Monday, February 18, 2013

Oh no! You just missed me!  I packed my bags and headed over to my new site.   It's pretty cool and it's right over here. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Big Things Are Coming

Do you ever wish that there were more hours in the day?  I sure do.  Can you imagine the things that  we could accomplished in all that extra time?  More hours would equal more productivity and a chance to do the things we really like.  I know I've been a stranger to blogging lately, I promise though that big things are coming and change is a paw..i mean afoot. (hint hint) I just need to find make the time!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Loving Spree

Happy Friday everyone! I'm back stateside and I can't wait to share all my photos from the Philippines! But first, to get back into the swing of things,  I wanted to share a video that Morgan and I shot for our friend Jihan.  Last month, she celebrated her first year of living in Los Angeles and took a group of us to some of her absolute favorite spots around the city.  Did I mention that there were sparklers and pie involved?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

And I'm off! From LAX, it's a twelve hour flight to Japan and then another five hours from Japan to Manila.  I get a little nervous on flights but I have my Xanax and the last two Hunger Games on audio books so I think i'll be okay. Also, my friend Yumi just informed me that the booze might be free on All Nippon Airways so that's a plus.  Winkeland will be going on a two week hiatus but I will be instagraming the heck out out of my adventures here! Tootles!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Other Half

Have any of you ever traveled without your significant other? I'll be gone for two weeks and I'm kind of scared to leave Morgan here alone.  The last time he was left to his own devices, he ended up having video game marathons where shaving, showering and eating healthy literally became nonexistent.  Before my flight tomorrow, I'm trying to make sure the house is clean and the fridge is stocked with easy microwavable foods and snacks.  That way, he'll be all set in my absence!

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Mini Army

You're pretty much looking at my arsenal of cameras for the Philippines. Actually, for the past couple of weeks,  deciding on which cameras to pack and which to leave behind has become the million dollar question here at the Finley apartment.  Should I bring my Canon SLR? Should I not? Also, the only lens we have right now for the Canon is a 50mm which is great for shooting portraits but not so great for shooting landscapes. When I started thinking about possibly borrowing/renting lenses,  it turned into this BIG thing!  Then I started thinking about getting one of those Nikon point and shoot cameras with the interchangeable lenses (regrettably the one that Ashton Kutcher endorses)  but that would have run around $1,000 so that was a no-brainer.  It also came down to whether or not I wanted a hassle-free trip. With these little guys, I won't have to deal with the size of an SLR and it's heightened security precautions and I would have the freedom to travel more light and efficient.  Heck, I can even take 8mm video with my iPhone thanks to this little app!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wreather Madness

 I'm still not sure how, amidst everything that has been going on this month, I was able to throw in some sweet craft time. Between Ban.do, FIDM, Musicians Institute, and working weekends with Sweet Emilia Jane, you would think that all I would want to do on my downtime would be to sleep....Nope.  I'm proud to introduce a few more additions to my wreath line.  I'm also really excited because I think I may have found a booth buddy for this years Holiday Renegade Craft Fair!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Plane Essentials

My trip to the Philippines is less than a month away and I can't stop thinking about my long flight across the Pacific.  Between my layover in Japan and flight time, it'll take me almost a full day to reach Manila.   I'm already making lists of possible movies, games and books I can load onto my iPad to keep my travel anxiety at bay.  I also got to thinking about other possible items to pack on my carry on.  I'm not really high maintenance, but these items sure would help make my trip more delightful, that's for sure.

1.  TJ chocolate
2.  Plane Passport Wallet - Mochi Things $42
3.  Maddie Eva Sole Suede Brogues - Topshop $64
4.  Fleur Cherie Hand Cream - L'Occitane $12
5.  Lip Balm #1 - Kiehl's $7
6.  Enamel Pill Key chain - Jonathan Adler $22
7.  Too Cool for Skull Scarf - Modcloth $20
8.  Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist - Sephora $31
9   Sleepy Kitty Sleep Mask - Shanalogic $22
10.  Diane Von Furstenberg Embossed iPad Case - Nordstrom $275

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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I've been a very bad blogger this week. In my defense, here's what's been going on. Last week, I started freelancing for FIDM's Publications Department.  It still feel strange saying that!  I essentially left my desk job for a position that requires me to be creative 24/7 which means I have been splitting my time between Ban.do, FIDM and my old job.  I think I'm still trying to get use to my new schedule and this freelance business which is why I haven't blogged for awhile.  I know it's just going to get easier with time but I'm going to have to force myself to make time for certain things. I also have to remember to keep moving forward and onward.

Feelin' Lucky?

Yesterday was the last day to enter the "Pin It To Win It" contest put on by Kate Spade New York and Vespa USA.  To enter, all you had to do was create a pin board titled "Ride Colorfully" and pin 20 or more photos that best described where you would go on your new Vespa.  Here's a peak at what my board looked like. Crossing my fingers that one of these babies has my name on it!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Return of the Barn!

         
Where can you get sweet roasted corn, confetti ice cream, and pressed apple cider all in one place? The Avila Barn, that's where!  Did I mention they also have awesome barn animals and tractor rides? We lucked out and caught the Barn on a slow day and it wasn't too crowded.  However, their picking season doesn't start until May so I'm already planning to come back in the next few months to pick fresh cherries, strawberries and olallie berries for another run at jam making!  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Coachella Roundup

 
Whether you went this year or not, there's no denying that Coachella has become a beacon for the fashion forward. Here's a quick roundup of my absolute faves this year. And, I would like to say the following: You go Melanie Griffith in those fabulous floral pants.  Also,  Dita Von Teese is judging you.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ban.do Love

I've been interning at Ban.do for about 6 weeks and I abosolutley love it.  Who wouldn't love going into an extremely fun studio three days a week? Not to mention,  I get to hang out with awesome and extremely talented girls! I suppose I do help out where I can too.   I'm contributing to their blog with posts like  this and this I also got to take some behind the scenes photos at their photo shoot seen here and here. I also helped in writing up little descriptions of their new products for their online shop! How awesome is that? Oh, and if you haven't checked out their new line yet, what are you waiting for? You can find all their new loot here!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Time For An Adventure

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Happy Friday the 13th! Morgan and I are headed out to the Central Coast this weekend. I feel like being outdoorsy so I'm hoping to go on some beautiful hikes and maybe a couple wine tastings! We rented out our place for the weekend so we have to hit the road, but if you are staying in LA, take advantage of the city while everyone's away at Coachella. You know that hipster bar down the street will be empty!

Time to Breath

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I've worked across the street from a Forever 21 for three years and I've amassed quite a collection of polyester blend dresses and blouses. While they're a-okay for the temperate weather in Los Angeles, I'm not sure they're going to fly in the Philippines. My travels happen to coincide with their monsoon season which means that the heat and humidity will be at it's highest. All I can say is thank God I grew up in the desert and love the heat! Anyway, I'm thinking that most of my wardrobe should consist of lightweight, cotton pieces that can breathe. I really don't feel like being that one smelly American in an overcrowded jeepney. Am I right?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cotton Candy

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I don't even care if I'm late to the party, these paintings by Will Cotton are incredible! I happened upon these yesterday and haven't been able to stop looking at them. They're classic, modern, sweet, whimsy, and sexy all at the same time. I'm dying over the sugar crystal tiara and bodice in the third photo!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Instabunny

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Here's a little Easter roundup to brighten your not-so-sunny-and-in-fact-raining Los Angeles morning. I spent last weekend in Palm Springs at my dad's restaurant helping him out with a large Easter brunch he was hosting. I also consumed handfuls of old fashioned jelly beans. It was pretty awesome.

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's Happening

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I just bought my ticket to the motherland! And yes, I am aware that this photo is of Thai Air.

image via Brian Finke

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Daiso Love

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If you're familiar with my aesthetic, it's not hard to see why I love Daiso. Everything is $1.50 and they carry most of my basic essentials! I'm serious when I say that's not even the best part. The best part is...wait for it....everything is super girly and the likelihood of things being pink and having hearts on them is extremely high!
Until recently, I've only known one to exist in Northern California. My dreams came true earlier this month when they opened a store by Redondo Beach. It's still pretty packed on the weekends but I'm planning to go at least one month to satiate my crafting and stationary needs. Also, they were sold out of their ziplock sandwich baggies that had this really cute strawberry print on it...so yea... i'll have to go back for those....

Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Workshop

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One of the best things about having Ban.do's Jen Gotch as a boss is that she likes to do fun things like this! She and Bri from Design Love Fest hosted a DIY Craft Event at Anthropologie where you got to make your own inspiration string. They were well stocked in the essentials: mini heart balloons, glitter sequins, neon card stock and gold doilies! Anthro also served up yummy snacks that included virgin mojitos and tasty macaroons!