Friday, July 29, 2011

Merry Go Round

Happy Friday! And as it is the last Friday of the month, {where did the time go?} it is time to jump on the "Merry Go Round;where a group of craftswomen from around the world come together and give their own responses to the same question or art challenge on their blog, and then share the Love. July's question is: Do you take a holiday from your art/craft?


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Yesterday we decided to "drop everything;" and head to the Orange County fair! We had so much fun walking around, checking out the animals, and playing on the rides. It was one of those moments, as I was flying through the air, that I was reminded of how important it is to have fun in life. While I try to find the  fun in the daily projects and "to do lists;" there is nothing like the feeling of flight and whimsy. 


Whether it is taking a long drive along the beautiful coast of California, taking a swim in a pool, or spending the day at the beach, it is such a wonderful feeling to "take a holiday" from your daily routines and schedules. 


For as one of my wise college professors once told me: "We were not born to work."



I Love jumping on the Merry Go Round. If you would like to see how the other, amazingly talented and lovely ladies answered this month's question, please visit their respective blogs! I promise you will enjoy the "ride." 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lovers Lane

Yesterday I told you about the amazing trunk show I participated in, over the weekend, with Heather of La Feem. But what I didn't tell you about was what I wore. I share this with you because I received the greatest compliments on my ensemble; and it was all because I put on what best represented me! I wore a pair of black denim skinny jeans with little rose buds all over them, with a black loose fitting top, black leather sandals with gold studs adorning the top, complimented by my two, signature, turquoise bracelets, and a pair of gold and black, vintage Chanel earrings. {i am sorry i don't have a picture to share} In any event, Heather, whose fashionable opinion is like gold, gave me the best compliment: "Only you can pull this outfit off because it is so you! It screams; "This is me!"

I believe that what you wear best is what you feel most comfortable wearing. I don't look through the fashion magazines trying to adopt what ever is the trend of the moment. I think in terms of timelessness and authenticity when it comes to my fashion taste. I think that is why I love vintage fashion so much! It invokes these {almost} indescribable feelings. And it best represents who I am, inside and out.

Recently, I have found that many of the big fashion labels are embracing the bohemian spirit in their collections. But no one does it better than two, inspiring sisters, living and creating together, in Byron Bay, Australia.


Meet the beautifully inspired and creatively talented, Elizabeth {Lizzy} and Isabella {Spelly} Briedis. They are the magical force behind Spell: The Gypsy Collective; a growing fashion house with an international cult following.

Inspired largely by the Native American culture, Lizzy and Spelly design and create handmade fashion and accessories; from necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, to dream catchers, hand bags and boots, Spell Designs is a lifestyle collection of adornment for the bohemian spirit.

Voodoo Collection 
Voodoo Collection
Voodoo Collection
Voodoo Collection
Voodoo Collection
Voodoo Collection 
Gypsy Love Collection
Gypsy Love Collection
Lizzy and Spelly's photo shoots for Spell Designs serve as the inspirational tools and 'think tanks' for the design process of their collections; and not to mention, they are photographic pieces of art. Inspirational images, collected as treasures, highlight their complimentary blog, Spells Jewellery. {every visit leaves me inspired for days}

While Lizzy and Spelly don't claim to be Native American, or even gypsies, they recognize and celebrate an eternally inspired soul that resonates, deep within our bones, a loving and respectful connection to a culture and a lifestyle that celebrates us all!

I feel part of their global tribe! I want to wear their designs! And after they took the time to answer the Lover's Lane questionnaire, I am left dreaming of a part in their next photo shoot/play date . . . .

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? These days the boundless realm of the blogosphere is a wonderful source of inspiration for Spelly and I! The deeper you dig, the more delightful the visual feast!

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? At the moment my pot belly stove!

3. What is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate. I actually think I'm bordering on addicted.

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? Everyone's an artist. I guess the question is - when did I decide I wanted to make a living out of it. For me it dawned on my around 3 years ago - for Spelly it was around 15 years ago.

5. Best advice you ever received? 
My dad always said when you're overwhelmed, do the hardest thing first, from then everything else is easy!

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? 
Use local artisan or community markets as a gallery for your art - it's a wonderful way to see how people interact with your designs, and a great way to start making a living through your creative passion.

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? 
Haha there's probably a million things people don't know about Spelly and I! 

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? 
I am a huge lover of vintage and antique-treasures! I have a terrible habit of falling in love with awkwardly large items while travelling overseas  and having to find a way of fitting it in my luggage! In italy I carted a 1950s coffee machine home, and in Bali I found a stash 40 year old kilim fabric bags that were so old the leather was falling apart! 

9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) 
Rings! It's quite new for us but Spelly and I are really excited because we've designed some gorgeous new rings - they're super oxidized and look ancient! We cant wait to shoot and release them soon!

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? 
Turquoise. And my biggest weakness is vintage kimonos.

{included: their personal photos}


Monday, July 25, 2011

Scenes from a Magical Weekend






Friday, we kicked off our weekend with a bbq at our friends' beautiful, California ranch style home, complete with a red barn, grape vines, and the best tasting s'mores I have ever had. {have you ever tried the extra large sized, "giant roasters" marshmallows? i had never even heard of these delicious things}

Saturday, we took full advantage of a "family hookup" at The Montage, Laguna Beach; and spent the day playing with our boys at the beautiful pool. It was wonderful to see James and Oliver testing the waters.

To top it all off, we headed down the coast, on Sunday, to Leucadia; where the lovely Heather of La Feem hosted an amazing trunk show for her vintage jewelry collection and my pillow collection. From the Leucadia Red sponsored wines to DJ Leif spinning magical music, we had such a wonderful time dancing, laughing, and feeling incredibly blessed to have connected with such amazing people, and all  because of this blog world.

*In celebration of summer and the 200 "Lovers" mark on my blog, I am offering a 20% discount on the Vintage is for Lovers Pillow Collection. Enter coupon code: 20SUMMER at checkout.

*Check out Heather's beautiful vintage jewelry here.

xoxo
Samantha

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's Getting Hot in Here


I hear it is super hot in many places of the world today! 
Here are a few of my favorite water infused recipes to help cool you off on this hot summer's day! 

CITRUS CUCUMBER WATER
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice.
CUCUMBER–HERBAL WATER
  • 5 cups water
  • 10 thin slices of cucumber
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
Put water in pitcher and add lemon slices and cucumber slices. Crush mint and rosemary to release flavor, then add to other ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
HERB AND BERRY–FLAVORED WATER
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 2  4–inch sprigs of fresh rosemary. lightly bruised  (to release more flavor)
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add blueberries and rosemary sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.
LEMON–LAVENDER WATER
  • 3 large lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender.
LEMON–MINT or LEMON-BASIL WATER
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 6–8 cups water
  • 6–8 cups ice cubes
  • Fresh mint or basil sprigs
Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Rub the mint or basil leaves between the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves slightly. Add to the pitcher with lemon and pour in the water. Cover and chill 1–8 hours.
Strain lemon–water mixture and discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6–8 glasses. In each glass, add 1 cup of ice cubes, then fill with lemon water.
LEMON, LIME AND ORANGE WATER
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add citrus slices (and cilantro leaves, if desired) to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with your favorite citrus slice (and a sprig of cilantro, if you’re using that). Makes about 8 servings.
FROZEN FRUIT WATER
  • 2 cups frozen apple chunks, grapes, or berries
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Add frozen fruit to a pitcher; pour water over fruit and let sit at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Stir to distribute fruit flavor and serve in glasses with some ice cubes. (Note: you can chop up the same kind of fruit, unfrozen, and follow same directions. You’ll need  to use more ice when serving the unfrozen fruit–flavored water).
ORANGE–MINT WATER
  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Put sliced oranges and mint leaves in pitcher and add water; refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse flavors. Pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slice.
WATERMELON–BASIL WATER
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Pour water over melon and basil; refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of basil.
FRUIT WATER
  • 1 each of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear
  • 4 large strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water
Cut large slices or thin wedges of each fruit; place them in a large glass pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve over ice in tall glasses.
*recipes courtesy of nancy creative

Friday, July 22, 2011

Dream

oh the lovely things
I must be dreaming . . . of yoga? 

Yesterday, I spontaneously decided to take the day to dream by the pool at a local resort hotel. It was heavenly. We felt like women of leisure; eating lunch, sipping cocktails, reading mags, and soaking in the sun. Every so often, we would have to pinch ourselves to make sure we {weren't} dreaming.

I think spontaneity is the best word to describe summer! It is a feeling of freedom and fun that you can best find on a summer's day . . . . taking a swim in a pool, inviting friends over for a last minute bbq, putting the sprinklers on for play in the backyard, or simply reading a good book.

I wish you wonderful weekend filled with spontaneous summer fun! 

xoxo
Samantha

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vintage Stripes


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Surprise! I too am on the 'I love stripes' bandwagon! Simple, yet sophisticated. Fun, yet classic. I love to wear them and now I am thinking about decorating with them.

We have a guest room in our home that is covered in a farm inspired toile wallpaper. While I do love the country vibe inherent in the toile, I am thinking it is a bit on overload; and I need to add a little freshness to the room. So, I am considering adding black stripes on top of the black and white toile.

Now, this is where I need your help, my Loves . . . Do you prefer the horizontal or the vertical black stripe? Also, should I stick to just the walls or do the ceiling, as well?

And as our budget is tight right now, I just discovered the amazing vinyl floor tape, {in the last photo} that could magically work instead of painting the stripes? And at $7.40 for a big roll of 2 inch black tape, it seems too good to be true!?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions!

xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vintage Inspiration

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Inspired by La Petite Coquin

A Wish for Willis


Picture from A Wish for Animals
{love at first sight}
*Willis*
Over the weekend, we welcomed a beautiful dog, named Willis, into our family. Willis is one of the many dogs who have been rescued from high kill shelters in Los Angeles County, and lovingly brought to A Wish for Animals.

"A Wish for Animals is a non-profit organization that has a BIG heart for animals. We rescue animals that are in need or in danger. While we primarily rescue dogs and cats, we are always willing to try to help whenever there is an animal in need. We also provide medical assistance funds, food, vaccinations and spay and neutering to low income families or families that can not afford large medical bills for their pets. Our mission is to help save as many animals as possible from suffering or death and to find them wonderful homes to spend the rest of their lives in. It's so amazing to see where these animals came from and where they end up, in their new homes with so much love. They are so grateful to have what so many of us take for granted every day!"


Willis was rescued, as a puppy, from an abusive home where he was starved. After that, he was taken to a high kill shelter in LA; and his future did not look bright. Luckily, someone saved him from death and brought him to A Wish for Animals; where he has been living for over a year. It was only last week, that I somehow came across their website and instantly fell in love with Willis. {it may have been his beautiful coat that first caught my eye} 


At first, we were a bit concerned about his size, breed, and disposition; but as they say, "never judge a book by its' cover." Willis has made it very clear that he is a lover and incredibly appreciative to have a home. From the moment we welcomed Willis into our home, he instantly became a part of our family. Not a moment goes by that he is not waging his tail, giving us kisses, and falling on his back to be rubbed.

{And while we are Willis' foster family, I have a feeling he may soon have a permanent place in our home, and forever in our hearts.}

*more pics to come

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friendship Friday

"When we began this incredible journey, we had no idea of the incredible joys and sorrows that lay ahead; nor did we know how much we would need each other, every day."

Friendship has become one of the greatest gifts in my life. I have friends that I have known since the 1st grade; and they have become my sisters. I have friends that I have known throughout my school days; and I will never forget the wonderful and carefree times we spent together. I have friends that I met when I lived in other states; and they will always hold a special place in my heart. I have friends through becoming a wife and a mom; and we share a heartfelt connection. I have "blogships;" and they have changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. And then there are those friendships that have been left behind because of an event that occurred or a misunderstanding. But no matter what kind of friendship one has or one has lost, friendship "isn't about how long it has been since you've seen them or the amount of time since you've talked. It's about that very moment, when you're doing something and wishing they were right there with you."

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Recently, I have re-ignited my childhood love for friendship bracelets. I love their inherent meaning, as well as their beauty. In honor of all of my friends {lovers}, I would love the opportunity to make each one of you a friendship bracelet. Simply email me your address here, and I will make you one and send it to you. It is my way of saying; "Thank you for your friendship." {now, i can't promise they are going to look as fabulous as the ones above; but i will try my best} And if you would love to make one, or a few, for your friends, here is a wonderful diy.

Your friend,
Samantha
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