Happy Hallows' Eve

~  Happy Halloween  ~

It's my favorite holiday! How are you dressing up? 
In the past, I've gone as: 
 Rosie from the Ellen Show
 a creepy circus performer
the Queen of Hearts

So this year I'm taking a cue from my favorite Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus, and going as a witch. 

Purple lips, green eyebrows, a giant tutu and Chuck Taylors.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!



Fish Scales

The Hubby and I feel intensely blessed to live - at least for the time being - in the Monterey Bay area of California. Sometimes we just stand in awe of the natural surroundings we have access to: the Redwoods, the mountains, the cliffs, but most prominently, the ocean. I've seen and learned more about the ocean habitat and its beautiful creatures in the last 2 years than I have in my entire life.

So when I saw Agua de Coco's aquarium-centric campaign, I immediately fell in love with the colors and patterns of the Brazilian swimwear: coral, fish scales, shells, and octopus spots. Right up my alley!

You can bet, if you're an out-of-town guest visiting me in Santa Cruz, I'm probably going to take you to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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La Sagrada Familia

Before visiting Barcelona, Spain this summer, we read up on the hot to-do's in the city. We knew Antoni Gaudi's famous La Sagrada Familia basilica was a must-see, but we didn't expect the impact that its unique architecture and religious reverence would have on us. I took so many photos, it required its own post!

I remembered from my college art history courses that La Sagrada Familia boasted a provocative facade with its sandcastle-like spires and nature themes throughout. The basilica is only a portion of the way finished - Gaudi died, of course, before it was completed.

One side of the exterior of the basilica celebrated spring, summer and the birth of Jesus Chris. The other side represented autumn, winter and the Passion and death of Jesus. 

It was truly an amazing place to behold. If you are visiting Barcelona, you must see Gaudi's masterpiece. TIP: If you want to tour the interior, I recommend buying a ticket online the day before you wish to go. No waiting in line that way!

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A Western Fall

Blame it on my Texas roots, I have a soft spot for Western inspired fashion. Though it isn't part of my everyday wardrobe, I appreciate when a woman can seamlessly integrate embellished boots, suede, leather, or the like into her look. Even fringe, a conch belt or a woven shawl can be worn in an elegant and modern way. So when I saw these fashion spreads in Porter and Vogue magazine, I had to share.

Western for fall/winter, Vogue August 2014 with Blake Lively:

Western glam in Porter magazine with Lara Stone:

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Barcelona, Spain: a colorful, vibrant city with a rich culture and spectacular architecture. I had never been to Spain until this summer; and it was certainly an unforgettable trip. Some photos from our adventures there:

Our hotel - the Renaissance Barcelona Fira - was by far the coolest hotel I've ever seen. It was like the jungle took over a sexy high rise apartment. 

On a tour, we visited several sites from the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games.

Park Güell by Antoni Gaudí

Casa Batlló (above) by Gaudí, and an early fountain work of his.

Barcelona's Arc de Triompf

My cute mama-in-law.

Every day exploring Barcelona was different than the one before. There was so much to do and see (and eat and smell and shop for), we have to plan a return trip to finish the to-do list.
We are blessed to have enjoyed such a life-changing vacation!

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