09.22.2014

Around California – Solvang

Solvang

Image via Magic Madzik

It’s been years since I’ve been to Solvang, and I really hope I can go back soon. We discovered it when we were driving to L.A. on 101 and my father-in-law told us to stop there. He said that Solvang is this little Danish town close to Santa Barbara. We thought it was weird, and probably he was exaggerating, but decided to stop.
This town is ridiculously cute and totally out of place. If you are familiar with California, you know that the no matter what town you are they share some similarities, especially in Southern California where the Colonial style is more prevalent. But when you get to Solvang, it’s like you’ve been transported to Denmark. Everything — the stores, bakeries, architecture– is Danish, there are even windmills!

Solvang

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Solvang

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Solvang

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If you are ever in the Santa Ynez Valley or Santa Barbara areas, please stop by. It’s not that far off the road and it’s totally worth it.

09.15.2014

Madrid Fashion Week – Duyos

Duyos - Madrid Fashion Week

Sorry for the fashion week overload, but I saw this and it made me really happy. Juan Duyos, an incredible Spanish designer, prepared a different show for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid. He requested 17 dancers from the Spanish National Ballet (Ballet Nacional de España)
to model his collection inspired in the colors of the Canary Islands while dancing. What an incredible thing to do, don’t you think? The girls were fantastic and the dresses… dreamy. I saw some videos on Instagram and gave me goosebumps. I just loved the mix of both arts and the fact that they also offered a display of different dance disciplines to a fashion crowd. The Ballet Director also joined them at the end of the show. I think it was fantastic and different, and wanted to share it with you.

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Images via Hola.com

There is a short video of the show here and the full show here.

09.12.2014

New York Fashion Week – Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez - NY Fashion Week - Spring 2015

I never understood fashion as something that you can’t wear. I remember watching fashion shows and not understanding why the clothes showed weren’t really something wearable.
Of course, my brain didn’t get that fashion is an art form, and as such, it’s about individuality and creativity. I appreciate those shows more, but I still like fashion that I could see myself wearing. I think this is why I always liked Narciso Rodriguez. In my opinion, he’s one of those designers that just gets it right. I sometimes see a celebrity wearing a dress that I love, and then turns out it’s one of his creations.

These are some of the looks from his Spring 2015 collection showed in New York Fashion Week. Jumpsuits, dresses, and pretty much black and white. He reads my mind.

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Images via Vogue

 

09.10.2014

Too many necklaces – DIY organizer

Jewelry Organizer If you’re a little bit like me, I’m sure you’ve collected way too many accessories. Necklaces are my latest obsession. I don’t know what it is, but I just like to get them and I feel like I never have enough.
Remember my post about Stitch Fix? One of the items I decided to keep was a necklace. Back in the day I had a huge earring collection that could’ve put Tiffany’s to sham (in quantity not in quality); now I just wear the same earrings pretty much everyday. I don’t do bracelets or rings much, but necklaces are another story, and for some reason now they always have to be in gold. I used to be a silver kind of girl, but now it’s just gold.

A while back I did this DIY. Not sure where I learned how to make it, but the whole thing fell and broke. Thanks landlord for not letting us make holes in the wall and making us use Command Strips that don’t always work. This time around I decided to redo it and hang it properly. We’ll see what happens when we move.

This is a super easy DIY. I have zero craft skills, but this one is a no-brainer, and I love the final look, hence the reason why for once I decided to do this instead of buying some kind of organizer. Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry Organizer

Jewelry Organizer

You’ll need:

  • Some kind of frame, whatever you have around. I bought mine at Michael’s. My only recommendation is that you get a wood frame.
  • Paper for the background. Anything you like will work. Mine is wrapping paper, but I also thought that getting creative with washi tape would look great too.
  • Push pins
  • Hammer
  • Nail polish (optional)

Instructions:

  • Cut the paper to cover the area where the photo would go in the frame.
  • Hammer the push pins on the frame, on the side you prefer depending on the length of your necklaces, leaving around one inch in between them.
  • You can use colored push pins but if you don’t have them you can use nail polish to color the top of the pins.

Voilà, you have a pretty and decorative way to display your necklaces, or at least some of them.

Let me know if you end up doing this. I would love to see the results.

 

09.08.2014

Around California – Yosemite

Vernal Falls Footbridge

Vernal Falls Footbridge

I can’t even begin to explain how magnificent Yosemite is. The first time I went there I didn’t think much about it until I started reading about it while driving through the park and admiring the views.
Glaciers landscaped Yosemite millions of years ago. Yeah, that’s old, and I was right there. Until that moment, I only knew that there were bears and that I had to keep my food far away from them. So much for my research.

Fast forward to now, this national park is just stunning. One of the most iconic hikes is Half Dome. For some reason, missy here (me) thinks she’s going to hike the whole thing one day, which I believe takes 8 hours. I can guarantee you that’s not going to happen.

Vernal Falls - Yosemite

Vernal Falls

The first time my husband took me there we hiked Vernal Falls. This is the first waterfall on the hike to half dome and we loved it although there was almost no water since it was August. At the top you end up in Emerald Pool, which you are not supposed to swim in, but people, my husband included, just got in it since it was really hot. To their credit, there wasn’t enough water and we were far from the waterfall. Still you should never do that.

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls

The second time we went there together, it was Memorial Day weekend, so Vernal Falls was so incredibly full of water. It was beautiful, and we got soaked. We got to the top so early in the morning that we decided to keep going up to Nevada Falls and almost to Yosemite Valley. I can’t even describe the views and the feeling of how little you are in the world. There is when we decided to go back because we didn’t have enough water, since we hadn’t planned to make it up to that point. I was so pumped that I kept saying that I wanted to come back and hike Half Dome. My husband agreed, he’s done it quite a few times, but I’m sure he thought that I was going to bail. Seven years later and I haven’t even been back. Oh well. It’s not that I don’t think I can’t do it, it’s that there are lots of steps in all the hikes, which I don’t mind going up but I do mind when I go down, plus the last bit to make it to Half Dome is the cables part. That scares me. Yes, I’m a wimp.

Nevada Falls

Nevada Falls

Top Nevada Falls

Top of Nevada Falls

Top Nevada Falls

Top of Nevada Falls (so young!)