Fish & Basketball

March has certainly come in like a lion at our house; my husband's basketball season is closing in on the playoffs, and I've been hosting visiting friends and traveling more than usual. Amy, a good friend and sorority sister of mine, came to visit us in Santa Cruz for a long weekend. I had so much fun spending quality time with her and showing her some of our favorite local spots.

Some photos from my adventures with Amy:

Baby Moon jellyfish

I took a photo with this tank of sardines at the Monterey Bay Aquarium when I was just 6 years old. 
I couldn't resist retaking it! 

Amy was introduced to the baby redwoods (though young, still huge). And I rebelled by 'crabbing' even though it was expressly forbidden. 

Amy also attended two of my Hubby's games with me. Needless to say, she was an instant fan. 

Hubby and me - our pregame 'ritual'

Thanks for coming all the way from Kentucky to visit us, Ames! We miss you already. 

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Sista Sista

It was just last week that I was featuring the Delevingne sisters in their separate but equally noteworthy fashion campaigns. And this week, two sisters share the spotlight: not blond Brit bombshells, but the raven-haired Jenner sisters. Before you roll your eyes at any mention of the Kardashian Klan (I did at first), I think Kendall and Kylie Jenner actually have modeling chops. But you be the judge:

K + K for Marie Claire Latin America:

And for recent Steve Madden summer sandals campaign: 

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Tribute to Japan

Exactly 3 years ago on March 11th, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan when we lived in Tokyo. The quake and the subsequent tsunami, aftershocks and Fukushima power plant disaster were understandably frightening and still never far from my mind; but the life-changing memories, adventures and the people we had the pleasure of befriending will always be dear to my heart.

While I've done a tribute post every year since, I wanted to do something really special this year to commemorate our time in Japan. So I painted a piece to honor the country that was so kind and now means to much to us:

Tribute to Japan
oil paint and metallic on canvas
2ft by 4ft.

The color red is prevalent throughout Japan from the ornately designed temple roofs and hanging lanterns to the Japanese flag itself, so it was important to me that red be just as much a focus in my painting. I even used the actual Richter scale reading from the earthquake in the background. Enjoy!

I miss you, Japan. May you continue to recover and be stronger than ever!

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Orchid + Pale Pink

The powers that be at Pantone - the Webster's Dictionary of the color world - declared that 2014's Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. But back in January, several fashion sources decreed that this year's choice hue is pale pink. The two seem rather similar to me; and as a gal whose wardrobe is 50% black and 20% navy, I thought I should consider expanding with this pastel color family. My curated list for your use and enjoyment :

A. Felt Floppy Hat from ASOS |  B. Print Silk Cami from TopShop  |  C. Skylar Earrings by Kendra Scott 
D. BB Pumps by Manolo Blahnik  |  E. Bleecker Mini Riley Bag by COACH  |  F. Flared Skirt from H&M 
G. Eberjey Delcia Lingerie Set from Anthropologie  |  H. Yves Saint Laurent Balm Color in 'Dewy Papaya' 
I. Messeca Coraline Wedges from DSW  |  J. Chrissie Catmaster Sunglasses from TopShop

A. Schoolboy Linen Blazer from J.Crew  |  B. Ashley Longshore Jetsetter Hatbox from Anthropologie  
C. Eyeshadow Duo by NARS in 'Violetta'  |  D. Curve Skinny Waist Belt from ASOS  
E. Slim Runway Watch by Michael Kors | F. Embroidered Slim Trousers by Mango  
G. Burnout Daisy Tee from TopShop  |  H. Marisol Strap Sandals by Nina  
I. Romantic Jewels Cashmere Scarf from Nordstrom  |  J. Selma Leather Satchel by Michael Kors


Spring Break Slopes

In my mind it's spring break, and I'm skiing the slopes and drinking hot toddies at the lodge! Perhaps I'm still on a Winter Olympics high, I loved visiting Utah, and my Cali friends keep flitting off to snowboard in Tahoe. Then I saw the winter runway looks of designers Ralph Lauren, Goldbergh and Tommy Hilfiger, and I knew I had to do a snowy SB post.

From the Goldbergh winter 2014 collection, shot in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe:

From the Tommy Hilfiger fall/winter 2014 line. Love the snow-lined runway:

And the incomparable Ralph Lauren shows his fall/winter 2014 collection:

Ready for blue diamond slopes and pints with friends by the fire?

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