makin' music

Tina & Cher

This is amazing
and made my morning
lots of sparkles and hair tossing



John Mcallister


Andrew Masullo



The amazing home of Christopher Daniels.
See his Ten Favorite Things here


my ten favorite things // christopher daniels \\

I'm just over the moon about this round of My Ten Favorite Things! It is an amazing one!
I am thrilled to introduce you to Christopher Daniels. I first met him through my dear friend Christine, at one point the three of us lived on the same street in Silverlake. And I kept hearing about how perfectly curated his home was, and I feel honored that I got to spend an afternoon looking around and hearing amazing stories about his collection of curiosities. You know the saying, "Oh so and so is an artists artist", well Christopher is truly a collectors collector. In college he studied Fine Art and Graphic Design. He moved to LA where he has worked at an interior design firm, an event planning company, a branding firm and for himself as brand manager. There is really nothing he can't do, he has an amazing eye. He is a wonderful gardener and bartender, and always arrives to a party perfectly dressed!
I am so excited to have Christopher share his ten favorite things!


 My dog Banjo (Full name Beaux Jangles)
Rescued from a shelter in Pasadena, he is my best buddy. Valiant, ever vigilant, and super soft and cuddly, 
I can't help but rank him as number 1.

My Fathers Weather Station
This is a Barometer, Thermometer, and Hygrometer . This has always been in my home since I was little, and possibly the beginning of my nautical object obsession. He was a Sailor in the Navy, and an avid fisherman. Neither of which gave me the ability to avoid sea sickness. 

My Grandfathers pocket knife
This horn handled pocket knife was worn by my Grandfather, every day that I could remember. He was a fisherman, farmer, and Furniture maker that cared for everyone around him.

Bucks Head
A recipient of seasonal adornment, this fella was found locally in Silverlake, but welcomes all guests that come to the house. The antlers make for perfect points to hang things from.

A Taxidermy Horseshoe Crab
I'm obsessed with these roaming battle tanks of the sea. They hold secrets to eternal life in their bright blue blood and have been on the planet for around 250 million years and are more closely related to scorpions than crabs. 

Vintage broach from Lille, France
Scavenging flea markets is something that requires patience. I found this while in Paris, and since it has become the favorite of my Broach collection. The quality and ornateness of the filigree I think is the perfect accent on any blazer. 

Cluster of Memories
I have a tree that I like to hang dangly treasures in. These were remnants from a group art project entitled "Mapping Memories". Each ribbon contains the name of something that no longer exists in L.A., that is remembered fondly by it's creator. 

Succulent Pot
I started collecting succulents when I moved to Los Angeles. On every walk I would be sure to bring a little snippet of one home. For my last birthday I asked that my best friends just give me a plant that they thought represented themselves. This is the collection of them.

18th Century Bird Print
I'm not really sure how my obsession with birds began. I had them as pets growing up, and was always interested in bird watching. It was also my favorite section of the zoo. To me now, they represent freedom. I found this print on my first trip to London, while walking along the Thames in one of those under-bridge book markets. While picking this out I also met someone that I ended up falling in love with.

Pencil Sea Urchin
I guess I have an appreciation for animals that have developed a natural form of defense. This is my favorite variety of Urchin, and favorite piece in my shell collection. I typically try to find shells on any trip near the ocean. There is such a vast array of colors and textures to be discovered. 

Guess what?!
Christopher's home was so amazing that just ten photos won't do. 
So, check back on Monday when I will be posting outtakes from our shoot!

Have a happy weekend and enjoy the sunshine!



i dont know what this is
but i love it



In 1907, Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed became the first president of the Ladies Alpine Club. She wrote seven books on mountain climbing and over her lifetime climbed twenty peaks that no one had climbed before. Under the name Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond she made at least 10 films of alpine activities in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland. She is probably among the world's first three female film-makers. 

"There is no manlier sport in the world than mountaineering. It is true that all the sports Englishmen take part in are manly, but mountaineering is different from others, because it is sport purely for the sake of sport. There is no question of beating anyone else, as in a race or a game, or of killing an animal or a bird as in hunting or shooting. A mountaineer sets his skill and his strength against the difficulty of getting to the top of a steep peak. Either he conquers the mountain, or it conquers him. If he fails, he keeps on trying until he succeeds. This teaches him perseverance, and proves to him that anything is possible if he is determined to do it." —Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed (a.k.a. Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond) from the preface of her book True Tales of Mountain Adventure for Non-climbers Young and Old, 1903.

These photos are incredible!
What must that have been like in 1907 to be a female mountaineer?! 
To be in landscapes that maybe no one had ever seen before, climbing mountains waist deep in snow, all in a corset and skirt no less!


new moon wishing


Tuesday, Feburary 21, Pisces 5:35pm EST

New Moon Wishing

Because this New Moon is in the sign of PISCES, it’s a powerful time for new beginnings in feeling more loving and taking steps to release any self-destructive habits of addiction.  Progress you may have wanted to happen in your life for a long time can begin easily manifesting through using the boost of this powerfully trusting New Moon.  PISCES opens in us an awareness of using the strength of connecting with a Higher Power to help wishes in coming true.

For success, your wishes must be handwritten on paper and ten wishes maximum are allowed on each power day.  The most potent time is the first 8 hours AFTER the exact time of the New Moon; within the first 48 hours will still work.   For clear success, it’s best to avoid wishing during those hours when the Moon is Void of Course.

Therefore in FEBRUARY 2012, your most potent times for wishing are:

Tuesday, February 21:  2:35 pm – midnight
Wednesday, February 22:  12:01 am – 6:24 pm
Thursday, February 23:  6:48 pm – 9pm
These times are in Pacific Standard Time. 

Among other things, this New Moon stimulates the ability to more successfully navigate your life by understanding and forgiving the foibles of others and yourself, seeing that we are all doing the best we can, given our understanding and history.

Because the New Moon of February is in the sign of PISCES, it is the most potent New Moon of the year for wishing to surrender any self-destructive addictions:  excessive drinking, drugs, smoking, counter-productive dietary choices.  This time period is also highly charged and uniquely empowered to help release any self-sabotaging behaviors:  procrastination, judging others or ourselves, the habit of criticizing or over-analyzing.

The energy of PISCES stimulates an opening for creating greater success in spiritual pursuits, such as meditation and stress-reducing exercises.  This New Moon stimulates the capacity to view our lives with more love.  When we forgive and cease to judge others, we save time and energy.  Then the way opens for us to more easily create the personal successes we desire.

I love getting this information from my super special friend Jane Anne. 
I know I talk about this a lot, but I feel it is so true, and have seen it work. I think writing your wishes or intentions is so powerful and just amplifies them. It is a way to say, "OK universe, this is what I want in my life..."
Jane Anne does amazing readings: Love Cards, Totem Animal readings, Destiny Card Spread... among others. She is very intuitive and talented and I would highly recommend her to anyone interested. In the past she has gifted a Totem Animal reading and a Destiny Card Spread to me, both were amazing and insightful, and full of information I use all the time in my life. She will have a website up soon, but in the mean time if you are interested in a reading you can email her at dianasbow [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Sending lots of love and new moon magic to you all!
Happy wishing!


Busby Berkeley choreography

I think this is amazing! Genius! Innovative! Inventive! Delightful!
I could go on and on. 
There are so many wonderful moments that he created!

If you like this, then you should check out this little number with Carmen Miranda! 
{i love her bracelets!}


mix in a little love

I wanted to share a transformation that I noticed tonight during breathwork {lead by the amazing Marlize}. 
I know this is a long post, but I have to tell a little of my history to explain why it was such a huge shift. 

I have had anxiety in my life for many years, I actually remember being a kid (like third grade) making myself ill with worry, mostly about any kind of testing. But it showed up strongest in my early twenties and has come and gone in varying degrees since then. It was the worst the five and a half years my mum was ill. That constant fear of not knowing when she would die, and how I would ever be able to handle it. What it comes down to most of the time is the fear of the unknown. Now that my biggest fear has happened, and I am still here, I feel like I have residual anxiety. But now it doesn't feel like it is mine, if that makes any sense. I really have very little in my life to be anxious about now. Sure, I worry hear and there {more than I should really}, and have learned to manage my stress better, but over the past six or so months the anxiety really feels less and less like mine. And I think about why I still feel it.

I think about why I still need it, why am I holding on to it. I know that I sometimes use fear to not be present, and I am trying to be more aware of that. Sometimes I wonder if my empathic nature causes me to soak up the stress and anxiety around me. And while I think that is all true, and I am getting better about not doing that, and I think there is more to it. Lately I have been feeling like it is something that has been passed down through my lineage, something I am holding on to for my family {one of my favorite birds, a mourning dove, just flew up to my window, letting me know this is true}. And through all the breathwork I have been trying to heal that part of myself that is holding on to it, and working to let it all go.

Last August, in the Healer Training 1 I had asked a question about my anxiety, knowing that it was here to teach me something, and that I wanted to move through it. David said to me that there isn't much of a difference between anxiety and excitement, and to try to mix a little love into the dark emotion to get a lighter one. A light bulb went off for me! Intellectually, I totally got this idea. That love mixed with anxiety created excitement and heightened your senses. Love mixed with grief created a greater sense of compassion and empathy. Love mixed with anger created passion. You can go on and on like this. But it wasn't until tonight that I really felt this in my heart. 

Before we started doing the breathwork, Marlize asked us to write down a list of twenty things we wanted to do in our lives that were just for us. Things that would make us happy, things we could do this week, this year, or in ten years. She had us read a few aloud, so that we had witnesses for our intentions and goals. And one of my things was that I really wanted to work with kids who have cancer or who have lost a parent because of cancer. This is something I want to do with all my heart but that I have been so fearful about, and fear has been keeping me from doing it. Mostly because I know it will be so emotional, and hard. But my heart knows it would be incredibly healing for me. 

So, I laid down and started to do the breath, and something magical happened. All the work I have been doing, and the love I have been sending myself, transformed this fear into excitement! For the first time I literally felt excited and uncontrollably giddy about what lies ahead! The unknown! I can finally start to trust that life is going to be amazing, no matter what, and be excited for all that is coming my way.

I wanted to share this in the spirit of marking this transformation.
I have said this before here, but I will say it again, having a witness makes everything more powerful. 
So, thank you all of being a witness to my voice and my experience. 
I am forever grateful.

forgive me, i have no idea where i pulled this photo from. sorry.


bits & blooms

Lots of flowers in my life these days! 
If you live in LA then you know the weathers has been beautiful, and the air smells of sweet blooms, and the wind has been magically whipping around! I love this time of year. I picked the flowers above to take to the Sound Bath tonight. They smell amazing, and I love the small window of time that they bloom each year. I have been giving lots of bouquets of these the past two weeks.
{white vase/jug made by the talented Ben Medansky, keep you eyes open for him, he is about to blow up! you can find his work newly at iko iko}

It was my sweet friend and neighbors birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday Kelly!

Ava napping under her stingray toy.

I potted some new plants by my door. 
And the two in the bottom photo on the right are new. 
I love the one in the middle! It just makes me smile. 

Beautiful flowers from Lili for Valentines Day.

And an amazing Valentine of a hummingbird, drawn by my amazing friend Ann.

I feel really lucky to have such special, talented, and loving friends.

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend.



wild love

Oh my gosh!
Aren't these photos of Lili's just so lovely?! Lili's pop up flower shop on Valentine's Day at Cookbook was so wonderful! I hope you all got to go in and see the magic that was going on in there! 
I went in around 3:00 to get some flowers and my cards were sold out! So, a big thank you to all who picked one up! And thank you to Marta and Robert of Cookbook and Lili for letting me be a part of this on one of my favorite days of the year.
to see more of Lili's beautiful photos head over here