This Week I Loved… (East Coast Travel Edition)

Of course the thing I loved THE MOST was seeing some amazing friends old and new, and celebrating the union of two very incredible people who I love dearly. But in this anecdote I thought I’d share with you some of the sights I saw while I was in New York (for said friends’ wedding reception) and Rhode Island / Massachusettes (to play for a couple days with my best friend). More posts on my trip coming next week!

This week in New York I loved…

Central Park in the fall.

DSCN3704 Strawberry Fields, which still draws a consistent crowd.DSCN3696 DSCN3694 This awesome street vendor in Soho. Hoping we’ll see her on Etsy one day! Until then, if you want her email address let me know and I’ll send it along. 🙂DSCN3732

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This week in New England I loved…

Visiting my best friend’s aunt and uncles’ farm in Rhode Island. Cider, a pumpkin patch, and even a corn maze!

DSCN3834 DSCN3814Touring The Elms, one of Newport’s “cottages.”DSCN3879 The most incredible display of jack-o-lanterns I have ever seen, at the zoo near Providence.(Yes, these are all REAL pumpkins!)DSCN3939 DSCN3917 Ending the trip in Salem, Massachusetts on the perfect fall day. The Witch House is the last remaining structure from the 1692 witch trial era.

DSCN3975Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween yesterday, and Happy Fall!

What Have I Been Up To?

Well folks, I have to admit getting used to a new routine involving an intensive hand-drafting/hand-rendering class and a busy work schedule has been a challenge. I’m starting to get a hold on how to best manage my time so I can get back to blogging! I’ve got a couple up my sleeve, plus I’m heading to New York for a friend’s wedding celebration and will surely have lots to write about when I get back. In the mean time, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Among many things, at work I’ve been pairing fabrics in our library.

fabric And shopping for fabrics in the Fabric District in Downtown LA.fabricdistrict At home, the hubby has been cooking up a delicious storm, including roasting these tomatoes and peppers.tomatoespeppers We watched the Breaking Bad series finally, accompanied by these red velvet cupcakes the Village Bakery made in honor of the final paragraph of the live of Walter White.bbcupcakes I snuck away from my drafting table for a night with girls at Street Food Cinema… Princess Bride screened outdoors in a nearby park, plus lots of food trucks. Mmmmm Umami….umamiburger princessbride This oh so scrumptious hot cookie and ice cream dessert at Pop, a champagne and dessert bar in Pasadena, where we met a wonderful friend from college during her brief work-related visit.cookiedessertAnd Disney lovers hold on to your seats… my AMAZING husband, who clearly knows me too well, gave me annual passes for Disneyland for our anniversary! BEST. GIFT. EVER.
DSCN3580I’m looking forward to sharing regular anecdotes with you all again! Next week: a nod to Halloween.

This Week I Loved…

Reliving our hot air balloon ride in Turkey.Cappadocia096A bill-free day of mail.
1092076_10100582355317315_1430268217_oMy first big install with the designers at work, and these awesome pillows I found for it.1237758_10100586898432875_372879956_o Turquoise and Rose-Violet.1021023_10100582714098315_1416184951_o This week’s Color Theory class project using 6 random colors and abstract shapes of our choice.

1070135_10100583045778625_49520087_oAnd rewatching The Great Gatsby.

This Week I Loved…

A bratwurst lunch in downtown LA.
wurstkucheThis home-cooked meal with bacon-wrapped pork.
homemademealStreet art filling in an otherwise missing concrete brick.
streetart This RauschenbergDSCN3334 …and this Frank Lloyd Wright furniture at the Huntington.DSCN3349 The mountain view from my desk and my new job with an interior design firm in Pasadena. Woo hoo!viewfromwork My funny cat sleeping.DSCN3485And this. (I heart Stephen Colbert.)

http://www.hulu.com/watch/519451

This Week I Loved…

This delicious summer snack.snack Drinks with friends at The Griffin, or as we fondly like to call it, the Gryffindor Common Room.Griffin Remembering these old men from Uchisar.Cappadocia409 Finishing my Color Theory midterm project.ColorMidterm My work in prgress, modeling Mies van de Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion for a class.BarcelonaModel

Also, I have recently gotten hooked on Sons of Anarchy, and this totally made my day!

This Week I Loved…

Reliving our visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.Istanbul611 A new bedside reading nook for my husband. (PS. This is an awesome, low budget, small space solution for a bedside table!)booknook Dinner and drinks with the girls at The York on York in Highland Park.york A delicious blueberry pie and dinner with friends.pie A visit with my ASID chapter to the Sirtaj boutique hotel in Beverly Hills.sirtajThe chandelier tree in Silverlake. (Yes, literally a tree full of chandeliers!)
chandelier tree This monster zucchini from our garden!

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And these adorable stray kittens in Istanbul.Istanbul291

This Week I Loved…

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and the Steep Canyon Rangers…
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…And this buffalo blue cheese burger in Park City, UT.buffalo burger

My mom-in-law’s watercolor exhibit.Utah_July002

Hiking with my niece.Utah_July009

And perhaps even better this glimpse of my husband building a fort with her.

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Storms over the mountains on our drive home from Utah.Utah_July051

And this peach salad I made for a school-related gathering.
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This Week I Loved…

Finishing my color wheel for my Color Theory class.

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This pantone dress in a shop window.

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Discovering Will Leather Goods.willleathergoods

This delicious summer salad. (The little orange cherry tomatoes are from our garden!)1065462_10100546001385885_1404906234_o

And most of all, an awesome weekend in San Diego with a dear friend, where we enjoyed this beach day…SanDiego059

This view…SanDiego070

And these fireworks over the marina.SanDiego080

This Week I Loved…

Mixing paints for my Color Theory class.1065683_10100542953823225_16864961_o

This original 1920’s elevator in a friend’s apartment building.

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A sausage lunch.sausage

Sunset in Glendale.sunset

This photo from our tour on the Bosphorus.Istanbul206And these behind the scenes photos from Freaks and Geeks.

http://imgur.com/a/1qseH

This Week I Loved…

An old fashioned cherry cola.1065761_10100535563318855_480919759_o Freshly picked cherry tomatoes from our garden.1063283_10100535562530435_1257224527_o

And the first fully ripe zucchini from our garden.

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A summer feast for friends and family.1060557_10100530579227015_1901190698_oSlicing summer fruits for a delicious tart.
1059757_10100535563807875_1856734675_oCuddling with my sister’s funny little dog, Daisy. (Such a love bug!)

1056857_10100531683005035_1046217409_nAnd this monument to lab rats used in DNA research.