Antiques, crafts, design, diy, girly, home, home decor, Style

If I was famous and had a “life and style” magazine segment…

I’m going to be saying goodbye to my recondo (Redondo Beach Condo); which I have called home for the past 5 years.  I’ve had a blast putting my touch on every wall and I’m sad to say goodbye.  Before selling, I asked my little sister Chanie (Amie…not related…but the closest thing I have to a little sis) to take some pics of the place, just so I could have them.  She captured it perfectly and I’m in love with the images.  She also got some of me and Tawnie…my 9 year old Yorkie (who I bought with my first paycheck as a teacher)!  There were about 422….but here are just a few.

First is my living room.  I spent about 16 hours painting that chevron wall….well really the most time consuming part was the taping!

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One of the best parts about living in Redondo is the proximity to the pier…I loved throwing Tawn in the back of my bike and riding at the beach.  She loved it too!


I bought these hanging globes from CB2 and made these terrariums using air plants…super low maintenance!

corner nook collage

I was really into the Chevron trend for a while…as you can see!  This wall was super fun.  What was not fun was when a plumber knocked on my door and said there was a leak behind my shower and had to cut out a 10×20 inch chunk out of my hard work….and then proceeded to LEAVE THE HOLE.  Thank God for my rent-a-husband Danny who came in and patched the drywall.  Don’t know what I would do without the Richards family…..they take care of me for sure.  I never did get around to repainting that spot…

bathroom collage

The composition of the pic is fun.


I love the dining area.  Those are three mirror doors that slide and conceal a large storage closet.  I painted them with gray chalkboard paint and covered the center with paper wall tiles.  Super easy to install!  One of my favorite pieces in the house is the chandelier I fashioned using vintage cage lamps and light coverings found at a flea market.

dining room room collage

And last…here’s my bedroom/craft room.


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desk collage



sideboard collage

art, Style, tattoos


When I was 17 I got my belly button pierced.  Immediately after the guy was finished I ran out to the street and threw up.  Then, at 19 I got my nose pierced…I ran to the bathroom to get water and woke up sitting on the floor in the corner of the bathroom.  Apparently I had passed out! My sister in law was with me…but didn’t notice because she was busy getting her nose pierced too.  All this to say.  I don’t do well with needles.  I had wanted a tattoo ever since high school but never thought I’d ever be able to handle the pain.  So when I finally mustered up the courage to get it done…I told NOBODY!  Ok…that’s a lie.  I told Kelly because I needed someone to drive me home in case there was an “incident.”  I knew Kell wouldn’t judge me if I chickened out, and she is my number one cheerleader.  She’d tell me it was pretty even if it looked like poop…and I needed that juuuuust in case it didn’t turn out well!  I also didn’t want to be talked out of it.  I waited to tell Andy and Krisi, who I spent the whole morning with that day, until just minutes before the appointment.  Andy offered to come for emotional support.  Love her.  BTW I think Andy is a part of every single entry I have posted!

Here we are at the fabric district in downtown LA.


And here folks is the last picture of my bare left arm.


Here I am having a little pre-session chat with Kim Saigh.  She was on LA ink for a couple seasons and I fell in love with not only her artwork, but her drama free work ethic.  I knew she was going to cost more than the average artist…but is something so permanent something you go cheap on? Absolutely not.


Well friends.  Let me tell you. IT DID NOT GO WELL.  About 15 minutes into the session, Kim asked me how I was doing and I said I was feeling a little light headed.  She went to get me water and I made a dash for the bathroom.

A few minutes later I woke up here…


The last thing I remember was grabbing the door frame in slow motion.  I fell and hit my face on the wood chair and hit the back of my head on the tile.  The next thing I remember was a really cute bearded Brenden, the other artist working that day, holding my head in his hands.  Not a bad thing to wake up to.   As I mentioned earlier…Kelly was on call in case of an “incident.”  She met Andy and I at the shop and drove me home.  I threw up on the car ride home and stayed overnight with Kelly in case I didn’t make it through the night!  I was SOO scared to go to sleep but google said that it’s actually a myth and that your body needs to sleep to heal.  Who knows!?  Kelly would wake up and make sure I was breathing throughout the night.  Not only did I wake up…I woke up with a shiner!  It got darker and darker each day.

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It was all worth it.  I got a bad ass tattoo.  Here it is!


hahaha! Oh man.  Needless to say, I didn’t show this to anybody!  I kept it a secret until I had something I would be really proud to show off.  I had this masterpiece for about a week.  Kim fit me into her jam packed sched so I could look halfway decent again!  I realized that it wasn’t about the pain (which was horrible), it was nerves.  I was too nervous to tell her that the peony she selected wasn’t my absolute fave.  This probably wasn’t the best time to be accommodating…I should have been straight forward instead of getting myself worked up and passing out!  SO I brought a peony I liked better and she had no problem changing the design.

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…and back to  work we went.  Please note that she has me on a table this time!  No more passing out….or hitting the floor at least.


BIG thanks to Eric who I called in a panic minutes before this session and asked him to come to an address with absolutely no explanation.  I think he thought I was in trouble! lol.IMG_6771

Here are some work in progress pics…

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This was the first thing I saw.  I refused to watch because I was scared I’d faint…but when it was time for a potty break I got a peak and was completely astonished.  I loved it.


At the end of the four hour session…this was me!

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Session 2 (technically 3!)



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Here’s Kim and I!  Even made it on her instagram!

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Ooh La Loo! Here’s the final product.

IMG_6991FYI: Peony for purity and Magnolia for love of nature.

Antiques, Hot Spot, Shopping, Style

hot spot post: Cedros Part II

Stop 2 at the Cedros Design District was SOLO.  Their website describes the store as, “An upscale collective showcasing the collections of eight creative and dynamic women, each with their own distinct style.”  This is my absolute favorite hot spot!  The variety of products in this shop is amazing.

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The shop is located in a warehouse…look at those beams! Love it.  As you may be able to see…there are different merchants displaying different styles and types of products.  Merchants vary from children’s and collectables to mid century modern and repurposed objects.


The four pictures below feature the industrial section of the shop.  This is my favorite nook.  I want everything!!!  I bought a pitcher and glasses the last time I visited and I absolutely love them.  It’s always exciting to see what they have because most of the items are vintage “found” items.

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Below are more examples of how each section of the store features a different style and point of view.

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These blankets are adorbs.  Pretty sure I can re-create that with my newly acquired quilting skills!


Another merchant with a variety of kitchy collectables.

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Take a look at the suitcases pictured below. They are metal and are actually floating shelves!  I love these…The black one needs to be on my wall ASAP.

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The stationary and paper goods are so cute!

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Next stop, Leaping Lotus.


Similar to SOLO, Leaping lotus houses multiple merchants.  There is a wider variety of products and it has a less cohesive overall feel.  There’s definitely something for everyone!  It is a two story shop with 120 merchants.

Below I took a picture of a beachy merchant as well as an antique merchant.

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I’m loving this art deco faux fireplace facade.  The picture on the right below is the Oliver Shop…my favorite merchant in Leaping Lotus.

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Scary plastic doll chandelier anyone?


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Can’t say that I’m really into parasols but Ooh La Loo…they look good on the ceiling.  Especially in those colors.

Antiques, Hot Spot, Shopping, Style

hot spot post: Cedros Part I


Thanks to my friend Matt, this is one of my favorite spots to spend the day and shop. When visiting him in Encinitas last year he took me here and I fell in love…with the shops that is!  What I love most about these shops are that they are never the same.  Each time I come they are filled with new loot.  The street is filled with antique shops and other home furnishings that are right up my ally.  An eclectic mix of vintage, modern, contemporary, industrial and kitsch.  It’s going to take a few posts to get through my favorite hot spots!  I’ll start at House Vintage since it’s where my girlfriends and I started on Sunday!  House Vintage is located at 315 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, California 92075.  Upon entering we first explored the outside where there was refinished patio furniture and repurposed home goods that would make great accents to outdoor living spaces.  This is something I love to do myself.  I buy a can of my favorite color and go to town on furniture that needs a little pick me up.  In the house itself you’ll notice that each room has it’s own character.  A guy might walk into this house and see a bunch of junk…but I see a house full of must have treasures!


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This room is having a little Marie Antoinette moment.  Ooh La Loo!

Bargains, Hot Spot, Style

hot spot post: Rainbow Outlet

The Rainbow Outlet is awesome.  I don’t think I’ve worn another brand of slippers (sandals) since I was introduced to Rainbows in college.  They can be quite expensive as you will notice at Nordstrom and other retailers that carry them.  When I discovered the rainbow outlet it was a happy day!  As you will see pictured, you save 25%!  It is conveniently located in San Clemente off of Pico on the 5.  A quick pit stop on a road trip down to San Diego for us Angelinos.  This weekend I went on a girls getaway with my best friends and we stopped off for a quick look.  What’s so great about Rainbows is they last forever! There are a variety of styles…way more than the classics.  There are braided, hemp, and even crystal straps.

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I’ve been wearing the same pair for years…unfortunately I recently spilled a gallon of paint in my car and ruined my favorite pair.  My favorite are the Classic Leather  Double Layer Sandals.  I have terrible knees and these are so comfortable…I like the single layer but there is a noticeable difference when I wear the doubles.  They retail for $55 and I got them for 40!  Ooh La Loo!