Summer Playlist

The music I listen to has such an impact on my mood on any given day. Likewise, I like to tailor my music choice to the season and the weather. I mean, doesn’t the Beach Boys sound best on a hot summer’s day?

summer playlists

Warm summers nights make me want to listen to oldies. While desert days have me reaching for Neil Young and Best Coast. A day on the beach has to be accompanied by some surf rider music, a campfire needs some Dolly Parton, and nothing sounds sweeter when sitting poolside than a little Bob Marley.

Hey July

Happy 4th of July friends! I love the way summer is in full swing here in Los Angeles. The heat is a bit intense, but I just adore being able to run out in a sundress, sans sweater, and enjoy the sunshine until 8pm.

July 4, 2017

This long, holiday weekend allowed for some time with my family. My younger brother and his girlfriend came down from NorCal, we celebrated my older brother’s birthday, and toasted the ideals of independence. It also gave me some time to explore my parent’s back garden (which is busting with new life!)

Cat Food Plant Holders

You read that right. These adorable tiny planters are actually up-cycled cat food tins. See how the cuteness came together…

Cat Food Planters

I love being able to find ways to use old containers or rubbish that I’d normally just throw away. There’s such a sense of accomplishment when creating something cute and useful out of something you already have on hand. With his monstrous appetite, I go through quite a lot of El Guapo the Cat’s tinned wet-food. For years, I’ve chucked the used cans in the trash, not giving them a second thought. But a few weeks ago, after rinsing out a finished can, I realized they are kind of a perfect size for a mini plant holder – ideal for air-plants!

Potted in Atwater Village

There’s maybe nothing quite as enjoyable as visiting a really good plant shop. Lucky for me, Potted is just a hop, skip, and a short drive from our home!

Potted - Atwater Village

These days, plants are my favorite interior decorating staple and probably my biggest styling challenge. From having a curious cat who likes to munch on everything, to having a thumb that’s more yellow than green, finding and keeping the right plants for my home and lifestyle can be a bit tricky. But nothing gives me more confidence and inspiration than a quick stroll through one of the best plant shops around – Potted in Atwater Village.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you are first learning to bake, I have it on good authority that it’s best to start out with a tried and true classic – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies!

gidget oatmeal cookies

One of my goals for this year is to become a kick-ass, fantastic baker. Why? The answer is 2 fold. Firstly, I think it would do me good to put some energy into creating something tangible. Much of my work and my hobbies are based in the digital realm, and I suspect the process of baking will serve as a nice change. Secondly, if I always have delicious baked goods on hand, perhaps I can get the validation from others I so desperately crave, without having to talk to them or do anything more than handing them a yummy baked treat. (Is that pathetic? Yes it is? Oh, ok. Forget that part then.)