Monday, October 22, 2012

Liselotte Watkins - Illustrator

I love fashion, love illustrations, and love nothing more than a great fashion illustrator.  Liselotte Watkins is based in Milan Italy, and she is a wonderful illustrator, stylist, and set designer.  This is a glimpse of some of her bold illustrations.  Which one is your favorite?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sleep On A Cloud

I never realized how different it is to sleep with good bedding.  There is a luxury bedding line based in Los Angeles called Matteo Home.  They have a showroom located in downtown Los Angeles at 912 E. 3rd street where they sell many pieces at very discounted prices.  Twice a year they do a sale where everything in the showroom is discounted another 60% off.  I have been meaning to go forever, and finally this year I desperately needed new bedding.  
We got there at 10:00 am when the sale supposedly started.  There were sooooo many people there rummaging through boxes and boxes of amazing bedding.  Big bags were being given to fill up that you dragged around looking like Santa Clause with all of his toys and gifts. When we were finally finished we had gotten the most spectacular duvet regularly $1000 for $200 along with more bedding then we could carry.  We had to wait in line for over an hour just to pay, but we walked out with about $5000 worth of bedding for $1,200.  I thought pretty worth it.  I had no idea though until I got home.  
We put the new sheets on the bed.  That night sleeping in that new bedding was literally like sleeping in a cloud of comfort.  I had no idea that expensive bedding made such a difference.  There are so many amazing lines out there, Matteo is just one of them.  But I have to say if you can get to Los Angeles, and go to their showroom you won't be disappointed.  You can also purchase there luxurious bedding online at their website.  Either way....purchasing beautiful bedding is definitely a treat that you won't regret.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Food For Thought

Food is part of our life.  It is part of our culture, celebrations, traditions etc., and it is what fuels our bodies.  Being conscious of the food that we put in our mouths especially in today's age is of the utmost importance.  I loved this article written by Anna Brones.  She discusses not only the importance of the food we consume, but also peoples food or lack there of across the globe, and in our own country.  At some point we will have to look at our food consumption and not only for it's physical effects on us as a society but also its global and environmental effects as well.  

Below is a piece of her article written for the Huffington Post and a link to the remaining part.

"Food is life."
I have been known to say a similar thing, but when it came from the mouth of a Ugandan farmer, the words were more powerful than I could ever make them.
Sitting to the right of Constance Okollet on a panel titled Food Anthropology at SXSW Eco in Austin last week, I was humbled as she emphasized what food meant to her and her community. Okollet is  peasant farmer from Osukuru subcounty, Tororo district in eastern Uganda, Africa and a mother of seven. As if that wasn't enough, she's the Chairperson of Osukuru United Women Network, working on agriculture  health and the environment,  and a founding member of Climate Wise Women, traveling the world advocating against climate change and its effects on the communities around her.
During the course of our panel, we learned about her community's reduced access to food -- the effects of climate change have reduced the growing season and in turn the diversity of produce that can be grown. As she talked I became acutely aware of my privilege in even having access to some of the most basic food products.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Vegan Sloppy Joes

These were sooooo good.  Pure ended up eating two of them.  I served them with baked sweet potato fries.  They are super easy to make.  Just slice the sweet potatoes up into thin slices, toss in a bowl with a little bit of olive oil, himalayan crystal salt, and a little bit of Lawry's Season Salt.  Spread out on a baking sheet and cook at 400 for about 15 mins.  Keep checking them to make sure they don't burn, and flip them over about half way through.  The sloppy joes are quick and easy, and will definitely give you left overs.  Below is the recipe.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's My LYFE

Last night we went to the "Forklifting" for LYFE Kitchen that is opening their second location in Culver City January 2013.  For those of you not familiar with LYFE you can catch up at our earlier blog post .
We are so excited by what this restaurant is doing.  They are paving the way for a massive switch in our meat and farming industries.  Much of their food is organic, local, grass fed.  Each restaurant is built sustainably.    All of the meals are under 600 calories, baked or grilled.  Nothing is fried.  There are meat options, vegan options, gluten free options, all with the best ingredients, low sodium, good for you, and affordable.  Everything at LYFE is created under the guise that just because it's good for you doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice taste.  During the press conference they passed around crackers with hummus, kale banana smoothies, and an unbelievable dairy free chocolate dessert.  We are so happy that this is the vision and hopefully the future of food.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DIY Fall Hair & Makeup Trends

It has been so hot in Los Angeles that I haven't even been able to think fall.  It has finally cooled off a bit, and I am feeling that hint of some possible crisp cool weather coming in.  And I mean hint.   I wanted to share some simple fall hair and makeup trends that you can easily do yourself.  Read on for tips....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Claw foot

There is nothing more girly then a claw foot bathtub.  I love the one pictured above with the fresh flowers thrown in.  It screams or should I say whispers pure relaxation.   Painting the outside of the tub like the yellow one above is a beautiful idea as well.  If you are in plans to do a bathroom remodel a claw foot bathtub adds a unique vintage touch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shopping Vintage

Sunday morning we decided to go to the Long Beach Flea Market which is the 3rd Sunday of every month.  The market opens at 5:30 in the morning....not sure what's there so early, but we showed up around 11.  There was quite a few interesting items there, and definitely a lot of stuff to look through.  We plan on going back when the weather cools off a bit.  We then had a great breakfast at a place called Potholder Cafe in downtown Long Beach...yum.  And to finish up our perfect little Sunday Funday we went to Cherry and 4th St. in Long Beach which has a great strip of little vintage stores pictured above.  I was a little bit of a kid in a candy store.  There was so much to look at.  Definitely great little vintage finds as far as furniture and clothing.  I found a fab little ring.  Great way to spend the third Sunday of the month if your in LA.