Monday, October 31, 2011

Fullerton College Faculty Lounge Renovation

Welcome to the newly renovated Fullerton College Faculty Lounge, finally a reason worth staying later at school than your salary requires. 

I took sad old outdated W.P.A.  inspired space and gave it a relaxed upscale modernized Spanish Revival vibe that was much needed. The space was inspired by the feathers of a peacock, the colors emerald green, cobalt blue, gold, and brown are prominently used in the space. The space is used for a variety of reasons other than a lounge. At times there may be receptions for up to 30 people and  a wi-fi location for 6 people. 

There are defined spaces for the varied uses as you can see in the floor plan which includes 3 separate entrances a kitchenette and is fully A.D.A. compliant. As a whole the lounge looks as if it could be straight from a downtown clubhouse from the 1930's. A major "WoW" factor is the lighting which features custom made lanterns depicting peacocks as well as large drum pendant lights in the center of the room where the ceiling's a frame is located. 

Oh yeah and I also paired my outfit to match my presentation. A emerald green tunic with gold detailing. I cropped myself out because I looked CRAZY/TIRED. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Candle Making

Join The Road Less Traveled this weekend for another great DIY workshop.

Candle Making & Cocktails
Saturday 10/29 3-6pm $55

Want some time to bond with your friends or pick up a new craft? 
Learn to make your own candles to use at home or as a gift. 
You will make a number of candles with your own signature scent. 

Materials are included, along with mimosas & snacks! 
Packaging will also be available to make your gift look oh so lovely!

RSVP here

Check out a few photos from last weeks workshops. 

 Last weekend we had a great time hosting both the Shrine workshop taught by Chela of Amor Viejo 

And the Gourmet Truffles workshop taught by Courtney of C. Salt Gourmet.

Monday, October 24, 2011


See this.
I feel as if this is where I have been storing all of my wonderful blog ideas until further notice. AKA when I have a chance to sit down and thoughtfully write my blogs. I consider blogging an art form and really good bloggers take the time before hitting the publish button. I want to be one of those bloggers. So once I get my school work in order I will be back on track.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Southwestern-ish I suppose

As they say another day another dress. Sometimes dresses can be the easiest way to "dress up", no pun intended. This is one of my fav LBD's! I love the length of it and the empire waist. Can be worn with different accessories to change the look. I was going for a southwestern-ish look I guess. 

Necklace: Possibly the Limited
Dress: Old Navy
Ring: The mall
Boots: thrift store from like a long time ago. Love em.

And look I even did my hair that day...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Spanish Class

For the past few weeks I have been working on a fun, but stressful project in my design studio class and thought I would share with you some of my ideas. 

My client is Fullerton College and their sad space aka the faculty lounge that has been long forgotten over the years. Fullerton College has been around since 1913...and the faculty lounge was originally designed in the late 1920s-mid 1930's during the Spanish revival period  in Southern California. Today Fullerton College is planning on making the campus more modern and to code while stilling paying homage to it's roots. 
The faculty lounge...see what I mean? 

Not everything about this space is completely horrible just 99.9% haha. It has potential, for example, hidden behind the hideous acoustic tiles is a fabulous vaulted ceiling with exposed beams! And outside the doors is a patio, perfect for a warm day. 
It's a diamond in the rough, and it's my job to chisel the hell out of it and make it sparkly and new! Where to begin....where to begin...

My plan of attack:
(sorry for the quality)

If you haven't noticed the picture above is of a peacock. I came across this photo while browsing through magazines looking for inspiration. I became obsessed and had to have a space that was built around emerald green, cobalt blue and gold. So I went from there. I notice that once I have a theme it's so much easier for me to narrow down fabric swatches, tiles, counter tops, paint, furniture,lighting,flooring accessories, you get it.

You like? 

 I can see this framed on the wall. 

Perfect peacock wall sconces! 

Peacock Feather Rug
Rug from Pier 1 imports

Imagine if the courtyard looked like that!

Actress Diane Keaton's home featured in her book "California Romantica" Spanish, Colonial, & Mission Style Houses. (I want this for xmas btw).

I think my choices will stand out because most others chose warm colors like red and orange. I want my space to be luxurious and upscale and comfortable for box men and women. And I might just be crazy but I'm starting to see peacock feathers and motifs everywhere! You know they say when you know what you want it will find you. Or is it that you will find it..? 

While in class a new design student was looking at my work and said I was his favorite. That felt really good to hear that. 

So one last thing before I go (crazy) I went on a little excursion a few weeks ago in DTF aka downtown Fullerton. I stopped by the Villa Del Sol, a great little courtyard with shops and cafes not to mention Spanish revival architecture. Go to the Brownstone Cafe while you're there. Order the Tomato Basil Bisque. Mmmk

After departing the Villa Del Sol drive around the hills in Fullerton they are full of beautiful Spanish Revival homes! Take a look. 

Can't wait to show you the final project. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

OC Weekly Halloween Contest

Some of you may remember that I was Black Swan for Halloween last year. Back when very few people knew about the movie and when later in 2011 Natalie Portman would win best actress for her role. 

I loved being this character for Halloween, mostly because the makeup was a challenge, I wanted it just right. I entered myself in a Halloween Costume on Facebook so if you could please help me out and vote that would be AWESOME! It's really easy to vote btw. 

2. Press the like button
3. Tell everyone you know

Thank you everyone.

Oh and if you don't mind telling me....what are you dressing up us for Halloween? 
I, not so surprisingly will be another Natalie Portman character. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall makes me think of_________.

When I asked my friends & fans of The Road Less Traveled to fill in the blank 
"Fall makes me think of_________." 
I got the following responses...

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Adri-Pumpkin Pie

Tammy-Pumpkin soup

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Jessica-Hot apple cider

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Jen-Turkey & Mashed Potatoes

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Myself- cheesy food, spicy beer, watching the rain.

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Bekah- pencils!!! i totally just bought a box... reminds of the first day of school... LOVE it!

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Homebody Botanicals-cleaning out the summer garden and getting all the new winter veggies in! Hooray!

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Veronica- hot chocolate, more specifically abuelita's hot chocolate, warm fuzzy socks and pumpking pie. (baking! i love baking)

So, tell me what does Fall make you think of?....

Thursday, October 6, 2011

First look at the new Snow White movie costumes

This semester I decided to take on a double major,, my second major being textile design. My curriculum is split into two parts interior design and fashion design. I'm currently taking a class called apparel analysis and it's making my mind go cra-cray over fashion! I knew before that I was interested in clothing but now it's being taken to a whole new level. Since my fav holiday is coming up (Halloween) and I'm not having my annual party I feel a void is missing. So to fill that void I have just been fawning over costume designs and decorating for the season to keep me from becoming S.A.D. 

While browsing my gossip sites I came across a slide show of some shot's from the yet to be titled Snow White movie featuring Lilly Collins (who is that?) and Julia Roberts. I love fantasy/period films because of the elaborate costuming and set designs. I think it must be way hard to create a world that doesn't exist like say harry Potter? 

Enough jibber jabber onto the photos...right? 
Ok one more thing I have become obsessed with peacock feathers again. And I saw that Julia has them on her dress! Way cool. And Lilly Collins has a freaking Swan on her head! 
It's like a mix of black swan meets Bjork swan!

Julia Roberts-Evil Queen
Now that's one fierce trick. 

LILY COLLINS AS SNOW WHITE   photo | Lily Collins
Lilly Collins-Snow White
Bjork Swan meets Black Swan.

THE SEVEN DWARVES    photo | Lily Collins
Seven Dwarfs
Peer Pressure! Just eat it dammit!

 SNOW & THE QUEEN    photo | Julia Roberts, Lily Collins
Evil Queen & Snow White
Are you sure that ain't Glinda from The Wiazard of Oz?

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fashionable rainy day

Twas the first rainy day of the Fall season and everyone was in a "I love this kinda weather" mood. I had been up the night before creating my Raffia pendant lights for the front window. Somehow I managed to pull a cute outfit together that day but I could not for the life of me find my polka dot rain boots :( 

Pendant necklace: The Limited
Tank: Target
Cardigan: Old Navy
Belt: Gap
Leggings: JC Penny
Boots: Target on clearance $8 what thaaa

See rainy days can be fashionable days!