bedroom accent wall

28 Aug

 

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Painting a wall a dark shade of grey in our bedroom has been a project in the works for a while now…I’ve personally been brewing on it for almost a year. But as I mentioned in a previous post, Brian needs a little coaxing into anything to do with change- something very difficult for an impulsive person like me to understand. If I had my way that wall would have been painted a year ago- actually, probably the very day I had the brilliant idea. It also probably would have looked like crap because impulsive people like me tend to take less time and care painting walls in their home. But because marriage is all about compromise…I introduce to you…our new perfectly painted accent wall!

Originally, I wanted every single wall in our house to be painted a light shade of grey. But luckily (because my husband isn’t impulsive) I’ve had time to think about it (as well as many many many hours to pin various colors on pinterest) and ended up changing my mind. My new plan involves many different shades of grey throughout the house and one moody, dark and sexy accent wall in our bedroom. Considering, I am obsessed with the color grey (I’m guessing that is clear by now?) I knew the accent wall had to  mostly “read” grey but I also wanted it to have hints of blue & green.

After many months of persuading, I was finally able to get Brian to agree to paint the wall. To tell you truth, I think he was just tired of hearing me talk about it.

Last weekend Frank, Brian and I paid a visit to our local paint store in search of the perfect color for our accent wall.

At least Frankie looked excited.

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Once we got home with the paint it was decided that Brian would paint the edges and I would paint the center with the roller. He’s better at the details.

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After the wall was finished I literally watched paint dry. I was a woman obsessed.

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Isn’t it strange how different the color looks in every photo?? It is such an interesting color. It’s grey in one light…blue in another…and sometimes it’s green! I’m pretty darn happy with it and I love the way pops of color look against it.

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the paint color is rocky coast by benjamin moore

 

 

weekend

24 Aug

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I promise this blog isn’t going to turn into a once a week post entitled “weekend”. I’ve been trying to get back into blogging a few times a week. This creative space has become such a big part of my life and I miss it when I don’t.  I’ve been soaking up the last few weeks of summer. My favorite season is right around the corner! I’m coming for you fall! My work is always a little quiet this time of year so I’ve had more time to play the last few weeks. My weekends have been four day events rather than two and I am not complaining.

Friday

Friday morning I met my girlfriend Crystal for a hike in Hollywood. Crystal and I have known each other since we were little kids. The history between us adds so much depth to the conversation and it’s fun to reconnect at different stages in our lives. Our dates usually focus around being active in some way. She had thrown out the idea of hiking to the iconic Hollywood sign and it was hard to say no considering I have never hiked to it! This coming from a girl who was born and raised in Los Angeles. It’s so sad when you live in a fabulous and exciting city but end up sticking to your boring routine and neighborhood. It’s nice to be reminded to get out and explore. The hike is easy to access (here is the info) from Franklin Ave and parking is plentiful in a lot at the base of the park. We followed the dirt trail all the way up the mountain (The hike is around 6 miles roundtrip and a relatively easy inline on the way up) until the path dead ended at Mulholland Drive. We could see the sign from above the tree tops but still didn’t have a clear view. So we hopped a fence onto DWP property and from there we were able to get an unobstructed view of the sign. Winning!

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Friday night Brian and I went out to get pho for dinner. We usually go to our favorite spot, Phorage when we are craving pho but decided to branch out and try a new restaurant, Pho Show  (don’t you just love the name?) that we had heard good things about. It was an equally delicious bowl of noodles despite being filled with completely different flavors than I am used to. It almost tasted like cinnamon. Although, I don’t think that was the spice they were using. Maybe cardamom?  It reminded us of how different pho could taste depending on the region in Vietnam it was from. We are experienced pho eaters after our trip through Vietnam last year. We sampled a bowl of it whenever we could get our hands on it.

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After dinner we did what we pretty much do every Friday night and watched a movie at home. It’s our favorite way to wrap up a week. We ordered “Dark Places” based on the book by the same name by Gillian Flynn. Neither of us loved it. Something about it fell flat. It had good intentions though! Did you guys read the book? Are you going to see the movie?

Saturday

Saturday, was “painting day” at the Glodney house. I have been wanting to paint an accent wall in our bedroom for ages. Actually, I want to paint the whole house but I have to ease my husband into these types of things (he doesn’t do well with change), so an accent wall was a good place to start. I am head over heels in love with the result. The color is this interesting mix of gray, blue & green. I will share finished pics of the room tomorrow.

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After spending the morning painting we spent the afternoon doing nothing. I personally spent the afternoon soaking up the new vibe in our bedroom while reading  “You Are The Placebo” in bed under the newly painted wall.

I wrapped up my Saturday with a hair color appointment. I am officially very blonde again (as you can see from the photo above I was in need of a color touch up). I’m not quite sure why I waited until the end of summer to do such a thing.

Sunday

Sunday I had a date in the books with my little sister, Briana. Our plan was to head to Hollywood and grab lunch and see a movie at the arclight but our lunch at The Waffle took forever (Briana said her waffles were totally worth the wait though. I opted for a boring veggie scramble and I can’t say the same) and we ended up missing our movie. So after lunch we made a stop for ice cream at Sweet Rose Creamery in West Hollywood. If you live in LA do yourself a favor and stop at Sweet Rose Creamery for a sweet treat. They have the best ice cream EVER. I opted for a cone with a scoop of toasted coconut and a scoop of salted caramel.

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I got home Sunday evening to a surprise dinner made by my sweet husband. He grilled us up some ahi tuna and served it with green beans and potatoes. That boy can cook! And really…is there anything sexier than a man in the kitchen?? After dinner we watched the new series “Fear The Walking Dead” on AMC. Did you guys watch it? I think it might be something I get into. I love “The Walking Dead” so I assume I will feel the same about this series.

How was your weekend? What did you do?!

 

weekend

10 Aug

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(meeting our friends beautiful baby boy Ben)

Friday

When Brian got home from work on Friday night we decided to take Frankie on a walk to get dinner. Walking to get dinner in our hood (Marina arts district) is a new thing for us. When we first moved into our place over two years ago the area felt very industrial. We both missed our old walking neighborhood in Santa Monica. Seriously, when you live in Los Angles you just want to park your car on the weekend and be done with traffic for a few days. Luckily, over the last few years our neighborhood has changed dramatically- restaurants, coffee shops & stores are popping up everywhere! We are so happy to be on foot again. We walked to get Omusubi for dinner at Sunny Blue. Omusubi are Japanese rice balls with various fillings inside and wrapped in seaweed. Supposedly people in Japan eat omusubi everyday like we eat sandwiches here in the United States. They are delicious, healthy and SO incredibly filling. I usually get the same order- a spicy salmon (cured salmon with chili seasoning), a tuna mayo (albacore tuna with mayo sauce) & a kara tuna (albacore tuna with dices cucumber and onions and spicy mayo sauce). Clearly, I have a seafood theme but they have many other options! Brian usually sticks with a meat filled theme.

When we got home we from dinner we watched the new Netflix documentary Tig. Have you seen it? I loved it! I’ve found myself thinking about it all weekend and recommending it to everyone I came into contact with. The film follows comedian Tig Notaro and focuses on the stand up routine she performed one day after finding out she had breast cancer. I’m sure it sounds like a dark film but it’s just the opposite. She is able to find humor and joy in the darkest of times and I found it incredibly inspiring. Here’s the trailer…

Saturday

After a lazy morning in bed with a stack of magazines and a few too many cups of coffee we headed to Mendocino Farms to pick up sandwiches to bring over to our dear friends Rachel and PJ’s house for lunch. They welcomed a gorgeous baby boy named Ben into the world last week. He is absolute perfection and so teeny! Every time I see a newborn I am in awe of how tiny they are. It takes my breath away. He is an especially gorgeous newborn with perfect little features and soft blonde hair. It was such a nice afternoon hanging with the new family. It’s always such a beautiful thing to see people you love become parents. The circle of life never disappoints.

On Saturday night Brian and I walked down the street (yet again!) to get Indian food for dinner. We’ve passed this Indian restaurant a million times and have never stepped foot in it despite both loving Indian food. It was oh so good. We ordered much too much food and spent our walk home talking about how full we both were.

When we got home we flipped through on demand in search of a movie to watch. We ended up settling on “Cake” with Jennifer Aniston. I had been intrigued to see her performance considering she got such rave reviews for it. While I loved her performance I wasn’t in love with the movie in general.

Sunday

On Sunday morning I met a few girlfriends for a sweaty and upbeat yoga class at Maha yoga in Brentwood. I used to frequent this studio often but I haven’t gone recently and I forgot how much I loved it there! The class we took was accompanied by loud rap music- I know, sounds weird right? But sometimes you just need a rap filled Sunday morning yoga class, you know? It was followed by a long quiet meditation and the combination was exactly what I needed. I’m really trying to get back into daily meditation. I feel such a difference in my attitude when I make it a priority. After class we brunched at Farmshop in the Brentwood Country Mart. I ordered a mushroom frittata that was honestly the most delectable egg dish I have ever had. I also saw Laura Dern at the restaurant so it was a total win.

On Sunday night we met my Dad and Pamela for Mexican at La Cabana in Venice. As I write this blog post I am realizing just just how much heavy eating we did the last few days.  I can safely say that I am still full on Monday morning. Dinner with my family was the perfect way end to a perfect weekend. We always spend our time together laughing and it fills my heart.

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend! Happy Monday!

I’ll leave you with this photo of Frank from the weekend…

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enjoying where you are

6 Aug

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how much time we spend as human beings wishing we were already at the next step- turning 10, driving, turning 21, graduating, turning 30, more successful, thinner, richer, a home owner, married, a parent, a parent of two, retired etc. The list goes on. We are conditioned to always be wishing we were somewhere else. I am guilty of this. I often find that I forget to take in the step in which I am currently residing. Being present exactly were I am. The step I once longed to obtain that now feels like no big deal. There was a time not too long ago that I longed to be a wife, a home owner, working steadily as a fit model & of course a frenchie owner (!) If you would have told me that I would attain all those things I would have told you that I would be content. But that’s never the case, is it? Now that all those things are mine, I find myself longing to be in the next steps…motherhood, living in a bigger house with a bigger yard, a small business owner, making money full-time as a writer and an owner of two frenchies! Well, I’m kind of kidding about the two frenchies. I don’t think Frank would approve. He’s a one man show.

While I’m sure all those things that I wish for will bring me great joy when and if they happen, I am trying to instead pull great joy from what already is. Being grateful for what my life already looks like and let go of all the things I am hoping to get to next. I want to absorb every single joy, lesson, laugh and moment that my life has to offer me today.

Because it all passes by too quickly.

Just the other day I was reminiscing about our old apartment. Missing it, actually.  Granted when we lived in that apartment I couldn’t wait to get out of it. And now look, I miss it. I miss the simplicity of it. Life continues to get bigger and richer and fuller. I’m pretty sure as my life continues to grow, I will look back at this exact time in my life and miss it. When there are children running around our house, I’m sure I will miss the quiet I now take for granted. When we move to that bigger house with a bigger yard one day, I’m sure I will miss the place we live in now. I’ll probably feel overwhelmed with the new lawn. When we open our small business, I’m sure there are going to be days that will be completely overwhelming and I will wish I could go back to the simplicity and freedom of working as a fit model. I’ll long for the days when I tried on clothes for a living. When I finally do publish my first book, I’m sure I will start thinking about what the next one should be.

The cycle never seems to end. When are we ever happy with what is? Without immediately trying to get to the next step?

So today I am trying to remain completely present in what life currently looks like with no attachment to all that is still to come…or not to come…or might come.

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“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

24 hours in santa barbara

4 Aug

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Brian and I took a quick trip up North to Santa Barbara this past weekend to attend a friend’s wedding. It seems like all of Brian’s friends are getting married this year & all my friends are having babies- seriously, four out of my six bridesmaids have had babies since we got married 20 months ago! How crazy amazing is that?! All boys too. A gaggle of sweet baby boys have entered this crazy world.

Last month we were in San Luis Obispo for Chris & Candace’s wedding…this weekend in Santa Barbara for Eric & Nicole’s…we will be in Carmel in January for Billy and Stephanie’s…in Los Angeles in March for Jeremy & Lizzie’s and England sometime in 2016 for Mike & Kate’s (I’ve never been to England! I am hoping we can turn that trip into a bigger Europe trip. Let’s see if we can swing it). Love is clearly in the air.

Our trip to Santa Barbara was a quick 24 hours. We left late Saturday morning to make the two-hour drive up north. When we arrived in town we met a few of our friends (the ones we would be sharing a house with for the night) at Public Market– a regionally sourced food and wine market, for a late lunch. The market has a bunch of different food choices. Brian and I settled on the fish purveyor and split a lobster roll and a grilled mahi mahi sandwich. I could eat lobster rolls weekly if given the option. I don’t care how rich and decadent they are! They speak to my soul! After lunch we all headed to the beach cottage that we rented for the night through air bnb. It was a little funky (the bathroom sink was literally the size of a small salad bowl making washing my face a very wet experience for the whole bathroom) but it was bright and cheerful and perfect for the five of us for the night. Air bnb for the win!

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The wedding was held at Godric Grove in Elings Park– a grove perched on top of a mountain with views of the ocean and rolling hills. It was breathtaking up there. It was also covered in big bendy windy beautiful oak trees. I find oak trees grounding. I wanted Brian and I to get married under one but alas I couldn’t figure out how to transport one to our wedding venue the Smog Shoppe. 

The ceremony was a perfect blend of light and funny and emotional. I loved the quirky poem they chose as a reading during the ceremony comparing love to owning a dog. As you can imagine it resonated with me.

How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog
by Taylor Mali

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions
at once, or wind itself around and around you
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

We had a great night celebrating the happy couple. I mean really…what’s better than a wedding?? So much love in the air.

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On Sunday morning I was greeted with a grande triple skinny vanilla latte and blueberry muffin delivery in bed. I’ve decided this is how I want to wake up every morning. Are you writing that down Brian? After saying our goodbye’s to the group Brain and I walked along the beach and boat docks before hitting the road.

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my hair is looking pretty solid, huh?

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We took the long way home that afternoon opting for highway one rather than the 101. It makes for a supremely more beautiful drive.

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We stopped in Malibu for sandwiches at the country mart before returning home. I ordered the Malibu club which was a huge tuna, avocado, sprouts and tomato sandwich. YUM

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It was a pretty good 24 hours indeed.

monday morning meditation

3 Aug

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p a t i e n c e     is the     a n t i d o t e

Patience is the antidote to anger, a way to learn to love and care for whatever we meet on the path. By patience, we do not mean endurance- as in ” grin and bear it.” In any situation, instead of reacting suddenly, we could chew it, smell it, look at it, and open ourselves to seeing what’s there. The opposite of patience is aggression- the desire to jump and move, to push against our lives, to try to fill up space. The journey of patience involves relaxing, opening to whats happening, experiencing a sense of wonder.

-Pema Chodron-

road trip inspiration – big sur

23 Jul

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I’m back in road trip planning mode after a long break. As I’ve mentioned before, we originally planned on doing this trip last spring but life got in the way so we decided to push it to fall. Although, now that we’ve settled on fall I wonder why I ever thought spring was the right time to go? With a chill in the air and the leaves changing fall seems like the better choice. Am I right? At first I thought we’d travel in November to tie it in with our 2nd wedding anniversary but then I thought maybe the weather could become an issue at that time? Could we possibly hit snow as we get further North? Anyway, the fear of sketchy weather made me go with early October instead. Now that we have dates on the calendar I am getting excited. I feel like I am planning a mini version of the cross-country road trip I took a few years ago. I love the planning process- it gives me such a rush researching each city.

The first stop on our itinerary is Big Sur, one of the most magical places on earth, in my opinion. The scenery is breathtaking- rocky cliffs, blue ocean, sandy beaches and tree covered coastal mountains all rolled into one. It also smells incredible there- like fresh pine trees.

Brian and I have been to Big Sur a few times together. The first was when he introduced me to camping (it happened to be one of my ten goals when I started this blog four years ago- an experience you can read about here, here & here) The second trip was on our mini moon after getting married in 2013. As you can probably imagine Big Sur holds a special place in my heart.

Despite having traveled there a few times I still feel like I have so much to explore. I’m dying to visit the Esalen Institute. How have I never been there?

Here are some of my inspiration photos for stop one. Do any of you lovely folks have Big Sur recommendations? Restaurants? Coffee joints? Hikes? Hotels? Drives? Anything!

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images found via pinterest

 

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