Tuesday, March 14, 2017

long time, no bloggy...

I know, I know... I've been a bad blogger! BAD BLOGGER! (smacks hand). But, does it help to know that my man and I moved into our new home and we've been busy decorating, settling in and closing down our previous apartments?
It does? Well then, WHEW! I'm out of the blogger doghouse and here to bring you fun photos of what we've been up to!

Sayonara, Maplehood. You've been really good to me and I'll miss you! 

I took over West Elm's bed display one Friday afternoon. The employees had fun with me, too, as I created a look to go with our dark walls. This bedspread came home with me that day! 

As mentioned above, we painted our bedroom walls a dark blue. Harrison's style is contemporary, while mine is modern. You will see both our styles throughout the house. We went modern in the bedroom. 

I am currently in love with Tuesday Morning! I found these beautiful pillows there, as well as the big painting below.  Dark blue, teal, white and gold are the main colors in the room. The curtains will be gold velvet from West Elm. We got gold mercury glass lamps from Ashley. 
The painting will go on a side wall. And on the other wall will be a gold frame collage that I still have yet to create. 

We picked up a new rug, sectional and coffee table at Ashley. You can see that we still need to get wall decor hung. (slow process)

I did find my "shaggy" throw I'd been wanting for only $20 at Tuesday Morning!
Love the rustic, somewhat-southwest vibe our family room has. 


What kitchen would be complete without a tabletop wine cooler!?

Since the move, I needed to find a new gym. I joined 9Round! 30 minutes of intense kickboxing training and exercise! I love it so far! 
Speaking of health... I started keto this past Sunday. 
I made this dish last night and it was soooo good! Even the man loved it! Chili-paste marinated pork chops, homemade garlic butter (gotta get that fat intake UP) and avocado/scallion sauteed green beans. This is by far one of the best meals I've ever cooked! 




Even though I haven't gotten a chance to paint in a while, I HAVE still been creative! Amy and I did an all day crop a couple of weeks ago. I started my CA mini album. Can you tell I'm in love with gold right now? haha


She is coming over this weekend so we can hang out in my studio and get creative! I hope to get more done on this cute little album. 

So, that's what I've been up to! What about you?







Friday, January 13, 2017

the one about CA....

oh my gosh, where do I begin? I had an amazing Christmas! Harrison took his 3 boys and me to CA for a week. We crammed so much into 6 days! We journeyed from San Fran to San Diego, L.A. and back up Lincoln, CA. The last couple of days we stayed with his parents. His family is absolutely wonderful! I felt right at home there. I can't wait to go back already!

p.s. pretty sure I could be a socal girl. I LOVED the beaches, the warm air, and the laid back vibe. A place that I want to go back and adventure more in is Laguna. It seemed like such an artistic community. Their beach and La Jolla beach were my faves!

We all took so many photos! Here are the highlights of the trip! (you can view a lot more over on my IG account)

When we landed in San Fran, we headed straight downtown to have lunch with H's parents.
Delicious crab ravioli at Fog Harbor down on Fisherman's Warf: San Fran.

Then, we headed to a few iconic spots for some sight seeing. Above is Lombard Street. 8 hairpin turns on this famous road. 


Golden Gate Bridge

Christmas dinner with H's whole family at Cooking Papa: Mountain View, CA

The next day we headed south towards San Diego. What should have taken around 8 hours took 11 due to 2 big accidents. We were in the car for a long time. 

Excited to try In-N-Out Burgers, but not excited about the line/wait! 

We finally make it to our first destination in SoCal! Our balcony view at Torrey Pines Resort: La Jolla

the next morning, we decide to take some funny selfies before heading out on another adventurous day!

I have a thing for palm trees. 

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Lots of surfers at La Jolla Beach. It was beautiful weather!

That evening we headed to dinner with a few of Harrison's friends. They are from STL, but live in CA now. Tutto Fresco was a nice little Italian spot in Rancho Santa Margarita.
We stayed the night with them and had lots of laughs, many stories shared and the wine flowed. 

Laguna Beach


Riding the PCH the following day.


Venice Beach was... interesting... Definitely not my fave beach; but it was cool to see it as it's been in many movies. Laguna and La Jolla are my fave beaches of the ones we visited. 


Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Walk of Fame was up next!



Then back towards San Fran. Stayed with H's parents the last 2 days of our trip in Lincoln, CA. 

The view from their back patio. 
Good food, Chinese rice wine, and Rummikub was in store for us. I had such a great time!



Our last day, we drove over Bay Bridge and got some dessert at Ghiradelli Square. YUM!


I sure didn't want to leave! But, all good things must come to an end. Until next time, CA! 
See ya on the flip side! 



























Wednesday, December 21, 2016

jazzy christmas

Anyone else ready for Christmas? I am pretty excited about it this year! I am getting to go to CA with my man to visit his family. We are going to be hitting up San Fran, San Diego and L.A.! First time for me to be that far west. I am definitely packing a mini art travel kit. I hope to art journal while I'm out there. My art journal has a band that keeps it closed. So, that will also make it easy for me to insert/hold any inspiration or keepsake ephemera I may find. I'll be sure to share the fun photos and journal when I return. (there will not be a blog post next week)

This past week has been filled with parties, jazz concerts and more painting! Let me catch you up!

PARTIES:

My work holiday happy hour was a blast! We had such a great turnout and everyone had fun. Sybergs on Dorsett always takes good care of us. This is our 5th year doing it. (I co-started it 5 yrs ago when I came to work at USTL)

Mix+Mingle with Pour Favor. My girlfriend (below, right) Kathy started a nonprofit company called Pour Favor. She brings in handmade goods (purses, bags, clothing, etc) from her home country of Honduras and sells them here. Profits go back to Honduras to further the education of women and girls there. This is her way of helping this violent area move in the right direction. You can find out more here and here

We had so much fun singing and dancing! Eating good Latino food and meeting new people! 
My man won the door prize! (which really meant *I* won the door prize! hehe). It's a beautiful "weekender" bag! 

JAZZ:

Gotta give props to my man. First off, he spoils me rotten! Second, he plans amazing date nights. One of my fave venues in STL is Jazz at the Bistro. He took me out to eat at Barcelona, then we headed to The Bistro for a Jazzy Christmas with Tim Warfield. If you know me, then you know I LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC! The whole night was Christmas music...jazz style! It was such a great show! The next day I downloaded his album, Jazzy Christmas. It's a superb album. I have been listening to it all week! 

Joanna Pascale was the vocalist. She almost brought tears to my eyes. I was so filled with joy that evening!


PAINTING:

Here is my very first commissioned canvas piece! It's called "Somewhere in the Stratosphere". It's going to it's home today! Very excited how it turned out. 


The next 2 paintings are now available for sale. Contact me for more information. They are 14x11", gallery wrapped canvas. Acrylic paints and inks with a glossy protective varnish. 

"Shake Down Street"

"Cloud Nine"

I'm also very proud to report that my art ("Peace of Mind") was featured in this month's Lost Blvd box. This is a monthly subscription box filled with fashion, art, home goods, etc. They also sell items on their website.  

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fun and safe New Year!! See you after the first! 




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

in other funny news...

I've been painting a lot lately. Starting on a new piece tonight. I've been missing my art journal, too. So, I want to make time for that in the next few days. I am also now taking requests for commissioned pieces in the styles you see below. Contact me for more information. 







I gave Harrison one of his Christmas gifts. I painted this red/teal canvas for his office at work. It's called "Lost at Sea".  Happy to report that he loves it!


In other funny news: over Thanksgiving, my Dad did a hilarious Jeff Bridges impression. So much, that we all were dying laughing. So, I just HAD to get him a funny Christmas gift. My friend, Brian, has his own small shop called Coffee Mugs Never Lie. (his FB page) He can literally put anything you want on a coffee mug! Plus, it's totally inexpensive. Check him out when you have time! 



Check back in next week for new paintings and to see what inspires me!