"There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls."
- Howard Thurman

I came upon this little quote in a homestead book I am reading. Made me think.


three instances

1 A house in SE Portland in bad, bad lighting, 2011
2 My closet (I like to take pictures of my closet to keep myself in check), 2013
3 Mosaic puzzle my friend and I completed one day, 2006

"The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where 
dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the 
chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of,
and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind."
Katherine Mansfield



I developed a misplaced film roll taken some time in 2012.
A bit blurry, but then again it was taken with a cheap plastic camera.

"But, like ivy, we grow where there is room for us"
Miranda July


three films

Not feeling quite well this past weekend, I ended up watching three films from the comforts of my couch. I quite enjoyed all three of them for different reasons.

Stuck in Love, 2012

Silver Linings Playbook, 2012

What Maisie Knew, 2012

After watching a captivating film, it takes awhile for me to get back to reality. Same when I read a really good book. My mind wandered so deep into the film that when it's over, my mind is slow to catch up. I wonder if everyone feels this way...


las vegas - valley of fire

Early last month I went on a short weekend trip to Las Vegas. I am the worst visitor to Vegas. I don't do any cliche Vegas activities. The most Vegas thing I did was play video poker for about 5 minutes (and I cashed out when I got a flush). What I do enjoy is walking around the strip at night (just once!), checking out the new hotels (I like the older Vegas style hotels better), eating (didn't eat at Bachannal or Wicked Spoon) and getting the hell out of dodge and seeing some nature!

So we drove to Valley of Fire in Overton, NV.

OH MY! It was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.

It was slightly sprinkling and that made the whole scene even more majestic. The wet road alongside the deep red rocks with the cloudy, blue sky overhead was, honestly, the most beautiful scene I've ever laid my eyes on. This all happened on the first day of our trip. We hadn't even settled in our hotel at Vegas yet.

Good thing the next two days were eventful as well or else I would have caught a flight back home.


Making its way around the internet. Sure you've probably seen it already, once more wouldn't hurt. I even had to look up who sang the song, so that's who Robin Thicke is.


oh pacific.

There is something about the Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic just does not come close. It's beautiful, it's majestic and it's a part of me. I feel like myself when I'm looking deep out into the water.

My summer plans have been naught. Earlier in the summer, I had plans to go to King Canyon, but life happened. Las Vegas almost happened too, but last minute I decided no. I am so not Las Vegas. The only reason why I wanted to go was for Bacchanal Buffet and Lotus of Siam. These are good reasons to go, but reminded of the environment (people and weather), I excused myself and made new plans.

That's where Santa Barbara comes into play. About 100 miles away, yet feels like a whole new place.

On our way back home when we hit Malibu, it just felt so different. Same place, same scene, same people, same, same, same. I just wanted to keep driving up the 101/1. If you've never done it, go right now. Start from Malibu and go all the way up to San Francisco. It's life changing. You'll remember it for the rest of your life. You'd want to do it over and over again like I have done so many times. I always stop at SF. I am not sure what it's like beyond but I can only imagine that the same beauty continues on.


love love

I absolutely love this outfit. Those shorts remind me of my dad. I swear he had one in a similar color that he wore when he went golfing during the summer. And is it weird to add to my list of needs "short light grey marled cardigan"? It just seems to specific and I am not really a short cardigan girl. 

which reminds me, I found a vintage diane von furstenberg knit cardigan for the shop which I ended up keeping. the boxyness of it makes up for the short cut.


laws of general economy

it takes me quite some time to part with an item. I knew the moment I received my steven alan boyfriend shirt that I wouldn't wear it. I should have sold it right away, but I tend to not. well I finally let go and am selling it on loge along with the steven alan amy romper which is quite lovely but I just don't think rompers suit me.