May 29, 2010

Summertime Treats

This weekend kicks off summer and what better way to celebrate then to get outside and enjoy some sunshine!! Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year and here's a few fun ideas to get you in the mood...

Create the perfect getaway with a Tipi and camp out in your backyard! You can fill it with blankets and pillows to make a cozy reading retreat.

Share a tasty orange-ginger margarita with friends. Made with orange concentrate, tequila, ginger liqueur, grated ginger and margarita salt. So refreshing!!

Bake a pie!! I LOVE pie!! Cherry, apple, cream cheese, boysenberry, sweet potato, pumpkin.... I don't discriminate, I will eat them all!! These cherry beauties are perfectly festive for the summer holidays with the star shaped dough cut-outs.

Have a picnic and dine outside. Who says you can't eat every meal outside? There's something wonderful about waking up in the morning and enjoying a little fresh air while you take in the sights over your coffee and a paper. Eating outside is casual and relaxed and opens up a whole new outlook.

And last, fly a flag in appreciation for our freedom and to honor those who have sacrificed. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. It's my week to spend with family down in Newport Beach, barbecuing, playing games and heading to the beach everyday, closing with a firework show.

My grandparents created a tradition of camping at Newport Dunes each summer, and the tradition still continues almost 40 years later. Part of my family camps while others stay in the comforts of a hotel next door but I love this photo because it reminds it remind of my grandparents original camper where I spent nights up on the top bunk staring at the stars out a tiny window.

Hope you have a Happy Memorial Day weekend and get outside and enjoy!!

May 27, 2010

I See Sea Shells

If you saw the collections in my apartment– you'd know, it's no surprise that I love shells. These lovely little soaps by Tresors des Mers are shaped like an assortment of shells and packaged in pretty boxes and apothecary jars.

The soaps and other goodies can be found at
Citrus, online store and retailer in Tiburon, California.

May 26, 2010

Rikshaw Designs:: KURTA'S

One of my favorite local designers, Rikshaw Designs has just introduced her new line of beautiful women's kurta's and I'm in love, love, love!! They are just long enough to wear as a beach cover up and have hand-whipstitching details. Made with love in India with adorable names like, 'booti udaipur' and 'taj paisley' ...I'm so getting myself one of these for summer!!

May 25, 2010

Hello Again...

I feel like it's been a while since I've posted! Meanwhile I took a solo road trip to LA for a graduation and stayed for a wonderful visit with my family. I love long drives... it gives me time to think (maybe too much) and listen to all of my favorite music. And lately, I've been taking care of business and doing some updating in my life. Stay tuned, I'm excited to share some new posts with you this week. XOXO

May 11, 2010

Graphic Designer Love:: LOUISE FILI

Over the years I've studied and admired other talented designers in my field. One of my all-time favorite graphic designers is Louise Fili. Her graphic design work is effortlessly timeless. She specializes in logo, package, restaurant, and book design. Louise has worked under Herb Lubalin (one of the most one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century) and designed over 2000 book jackets for Pantheon Books. Her work is recognized in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress. 

These are a few of my favorite designs:

Tiffany & Co. logomark.

Restaurant logo created for Roseville located in San Diego.

Restaurant logo created for Mermaid Inn located in the East Village.

Book design with French and Italian typographic reference.

Restaurant logo created for a Texas salumeria.

Visit her site to see more of her collection of work Louise

May 10, 2010

Mellow Yellow

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Since it's rather gray and gloomy in San Francisco today, I thought I'd brighten it up by sharing some yellow interiors I'm loving....


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