Monday, October 31, 2011

This is Halloween

Happy Halloween :) I'm don't have a costume this year but I still love to see everyone else dressed up. Last year I spent the night at my sister's watching scary movies and handing out candy. This year we're going out in Hollywood to see a sampling of the city's craziest costumes. Have a fun night whatever you do!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My NYC holiday via instagram

I'm back! What a trip. I can't lie, it feels good to be home but I am already really missing NYC. I had the best time with my girlfriends. I forget how fun it is to be around them and it's sad to think that I only get to see them a few times a year. We had such a great time. The weather was pretty much perfect, it only rained one day. The only bad thing that happened was we tried to go to the tenement museum but all the tours were sold out. So we went around the corner to Baby Cakes bakery and the shop girl was in a bad mood and really rude to my friend. Besides that, we covered a lot of ground, got plenty of presents for friends and family back home, and spent every second with each other which was what the trip was really about.
Remember the guide book I posted about? It was a god send. At one point, none of our phone maps/gps/directions were working so we actually used the map that Nicki made for me. Good to know paper can still get the job done :) Here are just a few shots from my trip.
We stayed in Christine's Greenwich Village apartment and it really made such a difference. It was nice to come back to a cozy place. Plus, it's pretty much the best neighborhood for restaurants and shopping. I really think you see so much more of a city when you stay somewhere other than a hotel. 
It's really an amazing city. If I was visiting the US from another country, NYC would be at the top of my list. I hear it's supposed to snow on Saturday. I'm happy we left just in time. No way I can handle real weather.
If you're like me, as soon as you get home from a trip you're already planning the next one. I've got wanderlust for sure.
Next stop- Hotlanta! Tony has to go for work for a few days so I am tagging along then we'll spend four days exploring the city. I've never been so I am very excited.
Any recommendations for Atlanta? I'm completely clueless. I don't know what neighborhoods to check out, what restaurants to go to, or what shops to see.
If only I could get a handmade guidebook to all the cities I visit- I'd have it made ;)
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
All photos taken with my iphone 4 then edited with instagram. 
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Recent Favorites Pt. 14

Just a few favorites recently found on Pinterest. 
-I agree, it is fun to write letters. I've got a few to return, I'm looking forward to it.
-These dreamy colors of the moon phases remind me of that "mood" color changing lipstick I had when I was little.
-Packages from NYC establishments.
-Beautiful typography of shop signs. 
-Glitter! always a good idea.
Do you have a pinterest board? If so, leave a comment with your link, I'm always interested in checking out more pinners.
Photo sources-
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photos I sent to Australia

Remember the photo swap put on by Rhianne, from So easily distracted? I posted the photos I received from my swap partner Jasmine a few weeks ago. Jasmine developed my film, scanned all the photos, and emailed them to me. I'm pleased with how they came out. I took my ultra slim camera everywhere I went.

The swap provided more motivation to take my camera with me everywhere I went in an effort to get a range of places to share. I'm already looking forward to next years swap :)
All photos taken with my ultra slim and 35mm film.
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Recent Favorites Pt. 13

A few great images I recently came across on Flickr. 
-Taking a half frame traveling is a great idea. I've always wanted to take a toy camera with me on holiday but I always just take my 35mm. Tried and true! I think Tony gets a bit fed up with me when I have 4+ cameras and am always fumbling with them. 
-The colored houses on Portobello Road in London are too good to be true. I think I'd like to live in the pink one the best.
-Chocolate dipped brownies ...amazing.
-A visit to the pumpkin patch sounds so fun. I have not been pumpkin picking since I was little.
-Great collection of vintage air mail envelopes. I've been trying to get over my saving (hoarding) of stationery- what good is it in a drawer? I think this collection is too great to risk getting ruined by post and should be framed.
-I've been watching ABC's Pan Am and am hooked on it. This vintage tag is from the same era. I enjoy the show because it depicts the golden age of travel, where you dressed up to take a flight. Hat box, train case, and matching suitcases- what a dream. It's depressing to see people travel in sweatpants. Have they no shame?!

These ail themed stamps are pretty adorable. Not sure what the story is behind that chicken but I like it!
 Photo sources-
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Off to NYC

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I've expressed my love for Fall many times and in many ways but I just had to say it once more. What better time of year to head to the east coast? My girlfriends from college are meeting up in New York for a week filled with walks through fallen leaves, late night talks, coffee drinking and most definitely shopping. Christine, of The Postage Service, is renting out her Greenwich Village studio to me and my friend. Christine and I will have one day to hang out with each other but then she is going on vacation. It is Lindsay's first trip to New York so I think it will be extra special that we get to stay in a real New York apartment in my favorite neighborhood!
Recently, I received an email from Nicki, who had just discovered my blog. She said we had so many things in common and wanted to thank me for pointing her in the direction of Kinokuniya bookstores. I asked which location she visited and found out she lives in NYC. I mentioned I was going on a trip there soon and she asked if I would like any suggestions of places to visit. From a real New Yorker? Absolutely! What came next I couldn't even believe. 
Nicki sent me this beautiful package, with a guidebook she put together for me complete with an embroidered cover. What did I do to deserve such a thing?
It's pretty much the best thing I've ever received in the mail. The guide book is divided up into neighborhoods and has a little bit of history, description, and must see suggestions if I only have time for a few stops in each place. Super helpful (closed on sunday/monday and hard to find, but just go up to 2nd floor) and each suggestion is numbered, with a coordinating map so it's easy to find!
I just have a look of awe on my face every time I look through it. So thoughtful! Nicki and I are going to meet up one day while I'm in town and I'm very much looking forward to meeting my new friend!
I have a few posts scheduled while I'm gone. Have a wonderful week everyone!
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Instagram swap

I've kind of been a bit crazy for Katrina this week, but who can blame me? She and I just traded some of our iphone photos and this is what she sent me. I really enjoy the look of her shots and I just read in her post about our swap, that you can now purchase any of her iphone prints! That girl is full of great ideas.
Instagram has taken over my life :) I want to fill my walls with all of my friends instagram shots.
p.s. I'm pretty excited to see what the new iphone 4s camera can do. Tony is getting it and I'm very jealous. 
Have a photo filled weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Custom Stationery

I am so lucky to have a life filled with fabulous women, who in turn, introduce me to other fabulous women :) My good friend Amy, hired me to create custom stationery for her good friend Jaimi, founder of Fiore Beauty. After taking a look through Jaimi's site, and blog, I knew we would have to come up with something young, fresh, and fun. 
Though all the feedback and decisions were made over email, I feel like I know this girl. I hope I get to meet her soon.
As an added bonus, I love Fiore's Beauty blog. The best tips & tricks, serious product reviews, and the latest beauty finds- for all budgets. I'm addicted!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Recent Favorites Pt. 12

There's just something about Autumn that makes it feel like more of a new beginning to me than Spring. Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. The temperature drops and the days get shorter. It doesn't hurt that any and everything is pumpkin flavored, and therefore, delicious. It's been too long since I've shared some of my recent favorites from Flickr. Here's just a few notes about them, photo sources are listed at the bottom of this post.
-This illustrated top five list caught my eye because it showcases all of my favorite things about this time of year. Wouldn't this be a great print?
-The blue of this door is so pretty and I love the mail slot that invites letters in.
-Do I need a reason to favorite this beauty? 
-A sampling of the Pacific Northwest's Flora and Fauna.
-Yoko from Homako recently went traveling through Europe and found some gorgeous vintage display items for her craft fair booth. I'm looking forward to seeing them in action.
-These handmade envelopes are so eye catching, I think I need to hunt for some of that wrapping paper.
-I'm intrigued by this giant book- about the weather?
-A beautiful capture of a yellow rose, it almost looks like a painting.
Very much looking forward to the online shop of Wanderlust.
-Though I'm so happy that Fall is here, Kate's photos make me miss the sweet berries of summer. 
-I would be happy working 12 hours at my desk if I had these blooms to keep me company :)
Photo sources-
Group 3) Wanderlust shop

Monday, October 10, 2011

A blog I love: The Well Appointed Desk

If you love handwriting, letter writing, writing utensils, organized work spaces and vintage office finds, you too will love The Well Appointed Desk. I am not exaggerating when I say that I read this blog "cover to cover," as soon as I discovered it. Every new page of posts I came across, I saw more and more that I liked. To say that Ana and I would get along would be an understatement :)  The girl has got great taste!
This is just an a sampling of some of the fun stuff I found  on her blog.
(by the way these are all photos borrowed from her posts)
Besides finding the latest and greatest in office supply, she also has book reviews. I really enjoy coming across a blog that is so centered and specific- it's refreshing!
If this doesn't motivate me to get my writing desk in order, I don't know what will.
All photos from posts on the Well Appointed Desk.
Photo layouts from Pugly Pixel, available here.

My Weekend

This weekend was extremely productive! Katie and Tony helped me reshoot all of our holiday items, including the halloween cards, then Katie and Nat wrote product descriptions and added them to our shop.
What do you think of the gold background? I had mixed feelings about it but I was convinced otherwise. 
Our holiday stamp kit is back in stock as well- choose from either happy holidays, or merry christmas. Each comes with an archival, fast drying red ink pad and 10 gift tags.
I am loving these photo layouts. I think they make the photos look so clean and organized. I treated myself to this amazing deal from pugly pixel- the blog bling kit. It is filled with so many photo templates, textures, patterns, and other fun stuff that I actually had a hard time organizing all the downloaded files on my desktop! Expect to see a lot more use of it here- I definitely recommend it :)
You can find the products showcased here for sale in our shop.

Friday, October 7, 2011

San Diego

In the pile of travel items my dad got from a neighbor I found "This Week in New Orleans." Ever since then, I have been keeping an eye out for these pamphlets from other cities. I was excited to come across one from San Diego. I actually found this at the Lodekka bus in Portland, Oregon. I stuck it in a pocket of my suitcase and just recently found it. I find it very interesting to see prices, places of interests, and the ads in these old brochures. 
I just scanned a few pages here but I'll add full size photos of them to my flickr account. I've got one more free weekend before I leave town again so I'm going to make the most out of this one. Here's to having a productive weekend!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vintage Paper Fair No. 3

I found these great postcards- they sure don't make them like they used to. Though each table is full of very clearly marked you could still spend hours looking through them until you find "the one." Oh the patience these vendors have with me! Another thing I love about the vendors is that they aren't bothered by bartering. Since they didn't slave over making or finding these, they are more lax about the whole pricing issue. I like to make my case that I'll buy more if I get a deal. Who can refuse? Case in point- the "jumbo" Hollywood postcard was marked as $6- I got it for $2! I'd like to thank my mother for the gift of haggling ;)
A favorite find from the last fair are small photograph collections as souvenirs from a place. I found this Hawaii set for a friend's birthday.
There are some pretty amazing shots in here. Makes me want to visit Hawaii again soon!
I've never been to the Great Smoky Mountains but this group of photographs makes me interested.  The whole packet could have been mailed for a mere 3 cents.
A baby bear in the parking lot? Mama can't be far behind- I'd bail!
Majestic views, gushing rivers, and serene watefalls. Anyone been to the GSM recently? Is it still this magical?
I'm going to cut out these garden photos to decorate envelopes and packages. I loathe spiral bound books but the pictures were pretty so I got it.
I've got one more post of a vintage paper find to share then I'm done for a while. I'm sorry my posts have been all over the place. I used to spend a lot of time to plan them out for the week and now I just write about whatever comes to mind. For example, I still have not posted about my southwest trip, or my birthday trip, or Disneyland. Sometimes I forget what I have to blog about until I look through my photos. There's so many! I will get organized this weekend- I promise :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lomo LC-A+

I had been dying to try out the Lomo LC-A+ camera for a while- I'd heard great things about it. I randomly emailed the gallery store in West Hollywood and asked if there was going to be a workshop anytime soon. Not only was there a workshop being offered in the next week, it was being held at space 15 twenty (way closer to my house) and it was free- usually they cost $10. So Dab, from the ever fabulous Old Brand New, and I, jetted over to Hollywood for the night.
The workshop started with a presentation/chat about lomography's history and how the lc-a+ came about. Afterwards we got together for some group shots. Then we walked around the neighborhood as a group for about 30-40 minutes. We got to use the camera and a roll of slide film, plus there was a bartender and a dj. Pretty fun for what could have been a typical Thursday night!
Dab and I shared a camera and shot one roll of film. These two (above and below) where the only shots of mine that I liked. 
-it uses 35mm film
-easy to double expose a shot
-and it's very light weight.  
Con: It costs $250. This con outweighs all the pros in my mind. I don't think the camera is worth the money. For that price, I do expect a camera to have a manual focus. If you like the grain and look of these pictures, I have to say it's not because of the camera. We used slide film that Dab cross processed. The same effect could be had with cameras that cost six times less- such as the wide angle slim. 
I do appreciate being able to try out the camera before buying. That would make me have confidence in Lomography as a brand, if I didn't already.
Dab took this picture of me with his iphone and instagram. The camera is very cute but...
the lubitel just jumped to the top of my wish list. Check out Dab's pictures and review here.
photo sources: top two from lomo
2 of dab by me, taken with the lomo lc-a+
photo of me shot by dab's iphone/instagram
lubitel camera from lomoshop.

My weekend via instagram

This was unlike any other trip to Las Vegas that I've ever taken. Katie, Nat, Tony and I left in the afternoon on Friday. The reason for our trip was so Nat and Tony could see the LA Kings play in the frozen fury game. The highlight our this visit was the Neon boneyard. It's like an outdoor museum, the tours are guided by volunteers, and it was around 100 degrees that day. We got a history lesson on Vegas, and the most famous signs around. I did take my 35 mm but ran out of film so I pulled out my phone to finish off the tour. 
We had dinner at the Aria then walked around the new center. The architecture is very modern and drastically different from the rest of Las Vegas. In each center planter was a variety of giant gourds and other fall harvest produce.
I love pumpkins! 
Some of the Las Vegas wildlife.
Sunday afternoon we made our way home and stopped for lunch at the Mad Greek. 
All photos taken with my iphone 4 and edited with the instagram app.
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