Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Royal Wedding

Dear BlogReaders,
A tiny little event is happening in London Town tomorrow. . . perhaps you’ve heard about it? It might be a low key shindig, so I’ll loop you in just in case:

KATE and WILLS are getting hitched!


The future King of England finally put a ring on it, and now the whole country gets the day off to help the love birds celebrate. Pretty sweet if you ask me! A few crazy people I know are heading into the middle of the chaos tomorrow around 5am to try and get a peek at the bride and groom during their procession to and from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. . .

Who the heck would join the crowd of millions to do a thing like that?! Wish us luck!


Friday, April 22, 2011


Dear Homies,
How dope is this shirt?

Source:  RAYGUN found via Design Crush

One of you is going to purchase this for me, right? WORD.


Friday, April 15, 2011


Found on Le Love from WeHeartIt

I have a dear friend who will remain nameless {to protect the innocent} who recently met a handsome fellow and went on a good old fashion date. In truth, I don’t know if he’s actually handsome, but I’m guessing it’s very likely. The next morning I demanded that she tell me everything and this was her response: 
  1. He kisses like a DREAM 
  2. He is a perfect gentleman 
  3. He told me I look beautiful & take his breath away 
  4. He spent the entire evening trying to convince me that he NEVER EVER gets this attached to a girl EVER because he is the king of cool & he is losing street cred with himself for behaving like a love sick puppy 
  5. He took me to the OXO Tower for drinks & arranged a table overlooking the river = muchos romantic points. 
  6. He made me speak about myself all night 
  7. He held my hand every single opportunity he could 
  8. He paid for EVERYTHING 
  9. He took me to the most amazing restaurant & then he walked me to the train station to catch the last train even though he desperately wanted to drive me home 
  10. He made me feel amazing 
I would first like to point out that she provided her response in the form of an even numbered list – it’s like we were destined to be friends. Secondly, WHOA! I read her email several times over because the smile she most certainly has plastered across her face was permeating off my computer screen. That level of excitement and giddiness has to be contagious. For all of the shitty-shit that happens in the world isn’t it refreshing to hear about two people at the beginning of something lovely?

“Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You're walking along, minding your own business. You're looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather, and before you know it, you're walking on air . . .”  – Friend Owl, from Bambi 

PS – If you’re in LondonTown and haven’t been to the OXO Tower with someone special then scoop a special person up off the street and go there immediately, it is AMAZING. Ryan and I were there in September and even the entire bottle of wine I consumed couldn’t cloud making it one of my favourite London memories to-date.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It's the 6th of the month.

Dear Ryan,
High-five, darling.
Credit to lovemaki found via Design Crush

“Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will.”  -Author Unknown


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

cityLove: Taylor's Phoenix

Can you believe I’ve been so rude as to keep you in suspense for over two months since our first installment of cityLove?! Don’t worry, I’m hanging my head in shame.

Today we’re going to head home to the desert, as hear all about why Taylor loves Phoenix. In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know Taylor no longer calls Arizona home . . . she’s recently taken an amazing job opportunity and lives in Palm Springs until later in the year when she’s heading to San Francisco! All of which makes two things inevitable: 1. Tay should do more cityLove for us AND 2. I need to play a trip to San Fran!

The Basics:

1. Name? Taylor K

2. Current city you live in? Phoenix, AZ (by current ,we clearly mean previous)

3. How long have you lived here?  4 Years. YIKES!

4. Where is your “home town”?  Long Beach, CA

5. What other cities have you lived in?  Huntington Beach, CA, Flagstaff, AZ and Scottsdale, AZ

6. Where can we find you on line?  Blog, Twitter

LOVE for your city:

1. What brought you to Phoenix / Arizona?  I was living in Flagstaff after college and planned to go to law school. I was tired of school, however, and wanted a break between undergraduate and law school. I decided to move to Phoenix for a job. The job market in Flagstaff is not so great, so I took a job with a commercial real estate firm.

2. What is the biggest surprise about living here? The AWESOME people and community in Central Phoenix (CenPho). I never expected to meet such fantastic people. Also, the restaurants here are out of control yummy. Some of the best in the world. FO REAL.

3. How long did it take you to feel settled?  Probably two years? I think I started to feel most settled when I purchased my home. I love my location in the city. It’s right in the middle of Arcadia, The Biltmore and downtown Phoenix. I feel very at home there.

4. If you skipped work for a day and had no other obligations or things to do, how would you spend the time?  I would start my morning at Lux coffee shop, would check out some of our wonderful museums, lunch at Gallo Blanco, vintage and antique shopping in the Melrose District, a quick stop at Smeeks for some candy and an Orange Creme soda, dinner at Durrant’s and after dinner drinks at The Deuce (my new favorite bar/restaurant/boxing gym/retail shop/vintage bike shop).  Editor's note:  If you live in Arizona and haven't been to Smeeks you're missing out on the cutest candy shop in all the land!

5. If someone was coming to visit what would you put on their “must do” list?  Pizzeria Bianco, Murphy Bridle Path, Postino Wine Cafe and Drinks at the Phoenician Resort. Their trip would involve lots of drinking.  Editor's note again:  I have a deep love for Postino's. . . their tomato jam on bruschetta steals my heart. 

6. What are your favourite restaurants in your city? This is so tough! I love so many. My short list is; Gallo Blanco, Postinos, Los Dos Molinos, Delux and True Food Kitchen.

7. What attraction or landmark lives up to all the hype?  Camelback Mountain is so pretty and breathtaking. I love the drive to the mountain and love walking around the area.

8. What attraction or landmark is overrated?  Scottsdale Fashion Square - Although the shopping is fantastic, I don’t think there is anything uniquely Arizona about the mall. Yes, they have wonderful stores and fancy products, but I don’t understand why people visiting Arizona would want to do something they could do in a dozen other cities around the world. I much prefer shopping the local stores around the central corridor in Phoenix.  Also, the Civic Space Park in Phoenix. The art installation thing just looks like a used condom to me. I don’t really get it.  Yes, another note:  I always thought the art installation was some sort of jelly fish. 

9. What’s the most relaxing thing to do in Phoenix?  I love going to the Phoenician and having a cocktail on the patio of the Thirsty Camel during Monsoon season. The views of the valley are spectacular, the martinis are to die for and the resort isn’t too crowded during monsoon season. Watching the storms roll in and enjoying the lightning show is one of my favorite things to do in Phoenix.

10. What’s your overall fav thing about living in Phoenix?  The people. I have made such incredible friends and connections here. Everyone is so supportive.

11. If you were forced to move tomorrow (er, two months ago) what would you miss most about?  The people. I would really miss the friends I have made here. I probably will move eventually (I miss my family and I do not do well with the summer heat) but will be sure to come back often to hang with all of my cool people.

12. What are you dying to share about Phoenix?  I think the culinary scene is the most surprising about Phoenix! I think everyone who has visited me has been pleasantly surprised to find that we boast some of the best chefs and restaurants in the country. Also, I think people should know that it is not all block wall fences and tract homes. We have some incredible historic neighbourhoods and architectural gems.

13. How do you survive the summers? I eat a ridiculous amount of snowcones, spend most of my time outside of work in the pool, and complain ALL THE TIME. Also, taking a shower, then going directly to my bed without drying off and lying there naked under the AC vent is one of my favorite summer activities.

14. What else would you like people to know about the state of Arizona?  Arizona is an incredibly diverse state full of varied landscapes, climates and people. We’re not all suburban hicks who hate minorities.  Final note:  WORD.

Thanks for sharing Tay!  You've definitely mentioned some of my fav things too . . .great minds, I tell ya.

Feeling the Love?  If you’d like to participate drop me a comment, email, tweet, FB note, or whatever other form of 2011 communication tickles your fancy, and I’ll gladly respond with some fun questions for you to answer all about the city you love.

Monday, April 4, 2011

OCD Poster

Dear FellowPerfectionists,
Is this print not amazing?

Design from Adapt found via Design Crush

I love the simplicity of the design, yet I could never have this in my house.  Just knowing it's on my blog is stressing me out.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ol' Buddy, Ol' Pal

Image from weheartit
Dear BlogReaders,
Seeing as how I’m many miles away from anyone I’ve known for more than a few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the people in my life and more specifically my friends. You know what that means don’t you? You get to read all about it . . . oh, lucky you!

As I’ve gotten older (not old, just oldER) I’ve realized (read: forced to realize) that friendships do not always last forever, and it becomes exceedingly difficult to maintain those that do last.

Why is it, when you’re a kid, no one ever tells you that? Or better yet . . . Why is it, when you’re a kid, you don’t listen to anyone telling you that?!

When I was younger, I remember wholeheartedly thinking that my BFF’s would literally be my best friends FOREVER. That second ‘F’ meant something! It wasn’t just going to be best friends until high school, best friends until college, or best friends until you met that guy. Bleck, BFUYMTG are the worst. Once you’re a ‘grown up’ life tends to get in the way and muck things up. Maybe it’s because we’re too busy with work, family, commitments, significant others or all of those put together. Or perhaps we’re too far away, grow apart, disagree, get in an argument, or realize the person that you thought you knew is much different than the person you thought you knew. Sadly, it’s pretty safe to say I’ve been on both the sides of that last one.

I happen to be extremely lucky in that I have amazing friends in my life that I have known since elementary school, junior high, or high school. Not all of them, mind you, but the ‘core group’ (for lack of a better description) has quite a few years of palling around together under our belts. The part of the program that takes a bit of getting used to is when one of those people falls away. A person you saw yourself shopping with when you were blue-haired and crotchety. Someone you thought would be there to see you get married or watch your kids grow up . . . if those life plans happen to be your cup of tea.

When things are peachy, it’s hard to imagine not having certain friends in your life no matter what potential reasons could arise. But as we all know too well, not all friends are meant to last forever and for me personally, that is a tough pill to swallow. Yes, I have a huge family that I’m very close with, but my friendships are just as important to me, if not more so at times. That’s not a dig on the family, AT ALL. Friendships however, because you’re able to choose them, and you likely end up surrounding yourself with those you have things in common with, have a link that’s different than family. I take pride in being a good friend and when friendships come to an end, it’s hard not to take it as a personal blow.

It’s only over the past few years that I’ve FINALLY realized it’s actually okay when people come into your life and go back out again, regardless of how long or how brief they happened to be there. I tend to subscribe to the school of thought that says all things happen for a reason. Even if I deny it at the time or never figure out exactly what it was, I know that there’s a ‘why’ behind the way things end up playing out. In some cases I might know the ‘why’ and in others it’s a bit more elusive . . . but regardless of how or why, I’d like to say THANK YOU to all of the amazing people that may or may not be in my life anymore, but I am fortunate enough to have at some point called a friend.