“let’s find some place beautiful and get lost…”

ย santa monica ~ marina del rey ~ venice beach ~ via rodeo



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Great Items on Sale from A Beautiful Mess


I absolutely adore the girls over at A Beautiful Mess. Their iPhone App changed my life. It’s like having a mini photoshop on your phone. It’s been great for my work and play instagram accounts. I would highly suggest downloading it today!!

Their online shop has so many lovely items. They offer online classes and fun products/projects for the diy’er and lovers of pretty things. Right now they are having a sale on some adorable books and phone cases. Also, there are some super cute planners ready for pre-order and other great diy project kits. ย Below is my wish list. I’m sure a few things will find their way into my shopping cart. Lol.

Make sure to check out their store. You won’t disappointed. Happy Shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Beautiful Mess Wishlist:

Photo Idea Bookย &ย Happy Homemade Book

Marbled 2016 Planner

Sew With Us – Online Class

Blog (Design) Love 2.0 – Online Class

Messy Box – 6 Month Membership

It Girl Bobbi – Rebelย or Girl Talk Bobbi Set (can’t decide :))

Minc Starte Bundle & Exclusive Art Prints

“You’re My Favorite” Masking Tape

Awkward “Thinking of You” Card

Messy Pen .08 & Medium Tip

4 x 3 Ledger Paper Pad

Tiny Rainbow DIY Confetti Balloons

Bow Stamp Set


links i heart {vol. 1}

a few funky links….



design darling: i’ve been thinking about creating a “home office area” in my apartment and this shop has the most adorable prints and lust worthy office supplies.

becky kinkead: looking for blog inspiration? need some photoshop help? then this is the blog for you. becky has great photoshop and illustrator tutorials to help you brand your blog.

honestly wtf / mark lovejoy: newest art obsession. get lost in the colorful movement.

23 brilliant life lessons from anthony bourdain: seriously. read it.

#WBC15: interested in a blogging? love wine? if you answered yes to both questions then this is the conference for you!

1designperday: check out the 110 most interesting wine labels and pick up a bottle while you’re at it

happy monday ๐Ÿ™‚ย 





Winter at Cassidy Hill Vineyards



Winter time in the vineyard is very important. What happens at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the vintage to come. Cassidy Hill Vineyards in Coventry, CT was kind enough to send me some photos of what is going on in their vineyard this winter. As you can see there is a lot of snow but once the snow melts they will get back to pruning. It looks like it’s their vineyard dog’s favorite activity, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ™‚ Notice the close up pictures of the vines below. There is an example of a non-pruned vine and what the vine looks like after they went through and pruned.



before pruning

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after pruning

Pruning can be a very tedious task. The grapes are only harvested off of 2nd year wood. Therefore, off of each spur you prune down to one cane. Off of each cane you prune down to two buds and each bud will grow into a new cane. Each cane will then have 2 clusters. It sounds simple enough but many vineyard managers will tell you it can be difficult and time consuming. The next time you drive by your local vineyard take a look at what stage of ย life the grapes are in. Are they dormant? Have the vines been pruned? Do you see bud break? Just because it isn’t harvest, doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done in the vineyard.

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Shopping in Santa Monica

Where to Shop on 3rd Street in Santa Monica


There are so many shops here โ€“ Forever 21, Gap, JCrew, H&M, Crossroads just to name a few. But make sure to go to Wasteland & Patagonia.

Wasteland: is a second hand store that has fantastic finds. Wasteland had higher end items like Chanel, Theory, MM6, YSL, Balenciaga, and Y3 just to name a few. But, they had less expensive quality brands like Free People and Zara. For every item I picked up the prices were very reasonable. So if you are looking for upscale brands at better prices check out Wasteland. The vibe is cool and the prices are great.




Where to Eat: Blue Plate Taco

Their margaritas are insane! They are so delicious and made with fresh ingredients. Try the Passion Fruit marg on the rocks, you wonโ€™t be disappointed. When my sister and I were here we split the guacamole and baja fish tacos. The guac was very fresh and the tacos were the perfect amount of crispy. This restaurant is a great combination of location (you are right across from the beach and can sit outside) delicious food, and tasty drinks. ย Blue Plate Taco is a great place to stop.