Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Things To Do This Summer




Whether you have a shed in the backyard or not, I love the idea of building your own sanctuary in the backyard. A little den, reading nook, office, man cave, whatever your heart desires make it your own space where you can enjoy some quiet time. And if you have kids and want to make it a summer project, get the whole family involved in making the coolest backyard/tree house ever. 

(image via vintagerevivals)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up...

the prettiest door knob you've ever seen, straight from the plaza.
 getting prepped for the fourth with endless boxes of sparklers. 
 imperfect peach manicures, pink and studs. 
trying out new makeup and loving this american inspired cap. 
good reads, weekend showing of my favorite doctor show,
sparklers and fresh soap. 

(images taken for sit and stay awhile)

Quote of the Day

"Wherever you go, go with all you heart."
-Confucius

(image via they all hate us)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Morning

It's officially summer and all I can think about is my massive book list I need to start on and moving to the coast. It's only the third week of June and the hottest day so far has been 112 degrees!!! I need to get out of here!!! I'm looking forward to spending the weekend with my sister working on a few fun projects, staying cool, kicking back and playing with my dogs. What are your plans for the weekend? Can you believe next week is already July, summer is going by way to fast??

(image via plum pretty sugar)

this week's favorites...

Stay Awake - London Grammar
Talking Body - Tove Lo
Of the Night - Bastille
The Sun is Rising - Britt Nicole
Universe - Eminence

Have you made any road trip playlists lately? 
What's on your summer playlist? 

(images via amazon)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Braids

Summer Braid Go To Look: 

Step 1. Wash hair and towel dry 
Step 2. Apply this awesome surf spray
Step 3. Create a deep side part
Step 4. Separate two inches of hair from the part and loosely braid half of the strand. 
Step 5. Secure braid with tortoise bobbi pins

(image via hellofashionblog)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Five Things To Love About Summer

Five Things to Love About Summer: 

1. Growing up in Southern California, there is nothing better or more relaxing than a trip to the beach. Hauling a packed car full of beach towels, foldout chairs, a cooler and snacks, arguing over which song to play during the drive (I'll never forget the trip where my sister begged and cried for my dad to play The Bodyguard soundtrack)  plus the endless toys for the little ones, a weekend or an extended stay near the coast is quintessentially summer. 

2. Hosting movie nights ideally projected on a large screen in the backyard with friends on old family quilts with appetizers and desserts. Now that my kind of night :) 

3. Now I am not suggesting to purposely go out and make trouble, but summer means being a little footloose and fancy free. (Think Squints in The Sandlot: being banned from the public pool for trying to kiss the lifeguard). As soon as my sister and I would wake up during the summer months it meant getting to our friends pool as fast as we could. And for us that meant hopping the fence into our backyard neighbor's yard and hopping their side fence to get to our friends house. I'm pretty sure my mom told us not to do it but we just couldn't wait the ten minutes to run from our house to our friends. 

4. One of my favorite things to do in the summer was hitting up the library with my grandmother. I grew up in a really small farming town and there wasn't much to do during the hot summer months. So when my grandmother needed to return her books she'd take my sister and I along with her (she read between ten to twelve books a month and practically lived at the library). While she would mull over Danielle Steele and Jackie Collins books, my sister and I would pick a few books and go check out the coolest doll house you've ever seen. 

5. Five words left: Cheeseburgers, pickles, chips and dip.  

(image via pencil box)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up...

 do it yourself manicures with essie's peach daiquiri.
 taschen book snob. 
 firey nights. 
  nightly routines with my favorite products. 
summer means gorging yourself on thrifty's 
rainbow sherbet.

(images via instagram) 

Quote of the Day

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." 
-Bill Nye

(image via weheartit)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Morning...

Hello and Happy Friday readers, besides the awesome mood I am in from a very successful first week of library activities, I am exhausted. So I am especially looking forward to the weekend and not having any kind of plans except for possibly seeing Jurassic World, again. What are you plans? 

Check out this awesome desert festival.

If the Harry Potter series were written from Voldemort's perspective. 

The world's most dangerous foot path.

(image via gala darling)

this week's favorites...





I hope your weekend is filled with plenty of ice cream, dancing, fresh blooms, bare feet, lazy time with friends and a little dancing. Happy Friday :)

(1,2,3,4,5)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What's In My Beach Bag


What's in my Beach Bag: 

(Essie: Peach Daiquiri and Serial Shopper, Orly: It's Not Me, Its You. Bumble and Bumble, Simple and Aveeno Products sold at Ulta)

Denim and Oversized White Shirts



My summer go to outfit includes an over-sized white blouse, light blue jeans, au natural hair, tortoise colored sunnies and my favorite Sam Edelman slip ons. What's your favorite summer outfit this season? 

(images via making magique

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bored Jar

Now that it is summer vacation and already reaching triple digits, everyone and their dogs are heading to the library to escape the heat. And since the Summer Reading Program officially started this past week, in an effort to make our space a little more homey and welcoming I love the idea of having this "Bored Jar"at my desk.  So to fight boredom and invigorate creativity and imagination with our kids, I am having way to much fun filling this jar and giving kids ideas of things to do other than plugging into a screen all summer. If you're interested in making one of these for around the house, think of these activities when planning: outdoor activities-climb a tree, quiet activities-read a book, family activities-game night, things to do-build a boat out of lunchables... Have fun and get creative :) 

(image via mum in the madhouse)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Drinks Are On Me

It's only the third week of June and it's literally 112 degrees out, I cannot handle this extreme heat so early in the summer. A day after work mean getting my swerve on and this spritzer sounds pretty excellent. 

Ingredients: 
3 oucnes Lillet blanc, chilled
2 1/2 ounces natural Pomegranate or Raspberry Lemonade, chilled
1 ounce St. Germain Liquor
2 ounce soda water, chilled. 

Mix well and enjoy :)

(image and ingredient list via sweet c's designs)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up...

 summer nights on the patio...
 desert beaches...
palm springs style.
 salton sea yacht club...
veggie burgers and good reads. 

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

(image via boohoo)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Morning...

Good morning readers, it's already scorching hot here and a little unbearable, all I want to do is hang by the pool, drink margaritas and stay up late painting my nails chatting with my sister. While I'm prepping for the Summer Reading Program next week and camping out for the new Jurassic World movie, I hope everyone has a terrific weekend. 

Molly was my favorite American Girl but this article about Addy is fascinating. 

This bag for beach days. 


(image via coco lapine design) 

this weeks favorites...





Happy Summer :)

(1,2,3,4,5)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Librarian Suggests

What I'm reading at the moment: I'm currently rereading the Harry Potter series with my boyfriend and thoroughly enjoying our discussion and his thoughts on one of the best children's series ever. I also just got Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol which is fantastic even though I'm only fifty pages in. If you have never read graphic novels but are kind of interested, this would be the first to read. The illustration and story is simply a masterpiece (I also just finished This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, another great read). What I'm listening too: A few nights ago while working on a playlist for work I created this summery treat and have been listening to it nonstop: getting ready for work, on my lunch hour and pretty much all night lately. What I'm watching: I've only seen a few lip sync battle clips, but this particular one seriously had me laughing for like half an hour. Jimmy Fallon preforming Kelly Clarkson's Since You've Been Gone is just so choice. So I've been trying to catch up with Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle. What are you reading, listening too and watching?    

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Tunes

Here's my summer playlist, what's on yours?

Awake by Tycho
Cool Kids by Echosmith
Embrace by Goldroom
Entertainment by Phoenix
Everything is Embarrassing by Sky Ferreira
Heavenly Light by LP
Hey Now by London Grammar
In the Meantime by Spacehog
I Don't Need Another Lover by Billie Black
I've Done This Before by Violents
Just For Now by Imogen Heap
Let Go by Frou Frou
Let's Never Stop Falling in Love by Pink Martini
Lights by Ellie Goulding
Mirrors Emma Louise
Now That I'm Real by Chad Valley
Of the Night by Bastille
Plain by Jesse Boykins
Pompeii by Bastille
Pstereo by Emilie Nicolas
Rousseau by Nerina Pallot
See by Tycho
Shell Suite by Chad Valley
So Good to Me by Chris Malinchak
Take the Time by Tiny Tiny 
Teenage Crime by Adrian Lux
This is What it Feels Like by Banks
The Unknown by Foxes
Younger by Seinabo Sey
You're Not Good Enough by Blood Orange



Top Five





It's summer season and I'm ready to hit the beach...all over the world!!! On the list of all the places I want to travel to, beach resorts are at the top. My top five beaches include, Bali, Greece, Spain, Italy and Thailand. What is at the top of your list to visit? 

(1,2,3,4,5

this week's favorites...

The top of the 21, 778 foot high Kailash mountain in Western Transhimalaja has never been reached. However, every year thousands of...