Motivation + Visual Yummies = back in action and it feels so right!!

flower headdress made for a photo shoot
my lovely happy workplace
a red carpet of roses on Rodeo Drive
long walk down a peaceful pier in Florida
koi pond at the Getty Villa
listening to the universe
i love Love (and 70's poster art)
clouds are freaking amazing
stunning surrealist art at LACMA
why not jump for joy?

"Time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time." 
~ John Lennon



I'll be selling lots of my vintage treasures at Melrose Trading Post flea market tomorrow!

If you're in Los Angeles, please come visit and say hello!!


What. Was that.

This was just a moment in the woods...
Our moment.
Shimmering and lovely and sad.
Leave the moment, just be glad
For the moment that we had.
Every moment is of moment
When you're in the woods...

Oh. if life were made of moments,
Even now and then a bad one-!
But if life were only moments,
Then you'd never know you had one.

Best to take a moment present
As a present, for the moment.

Any moment, big or small
Is a moment after all.
Seize the moment; skies may fall
Any moment.

Let the moment go...
Don't forget it for a moment, though.

Just remembering you've had an "and",
When you're back to "or",
Makes the "or" mean more
Than it did before.
Now I understand-

And it's time to leave the woods.
~all of these stunning images courtesy of the gorgeous little photo blog How to Make a Baby Elephant Float
~brilliant song lyrics from my all-time favorite musical Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim



"The Grand essentials of happiness are:
something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
-Allan K. Chalmers

So lately it feels like I've been on a roller coaster with this silly "LOVE" business.

...speaking of which, can I please find this on my next antiquing outing? Want!

Super rad printed tin roller coaster wind up toy, made in the 1950's by manufacturer J.Chein.

I've always been a fan of kids "toys" from the 50's in particular. There's just something about the seriousness of the detail in them- like they were created by a meticulous set designer for some fantastical Terry Gilliam movie...

**BTW, do you all know about his mind blowing new-ish film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus? Dessert for the eyeballs, I tell ya....**

I have my own gorgeous folded tin beauty to introduce to you all:

I got this simply marvelous dollhouse at a tiny antiques store while road tripping/thrifting in Maine in spring 2008.

I finally put it together for the 1st time just a few months ago!
(I sometimes live in there inside my head.)


Love Hurts. Real Bad.

Well. This was inevitable, wasn't it?
I thought it would be my heart, but the universe was aiming a bit lower.

After one too many drinks at the bar last night, I proceeded to run and leap down the sidewalk like a freaking gazelle- until my ankle twisted underneath me, and I came crashing down. Hard.

The pain was blinding.

Actually, it looked something like this:

*also, watch the trippy video version--->>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyU9kzczrd4

The combination of alcohol and endorphins was pretty incredible, actually.
And so is this great Lichtenstein-inspired illustration.

this may or may not be the same artist... Jason Smith

And now for your viewing pleasure... a photo of my poor damaged (k)ankle.

**warning! graphic (and pretty gross) image below!!**

Sorry guys, I couldn't resist :)


Hearts a Fire, part 2

An experiment.

(Blame Cupid, Cupid)


(Down the Rabbit Hole)
via http://somefield.com/alice/alice.html


<--- (found this today)

(which looks an awful lot like this)----->>


I'm not sure, but it feels like butterflies are eating my insides.
In a more romantic way.


Artist for Hire

Jim Reed. A rad dude- and a friend of a friend- check out this awwwwsome vid.

Happy Tuesday!!!!


Hearts a Fire

Maybe it's spring fever, but I swear the air in LA smells like Love.

Here's some heavenly vintage eye candy to soothe my (and your?) wandering heart:

photos from the charming NerdBoyfriend.com

And here's a cute Australian girl who blogs about love and other lovely things:


And now for another sneak peek into my apartment- one might say into a little corner of my heart- where i keep all the little trinkets from my life's adventures....

<3 <3 <3


Beautiful Dreamer... Video of the Day

This might be the most amazing stop motion animation video I've ever seen...

So magical, so sweet, so perfect!

And that redhead- GORGEOUS!!


Decorating Detail #1: Tropical Walls

Heeeere it is, folks- a sneak peek of my sweet little apt in Hollywood, a decorating dream come true...




**wallpaper by Anthropologie (I worked as a prop assistant on a photoshoot for their spring 2010 catalog- and got to take home this uhmazing leftover wallpaper!) ...i used a staple gun along the edges, much easier
**mirror was made by a friend of my grandmother's- i just love that shape
**border is painted bamboo rods, which I bought at my new fav shopping destination, Cost Plus World Market... they were so light, I used hot glue to stick them directly to the wall!

...oh, and HAPPY SPRING!!

(above photo courtesy of Holly Dyment, a brilliant interior designer from Toronto- my new full color hero!)


Salvaged Love in the Desert


This past week, I road tripped to Tucson, Arizona to visit some friends and family...
and ended up falling in love with this charming, bohemian desert wonderland!

This was my first opportunity to spend time in the southwest, and I was completely blown away by everything- the weird cacti, the calming sunsets, and SO MUCH perfectly weathered metal salvage stuff!

Here are some of my favorite places:


Tucson Herb Store, an inspiring and sweet smelling little shop (cool idea --> framed fabric swatches!)


Totally amazing home/workshop/backyard of Tim Hagyard, Salvage & Vintage Decorating Genius

My musician friend Ryen's apartment


San Xavier Mission
, a crazy colorful & offbeat 18th century Spanish Catholic church


Grill, an awesome diner with serious style (love those deco murals!)


Of course my trip wouldn't be complete without some SERIOUS thrifting- I stopped in a bunch of cool towns during the trip, and raided their thrift stores- but those finds shall remain a secret, until my apt decor is unveiled... very soon!!

Stay tuned, fellow vintage lovers...