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Inspiration Board No. 1

19 Aug

Because inspiration gives no warnings. Call them what you may – inspiration boards, story boards, creative briefs. An inspiration board is a creative collection that inspires, motivates & eventually results in the final product. And while inspiration boards are a crucial part to my own creative process in styling, branding & designing, I am a true believer every person should have an inspiration board of their own – a reflection of you. XO.


Go Sew Yourself

26 Jul

We all have a little creativity hidden deep within and while it may come natural for some, others flee into a panicked abyss replaying the horrific moment you were forced to create the cotton ball snowman in the third grade.

Don’t fret, the lovely ladies at Birch Organic Cotton Fabrics in downtown Paso Robles will provide you with the tools you need and get your creativity wheels turning again. From designer fabrics to their own custom line and all the sewing tools in between (thread, zippers and sweet patterns by the likes of Amy Butler) you will surely be set.

For those ready to tackle projects but need a little guidance, sign up for one of the many new sewing classes (you bring the machine, they provide you with the materials and you leave with a finished product…voila!):

  • Pretty Little Cosmetics Bag – August 7th @ 12PM, $45pp
  • Baby Steps Quilt – August 14th and 21st @ 12PM, $105pp

Future classes include baby shower gifts (so appropriate considering something recently made its way into the water system, turning every woman in San Luis Obispo county into fertile myrtle), tote bags, potholders, aprons and a-line skirts.

Get your sew on.

Kelly Wearstler, You’re My Hero.

28 Jun

As of late, coffee table books have become my new household obsession. They’re large, glossy, intriguing and make for some awesome decorating elements. More importantly, with the amount of pictures seriously exceeding the amount text you can let your imagination run wild and get lost in the visual element. For months I have been lusting after Kelly Wearstler’s most recent contribution to the wonderful world of books: Hue (following the smashing success of Modern Glamour and Domicilium Decoratus). For less than $50 from the San Luis Obispo downtown Barnes and Noble, I am not sure why in the world I tortured myself for so long. Nevertheless, the coveted pictorial has made its way into my arms and I could not be more thrilled.

What’s to love: Ms. Wearstler has painstakingly dubbed every single color known to man and recorded them in the first two pages of her book…in alphabetical order mind you. Abalone, Flint, Hummingbird, Maraschino, Pollen, Saddle, Zinc… all conveying a personal visual interpretation and evoking the senses.

Look for: The fantastic color combination-themed chapters and decorating elements (many of which have since become available for purchase from here, here and here).

Personal favorite: The first chapter titled Camellia, Wisteria, Vermillion. The decor is everything I want my abode to educe and everything my husband doesn’t.

[Photo courtesy of KWID]

[Photo courtesy of KWID]

[Photo courtesy of KWID]

[Photo courtesy of KWID]

Looking to add a little Kelly into your own home at a fraction of the price (besides acquiring Hue, of course)? Ms. Wearstler’s lovely linen collection is on sale TODAY at Gilt. Don’t delay.


Welcome to Marfa, Prada…

15 Jun

Earlier this year I came across Marfa, Texas (thanks to this lovely Texan) and was instantly captivated by its unmatched funkiness. Seeing these Gray Malin prints (on sale for $69 each) of a gas station turned Prada storefront from One Kings Lane makes me want to visit that much more. The prints will have to do for now. Deep in the heart of…Marfa.

Bunny Love

4 Jun

Sweet and sexy print by Stan Chow at Central Illustration.