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Jul 18, 2012

Blue Skies, Summer Playlist

I'm getting ready for my road trip so I created a few new playlist for the 2,300 miles we will be driving.  My Blue Skies & Deep Beats playlist is the perfect mix for enjoying our time on the road.  Download the 8tracks app, plug your phone into your car and enjoy the music.






Girls Like You - The Naked and Famous
Ruin - Cat Power
Ritual Union - Little Dragon
Why you Wanna - Poolside
Something Goes Right - SBTRKT
The Moon Is Gone - Ernest Saint Laurent
The Bay - Metronomy
110% - Jessie Ware
Gravity Rides Everything - Modest Mouse
Paper Aeroplane - Angus & Julia Stone
Runnin' - Visioneers
Never Mess With Sunday - Yppah
Sunshine - Little Dragon
Black & Blue - Miike Snow
Take Me Home - Poolside
 I Wanna Run (feat. Maura Davis) - Ki:Theory
Never Never (feat. Sampha) - SBTRKT
Bashful - Kwes
Stylo (feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack) - Gorillaz



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Jul 16, 2012

Being Creative

I found this on Pinterest and thought how true it was

but, some days I feel like I need a little creative inspiration.  
This manifesto by Frederick Terral, the very creative visionary behind the design studio Right Brain Terrain, will get you out of your left brain rut.  I love how he scanned his original notebook where he first wrote it and put it on his website.  

I discovered this on Brain Pickings, which is one of my new favorite websites written by Maria Popova.  Check out her five favorite manifestos for the creative life here.  

What inspires you to be more creative?





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Jul 12, 2012

Vacation's... All I Ever Wanted

I LOVE when the kids are on summer break!  I do, I love sleeping in, going to the beach, and going out of town.  I especially love not having to do my morning chaos routine of getting the kids up, fed and out the door to school.  I also get excited planning our summer vacations.  Right now I am planning our 2300-mile road trip to Portland and back down the coast to L.A. 
(I know it sounds crazy, but I'll talk about that trip another time).  
I always like to talk to people who have actually been to the place I'm visiting so I can get a good recommendation on where to stay.  The one place I love to go to even if it's 110 degrees is Palm Springs.  We go a few times a year and have stayed in many different places (depending if we have kids or what age they are).  The rates are super low in the summer. Here are the places I've stayed and why I love them.

Marriott's Shadow Ridge Villas

When my kids were both 10 and under we always stayed at the Marriott's Shadow Ridge Villas. This hotel is great because all the rooms have one or two bedrooms, a kitchen and living room.  The best thing about the Shadow Ridge is that it has a wading pool and fountain (for the toddlers), a water slide, movie theater and game room for the bigger kids.  If my kids are busy having fun than I get to relax and lie on a lounge chair, and sip on a margarita.  There is also a golf course, basketball court, gym, restaurant and movies on a big screen at the pool at night.  Oh, and there are so many beautiful golf courses for my husband to play at.  

the pool






The Westin Mission Hills Villas

Now that my kids are fourteen and eleven years old, we have been staying at the Westin Mission Hills Villas.   There aren't as many families with babies here like the Shadow Ridge.  The villas are great because they have a separate bedroom, living room and kitchen.  It's nice to be able to eat breakfast and lunch in your room.  The villas also have their own pool and water slide that the hotel guest can't use. The hotel is nice too but the rooms don't come with a kitchen and are a lot smaller.  The hotel also has a pool, waterslide and cabanas (cabanas are much cheaper at the villas).  What we love about the hotel is that they have this nice outdoor fire pit, bar area with a pool table.  My husband and I can have our cocktails and play pool with the kids all night.  My kids love that the hotel has a huge game room with a few pool tables, ping-pong tables, WII, Xbox, computers, and other games.  There are also BBQ's for you to use and a few playgrounds and putting greens for the kids.


hotel pool

outdoor fire pit and the pool table is to the right

villa water slide

villas

Now, here is where the real fun happens!  Yes, I love my children and love going on vacation with them but my husband and I need our alone time too.  This is where we go without the kids. 


It's cool, it's hip and there aren't a lot of kids.  Need I say more? 




The Parker Palm Springs

I just booked my first trip to The Parker Palm Springs and I am so excited!  My gorgeous friend Brendan, whom I stand next to at the salon, is always talking about how amazing The Parker is.  With its Jonathan Adler decor and beautiful grounds, I'm sure it will be amazing.  Just my smokin' hot husband and I will be going without the kids.  We will need it after spending ten days on the road with them.  I'll let you know how our weekend at The Parker turns out.









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Jul 6, 2012

Love My...

Summer Style

Summer Style by michelejonietz featuring a straw fedora




I love summer!  I love the heat and how the sun is out late.  The one thing I don't like is trying to figure out what I'm going to wear to work when it's hot outside.  I have a hot, messy job and I need to be cool, comfortable and stylish.  Here is what I am wearing this summer.
Let's start at the top, shall we?


Hat:
I got my straw fedora that looks a little like this one at Old Navy.  I always keep it in my car with my soccer mom stuff because there usually isn't any shade on a soccer field!


Sunglasses:
For years I've been wearing only aviators, it's just my thing.  I love Ray Ban's, Michael Kors and I lust after Tom Ford's.  


Jewelry:
It's all about gold.  I still wear my silver and platinum bracelets and rings but I mix it with my gold bracelets and necklaces.  Got a few new gold plated pieces that were all under $50 at this great new store across the street from my salon called Espionage.  I will always wear a cuff or leather bracelet of some sort, love them. 


Tops:
You will usually see me in a v-neck t-shirt, They're super comfy and if I get color on them I can just throw them out and buy more because they are so cheap.  I usually buy these from J Crew or these from Target, in lots of different colors.  I also love fitted blazers in different colors.  I usually buy them a size too small because I like them really fitted.  I just bought a red one on sale from the Gap.  
Everyone should own a denim, snap front, shirt, they are so comfortable and you can wear them with anything.  I got mine at Old Navy but I saw this one at Madewell.


Pants:
 I love my bright blue and red skinny, ankle length, jeans.  I got the red skinny jeans for under $20 at TJ Maxx and my blue ones were from The Gap ,which are on sale now.  I also scored big with my Current Elliott jeans, I didn't have to pay full price, thanks to a friend.  I love my Current Elliott jeans because they are also ankle length and show off my cute shoes but they are also in this really dark blue wash, which I love.  I also just bought these super comfy jeans from the Gap in Grey; I love the zipper at the ankle.


Nail Polish:
I love my blue and neon coral Nails Inc. polishes.  I always get compliments on my blue toenails.


Shoes and Bag:
The best purchase I've made this summer are these Sam Edelman sandals.  They are so comfortable because they have a low heel and open toe.  I always get compliments when I wear them and clients are calling and asking where I got them (Nordstrom).  Every summer I buy a few pairs of  Old Navy flip-flops.  I have them in many colors and at 2 for $5 you can buy them in every color! 
That blue suede J Crew bag is something I would love to have... hmm maybe for my birthday? 



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Jul 5, 2012

Street Artist Mark Jenkins


Art can be found anywhere... just make sure you're not too busy to stop and look around for it.  








Found on Trendland

Street artist and all-round impresario Mark Jenkins makes the city his stage, life-like sculptures his actors and passers-by his audience – free admission for all!  
Check him out on www.xmarkjenkinsx.com


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Jul 2, 2012

Turning Tables

I just discovered this new website called Turntable Kitchen.  Turntable Kitchen has put together two of my favorite things, delicious food and great music.  They have great playlist, recipes, and even a radio station on SHUFFLER.FM I have been listening to while I post this.  


The Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box Experience from High Beam Media on Vimeo.


Here is what they send you with your $25 monthly subscription.


vinyl Pairings Box tape Pairings Box leaf Pairings Box
A limited-edition, hand-numbered7-inch vinyl single featuring a pair of tracks by one of TK’s favorite artists/bands.An exclusive, downloadable
TK-curated digital mixtapepacked with some of the most exciting up-and-coming new artists we’ve listened to. Find the download code in your Tasting Notes.
1-2 Premium dried ingredientsfor you to make 2-4 servings of each dish or drink (depending on each month’s theme). Each month, we’ll feature a special spice, flour, grain, or bean you’ll need to pull together a fabulous meal for yourself and a few friends.





recipes Pairings Box





notes Pairings Box





cupcake Pairings Box
A collection of three completely original, seasonal, themed recipesfor you to try. You won’t
be able to find them anywhere else.
Our suggested Pairings, Tasting Notes, and additional insightsinto the music and food that we’re sharing with you.Occasional treats like partner products, giveaways, contributed recipes, and bonus ingredients along the way!


This makes a great gift too! (hint, hint, is my husband reading this?)

Enjoy!


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