Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Captured Moment


Every week, two of my favs, Lady of the Arts and Soule Mama share "a single photo - capturing a moment - a simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment {you} want to pause, savor, and remember." I have always wanted to participate and share in this wonderful idea, so today I start!

Today, Oliver picked the first carrot ever grown from our garden. He is particularly proud of this carrot; because it is Oliver, who, every day, waters our vegetable and herb gardens, with his Dad.



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lovers Lane

Recently I have found peace in the understanding, that, through your life, as you grow and change as a person, it is ok to leave the people, places, and things behind that are no longer a part of what makes you - you. It is a cleansing, in a way, to be ok with letting go; but as a lover, I struggled with this idea for a long time. I love to love. I love my connections and collections. But I also know that when you let go of the tangibles and ideas that are holding you back, you are able to spread your wings even farther and open up a world you never knew existed.

Don't get me wrong, there are people, places, and things that will always be a part of you. They are the soulful connections that we are blessed with throughout our lives. Whether it is a childhood best friend or a vintage treasure, many things in our lives hold incredible meaning and significance; and ultimately, we rely upon these things to bring us the comfort and joy we so long for and rely upon in our lives.

The gypsy and bohemian tribes of our world are masters of this truth. They follow their dreams and roam the world with nothing more than the treasures they adorn and those they hold close to their hearts. They rely upon the freedom to express themselves and the creativity to keep them inspired.

Lovers Lane



Meet the lovely, Arnhem Bickley - A perfect example of the free spirited and timeless beauty of the gypsy and bohemian spirit; which she artfully expresses through the designs in her collection. Inspired largely by vintage florals, each design in her collections represents a profound love for treasured pieces of femininity and beauty.

Arnhem was born in Byron Bay, Australia; where she currently lives with her beautiful, little daughter. Sewing since the age of 4, Arnhem relied upon her love of creativity, as she nomadically travelled around Australia for the majority of her childhood.

Today, Arnhem is part of the creative tribe of amazing designers, artists, and film makers that are coming out of Byron Bay. Her summer collection, "Mira Bettles" and her winter 2011 collection, "Chasing Daisies" are loved and admired for their embodiment of femininity and playfulness, as well as for their style and elegance.

Arnhem captures a free spirited essence in her designs; which she beautifully translates over into her photo shoots. They are just as beautifully designed as her collections. Over the last month, I have fallen in love with Arnhem, the brand and the woman. I have no doubt, you will too.


Between designing magical photo shoots, creating her timeless designs, and being a bohemian mama, Arnhem is a super busy lady; but she always finds the time to make meaningful connections. You can connect with her on her website here, facebook here, and her wonderful blog here.


1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? Every where.



2. What is your most treasured item in your home? 
I don't think i can pick one, 
there are so many treasured things in my home, i am a bit of a collector, i find it hard to part with beautiful things.
3.What is your favorite comfort food? 
Banana choc chip muffins. 
I cook them for my little girl all the time. W
e have the best time making heaps of mess, then even more mess eating them!! 

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? 
I have been creative ever since I can remember. 
Mum taught me to hand sew when i was 4. I
nstead of playing with other kids, I would sit for hours making heaps of clothes for my dolls. 
We lived a very nomadic life style, travelling overseas and around Australia. 
The first 14 years of my life I was home schooled, and lived in a Tipi around a campfire. 
Instead of schooling and tv, we had to entertain ourselves; s
o I was always creative. I never stopped singing, I played guitar, painted, made cloths for my dolls, etc...  
5. Best advice you ever received? 
Mum is full of great advice she always talks about the power of positive thought, 
"what you think, is what you create."

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? 
I think surrounding your self with people who inspire you and make you more creative is always a good thing. 
Getting advice form people who are already where you aspire to be.

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? 
Lots of things 

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? 
Vintage is where i get a lot of inspiration for my designs, i love the prints, the fabrics, the lace, the quality. 
I am always searching for one off vintage finds to add to my already over crowed wardrobe.


9. Where can we find you next? 
This will give you all the latest news on the label.

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? 

Arnhem of course. I pretty much make my designs for me and hope that everyone else will love them too. 

Lately I have been living in my "song Bird Kimonos." T

hey are the perfect thing to wear in winter. You can layer them over anything and they look amazing.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Scenes from a Birthday Weekend






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Our sweet, baby James is officially THREE years old! {i can't hardly believe it} Yesterday, we celebrated his birthday, mermaid and fishermen {aka pirate} style, with his birthday "twin" Ashley and a group of our closest friends and family. 

The party was held, on what felt like our own private island, at our local beach park. The kids crafted their own sun catchers, digged for treasures, played beach games, and danced around waving their handmade mermaid wands and pirate flags. 

It was a fun time had by all! But at the end of the day, after all of the guests have gone home and everything is packed away, and I am cuddling on the couch with my James, and he says to me, in the softest and sweetest voice: "Mom, I had the best birthday. Thank you for my party," I am brought to tears. They are tears of love, heartache, and joy! For I never could have imagined these feelings, nor this love, that I have for my little boy. My three year old boy. 






Friday, August 26, 2011

Weekend Wish

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Many of my loved ones living on the east coast are bunkering down in anticipation of a hurricane headed their way. I experienced two major hurricanes when I was living in Florida; and while they were very inconvenient, there is something wildly romantic about big storms. I do hope everyone is safe and making the most of this time in your home or home away from home.

For all of us living on the west coast, I hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend. We are going to be spending our weekend at the beach celebrating our sweet baby James turning 3!!

Where ever you may be, I wish you a wonderful weekend filled with lots of love and happiness! 

xoxo
Samantha

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

Ever since we got home I feel as if I have been running around like crazy! But it is all fun and games! James is turning 3 on Sunday; and you know how much I love birthday parties! So I have been busy finishing up the final touches for his "mermaid and fisherman/pirate" party. And last night, I was invited to participate in a wonderful trunk show event at my favorite, local vintage store, Macalistaire 1850. Rachiel and her amazing team put together a fabulous event to showcase local designers who incorporate vintage treasures in their handmade crafts. I was joined by Ashlee of Raptor Jewelry. Ashlee creates one of a kind earrings using precious stones, vintage charms, feathers, and leather. {love her designs} I was also joined by Randi, whose Mom is the creative behind Reclaimed: a women's accessory line designed out of old treasures. {very unique} I look forward to further introducing you to both of these lovely, vintage loving ladies on Lovers Lane.

No matter how busy this bohemian mama is at the moment, I know how incredibly important it is to maintain, honor, and celebrate all that makes you - YOU! Last night was energizing, uplifting, and inspiring. I made some special connections with some very creative women. And as I drove home from the trunk show, I couldn't help but be overwhelmingly thankful for being gifted with the freedom, support, and love from my family and my friends, new and old.

Macalistaire 1850
Laguna Beach, California
Stylists Leslie Christen and Conor Graham
Ashlee of Raptor Jewelry
(earrings by raptor}







Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top Ten

Home sweet home! We are officially back in Southern California; and I am still dreaming of all of the wonderful people and places we visited over the last 2 weeks . . . From the breath taking views of the Napa Valley to the salt filled air of Ocean City, New Jersey, we had a magical time together, as a family.

And while our bags are still not unpacked, I couldn't wait to share with you a few of my favorite pictures from our time away . . .


Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. When ever we 
visit, I find myself romanticizing life on a vineyard - growing grapes, 
making wine, living off of the fruit of the land. Maybe some day my dream 
will come true; but in the meantime, I will savior each and every sip!

This beautiful, architecturally, award winning home, is where we stayed. Actually, it is the guest 
home of the larger estate on the property. The property is also home to an amazing vineyard. During our stay, we would walk through the vineyard to have a glass of wine at the Auberge du Soleil
located just across the street. We found the property on a vacation rental by owner website. I highly recommend taking vacations this way. Not only do you end up saving money, you also get a true 
sense of the place. From visiting the local farmers' markets to cooking meals in the kitchen, a 
vacation rental by owner is a home away from home and such a special treat! 



I have known this lovely lady since the 1st grade. Her name is Alli and she is my best friend.
{her husband, Bill and their beautiful daughter, Charlotte, also joined us on the trip}

The moments were priceless. The memories will last forever.

The day we got home from the Napa Valley, we turned around the very next morning and headed to the east coast. We arrived in Philadelphia; and before we could hit the road to the shore of New Jersey, my husband insisted we stop for a Philadelphia cheese steak! We chose Pat's, which has been family owned
since 1930. They claim to be "The First and The Originator of the Philly Steak and Cheese Steak." My
Nana told me that when she was on the dating scene, "it was a big deal for a boy to take you there on a
date." They were delicious!


 The boardwalk amusements are the one thing I do remember from visiting Ocean City as a child. My Mom tells me that they are the exact same rides she rode when she was a little girl. Most of the rides are
for small children. James and Oliver rode {almost} all of them! They had an amazing time!

Can you tell?


During the days, we rode those embarassingly cute surreys, played on the beach, swam in the pool, ate
delicious hoagies, and spent precious time with my Nana, my Mom, my Uncle, family I had never met before, and friends I hadn't seen in forever.


It was very hard to say good bye . . . 


xoxo
Samantha

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

XOXO

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Dear Loves,

I am writing to you from a balcony overlooking the historic boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. It is beautiful here - a wonderful place for a family vacation. But it is not just a vacation, it is a very special time to be spent with my Nana, {my mom's mom.} My Mom spent her summers here scooping ice cream, while my Nana was selling vacation homes, as one of the first female realtors on the island.

Let me take you back a moment {in explanation of my absence/missing you:} After our day spent at The Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, {which was amazing} we drove out to the Napa Valley {one of my favorite places on earth.} We stayed in the most amazing "vacation rental by owner;" and enjoyed driving all over the beautiful valley, sipping wine, and soaking it all in! {lots of pictures to be shared when we get back to cali}

We flew back to home on Monday afternoon and left Tuesday morning {way too early} on a flight out of LAX to here. We are here. We are having an amazing time. I can't wait to share it all with you.

In the meantime, I hope you are having a beautiful week! I look forward to catching up with each and every one of you when we return back home . . .

Sending you lots of love,

Samantha

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rock N' Roll

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Tomorrow, we are heading up to San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music, Food, Wine, and Art Festival in Golden Gate Park! We are meeting up with some life long friends and dancing/eating/drinking the day/night away!

Then, on Saturday, we are driving out to the Napa Valley for some {much needed} r&r. I can't hardly wait!! {and i can't wait to share it all with you} 

Wishing you a love filled, inspiring weekend! 

xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wise Words

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Mercury is definitely in retrograde! 
Today, I was reminded to trust in the Universe and the journey. 
I thought I would pass these wise words on to you, my loves!

xoxo
Samantha

Monday, August 8, 2011

Scenes from a Wet N' Wild Weekend







Grandpa {aka Saba} is in town and that means lots of fun times to be had! Already, James and Oliver got their first {airbrushed} tattoos, experienced their first circus {and slip n' slide}, built their biggest sand castle, and laughed until their bellies ached! 

I am tired just remembering it all. {but it is all so worth it.} 

xoxo
Samantha

Saturday, August 6, 2011

About Last Night

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Love these ladies {and their blogs}
Michelle, Heather, Haydee, Bianca, and Julia
Love Madewell's Park Bench Fedoras
Love Madewell's ropey soled, striped espadrilles
Love Madewell's fringe leather Saddlerider jacket and Soundstage shorts
Love my vintage suede fringe skirt found at Macalistaire 1850


It feels so funny writing this on Saturday morning . . . kind of reminds me of calling in "sick for work" after a night out on the town. In actuality, my Dad arrived yesterday from Virginia. He is visiting us for a week; and we couldn't be more excited! We always have so much fun when he is here. 

So, about Thursday night: It is always wonderful to get together with some of my favorite blogger friends. I love how close many of us live to each other. Bianca, Haydee, Heather, Julia, Michelle, Theresa, Taryn, and Krissy, and I, all participated in the Denim After Dark event. From sipping champagne, eating cupcaks, offering up our styling advice, and trying on the most delicious Madewell designs, it was a fun evening had by all! Can't wait for our next event! 

xoxo
Samantha 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

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Today I have been running around getting the nails done, finding a fabulous outfit, and smiling ear to ear, in excitement for tonights festivities. Tonight, I am heading to South Coast Plaza to meet up with our Southern California group of amazing"bloggers." We have been invited by Madewell to participate in their "Denim After Dark" in-store event. We will be shopping, mingling, and sharing our styling tips. I look forward to sharing more about it tomorrow.

So . . . this Mama needs to go get ready for a night out on the town!

Cheers! 
{pics to follow}

xoxo 
Samantha

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Vintage Kitchen


Recently, I have been having so much fun trying out new recipes in the kitchen! In our family, we love to grill our food and eat outside, especially in the summer! A couple of nights ago, I made the easiest, most delicious dinner that reminded me of home, back in Virginia. It is the perfect summer meal. Enjoy!

Shrimp Boil 

Ingredients

  • (12-ounce) bottle beer
  • Lots and lots of Old Bay Seasoning {the key ingredient}
  • bay leaves
  • onions, quartered
  • garlic bulbs, halved
  • 1 pound small red potatoes
  • ears fresh corn, husks removed and halved
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices
  • 2 pounds large shrimp
  • French baguette, lemon wedges, melted butter, and {more} Old Bay seasoning

Preparation

  • 1. Bring 4 quarts water and first 5 ingredients to a boil in a 12-quart stockpot. Add potatoes; simmer 15 minutes. Add corn and sausage; simmer 8 minutes. Add shrimp, cover, and turn off heat. Let shrimp sit 10 to 15 minutes to absorb flavor.
  • 2. Drain liquid, and spread shrimp boil out on a newspaper-covered table. Serve with baguette slices, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning.
*You can omit the sausage {i did} and you can double the recipe {i did} 

xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Making a List


I am feeling a bit on overload today . . . . 
I don't even know where to begin . . . .



xoxo
Samantha

Monday, August 1, 2011

Scenes from a Rockstar Weekend





Our fun filled weekend ended perfectly with a concert in the park. But this was not just any concert; local rockstar, Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters, took the stage with a Police cover band and rocked the park!

Even though James and Oliver did not realize how epic the event was; lots of local kids were stoked to be sitting inches away from the legendary drummer. Hopefully, this picture of Taylor and I will guarantee my "cool Mom" status down the road . . . . . .

Hope you had a lovely weekend! I am really looking forward to visiting your blog and catching up!
{this has been one crazy busy summer in california}

xoxo 
Samantha
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