Saturday, July 30, 2011

Daily Inspirations

I recently read that in order to be more innovative, you must begin to look for inspiration in everything you do and everywhere you go.  This helps to build creative thinking skills.  I found this an interesting way to look at how to further increase innovation in my work, but also a way to finding more joy in life.  This thought has stuck with me over the last few weeks, so I decided that I could begin to look around more in my daily life to find inspiration.

Fortunately, we live in a time where there are a plethora of resources to help you record your inspiration in fun and creative ways.  I chose to use my Instagram account as a way to do this.  I love the different filters you can apply to the pics to make them even better!!    

I selected a few images from the last 2 weeks to share here.  Some have been things I find around the city and others have been silly and easy.

Since Instagram works similar to social media sites where it has a feed, you can follow others to see what cool images they are posting to the account.  For anyone on Instagram, let me know, I would love to start following more people!!

my images from instagram

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweet Dreams

Over the past year, I have been learning a lot about decorating and furnishing homes.  Last September when my roommate moved out, I finally had to grow up and start to buy furniture.  To me, this is one thing that really marked you as a real adult (though now I am not so sure).  It has definitely been fun to learn more about my own style and inspirations.  I have long been interested in fashion, but it was completely new to me to try to mix and match furniture to help make my apartment truly home.

One of the rooms that I have been most craving adding some more personal style to is my bedroom.  I want it to be a sanctuary for sleep, but it also double as my work space.  I love the idea of a soft and feminine space, but with personality!  I am definitely not a minimalist, so I love the idea of colors and being surrounded by my personal treasures.  I have collected a quick look of inspiration for bedrooms!

source: honeyhouses
I LOVE the idea of a bedroom with with a cozy rug and a bed full of fun, quirky pillows.  Also, who wouldn't want that amazing ornate mirror!
source: apartment therapy
Soft and sweetly feminine.  My bedroom gets tons of natural light, and this is definitely a great way to make it light and pretty.
source: left- apartment therapy / right: west elm
I collect pillows from my travels, many of which are full of reds, pinks and turquoises.  I love the idea of mixing red and turquoise in a bedroom (or in any room for that matter!).
source: left- sarah kaye / right- nskwood 
I am keeping an eye out on craigslist and flea markets for the perfect wrought iron bed!

source: top left-apartment therapy / bottom left-apartment therapy / right-apartment therapy

This is just a sample of some of the inspiration that I have found.  If you want more, check out my pinterest boards.  Pinterest is a great website what you can collect images from the web into storyboards of inspiration!

**all images via pinterest.  for original sources, please review links in captions. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mission Sunday

Dolores Park, Moz and leisurely bike rides...

Just a few photos of Moz and I's visit to Dolores Park.  This is one of my favorite places in the city, but I was too busy chasing him around to get to snap too many photos.  It is amazing in the city today, so it was a great chance to take the bike out for a nice ride!  Happy Sunday!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mission Sunday

This weekend turned out to be a super casual weekend in the city.  I had such a busy week, that instead of going out of town, as planned, we had a little mini-staycation.  This meant mostly lounging around the apartment, napping or working on the garden (in R's case).  On Sunday, we did venture out for a few hours to meander down Valencia Street.  This is one of my favorite streets in the Mission...and most likely the city for browsing.  

We started off at a new coffee shop, where we tried some of their wide variety of scones.  We tried the berry and corn/cherry scone.  They were both delicious, but especially the corn/cherry.  It was a crumbling corn muffin with dried cherries.  Amazing!!  Definitely will have to stop by here again.

Next was a small vintage shop, The Apartment.  This place is great for vintage furniture and just in general cool finds.  R & I spent 20 minutes looking through old photographs of architecture.  It was fun to browse through others memories of their trips around the U.S. and abroad.  We ended up with a couple of great photos of a chalet at the Swiss Alps and the Paris Opera house from the late 50's.

On our way home, we took a detour over a couple blocks to a new kitchen shop called Pot and Pantry.  Super tiny, but full of cute vintage and new items.  It was featured here by another SF blogger.  So definitely check out her photos!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

geometric goodness

This weekend, besides brunching in the mission, I went over to Fort Mason for a local artist fair, Renegade.  I used to love to go to craft shows when I was younger with my mom and sisters.  We would browse through the crafty, Americana items that local artists were selling.  Halloween and Christmas were the best times for these, as then you could get plenty of holiday decor!  

SF has many of the same type fairs that I loved going to as a child.  Local artists, selling beautiful hand-made items.  I got 2 amazing prints (I love collecting fun art pieces), some hand-printed, linen coasters and the below fabulous geometric necklace.  I have been dreaming about geometric and native pieces for awhile.  I love the idea of bringing southwest style with a little modern flair!  The necklace was just what I was looking for.  A long chain and large enough "charm" to make a statement.  To add a little drama to my white tee and jeans (though I wore it this week with white tee and black sequin skirt!)  

This got me thinking about other great fashion items.  I found a few great pieces that are definitely more native inspired than true geometric.  However, I love the idea of some bright, vibrant colors with some great geometric patterns for fall!

Thinking about shapes brings up the ultimate "geometric" fashion item.  Yves St. Laurent's dress, circa 1965.  Inspired by Piet Mondrian's art pieces, this was a true example of how much fun you can have with bold, primary colors and simple lines!

1, 2, 3, 4

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mission Sunday

For what felt like the first time in a while, R and I stayed in the city for the weekend.  It was great weekend for a trail run, Dolores Park with friends and strolling about the city.

Today, we went over to 24th St. in the Mission to our favorite brunch haunt, St. Francis!  This is an amazing little 50's style ice cream parlor.  We have been regulars there for a few years, and even more so, since I moved about 5 blocks from it.  

We enjoyed waffles and breakfast burritos, and then shared an AMAZING chocolate malt.  Since we are usually there for brunch, we don't usually eat ice cream...  But after our trail run yesterday (which went really well for both of us :), we decided to go for it.  The malt was delicious and we drank up every last drop of whipped cream!

After brunch, we took the leisurely route home on 24th St.  This street is full of taquerias, mexican bakeries, bars and cute little boutiques, including one of my favorite, Arkay Workshop!  I am lucky to live only 2 blocks off the street, so I am sure there will be more posts to come on it.

My favorite car in our neighborhood!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

California Adventure: Sequoia National Forest

John Muir, a famous naturalist and early advocate for preservation of the wilderness wrote:
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

He was correct about this.  Funny thing about nature is that it nearly always is restorative.  It gives the person a chance to reflect, not only on their fleeting thoughts, but also on the beauty around them.  Of course, you don't always have to go into the wilderness to find nature.  It may be simply in a neighborhood park or your backyard.  

This weekend, R and I traveled down south again for the long holiday weekend.  I was very excited about the trip, because we were headed to Sequoia National Forest.  I absolutely love trees, and have had a serious fascination with sequoias ever since a family friend brought home a book about them when I was in elementary school.  In Kansas, we have many varieties of trees; oaks, callery pear, maples.  But nothing compares to the majesty of a giant sequoia.  

Unfortunately, the trail was not full of giant sequoias as I had imagined before leaving.  It was a beautiful area, but had been affected by fire a few years before.  This left many of the trees burnt and fallen down...many, many times blocking the path.  Though, the trees were not drive-through sequoias, they were still very beautiful.  

It was quite a weekend adventure.  We several times got lost, due to a missing trail, bushwacked through thornbushes and saw a bear.  Seeing a bear in nature is really quite startling.  Though we were nearly 100 yards away, it is still thrilling to see a wild animal in his natural habitat.  Very different from standing in front of them at the zoo.

By the end of the 20 miles, we were dirty, exhausted and anxious to start our long journey back to SF.  Moises spent a good part of the 2nd and 3rd day riding on R's pack, so needless to say, he was ready to head home as well.  

As far as giving strength, my legs are definitely still aching from the climbs.  It was a restoring to be out of the city for a few days and enjoying the quiet and solitude of nature.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wedding Bliss

It has been a very long while since I posted.  I really apologize!!  At first, I would blame it on the busyness of June.  My sister's wedding and prepping for it took a lot of my time in the evenings.  However, there is really no excuse for the 2 weeks since I have been home.  That said, I am finally getting a few pics from the wedding posted on here.

Overall, it was an amazing week getting ready for my little sister's wedding.  I remember distinctly the moment that I found out that she had been born...and now nearly 20 years later, I was able to stand up next to her as she said "I do".  

Before the wedding, there was a fabulous weekend away for the bachelorette!  I spent the weekend with 11 lovely ladies at our childhood vacation destination, Worlds of Fun.  We rode roller coasters, listed to 70's British Pop Show and drove around 1920's style taxis.  It was an afternoon of fabulousness! The hats and headbands were a definite hit with the people at Worlds of Fun. 

Top right pic: myself and the bride, Jenna.  Middle pic: myself, Abby (#3) and Sarah (#2)

June 18th was the wedding day at last!  It was a beautiful ceremony in our hometown church with the smell of lilies and hydrangeas filling the air.  Tears brimming in my eyes as I watched my baby sister walk down the aisle.   

Thomas More wrote, 
There is nothing half so sweet in life 
As love's young dream.
To a long and happy marriage, Jenna and Andrew!

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