Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crushing over this one!

i have been crushing over this one for sometime now!  Ugh-she is such a gorgeous badass!!! -i die over her hats too....
As many times as i have been to Venice Beach, i have yet to run into her.  Grant won't let me stalk her- he does know about my obsession for her!  soooo, more stalking on instagram!  Maybe we will meet when i purchase some of her photos for our new crib!
Meet my girl crush, Tasya Van Ree//////

Check her out on The Coveteur

she says, "work is work!" hmmm 

For the next restaurant? 

photo credit: Tasya Van Ree

Monday, August 25, 2014

Exploring Hermann Park

We live 4 minutes away, enough for Dax to sneak in a quick nap. 
They walk exactly the same. 
Boogie Woogie...took 150 volunteers and more than 1,000 hours to create.
Showing us how fast he can run.  

We love Hermann park, every time we go we discover something new.  This weekend was the first time Dax and Mo played in the water fountains and it was all good fun until it was time to leave.  Mo screamed the entire walk to the car and promptly fell asleep, but made sure the whole park heard how much he did not want to leave.   From feeding ducks, to watching koi fish in the Japanese Gardens it pretty much entertains the kiddos for hours and then wipes em out!  Oh and there is a snow cone stand.  Boom.

Friday, August 22, 2014

If you don't know, now you know ~ Patti Smith.

*images via Pinterest 
"Where does it all lead?  What will become of us?...It leads to each other.  We become ourselves." - Patti Smith 

Poet, writer, singer and photographer Patti Smith is un-apologetically Patti Smith.  She is tough and funny, passionate and completely original.  I have her picture on my desk and it's a constant reminder that it's about the ride, not the prize and to always be me.  Always.  

"Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don't make compromises, don't worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it's all worth it."  - Patti Smith

Her book is one of my all time favorites, if you want some more Patti, check it out here.  

I love, love, love her.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The hormonal ups + downs of a 35-week pregnant working momma

By our glowing guest blogger CarlaValencia de Martinez

BohoJulia asked me to write a post while she’s busy taking care of a newborn. Sadly, if you were thinking you were done with the rantings of a hormonal pregnant lady, you’re not. I’m right behind Julia with just 5 weeks to go before we get to meet our baby girl, Carlota Paz Martinez. (And I think the double girl hormones REALLY jack you up.)

SO rather than share with you how uncomfortable it’s getting combined with the idea of getting one more ultrasound (I’ve had about six) I decided to share some of the things I’m loving from nesting, to cooking (which means eating), to decorating and everything in between.

One word: beans
Yes, the simple, unassuming pinto bean cooked in a slow cooker is one of my favorites and it’s SO easy to make. This basic recipe becomes the base for refried beans, chili, bean soup and so much more.

What you need
A slow cooker
4 cups of pinto beans (picked through and washed with water – no need to presoak, the crock’s going to do that for you)
chicken stock or just plain old water
half a yellow onion
3 (or more) garlic cloves
Tbsp. of salt

Put the rinsed beans in the slow cooker and cover with water. I like mine soupy to start so I cover with about 2 inches of water or chicken stock. Throw in the onion and garlic, cover and set on high. As soon as the beans start to cook or you smell them (this takes hours), add the salt and continue to cook. I either set this all up before I go to work or at night before I go to sleep. By the time I get home from work or wake up my beans are close to ready, if not ready.

My favorite way to eat them is in a bowl with whole grain rice, chopped avocado, tomato, Mexican sour cream and homemade hot sauce with warm tortillas.

I’ve been in a mad dash to organize my entire house (don’t worry I won’t show you everything). Here’s a peek of Carlota’s room. I especially love the canopy over her crib which was inspired by a pinterest image I found that reminded me I had this inexpensive IKEA canopy I had used when Pascual was a newborn. I remade it into a girly version with gold glitter feathers and pom poms (which I am obsessed with). I also found www.lwphsews.com on instagram and LOVE the quilts, swaddles, crib sheets and more this mom of two hand makes. And the peace sign given to Carlota by a group of lovely ladies makes me smile daily. www.vintagemarqueelights.com

My first birth experience involved pitocin, epidurals, episiotomy and more – oh my! And I really had no idea what was going on. It wasn't a bad experience, but it just wasn’t even like I did anything, if that makes sense. So this time, I wanted to educate myself and just finished reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.  May is probably this country’s best known midwife having delivered thousands of babies along with her partners at their compound in Tennessee called The Farm.  It’s basically a hippie’s guide to natural birth, and it was a great read with true birth stories, explanations for everything I did the first time I gave birth and realistic goals for someone like me who wants to have a natural birth in a hospital.

Image via Gabriella Nissen, Art Director at 002 Magazine
Who am I kidding? I’m not wearing much of anything exciting except my de petra. (Does that count?) I’m basically spending tons of time in my bedroom of late so in essence I’m wearing my room. I am so in love with this mirror I had custom made by Gino Vian www.themerchanthouston.com and I get to stare at it every day for a long time from my bed rest vantage point. Speaking of bed rest, I love the rustic simplicity of my super soft www.parachute.com bedding that only gets better with every wash. 

I’m not going to lie, this bed rest thing is NOT easy!  I like being lazy by choice in most cases, but I’m not very good at it anyway… it has been made so much easier thanks to my girlfriends and family who pick up my co-op on Tuesdays and bring it over; take Paz on playdates; bring me flowers, a hardback book with a handwritten note inside and dinners, or just stop by to sit in my bed with me.  Thank you; you all know who you are.  I love you so much that now I am crying uncontrollably – but I am beyond happy and full of love.


Pick up a copy of 002 Magazine to see more of Carla's work and our favorite section, her monthly list of favorite things!  Follow her instagram here: http://instagram.com/valencarla 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


/////////Just picked up these sick oxfords for my man & he looks so Hot in them!

got to keep our men looking Hot!

Monday, August 18, 2014

~ Donovan Leo ~

Donovan was born last Thursday, August 14th.  Julie and Daron allowed my mom, Grace and I to be in the room, something I will be forever grateful for!  It's fitting that there were so many people around for his birth because he has had a house full of loving family and friends holding, kissing, and doting on him every day since.  Driscoe, Dax and Mo were instantly smitten and so sweet, have you ever heard a toddler do baby talk?  It's the cutest sound ever, almost as cute as Driscoe emulating Donovan's surprisingly loud cry.  And during all of this I cant stop thinking about my Grandpa Barney, he passed away 4 years ago on August 16th and in those 4 short years we have had 4 sweet baby boys.  I'm certain he is looking down on us and knows God is taking great care of his family who loves and misses him so much.