Shot Through The Heart; Valentine’s Day

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Hello Lovelies! Since Valentine’s day is less than 3 weeks away, it has been on my mind lately… I’ve gathered images that I think would make a splendidly romantic, slightly quirky, and happily colorful festive valentines day! (Are those enough adjectives for ya?!) I went with a theme of sparkles, arrows, hearts, tassels, and deep reds, deep blues, and golds!

1) Mr. Boddington Bullseye Valentine from catbird.

2) Valentine’s Day Balloon by Geronimo Balloons. Balloon delivery! How cute! And we all know how much I love giant balloons and glittering fringe. I lurve.

Geronimo Balloons Valentine’s Day from hak lonh on Vimeo.

3) DIY VintageArrow Valentine by Halligan. Via Design*Sponge. Alternately, you could buy  some handmade arrows from quivver, or Native on etsy.

4) Wild Heart Glittering Fringe Banner by nice (on etsy).
(I brightened the color of the fringe on this banner to pop a little more)

5) A Romantic Setting: Considering I live in Southern California, I think it would be totally normal to set up a bohemian picnic outside on Valentine’s Day. In February. Our weather has been particularly awesome lately. But you could easily do something romantic like this in your bedroom or living room! :)
(This photo has been credited to Jessica Claire, but I can’t find it on her website. Any further info would be appreciated! UPDATE 3/24/12 I found a direct link on Style Me Pretty! I updated my pinterest board as well.)

6) Fiesta headband in chiffon, with arrow feather, by avaraylondon.

7) Oreo chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and gold flecks by desserts for breakfast

8)  Love Poems by Pablo Neruda. (image via New Directions Cover Library.) To read to your hunny.

9) Soaring Hearts Dress from Spool 72.

10) Pierced Heart Truffle Plate from BHLDN. The plate from which to eat your cake!

11) Arrow Cuff from catbird.

12) Sequined Heart Shoe Clips from ban.dō.

13) Hello. Also, I love youby The Big Harumph on Etsy. Perhaps you could consider a poster a valentine over the more traditional card?

14) Debrah Lippman “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” nail polish from Fred Flare.

15) Arrow Valentine by AmyMarcella on Etsy.

16) Marquee Arrow Light from Urban Outfitters.

Check out my Pinterest board hearts + arrows, for more ideas! Also, if you follow me on Pinterest, thanks for bearing with my on my millions of pins to this board… I had gathered images and ideas for a while before I saw a direction beginning to take shape! I’m also working on a kids party board which I hope will be put together by early next week! :)

A Laelia Outfit #26

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I’m in love with this skirt. It will fit her for probably a year, too! And Laelia has so been into my necklaces lately, which is adorable. She particularly likes this one, which is good because it’s short and sturdy, even though it’s very, very old…

Puff Sleeve Keyhole Top: Janie and Jack
Embroidered Skirt: Frieda Skirt by Peek (from Nordstrom Rack)
Ruffle Trim Boots: Target
Necklace: My Great Grandmother’s

Hallway Inspiration…

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I know I haven’t revealed my new living + workspace yet (because it’s not done!), but along the way, I’ve decided to give my hallway a lift too. I always had vague plans for it; I want to put up wedding and family photos with a little artwork and a nice mirror, and I thought about getting a small flush mount chandelier, but as I still have yet to go through all of my family + wedding photos, I have never really been terribly motivated to do anything about our completely drab and increasingly neglected hallway. That was until a few months ago and I kept seeing all of these beautiful dark walls all over the place… suddenly I knew exactly what I was going to do.
 1) Dark walls + “low” chair rail - I realized that my hallway is the perfect place to have the drama of dark walls. You can see the hallway from all the other rooms in the house, and it would bring a lot of life to such a small space. What’s even more exciting is that my dad had some extra moulding lying around that was leftover from a friend’s project, and he offered it to us when I mentioned that we needed some moulding to make a frame for our projector screen. When we had the frame for the projector screen cut (more on that another day), there was enough left over for the breakfast nook (more on this another day too!), AND there was enough left over for the hallway! So, I get to make an ancient dream of mine happen, and that is to live in a house with moulding! Also, I’m really excited that it was free and we get to learn about installing moulding which will be a valuable experience for us, I’m sure. We are also installing it lower to the ground than you usually see chair rails, but my gut was telling me I should install it lower. After I read this article, I had the assurance I needed to move forward with this idea. Essentially, higher chair rails tend to make a room look squat and short, and since I long for–but don’t have–14 foot ceilings, I don’t want to make my rooms look any shorter than they already do…
(image source: This was perhaps the single most inspiring thing I saw in regards to my hallway, and it is frustrating that I can’t find the original source. I found it via pinterest, and it has been pinned via various blogs. The closest I found to the actual source was this blog, which says it was found via livingetc but it just links to the website not the actual page the image was found. :( Pillow-mint also posted it, but doesn’t have the original source either. If anyone has more info, please let me know! ) More photos after the jump

21 mos. 1 3/4 year!

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My baby turned one-and-three-quarters on Tuesday! To celebrate, we decided to finally walk over and try out nothing bundt cakes which opened down the street from us a while ago. We tried their flavor of the month, lemon raspberry and it was delish; very moist, not too sweet (I hate that. I won’t even bother eating it if it is devoid of all flavor but sugar). And ALL of their frosting is butter cream cheese frosting! I’m happy we finally tried it, I’m sure we’ll go over there for a treat every now and again.

My new friend Irene joined us with her baby girl Sonora in the Ergo. She snapped this photo for us! Thanks! (And darn it, I wish I snapped a photo of them, Sonora has the cutest little face). I met her when she and her hubby were scoping out our apartment building before they moved out here from NYC. We ended up chatting for like 45 minutes or so! I have a lot of info on natural parenting resources in the area and I’m always happy to share it, so I can get chatty… We got coffee and just shopped around the second-hand stores and the handmade boutiques near my house. I scored a cute new dress from Buffalo Exchange, and Laelia finished her bundt cake in the stroller and was covered in crumbs…

Anyway, development!

At 21 months, Laelia:

- repeats pretty much every word you say. And her vocabulary has exploded.
- requests us to draw Foofa, Mickey or Toodee on her magna doodle daily. I’m a total pro at Foofa!
- says “mim-mi-ki!”–which I have finally figured out is just “mimmy, kitty”, or “Where’s Minnie? Where’s Hello Kitty”.
- TANTRUM! Oh boy. Hysterics over tiny things, but we are still managing to talk through them all, and I haven’t lost my cool yet, though I have been short with her, and let out loud sighs… Waiting for that moment when I break down in tears with her, but maybe I’ll be lucky and it won’t ever come?
- identifies some of her extended family; “pop-pop” & “gi-gi”. And can somehow name all the dogs in all the family! Still having trouble w/ “aunt” and “uncle”, much to their chagrin. When we arrive at my parents house, she will even start saying “pop! pop!”.

I don’t think there is much more to note here… I expect that she’ll just develop her language more until about 2. I plan on doing these posts until she is 24 months! Then maybe half-yearly. I do wish I started them earlier…

Green Your Air + a special discount code!

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Today I’m blogging to spread the word about green your air, where you can buy plants that naturally filter the air we breathe.

I’ve lived and worked in Los Angeles most of my life. (I went to high school in Thousand Oaks—still the greater Los Angeles area). When I was a kid, we didn’t have snow days we had smog days; we couldn’t go outside on the playground and play because we would be inhaling too much smog. But it is not just our outside air that is full of pollution, the air inside our home is just as subject to pollution, if not more. The EPA lists indoor air quality among the top five health risks to the American public. This is where green your air can come in to help! Co-founder Maryam has this to say of green your air:

Each of our plants have been proven by NASA scientists to filter at least one chemical from the indoor air. Little do people know that the indoor air can be as much as 10 times more polluted than the outdoors. Gross, right? And this is an even bigger problem during the colder seasons because of tightly sealed homes and the constant use of heaters. This is what we want to change ladies and gents. More photos after the jump

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