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I don’t want to toot my own horn here, but I recently had “Eureka!” moment that requires me to state couple things,  and I’m going to warn you now it may be a little cheesy, but just bare with me anyway. (Or get off my blog. *blows kiss*)

1. I’ve had the privilege to grow up in one of of the best states, within one of the greatest cities of the world. 2. For twenty-one sweet years of my life I have called Los Angeles, CA my home, I am only just now starting to understand the magic that it holds.

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BOOM boom BOOM, CLAP.

Ahhh, holiday weekend’s. Aren’t they the best?

In truth, we are still recovering from our fun filled days off and wishing that we could transport back to (debatably) the best day of the year, THE 4TH OF JULY.

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Small Town Girl

Spring is coming to a close and Summer is just around the corner which means one thing – and one thing only – DRESS SEASON IS BAAA-aaaCK!

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:: Journey of a Dress ::

Everyone loves wearing a cute dress on a Sunday afternoon. I especially am a sucker for a good dress. But when you get to wear that dress while you explore the exquisite collection and exhibition of the wrap dress goddess herself, Diane Von Furstenberg? Perfection.

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Blue Moon

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The Loss of a Legend

A little less than a week ago tragedy struck in the film world when one of the greatest actors of our time, Philip Seymour Hoffman, passed away.Some of our favorite movies in the whole world are the ones in which PSH held significant roles in and it’s hard to imagine not being able to see him in any more movies as the years go on. He had so much left to offer and it’s difficult to grasp that his demise was constructed by his own demons but if his death can teach us anything it is that sometimes things are not always so black and white.

Everything Philip Seymour Hoffman graced the screen in was gold. From Almost Famous to Capote, Hoffman brought characters to life that not only touched our hearts but also called our minds to attention with his thoughtful and truthful depictions of people who we could relate to, whether we had seen similar aspects in our friends or in within ourselves.

We have collected a few of our favorites stills from PSH’s best films to commemorate his life and his work.

As Lester Bangs in Almost Famous

As Lancastor Dodd in The Master

As Dean Trumbell in Punch Drunk Love

As Brandt in The Big Lebowski

As Truman Capote in Capote

As Scotty J. in Boogie Nights

As Phil Parma in Magnolia

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman – you had true talent and you will be dearly missed.

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Currently coveting…plaid

We’re Mad for Plaid this season.

Be it tartan, madras, checks or glen we love them all, it’s just about the mix of highs and lows.  A structured traditional tartan mixed with denim or pairing a cozy flannel shirt with a feminine piece, are the favorites.  Of course no one can deny a good old flannel shirt worn with distressed denim, but it’s typical and on every junior companies website.  What we think it’s all about is the not so common mix and if it’s done well, it’s perfection.

Below is what we think is the best plaid combos at this years fashion weeks, from NYC to Paris.

selected from: iamkoo, stockholmstreetstyle, le21eme, streetfsn, streetpeeper

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Don’t Look Back…

Summer days make the pavement sing.  A sirens song calling you to ride her curvy slopes and open roads.  This is the pure essence of the four wheeled sled.   Gravity, the original and enduring stoke.

In the original “Epic Skateparks of California List”, the one that was crafted before the X-Games blew the doors open on the micro-cosm of skateboarding,  the Del Mar Skate Ranch in north county San Diego held a very unique reign.   In part because of its proximity to the beach and the hang that resulted, but also because of it’s staying power.   One of the last great parks of the 70’s to be closed, she ran for 9 years;  1978-1987.

In those years it was a magnet for skaters from all over the world, and the vibe was awesome.   Loosely managed as any good fun center needed to be in those days the Del Mar Skate Ranch had such a great, welcoming, anything-goes-as-long-as-it-makes-me-laugh scene.  The origin of the Highball-Hilton was conceived in those confines, with many of the transplants literally sleeping inside of the park at night, the lucky ones on the trampolines (Highballs) .   The rest of the Nomad’s, lived in their cars in the parking lot. For so many it was home, hell it was family.

Fashion, or trends,  as we have all been told run in cycles and it finally appears like the days of short shorts and long socks are once again upon us….This iconic sweatshirt is a survivor of that era. My husband rode Del Mar a handful of times during it’s prime. When he acquired the sweatshirt, I do not know, all that I can say was he wore it with pride for many years before it too got packed away.

 

~Glad to see her ride again!

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the lazy days of summer

I live for the sound of the ocean ,the feeling of salt and sand in my hair and clothes and the warm of the sun.  I live in a beautiful place and my salvation is my beach.  When I was much younger, living back in NYC I used to  always say I need to live by the ocean.  My idea was more a beach shack in some remote area of Belize and to become a earth mother with my baby and husband.  But my reality even though it is not that, it’s pretty good and I am grateful.

My heart is full of gratitude.  As I sit on my beach I realize I sometimes completely take for granted all the goodness in my life.  I loose that gratefulness a lot and get caught up in the daily bullshit.  I find myself dwelling on things out of my control.  Things that just should be left to fate.  I do know from my long list of ups and downs that during the down times there was always some wonderful goodness that came from them.  And when they are over I find I survived and I am stronger and better.

Today was the last day of my stay-cation so I have been spending the day relaxing at home  finishing up any odds and ends.  It has been a beautiful long week of spending time with my family and myself.  Tomorrow it’s back to work and getting up at the crack of dawn, I already have my alarms set 4:30, 4:40 and 4:50AM.  As my Mother in Law always said  ”Tomorrow is going to come PUR-RIT-TEE early!”   I have been throughly enjoying waking up at 8am everyday with coffee already made by my loving husband then spending the morning planning my day which always began with a workout and mostly ended at the beach.  I decided to use this stay-cation to get back to myself, spend time with my family and do all the things that make me happy.


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Live Free

Lately Camilla and I have not had much time together to have fun and just enjoy life. I took this past week off work for a staycation to hang with the family and live the beach life we sometimes take for granted. On Wednesday Camilla and I headed to The Cove to hopefully catch a bit of surf and relaxation. The Cove is great because the waves break far out which gives you a long easy ride in comparison to the shore breakers at our beach that all the extremely good surfers maneuver with ease. The surf was flat and the marine layer hung in the sky with only a bit of sun that would break through every now and then. But we didn’t mind, we hung out, shot photos and paddled around just for fun.

suit Acaica, shorts, kimono, converse

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