Tuesday, March 29, 2011

We're Having a Heat Wave...

A tropical heat wave...

The temperature is rising, thank you Spring for finally deciding to say hello. As always you are fashionably late to the party. But you will certainly be making a big entrance this week when you bring the So-Cal temps up to 90 degrees on Thursday. I can picture it now, everyone is going to be talking about....the weather of course and how hot it is and nice. Or they will be complaining about how hot and not nice it is. I of course will be doing the latter of the two because I loves the hot weathers and I have a new dress to wear. Cant wait.

Are you doing anything fun this week when it gets hot?

Whats your fav way to spend a sunny day?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Splendor In The Grass

Lets roll in the grass minus the itchiness. Do you remember doing that as a kid?
I was browsing magazines the other day when I saw a photo of a grass bikini and I cannot find it anywhere! I might be one of those few who would actually wear that to the beach. Sad thing is I cannot find it anywhere online to share with you. So instead I found lots of other great turf inspired accessories and clothing. Now lets splendor in the grass.

1.Wheat grass shots sophisticatedpalette.wordpress.com
2.Tray6 Fashion Umbrella thisnext.com
3.Keds zazzle.com
4.Michael Kors fashionofgoodwill.org
5. Momo -Photo done by me
6.Adorn Jewelry sharptoolstheatre.com
7.Mod Cloth stylehive.com
8. Margaret Ellman .femaleways.com

Make sure to watch thie video for Pink Martini's Splendor in The Grass. Brought a tear to my eyes, very sweet.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

She's Crafty

One of the greatest things about blogging is discovering one of a kind creative designers. When I came across The Tote Trove I was immediately in love with the Kitchy totes and necklaces. They remind me of my childhood and whats best? All designs are handmade & designed by Tracy herself. Get to know this more about Tracy and what inspires her designs. 

Tell us about yourself, what colors make you happy.

In my free time, I love crafting (of course!), writing, blogging, shopping, going to the movies, reading, and spending time with my boyfriend and family. I went to The College of New Jersey and have a BA in English (as a result of all that reading, I guess). All colors make me happy! But my favorite is blue, particularly turquoise and sky blue. Yellow and red come in second and third; I guess I'm a primary colors kind of girl.

What was your muse behind making your own jewelry and totes?
I've always been drawn to accessories that are eye-catching, colorful, and playful; as a kid, I spent a good chunk of my allowance in Claire's Boutique. I also loved to draw and paint and took lots of art lessons. But when I started high school I sort of abandoned making things, and it wasn't until years later when my boyfriend gave me one of his hand carved duck decoys to paint that I started again. I went all out, using crazy colors and rhinestones,all the while thinking, hey, why don't I do this anymore?After that I started making accessories and haven't stopped since.

What are your favorite materials to work with? 

For the totes, I love Jacquard acrylic fabric paint. For the jewelry, I'll use almost anything that can be strung up or glued, but lately I've been really into felt, ribbon, chunky pendants, and rhinestones.

What are your best selling item's?

This is a hard one, because it seems to change all the time. When I was still doing craft fairs, my tiny totes were probably the best sellers. On Etsy it's more of a mixed bag; I've sold everything from barrettes to large totes. But I'd have to say that overall I've been the most successful with my necklaces. I recently sold five from my new Fabulous Felt line to one customer, which was a nice surprise.

Describe your jewelry& totes in 3 words?

Fun, colorful, and kitschy

Any tips for new crafter's?

Just keep on making/wearing whatever you like. If running an online handmade accessories shop and blog have taught me anything, it's that there's a market out there for you :)

Tote Trove Etsy Store

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring in Portofino Italy

image via (travelpod.com)

Rich colors and culture make Portofino, Italy an inspiration for Spring style. Easy going, bright, sweet and sunny. Have you ever been? I have a feeling I would love it here. 

See you there.

Me and 3,000 Tulips

Remeber my post on The Color Of Sunny?

After it stopped raining yesterday I went to Fullerton and stopped by to smell the 3,000 plus Tulips. What a sight to see. 

To see the flowers for yourself go to

668 N. Woods Ave.
Fullerton CA

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring 2011 Window Display @The Road Less Traveled

Spring has Sprung @ The Road Less Traveled Store!
The Spring window display is here, and in full bloom. 
After hours of brainstorming, flower making, painting, drilling, and positioning props the display is complete. The look and feel is an Spring day outdoors: picnicking,  and enjoying the flowers. 
Here is a frontal and side view, btw these photo's don't do it justice. During the day there is alot of glare on the windows. There is so much that goes into making a great  window display, and yes it came out a bit differently than I had visioned.I had a great learning experience and got to paint and drill the fence together as well as as choose the paint color for the chair. Also you may notice that a few items in the store got re-arranged.By simply moving things around you get a fresh new look. 

Delilah and I were so excited when we finished the display. Lots of people driving by were looking at it and customers were complimenting it. Exciting stuff. 

Tory & Maggy Take On Good Food's Happy Hour

Two girls One Happy Hour
We arrived right on time to The Crosby for a special Happy Hour Hosted by Evan Kleiman of Good Food and Gustavo Arellano of OC Weekly. To our surprise there was a line, a wait list and a very very packed Crosby. But this was to be expected since Ms Evan Kleiman was hosting her 1st Happy Hour outside of Los Angeles. We made sure to bring our game faces and thirsty appetites to try out some new drinks and appetizers. 

PROS: A night out with Tory, $4 Well drinks, Met Evan Kleiman, Pork Tostadas, Winning the Raffle.

CONS: Long waits, Pizza was meh, ate standing next to the restroom, no music, not enough staff. 

Take a tour of the night below.
Right before we left for the event. 

Flower Press Cocktails: Tasty

Pork Tostadas Good Pizza Bad

A sea of people.


Tony & Leigh

The people.

Photo Opportunity. 

Fellow foodies.

The end of a good night!

California, home of strange Spring weather. One minute it's pouring and lighting strikes. Then its clear and sunny. If California weather was diagnosed with a mental health issue it would be Bi-polar disorder. 

Make your mind up weather! 

Luckily I got one of these...
image via (mamathreads.com)

And a pair of these...

I'm slowly become less scared of the rain since my car accident a few months ago. Anyone else having fun in the rain today?  

Thursday, March 17, 2011

8 Hours Of Flowers

Life has been rolling along like the wind and one week goes as fast as the next one begins. I started my Spring Semester a few weeks ago as well as my Internship @ The Road Less Traveled Store in Santa Ana, Ca. Keeping myself creatively busy and feeling like my life is on the right track. Isn't life funny in that way? Its a constant battle of the good the bad and the ugly. What I mean by this is that our lives have cycles. Very fitting that it is Spring and I feel like so many new and exciting things have blossomed for me personally and professionally. And in the theme of Spring I have become obsessed with my 1st big project as intern, the Spring window display. If you know me than you have heard me blabbing on and on about making paper flowers and how proud I'am of them. Take a look. 

It took me over eight hours to complete these babies. The picture in Martha Stewart Magazine made it look easy, guess again. There is more to it than cutting. I had to go through magazines and collect different colors and then use templates to make sure they were the right size. Then it was fold, fold and fold again and again. The most tedious part of it all was the placement of the flowers and gluing to the branches. That glue would not stick! But eight hours later I was so happy to be at least 1/4 done with the project. 

Here is a preview of the flowers I made in roygbv order. Next up on the to-do list is painting the fence. Cant wait to get started on it this week. 
I'm so lucky and grateful to be interning for Delilah and The Road Less Traveled

Dont forget to cast your vote, The Road Less Traveled has been nominated for best home goods via OC Hotlist.  

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Color of Sunny via OC REGISTER

Fullerton home has flower power
By Michael Mello

FULLERTON – It's that time of the year again.
Wayne Daniels' front yard has again become a carpet of tulips, daffodils, and freesias, a montage that years ago earned him the title of Fullerton's Tulip Man.
Retired high school biology teacher Wayne Daniels, 74, planted over 3,300 tulip bulbs in the front yard of his Fullerton home. He has been planting the tulips for more than 20 years and now many of his neighbors are following his lead and planting tulips in their yards.
Retired high school biology teacher Wayne Daniels, 74, planted over 3,300 tulip bulbs in the front yard of his Fullerton home. He has been planting the tulips for more than 20 years and now many of his neighbors are following his lead and planting tulips in their yards.

He has about 3,300 tulip bulbs in the ground, with more than 200 daffodils and freesias for variety.

This year the Woods Avenue landmark display also runs around the corner down Lois Lane. Some of Daniels' neighbors there took some of his extra tulip bulbs and have planted them in their own yards.

The blooms started earlier this year – in mid-January – because of the heavy fall rains, and are at their peak now.
Rows of tulips line Lois Ln. at the home of Randy Santa Maria, a neighbor of Wayne Daniels, who began to plant tulips in his front yard too.

"Hopefully, they'll last a week or 10 days more," Daniels' said, but that depends on Orange County's capricious weather, namely the heat.

North Orange County's mild winters keep tulips from "resting" over the winter, so bulbs have to be planted each year to ensure blooms.

Daniels, 74, a retired high school biology teacher, makes a Costco run in late summer, then refrigerates the bulbs for a few months to ensure they go dormant. After Thanksgiving, the planting begins. He has been growing tulips in his yard for three decades.Wayne Daniels, 74, of Fullerton has planted thousands of tulips in his front yard.

This year a few neighbors stopped by to help, as did more than 30 students from nearby Golden Hill Elementary School.

Daniels' home is at 668 N. Woods Ave.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3796 ormmello@ocregister.com

images via (ocregister.com)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thai Love You

For some reason I have become obsessed with Spicy Thai and I see no end to it. I have managed to get my hands on as many Thai infused products lately and I want more more more. Have you ever had a taste of something that all of a sudden you couldn't get enough of? 

image via (facebook.com)
I bought these spicy thai chips on a whim hoping they would be just as good as they sounded. And yes they were great and I went to buy another bag and they are all sold out. Spicy, gingery perfect. 

Picked up this spicy Thai chicken salad the other day for a dinner between classes. This was such an indulgent salad with not too many calories compared to others. I bought another one this week.Yummy peanuty, spicy and just the right serving size. 

image via (closetcooking.com)
Mmmm Thai Chicken Pizza is so wonderful. I usually get it from Schlotzky's Deli. Unexpected toppings for a pizza but together they make an aromatic mouth watering combo.

Thai Tea looks so rich and creamy but where can I get it besides in a can from the grocery store? 

image via (bonappetit.com)
This is a dream come true: Thai Coconut Tapioca Pudding. Enough said.

Can someone tell me where the best Thai Restruant is in the Orange County area? 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Good Food & OC Weekly Host Happy Hour In Santa Ana

image via (blogs.ocweekly.com)
Attention all OC and LA foodies this Thursday March 10th The Crosby will be hosting a special Happy Hour with KCRW's Evan Klieman of Good food & OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano of Ask A Mexican & Stick a Fork In It. This is the first time that Good food with Evan Kleiman has featured an Orange County restaurant/bar so this is going to be a big deal for us OC people.There is a Facebook rsvp page for this event check it out, however it is not mandatory to RSVP nor is there a cover fee (awesome). 
Ohh yeah and there will be giveaways too.
Gourmet Choclate from C. Salt Gourmet
Baked goods from Blackmarket Bakery 
Habanero Jelly by Backyard in A Jar
and many more.

The Special menu includes

Pork belly tostadas – 2 for $6
Cheese flat bread – $5
Pepperoni flat bread – $7
Sweets – $3

The Wildflower Press – $5
Absolut Wild Tea & Elderflower vodka
Blood oranges
Sweet vermouth
Soda & sprite
(Garnished with fresh edible flowers)

Sangrias (red & white) – $3
White – cinnamon, cloves & spiced rum
Red – blackberry, apple & orange

$1 OFF draught beers

$4 – well drinks

$1 Pabst

Green Design Junkie

If you're an eco-friendly green-design junkie than you have heard of The Road Less Traveled Store in Santa Ana. This one of a kind shop offers an array of products and DIY classes and workshops. This Spring I will be their intern and will be working alongside creatively minded Delilah Snell and August Olofson. My first project is to create the Spring window display inspired by DIY paper flowers from Martha Stewart magazine. Lot's of magazine cutouts, folding, gluing and looking for branches at the park. Once the display is complete I will post photos for you to see the final product. 

Every product in our store specializes in 1 of 4 major categories:
 recycled content, sustainable resource, non-toxic and fair trade.

recycled content: post-consumer, surplus, discarded & re-purposed materials.
sustainable resource: made of materials that require little of the planet or are easily renewable.
non-toxic: chemical, pesticide, herbicide-free. Certified organic origins.
sustainable resource: made of materials that require little of the planet or are easily renewable.

The Road Less Traveled Store2202 1/2 N. Main St.Santa Ana, CA 92706

Battle of The Blondes

It's a battle of the blondes for the April 2011 issues of Elle & UK Vogue. At first glance I thought both covers were of Gwen Stefani, but taking a closer look it is in fact Kate Winslet on the right. 

Cant wait for these issues to come to news stands. We get to go inside Gwen's world via her best friend and see Kate's new body, look and life. Sounds interesting. I really like Kate's new short do. And I wonder who Gwen's best friend is?