Thursday, May 27, 2010


I heart overalls

I wore my Sears vintage workwear overalls on Sunday. I love these overalls. They’re soft and worn to perfection. I added the frilly little white vintage blouse, a flea market find from last year, to contrast with the rough-and-tumble overalls.

pick a hand, any hand

I enjoy a tomboy look with girly touches and the classic combo of blue denim and soft white cotton is a perpetual favorite. I think I may have also found the perfect outfit for my Sophie hat, aptly named by Milla for it’s resemblance to the one Sophie wears in Howl’s Moving Castle :)

The nigella (common name: Love-in-a-Mist, how sweet is that?) is blooming away in our garden. I thought the little bunch of pretty blue flowers I picked were kinda perfect with the outfit. I also love their strange delicate beauty just before they open, like dendrite covered neurons or feathery creatures of the sea.

elbow length


As I went totally overboard with the outfit photos, Clover played in the sprinkler, while Lucas put down fresh cocoa mulch in our veggie beds. The mulch, made up of the dry broken shells of cocoa beans, is surprisingly effective in deterring slugs/snails from getting to the plants, as well as cats from using the beds as a litter box.

Not to mention, the added bonus that it makes your garden smell like chocolate for a couple of days! Yeah, that's my favorite part. (Warning to dog owners though: the hulls do contain the components of chocolate that can be harmful to dogs if ingested.)

Sunday turned out to be just that, a day of sunshine, not at all stormy like today. What is going on with all this rain?!

Richard Shaw Exhibit

We took advantage of the lovely afternoon by walking downtown with my sister-in-law Zoe and her husband Sam to check out the Richard Shaw exhibit at our tiny local museaum.

His cast porcelain sculptures, featuring interestingly stacked and grouped objects are so cool to look at up close. Everything looks absolutely real, the textural appearance of bone, wood, paper, and cloth are so perfectly rendered. I really enjoyed his color palette too.

From a personal perspective, Lucas’ dad was part of the Bay Area Funk Art Movement of the 60's and 70's, primarily as a sculptor, (he’s now painting after an extended hiatus from the art world), knowing that Richard Shaw was one of his contemporaries back in the day made the exhibit even more interesting to see.

Following the exhibit, we walked down to a lovely French bistro with outdoor seating on the square for happy hour drinks and appetizers. Then met up with a bunch of friends for Sunday night bowling. Clover loves the bowling alley and had lots of fun playing with her little friend Niko while the “grown-ups” drank beers and attempted (in my case) to bowl. Everyone got silly nicknames up on the score moniter and mine ended up being “TOES TOGETHER LOOK DWN,” not sure why… haha Justin! See, this is why you DON’T tell your friends about your blog ;)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday Snapshots

Taken during a lovely gathering of family, friends, and neighbors at my sister-in-law Kelcey’s house. With my focus on Spring cleaning and sprucing up my own home d├ęcor this week, I was drawn to photographing pretty bits of their beautiful home.

That is, when I didn’t have my camera pointed at their youngest daughter... my neice Fiona is absolutely darling and has the most incredible hair! Clover had so much fun playing with Fiona and the rest of her cousins as the grown-ups enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the garden visiting, sipping beers and margaritas, and munching on yummy snacks and epic enchiladas.

The family dogs being cute and my mother-in-law’s new boots also being cute… I was coveting them big time.

Warm light and festive pops of color.

Grandma admiring the teensy friendship bracelet made for Clover by one of the older kids, more lovely home bits, and unfortunately, the closest I got to an outfit shot. I did however document Sunday's outfit though, outfit post soon to come!

P.S. Thanks so much for all the great tips and advice regarding the fate of my poor clogs! I picked up some E6000 at the craft store as it was the only adhesive mentioned that specifically said it bonded to both rubber and wood, but I still may see how much a cobbler would charge first, I'm just so lazy when it comes to that sort of thing, I'll let you know how it turns out though.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ooh la la...

Ooh la la...Sasson!

I’m kinda lovin’ these vintage Sasson jeans I found for a couple bucks in the kids section at the Welfare League Thrift (I find the best stuff in that kids section). I love how high waisted they are and the slightly cropped length makes them perfect for wearing with ankle boots or maybe lace-up oxfords and fun socks.

Is anyone else ancient enough to remember those old “Ooh la la… Sasson!” commercials? Oh, and of course this gem… see, I can’t be held responsible for what might happen while I’m walkin’ down the street in these things!

I also wore the 50’s folk print top and beaded belt I picked up at the flea market. I love how the perfectly matched colors make these two pieces unexpectedly wonderful together. Also, how great is that print with its folksy little lads and lasses surrounded by smiling suns, funny trees, wee houses and farm animals? Perfect attire for a fun event... a parade for example!

Yup, along with a group of family and neighbors, we trotted downtown over the weekend, me in my Sassons, to catch our local Rose Parade… as far as I know, no mailmen were thrown off balance in my wake ;)

Cheerleaders and marching bands were out representing the local schools in full force.

Horseback was a popular mode of transport, though I didn’t envy this dude’s less-than-glamorous job.

Whether they be chauffeured beauty queens…

Or a cable car full of old guys in hats…

Clover was stoked to wave to them. This was her first real parade experience where she was old enough to get into it and I think she dug the waving more than anything else :)

Although Clover was pretty wary of them (she would want to be held when they got too close), the colorful clowns were my favorites, along with the Chinese dragon whose golden parts shimmered in the sun as it wound through the streets.

Big Fish, Little Lady

On the way home, it was insisted upon that we pay a visit to the “big fish,” a pretty cool mosaic fish statue that sits at the entry to this previously blogged about trail, and looks to be jumping right out of the concrete.

We had a pretty fun day at the parade. Other weekend highlights included an authentic home-cooked Moroccan meal prepared by our friend Nour (a delicious treat!), as well as a trip to the feed store in hopes of bringing home some baby chicks...

As it turned out the breeds we were hoping to get wouldn’t be arriving for another week or two, so we held off on taking any home just yet, but I did get to hold one for Clover to pet. Soooo soft and cute and cuddly... soon, very soon :)