Thursday, June 23, 2011

Browsing around

Whether the sun is out or the rain is falling, one of my favorite pastimes is going to my local bookstore to browse around. I could literally spend hours there ( and I have) just looking at magazine after magazine. 
But don't worry, most of the time I buy a few of them and I always them back in the right place. Must be a retail job (The Limited) that has made me a stickler for putting things back in their place. 

On my most recent coffee/bookstore run I brought a notepad to write down inspiration's etc. And look at what I found...

These parrot earrings caught my attention right away! 

I'm surprised this Ikat mug is still in stock. It's a bargain for how cute it is. Coffee commuter's unite. 
Wow this bag has Sheridan French's name all over it!

On a side note: I saw this new Moroccan argan oil line from Organics. It's their version of the coveted Morrocan Oil. Has anyone tried it or know more info on it?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Metropolis Coincidence

It was the night before my final drafting class, my finger was blistered from being burned the day before and my mind was about to turn black swan on me so I needed to take a break from drawing. I sat back in my chair and thought about watching some of that documentary that kept popping up in my Netflix top 10. It was called Future Design, and honestly it looked cheesy. That's why I hesitated watching for it before. 

As I watched the film I felt more interested in it because there was a point when they asked architect Jaques Fresco what his influence was to become one. That's when images from a black and white images from a film called "Metropolis" began playing. He said he was abut 14 at the time when this film came out in 1929. I couldn't believe the imaginative images of the future that were made over 80+ years ago. This film about the future made me think of other films that came after it's time such as Matrix and Demolition Man. Really amazing stuff. 

After the documentary had ended I went back to my Netflix main page and that's when I noticed something funny. My newly recommended movies included "Metropolis" for me. At first I thought wow that's strange, but Netflix is smart and know's how to track your movie's based on your viewing history. So I wrote it off as a normal thing. Went to bed at 4am because I couldn't stand anymore strange coincidences or drafting.

The next day couldn't come any sooner and I was on my way to my final day of drafting class. I had a strange feeling, probably because I was running late and felt like a sleep deprived crazy person. I walked into class and sat down next to some of the other girls. They were going through magazines and finding inspiration to cut out. So I to decided to flip through some magazines to pass the time. I picked up one of the random old almost nothing left to it magazine from like 2001 I believe. My tired burnt fingers turned the page hoping for inspiring shot's or something more entertaining than what was going on at the moment. I looked at the page of the magazine and almost turned to the next. My eyes got big and I felt that sinking stomach feeling from what I  had just completely randomly stumbled upon. It was an ad for the the movie "Metropolis". 

How does this happen? 

On the last night before my last day of drafting class I watch a film that show's Metropolis, then Netflix recommends that I watch "Metropolis and then on my last day of drafting I randomly open a magazine to the page featuring a picture from "Metropolis". 

I just don't know what to think of it. 

A Patchwork Point Of View

Patchwork Festival isn't very hard to explain, yet many people misinterpret it for a granny old school craft fair that you had during the holiday season. That is until they get their butt's on over to The Patchwork Indie Art's & Crafts Festival! That's when they see what they've been missing out on for the past 6 shows. Now I too will admit I was once one of those people that thought " huh? whats a patchwork festival? A quilt show?" 

So, my friends, I dedicate this post to all of the artists,crafters, musicians, patrons, volunteers and the founders Delilah & Nicole, who put on a wonderful festival! 

Step into the Long Beach Patchwork Festival from my point of view. 

Here are some of the best of the best participants in this years 2011 Patchwork Festival: 

Created by Delilah Snell, an Orange County Master Food Preserver. She works with over 20 different Southern California farmers and local gardeners to create a number of preserved goods highlighting the flavors and seasons of the region.

An independently owned, local company you can feel great about supporting. Everything is made with love, by hand, using only the best ingredients this beautiful world has to offer.

A devilishly delicious Date & Bacon spread that sends you straight to heaven. 

Eco accessories, handmade for real life! Everything is made not only to look good but to be functional and practical for everyday use.

Handmade, up-cycled vintage jewelry. 

Hope to see you all at Patchwork this fall. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Got Em Toes Done Up

Hold up!
 Did I just happen to stumble upon the coolest summer collab featuring Missoni & Havianas sandals? Oh yes, yes, yes I sure did. I don't even know where to buy these sandals, but thats the least of my worries. I'm sure they're gonna sell out before I can save enough money to buy the payless knockoff version. 
I want
I need
I can haz? 

BTW this song is very fitting for this post involving sandals. Some may disagree, I agree to disagree. Just open up your mind ears and embrace the dubstep. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tea Gone Absolutely Wild

It's the weekend and you should be drinking tea! Not just any old tea, the good stuff aka Absolut Wild Tea vodka. If you are a follower of my blog than you remember my post on KCRW's good food Happy Hour @ The Crosby. Well, there was a drink featured that night, The Wildflower Press and it was amazingly refreshing.  I have done all the hard work for you and found the recipes for the best (in my opinion) cocktails to make with the Wild Tea Vodka. 

The Wildflower Press 
(featured at KCRW's Happy Hour hosted @ The Crosby)
Absolut Wild Tea & Elderflower vodka
Blood oranges
Sweet vermouth
Soda & sprite
(Garnished with fresh edible flowers)


1 1/2 parts ABSOLUT Wild Tea
3/4 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
4 Mint Leaves
Soda Water

Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker. Add ABSOLUT Wild Tea. Shake and pour into a highball glass. Top with soda.


3/4 part ABSOLUT Wild Tea
3/4 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps
1 part Ginger Ale

Shake ABSOLUT Wild Tea and schnapps with ice. Strain into shot glass. Top with ginger ale.

1 1/2 parts ABSOLUT Wild Tea
1 part Cranberry Juice
1/2 part Orange Liqueur
1/4 part Fresh Lime Juice

Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass.

May your beverage be cool and your date extra hot. 

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