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The seagulls at the museum always give me a great shadow puppet show.

 Charles, my family's new beagle puppy, looking dapper in his bow tie.

I love Papyrus cards

Adorable vase and key holder I found on Etsy.com

 Try this - it's delish: I baked prosciutto and Havarti cheese in croissant dough. Yum!

DIY pizza - a fab way to use almost-past-date veggies
 I love my dimpled ceramic vase. Thanks Morgan!

I cashed in a Christmas gift card... Hello new shoes!

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Painting Pottery

For my dear friend Morgan's birthday, I treated her to a painting adventure. We painted pottery at a local studio here in Santa Cruz called Petroglyph. Such fun!

The Before shot

I painted an octopus in a bowl with a moustache!
It even came with a nifty base.

 A toast to Morgan!
(and that's not coffee...)

Blow out the candles on your Lizz-made cookie cake. Happy Bday, M-Dog!
My Ridiculously Easy Cookie Cake Recipe:
Step 1:   Get a large roll of pre-made Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie dough.
Step 2:   With a rolling pin, roll out the cookie dough into a shape. I went with rectangle.
Step 3:   Bake until desired mushy-ness and golden brown.
Step 4:   Decorate with icing. I discovered that red icing looks a bit like ketchup.

Step 5:   Add candles and friends.


Chrome & Light

Interning at our local art museum has exposed me to some dynamic and highly innovative art forms. The following mind-boggling sculptures are not currently in exhibition at my museum, but I wanted to pay it forward and boggle some minds myself. I think you'll like these...

From artist Keith Lemley:

And by former Israeli military paratrooper-turned-artist Eyal Gever:

These may take a moment of concentration to comprehend.
So much tension! I love implied movement.

Click to learn more about Eyal Gever and Keith Lemley.
What is the most mind-boggling piece of art you have seen?

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Black & White / Brazen & Wild

While we just recently discussed color in our wardrobe, there is no denying the power of simple black and white. Experiment by pairing the black pieces in your closet with each other. Ever dress in all white? Mix b&w into your outfit on those days when you just don't love anything in your closet, then glam it up with piles of jewelry. Instant haute!

The H&M spring 2013 style book and Dress to Kill magazine do black and white just right :

Bow chicka wow-wow! 

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Surfer's Paradise

These surfers have no fear! A few photos I snapped to break in the new Canon while on a walking adventure :


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Soundtrack of my Life

Do you love music? Love movies? Love the music you hear in movies? I've been a fan, nay - an aficionado, of movie soundtracks since The Lion King debuted. While I hold film scores and musicals in high regard, here I'm speaking specifically on the third-party tunes that were collected by production house soundtrack wizards for our aural pleasure.

You may be thinking, If you're such an expert on the subject, please provide me with specific examples of this soundtrack splendor. I gotchu', boo! Here are Six Sweet Soundtracks according to me. And don't knock 'em til you hear 'em :

Romeo + Juliet

A unique mix of upbeat party songs and gritty alt pop with a few recognizable names from the 90s like Garbage, Des'ree, Radiohead and The Cardigans.

The Devil Wears Prada

I love me some coffee house and lounge tunes, and this soundtrack is full of them! Whether you liked the movie or not, you'll enjoy songs like Bittersweet Faith and Feelin' Hypnotized (Black Liquid Remix). Don't be alarmed if you feel like wearing all black and saying things like, "That color is so hot right now."

Twilight &
Twilight : Breaking Dawn Part 2

Although the movies are geared toward an adolescent audience, the soundtrack is decidedly adult (and a little angst-y). The music from the first and last movies in the saga boasts powerful tunes from various artists you've probably never heard of. From the original Twilight, listen to Full Moon and Bella's Lullaby. From Breaking Dawn Part 2, be sure to hear Everything and Nothing by the Boom Circuits and Bittersweet by Ellie Goulding.

O Brother Where Art Thou

This soundtrack won't be everybody's cup of tea - you've got to be onboard with a little twang. But if you've seen O Brother (a George Clooney film set during the Great Depression) the music is even better! Do yourself a favor and watch the movie, then listen to the soundtrack. But just to pique your interest, preview track #5 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.

Marie Antoinette

This soundtrack is special to me because of its great variety! One moment you're bopping around to spunky Brit pop and the next you could be sipping tea while listening to one of the album's delicate piano pieces. It sounds like an impossible mix, but this is the soundtrack I play while I paint. Give 'er a whirl!

Do you have a favorite movie soundtrack?


The Color Cure

When I feel a little down in the dumps with cold and rainy winter weather, one of the ways I like to add pep to my step wardrobe-wise is by rockin' bright colors. A tropical inspired print, hot heels, a berry hued coat, maybe a swipe of bright pink lipstick... who says you have to dress drab in the chilly months?

A little hue-spiration (ha!) for your exciting winter wardrobe:

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So, think bright, dress bright... feel bright! 

How do you heal the winter blues?