Saturday, July 4, 2015

I know, I know. I'm so long overdue for new posts that it's not even funny. Life happened and this little happy space got pushed to the back. Sorry, boo.

As much as I'd like to say, "I'm back!" that's actually not the reason why I'm posting. It's to say, "Adios, but just for a little while."

I have a lot of personal projects going on and things that are pulling my attention away from this space. One day I'll be back and I just hope that it's sooner rather than later. :)

Hasta la vista...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

[Style Saturday] Skirted Cabinets

I was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2010-2012 in Panama. The community I lived in didn't have a house available for me to rent, so I had to have one built. It was a blast designing and decorating for a completely new space! 

One of the tricks I used was skirted cabinets to be able to hide personal items that I didn't want visitors to see. It's quick and easy and a lot less expensive than building cabinets.

I chose to skirt my kitchen (bottom photo) and my bed area (top photo) to give those spaces some privacy from lurking eyes. It definitely served its purpose for the 2 years that I lived there!

Now that I don't live in such simple housing, I find myself torn between this "trend" of skirted kitchen cabinets. As with anything, it has to be done right. Check out these photos of some beautifully-designed kitchens with skirted-cabinets.

Friday, March 20, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] Reformation

O B S E S S E D with this LA company Reformation. If I weren't poor (hello, I get paid Panamanian wages FML), I would buy something from their new lines every single month. And I do NOT say that liberally.

They come out with new lines almost weekly it seems like. They are a fan of the "fast fashion" movement, but they do it eco-consciously. They make all of their clothes in the USA and only make a small number of each style and color. Would recommend checking out their email newsletter here. (very witty)

The NY Times wrote a nice piece about them here.

Here are some of my recent favorites...

Friday, March 13, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] Valentino Spring/Summer 2015

I've always loved and appreciated the style house of Valentino, and their Spring 2015 collection does not disappoint. I'm really loving the lace, cut outs, tulle, and sheer fragility of styles now-a-days. Take a look at what Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli give us...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

[Street Art Sundays] Fin DAC

I'm so happy to have stumbled upon Irish muralist and artist Fin DAC! His murals of women, typically of Asian decent, are absolutely beautiful! I love love love the back and white with a colourful mask. Super cool work!

Check him out on Flickr here and on Tumblr here.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

[Style Saturday] Incorporating Vintage in Bathrooms

Who doesn't love a beautiful and well-styled bathroom? Out with the dated boring pedestal white porcelain sinks and plastic bathtubs. In with the vintage furniture, modern sinks, and beautiful tile designs!

Today let's look at some interesting ways to mix up the vanity with furniture pieces.


There are SO many combinations and creative ways to incorporate furniture - old and new - into bathroom designs. I definitely recommend checking out Apartment Therapy's post about different things to think about in regards to using vintage furniture in bathrooms.

Here are my favorite designs to inspire you!

Friday, March 6, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] 'Light Brigade' US Vogue March 2015

The absolute worst part about living abroad is not being able to receive magazine subscriptions. Ok, yes I know it's possible to ship overseas, but do you know how much that costs? $24 (or less!) for a year's worth of US Vogue versus $70 for an international subscription? Yikes.

So I continue to rely on the free things I find on the internet and relish in the hours that I get to spend combing through my subscriptions waiting for me when I travel to the US. It works out.

This editorial by Peter Lindbergh for US Vogue March 2015 is awesome. See for yourself. It doesn't need much introduction!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

[Sunday Street Art] Etam Cru

Etam Cru's work is so cool. They are a Polish duo made up on Bezt and Sainer, but their work appears all over Europe and North America. Here are my recent favourites from them. Enjoy!

Richmond, VA, United States, 2013

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

[Fashion Fridays] Hunkydory S/S 2015

About a year ago I had some pillows made while I was redecorating my house. I found some silk fabric on sale and went with it. They turned out nice and simple. End of story.

Until I read this post on A Cup of Jo (great blog!) where Joanna recommends sleeping on a silk pillowcase to prevent wrinkles. Of course, I'm skeptical of that, but when I had to share my regular pillows with some overnight guests and was stuck with using the silk ones, I haven't turned back!

Now, whether it is keeping my wrinkles at bay is another story, but I am really loving silk these days.

All that to say that I LOVE HUNKYDORY'S Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook! They definitely know how to design with silk and it comes out beautifully. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

[Style Saturday] Factory Windows

I'm a huge fan of repurposing, especially when it creates a unique design in utility and style. These repurposed factory windows are to die for... would you put them in your home? Spill the deets!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

[Thursday Talent] Modern Flower Child

How gorgeous are these resin bracelets made with dried flowers and other beautiful natural materials?

Modern Flower Child is a small family company based out of Oregon, USA. The artist makes every single piece by hand, from the pressed flora to pouring the resin, to sanding and finishing.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

[Saturday Style] Perfect Navy Blue & White Kitchen

My absolute favorite design colors are navy blue, white and gold. I can't explain what I find so perfect about it, but I continue and continue to come back to this color combination. And strangely enough, my alma mater also has the same colors. (weird)

So when I saw this kitchen from Brittany Makes, I fell immediately in love. Just look at her!

She's still finishing the flooring, but enjoy these photos of the most amazing kitchen EVER.

Ok, that's a bit exaggerated. But seriously, enjoy this fabulous kitchen.

Monday, February 9, 2015

[Monday Models] Natalia Vodianova

When my computer died about 6 months ago, I lost all of my notes on my list of favorite models and from previous fashion shows. I know, it was tragic.

I'm slowly starting back up and today I have a real star to share. Natalie Vodianova is one of my absolute favorites. Not only is her work flawless always, she is a super cool woman with 4 children!! And she's Russian, which makes her automatically cool.
Natalia, aka. Supernova, has this amazing quality of switching from girlish to sexy and professional.

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On top of all of her modelling success, she started a non-profit to benefit children in Russia. It's called Naked Heart.

Here's what she's been up to recently...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

[Street Art Sundays] Pichi & Avo

This Spanish duo Pichi & Avo are super talented. This is some of my favorite street art - realistic, painting-worthy, unique with a bit of traditional graffiti thrown in. Love it!

North West Walls 2014 at Rock Werchter cureted by Arne Quinze.  Werchter- Belgium

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Gunjan Aylawadi's Intricate Paper Artwork

Incredible. Absolutely phenomenal. It's work like this that makes me wish I had followed a creative field, doing something unique, mentally challenging and wildly fulfilling.


Gunjan Aylawadi creates these pieces from paper. Yes. Paper. Of her work, she says,

What I enjoy most about making my work is the experience people have when they look at it. They stop for a moment to have a closer look and the moment turns into long minutes of being fascinated by the beauty a simple medium like paper can add to the work infront of their eyes. 


[Saturday Style] Round Windows

A new daily series... Saturday Style! I love home design, but don't write about it too often here. That's all about to change on Saturdays as I begin to share my favorite curated home designs.

First up, round windows. I got the inspiration from this post by Lauren on the website HonestlyWTF. How cool are round windows? And the possibilities that can be made with them are surprising. Just check out these designs below.


Friday, February 6, 2015

[Fashion Friday] For Love & Lemons Spring 2015

I love love love the cutout look. For Love & Lemons does not disappoint in their Spring 2015 RTW collection. I would wear everything! And this photoshoot makes me want to move back to jungle-beach living...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

[Street Art Sundays] Mr. Cenz

These feminine designs by Mr. Cenz, of the UK, have the perfect touch of elegance and grit. I'm loving them!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Simple Indian Market Flower Sellers

So much beauty in the simplicity of life... Ken Hermann perfectly captures these Indian men selling lovely local flowers at a market by the Hooghly River in Calcutta.

Friday, January 30, 2015

[Fashion Friday] Valentino Pre-Fall 2015

I am really into flowers right now. Maybe it's because summer is upon us in Panama, who knows. Valentino's Pre-Fall 2015 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli is AMAZING. Here are my favourites below.

And and and you MUST check out what Diana Moss (of Miss Moss) did by combining this Valentino collection with amazing works of art. Simply stunning.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Superb Digitally-Enhanced Photographs by Robert Jahns

All of Robert Jahns' enhanced photographs are exquisite and make you want to fall into them. I'm in love...

Also check out his website here to order custom prints and smart phone wallpaper:

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