Girl in the Fog


Last week I needed to take a week off of most everything to spend some time with me and focus on the home front. Home and those in it are to me the gold in my heart. Never one to pass up an obvious transition, here are some beautiful gold accents in the home.

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Do you ever feel like you are killing it and life is good. Then, without warning, your perspective changes and things don’t seem too rosey after all. That’s how yesterday was for me.

It’s funny how you can put on blinders to reality. While looking at things differently and examining life from different eyes can be hard sometimes, I’m happy to be able to take that look and make adjustments to get myself where I want to go.

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” -Tim Burton

Eichler 1Photo credit. Photo by Drew Kelly, California Home Design

This weekend we went to our friends house for a BBQ. It’s always a treat to go down there because they are not only great cooks, but they live in a remodeled Eichler home.

If you’re not familiar with Eichler, he was an architect in the 50’s that was popular for the style of “California Modern” architecture. His houses typically feature glass walls, post-and-beam construction and open floor plans that pay tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Eichler Homes exteriors featured flat and/or low-sloping A-Framed roofs, vertical 2-inch pattern wood siding, and spartan facades with clean geometric lines. One of Eichler’s signature concepts was to “Bring the Outside In,” achieved via skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with glass transoms looking out on protected and private outdoor rooms, patios, atriums, gardens, and swimming pools. Most Eichler homes feature few, if any, front-facing (that is, street-facing) windows, with those that do exist being either small ceiling level windows or small rectangular windows with frosted glass which is contrary to most other architectural designs which have almost all front rooms featuring large windows.

I was too shy to ask my friends to photograph their house, maybe when I’m there next time, but here are some photos of similar homes. The all white home is amazing!

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eichler 3Photo: Metropolitan Magazine

eichler 4Photo: EastBay Modern

eichler 6Photo: To the Web

eichler 7Photo: Toerge Photography

eichler 8Photo: Toerge Photography

Love seems to be something I think of often. Being in love, loving someone, what love really is? Is love passion? Dedication? Friendship? or something more?

I say it to my partner every day. I always mean it, but the meaning behind it changes. Sometimes I say it out of habit. Sometimes I say it because he says something funny, or does something nice. Other times I say it when he’s having a hard time, or he’s celebrating an accomplishment. Sometimes it said with deep meaning where I know he feels it too.

Often with us it’s just said by a smile or a look. A laugh or just something silly. Even just when he grabs my hand before we go to sleep.

I love this article about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s Lifetime of Love. They definitely had it right.

Photo: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

20140826-094813.jpgI’m officially six months from my 40th birthday.  Wow, how did that happen?  I remember being at my father’s 40th birthday party as a teenager thinking how old he seemed. Everyone bought him “over the hill” gag gifts. Now that I’m almost the same age, I don’t feel nearly as old as he seemed at the time.  I guess it’s all about perception.  I imagine he felt the same way?

I’ve increasingly been feeling a change coming on. I haven’t quite figured out what this change is or what it means yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s the early rumblings of my midlife crisis. I certainly don’t feel it’s a “crisis” in the negative sense, I’ve definitely been evaluating what I want out of my next 40 years of life.

My mind has been on overdrive lately coming up with various alternative lifestyles and goals for myself.  Here are some of my dreams lately…

  • Moving to Bali and teaching yoga and surfing.
  • Living in an RV for a year and…travel around the country and/or live between Napa and LA.
  • Moving to Costa Rica and opening a beachfront taco shop.
  • Opening a new business.
  • Getting super fit.
  • Going vegan.
  • Move to the country and grow veggies and get chickens and adopt lots of dogs.
  • Move to Mexico and open a shop of some sort.

While all would be nice, in reality most won’t happen.  The truth is I have a really nice life the way it is, with a great job, great friends and people in it. I’m really thankful for my partner in crime who has been patiently entertaining these ideas with me, and in some cases even on board with a change….well except the chickens and vegan parts :)  Thx babe.

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I’m really excited to have finally launched my new photo shop  so I can share some of my favorite photos with you! Screen-Shot-2014-08-04-at-9.20

I’m always the one who is taking a million photos with her phone.  Photos of her food, photos of the street, photos of everything really.  Only lately I started to carry around my Nikon, and getting more serious and selective with my photos.  What’s for sale is a mixture of photos from the last year.




Have you ever had fun when you least expected you would?

My youngest sister and I always crack ourselves up doing the most mundane things. Sitting in traffic, grocery shopping or even on one occasion being sick together. We tend to find humor and joy by just being together, which I love about us.


I have a fairly simple style.  White t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, boots with some simple accessories is my go-to look. What girl doesn’t like a pretty little thing to put together an outfit?

I typically wear this necklace my boyfriend gave me.  He surprised me at the airport right before I left on a two week trip to Thailand last year and I’ve worn it ever since. That’s why I like simple jewelry, it holds memories of where you got it, or who gave it to you that you get to remember each time you wear it.

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Diamonds by the Yard Three Diamond Necklace

Here are a few other pieces that I would love to add to my jewelry box…

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Initial Necklace

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Bardot Spiral Bangle

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Hammered Stacked Rings

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Chan Luu Rose Gold Necklace

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