Tuesday, November 29, 2011

goldenink collaborative


unique porcelain jewelry from the australian duo of goldenink collaborative (via lushlee)



Monday, November 28, 2011

golden days

i had the most relaxing thanksgiving weekend in santa barbara visiting T and the (future) in-laws and extended family. we hit up solvang for some bomb-azing pancakes as well as los olivos for some tasty cupcakes. most of these are on my photo blog but i thought i'd post a couple more here.

hear hear: paula's pancakes. best dutch pancakes ever.

my love & i.




even the leaves are cute here.

*cymbal clang* the end.

hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


(1, 2)

happy thanksgiving everybody!

this morning i am thankful for another year of the quiet moments, the mundane, and the daily portions of common grace given to me...that i awoke each day in good health, living in stability, with a home to call my own, having infinitely more possessions that i need and much more love from those around me than i deserve.

how blessed i am to be a child of God, living in the reality of his mercy and love every hour of my every day.

the Lord is my portion," says my soul, therefore i will hope in him (lamentations 3:24)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011



i had an engagement session yesterday at the wonderful and quite popular: viceroy in santa monica! if you're ever in the area, i suggest just going there to enjoy a drink with a friend and to check out all the cool decor (and then go eat at father's office afterwards). i wish we could've stayed a bit longer but traffic was particularly bad that day and we had other locations to hit up.

darn you, los angeles.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ritornell for musicbox

ritornell for musicbox from ritornell on vimeo.

jaw- dropping music box business card designed by katharina hölzl (via erin jang).
simply amazing, i can't get over it!

more details here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011



i love everything from paris shop Neëst. everything is minimalistic, unique and sweet.

Monday, November 14, 2011

a food truck wedding



ever since i saw this food truck wedding shoot on GWS i've been obsessed with finding an equally cute and tasty food truck. down-home meets classy and unique!

i tried inquiring about MIHO, but alas, san diego is quite a ways from santa barbara. i also considered kogi truck and some other food trucks, but i'm worried about how fast the food-output is. anyone have any experience with wedding food trucks? T and i need some affordable catering for our wedding...and when i say affordable i mean REALLY affordable.

we have an option we're gonna check out soon, but if you guys know any great catering options in santa barbara, throw me a line!


i love these little personalized touches!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

making a home


T and i signed up for our first registry yesterday! surprisingly, he was pretty much trigger-happy all over crate and barrel but i was the more selective, careful (and timid) one. if i was considering between two different tea kettles, he'd come by and scan them both before i knew what was happening. good thing we can always change our minds later. haha!

in any case, it made me very excited imagining the home we will be building together! for a young married couple like us, i'm sure it will be very bare bones but i can't wait to use my creative juices to make it as home-y and inviting as possible. :)

for you married folk, what things do you love that you put on your registry, and/or something you wished you had registered for but didn't?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2nd annual happy-haulidays!

okay so i have to admit i gasped aloud and did a little happy handclap to myself when i saw this in my inbox....the SECOND annual happy haulidays giveaway from chronicle books! what's even more amazing this year is that in addition to winning your list, you could win $500 worth of books to a charity of your choosing!

what you need to do:

1. make a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500
2. put it on your blog along with a charity of your choosing
3. you're entered (well, you have to go enter yourself on their giveaway page) to win your list of books and win books for a charity! (AND one lucky commenter!)

deadline is december 2nd!

now on to my list, which is not different from my list from last year...haha! i know, so boring, but i still love and covet all these books.

1. 100 years of fashion illustration by cally blackman
2. decorate by holly becker and joanna copestick
3. open studios with lotta jansdotter by lotta jansdotter
4. paper craft by minhee and truman cho
5. family by lauren dukoff
6. reprodepot pattern book: folk: 225 vintage-inspired textile designs by djerba goldfinger
7. little book of letterpress by charlotte rivers
8. how to be a graphic designer without losing your soul by adrian shaughnessy
9. photobooth by babbette hines
10. the printmaking bible by ann d'arcy hughes and hebe vernon-morris
11. lotta's printing studio by lotta jansdotter
12. craft inc. business planner by meg mateo ilasco
13. lettering & type by bruce willen and nolen strals
14. the exquisite book by julia rothman, jenny volvovski, and matt lamothe
15. the commonsense kitchen By tom hudgens
16. tartine by elizabeth prueitt and chad robertson

cart total: $496.50 :)


and my charity of choice is: First Book!

as a child, one of my favorite things was a weekly trip to the library. it was a goldmine of stories, information and adventures at my fingertips! all for free! i felt like matilda when she discovered the library for the first time. for a child from a single parent home, having that kind of access and freedom was such a blessing to me. and yet, i wasn't even from a low-income neighborhood like the ones that i've assisted in during my education studies courses in college.

First Book is a charity "determined to see that all children, regardless of their economic conditions, can achieve more in school and in life through access to an ongoing supply of new books." they have distributed more than 85 million books and educational resources to programs and schools, serving children from low-income families all throughout the US and canada. as the richest country in america, it is sad and embarrassing if our children (any child!) are illiterate and lack resources they need to succeed!

Friday, November 4, 2011

dewy drops

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dear future husband,

it's raining today. if we were married, we'd sleep in just a little longer.

your future wife.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

wedding photographer

not having the greatest day... trying to amend with coffee and sweets. in addition, i also thought i'd share some good wonderful news. we booked our photographer! guess who?

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