getting crafty

craftyI plan to. The back deck is almost done and I propose to sip bubbly and #DIY in the sun all summer long. Some of the projects on my list …

Striped flower & plant pots
Slouchy leather sling planters
Pineapple pinata
Key fobs & bag charms
Rope coil vessels
Metallic sacks

What will you be making? xx

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listed

friday

on the menu – fig cheesecake – from Sacramento Street

the official Martinique wallpaper

away we go! vacation ideas for every { astrological } sign

the Coolangatta home of Leah Batholomew

just dreamy; the MiH jeans fall lookbook

Elizabeth Cole Strieker Earrings – love

Miss Moss’ lost in the light playlist

DIY seashell candles from Design*Sponge

inspired by: this TED Talks video by Amy Cuddy

tgif xx

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june how-to

peach

For your next party: 10 Ways To Make A Cocktail Stick

A Cup of Jo shows you how to give a reflexology foot massage

Making aged mercury glass candle holders with A Beautiful Mess

The tool kit for sexy bedhead

Brush care 101 from Garance Doré

How clever are these hanging laundry baskets!

A hand-carved stamp project with Emmadime

Who doesn’t want to make their own piñatas ?

Hellllooooo June! Can’t believe you’re here already. Don’t you think that the beginning of the month is a such great time to get inspired! Speaking of such things, I can’t wait to share more details soon on a course I am taking that starts this coming Monday. It’s called Fibre Arts with Natural Dyes and it’s sure to be an amazing experience in something that’s totally new! xx

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california top ten

california

Wow! What a jam packed, absolutely awesome, totally perfect vacation. Der and I are back from 10 days in the sun experiencing all things California. The week started in the Palm Desert, more specifically, in the picturesque and perfectly manicured resort city La Quinta, CA. Fittingly, we stayed at La Quinta Resort & Spa which was a perfect home base for experiencing Coachella! Following that a drive up the coast Santa Monica-Santa Barbara-Carmel by the Sea-San Francisco rounded out the trip. Here are some of my favorite parts…

1. The weekend festivities at Coachella deserve their own line. The weather was hot and the music was pumpin’. Some of my favorite performers include; the Neighborhood, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, The xx, Ben Howard, Shovels & Rope, the Lumineers, James Blake, La Roux, and Pretty Lights. It was a thrill just to see how the whole thing went down. We approached it all very laid back, no rushing around { I mean you can’t possibly see everyone } and really just took it all in. The sights and sounds along with yummy food and gorgeous weather made it an awesome weekend.

2. A quick lunch + shop stop in Silver Lake on our way to Santa Monica was great. I love this area! We had a very yummy lunch at Local Restaurant then stumbled upon my new most-favorite-shop-ever. Such a wonderful breezy atmosphere, fresh smelling candles, beautiful housewares, gorgeous accessories, a small selection of carefully curated designer duds. Oh, and the name, it’s called Lake Boutique.

3. Our one night stay in Santa Monica flew by and it was shockingly cooler than the past few days spent in the Palm Dessert { good thing for picking up a new sweater at Lake! } We celebrating Ders birthday with dinner at Barnyard in Venice.

4. Early the next morning we hopped in the convertible to start our journey along the Pacific Coast Highway. We had brunch in Malibu on the beach and I also just had to stop in at Consentino’s Fresh Flower Market which, as it says on their site, is the most beautiful store in Malibu. I was totally inspired by their arrangements of succulents and cacti. Definitely my next project…

5. Our first stop was Santa Barbara which turned out to be one of my favorite places along the way. Very neatly laid out, great for biking, strolling, relaxing. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen to be one of my favorite restaurant cities { I didn’t care for either one we went to } but we always started the evening at the hotel resto/bar which was the perfect spot for a Champagne cocktail, a few apps, making a few new friends, getting invited to a wedding { of course we couldn’t attend; how much fun would that have been! } The hotel was The Canary and their restaurant, which was re-branded about a week prior to our arrival, is called The Finch and The Fork. It’s the perfect hotel bar.

6. An amazing yoga class in Santa Barbara at Yasa Yoga; recommendation courtesy of Goop.com { thanks Gwyneth! } Located in an historic Santa Barbara building with gorgeous wood floors, 20-foot ceilings with exposed beams, and run by a husband and wife team who are very passionate about their practice.

7. The next portion of the coastal drive was my absolute favorite! The drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur for our one night stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, was absolutely breathtaking. Driving up the Chumash Hwy through Los Padres National Forest and then eventually ending up cliff side along the ocean is a sight to be seen. Upon recommendation we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant for lunch. Which I would, in turn, recommended to anyone and everyone doing this drive. Close by the restaurant is a great place to head into Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and do a short hike through the redwood trees to the Pfeiffer Falls and the valley.

8. Our scenic route, lunch, and hike, brought us into Carmel by the Sea later into the evening and we stayed at a charming B&R called The Colonial Terrace. It wasn’t quite on the downtown strip, but not that far away, and we were able to enjoy a wonderful dinner paired with wines at the notable Andre’s Bouchee. A restaurant that is honoured by Wine Spectator as having one of the most notable restaurant wine lists in the world!

9. The final stop was San Francisco and really think I picked some gems when it came to restaurants. The only downside was that I did find the restaurants to be so far from anything else { and they took ages to get to } but it was well worth it when we finally did.

a rustic dinner at Outerlands; locally sourced,
organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.

one of my most favourite brunches ever in Noe Valley
at Pomelo; I highly recommend the huevos motuleños

cocktails at the hotel restaurant were amazing because I
happen to love all things TIKI! the Tonga Room and Hurricane
Bar in the Fairmont does not disappoint with a live band
performing on a thatch-covered barge over the lagoon, classic tiki
cocktails and periodic light tropical rainstorms complete
with thunder & lightening. such a blast!

and our final night dinner at an interesting venue, Foreign Cinema,
where foreign and independent films are screened in their covered
outdoor courtyard. our film du jour Jiro Dreams of Sushi

10. Oke last but not least is really just to say that my dream trip was every bit as great as I thought it would be! I think that y’all should get out there and do it your own way and have an amazing time !! xx

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inspired by: katie quinn davies

Katie Quinn Davies – of What Katie Ate – totally gets food and food styling. When you take a look at her photos and recipes you can imagine fantastic dinner parties with friends, romantic meals, delightful breakfasts in bed and so much more. The way she captures the vibe, well it’s just delicious! Here are some more images to drool over. And pick up her gorgeous new cook book too while your at it!

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the dish ran away with the spoon

How cuuuttte are these dipped wooden utensils by Erin Souder of House of Earnest. Part of her Have & Make series, Erin takes ordinary objects that you might have lying around the house and spices them up. Definitely a project that I’d like to try! For more details click here ; )

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the a&o turns one

Time flies when you’re having fun!! This morning I thought I would take a look and see when I did my first post as I thought I might be coming up on a year. And, wouldn’t you know it, a year ago today! The a&o turns one. What a busy year it’s been. I definitely feel like I have been able to get my creative juices flowing and cannot wait to see what the next year brings. A nice birthday surprise, the other day, Yasmin of the Hermit Homewares blog nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award – eeep – what an honour! I will be following up with a post to explain, and give more thanks to her, very soon ; )

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shopping in montreal

Heading to Montreal for the weekend? Looking to get a little shopping in but don’t know where to start? Why not check out the lovely Janna Zittrer’s website, Montreal Shopping Tours. There are 6 different guided tour styles to fit everyone’s needs; Shop Like a Fashion Editor, 9 – 5 and Beyond, Montreal Designer Marathon, Sweat-Worthy Style, Vintage Treasures, and Teen Dream. Or, why not go off the cuff to customize your own. It looks like a lot of fun and, while you don’t have to feel obligated to purchase anything, with their stellar suggestions they can’t promise you won’t feel tempted ; )

Happy Shopping!

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i heart letterpress

Good Friday!

With the day off we decided to make an appt to see Craig at Don Black LInecasting to checkout what refurbished letterpress’s he had available. We settled on a little table top Golding press that’s approx 125 years old! I can’t wait to learn how it works and start different printing projects. In the mean time, a neat video above, about a printer who uses an outdated, cumbersome, and obsolete machine for the quality of the finished product.

happy Easter weekend xx

project re-decorate

We’ve recently got back into a ‘re-decorate phase’. A home, to me, is more of a work in progress. You grow, your home grows. It evolves as your tastes change. Which, for some, may happen quite a lot! I am pretty good about making smart home decor purchases but sometimes it’s out with the old and in with the new! There are a few things that need spiffing up, and a few pics above of new items that are part of the plan;

1. Personal pic taken from the rooftop of Hotel V Vejer in Andalucía
2. Print on fabric from Blackbird Vintage in the Distillery District
3. Palladian Mirror from Restoration Hardware
4. Crystal knob for the bathroom cabinet from Home Depot

Stayed tuned for more ; )

xx

the rag & bone diy project: miranda by miranda

rag & bone has taken a new approach with their latest campaign. A few of their favorite models interpret rag & bone in their own personal way – no hair & make up artists, no stylists, no special lighting etc… “Just a girl and her camera. And rag & bone”.

This post features the beautiful Miranda Kerr. Images were shot in New York & New Zealand by friend, Lily Aldridge, and husband, Orlando Bloom. She wears her favorite – the Skinny in Kensington – with several basic tees among other items.

To see the other models in this campaign check out this link.

I hope that everyone had a great first week of 2012!!

xx

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