Category Archives for "Travel Treasures"

Oct 25

Photo MashUP – Appian Way

Check out my newest Photo MashUP installment, this one inspired by my recent trip to Rome!  See the images below that were used in the final piece on top.  I’m totally loving the peacock colors and and broken tiling look.  :0)



Oct 06

Beautiful Italy

Buon giorno!

I just returned home from an amazing vacation to Rome, Florence, and Venice with my sister and all I can say is that Italy is an enchanted country! Wow what an experience we had.  We saw as many monuments and historical places as possible, but also enjoyed getting lost and finding our way back to our temporary homes in each of these spectacular places.  It seemed that with every turn a new glorious vision opened up before us. I’m apologizing in advance for all the pictures I will be posting. It’s just so hard not to click away when you’re there.

I’m still coming down from my blissful high.  I can’t say that any of these cities held a heavier place in my heart because they are all so vastly different from the next.  Rome is so ancient and mind-blowing, Florence is so spectacularly beautiful and full of art in many forms, and Venice is, well, the most unusual and crazy-beautiful city I’ve seen.  I don’t know if it’s the water energy that makes it so profound or its fighting spirit that you sense just walking the little cobbled streets navigating around sinking walls.  Ending our travels there was a perfect way to conclude our visit – though we didn’t want to say good bye to any of these places.  It is easy to say that the unifying force in Italy’s dramatically different cultures is its friendly citizens (we met such wonderful people), and of course the food and amazing Italian wines. I was shocked to discover when I got home that even though I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted I somehow ended up losing weight?!  Go figure?! I guess that’s the beauty of travel and de-stressing. 

More to come, but for now I’ll bid you ciao ciao and amore.


Apr 08

Beautiful Jamaica & Color Palette

I just returned from 5 blissful days in BEAUTIFUL Jamaica!  We were there for my niece’s wedding and I can truly say it was perfect every minute we were there. The weather had been threatening rain and storms but we were completely spared and only received sunshine and perfectly warm waters.  

The wedding was a dream for my beautiful niece and her now husband, and spending time with so much family (familiar and new) was a blessing beyond words.  We all came home relaxed and surprisingly not sunburned! Winner!  

We weren’t there long so we didn’t venture out of the resort area much, but we did get to do a magical excursion on the last night to swim in one of only a few in the world bioluminescence lagoons.  It was beyond surreal to wave your hands around in the water and see blue-green glows trailing your movements. It was an experience I will never forget. 

Color Palette Time!

Yup, as you would expect the colors were amazing in Jamaica!  I fell in love with this palm. This particular section of it was about 6 ft wide and fanning up about 8 ft! Completely gorgeous and I love how this color palette turned out – I’ll be using it for sure.

… and my time wouldn’t be complete without a little yoga.  The opportunity to do yoga in this spot was a dream come true!  I taught a family class the morning of the wedding at the spot where later my niece and now nephew would be married!  What a way to zen a space! A solid group of us trekked out at sunrise to this gorgeous jetty where we were lulled by the ocean waves and warm breezes as we woke up our bodies.  Heaven!

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)


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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Jul 13

Inspiration: Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

Grand-Central-Market-1This past weekend my family and I scooted in to downtown Los Angeles for a fun outing at the Grand Central Market. If you want a wash of colorful inspiration and live in the LA area, I highly recommend it!  We had fun sampling foods from everywhere: Thai street food, german sausages, Salvadorean pupusas, the world’s best pastrami sandwich (according to my son who couldn’t resist and ate all of his before he could share it with the rest of us).  I hit DTLA Cheese for some tasty hard to find gourmet cheese, and my son bought a loaf of amazing sourdough from Clark Street Bread. Last, but certainly not least, was Santa Barbara’s own McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream. I highly recommend the olive oil sea salt, and the marionberry and lemon! On our way out I picked up some crazy-yummy mangos from  La Casa Verde. I’m looking forward to going back! If you’re in the area please try and go – it’s well worth it!


Wishing you a fabulous week!


Apr 27

Artisanal LA Spring 2015 – Link Love

Artisanal-LAThis past weekend my husband and I hit the Spring show of “Artisanal LA”. It was such a fun day and an utter treat (literally since it was a foodie’s paradise). I wanted to give a few shout outs and link love to some amazing artists and creatives who have worked very hard to produce amazing products! Please go and check them out.

(and save the dates – the Fall Show is Oct 10-11 @ The Reef LA, & the Holiday Show Dec 5 @ Old Pasadena)

 Bread Srsly Jerrys Almost Pickles salsaology Plantfolk Apothocary DM-logo-black logo Innisfree cards and giftsfavicon-iphoneChalk & Paint Robert Siegel Studio



Apr 06

Going Wild – Zebra Inspiration


In case you’re needing a little inspiration today, check out the amazing patterns in these zebra stripes. God really is an awesome artist!


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