shopping // of a kind

Every time I try and get into a regular rhythm of blogging, my life goes crazy. So here it is, I’m going to try harder, I will fail less, and I still won’t have a regular posting schedule. So there’s that. And without further ado…shopping.

Of a Kind, it is pretty safe to say that I’m obsessed. If you have no idea of what I refer to, here is a bit about them per their website:

“We select designers whose work we love and feature them on the site, one at a time. We share a series of stories about each designer—inspirations, personal life, taste, training, you name it—along with a limited-edition piece designed exclusively for Of a Kind.”

I love the products, I love the designers I find through them, and I love the weekly emails from the founders Claire and Erica (I’ve been known to forward them to many people and use them, in meetings with my boss, as examples about the proper use of email newsletters). I also really love that right now everything is on sale and with that, I’m sharing my current “I Want” list with the world.

**If you were not recently reminded by your mother that you are on a budget, you can take 35% off everything with code UPINYOURGRILL through 07/08/2014 (so exciting!)

Fashion, Life, Shopping

wish list: here we go, Turkey.


I have discovered a problem I didn’t know I had. Going on vacation makes me want to shop more. I have visions of great outfits, amazing jewelry, and the bags…oh the bags. It can probably be blamed on the fact that I have started to think of life in photographic snapshots so the vision of a flowy skirt blowing in the breeze while on a cliff overlooking the sea while wearing super cool jewelry and holding an awesome bag, I mean that can totally happen, right? With Turkey quickly approaching, I thought I would share what has tempted me most recently, i.e. my vacation wish list. However, I will say that what is actually going into my bag will be a lot what I currently own and love quite a bit.  From my amazing lightweight colorblock scarf from scarf shop, perfect for darting in and out of locations that require head-coverings, a few pairs of well loved (and broken in) sandals care of Aldo, Rainbow & Madewell, a plethora of skirts below my knee, and of course my camera and a lot of camera cards to go with it.

1. camera case 2. random dye scarf 3. stack ring 4. gem ring 5. sandals 6. tote 7. guides


wantful. i want.


Sometimes you find something that is so perfect, brilliant and amazing that you want to:

a. share it with everyone
b. give it to everyone
c. hide it away for yourself and tell no one (but be the super awesome gift giver)

Because I blog, I felt like I needed to go with option a, however, my aunt and mom wanted me to go with option c so that they could utilize the greatness that is Wantful before news of it’s wonder got out to people they know (and give gifts to).

Here is how simple it really is (per the website):

How it works:

  1. PersonTell us a bit about the person you’re buying a gift for.
  2. GiftWe’ll help you curate a set of 16 perfect gift ideas.
  3. BookYour collection is delivered in a custom printed gift book.
  4. ShipThey choose the item they love the most and we deliver it.

I have taken the quiz based on different people and curated a variety of different collections to get a feel for the site and I love it. The items are wonderful with a vast amount of option at varying price points, so it is pretty easy to stay within your budget. You can select 16 items per collection and options range anywhere from decor, jewelry, hammocks, electronics, totes, bar ware, food, and art, so you will always find items to, well, fill a whole book. You may now become everyone’s favorite gift giver.

Wantful can be found online at


camera strap search

bloom theory straps

The week before last my camera was stolen, or as a co-worker put it, a piece of my soul was taken. So while renter’s insurance is great and dandy (and is cutting me a check for my camera) there are just some things it can’t replace. One of those this is the strap I got at Feet First + Blogshop.

The previous strap was made by Natalie, a friend of Bri from designlovefest, it was the cute pop of color to my not so colorful Canon. Now I guess it’s time to find a new pop of color for my camera and just savor my LA memories the old fashioned way, via photograph.

So I guess it’s time to start the hunt for something new, through this strap from Bloom Theory may be the winner. And by may, I mean it is.

DIY, Inspiration, Shopping

etsy find: knot & bow

There are days when you want something pretty to just appear on your doorstep, and then there are those other days. The days when you wished you owned a sewing machine and had every possible crafting item known to man-kind. At the immediate moment in my world, that has come out in the form of packaging. Then I found Knot & Bow on Etsy.


So for all those who love browsing through real weddings or sees awesome glitter twine on a design blog and wonders where they can get something like that, you’re welcome.

the Knot and Bow shop can be found here:

Parties, Shopping, Wedding

must have monday: geronimo! (balloons)


Balloons. Who doesn’t love them? How can you not smile when you see one? Doesn’t everyone dream of a giant balloon with fringe? Okay, that may have been pushing it a bit far. Moving on.

Geronimo balloons has been creating what can only be called balloon art for less then a year now, but is already much loved. Especially for the fun element it brings to photos. It also can’t help but bring a smile to your face when you see it.

Have I mentioned they are giant?

More information can be found online at

Food, Shopping

foodie friday: brooklyn slate company

I have been waiting a pretty long time (read: a month) to regale the blog-world with my love of the Brooklyn Slate Company (instead of just little snippets). Also read: I had to wait that whole long month because well, you can’t talk about how great something is when you family reads the blog and you bought a cheeseboard form BSC for your aunt for Christmas.

Long and complicated I know.

I know it seems kinda nuts to be this excited about a thin slab of slate, but just imagine the endless possibilities in the land of “making one’s food pretty on the table for guests”…or we could just call it plating.

And it comes in a great burlap bag, which, is pretty great for storage.

Really, is there anything that doesn’t look awesome plated on a piece of slate. These Brooklyn Slate folks are on to something.

To purchase your very own visit:

Oh, and all the fun stuff:
Photos care of the BSC website
I am not affiliated with BSC nor do they even know who I am (but in case they were wondering, I am a girl that really really loves their product but can’t decided what to buy first. But I’m leaning toward the slate placemats)

Life, Shopping

recap: day four in california

Day four went something like this…..”Josh, pleeeease take me to Venice.” Yes, I am ashamed to admit it, but I whined, because, well there was a cake stand calling me. But it was in Venice.

Meet Bountiful. (I found the store care of a 100 Layer Cake pop up sale/blog post and need to visit them in person).


There isn’t any official signage. But there is a telltale sign to know that you have found the right place. About a million and one cake stands stacked in the window. Josh was a bit nervous to walk in, heck, I was a bit nervous to walk around. One false move and a tower would fall on top of you and I’m pretty confident you wouldn’t be found for days.





There are more than cake stands. Actually there was a $9200 set of chairs, but I wasn’t there for those. Though a super cute vase, that may have jumped into my hands, or something like that.










A wonderful trip to the hipster beachy area. I may be the proud owner of a few more things then I walked in with. Oops.