My Daily Reads

 

I am an avid blog reader.  I think they’re an amazing medium for people everywhere to get across their message and their beliefs.  They range from serious to artistic to fashion driven.  The very first blog I started reading consistently led me to other blogs…and led to discovering more from there.  I thought I’d include a little line-up of my daily blog reads – the ones that I check every morning religiously with coffee cup in hand.  I encourage you to read them and then discover some that really make you happy! (You can reach the blogs by either clicking on their titles or the links I’ve provided at the end of the description).

This Isn’t Happiness:  This is my dark side showing through.  I love going through this amazing photo-blog looking at the things posted that range from creepy to funny – a must read.  Find it here.

Cup of Joe:  For some reason, this blogger is just that to me – as comforting as a cup of coffee.  Joanna Goddard lives in Manhattan and her posts are always sweet, and consistently open my eyes to new things.  Find it here.

Cupcakes and Cashmere:  Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere has a style and writing that is always clean and useful.  Her posts range from fashion advice to amazing recipes and all of the photographs are stark and beautifully done.  Find it here.

Chocolate Covered Katie:  This is most definitely a food blog (Katie is a vegan and obsessed with all things chocolate), yet for some reason I just love reading her posts – even if I”m not choosing to make one of her zillions of AMAZING recipes.  She promises that not only will her recipes be vegan (not that I’m a vegan), but they’ll be the most delicious around…and she’s always right on! I find her just adorable. Find it here.

 

These are just a few of my favorites.  There are many more I check, if not daily, at least 3 times a week.  My favorite thing about blogs is that no matter what you’re into – photography, food, sewing, fashion, video games, cars – you name it – there’s a blog about it.

 

 

What are some of your daily reads, if you have any?!  I’d love to find some new reads!

 

 

– A

Back to Hollyweird

A bugs perspective.

The past two days have been a complete dream.  There is beauty in hopping into the car and taking a two-hour ride that leads you to complete relaxation (and a place that people actually book plane tickets to get to – we can access so easily).  We ended up in Santa Barbara…exactly the escape we wanted.  I’ll post more about that tomorrow after I’ve gotten a chance to upload a few photos of the amazing scenery.  I had time to read two books – one was The Feast of Love, by Charles Baxter.    The book is a series of interwoven love stories…the good, the bad, the ugly, and the redemption in it all.  I highly recommend it.  It’s full of extremely insightful, witty, and stark sentiments about the craziness of love.  Here’s one quote I found particularly touching:

Every relationship has at least one really good day.  What I mean is, no matter how sour things go, there’s always that day.  That day is always in your possession.  That’s the day you remember.  You get old and you think: well, at least I had that day.  It happened once.  You think all the variables might just line up again.  But they don’t.  Not always.  I once talked to a woman who said, “Yeah, that’s the day we had an angel around.

That really spoke to me.  We all have relationships that either sink or swim.  Or swim for what appears to be an eternity and then end so suddenly, we’re left thrashing around in waters that go so deeply we can’t touch the bottom without certainty of death.   But, no relationship would ever last beyond one day if we didn’t have that one day where things had the possibility of perfection – and it is because of that possibility that we cling on to that one day.  With the hopes that it will someday achieve that level perfection every day.  That day, it’s a dangerous thing.  Hope itself is actually a pretty dangerous thing if you cling to it.  But, it’s also a buoy in the middle of that ocean.  What an interesting contrast…

What do you consider hope to be – a buoy to cling to or the shark circling?

– A

Packing Light

Zuma Beach

We’re leaving tomorrow morning for a two-day adventure up the California coast. We purposely have not booked a hotel room or made any solid plans for what we’ll be doing, so that it’s a trip based entirely upon our every whim.  There’s something a little freeing about knowing there is absolutely nowhere we have to be by any specific time.  We’re planning on bringing about 5 bottles of inexpensive wine, bottled water, some peanut butter, bread, and jelly to save a little money where we can.  I’m a little excited thinking about where we’ll end up!  In California, there are so many amazing places to vacation that I’m not at all worried about not finding something that catches our attention.  Obviously, I’ll be packing lightly, but wisely, considering we’ll only be gone two days, yet we’re not sure where we’ll end up.  I’ve been working for the past year on perfecting the art of packing for any trip.  It makes things so much easier and less stressful.  So, here’s what I’m planning on bringing this time:

1.  A bathing suit (for impromptu beach trips).

2. A beach cover-up (for making myself look proper while on impromptu beach trips).

3. One pair of jeans (I probably won’t use these at all – I hate pants).

4. One sweater (A must – California is warm and sunny by day, but deceptively chilly at night).

5. A black maxi skirt (The ultimate in versatility).

6.  Several tank tops to put with maxi skirt or jeans (They take up very little space).

7.  One turquoise necklace, one coral necklace, and one gold necklace (Summer inspired colors to add to the outfits).

 

That about covers it!  I figure that all of these items can be mixed and matched no matter where we end up going.  Either way, I’m looking forward to letting my hair catch that genuine salty beachy wave, and relaxing with a good book while taking in the amazing California coast.  Many photos to come!

 

When Opportunity Knocks

Working in Beverly Hills has allowed for me to meet a lot of really amazing people.  Yes, there is a fair share of the expected snobbery and ridiculous-ness that one would expect, but there are also a boat load of really interesting, influential, dare I say real people.  One of the things I’ve learned from working amongst these people is that none (or very few) of them attains the amount of money they have easily.  They have all worked years for what they’ve accomplished, much like you or I or anyone else for that matter.  The difference is, for whatever reason – be it hard work, knowing the right people, or blind luck – their pathways have led them to money – and lots of it.  But just because someone has insane amounts of money does not mean they are pretentious or that they haven’t worked their asses off for what they have.  (Obviously, I’m stating this knowing that you know there are exceptions to every rule).   Some of the most wealthy people I’ve met are also some of the most “real.”  Whether it’s serving someone who has had more record toppings songs on the radio than I can count on one hand, an uber-famous author, a real estate mogul, or anyone else equally as impressive, one thing is for sure – they’re human after all.  They simply took advantage when the right opportunity came knocking on their door – by putting themselves in the pathway of good fortune.

This is exactly the topic of discussion I had with two “Aussie” gentleman that I had the priviledge of meeting at work last night.  They were incredibly kind, funny, and real.  They encouraged me to try the wine they ordered and then proceeded to teach me amazing things about it (did anyone else know that white wine shouldn’t be truly chilled?  They explained that over chilling a white wine can make a ten dollar bottle and a five hundred dollar bottle taste exactly the same – and this is not a good thing). It was only after their 3rd bottle of expensive wine, that I was able to actually stop long enough to talk to them to hear what they truly had to say.  They’ve made a fortune in the sattelite business (and yes, Google has confirmed this for me as of 8 a.m. this morning – they’re the real deal) and, after inviting me to have breakfast with them this morning at the most ridiculously priced restaraunt in Beverly Hills, we  had a long talk about life and taking advantage when opportunity knocks.  One of the men argued that, yes, I have to work a double at the restaraunt today, but that I should still “play sick,” go to breakfast with them, and they’d in turn give me some help and guidance and possibly a job offer.  He said opportunity was knocking, because we met, and he considered me an intelligent person who has her head on right.  He said that by not showing up for their planned $20,000 breakfast this morning (And, trust me, they were the real deal – they were undoubtedly spending that amount at breakfast.  The difference between meeting them in Beverly Hills and in Nowhereville, America is that in Beverly Hills, they really aren’t full of shit – they really are that rich) I was allowing an opportunity that would only come along once to pass me by.  So, I did what any smart girl would do – I thanked them profusely for the invitation, and told them I had a double to work, and that I couldn’t make it.  I told them that if they wanted to judge my character, they should understand that for me, no matter how small the obligation may seem, I follow through on commitments I keep – even if it’s waiting tables in lieu of attending at $20,ooo breakfast.  They liked that answer a lot.  The more lively of the two (and the highest ranking in the company) gave me his personal business card and told me to e-mail him and said they’d love to find the right place for me.

So, am I going to get a million dollar job offer?  Probably not.  But, I do plan on e-mailing him and letting him know that I’d love to have him as a mentor.

So, when opportunity knocks, go ahead and answer.  But, remember – never compromise your morals or values for that opportunity.  I have a feeling the pay off is much bigger in the end when you stay true to yourself.  Money isn’t real.  It doesn’t last and it can be taken away in the blink of an eye.  If you have poor morals and standards, you’ll be left with only those.  But, if you have high integrity as a human being, well, even without the money – you’ll still be rich.

Until next time,

– A

Why, ocean?

 

Sometimes LA gets so completely overwhelming that the only thing you can do is get in the car and drive, drive, drive all the way to the place where the water meets the land.  I’ve often wondered why, when things are good or bad or anything in between, my frist instinct is to look at the ocean.  On this particular night, we loaded up the car with waters, walked around Abbott Kinney in Venice, had a delicious flatbread pizza with glasses of wine at a lovely Italian cafe, and then spent the last minutes of daylight watching the sunset over the beach.  And magically, life was good.

Sunny head…