Thursday, December 14, 2017

Around Here


Bits & pieces of Holiday unfolding amidst construction disarray.




The everyday plight of the pile

4$ yard sale sculpture 

A temporary room situation

A most generous Lego delivery 

Lego aftermath 

Hardware store holiday decor 

Rooftop view on a Friday 

Paper angels 

Apple after a nap

3:00 on a Tuesday when clouds were here and sweaters worn

Rooftop view 2, dusk.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

What's in a Blog?




When I first started this blog I didn't think too much about "audience" or catering to one anyway, I never imagined a blog could bring me money, or "sponsors," or serve as anything other than a decent place to write about things that interested me, as well as keep a chronological documentation of family photos and experiences as a stay at home mom yearning for some kind of creative outlet. A much needed break from the daily grind of a draining (sometimes isolating) routine I was immersed in at the time when I wasn't really leaving the house much with three kids under 4. What I found in addition to an outlet was new (quality) means of connection. Quite frankly the biggest perk of all. Creating a space that made not only me, but others reading along, feel not so alone.

Since those days, nearly 7 years now, the internet has changed drastically. I think we can all agree. Instagram birthed "influencers" and suddenly photos and brief captioning started to eclipse long winded blog posts altogether. Sponsored content dominated the subjects and everything became very polished and way more "professional." More and more people stopped reading or visiting blogs they had loved for ages altogether because IG was easy, equally inspiring, and just so darn pretty to scroll through all hours of every day. I know I was guilty of the same up until recently when the grand allure of Instagram started to wane and I found myself craving more some kind of depth, in narrative, unfiltered insight, and old school blogging in general. Or whatever existed before these perfectly colored curated boxes appeared and kicked everything else to the sidelines.

In that, my dedication to this site remains unwavering. I may not post as much as I'd like, or invest as much time as it deserves, but I'm here. For better or for worse, I am and hope to always be a blogging die hard. And because I've never asked outright, why you guys read here or what you find appealing, or fun, or irritating, I'm opening up the discussion now. Asking as a favor some feedback from anyone who cares to contribute, readers I adore, who might tell me what it is you like or want or seek out in blogs these days. I'm in the midst of redoing this whole site (to debut after the new year) - as surely some of you must have noticed I'm one of the last on this generic blogspot domain so the switch if long overdo. A site I'm comfortable with but craving change.

This new site that will include much of the same stuff I've always shared but I'm hoping to expand a lot more on lifestyle. Things like vacation guides, movie reviews, thoughts on politics and pop culture that I love so dearly but tend to forsake here because it simply doesn't fit the narrative. What I want to know is your feelings on such things. Any advice, suggestion, examples, critiques - I'm open and grateful for them in helping narrow down or fine tune what exactly I'm wanting to include in constructing this new forum. One I hope will cary the same heart and transparency as always. But spring a little braver, a bit smarter, and a whole lot bolder.


Much love,
J



Friday, December 8, 2017

Scenes From A Weekend / Let it Snow

The Four Season's Let it Snow event is the kind of holiday experience I imagine we all dream about as kids. Being holed up in a big fancy hotel glistening with garland and full of suited smiling faces greeting us at every turn, grand trees decked out in the lobby, train rides, s'more roasting stations, cookie making booths, hot chocolate on demand, terry cloth bath robes tossed off at the foot of the pool, carols sung live while faux snow falls and Santa sits in the white glow of a makeshift house waiting for you to drop in.

At my age it feels extra special and festive in a nostalgic way - like stepping into a Christmas dreamland in a John Hughes film. A treat we are so grateful to have experienced two years in a row now. Especially appreciated though in midst of this whole renovation we're currently invested in, getting by with minimal furniture, no working tub, and non stop dust and overall disarray. Circumstances that make settling into a plus hotel suite with big screen TVs, jetted hot tubs and enormous beds find magic all it's own.

Thank you, Four Seasons Westlake, for having us again. For kicking off our season spirit in the most delightfully beautiful way.


Let it Snow info here





Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide / Her

A brief gift guide for the special lady in your life.
Made up of a few things I own and love, or hope to one day down the line.







From Left:

Block Shop: scarf

Simple Fare: A Guide to Everyday Cooking and Eating Cookbook

Midland: Dotted Vase

Pete Souza's: Obama an Intimate Portrait

Midland Shop: Moon Bronze Coaster Set

Gjusta Goods: Pink Linen Napkin Set

Deiji Studios: Linen Bathrobe

Mixed Business: Simple Trench

Birkenstock: Boston Style Slip ons

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life

Gjusta Goods: Waffle Towel

General Store: The Joy of Sex

Datter Industries: Nude Print

Daughter of the Land: Balancing Oil

Tree Fairfax: Half Moon Waist Body Bag

Odette Arm Cuff

Odette Hair Clip (center)






Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Scenes From a Weekend / On The Arroyo

If only all shopping experiences were so pleasant.

On The Arroyo, a pre holiday Bazaar I co hosted with my friend Elizabeth happened earlier this month thanks to her dedication to heading such beautiful events. Events that now have a permanent home thanks to their beautiful new space recently opened in Highland Park

The day consisted of a kid run bake sale, a raffle for local charity, tin type photo booth, live blue grass music and plenty of quality artisan goods sold by some seriously incredible women. Many of whom I am lucky enough to count as my best friends.

Thank you to all who came out and supported this event. It was so great to finally meet so many familiar faces and hug the ones I've long admired from behind that little screen.

xo
J