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    Monday, October 7, 2013


    Get your printable of this at Club Narwhal

    Another flight, another day lost on a plane. It seems that I spend so much time on these suckers that I might as well get my own private seat. Well it's a nice thought at least.

    While I was thinking about complaining about this, I did a wee bit of a introspect first and looked from the other side. I GET to fly across the ocean on a regular basis and see more then just the inside of hotel. I travel and get to see places all over the world, for work & pleasure. That's not the average person's life and for a good reason. This isn't easy. 

    I am never home for more than a few weeks at a time and I don't always know where I will be next week. It's fun, don't get me wrong, but as with everything there is always a price to pay. I am so lucky that I have both friends and family that are able to go with the flow, but it's a bit of a roller coaster ride for them as well. You think that you are going to be home for someone's birthday, but your notorious last minute client has an event that popped up that you now need to be there for. Granted you get to fly to insert city/country here, but you are missing out on something that you really wanted to be a part of. It's a give and take.

    So for now I am going to put on my lipgloss and pretend to be psyched that I am getting in a tube that will hurtle me through the sky at 30,000 feet. At least I will get to sleep in my bed tonight.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Full Tray

    I have been trying for weeks to find the perfect wood tray for my newly furnished living room and it is proving harder then I thought or perhaps I am way pickier then I need to be. I don't know what it is about the small details that drive me to spend hours searching for a particular item only to change my mind half way through and start all over, but it makes it difficult to make a decision.

    You may be asking yourself why I would need a wooden tray, but it is simply because they are incredibly useful. They can be used on the coffee table, serving, cocktails, snacks, etc. and I think it would be a great decorative addition, if I could just pick one. The problem now is that I found a whole slew of fantastic one and now can't decide which one I like best. I will decide, eventually, but until then here are my top contenders of fantastic wood trays from across the web.

    Untitled #13

    1. NapaStyle 2. Etsy 3. Kings Lane 4. Etsy 5. West Elm

    I am leaning heavy towards #2, but we shall when the cart is completed!

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Pretty Sure Someone was Killed in my Kitchen

    In my house I usually do the cooking for dinner and such, not because I have to, but because I want to. I enjoy cooking, I love trying new recipes (good and bad) and lucky me the BF enjoys eating. That is not to say he can't cook, in fact sometimes he does and it's good. The only issue I have with his cooking is that butter (and a lot of it) is one of his main ingredients. I like to try and keep my butt size down so his cooking is restricted to only every once in awhile.

    That is of course unless I am out for the evening and he needs to fend for himself. Which is not a big deal for him, but turns out it is for me. Before I go to far into this story I need to preface it with the fact that I have a bit of a cleaning and putting things away in the correct spot problem. By problem I mean it has to be done my way. I am getting better and not freaking out on people any more, but I do re-clean and put everything back in the right spot the moment they walk away. This is considered progress. Trust me.

    So back to the BF, last week I went out for the evening and he decided to make himself tomato soup, which I am sure was delicious, and he cleaned up. Well kinda cleaned up. Is there something about domesticated men that render them unable to properly clean the counters after using the kitchen? When I got home I noticed there were small red splotches all over the counters. Before I realized what it was I thought he had cut himself. Then I saw it on the stove and sink and it started to dawn on me what happened. He must have killed someone and boiled the head (as a side note I thought the same exact thing about our neighbors. Turns out they are just divorcing.). After a moment of panic and a Starburst (left over Halloween candy) I spotted the soup can and was relieved I didn't have any additional body parts to worry about, but now I had to re-clean the counters, with bleach.

    Now I realize that I am a complete freak about my kitchen, but surely I can't be the only one that wants to ban someone from the kitchen. Am I?

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012


    Bodie, CA

    Heading up to Tahoe this past week we decided to take the 395 (instead I-5), which got me all excited for adventure! I went to the map and declared that we could go to Death Valley in July, AWESOME! Then the BF pointed out that DV was still 100 miles off the route. Total bummer. Since that was out I then decided that we needed to visit a ghost town. It is total gold rush country and there has to be something to check out. So I looked up 'ghost town route 395' and up popped Bodie, CA, old, deserted, big and creepy. Well that is definitely a place that I need to check out. Old, deserted, big and creepy is right up my alley.

    It was the strangest thing to walk through this dirt road town thinking that 10,000 people at one time called this place home. As you walk through the town it feels like everyone just got up one day and took off. There are books still left at the desk and beds still made up expecting their owners to show up at bedtime. Give or take an inch or two of dust. I mean really who leaves a casket behind? Weird stuff. I love this kind of thing though and Bodie has a history worth it's weight in gold. When the story of the fire bell, "which tolled the ages of the deceased when they were buried, rang often and long", you know this place has a a legit ghost or 30. If you ever happen to be in this area, Bodie, CA is totally worth the 13 miles off the main route and the $7 per person entry. You can spend hours in there and still not see everything there is to view. Best ghost town to date!

    Drink anyone? I am sure they have an excellent wine.

    It truly was a beautiful place in the summer...in the shade.

    It's like everyone just got up and left at the same time. 

    Bullet holes in the sign.
    There are some jars and tins I would love to have!!

    Surprisingly a lot of houses have held up over the years.

    According to the history the morgue was a very busy place.

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    Class of 2012

    This weekend I had two graduations to celebrate. One was for my baby sister Kaylie who graduated from high school and the other was my friend Sabrina who graduated from the University of Washington. I am so proud of both of them embarking on new and exciting chapters in their lives. At my sister's graduation I was watching all of her fellow graduates and thought holy crap how young they all look. They can't possibly be old enough for college can they? The calendar however thinks differently. Still, I don't remember looking that young when I was that age, but that was longer ago than I am willing to admit so this could be just the first sign of aging, memory failure.

    My time here in Seattle has come to a close and it's time to get back on the airplane and head over to Monaco. I had a great time here, but am a little pissed off that now that I am leaving the sun is out and the temperature is above 50. Just my luck I guess! Thanks to all my friends and family for hanging out with me and a super big thanks to my ladies for Saturday night graduation dinner/dance party. Best night out. Now get your butts on down to Cali. I have the guest bedroom reserved for you!

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012


    Somedays it is so easy to sit down and write. It's like I am having a conversation with myself and it flows out through my finger tips effortlessly. The only thing I have to do after that is to go back and edit, because if you have ever had a conversation with me you know that editing is a requirement. Other days I struggle with what to write. When this happens I try to think of a picture I have taken recently and see if there is a story that ties in with it. Sometimes I do get a story that ties in with the photo and sometimes I get a completely different story, either way I get a story. This was yesterday's photo:

    And there is an excellent story that goes with it. Roof access, wine, chips, good friends and a sunset over downtown Seattle = Perfect way to end the day.

    Excellent Evening

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Hello. My Name Is

    A few weeks ago it was a perfect sunny day here in Southern California and nothing sounded better than a long, wine inclusive lunch with my girlfriends. Then it occurred to me that I don't have any girlfriends in my new hometown. I haz a bit of a sad and then started thinking about how do I as a working from the home, travel loaded and general non group sport type of person make friends as an adult? I looked on the Internet and to my surprise and shock I realized that I am very much not alone in this. There are a lot of women around the country wondering and trying to figure out the same thing. I will always and forever have my BFF's no matter what city they are in, but who is going to be my call to come over and watch Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version. Although the other one is good too) and have way too much cheese and regret nothing? Working on it still, but so far it's between my Sugarist and the girl behind the Pinkberry counter, but both know way too much about me and my personal habits to make it a true and lasting relationship outside of our existing arrangement. Maybe I need a dating site for girlfriends. Know where I can get one of those?

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    May Day

    Bet these would make a great bouquet
    When I was 4 or 5 my mom decided that we were going to make a May day bouquet for our neighbor, while I don't remember the neighbor's name I remember the yappy dog she had was named Skipper (Skipper was a jerk if I recall correctly). So off down the alley I went in search of some flowers to compliment the lilacs that we had gathered from our yard. I have no idea if I actually got anything better than dandelions, but I do remember being pretty proud of the finished product. We wrapped the flowers in a construction paper cone and added a handle to the top for hanging. I then went to her door, hung the flowers on the door knob, rang the door bell and ran. I hid behind the fence with my mom and waited for her to come to the door to see her surprise. She was so excited to receive some unexpected flowers (I mean really who would be unhappy) and I was deliriously happy that we did it, but I am pretty sure Skipper was still a jerk. Today is a great day to do a little something unexpected, so perhaps a small bit of flowers picked from your garden and left on a co-workers desk is just what you need to kick off the month of May. Just don't pick from someone else's garden. That will get you in trouble and I refuse to be a part of you get yelled at by a little old lady.

    Happy May Day!

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Emerald City

    Best door stop ever.

    When I was young the Wizard of Oz came on once a year on TV sometime between my birthday and Easter. This was back in the pre-digital, pre-DVD and pre-VCR & Beta days (unless of course you were a millionaire which we weren't) so you didn't have the luxury of watching whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted (and if you were a millionaire in the way early 80's you were probably stuck watching The Sound of Music and M*A*S*H since not much else was released yet). The wait for it to be on TV was huge for me since it was (and still is) one of my favorite films. To this day I still think the scene where she opens the house door into Munchkin land, transitioning from black and white to a brilliant color filled world, is magical.

    This is my first trip back to my Emerald City since officially having a new home in SoCal and while I love California, I miss Seattle. Nothing beats flying into SeaTac and seeing the lush green trees, lakes, mountains and the Puget Sound glistening from above. Yesterday was simply an amazing day to arrive because the sun was shining bright and the air had a hint of warmth in it. Days like these are the days that make it hard to live elsewhere, but I must remember that they are few and sometimes way to far between. However today I will take what I can get and enjoy my own little magical moment in the Emerald City.

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Office Space

    Venice, Italy

    I am leading off with this lovely picture of Venice because it's better than this one.

    Can you tell which side is mine? If you look close enough you can
    see that the pin on the wine cork board says Clinton-Gore '96.
    Bill and Al look so young!

    We have some lack of decoration in the office, don't you think? Not to mention zero personality going on with the exception of my zippy new phone cover and a cigar box full of post its. This needs to change ASAP or at least when I get back from Europe in a couple of weeks (yes we are off again at the end of the week). One of the major idea's (besides removing the children's flip flops off my desk that are on the left) are to hang black and white travel photos, like the one leading off this post and below, on the wall.  Between myself and BF we have traveled to a large portion of the globe and I thought it would make an interesting background and conversation piece, since I took the majority of the photos myself that I plan to use. The only problem that I am running into is that I need to add some color. BF is totally a monochromatic guy if you can't tell by the furniture so I need to find a creative way to add some color. Maybe the frames of the photos? I am just not sure. We can't buy new furniture because I care way more about getting a new couch then desk (and I must admit that the chairs are pretty comfortable and good for your back if not pretty), but I need to feel better in this space. Idea's? Thoughts?

    California Central Coast

    Warsaw, Poland

    Prague, Czech Republic

    London, UK

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Last One

    The hold out

    You know that room. The one that is the last to get done, the one that you just don't seem to get around to finishing and setting up? Well that is the one I am tackling today and it is hard to want to do it. That last bit of unpacking just seems so tedious at this point. When the rest of the house is only missing things on the walls it is hard to get motivated, but I am going to get it done today. Even if it kills me, which I understand is a tad dramatic.

    In other news I have 3 lbs of strawberries that I have no idea what to do with. Any suggestions? I might head over to Pinterest to see if anything super cool and neat is being done with them, but if you have a go to recipe or idea I would love to hear it.

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Home Sweet Home

    I have been absent the last week or so because I was either jet lagged or crying tears of joy over seeing my shoes for the first time in 6 months. Seriously important stuff. I was pretty much gone from all forms of social media, the blog and kinda in the dark about the world news, all so I could get the house and myself in order. This week that has all changed. While the house is not 100% put together, we are more there than not so I can get back to my Internet way of life. I am sure you all have missed me as much as I have you. If not I will continue to believe it anyway.

    While unpacking I discovered some things I forgot I had, found things broken that I wish weren't (why can't the dollar store dish break instead of the one that was 60 years old and packed so carefully? I bought the dollar store glass just so it could break. Isn't that the whole point of the dollar store? Other than buying the strangely fluorescent orange Cheetos that aren't Cheetos and you would never eat, but they are a good conversation starter. Or is that just me?) and things I can't believe I packed in Seattle only to throw away down here. In my defense I was sick when I was packing up the condo and can't be held 100% responsible for my actions. Now that that part is over there is lots of new stuff to share from here in the OC, but until then I will share my favorite part about living here in the OC.

    Birds are making noise early in the morning, but these were
    just have fun flying around the canyon.
    This is right outside our front door. It makes breakfast that much
    better when you sip your coffee and get to enjoy this.
    Plus the amazing weather we have been having makes breakfast
     on the porch amust do everyday.
    This is a path into the canyon that I take every morning on my run.
    I see about 10 - 15 bunnies, lizards and lots of birds every day.
    One day I will get a picture of a bunny!

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Over The River and Through CDG

    We are back on the road at the crack of dawn tomorrow (or as you are getting ready for bed on the west coast) and heading back to California. We will move into our new place this weekend and I can't express just how excited I am to unpack all my stuff. I haven't seen most of these things in at least 5 or 6 months. It will be like Christmas, but just for me. I am sure there will be a few things I forgot I had. I also have some packages at my parents to go through. Double Christmas! Yay!

    Even though we are getting up at the crack of dawn tomorrow I can at least comfort myself with the fact that we are stopping over in Paris at the CDG airport. This means I will get to hit up the Ladurée counter and nosh on some of the most amazing macarons I have ever had. They are so lovely that I may just have to get a sampler pack. Going to the cafe in Paris is definitely more fun, but I am not one to be picky when it comes to getting my hands on these!

    I will have one in every color!!

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Greener Grass

    I get so many comments about how lucky I am to be living in two counties, traveling all over and generally living a lifestyle I assume people think is out of a novel. Why it is true I am lucky and thankful to have these experiences, I sometimes wish it was not so complicated and I can guarantee no one would write a novel about it! There are all sorts of things that we we see in other peoples lives which we envy or wish we had. Who hasn't thought about being a movie/rock star and having money, fame and designers at our beck and call? We just ignore the fact that they work endlessly, have no privacy and have to stay crazy skinny (goodbye cake pops and cheeseburgers). Are the trade offs worth it? I wish it was that simple.

    My life consists of not always knowing where and for how long we will be somewhere, which is at the mercy of several factors and people, all of which are out of my control. My BFF's all live in zero of the cities I am currently residing in and when in Europe it's hard to just pick up the phone (or Skype) and call whenever because of the time difference. Getting a job is difficult considering you have time zone and placement issues...blah, blah, blah (I totally sound like a whiner, which is not the intent). While I am not saying I want to go back to my life before the crazy, I wish I could have people understand that this is not all as glamorous as it appears to be. Sometimes the grass just appears to look so much greener on the other side. Believe me because I still have my receipts for the spray paint.

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    So this happened

    If you follow me on Pinterest, twitter, Facebook or even if you glanced at the blog the last few weeks you may have noticed that I have been canvasing the web for stuff for the new house that we are moving into at the end of the month. I have lots of things for the house from my old condo of course, but there is something about moving into a new place that justifies a few new items. While I have shared the cake stand and bedroom pieces there are a few other items that I just couldn't say no to. No matter how hard I tried (which was not super hard).

    I need another glass set almost as badly as I need another pair of shoes,
    but these adorable "Jus de Fruits" glasses are so perfect.
    Image via One Kings Lane

    Then of course you need the bottle that goes with them
     and at 3 for $12 I just had to have them!
    Image via One Kings Lane

    These candles and this scented oval are truly an indulgence, but oh so worth it.
    If you click on the picture, try not to freak out at the price. This is why I said indulgence.
    Image via Nordstrom

    Jars to put stuff in for the bathroom.
    I have stuff so it only makes sense I need to put it in something.
    Image via Crate and Barrel

    Glass bathroom accessories. Do you know how hard it is to find glass
    and not acrylic? Good thing there is Pottery Barn.
    Image via Pottery Barn
    I am not sure how that got in here. It must be the elves that
    order online with my credit card when I am sleeping.
    Image via Zara

    I get to do this all over again when we find a house in the Netherlands, but on a much bigger scale since I have no idea what my boyfriend has been keeping in storage. His tastes used to run much different than mine so we may need quite a few new pieces. I can't wait. Now I just need to win the lottery.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Sleepless in...

    We are moving into our new house at the end of the month and I have been obsessing over the master bedroom. We may not have a couch, but we will have a super chic bedroom darn it! To help narrow down my options I did a lot of pinning and window shopping and drove myself insane trying to find the perfect color combination. After what seemed forever I narrowed it down to yellow, shades of gray and white and created an inspiration board to organize my ideas (Stop laughing. It helped). I wanted to make sure to include many different patterns, textures and surfaces to keep it interesting. By doing this I found that vast majority of the items I wanted were at West Elm and then I couldn't be stopped! While not all of the below are the final purchases that are currently sitting on the spare bedroom floor of my parents house, they are definitely the spark of the search. Of course the antlers are purchased though.
    Bedroom Inspiration

    All images via West Elm

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    It All Started With A Pin

    If you are not on Pinterest yet I suggest you run from it. It is a time suck, actually it's worse because it is the black hole of time sucks. I just spent 2 hours chasing down a Jadeite reproduction cake stand that started from a pin on Pinterest that actually had nothing to do with cake stands (don't ask). The two hours was not exactly related to Pinterest, but more because I read up on Jadeite to make sure I knew what I was purchasing. Basically it comes down to I don't trust people who sell "vintage" wares on eBay. I sell and spend time on eBay so I know that you have to be extremely careful when purchasing items. If one more person writes rare or vintage when something is completely available and not even close to being over two years old, I just might lose it (which a lot of people did on eBay for this product in particular). Not everyone on eBay is a truth stretcher, but without seeing the product in person how do you know? ANYWAY the product in question is this:
    Awesome, right? Totally love it to pieces.
    Image via bellacor
    Well you can find this 12-inch reproduction anywhere from $54.95 to over $100 (the picture link will lead you to bellacor, which is where you can find it for $54.95 and a code to take another 10% off. That's $49.46 for those of us without super math skills). The average seems to be about $70 not including shipping from other retailers. You can always try eBay, but that depends on how the auction goes and then the shipping would be added to that. It seemed way easier to get this from bellacor and know exactly what I was getting, plus free shipping if you spend over $70. For a real version of this I would most definitely spend more on it, but I have enough vintage stuff (as seen here and that is only the tip of iceberg). Frankly I just want a funky piece to use in the kitchen so a reproduction is fine by me. I just wish it hadn't taken two hours of my life, because then I started thinking do I really need a cake stand? I have two (or three) actual vintage cake plates they just aren't on stands. Oh crap I can't let two hours go to waste. I am going to buy it. I am pretty sure I totally need a drink now.

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Home Sweet Home

    It's true we finally have found a place and will be residents in the beautiful Orange County, Southern California starting in April. Now comes the fun and the have to be done (so make it fun) shopping for some house necessities. I left a few of the bigger furniture items behind since they were on the older side and I was planning on getting new ones soon anyway. Why drag them 1200 miles down the coast only to get rid of it when you arrive? Makes no sense. We decided that when we found a place we would just purchase them down here. Well we found a place and now I am looking at mattresses. Who knew there were so many to choose from?! AND then the cost varies so wide and vast it doesn't even make sense. Do they shove Louboutin's in there to make it cost $3000? If so please make sure these are in there:

    No? Well I will keep on looking then and welcome any suggestions for trying to pick out a mattress that will leave a little left over for a pair of boots...or just get me a place to lay my head. At this point I am ready to pick the one with the sheep on it, just because they are cute. Pretty sure that is not the right way to do it.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    The OC

    Hopefully today is the last day looking at houses. The last one I thought we were going to get turned out to not be the right one so we continued looking. I think the one I am going to see today is the perfect solution for us, but have yet to see it in person. So I am headed out to Newport Beach to see if this place is everything it promised online. If you have never been to Newport Beach it is so pretty and there is way more to it than what you see on TV. Not everyone there has a McMansion (although a lot of them do), fancy cars (ditto) and designer wardrobe (well yeah). There are lots of fun things to do and pretty sights to see, not to mention my favorite mall Fashion Island. So keep your fingers crossed for us and hopefully today will be the day that we secure a house in Southern California. Yay! Hopefully we won't live next to these people. I hear they are DRAMA QUEENS.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    Cool Factor

    I think we finally have narrowed down the house hunt to two and are just waiting to see if people like us. Well actually it's a little more along the lines of if we are not killers, house destroyers and can pay the bills. I think we will be OK, but still keeping my fingers crossed. The next step will then be figuring out how to fill the house. I had a one bedroom condo, he has bits and pieces of stuff, but not a complete room and together we can fill only half of the house. Maybe. I see some major DIY projects in the future since we are keeping a sharp eye on the budget.  So that means I am starting my search for the crafty of the craftiest bloggers out there. If you have any suggestions please let me know!

    In something completely random I saw this yesterday on someones car and practically dislocated my shoulder trying to get to my camera.

    Ron Paul supporters have been called many things, but cool has not been one of them. Ha!
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