Category Archives for "Travel Treasures"

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)

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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!


Feb 28

Color Palette – Under the Sea

This color palette inspiration came from the California Academy of Sciences Museum in San Francisco. The colors in the aquarium were beyond overwhelming for me.


Wishing you a colorful day!heart


Feb 18

Gun Hay Fat Choy! Year of the Goat

Gun Hay Fat Choy!  Happy New Year!KPD-2015-Year-of-the-Goat

This is the start of the ‘Year of the Goat’, but when I went to research predictions for this year I came across a heated debate that must arise every time the ‘Year of the Goat’ rolls around.  That debate is whether this is truly the ‘Year of the Goat’ or if it is the ‘Year of the Sheep’ or the ‘Year of the Ram’. I’ve seen and read all of these options listed, but the ‘Year of the Goat’ seems to be holding the strongest. That could vary depending upon who you speak with, though, so I don’t mean to offend anyone if your heart is set on this being the Year of the Sheep or Ram.  If you’d like to read a little more about this grand debate over which animal gets to have the honor this year, click HERE.

No matter which animal you chose there are a lot of fun websites for you to go to if you’d like to read more about your particular forecast for this upcoming New Year. Click HERE for some good personalized info; all you have to do is select from the left panel your particular animal that represents the year you were born and you will be able to read your forecast.

Enjoy and have fun!  Be cheerful during the day so that the happy energy you create through your joy rolls on throughout the rest of the year. It’s a good excuse to not let the stress of the world get you down.

OH!  One more thing! I traveled with my family to San Francisco this past weekend and while en route we stopped at Tao Tao in Sunnyvale to have their famous Chinese Chicken Salad.  Oh my gosh – I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. I found the recipe online and I will be making it for New Years dinner. It’s absolutely unbelievable! Click HERE for the recipe.


Jan 29



This past weekend we went to see the Samurai Armor exhibit at LACMA. My son is fascinated by the Samurai so it was a definite request of his that we go see it. There were other exhibits I would have thought I’d like to see more, but we prioritized this one and I am so thankful we did!  It is truly a spectacular show. The history and grandeur of the Samurai is something I didn’t know much about before this past weekend and the exhibit does a wonderful job explaining it. At one point I had to sit down and google search a few historical facts to get a full understanding of what I was seeing. The level of detail and ornamentation is crazy-amazing, and to imagine that men fought battles wearing these items!  It’s hard to wrap your head around it. Even the horses had elaborately designed masks and decorative armor, and one of my favorite pieces was a saddle and stirrups made of millions of heavily lacquered bits of sea shells that glittered!

Unfortunately the show closes February 1. I know it’s Super Bowl weekend, but if you can make it it’ll be worth your while to go. Side note: there are always a line up of fantastic food trucks outside LACMA, so if you go plan to have lunch while you’re there!

A little added INSPIRATION: Textures and Patterns

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