California trip

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Here is a recap of my recent trip to California - I went for a week for work and luckily got some play time in as well!

In Newport Beach they have an auto ferry that will take your car from Balboa over to the other side. It's definitely an interesting way to get around the area. 

 Beautiful views in Orange County!

 We stayed at a really fun boutique hotel in Los Angeles called Palihotel. Their decor was super stylish and different, I definitely enjoyed my stay here. 

 I loved the dark teal walls and total vibe of the room.
 We stopped for a drink at The Parlor on Melrose which was kind of a bougie sport bar. They had a fun patio and as you can see, 'good vibes only'.

 My coworker Laura used to live in LA, so she knew of this awesome boutique, Flight 001. They carry all kinds of travel items and luggage. I left with a fun new passport holder and a few other fun items. They also have stores in a couple of other cities and online. 

Afterwards we went over to this amazing ice cream shop, Milk. On top of their beautiful art deco facade, they had such pretty and yummy deserts. I went for the red velvet ice cream sandwich and did not regret it.

Gorgeous view of LA from the Griffith Observatory.. definitely worth the wind-y drive up there. 

The Hart and the Hunter was the cutest restaurant inside of Palihotel. It was the perfect place to grab a light breakfast every morning or a drink in the evening.

 We had a meeting in Ojai, California one morning and oh my gosh it was the prettiest little town ever -- also the place the hilarious movie, Easy A was filmed. We had lunch at a pizza place called Papa Lennon's and it was so quaint I wanted to die.

 We went to Gracias Madre in West Hollywood which is a vegan Mexican restaurant, and I'm not sure there's anything more 'LA' than plant-based Mexican food. I went in with an open mind and it was actually very good - I even tried nopales aka cactus! Also the margs really hit the spot so you can't go wrong there. 

 If you go to LA, you can't leave without trying a Spanish latte from Urth Caffe. People who live in LA would probably call it basic, but I call it dope AF.

We made our way to a more industrial area of downtown LA, and made a stop in the Poketo boutique to browse some beautiful, handmade goods and other bougie objects. 

Lunch at Wurstkuche for amazing sausages, fries, and Belgian beer. Would definitely go here again. 

Around the corner we popped into blacktop coffee for a cold brew and wandered next door into Alchemy Works to gaze at some very lovely pieces, including a Warby Parker selection.

 On our last night in LA we went to Murakami Sushi on Melrose and it was really good. I tried one of their sushi bowls which is something I had never had before and it was truly delightful - def recommend.

The BEST part of the trip and the best night of my life was when we went to The Unauthorized OC Musical at the Montalban theater in Hollywood. The OC is the greatest show ever created and to see it on the stage with all of the best musical and story moments from the show highlighted was incredible. PLUS Rachel Bilson and a few other members from the original cast were there and the side of me that gets ridiculously starstruck definitely came out. So so so so good.

I've been to California a couple times before but this was definitely the most interesting. I would credit that to my coworker Laura who knew her way around the area really well, as well as having a car to get around. It's not like NY or Chicago where you can easily get around using public transport so having a car to drive is definitely a plus. All around it was a great trip and you obviously can't beat the California sunshine and chill vibes.


wishlist wednesday | july 22

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hey it's Wednesday
1. These Fest Aviator Sunglasses from Madewell hit the stylish and well-priced mark - as Madewell sunglasses usually do.
2. I'm in love with this Mad Men art print - it would look great in a bedroom, plus black and white photographs fit in anywhere.
3. I still don't have an iPhone 6, but you probably do, so this Rose All Day case is for you.
4. How perfect would these blue spotted rocks glasses from Furbish Studio be for a summer evening on the patio?
5. Dying for this gorgeous new book See San Francisco by sfgirlbybay Victoria Smith.


summer 2015 playlist

Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's been almost a year since my last post, but this is my blog and I can do whatever I want - and I want to share my summer playlist! Check it out on Spotify here.

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west elm tulsa store opening

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It has finally happened, people. My ship has come in and West Elm has opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I couldn't be more thrilled that my favorite home store is now here in my city! The grand opening is today, but Kendall at West Elm was nice enough to give a few local bloggers and others a sneak preview yesterday afternoon!

One really cool thing West Elm does is that although they are a nation-wide retailer, they still source local goods and support creatives in our area.

 beautiful bed and bath area

Every dining room table is styled to perfection, and don't even get me started on the lighting.

The background of the cash wrap area was designed by the local employees out of scrap wood to resemble the aerial views of Oklahoma and our many fields. 

I'm sure I'll be in here quite a bit, lusting after their beautiful things and scheming ways to spend my life savings on marble mid-century coffee tables.


wishlist wednesday | august 6

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's Wednesday, yo.

1. Design Bloggers at Home is a coffee table book full of interior design bloggers' homes and the author's name is Ellie... sounds pretty lame, why would anyone want that...
2. This Small Pillar Table Lamp from West Elm is so cute and perfect - it would fit very well on a nightstand, dresser, or bookshelf.
3. I'm running pretty low on perfume, and Miss Dior has been a long-time favorite of mine. If you haven't tried it I would highly recommend this pretty, sophisticated scent.
4. I've loved this beautiful Abstractions Aside print by Leigh Viner for a really long time, and I've probably posted about it before (I'm sure you all remember every single thing I've posted in the history of this blog), but I recently rediscovered it and remembered how perfect it would be in my gallery wall.
5. This black heart bkr bottle is everything - I don't know how I've been functioning without it to be honest.


pen + ink drawings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I thought that I would share some artwork that I really enjoy doing - I've been doing these pen and ink drawings for friends as gifts for a few years now, and I especially like doing them for the many couple friends I have that get married. I try to put in personal quotes, phrases, and inside jokes that are meaningful to the couple to make it more special for them. Here are 3 that I've done in the last year or two -- these were all for some really special friends and I hope they enjoy having them as much as I enjoyed making them. I've done several others, but some of the images for those ended up on a computer that crashed (yay) so I still need to go back and try to regather those images. I think these ones were all about 10x13 and then I have them frame and matted, so these images are just the scans of the artwork. I also posted about one that I did two years ago here.

 The scan cut the sides of this one off a little bit but I still love it.

Here's this one, framed

I love doing these, so if you're ever interested in having a custom gift made, let me know!


chicago trip

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I went to Chicago with a few friends over the week of 4th of July, and it was a total blast. I'd been there a few times before, but not for this long so we really got to do a lot. Chicago is a really fun city, and it's hard not to compare it to New York, but I would say it's definitely a little slower-paced and has a certain Midwestern charm.

Lunch at Chicago Bagel Authority (cba) was a true delight. Great for something easy, delicious, and inexpensive.

Luckily we got there right in time for the (last) USA World Cup game, and Soldier Field (where da Bears play) was having a watch party. It was a really cool venue and basically a free for all for the hundreds (thousands?) of people that showed up.

Big Star in Wicker Park was definitely a highlight. Amazing outdoor patio and amazing tacos. They didn't take reservations so we had to wait a little bit but it was definitely worth it.

Homeslice in Lincoln Park was another adorable restaurant. We went there for lunch for some really great pizza and a lovely patio atmosphere.

After wandering around Wrigleyville for a bit, we popped into a place called Cheesie's - where the menu  almost exclusively consists of grilled cheese. I got the Mac which had mac and cheese inside and came with tomato soup dipping sauce... needless to say, it was dope.

I'm a sucker for adorable coffeehouses, and Heritage General Store, which specializes in amazing coffee and custom bicycles was certainly adorable. Loved their aesthetic.

Made it over to Jayson Home which was a true delight. I could honestly just hole up in that store and be happy forever. Everything in there is just lovely.

Baby angel vintage staffordshire dogs. I wanted all of them.

Went on down to Millennium Park which is always fun.

da bean

After Millennium Park we stopped at Bridge House Tavern on the north side of the river. They had good food and a fantastic view of the river and downtown - highly recommend.

Afternoon drinks on The Terrace at Trump Tower made for a wonderful view and a good time - really glad we stopped here.

The Second City show was an absolutely hilarious sketch and improv show. I loved it and can't wait to see it again.

We went to the beach on the last full day of our trip, which was the 4th of July. It was a blast, and it's so cool that there's an actual beach in such close proximity to the city. So much fun.

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