Tuesday, March 20, 2012

No Impact Man

Last night I had a little movie night and watched No Impact Man. This film came out in 2009 and I had heard a lot about the documentary which follows Colin Beavan, his wife Michelle and their young daughter Isabella for a year as they embark on an environmentally impact free life in New York City.

What an interesting documentary! Living in San Francisco has given me a little bit of an eco fix so to speak, I feel that most San Franciscians practice many more eco friendly habits such as composting, local produce,  and not using plastic bags but this film opened my eyes to exactly how much more each of us can do.

Colin and his family become impact free in stages but eventually get to the point that they only walk or bike as transportation, have no electricity, only consume foods that have been grown within 250 miles of them and watch how it transforms them not only as individuals but as a family. Pretty great experiment.

It left me thinking ok - I know I am not going to go without electricity but what are a few small things I can do to reduce the impact I have on the planet? Here are a few things I came up with.

1. When at the farmers market I already bring my own cloth tote bags to carry things home. But I often still end up with the produce in the individual bags the vendors use when they weigh items. By being conscious of this and only using the cloth bag I can easily reduce the amount of plastic bags I bring home.

2. Investigate making some of my own cleaning products. This is something I have been meaning to do for a long time. Many things labeled "natural" are not as good for us as they seem. Truly natural ingredients can be blended at home and will be a lot healthier for us as well as environmentally friendly. Using plastic bottles we already have helps reduce waste even more.

3. Really be aware of where my food is coming from. Buying only local produce and meats helps to reduce carbon emissions from trucks used to transport foods to and from stores. Eating locally also helps you to actually eat in season and enjoy what is fresh and to challenge yourself to try new things. 

I know there are many more, those are just the top 3 that stuck with me personally from the film.

What ideas do you have to be eco friendly? 

I highly encourage you to check out the film, really insightful and Colin's wife Michelle really made me laugh as she acknowledges the reality and sometimes uncomfortable moments that come with their project.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Good Sounds

I am digging Dominique Pruitt. She has such an interesting, folky, bluesy, earnest sound to her music. I just discovered her over at The City Sage. If you haven't had the chance to check out that blog yet, please go read it now. No really, like now : )

This song is so sweet and I love how plain and simple it is.
Don't we all just want to be the love of someone's life?

PS that awesome man playing guitar is Dominique's Dad. Gotta love it when your family supports your dreams.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Fever

Flowers always inspire me.
They can capture a mood, remind you of a special moment, celebrate a worthy occasion - or my personal favorite - just be beautiful gift for absolutely no reason at all.
With spring now in full swing here in the city local florists are gearing up for wedding season with lush and beautiful petals. Here are a few of my favorites from my neighborhood shop Not Just Flowers.

Pink Ranuculas

A beautiful assortment of roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and some irises

Gorgeous yellow tulips

Stargazer lilies

Bright yellow ranunculas

They were just so beautiful I had to get some for myself! I decided upon the burgundy and pink ranunculus and mixed them together in a handy water pitcher when I got home.

combo of burgundy and pink ranunculus

Baby Love

This past weekend I popped in for a quick visit to my close friends and their adorable son Jameson. I can't believe how much he has grown since I last saw him 2 weeks ago. Congrats to the amazing new parents!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Amazing words written to my Momma and my aunts from my Granddaddy before he passed away. Sometimes I feel like he wrote them for me too.

My aunt gave me a copy of this backed with a photo of my Granddaddy.
To our family it is our "purpose card". I keep mine in my wallet.

Yes- the world seems in turmoil + I'm just trying to get by. It's all ahead for you girls + I know you will have happy lives. Always have some purpose in life - not a big campaign - but a just purpose to do good - help others + be radiant + happy all the time.  In the real raw scene of life - you + only you can do for you + in so doing you help + inspire + set examples for others.
I love + miss you all,

Friday, March 9, 2012

Being Authentic

New Girl is such a great show for so many reasons. 
One of which being the funny and ever so adorable Jess. 
She is quirky and silly and undeniably her authentic self 
It got me thinking about how sometimes in life we may unintentionally change little things about ourselves for others, and how amazing it would be if more of us really embraced our authentic selves and all our little quirks.

I like to craft, and there is nothing that makes me happier than making something. I have "creative ADD" and I love it.  I may have a ton of projects going and sometimes it takes me forever to finish them, like years. Or I might not finish them at all. I buy things at Britex for no other reason than they inspire me. I say words like putter, shwoop and wicked. I get extremely excited about great stationary.
And you know what - I like all those things about myself.

Cheers to being you and no one else.

- Quote from New Girl, Image credit unknown. Found on Fairy Tales are True

Monday, March 5, 2012

Austin Adventure Part 2

My trip to Austin continued to dazzle me. The shops in Austin are funky, eclectic and I loved them all.
Here are a few of my favorite spots. 

Parts & Labour had a variety of locally crafted goods. Everything from clothing to candles. I scored a great purple strapless dress with some southern flair that was made by a local designer.

Creatures Boutique had clothing with a fun southern charm. The jewelry in here was amazing!

Guero's, great tacos, great beers. Need I say more? 
Located right off of South Congress this place is in prime people watching and shopping location.

My teeny, tiny beer glass made my Pacifico even more fun to drink.

Jo's became my go to every morning for their delicious iced coffee. It has a little hint of chocolate, half and half and a splash of hazelnut. Amazing!

 They also sell beer, for those hot and sunny afternoons where a coffee just won't do.

 Awesome outdoor patio complete with wireless! There is an even bigger area in the back you can't see.

Love the mural on the side of the shop, so sweet.

This was honestly one of my favorite spots in Austin. I loved reading out on the patio and enjoying my iced coffee. A great way to start the day.

Hope to visit you again soon Austin, until then stay weird!


Visual Merchandising Goes Green

I took a trip to one of my favorite inspiration stores, Anthropologie, this weekend.
How could I resist those beautiful window displays? They just lure me in every time.

Anthropologie on Market Street in San Francisco 


This time I noticed something new when I went in the store. My first thought was - Wow check out all the live plants in here! Upon second glance I realized that only half of the plants were alive. The other half had been created using various materials such as felt, rope, cloth and some sewing magic.
The visual merchandising team really outdid themselves this time.  

I was amazed at how easily the real and crafted plants blended with each other. It was such a great experience to see and touch the live plants and then touch the hand crafted elements.  

This was also a great marketing tactic that really got their customers wanting some spring and summer apparel. The displays of plants, warm weather shorts and dresses, and brightly colored apparel & accessories really screamed "Warm weather is coming! Gets your outfits ready now!" The desert design with the cactus elements can't help but make you want to be wearing a nice summer dress.

Don't mind if I do Anthro! 

Is it real plants? Nope - it is cloth, rope and felt!

These guys are real

Can you spot the real plants and the crafted plants?
Is that a desert oasis? Nope, just another display in Anthropologie.
Happy design inspiration!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Austin Adventure

Recently I took a weekend adventure to Austin, Texas and it was filled with inspiration. 

I loved the metal detailing on the railing on the walk way at Lady Bird Lake. 
Such a beautiful little accent to an object people use everyday.

Check out the view from the Zilker Park side of the trail. 
That is downtown Austin and the South Congress Bridge


I loved this outdoor bar/ venue, they had tons of live music going on at night!

Rainy Day

Nothing delights me quite like a latte and a delicious almond croissant.
My neighborhood spot, Thorough Bread & Pastry has some of the best treats. Hope you are staying dry on this rainy day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Domino Magazine is making a comeback!

One of my all time favorite home design magazines is coming back to print! 

Photo via curbed.com

When the economy took a turn a few years ago Domino was one of many magazines to be taken off of shelves.  Myself and many other decor junkies were very sad to see it go. It will be coming back this Spring reincarnated as Domino Quick Fixes and "will be full of Domino’s best home decorating stories, focusing on easy, often inexpensive changes that make a big difference – from quick spruce-ups of dowdy furniture to more involved DIY projects like painting stairs or reorganizing a home office." The issue will be on newsstands April 17 through July 16 and a second edition is planned for the fall. At $11 for each issue it is more than the original Domino, but I have a feeling that the quarterly sold issues will be jam packed with even more great details and will be well worth the price.  

To read more about Domino's return to the press check out the Curbed article here.
I can't wait to read the issue for myself!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A lovely weekend

My perfect afternoon
I spent a great part of the beautiful day reading the Design*Sponge at Home book looking for design inspiration, drinking tea out of my new Jonathan Adler mug and admiring my new mini succulent garden. The Design*Sponge blog is such a great resource for DIY projects and I always feel like I can build almost anything after reading their posts. The book has proved to be just as amazing! I am bursting with inspiration.

A close up of my adorable succulents. Love them!
I hope you all are enjoying a great weekend and the sunshine here in the city.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winter Reading

Even though the cherry blossoms are in bloom here in the city it is still cold out and makes me want to curl up in a sunny spot with some tea and read a good book.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite books that I love.

How did you get this number
by Sloane Crosley
If you like Davis Sedaris and a witty writing style you will love Sloane's hilarious book of essays about life in your twenties in New York.  Her first book, I was Told There'd Be Cake is equally awesome.

The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss
Incredibly well written and tells the story of an old man remembering the love of his life and how his path intertwines with a 14 year old girl who has more in common with him than either of them realize.

The Gospel According to Biff: Christ's Childhood Friend
by Christopher Moore
This hilarious fiction novel explores what the life of Christ's might have been like through the eyes of his childhood partner in crime - Biff. I honestly laugh every time I read this book!

What is on your favorite books list?

Any upcoming releases you can't wait to grab off the shelves?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Attention List Lovers

I am a little obsessed with keeping a notebook in my purse at all times. I often have random thoughts, to do lists and errands that I know I will forget unless I write them down. Recently I stumbled upon these great notebooks from Smock which I absolutely love.

Each notebook is 3.5x5.5 inches, made from 100% post consumer recycled paper and has 40 blank pages to fill with your thoughts. A pack of 2 is only $6 so feel free to stock up! Smock also sells cards, decorative boxes, gift wrap and more.

And if you are a paper nerd like me you will enjoy knowing that the Creative Director of Smock Amy Graham Stigler is also the founder of Snow & Graham!

Happy list making everyone.

By Definition

I've been thinking a lot about the things I want to build in my life lately. Career choices, friendships, romantic love, and family were all swirling around my head. Which lead to some random internet surfing... For some reason I found dictionary.com's definition of the word "create" exceptionally inspiring.

create -
evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

To cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.

It made me smile to think that the lives we all create for ourselves can also be thought of "as a work of art." For me life often feels like I am constructing some elaborate flower arrangement, slowly adding each bloom until suddenly I see a beautiful bouquet.

What are you trying to create in your life?