June 10, 2014


sf girl by bay’s coffee cart + coffee carts in general.

jeans-and-hat  this kind of outfit.


fish tacos.  this would be a real problem for me if i lived in california.


this make more adventures banner, which you can D I Y.


this writing shed in london.  a writing shed.  in london.  sigh.

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what are you loving this week?


father’s day is this week.  naturally, father’s are on my mind.  and, always, on my heart.

father’s are so very important.  not just because they teach us how to ride bikes and provide for us, but because they give us a name, show us who we are, and guide us into who we will become (intentionally or unintentionally).  they have a great deal to do with our identity.

i know with certainty, this is a soar spot for some and a shining star of a story for others.

my good friend corbyn has been beautifully telling the stories of father’s and children in a video series called the fatherhood project  (i’ve written about it before).  with each episode, i’ve found myself wide eyed and open hearted in front of my screen.

a recent episode, in particular, (which features the husband of a fave blogger – flower patch farm girl)  left me with room for expansion.  it made space in my compartmentalized thinking and more room in my heart.

the story shared is one of taking a risk to live a life outside of normal and one that is focused on helping others.

this can and does look different for anyone who takes risks like this.  however, any which way you do it, a life focused on helping others is a life well spent.  and, will always be one well remembered.

watch . . .

while, my growing up days, differed from this story, my constant view was one of my father giving.  he helped others by not holding too tightly to the fruit of his own success, but by sharing it, generously.  i am a giver because he was a giver.  it’s all i know.   and, it’s now what my kids are starting to know.

i think you’ll find yourself in this series.  whether it is in relating to how you were raised or how you’d like to do your raising.  mother, father, and child.

i’m curious  - first of all, is thinking of your father is happy or hurtful?  and, what is the one thing your father did right – or the greatest lesson you learned from him?

p.s. – corbyn is going to be on THE TODAY SHOW tomorrow sharing about this project.  i’m a little overly excited about this.  he has been a friend since 4th grade!   there is nothing better than watching good people succeed.  and, there is something even sweeter in watching someone succeed who does not spend their days chasing success, but rather spends their days doing good work and keeping at it, day after day.  please tune in tomorrow!!!!!!

image / a well traveled women

June 5, 2014


it’s no secret that i’m a fashionABLE super fan.  i love their scarves (i never go far without one) + i love their mission (to create sustainable business for africans so they are not dependent on charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job).  and, today there is even more love going around because fashionABLE has just added a new product – a blanket!

the mehari blanket is so gorgeous!  it’s great for both indoor and outdoor use.  think cozying up on the couch with a good book and warm cup of tea or a summer picnic in the park (or beach, if you are so lucky).  i’m using mine draped over my bed.

i don’t know what could be better then helping to empower and invest in women by purchasing a pretty new blanket.  i love that helping create jobs (buy purchasing these products) gives women, an ocean away, the opportunity to create . . .   create beauty with her hands, but also create a bright future.

for the next 48 hours fashionABLE is offering F R E E shipping on the mehari blanket to all la la lovely readers.  just use code : LALAFREE

click, through to see how else i’m using my blanket :

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June 5, 2014


do your walls wear anything?  i mean besides the regular family photo collage or colored can of paint?  i’m always looking for creative ways to update and dress up my walls.

one trend that comes and goes, but seems to always stick around in the likes of my designy mind, is wallpaper.   i think there is nothing better than a beautiful pattern on repeat covering wall space.  have you noticed how papered walls have been popularized, again, over the last few years?  i’m pretty sure this trend is sticking around.  these days the options are absolutely endless.  patterns come in a variety of styles, from delicate and intricate, all the way to modern and bold.  while wallpaper used to work best in dining rooms and bathrooms there are no longer any constraints or confinements when it comes to where to put the paper.  i love the idea of using wallpaper to accent a wall, cocoon a long hallway or make a children’s room more magical.


i’ve long wanted to line our very long hallway with some sort of tree wallaper to conjure up the notion of walking an enchanted forrest.


and, lately i’ve even been thinking beyond wallpaper to murals, which are certainly trending at the moment.  growing up, our basement had a wall covered with a mural of mexico city (the previous owners loved travel and the whole basement had a mexico theme.  think red and black shag carpet to get the complete vision).  it was something.  eventually, it got painted over,  however,  i’m secretly wishing it was still down there, giving my kids a peek at both mexico city and 1985.  flash forward to 2014 and murals, surely, have come a long way.  they are sleek, modern and illustrated.  one major plus is that you can create a more individualized look.  in fact, there are even options where you can create your own custom wallpaper mural with a favorite photo you’ve taken.  how fun would that be? murals always feel like a giant storybook page that invites you right into it’s fairytale.  i think that is why i like them so much.  and, anyways, i’d like my walls to talk and tell stories.  wouldn’t you?

tell me do you have wallpaper or a mural in your home?  i’m hoping to incorporate one or the other in the near future.


father’s day is just around the corner and if you are anything like me than you probably have a hard time buying for dudes.  i thought i’d round up a few favorite things i’ve been spying around the interwebs AND hold a little giveaway for a jord wooden watch which is tops on my list this year.  in fact, you could win this fieldcrest watch + forget about shopping (don’t worry i won’t tell – in fact, don’t tell, but someone in my house is getting one of these too!).

1 / jord watch (fieldcrest) -  i love this modern design (so much so that i’m going to steal my mans – occasionally – shhh).  ENTER to WIN one below.
2/ marshall stanmore speaker
3 / woodcut card set
4 / hammock
5 / the godfather family album
6 / telescopic fork a.k.a. marshmallow roasters
7 / arkan minimalist wallet
8 / camo back up phone charger
9 / jack spade compass cufflinks
10 / jed and marine shorts


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