Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Wishlist

Certainly it is more fun to piece together blogging "wish lists" than tend to the stack of medical bills and little league forms crowding my desk at the moment but it has been a long week, so I felt inclined to stray. Below are a few of my dearest spring crushes. And I can tell you that the tripod lamp is verging on rather unhealthy websessing seeing that I can't seem to find one I like in stores, and those hopelessly romantic leather book lockets are too sweet to quit - quite reasonable with mother's day just around the corner, eh? 

But then there are those gorgeous bangles and those perfect wooden bands. 

I guess turning sights back to the bore of late Thursday night bill pay is probably a good idea. Enjoy. 

Vintage Tripod Drum Lamp
Bibliographica's "A Vintage Tale" leather locket via etsy 

Beaded Geometry Bag: Anthropology 
Vintage Moroccan bangles via etsy 
Anthro's Blousy button up 
J Crew's wide leg trousers in variety of colors

Simply Woodrings eco conscious jewelry, simple bands

Traditional Disneyland Sillouettes of my boys via, well, Disneyland!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mid Week Report

In other super exciting February Weekday News: 

Our debunked dryer has finally been replaced, leaving my new found talent for hang drying clothes to fizzle, as well as offering up endless hours of entertainment for the boys because of the computer screen with push friendly buttons, and sweet songs it makes while operating. In all honesty, it truly does look and sound like a giant toy. I really can't blame them for feeling like it is all theirs to love and break. 

In spite of a lingering flu and swollen tonsils wanting to take themselves, and the rest of my body to bed for the week, we've managed to start on party decorations to host an indoor carnival on Sunday, seeing that the weather threatens 50 degree temps and we really have no other choice.

Like a good boy, Rex also felt like cooperating. Even when it meant fitting sessions with bow ties and stiff shoes to secure a proper party outfit.

The beloved fire truck we've been missing for the past month was recovered from beneath dark corners of the couch, along with a plastic comb and last year's valentine treats. 

A leather jacket I had hastily dismissed somewhere along the line, reintrocued itself and talked me into giving it another shot on a bone chilling winter day, when the jacket choices were slim and I was feeling a little desperate. We'll have to see how it works out for the remainder of the season. 

Boys finally got out of the house to remember what trees (and steel bars) look like

Arlo's preschool resumed, allowing long naps for little brothers at home to resume, and clean up time for mom reinstate itself. 
Hoping all your weekdays are equally fantastic, and your couches hiding long lost hidden treasures. Happy Wednesday! xx

Friday, February 18, 2011

Play it as it Lays

Surely there are toilets to clean, bills to pay, kids to rinse, chores to cross off and a little bit of party planning begging for my attention this bleak, boorish Friday afternoon but Mama, she ain't hearing any of it. Why, you might wonder? Because for now, my bones are weak, recovering from a nasty flu, AND my rickety old record player has come back from the dead and has agreed to play all my favorite songs long into the evening, to welcome a much anticipated storm and warm the house while chicken soup comes together in the kitchen and a fire takes shape near the couch. Tomorrow. Tomorrow dutiful hands shall return. Windows shall be cleaned, laundry folded. For now, my records are lining up to take their turn.

First in line:

Monday, February 14, 2011


Wishing everyone a happy V day. 
To love...

Love, we're going home now,
Where the vines clamber over the trellis:
Even before you, the summer will arrive,
On its honeysuckle feet, in your bedroom.

Our nomadic kisses wandered over all the world:
Armenia, dollop of disinterred honey:
Ceylon, green dove: and the YangTse with its old
Old patience, dividing the day from the night.

And now, dearest, we return, across the crackling sea
Like two blind birds to their wall,
To their nest in a distant spring:

Because love cannot always fly without resting,
Our lives return to the wall, to the rocks of the sea:
Our kisses head back home where they belong. 

- Pablo Neruda

Sunday, February 13, 2011

color me ivory

We all have a handful of items we simply cannot pass up while thrifting, if thrifting is in fact your cup of tea. Through the years I have my staples that I mindlessly seek out (books, records, vintage cameras, knit button down sweaters, etc) as well as evolving interests that turn me on to new desires. Items topping my most recent cravings: flat wicker baskets, ivory glass pottery, straw purses, silk tanks, bird trinkets and those always sweet, cotton Mexican embroidered blouses, perfect for park days. Below are some of last week's finds. Ivory, it seems, is out to befriend me. 

Friday, February 11, 2011


A few of my favorite (famous) love affairs, in honor of the season

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Forever Young

Photography: Brigitte Sires 
Making us believe California Angels still exist