craigslist (oy) but really, I have to hold out longer for one. I should at least finish one of my projects or buy a table first... or complete 2 of the 4 before getting that cart. In the mean time, here are two of my favorite inspirations: classic and industrial...

L-R: Deborah Needlemen's Bar Cart, image by Rita Konig via Lonny ; Spanish Flat House Tour via Apartment Therapy (the original table from Cloud Noir

The industrial look has some pretty easy options...

L-R: Decker End Table by Anthropologie (similar options found here and here, Go-Cart Carbon Table by cb2

I'm leaning towards a classic glass bar cart. Now I fully believe that second-hand is the best way to go for a cart, especially when it comes to prices. But they are hard to come by. On the other hand, brand-new bar carts of the glass variety are certainly not cheap. However, I did come across an unlikely alternative that had the glass features I'm eying: bath shelving.

L-R: Newbury Rolling Bath Cart from Restoration Hardware, Grant Floor Storage from Pottery Barn

Oh yes, priorities.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Musing...

Yesterday’s brief rainfall and the beautiful day that followed was a nice way to start the week. My heart's aflutter for things I have planned this week: an opportunity this weekend (that--with preparation and hard work--should bear fruit in a big way); the uncertainty of what follows; and the continuance of a promise I set for this year. It also doesn't hurt that it's May, with lots of natural blossoming beauties coming soon.

This dress has occupied my mind since spotting it last month. Colorful and flowing - just the way I want to live.
Spectrum Caftan by Hemant and Nandita available at Anthropologie

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Friday

image and arrangement by me

This post is super short because I don’t want blogger to go out of its mind again while working on a post, like yesterday.

This week started off well enough, with a few glitches here and there. But a moment of clarity came to me late this week, and it seems I was finally able to calm down, breathe and really think about things. Sometimes I wind myself up so tight that I lose focus on what's important. That moment for me this week was when I finally let go and saw the good in a less-than-ideal situation.

This weekend I have the urge to get to a lot of things: flowers, lists, reading, preparing, planning, enjoying, hoping and most important, doing. I think my weekend will be fruitful and I hope yours is too.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Editorial: Star Signs by Tim Gutt | Monday Musing

Happy new week everyone! I took a break from the blog last week to gather my thoughts, celebrate some birthdays (including my Mom’s) and of course, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I’m excited and surprise that we are already in May and the second week no less!

While I’ve never been one for horoscopes, astrological signs on the other hand have always intrigued me a bit for their trait descriptions. Sure they can be off but other times I have found some to be curiously spot on. My birthday apparently falls on the cusp (June 21st) between Gemini and Cancer. This editorial from Vogue UK captivated me last year with its beautiful and interesting interpretations of astrological signs. Where do you fit?

Star Signs featuring Siri Tollerød by Tim Gutt; Styling by Kate Phelan; Set Design by Shona Heath for Vogue UK December 2010 via Noir Façade and Fashion Gone Rogue