Monday, November 30, 2009

Music Monday: Katy Perry-Thinking of You

This past week has been insane, with cleaning out closets/sheds, trying to make room and unpacking and settling in. I have so much to blog about, but I just haven't had the time. Stay tuned for coming posts, including: 5 Things I Love About Winter, my coming Etsy shop and a photobooth shoot with Ashlee and Jenny. For now, enjoy this video.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

california lovin'

This is one last post about things I love and will miss in California. Enjoy!

Hollywood Nights
We have had some pretty epic nights in Hollywood. I love dressing up with the girls and going to Hollywood for dinner, a concert or to see the stars on the walk of fame by the Kodak theater and Graumans.

I love all the shows we are able to attend here! There is always a great musician in town. Just a few of the bands we've had the opportunity to see: Barcelona (too many times to count!!!), She&Him, Ashley Tisdale, Mitchell Musso, Miley Cyrus, HoneyHoney, Lenka, Owl City (twice!), Relient K, This World Fair, Mae, RunnerRunner, Frank&Derol, Billy Ray Cyrus. I'm going to miss dressing up with my girls for fun nights out.

The Troubadour
This is my FAVORITE venue in West Hollywood. So many of the shows that we went to were at the Troubadour.

The Grove
This is a fun shopping center in Los Angeles. In the summer they had free outdoor concerts and we were able to see Ashley Tisdale, Mitchell Musso and Miley Cyrus.

Griffith Observatory
I think this might be my favorite place in Los Angeles! I love the view overlooking the city and that the Hollywood sign is so close.

Road trips
One great thing about living here is that we are close to so many great places! During our time here we were able to take an afternoon/evening trip to San Diego to see a Barcelona show. In January, Ashlee, Jenny and I took an overnight trip to Vegas to celebrate Jenny's birthday. In July, we went on a weekend getaway to Palm Springs. In August, we met up with some of the Seattle girls for a girls' weekend in Vegas.

Random celebrity sightings
During my time here I have seen a handful of celebrities, such as, Dr. Phil, Robin McGraw, Amy Adams, Debby Ryan, Tiffany Thornton, Andrea Lewis, Adam Wylie, Perez Hilton, Nicole Anderson and Chelsea Staub.

We have gotten to do and see so much during our time here. I loved the hikes we would go on and the time we went to Hollywood to see the red carpet at the Oscars.

Monday, November 16, 2009

california foood!

In previous posts I have written about places and things I will miss about California when I move back to Idaho. In looking at my list I discovered many of the places I would miss were restaurants. Lol! So this post is dedicated to all the food I will miss.

Taco Factory
We discovered this restaurant when we arrived in Claremont. Unfortunately, due to it's semi-creepy name, we avoided going here until early this year. We worked up some courage to go here and were pleasantly surprised to discover that Taco Factory has quite delicious food. I highly recommend the fish tacos.

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! To be honest the first time we went was because they showed it on The Hills. Lol! I always get the wedge salad and fries, which comes with 3 kinds of fries, garlic parmesan, cajun, sweet potatoe and 5 kinds of homemade ketchup. The truffle fries are also amazing!

El Torito
My mom and I discovered this when she was down here for a convention. We loved it so much that we went two nights in a row. I absolutely love the mexican caesar salad and any of the margaritas. Jenny's mom has treated us to dinner here a few times and she makes us wear the bull hats through dinner.

Delicious frozen yogurt with fresh fruit toppings! A must!

I love the chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and sweet tea!

Mani's: Los Angeles
Jenny's boss introduced her to this quaint little deli near LACMA. She shared her find with Ashlee and I on one of our adventures. Mani's is all organic and has great gluten free food that Jenny can eat. Jenny, Ashlee and I love the high protein salad and it is big enough for all of us to share. Plus, they have delicious desserts!

Stricklands: Irvine, Ca
I am not a huge fan of milkshakes, but Stricklands makes THE BEST milkshakes! Everything is homemade and delicious! My favorite thing to get is a strawberry milkshake!

One other thing I will miss about California is being able to buy alcohol at the grocery stores. It is so convenient.

Our moving countdown had begun! Jenny, Ashlee and I will spend tomorrow and Wednesday packing our pods. Wednesday evening we'll go see Landon Pigg and A Fine Frenzy at House of Blues in Anaheim. Thursday we will do last minute packing and early Friday morning Ashlee, Blizzard, Archie and I will set off for Idaho.

It seems like there is so much left to do before the move! Hopefully I'll find some time to do a couple more posts this week. If not, the next time you'll hear from me, I'll be home in chilly Idaho!

Music Monday: Ingrid Michaelson-Maybe

I am in love with Ingrid's new CD Everybody.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


These are some paintings I did in September and October.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009


For the most part I have always been strawberry blonde. A few times my hair ended up blonder or redder. I have never been brunette. I tried it once, but my hair just turned red. Once or twice Ashlee found the perfect brown for herself. I have been thinking about going brown for awhile and finally a couple days ago I broke down and bought a box of hair dye. It is taking time to get used to, but I think I like it!

Enjoy these pictures of beautiful brunettes who inspired me to make the change.

sources: The Sartorialist, Le Love, Le Fashion, Bleubird Vintage, A Beautiful Mess, Keiko Lynn

What do you think?