I’m in the process of watching the 1980 TV series, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Garvie is wonderful, but there will only ever be one Elizabeth Bennet for me.Image{Jennifer Ehle, source: Fanpop}




I recently read several articles discussing the prevalence of Mormon women in the lifestyle blogosphere. While I know very little about the LDS Church, and find generalizations to be pretty much useless in any context, I have definitely noted how many of the lifestyle blogs I love are written by Mormons – and, additionally, that my growing familiarity with these individuals through their writing, art, and photo curation has dismantled many of my ignorant assumptions about their religion.

{LDS Temple, Los Angeles, source: Natalie Marie}


I know I’ve been talking about it for awhile, but tomorrow I really am going to have some people over for my birthday. Birthdays have always been important to me, involving a few weeks lead-up as well as another week of follow-up after the fact. It’s more like a birthMONTH, actually, and there are several requirements. Here are the five most important ones, in no particular order:

1. A big dinner.
2. A cake – or pie – with candles.
3. A commemorative gathering.
4. The ‘happy birthday’ song.
5. Presents (a six-pack of beer brought to the gathering will suffice).

Of late, I have also been really into creating signature cocktails for my birthday events, even if they only involve a handful of people. Tomorrow I will be serving vodka spritzers with mint from the garden, cucumber, and lime. It’s been so hot lately, I figured I would just take every summery, cooling thing I could think of and put them all in one drink. It will probably (hopefully) look something like this:

{source: all the delightful things}


I’m back from Palm Springs, refreshed and ready to take on the world. But first – the weekend! I hope you all have a wonderful one.

{my puppy}


Musician, filmmaker, and artist Sami Sänpäkkilä created this site-specific installation for the Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo. The “stars” in the Starwall are holes drilled in a black wall and lit from behind by the sun during the day, and fluorescent lights in the evening, with the size of the holes corresponding to the brightness of the stars they represent.

Sänpäkkilä writes: “For the gallery space Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Japan I have chosen the exact middle of the exhibition as the alignment point which is 25th July 2012 at 16.00. This is when the real stars will align with the fake stars drilled on the wall.”

{Sami Sänpäkkilä, Starwall (Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, Japan edition)}


The indomitable Jeannie and Richard have nominated me for the One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring Blogger award. Coming from them, it’s more than an honor.

So, without further ado, five blogs that rock:
1. Natalie Lewis’ Daily Crave
2. Mexico to Canada
3. lilibeth’s garden
4. zeitgeist in design
5. I may have already posted this, but KSL Design is awesome

And seven things about me:
A – My name begins with the letter A.
B – I just started the third season of ‘Breaking Bad’.
C – Cats love me, but I’m more of a dog person.
D – I studied Design History in graduate school.
E – I have three earrings in each ear.
F – French cuisine is my home cooking standby.
G – I am growing tomatoes, kale, basil, thyme, rosemary, cucumbers, carrots, and beets in my garden this summer.