a quote.

Here are some *words of wisdom I've been focusing as of late.
So simple & true.
Inspiring, eh?


sweet s i x t e e n.

(also my best friend/sidekick).
Today is my sister's birthday and these photos are from her birthday dinner last Friday. I, with the help of Ari's friends and our parentals, threw Ari a surprise party! It was so much fun (and quite the challenge) trying to keep everything TOP SECRET from this little girl. See, in my family Ari is known as the ACORN (our hometown, Moorpark's newspaper). It's difficult to keep anything from her and she always seems to know what's going on! 

...On to my point, it was hilarious how many times I actually had to lie to my sister. Little clues kept popping up the week before and she would report them to my mom who would inform me. Such as the time when Ari was over and saw, included in my huge to do list on my fridge: plan party. I had to pull that one off by vaguely bringing up another party for a friend who is getting married that I was help planning. To make it more realistic I asked her to help me with invites that Saturday, the day after her party. (see i'm sneaky). Luckily, She fell for it.
Besides all the fun I had  secret planning and baking chocolate brownies, the best part was the surprise look on Ari's face. Priceless. She almost ran away she was shocked. Of course after she started to fit pieces of my lying puzzle together, but the party was a success!



everyday is a new beginning.

B A C K T O S C H O O L.
2::Button shirt, $35
5::Miss Selfridge capri jeans, £37
6::TOMS metallic green shoes, $69
1::Deux Lux back pack bag, $69
4::Antique brass jewelry, $25
3::Floral jewelry
7::Monsoon buckle belt, £10
9::The Container Store > Bright Stockholm Pencil Cup, $4.99
8::Bold Fashioned Journal, $27
10::Next Chapter Glasses, $12

PRINT::Paul Smith T-shirt - Japan Earthquake Appeal T-shirt, $175

This is the first year where I no longer have the jitter bugs for new classes and the excitement for "back to school" outfits. Yes, I know sounds kinda lame but since I can remember I was always excited to enter the school year with a fresh perspective and of course some new kicks and some pretty school supplies. So in tribute to some of my favorite little traditions, this set* I feel encompasses everything I would like for my first back to school outfit. Now I'll just have to create outfits in real life now for work! {i'll always be a little school girl at heart}.

I just read an old back to school post of mine and am amazed and a little teary eyed at all my husband and I have accomplished together in the last two years at SSU. It's insane how fast time flew. Those will be in my mind no doubt some of the best years of our lives. And to think we have a lifetime ahead of us....I'm thrilled!

*to see other sets (i'm new to polyvore...and addicted) go to brianna-renee


la playa.

It's funny how almost every year, around this time at summers close, I feel an inkling to be spending all my moments at the beach. 

Blue skies. Sailboats. Sun rays. White sundresses. People walking/biking/jogging everywhere. 

These are the little things I love most about summertime. Sometimes it's just nice to get out of the house and know I'm only less than an hour from the beautiful ocean shore. Since Ryan's been working ungodly amounts of hours at work (50+),  it's necessary that we spend some quality time on the weekends. So, we took a little day trip to the beach! Day trip just makes it sound that much more exciting! A little fresh air by the seashore was just what we needed. 

p.s. thanks to da girl busy bee lauren for sharing this post from kaelah bee. very refreshing indeed. 


butterfly garden.


One of my favorite little day trips was when Ryan and I went to Hallberg's Butterfly Gardens on the outskirts of Sebastopal. I really enjoyed walking among the gardens by the pretty orchards and vineyards. Such a lovely area to explore.


wedding bells.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
ee cummings

My dear friend Dana tied the knot with her sweet hubs Ryan recently and let me just say she made one stunning bride. I love this girl and am so excited for her and what the future holds. This poem is dedicated to this beautiful couple not only because e.e. cummings is her favorite poet {he is brilliant} but because it captures young love growing old in each other's arms. 

Cheers for married couple dates! eeeeeeee


yellow hues.


I took some snaps of hints and tones of yellow one day in our old apartment before we moved our little abode. Having spent endless hours stuck indoors packing I was craving a little sunshine in my life, and I began noticing all the little bits of yellow around our home and this was how this little collage came to be.

It's intriguing how colors affect us, whether we notice it or not. There is a whole science behind color tones and how they play an everyday role in our lives. My happy color is yellow. I just can't help but feel a glowing warmth of cheerfulness whenever it's near. 

What's your happy color?