Entries from February 28th, 2014

in my bag: miami beach

Speaking of escaping the construction dust… Rupe and I are heading to Miami!

Once upon a time, more then a few years ago, we both lived there (me for just two years, Rupe for more like 12). It is where Rupe got his first internship in the States after leaving university in England and it is also where I got my first internship after leaving my university in Michigan. Of course that was 8 years apart, but luckily he stuck around long enough to meet me, before we both moved to LA, separately but at the exact same time, after knowing each other for 6 months. You follow? Ha, so that’s our story in a nutshell.

Anyway, back to Miami… we are heading there to celebrate Rupert’s big 40! SO OLD, I know. :) I’ve only been back once since we moved about 7 years ago, so I am really excited to celebrate with a bunch of old friends, hit up some of our favorite spots, spend time at the beach, and take in all the art deco goodness of South Beach.

Here’s what’s going with me:

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To see more of my packing round-ups check here.


house update: patio doors & kitchen demo (round 2)

Our new patio doors are in (yay!), the trash pile is now taller then me, and the exterior is ready for stucco. Meanwhile on the inside….


birthday giveaway ~ now closed

Today I turn the big (not big at all) 32! I wanted to celebrate my birthday on the blog with a little giveaway! One reader will receive one of my small , (of course lovingly made by my dad and me) perfect for hanging on your kitchen wall, throwing me a birthday party ;), or just styling up your afternoon tea.

To enter simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite item.

Entries must be posted by next Monday, March 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be ed by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered, it was wonderful reading your favorite pieces and thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes! Congrats to Cassie who is the winner of this giveaway.

Images by  for , Styling by Shescorts Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: brunch dates & girls nights

This weekend I celebrated a friend’s birthday with a girls night in (bunny ears included), lingered over coffee with Rupe at brunch, and avoided our construction dust covered, half finished house at all costs. :)

Happy Monday!

Images by me via (I’m )

studio update & DIY shelves

I am embarrassingly still not quite settled in the new studio (although it is doing better then the house right now), but these shelves I put up are helping A TON. I needed some organization in my life more than I can express (If you are remembering the corners of the house that I kind of had finished, like the living room and the entry way… erase them from your mind because they are now almost empty rooms with an inch thick of construction dust!).

Anyway… the studio is now my happy place :) You may notice I also painted the floors again. Thanks to my obsession with seeing other peoples , I’ve seen so many all white studios and I wanted to switch it up a little, so I went for this floor paint called  (I had them tint it 20% lighter). It’s bright and light like the white on white spaces I still love, but brings a subtle bit of color in.

Still to do in the studio is: Replace the light fixture, install skylights, find a place for a mood/layout board, and decide what to hang over that love seat.

Shelf DIY instructions after the jump…


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