Sep 01

New Ornaments at my Happy Shoppe on Etsy!

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Hula Girls & Yogis … Oh My!

I’m working as hard as I can to get some new ornaments ready for the Holiday Season at my Happy Shoppe on Etsy, and here are the first newbies of the year!

NEW Aloha Nui Loa Collection – Hula Girls

(fyi – last year all of my little hula ladies were bought in one day!)


NEW Namaste Collection – Yoga Girls


As always, I’m not sure how many of these little ornaments I’ll be able to make this year so if you see one you like grab it quick!  They’re 100% unique and one of a kind and handmade by yours truly with lots of love and care. :0)



Aug 27

Color Palette: Radishes

I love this picture!  It’s like these radishes are on stage waiting to perform a show, which is exactly the way I took it to be at the Farmer’s Market the other day. I’ve been pretty obsessed with radishes this summer. I never used to like them much but as a kid I remember my dad loving them and this summer I now know why. They are delicious! Oh my gosh: in salads, in marinades, grilled, raw, etc… I absolutely love them, and how can you beat this color palette?! Seriously – if you’re a pink lover this is your veg!  Need some recipe inspiration? Check out Real Simple’s 13 Tasty Radishes recipes.

As we watch summer slowly depart I highly recommend you grab a bunch of these beauties while they’re still plentiful next time you’re at the market. You won’t regret it.

All my Pink Rose & Purple Passionista Friends – this color palette is for you.



Aug 15

Ebru Art

Photos from Ebru Art

You may not have heard the term Ebru Art before but at one point you most certainly have seen this beautiful marbled painting technique on products in the store.  It is an ancient art form that has been practiced for centuries, originating in Turkistan in Central Asia and known to Europeans as “Turkish Paper” since the 1600’s. In the most simplest of ways to explain how this complicated art is created ~ it is a dance performed by the artist working to manipulate floating paint pigments on the surface of thickened water, creating a desired image or pattern and transferring it to paper. I am not doing this description justice because it is such a skilled and practiced craft, but to learn more click HERE and HERE. Below are two OUTSTANDING and mesmerizing short videos to watch by Turkish Ebru Artist Garip Ay.  Beautiful is an understatement.  Enjoy!  

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Ebru Art on Dark Water


Aug 01

Color Palette: Aquarium

I’d like to take credit for this beautiful photo, but I can’t… it was taken by an amazing and talented soon to be 8th grader – Kaitlin.  She was showing me pictures from her recent trip to the London’s Sea Life Aquarium and I fell in love with the colors in this shot. She happily granted me permission to make a color palette with it and I hope you too can marvel at the majesty of these hues! Nature is truly magical.

Wishing you Light & Love /  Happy August


Jul 26

Meeting a hero ~ The Amazing Danielle LaPorte


I had such a FABULOUS evening listening to the amazing Danielle LaPorte speak in Hollywood at the beautiful Wanderlust Center! When I heard she would be in town I think I was one of the first to nab a ticket, and I’m so happy I did because the event was sold out.  It was, in true Danielle LaPorte fashion, a beautiful night of kick-ass wisdom, life supporting and soul recharging philosophy, and real deal encouragement and love.  How refreshing it was to see her in person BE exactly who I know her to be in her books and blog.  Her transparency and realness is greatly appreciated, especially in the world we live in today.  

There were so many takeaways from the evening but the best illustrative example I can make is the #Truthbomb that was on my seat when I entered the room (sidenote – I actually lucked out with a seat in the front row!). “Be the exception” was my particular Truthbomb and I have it now hanging on my studio wall.  (Yes – I asked Danielle to sign it as well as my Desire Map book.) Be the Exception is my mantra now – and I encourage everyone to take on that truthbomb for themselves. When we all strive daily to be the exception to the norm, to the rule, to the temporary ideal that is permeating but not necessarily enriching our environments, then I believe we can start being the change we want to see in this world. 


Jul 07

Summer Outing: Smorgasburg LA

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If you’re in the Los Angeles area I want to highly recommend you head over to LA’s newSmorgasburgSundays in downtown’s budding Alameda Produce Market. Modeled after a similar market in Brooklyn, this new and oh-so-fun event is hitting the town by storm! Parking is ample (a rarity here) and there are loads of fun vendors with amazing foods and products to sample and pick up. From gorilla tacos, ramen burgers, papaya smoothies, and tear drop cakes, to artisanal breads, raw nuts, and even hand produced organic essential oils … there’s a little bit of everything for everyone!  My family and I went last weekend with my sister and brother in law and we ate our way through the amazing vendors!  It was so much fun and in reflecting back I can’t say that I had one single favorite stop but I do have one take away item that I’m still dreaming of and that was the Papaya Smoothie.  For my husband it was the Gorilla Tacos and my son it was the Popdup tea.  To see the list of vendors click HERE.  :0)


Jul 01

Happy 4th of July!

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Wishing you a very Happy 4th of July!


Here’s a little sneak peek at a few of my new “I Declare” collection.

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