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April 2009

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Photoshoot: Sun & Sand

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We found a parking spot on PCH that day. About halfway to the shore, we kicked off our flip-flops and let our toes sink into the sand.

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We sat down, blanket-less. I made patterns in the sand as I watched the waves roll in. Specks sparkled in the sun as I filtered grains through my fingers.

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We kicked around the soccer ball by the surf. Sometimes the ball hit the water, and we happily chased it, splashing our feet in the cold ocean. Our faces were hot, too, but the breeze kept us dry from sweat.

Driving away hours later, we realized we were sunkissed. I smiled my tired, content smile, and for the next few hours I saw nothing but beauty in the world.

Do You Have a Book Nook?

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My heart skipped a beat when I came across this photo on Apartment Therapy. Click here to see more angles.

When I was a preteen, I spent an entire weekend compartmentalizing my room. One corner was for watching TV, my bed was for looking at the NKOTB posters on the wall (ahh, Jordan), my desk was for typing my stories. Another space was for reading. I positioned two bookshelves so that they nearly cordoned off a corner. Inside I assembled a pile of pillows, where I sat, back against the wall, with a good book. It was my favorite compartment by far, like my own little library. My own book nook.

If I could create a grown-up book nook, it would look like the space above, only with books instead of DVDs. And to think it was created using Lack pieces from IKEA. I’d attempt it in a heartbeat if I were even the slightest bit handy. Unfortunately it took me the better part of a morning to put together an IKEA bookshelf, and that was with the oh-so-helpful instructions.

War for Wilco Tickets

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They were chewing gum for something to do …

“Whistle it, then rip it!”

This was the overly enthusiastic and seemingly random cry from one of the fellow Wilco fans sitting in front of us back in 2001, the cry that forever settled into our collective memory as “the moment” of that show. “Whistle it, then rip it!” What does that even mean?

Fast forward to 2009. My concert buddy and I are reuniting in June. It’s been a few years since we followed a band around, but we’re picking up right where we left off. With two Wilco shows, two days in a row. I’m stoked because you never know what kind of crazy people you’ll meet at their shows (example above). I’m ready, even though I was on the verge of a heart attack trying to buy tickets when they went on sale.

{Rant} Is it just me, or does a ticking clock as you’re trying to fill out your credit card info seem a little much? It’s like a countdown till the bomb goes off. A concert-goer doesn’t really need this kind of pressure. It’s not like the safety of the free world rests on your ability to buy already-inflated concert tickets in two minutes or less … {/Rant}

And, finally, a really shoddy (but still awesome) Wilco video from the last show of theirs I saw, here in L.A. in 2007:

100 Movies: 8, 9

And the countdown continues in my quest to watch and find something inspiring in every single one of Yahoo’s 100 Movies to See Before You Die

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Let’s forget about the fact that this movie doesn’t provide the most accurate representation of the U.S. legal system. It does take place in mostly one room, though, and that’s pretty darn impressive. Now if only I could keep this in mind the next time it’s my turn for napping in public (aka jury duty). At least the jury pool nowadays includes people of all colors and ages and genders, infinitely more exciting than a bunch of middle-aged white men wearing crisp white shirts and ties. Progress! Now that’s inspiring.

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This movie is a photographer’s dream! Every scene is perfectly framed. The lighting is exquisite. As if one would expect less from Stanley Kubrick. It was difficult to choose just one still to share here; they’re all fantastic. I eventually settled on this one because I’ve falling in love with these chairs and must declare it to the world.

Fashion Forward: Lucky Elephants

I’ve been noticing elephant pendants popping up all over the place and, as much as they remind me of a certain political party which shall go unnamed, I must begrudgingly admit that I like the look of them. The history of the lucky elephant symbol in Western culture is interesting. All the rage in the early 1900s, one of the popular beliefs was that only elephants with upturned trunks were lucky. Note how all these charms found on Etsy follow the same school of thought!

Who couldn’t use a little luck right now?

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What to Do With Leftover Easter Eggs

What to Do With Leftover Easter Eggs • Little Gold Pixel

For mere pennies I scored a little egg-dyeing kit at the thrift on Easter weekend, so Husband and I had fun reverting to childhood for a few hours.

We stopped short of hiding them for a hunt, but that was only because we were distracted with thoughts of how we were going to eat hard-boiled eggs for the next week.

What to Do With Leftover Easter Eggs

The next time you find yourself with a salt shaker in one hand and a boiled egg in the other, you might want to try one of our culinary adventures, all of which we wholeheartedly vouch for.

BREAKFAST

Egg on English muffin: Exactly what it sounds like. Chop up a hardboiled egg, slather on some Laughing Cow cheese (the bee’s knees!), salt + pepper, toss in toaster oven for a minute, and munch away.

LUNCH

Egg and guacamole on flaxseed bread: Pretty much the same as breakfast, only substitute the cheese with the guacamole. Add a little salsa, and you’re good to go.

DINNER

Everything-in-the-pantry salad: Toss a chopped egg, almonds, red onion, corn, bell peppers, flaxseed and chickpeas (and whatever else you find in your fridge or pantry) with romaine lettuce and add some ranch dressing. So good you’d think you planned it!

100 Movies: 5, 6, 7

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The Netflix envelopes were sitting there most of the week, untouched. Every time I saw them I thought, “Yes, I should follow through on my plan to see Yahoo’s 100 Movies to See Before You Die … just not tonight.” Truth is, two of the movies seemed downright depressing, and it was a challenge just to put them in the DVD player. And even though I’m glad I eventually did, I was right. These movies are depressing. Inspiration can be found anywhere, though, right? Right.

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About an unemployed man in post-WWII Italy who finally gets a job with one prerequisite: a bicycle. And what happens on the first day? His bicycle gets stolen. Another case of the poor man never getting a break. It would be all doom and gloom if it weren’t for the man’s young son, Bruno (Enzo Staiola), whose gumption far exceeds that of people twice his age. Bruno has a job of his own, a sense of style and he isn’t afraid to stand up to his dad after being slapped. Way to go, kid!

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Honestly, I’m hard-pressed to think of a more depressing film. You’ve got the French occupation and the Algerian revolution. And they fight. A lot. And not fairly. You hate both sides, in fact. But I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. If that’s not quality movie-making, I don’t know what is. I think anyone watching this movie can easily see that neither side wins when using tit-for-tat and terror warfare. The hippie inside me was inspired to jump up and say, “Dammit everyone! Just give peace a chance!”

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Finally, some (very dated) comic relief. I wanted to LOL, but instead I found myself OMG-ing, and in an uncomfortable “this is so wrong” kind of way. Definitely a movie of its time, I think the time has passed. The best part was when the sheriff came to town on his beautiful horse and wearing designer Western duds. Now that’s an inspiring image!

Design Dialogue: Earthspheres

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Friends, these wayward “earthspheres” by Spherical Concepts deserve a good home. And by good home I mean my home. I must adopt* them. Please excuse me while I roll my tongue back into my mouth now.

*With a pricetag of $295, I’m actually contemplating kidnapping instead.