1950's gelatin silver print


happy halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!
I love dressing up - and really have no excuse to do it any other day of the year
I love the costumes, warm apple cider, spooky stories, and carving pumpkins!

I did sort of an art themed halloween post this year. 
Leanora Carington, Victorain post mortem photo, Henry Fuseli, vintage postcard, seance photo, spirit photography
Vija Celmins, Cris Brodahl, Kazimir Malevich's death bead (I am kind of obsessed with this actually)

My post last year was actually pretty good, if I do say so myself.
And if you are looking for something spooky to watch, try this, it is one of my favorites!


i'm wishing for the one i love to find me today

I love so many things about this video,
let me count the ways...

I used to love Betty Boop when I was little. 
I mean, who didn't? She's pretty rad
and this animation is so awesome! 
Love the weird ghost dancing
I also think this song from Snow White is so lovely and adorable
it has become my personal theme song as of late
and I have listened to the Labyrinth Ear version over and over 
and over

so good!

young suns

woke up last night at 3:21 with an idea! 

i have been trying to figure out the missing piece to the new body of work i am starting to make 
and it came to me in the middle of the night 
of course i sat awake in the dark for hours thinking about it
i'm super excited, but tired today 
it made me think of this great talk i watched a while ago on creativity
if you are a creative person in any way - you must take a few minutes to watch it
 i love the idea about genius being a spirit that comes to you to help you make your work 
it makes perfect sense to me
that flash of inspiration
it is the creative spirit that works through you
you just have to get out of the way
and let it do it's thing

french deco

1920s Art Deco French Rug (at Doris Leslie Blau)


in season

Persimmons are in season!
One of my favorites fruits

I went to my friend Ann's breath circle tonight, which was wonderfully healing.  I was being kind of hard on myself, and she reminded me, like she always does when I need to hear it, that I am doing fine... great, in fact is the word she used.
 And on the way home I started thinking about WHY is it so hard for most of us to see ourselves as the amazing, talented, beautiful, special souls we all are? Why at times do we have trouble seeing in ourselves what others see in us so effortlessly? Sometimes without even really knowing us. How can they recognize something in us that we have not yet recognized ourself?
I have been thinking about this idea a lot lately. 
My friend Shawn reminded me recently that sometimes we need a mirror to reflect back at us what has been there all along. He cleverly compared it to the "You've got something right there" gesture a friend makes when you have chocolate on your face and don't know it.  

I wanted to challenge myself, and you, to try to practice some self-love. And see if we can go one day where we embrace ourselves for the awesome people we are. And cherish every part of ourselves, even the faults. Where we don't hold ourselves back and where we let ourselves shine like the bright stars we are. A day where we are our own mirrors and our biggest fan.

One day.
Let me know what you think and how it goes... 
and more importantly how it feels.

I also wanted to thank all of my amazing mirrors out there! 
I am grateful for you and I'm reflecting right back atcha!


bébé walton

On Saturday I drove up to Ojai for the most lovely Baby Shower one could ever dream of!

My friend Lilly is having a Girl!

I am so thrilled for her and her husband. And it was so fun to spend the day showering her with love. 
Her mom crafted the most amazing ladies lunch. It was so sweet. She put together the most adorable decorations and details.  
(she let me in on where she got everything! check it out) 
(above is my gift and the card I made. When I was in Paris in July I stopped in to Petit Bateau and picked up some French bébé essentials!)

I love this pool!

There is this time of day in Southern California called "The Golden Hour." It is the moment right before the sun goes down, and it ends the day by casting it's golden, pink rays over everything it can touch. It is so magical, and even more so in Ojai.
We were waiting for it all day so we could snap some photos.

I love the photo below of Jessie in action. She took the most beautiful photos of Lilly.
Be sure to check both Jessie and Lilly's blogs for more amazing photos!

It was a perfect day!


the foundation

Yesterday my dear friend Kate took me to the Ojai Foundation. It is an amazing sanctuary overlooking the valley. The Foundation holds rites of passage ceremonies, sweat lodges and retreats, all while embracing a totally sustainable way of living and encouraging a harmonious relationship with nature. Kate went on a retreat here in high school with her class (can you imagine? how awesome!). And I felt so lucky that she shared it with me. We spent the afternoon wondering around the huge grounds whispering to each other about nature and life while we hiked through the woods to the tee pee, walked the labyrinth and picked some sage to put on the alter as an offering. 
It is a super special place. 

Thank you Kate for sharing!


happy friday!

I got super crafty on tuesday night and made a wreath for my front door with a bunch of holly I picked on my hike

beautiful light this morning passing over my cookbooks

lil Ava, just being her cute self

making a card for Little Miss Walton

wrapping present for baby shower

I am so excited for the weekend!

Tonight I am going to a Gong Bath! Yep! You read that right! I am super excited.
Tomorrow I am heading up to Ojai for Lilly's baby shower. I am so looking forward to hanging with all the lovely ladies and oooh and aaah over adorable tiny baby clothes and inventive toys.
Also, staying the weekend in Ojai!
I will be back on Monday with photos!

here are some links I love

another cute video about Paris from Olivia

amazing photos from Turkey (i want to go back here some day, oh that sea!)

fun photos from a Baja vacation

this totally strange and awesome video about what the speed of light looks like. it blew my mind

beautiful wedding inspiration I can relate to

Have a wonderful weekend!