I was born and raised in the City of Angels, sometimes snarkily referred to as La La Land or other pejoratives. I find myself reacting like I would if someone dissed an eccentric family member, we all know their bonkers but only I can say they are bonkers (because they are family), if you were to mention they were, well that would be a problem.  
When I found the finely curated Collected I reveled in their celebration of my city.  Even though I am ready to move, Los Angeles will always be my hometown and it makes me proud that Collected shined a light on this sweet city of mine.  They have only released one issue (that I know of) but I am aching for more.  The whole magazine is so beautifully edited and I love their branding (so not getting over antlers anytime soon). Check it out, you just may be pleasantly surprised to see another part of the City of Angels.


I am dedicating this week to feature some of my favorite ‘e mags’.  I hope that I can introduce you to some new ones that you may not have discovered yet. This whole movement has me so inspired, I love immersing myself in all this talent + creativity. Matchbook magazine may already be familiar to you, I love that it feels like a Kate Spade ad come to life.  It’s very girly, preppy, cheeky chic.  I daresay that it may be one of the happiest fashion mags around.  I am not ready for fall fashion at all.  In the City of Angels our summers come late, whilst the rest of the country is prepping for snuggling up in their cashmere turtlenecks and donning their Frye boots, I will be stuck in a heat wave of epic proportions and wishing it was acceptable to walk around in a bikini. We call it Indian summer and it is as red hot as it sounds, think layers of orange + crimson skies and heat bubbling from the cement and you will have an idea of what September will be like for us. I long for seasons, to see the leaves change and hop on the fall wardrobe lust band wagon. I think this photograph is a perfect embodiment of an elegantly casual, classic and oh so pretty fall wardrobe win. Matchbook is an easy breezy read, like your  best dressed friend tipping you off to her style secrets. Matchbook is free so you can’t go wrong by visiting and adding Matchbook to your growing list of favorites.


Sleepy. Last night the Fancy was snoring so loud I thought he might start levitating the bed. Usually it’s just a gentle tap and he rolls over on his side and quiet ensues. Not last night. Last night it sounded like he swallowed a broken bullhorn. I tried, tried, tried to sleep, covering my head with down pillows to muffle the cacophony.  I can’t wear earplugs they give me claustrophobia, (don’t even ask). So, I went and slept on the sofa.  I’ve never done that before, it was actually quite comfortable until Bella decided to join me. She has to follow me everywhere.  Bella also snores–loud–and passes gas (just as loudly). Between the two of them I couldn’t fall into r.e.m., it made it worse that I had to get up early for a crack of dawn meeting, so my anxiety was at an all time high with each sleepless hour that was swiftly passing by. Just when I started to drift off into slumber, mere hours before my alarm clock was to go off, I heard startled cries from the bedroom.  The Fancy decided to take this night to start having a full blown conversation in his sleep.  The conversation was obviously with a hard of hearing individual as he had his voice box set to the highest delivery one can have it without reverting to shouting.  I am sure our neighbors within a 5 mile radius appreciated it as much as I did. So here I am groggy and incoherent wishing that I could nap (I never can). We are going to Nevada for the night to bid his parent’s farewell before they make the trek cross country (they are moving to the deep South). I am sure I will be a lovely driving companion being that sleeplessness bodes well for my personality (not).
In other news, I have been loving all the soft gray, filmy black + white images that have been floating around the interwebs lately so I decided to try my hand at the processing taking a photo of my empty spot on my beloved bed.


Only Tuesday and already I have an onset of heavy, shallow breathing.  Yes, I am that busy. I am trying to wrap up one branding project, start digital comps on another (a chocolatier!), do a portrait shoot for a major magazine and launch my shop. My brain feels like it is sizzling. To counteract this feeling of frenzy I do what  I do best–procrastinate.  Lucky for you my procrastination turns to goods for the blog. This is a glowy apricot photoshop action, it works really well on over exposed skies and makes fields nice and cream.  I haven’t tried it on portraits but the action is fully adjustable so you can play around.  I have included a before + after image in the download so you can get an idea of what type of image works for best results.  Happy editing! Now I must get back to the grind.  You can download your free apricot glow here.

P.S. For those of you having trouble I *think* it has finally been resolved. 


This whole series of cards by Sapling Press is brilliant. So smart + cheeky. This was my favorite card and for this Monday morn, was definitely the cutest. They are all equally as witty and I am sure you will find one just perfect for you.
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