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April 2012

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Anna Beck Designs’ Dreamy Fashion Video

April 30, 2012

Selamat Pagi to my lovely readers (Good Morning in Balinese)

I love Anna Beck jewelry. The company is based in LA but their designer, Becky Hosmer, lives in Bali to be inspired and create. They use ancient Balinese techniques to make their jewelry in gold and silver designs with beautiful gemstones. I had the opportunity to get a first look at their latest fashion video and just had to share. Prepare to be transported to a dream…

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DIY to Try Friday

April 27, 2012

Today’s featured DIY projects are all about the home. Two happen to be silhouette decorative projects and the last one is an amazing organization idea.

Maryam of Pamplemousse1983 made this adorable Silhouette Doormat. I rarely find doormats that are especially amazing so why not create your own? I mean you could really stencil anything on a plain doormat… Monograms? Yes! What a great housewarming gift.


Rebecca of Manzanita shows us her DIY Silhouette Family Portrait. She came up with the most clever idea of tweaking a photo of your subject in a photo editing program to make it dark and then easy to trace. I was actually looking up how to create a silhouette while working on my gallery wall from this post and decided I would tackle it another time. I think this is going to be a great addition to my wall. Should I include the cats?


The team at Camille Styles shows us their DIY Wall-Mounted Wrapping Paper Organizer, photographed by Chis Perez. I love this since I currently have all of my wrapping paper in a tall shopping bag and I just don’t like it that way. If you don’t have a craft room (really why not?) it would be perfect in an office or garage. I’m betting there is a way to adapt this for ribbons too… I’ll have to work on that one.



Out & About Series

Out and About: Love in Ojai, California

April 26, 2012

My husband and I got to get out of Los Angeles to attend my good friend’s wedding in Ojai. It was such a beautiful wedding and I’m so happy for them. They did such a good job with all of the planning from choice of location, down to the little details. I really love weddings because it’s such a wonderful moment in someone’s life and to be a part of it even in a small way is really amazing. I also find now that I’m married, I like to really listen during the ceremony, like they are also talking to me. It is a nice and romantic little way to take me back to our special day. I’m lucky to have a really great marriage. Of course no marriage or relationship is perfect but I have found that communication, true listening (not waiting to talk) and hobbies of our own keep us on the right track. I have also realized that we really need to take the time to get out of town just the two of us once in a while. We needed some quality time to just hang out and decompress. It felt really indulgent to do whatever we wanted even if it was to just take a nap.

You may have already seen some of the pictures from our little getaway over last weekend via Instagram. Here’s a few more.

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Colors to Love: Coral & Green

April 25, 2012

I’ve always had a thing for green, especially peridot. Lately I’ve been crushing on coral quite a bit and I love the combination of the two colors along with some neutral notes of black and gold.

1. Peaks & Valleys Scarf in Coral from Spotted Moth – $14.99

2. Vintage Green Drop Pendant from Pieces – $885

3. Rolo Crossback Dress in Pink from Anthropologie – $118

4. Gold Linked Stone Necklace by Alexis Bittar – $395

5. Linen Shopper in Natural by Zara – $49.90

6. Venetian Cigarette Table from Wisteria – $299

7. 1960’s Coral and Diamond Earrings by Stella Rubin Fine Jewelry Design via 1stdibs – $2,200

8. Bukhara Pillow in Apple Green by Z Gallerie – $69.95

I guess I really do love these two colors…



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Sponsored Video: River Island Vogue Off

April 23, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to try out this super fun and addicting Facebook app called the “Vogue Off” from River Island. You get to add your picture and it gets loaded into their ad campaign where you choose a dance theme and enjoy the hilarity. You can either dance with one of their hot models or upload a friend’s pic and dance with them. Then you have the option to share away on Facebook or Twitter and purchase the outfit your face was pasted to. I tried a few different dances including ballet and freestyle then ultimately decided on the tango… Did I ever tell you I took tango lessons? Oh so much fun! This was during my pre-married lady days and I’m still trying to convince my husband to take lessons with me…

Yes, you get to watch my hilarious video… Click here to view.

Ok, it’s your turn! Click here to visit the app and “Vogue Off”!

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River Island is a fashion store and e-commerce site based in the UK and luckily for us they also ship to the US. They offer clothing and accessories for women, men and children. And you can feel good about making a purchase since they require all of their suppliers to be committed to their World Wide Ethical Policy and are a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. I am really loving the assortment on their site. I found some super cute things from handbags and headbands to dresses and more. Definitely easy to navigate and the prices are amazing. Great option for some trendy pieces that you need right now. Here are a few lovely finds:

Grey Satin Encrusted Headband

Pink Chelsea Girl Paisley Lace Dress

Blue Leather Envelope Clutch



This post was sponsored by River Island. All opinions are my own.