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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Things I love Thursday

This gorgeous vintage sheer lilac dress with rhinestones from fancymeetingyouhere.

I adore this lovely e.e. cummings laser cut by julene. This is one of my favorite poems ever.

Is this not one of the greatest things you have ever seen? Need it. NOW. from SpicyToast.

What an excellent motto! Would love to have this hanging in my home. by wickedpaper.

I am DROOLING over this room. It's so lush and feminine! That muted grey is one of my favorite colors for decor.

This is my dream home. And dream car. <3

 I can just picture having a vase of these on a table- gorgeous champagne flavored lollies by Vintage Confections. So pretty.

In absolute LUST with this gorgeous HUSAR D rhinestone bib necklace. SO SPARKLY OMG. from Gypsy Road Studio.

I am having a serious cat eye glasses moment- and these sparkly vintage ones totally fit the bill. By BackThennishVIntage.

 Love this slightly creepy kitty painting by Marion Peck. 

I want to drink my milk like this everyday- pink and with sprinkles! So cute.

Other things that have made me smile this week:

runny egg yolks on toast//long chats with mommy//way too much champagne with good friends//playtime with kiddos//Taiwan tea//new fur coat//finally watching Scott Pilgrim...omg so good!//double shot dirty chais at the coffeeshop// matching sparkly nails with my mom and friend//crazy road trips and tacky gambling stops//dinosaur museums!!//

Monday, January 16, 2012

kittens make everything better

 Bad weeks call for wine, bubblebaths, and kittens. Thankfully, my good friend Erica just got a baby bengal, and she invited me over to hang out and play with the kitten. <3 Pretty much heaven. Isn't she precious?

 She's so tiny! Only 7 weeks.

Anyway, she's not even MY kitty, but I just want to show off how adorable she is! I'm a proud kitten auntie. <3 What makes you guys feel better on an off week?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tehachapi Adventures

Yesterday my friend Alyssa and I ventured to a small town nearby called Tehachapi to get our of the house and do some exploring... I'd been a couple of times before to a small cafe there, and I've always enjoyed the small town feel there. It reminds me a bit of home, and after a few years of living in a bigger city, sometimes I just need that. I thought I would share a few pictures from our little outing.

There were so many cute little restaurants- I would love to go back sometime and try this one out.

 How awesome is this little barber shop? Everything has a bit of a new old fashioned feel to it in downtown- I love that esthetic.

Adorable retro motel I totally want to stay at. Color TV and all, folks!

 This is where we decided we'd stop by for some lunch- a cute old fashioned burger joint downtown.

 Apparently they are renowned for their ostrich burgers, which they get from an ostrich farm nearby, but they were all out when we went in :(

The food was excellent, hot and fresh. I got a chicken sandwich and some zucchini and Alyssa got an Angus burger and fries. I'm drooling a bit just thinking of it.
 Isn't Alyssa gorgeous?

 There was a cute little museum with some artifacts from old Tehachapi that was quite interesting- look at this neat old carriage!

My dream typewriter <3

Thought this was quite funny/creepy- the amount of lashings required for bad behavior at school. Yikes!
 Old medical texts and tools.

We had a great time exploring- and I hope to go back to Tehachapi soon. For such a small town, there is so much to experience and the people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. If I can't get a taste of home, at least I have this!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Haircolor

Today I was feeling very unininspired and "blah" for lack of a finer term, and I decided that a change was in order. I've had this box of brown haircolor for sometime and today came time to use it. I've been a redhead for so long, it can sometimes feel like my identity has been taken away from me when I go to a different color, but I like the way this turned out. Still quite red, but maybe a bit more mature and polished. What do you think? The above is the BEFORE, and here is the AFTER:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Parent's New Year's visit.

I was fortunate enough this past week to have my lovely parents come for a visit from Colorado. I'd been missing them terribly, and it was a bit hard to not be able to spend Christmas with any family, so I'd really been looking forward to some quality time with them. We filled their visit with plenty of new adventures, lots of presents and tons of marvelous food. It was hard to drop them off yesterday as they left for home- but what a wonderful time we had! Here are some photographs of our adventures, I hope you enjoy them!

 Immediately after picking my parents up, we started our adventure in Hollywood, California. We were all ravenously hungry, so we stopped at world famous Pinks Hotdogs for lunch. The line was tremendously long, but moved quite quickly. (thank goodness!)

 There were a multitude of choices, ranging from simple chili dogs to celebrity inspired and endorsed dogs. We chose the Royal Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, Spicy Chicago Dog and Ozzy Dog. Also, onion rings and fries. The Ozzy Dog, my choice, was hellishly spicy but super nom. And the onion rings were to die for.

 My mommy enjoying her chili cheese dog. She has some gluten allergy, so this was a rare treat for her!

 I almost ordered this dog, simply because Lord of the Rings is my favorite movie, but I'm not really sure how to feel about BBQ sauce on a hotdog.

 Hubby and I! It was bright outside (and 75 degrees... in December. I love California sometimes)

 Me and Mom standing in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall in LA.

 We continued our day at the La Brea Tar Pits, a place my mother has always wanted to go, but has never had the chance. It was my first time at the tar pits too, and it was very neat. We didn't get to go in the museum, because the line was insanely long, but we still got to view the tar pits and see the outside.

 Lucas sitting on a very cool twisted tree.

 The display outside was kind of sad- a mommy or daddy mammoth stuck in the tar while the baby cried out for it by the side. :(

 After the tar pits, we went to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Graumman's Chinese Theater. We parked near this beautiful stripper shoe Christmas tree. Oh, Hollywood.

 The famous El Capitan Theater.

 <3 Hitchcock!

 Mom posing in front of the Sherlock Holmes billboard, which we all saw together. What an amazing movie! I didn't think it would be nearly as good as the first, but it was just as good, if not even better.

It's kind of strange to notice that ladies from the 30's-60's have amazingly tiny hands and feet. So did the men, actually.

 Can you tell I was excited? I am touching where Robert Downey Jr's hands once touched! Like... holding hands with him! Practically. <3

I wish there was some perspective in this picture for how tiny her little feet were. So sweet.

 My dad's cowboy boot next to John Wayne's footprints. He loves John Wayne :) I adore that he did a fist print instead of a hand print. Bad ass.

 The next morning, we did a belated Christmas morning together, our stockings hung by a non existent chimney with care.

I love our cute little pink Christmas tree <3
 Holding one of my Christmas gifts, a Southern Cooking Christmas Cookbook. Most people who know me know that I adore cookbooks. I have since I was a tiny girl! I pretty much collect them.

 My mom knit the most adorable matching hats for Lucas and myself. He was pretty stoked about his- he loves hats. They keep his little shaved head warm in the winter :P

 I got this really neat zipper purse from my godparents. The whole thing unzips and zips back up! Isn't that cool? I was having a lot of fun with it, haha :)

 My daddy holding a magazine from his stocking, American Cowboy! He's my favorite American cowboy ;)

 Me and Lucas doing a cheesy pose by our tree :) 

 It's kind of tradition to go out to our local diner and my dad and I split Chicken Fried Steak.  And my family ALWAYS takes pictures of our food before we eat it. It's a bit of a strange quirk to some.

See, I told you!!
The next day, we ventured to Newhall to go to William S. Hart Park. William S. Hart was a silent film star in the 20's who did cowboy movies. He has a gorgeous ranch and mansion you can tour for free.

 On the way!

 They had an area on the ranch of adorable little farm animals you can feed and pet. I was quite enamored with this potbellied pig. So fat! So cute!

 Pretty chickens! I love their beautiful feathers, but to be honest, I am a bit scared of them. When I was a little girl, a rooster attacked me and scratched my face. I still have a bit of a scar. :( Mean rooster.

 Turkeys... are ugly. But delicious. Was that wrong to say?

 I really wanted to pet this deer, but the sign said he was very grumpy and not to get close to him.

My nest hair.
 Mom as the next Vanna White. Watch out for snakes! We didn't encounter any.

 The views from the top of the hill were absolutely gorgeous. Aren't my parents adorable, too?

 Pretty flowers at William S. Hart's mansion.

 He had this amazing Kodiak bear rug in his living room... I think given to him by his friend Wyatt Earp.

 Here is a picture of William in his silent film days.

 On New Year's, the guys were tired and silly and wanted to stay home, so my mommy and I got all dressed up and went out for drinks. She braided my hair and I loved it. I wish I could do that!

 Taking pictures of our drinks- she had the most delicious pomegranate martini.

I had something called "A Drink Like That"- Grey Goose, Bacardi 151, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker, DeKuyper Island Blue, sweet & sour, Sierra Mist and a splash of grenadine. It was... potent. 

Daddy and daughter.
On our last day, we visited our favorite diner again and spent more quality time together. We visited the Ronald Reagan Library and then I dropped them off, tearfully, and said goodbye. Can't wait until the next visit!