Tuesday, December 16, 2014

pony pictures!

we live on a quiet street that one of my favorite neighbors likes to call "skunk holler." i remember when we first moved to the neighborhood, sitting on the porch with michael and just listening to the soft night sounds. every so often an opossum or a skunk or a coyote would come rambling by. no big deal. sometimes even a raccoon or two or three which made us hightail it into the house. this same neighbor, erica, used to take photos of kids dressed up on ponies and said we should take some of the girls. so one recent sunday morning, we hopped the fence and she dressed them up and took them for a ride on her horse. the girls were way more excited about it than they look in the photos. afterwards, erica showed us around her house which was filled with horses - all of her ponies from when she was little, her trophies, horse paraphernalia everywhere. i know that day will be etched into elodie's memory forever and now we have the horsey photos to go along with the story. every kid should have a pony picture right?


Thursday, November 27, 2014

giving thanks

i have such fond memories growing up of thanksgiving and christmas time. my mother really went out of her way to make our home a warm cocoon filled with music and cheer. she would always invite people over and share whatever meal or treats we had made along with her big smile. i can feel and taste thanksgiving as only she and my stepfather prepare it. everyone has their own idea of what thanksgiving should really be like and i hold every year's up to the ones from my childhood.

because of this, i really yearned to be home for thanksgiving this year. my mother has been quite ill and i honestly don't know how many thanksgivings we have left together. this makes me cry as i type this but also makes me remember i only have now anyway, with anyone. so i booked a ticket to celebrate a thanksgiving with the siblings. i brought francesca as she is still really little and so that michael and elodie could have some much needed time together. it was hard to make the decision to not go as a family but i wanted to be able to just be with my original family if that makes sense. i give thanks for all of the different parts of our heart we have. all of the old memories, all of the memories to come. for every person who has shaped me and helped me as i've stumbled along or strode along confidently 
(because i've done both) through this life. there is no one on earth like a mother. and i want mine to know how very much she means to me. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

the elves' faire

one of my favorite annual activities is the elves' faire at the pasadena waldorf school. the girls and i took sweet pea classes there and it's such a quiet, special place. every year i get the girls a doll from the doll room (most are handmade by the school's parents.) this year i chose two very special ones that i can't wait for the girls to open on christmas morning.

we saw several friends throughout the day. some had tea with us, some did jousting, or helped make an elf hat for francesca to wear. francesca still wears her acorn necklace that she picked out from the acorn man. it's so lovely to have these yearly rituals with the girls. activities that they can count on as the season's change. thankful for our lovely local community of friends and such wonderful places to gather! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

80 degrees and sunny

i was recently asked to be a part of a shoot for yahoo! style featuring fall looks from a.p.c, cos, and rag & bone (stores that all recently opened here in los angeles.) i'm so in love with the a.p.c jumpsuit in the photo. here is a link to the article!

photo by darcy hemley

Friday, November 21, 2014

handmade holiday by crafting community

no doubt the weekends get filled up quickly in december but when i heard that crafting community was throwing a festive, holiday version of their amazing palm springs retreat, i rushed to clear the calendar. we were lucky enough to be able to attend the epic 3 day event last year. elodie still talks about it and the treasures that she made during our weekend together are still proudly displayed in her bedroom.

handmade holiday promises to be nothing less spectacular. it will be held at the lombardi house (where i just had my last birthday) which is a beautiful oasis right in the middle of hollywood. i'm so excited to spend time with elodie at their festive workshops making gorgeous gift-able crafts for our family and friends. 

location: the lombardi house 
date: december 13, 2014
time: 10 am - 4 pm

the workshops include:

an ornament bar, a god's eye workshop, a woven succulent gardens workshop amongst other inspiring crafts. 

i'm also looking forward to their curated holiday market, the hint water nail bar with olive and june (gasp!), next-level cookie decorating, and customized holiday cards. 

crafting community's events are not to be missed and i hope that this becomes an annual tradition for my girls and i. 

you can book your tickets here

a portion of the proceeds from handmade holiday will benefit heart of los angeles

i hope to meet you there! 

a birthday to remember

i can't remember the last birthday where i was actually home willingly. my husband knows me well and always plans for me to be on some sort of adventure - whether it is in an a-frame in mt. rainier, on a plane to rome, or in the woods of big sur. i love to be somewhere to mark a new year.

this year my friend eliza and i decided to have a joint party together. we told our husbands and they took over!

what followed was one of the best nights i've ever had. sitting in the big, beautiful barn at the lombardi house on a
warm los angeles evening surrounded by candle light and the laughter of friends, well it gives me goose bumps to think about it. some of my oldest friends were there and i was just reminded of how far we have come. the kinship we have created together. there is nothing more in this world than feeling that sense of accomplishment. the intangible moments of friendship and camaraderie.

when i was in ojai a few weeks before the party i had mentioned to some friends that it would be fun to have dueling banjo players at the party. of course, i was kidding. when i sat down for dinner i was greeted to plucking sounds from both sides of me playing the deliverance tune. i've never seen this movie so i found it hilarious.

i seriously don't need another party like this as long as i live. isn't that a good feeling?

we had a post-summer potluck made amazing by little nelly la (with the cutest mini cherry pies), flowers by moon canyon, cocktails by pharmacie la, tableware by borrowed blu, a smilebooth, and furniture by my husband's company yeah! rentals and, of course, the gorgeous lombardi house. to see more details from this beautiful evening click here.

all photos by jenn emerling

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

hopewell maker's aprons

elodie and i had such a fun time going over to our friend darcy's house to do a little photoshoot for hopewell workshop's new aprons. i was worried about shooting with her as she doesn't love to be in front of the camera these days (which i completely respect!) but then we got to making apple crumble and it was just like we were at home in our kitchen.

we had the best time and love these aprons. they are made from cone denim and i love that you can just slip them over your head instead of having to tie strings. they are monogrammed with our names and we've already used them load of times in our weekly baking projects. so perfect for the holidays!

photos by darcy hemley