postcards from california

picture souvenirs from my recent trip to california…
bb cal1.PNG// brass tack, laguna beach //bb cal2.PNG// laguna beach //bb cal4.JPG// laguna beach // bb cal3.JPG// bb’s first playground adventure, corona del mar // bb cal9.PNG// hobie surf shop, laguna beach //bb cal8.jpg// newport beach //bb cal10.png// rasta taco, laguna beach //bb cal6.PNG// rasta taco, laguna beach //bb cal11.png// dana point //bb cal7.PNG// newport beach //bb cal12.png// newport beach //bb cal5.PNG// laguna beach //

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blog spotlight: song of style

a few years ago, not quite when i first started reading fashion blogs but also not very recently, i happened upon song of style.  at the time aimee was an interior decorator/designer and part dj.  she was cute and cool and i loved her vibe.  after a while, the posts were mostly about trips and sponsors, and i moved on.  (side note: does this happen to anyone else with blogs they read?  i feel like i find a cool blogger and become a consistent reader, only to soon realize the bloggers have become famous and paid generously, no longer need their day jobs, and no longer seem genuine or realistic.  i feel like i’m constantly looking for new, independent, realistic bloggers to follow.  i don’t know, these blogs just get boring and are all the same.  hmph!)

woah woah woah, that was quite a rant there.  really the purpose of this post was to tell you that my relationship with song of style is back on and i’m digging the direction of the blog again.  she has great taste, wears distressed denim with pretty much everything, and the photography is incredible.  i like that her style is a little more sophisticated than the blogs that i usually look at; it’s a different kind of inspiration for me.  her fashion week posts are especially juicy.  check out some of my favorites below: aimee_song_of_style_chanel_purse_black_turtleneck.jpgaimee_song_of_style_zara_cardigan_vince_sweater.jpgaimee_song_of_style_freestate_coffee.jpgaimee_song_of_style_raye_sandals_chloe_bag_dior_sunglasses.jpgaimee_song_of_style_mint_sweater_frame_denim.jpgIMG_8018.jpgaimee_song_of_style_beige_cardigan_sabbine_jeans_bucket_bag.jpgaimee_song_of_style_tula_rosa_leopard_print_jimmy_choo_bag.jpgaimee_song_of_style_celine_heels_seven_for_all_mankind_jeans.jpgaimee_song_of_style_zimmermann_heels_chloe_bag.jpgAimee_song_of_style_denim_shirt_ripped_denim_jeans_christian_louboutin_pumps.jpg

ok, i think you get the distressed denim jist!  all images from

on a dark desert highway

tumblr_inline_ngr2dsZfT11r1zr9qFullSizeRender.jpghow strange, to find in real life, the very things that inspire you.  this week, while spending time in palm springs, i drove by the building above.  hotel california.  months ago, i found this picture on a blog and immediately saved it.  hotel california is one of my favorite songs, as well as my sister’s, and california itself has always been a major part of my life.  how strange, it seems, to be driving along in a place i have not been for at least a decade, and see this building that i loved so much.  it could have been anywhere.  but there it was.  how strange, to find this place on the day the world should lose glenn frey, the very writer of the song.

“any time of year, you can find it here.”  like something deep within my soul, the hotel california made itself known to me.  part of its magic is the eeriness of the song, the building, the desert itself.

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makeup for a minimalist: the travel bag


as i mentioned in this post, i’m going away on vacation for a few days.  here’s what i’m taking along:

baggu small makeup bag // this is a great makeup bag for travel because it fits brushes very easily (is long enough)

nars sheer glow sample, mont blanc

vichy idealia bb cream, light, also available at walgreen’s

nars radiant creamy concealer, vanilla

bobbi brown bronzer, golden light

mac blush, pinch o’ peach

benefit bad gal lash mascara, black

bare minerals round the clock eye liner, midnight (black)

buxom lip polish, dolly

laura mercier eyeshadow, african violet

h&m eyeshadow, baci di dama

mac paint pot, groundwork

lorac pocket pro palette, with shades nude, pewter, espresso

tools //

mac 217 blending brush

sigma e25 blending brush

real techniques buffing brush, powder brush, blush brush

evian facial water spray, mini size

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