September 2, 2014



sometimes you just stumble upon something so amazing it’s almost dream like, and thus deserves an entire post all unto it self.   this is giraffe manor, a luxury boutique hotel in nairobi, kenya.  not only is this old building fairytale like an old building covered in greens, but the herd of rothschild giraffe’s that make their home there.  can you imagine waking up to a giraffe popping it’s head into your window looking for a snack?


and, the accomodations are quite stunning.  wouldn’t you agree?




giraffe manor is now on my one day some day list of places to travel to.  i’m all for dream like real life travel.

where is the most magical place you’ve ever traveled to or would like to visit?

more on travel here and other dream like images i like to collect.

images : the safari collection / honestly wtf / next trip tourism 

August 29, 2014


it’s back to school this week with new schedules, snacks and systems.  so far it hasn’t been too much of a shock to our systems, but more of a welcome re-arrangement.  the little ones are going to a new pre-school and are loving it. and, la la entered middle school.  this is probably more of an adjustment for me because i’m totally weireded out thinking about her being in jr. high (besides, the girls is like an inch away from being taller than me!), and not just any jr. high, my old school.  she has one of my old teachers and another teacher that was a classmate and good friend of mine.  life is strange and sometimes strangely the same.  we covered books with brown paper bags, which i almost remembered how to do.  i found a bit of comfort in the cutting and wrapping after trying to wrap my mind around 6th graders using a homework “facebook like” interface.  i’m all for being very modern, social media savvy, and not in the dark ages digitally, myself.  but, when it comes to my littles i cling to things like cursive, paperbooks, inky pens, imagination and a little bit of old fashioned wondering.


after i dropped my kids off on the first day, i blared “can’t touch this,” by m.c. hammer…danced around my house and scream sang “yo, ring the bell, schools in sucker!”  i admit i googled the lyrics to make sure i had them just right and to my surprise, i’ve been singing the song wrong for 24 years.  there was no metrolyrics to check in technicolored 1990 (and yes, i wikipedia’d to get my year right – see what i mean?  because if the year was 1995, it would have probably been ok to just assume “can’t touch this” was 1991).   while i appreciate information at my fingertips, i’ll take imagination and working out the words as i go, any day.

so while school is back in session and full of silver square apples these days, rather then the sweet red variety, don’t forget to imagine and work some things out as you go….preferably in print.

happy labor day weekend, friends.  i just now realized it was labor day weekend and my anniversary this weekend.  no plans or arrangements so nothing or anything could happen.  do you have plans or any labor day traditions?


01 /  eden jo’s new room is as sweet as her name.

02 / i’m still liking my shorter hair, but needing a little variety.  this might do the trick.  plus it brings me back to wanting to do my hair like meg ryan in sleepless in seattle.

03 /  what’s your fave app?  these are 5 must have for creatives.  my current fave is still voxer.

04 /  a few tips on networking for introverts.  some good thoughts for those who don’t like networking, but do love mtg. new people + making connections.

05 /  avocado cilantro hummus.  yes!

06 /  some bloggy podcasts i’d love to listen to this weekend.

07 / someday i’d like to see a scandinavian summer + stay in a cottage like this.

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August 28, 2014

happy spot



a few happy spots i’m loving on this thursday.  thursdays are always my most tired day.  what about you?  naturally, i’m dreaming of a space to cozy up in with a book or a movie or just the cat.

01 / this small melbourne apartment, seen on the design files, has me swooning.  especially the daybed with the beautiful artwork above and the great light fixture.  rainy day heaven!

02 / sfgirl by bay’s little closet like nook.  nooks make great happy spots + when you can mix functionality (storing clothing) with a little relaxation (bench to sit upon whilst you take off your fabulous sparkly heels) well, that just can’t be beat.

03 / it doesn’t take much to make a loungy happy spot.  a few sanded down pallets, a mattress from ikea, and some great textiles and you are set.  wouldn’t this particular spot be great for people watching?  i’d love to watch all the life living below.

have you seen any fabulous nooks or happy spots lately? 

more happy spots here.

images : the design files / sf girl by bay / looks like white

August 27, 2014


i mentioned a few weeks back that i started running.  training for a half marathon, actually (i still find this hard to believe, myself).   it’s certainly been a process for me.  as of may, i couldn’t even run a half mile….so to be running 8 miles now feels overwhelming (literally) and also emotionally (i’m doing something i never thought i would do or could do!).

i had no idea what a learning experience this would be, even down to what to wear.  i’ve, slowly, found that just throwing on workout clothes just won’t cut it.  and, especially when it comes to shoes.  today, i thought i’d share a few pieces that i’m loving and that are working well for long distance running for me.

adidas boyfriend slub tank / loose fitting is the way to go, at least for me.  this is great looking tank at a great price point.  i have black, but want to add more colors.

nike sports bra / i love this sports bra.  it’s like a sports bra and a regular bra mixed.  fine to show through and not too tight.

nike legend 2.o pants / these pants are the best i’ve found.  they offer great support (are cut to make your bum look it’s best – important, right?) and breathe really good.  they are pricey, but i found this pattern on sale.  now i’m hoping to get a black pair.

injinji toe original weight toe sock / never thought i’d be wearing toe socks but who knew these would be part of the answer to extreme toe pain and crazy blisters.  my feet were way to squished in my nikes and so i’d already done some good damage that is still bothering me…but these toe socks help separate my toes from rubbing together, causing friction and giant blisters.  i also love that they are not too thick.  wish i would have started with these!  and, if you are getting blisters new-skin liquid bandage is really helpful too.  regular bandaids just won’t cut it with the sweating.

asics gel nimbus 16  – last, but certainly not least…shoes!  i had these pretty nike flyknit sneakers which looked so cool, but hurt so bad.  they were good up to about 3 miles, but that was it.  i had to go for the not so pretty but the way more comfortable.  i over pronate (thank you flat feet), so these brooks might have been an even better choice to help my alignment.

and, of course, you don’t want to forget tunes + gadgets!  i’ve been really happy with this arm band + my fitbit for tracking my steps, my sleep + waking me up to get out and run.

do you have any favorite running clothes or accessories.  i’d love to know!

August 26, 2014


clearly i can’t get enough of katrin korfmann’s photography.  it’s so magic.  this playground one is a fave.


tiny’s in tribeca.  if you’re visiting, ann street studio has 5 suggestions for your lunching.


 remind yourself this.  clementine daily has 5 sayings to keep you grounded.  my fave . . . fear is a liar!


this cauliflower rice bowl from the frist mess looks so good.  have you ever made cauliflower rice?


sara’s minimal style.  pretty perfect, if you ask me.

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what are you loving this week?