Category Archives for "Inspiration & Favorites"

Oct 11

Autumn Color Palettes


Happy Fall everyone! The two color palettes above are from photos taken at my sister’s house where she has the most amazing contrast of autumn leaves dripping above these vibrant purple garden flowers. Oh the beauty of nature!  

I’m so happy it’s finally autumn! SoCal isn’t getting the cool Fall weather that we’d all love to have, but it is starting to turn a little and the edge of summer seems to be subsiding – a little. Let’s just hope we get rain soon. Needless to say my house is decorated for Trick or Treaters, pumpkins bought, and my favorite Halloween coffee mugs are out and ready to be used in the morning. I’m also excited to be headed to another yoga retreat, my last for 2016, and I just had to share with you the newest addition to my Halloween decor that my sister just gave me! I’m thinking this little yogi will be going straight to my desk after the holiday is over.   He’s WAY too awesome to pack away! yoga-skeleton


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!  

VanGogh on Dark Water Animation


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. 


Jun 11

Color Palette: Portrait of a Young Man detail (Bartholomeus van der Helst)

I went to the Getty Museum last weekend.  It had been awhile since I’d been there and it felt so great walking through the Masters halls – especially the Dutch Masters. When I got to Bartholomeus van der Helst’s “Portrait of a Young Man” I literally froze in awe. I must have seen this portrait before but never really saw it until that day. SPECTACULAR is all I can say to describe its splendor. It is hard to imagine the immense patience, talent, and time this level of detail took him to create this metallic embroidery and trim. His patron, an obviously wealthy young man, must have been thrilled with the result. It is amazing to say the least and a real reason artists like Van der Helst are called Masters. If you’re around the Getty Museum in Los Angeles try to go see it. It made me remember that even though my daily work involves technology more and more it is this Mastery that inspires me the most. 


“Portrait of a Young Man” (1650) by Bartholomeus van der Helst / Dutch – Oil on Canvas


May 17

Sacred Space – Color Palette & so much more


For Mother’s Day I had the most beautiful afternoon in Summerland, CA, highlighted by a visit to the amazing and magical “Sacred Space” shop (really it isn’t just a shop, it’s more of an experience). The owners, Rose and Jack, make this little corner of the world such a beautiful event for every visitor they receive. You feel like you’ve stepped into a portal and transported yourself to another land and space in time. Rose and Jack truly ‘walk the walk’ of what their store represents and feels like and Rose’s graciousness is felt immediately upon entering by her offering of tea in her zen gardens at the center of the property.  Little raised gazebos are hidden amongst dense foliage around a small koi pond and river where you sit on cushioned sofas and enjoy a service of specialty tea. It is breathtaking and so relaxing. Shopping in their store is like a wonderland experience. Their offerings of jewelry, statues, stones, crystals, candles, etc… that they have gathered on their travels are exceptional and also a means to support talented artisans from around the world. If you are in the Santa Barbara area I encourage you to stop by ~ just be sure to allow yourself a few hours.  This is not a place you want to rush through.

One more note:  on my bucket list is their Sacred Space Private Retreat. Oh my gosh! One day I’m going to be there!

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