Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pet Lover Gift Guide / Pretty Haute Mess

It’s that time of year again…. If you’re like me, you enjoy giving gifts that really fit the person you’re gifting. I pride myself at being pretty good at this.

For example, a design friend who loves her cat more than anything… Gift her a fun new cat cave, that’s also cool looking. Because we all know the hideous pet stuff there is out there…

For all those pet lovers you know, who also like cool shit, here’s a little gift guide for you to resource:

1. Mittens Dog Toy / Target

2. Cat Wand Toy / Target

3. Winter Dog Parka / Pet Smart

4. Rope Cat/Dog Collar / Found My Animal

5. Tough Dog Toy for Treats / Zee Dog

6. Kitten Collar / Target

7. Automatic Pet Food Dispenser / Petly

8. Cat Cave / Etsy

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

All photography by Roberto Ruiz for Arch Daily

Uh guys, I’m not even fully into super modern spaces but I’ve put all that craziness aside and now I want to live here! In Barcelona, Spain. Kthanks.

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Wait for it….. my favorite corner in this home.

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Also, now I want to create line drawings of all my favorite spaces… Look for it in every interiors post from now on. Maybe. But how cool is this….?

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It’s probably not so much a tom-boy thing as it is a lazy thing…. But I love outfits I can just throw on and feel comfortable in. For me, comfort is key to feeling confident and as we all know, confidence is sexy.

Cozy Sexy Style

Inspiration image source: Camilla Pihl

Turtleneck Sweater / J.Crew

Striped Boyfriend Shirt / Banana Republic

Leather Leggings / Gap

Hoop Earrings / Adorn Milk

Backpack / Eileen Fischer

Socks / Mod Cloth

Booties / Eileen Fischer

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If you saw my post about wanting to lose weight where I posted “before” photos of myself, then you know food and body image has been a struggle for me since about the age of 10. You may also notice I deleted that post with those photos because, oh my god what was I thinking?!

The update, however is that I lost about 25 lbs!! There will be no “after” pictures because I’m over the over-sharing thing.

Eat Clean / Pretty Haute Mess

I’m talking about food and body image today because I’ve had another growth spurt in this area and I wanted to share… When I recently lost those 25 lbs, I was on a mission to eat super clean, exercise a lot and get my six-pack back. My husband was whispering to me that I was being extreme (again), but I didn’t listen (again).

Thankfully, I realized my extreme ways again before it was too late. This time, instead of reverting back to my laissez-faire ways (aka, self deprecating) and gaining the weight back, I caught myself and realized I wanted to give moderation a try. What if I didn’t stress about food and how much I’m exercising or how thin I wanted to be, and just kept active and ate real food (no fried or fast-food and limited sweets)…? While this may seem so easy and obvious for most, it’s actually the first time I have been willing to give it a try for more than a day. It’s been a few weeks now and I feel like a weight is lifted. I will try my best to keep it going….

I wake up in the morning and go running with my dog for about 2.5 – 3 miles. I don’t go to Crossfit or to TRX anymore… While I truly loved those workouts, I just can’t do anything that drives me to extremes. Trying to fit in all those workouts, plus some basic cardio, was exhausting. I have to keep things simple. I have so much fun running with Bishop, but never thought it was a “good enough” workout for me. Lame.

I’m eating clean, real food, not perfect food. By “perfect” I mean, no carbs, no bad fats, limited good fats and no desserts. I really don’t think it’s a breakfast like the one above that makes me gain weight (real eggs with whole grain toast, Balade light butter and organic jelly)… It’s the binges, the processed food and the sugar that destroys my health and my confidence. But believe it or not, this breakfast feels like a spurge to me.

I would love to hear your thoughts, especially if you’re in the same boat. It will always be a struggle, we just have to keep growing and work through it, right?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

While most girls get upset when their lipstick color is discontinued, I’m the type of girl who mourns over $32 sheets. Damn you Target! I can’t even buy my Swiss cross sheets online!

I do have to say that while I was online I did notice a handful of really cool home items (I feel like I’m cheating on Ikea here). Speaking of… Hey Ikea, have you thought of bed sheet styles other than solid colors?! Just sayin’…

I’m clearly having issues with both Ikea and Target, but I’ll be fine. In the meantime, check out this cool stuff from Target…

Target Home

I love a good industrial desk lamp. Ikea has a great one as well, but sometimes they’ve been unavailable, out of stock I guess. Here’s a nice alternate.

While these succulents are fake, they’re pretty and I like the simple mini pots.

I’m always down with a classic, black pendant light.

Extend the black and white palette to the kitchen with this cool Cuisinart toaster.

I will never love a bed sheet pattern more than my Swiss cross sheets, but admittedly these dash patter sheets are pretty cool too.

I was pretty surprised to see furniture that wasn’t blocky or overly mid-century modern, I like these black Windsor replicas.

While this Swiss cross bath mat is cool, I WANT MY SHEETS BACK!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Yesterday I had a great day with my mom… We did a driving tour of beautiful Craftsman-style homes in Pasadena, California (where I discovered how much I LOVE my nav system). My mother loves design as much as I do. In fact, she studied to be an interior designer, but opt’d for teaching instead because it was more secure.

I’m presenting these photos in black and white so that you’re able to appreciate the architecture without any distraction from colors.

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This is my mom above (in the Birks), the most impatient person on the planet, patiently waiting to get a history of the first house on our tour.

The yearly event is organized by the Pasadena Heritage organization. It’s actually a three-day event with lectures and home tours, but we only attended the home tour on the last day. It’s great because you drive around to each home on your own schedule. There were six homes on the tour, so of course we stopped for lunch at Mi Piace in Old Town Pasadena after home TWO.

I found it very interesting to see the interior of homes and try to figure out what type of person(s) or family lived there. Like, what they did for profession, etc. Turns out, I’m really good at this game. I knew this home belonged to a single guy who was a designer. Luckily the owner was out back and open to chat, he is single, lived there for 15 years and he’s an art director! BOOM

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This house was not actually on the tour, but there are SO MANY beautiful homes in Pasadena (most of which are Craftsman) it was like a tour within a tour.

I had to take a picture of this one because while I love the architecture of Craftsman homes, both inside and out, I typically don’t like the color palettes. Most of the exteriors are green or brown, sometimes with deep red window frames. This home above was done in black finish with white trim windows! I am super on board with this palette, although the real Craftsman lovers would most likely slap me.

Now, when we buy a home one day and I notify my husband that I’m going to paint it black, he can visualize it and not freak out.

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This was the largest home on the tour, there was actually a foyer which is not common in Craftsman homes. I figured out very quickly that it was a family and the father was a lawyer. Toys hidden behind the sofa with political books and legal reference books in the library that, “the father built for himself”.

All six of the homes we saw were about 100 years old, built around 1910! They were all constructed for between $1,500 and $6,000! They’re now valued between $800K and $1Mill. How loud can you scream ‘appreciation’? Most of the owners who commissioned the builds were transplants from the East Coast looking for a more comfortable way of life with larger homes and more land. Some were built just to rent out as vacation homes during the Winter.

I highly recommend this tour if you have the chance…

Friday, November 13, 2015

I have a really exciting announcement! I’m taking my first big trip in a very long time… I’m traveling to Mexico City next month! I’m taking my mom with me because my husband is super busy with multiple writing projects. But it’s also something special to do with my mother, who is from Mexico City, and spend some time with her.

Travel_Mexico City

Photography: Rodrigo Cruz for the New York Times

I used to travel to Mexico City every summer during high school (it’s the only other country I’ve ever been to). At that time, I just wanted to smoke and drink and go to clubs, so my plans for this trip are a little different. The last time I was there was fifteen years ago, when my grandmother passed away. For many years I did not want to go back because I missed her. But then, I developed a whole other reason for not wanting to go back, or travel anywhere for that matter…

Since traveling is essentially the act of being lost and wandering, I had no desire to feel more lost than I already did in my own life, at home in Los Angeles.

It was in my early 30’s that I developed a serious wanderlust, but it’s been hard to find the right combination of time and money. They’ve been hard to sync up.

All that being said, I’m so excited to finally be traveling, and I love that Mexico City is the first destination. Stay tuned for some fun traveling posts…!