Monday, January 19, 2015

[grand tour] Julian, CA

On Saturday, Kevin and I drove up to Julian to explore the tiny town famous for it's incredible apple pie. After a slice, of course, we poked around in all of the adorable gift shops and went a little sugar-crazy in the Julian Candy Basket. I also couldn't resist buying a few of the beautifully scented handcrafted soaps from the sweet woman behind the counter at the Julian Soap Company. It was a relaxing afternoon, enjoying the crisp winter air and passing a bottle of root beer back and forth while meandering lazily down the charmingly uneven sidewalks of the main drag. We finished off the day with chicken pot pie, grilled cheese, and fried pickles at the Rongbranch Restaurant and went home with full bellies and a fresh apple crumble pie for my parents. 

What I wore: Floppy Hat from eBay, Cream Shirt from Forever 21, White and Gray Scarf from Target, High-waist Skinny Jeans from Hollister, Five Layer Fringe Boots from Minnetonka, Bracelets from Charming Charlie and Walmart, Watch from Rue 21.

Watch my Vlog of the day's adventures...

Have you ever visited Julian, California? What was your favorite thing to do there? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, January 2, 2015

insta love :: December

White hot chocolate and blog planning on a festive notepad.
Playing with edits on a Christmas Day selfie. Dress from Forever 21.
I love changing my phone wallpaper to match the seasons!
My new favorite faux-fur from Forever 21.
Shopping at the international grocery store for some Persian goodies!
Our perfect tree surrounded by gifts and love on Christmas morning.
I love that I can go to the beach in December! My best friend's daughter was collecting seashells on this trip :)
Compulsory Christmas listening.
Predicting your future and playing with lights. Dress from Forever 21. Original photo by Ryan Ros for Organized Grime.
Playing with the Glitche app. Sweater from H&M.

and my "December Moments" compilation video…

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello and happy holidays, my little Pocket Monsters! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and whatever else you celebrate! I got to spend the morning with my mom and sister, and the evening with some of my wonderful friends. Take a look at how I spent my day in the video below!

I would like to wish you all a happy New Year! I will be back with tons of new DIYs, videos, and inspiration in 2015. Cheers!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Gift Guide :: Kiddos

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want.
This week, I found so many fun ideas for things to make for kids! Boys or girls, toddlers or almost pre-teens, there are so many cool tutorials for the little bambinos. When I was a kid, my favorite gifts were either books, or things I could DIY. If you are gifting an older child, you might consider just giving them the materials and letting them create for themselves! Whether you're making gifts for your own kids, or for someone else's (Or even yourself! There are some really cool ideas!), there is something here for all of the little angels in your life.

1. Tee Pee's can provide hours of fun, whether it be a home base for imaginative adventures, or a sweet reading nook. [tutorial]

2. I loved playing dress up with my dolls when I was little. If you can do some simple sewing, follow THIS tutorial to create a doll that looks just like the little girl she'll be gifted to. [tutorial]

3. These homemade bath crayons look like so much fun! Pair them with a rubber ducky, a bottle of bubble bath, and a terry-cloth robe to make the next bath time one they will look forward to! [tutorial]

4. This I-Spy Bottle is a great way to keep a kiddo occupied and quiet, and the little treasures can be changed out every now and then to keep things interesting! [tutorial]

5. Print THESE free paper dolls on card stock, and put them in a small box or repurposed tin with some scissors. [source]

6. Create a science experiment kit! Pick up some simple materials and a bucket to keep them in, print off THESE experiment directions, and let the kids have at it! Bonus points for being educational, as well ;) [tutorial]

7. This Glitter Flubber stuff is just awesome. [tutorial]

8. Marshmallow Shooters are fun to give to your friends kids, and if you are daring, your own. Don't forget a bag of mini marshmallows to get the game started! [tutorial]
For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And this is the last one! I hope you enjoyed my DIY holiday gift guides!

Monday, December 15, 2014


Photographer: Andrew Casey
Production: Nick Mansfield
Photo Assistant: Carlos Chavez
Wardrobe: Holeh Zargarian
Its hard to believe this photo shoot was an entire year ago. This shot was a one-off from a collection of "missed moments" that was never completed. We drove up a backroad mountain in San Marcos with a van borrowed from some guy that parks on Nick's street and ten bouquets of supermarket flowers. Teenagers kept driving through the background of our shot and hiking into the canyon to smoke weed. It took upwards of two hours to set up the shot, and then, once the sun began to set, we had about a ten minute window to get the perfect shot. And for some reason, I had Elton John's "Rocket Man" stuck in my head the entire time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY Gift Guide :: Guys

As the holidays approach, we are all thinking about how we can show the people in our lives that we appreciate them. We all know that I love to DIY, and putting effort into creating a handmade gift always means so much. Every week until Christmas, I'll be posting a DIY gift guide with ideas for things you can create that people actually want.
This week, we're looking at gifts you can create for the hardest people to shop for-- the men in your life! Guys always seem to be the hardest to read, and the hardest to please, when it comes to presents. I've sifted through all of the Pinterest tackiness and rounded up a few things that your dad, brothers, man-friends, or boyfriend would actually use and love-- even more so if it was made by you!

1. This Jack Daniel's Soap Dispenser will rid your man of any excuses to run out of soap in his man cave bathroom! Use an empty bottle of his favorite liquor, and pair it with a gallon-sized bottle of refill soap. [tutorial]

2. Get the guy in your life to actually want to use coasters by creating these Natural Branch Coasters for his bachelor pad. [tutorial]

3. Help your man-friend make travel more convenient, and keep his side of the bathroom counter organized, with a dop kit. Use this tutorial to sew one yourself, or buy one and personalize it with his monogram. Go above and beyond by filling it with his man-scaping essentials and favorite toiletries. [source]

4. Put together this Guy's Survival Kit for your man to keep in his car. Use the this tutorial to sew your own, or use a simple pencil bag or toiletry case, and fill it with kleenex, hand sanitizer, mints, floss, or whatever else your dude might need in a pinch! [tutorial]

5. If you are feeling really ambitious, try building this Ammo Can Toolbox from scratch. I've also seen this done with tool and tackle boxes! [tutorial]
For more DIY gift ideas, check out my DIY page and find more things to create for the wonderful people in your life. And keep checking back for more DIY holiday gift guides!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

[diy inspiration] Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the decorations-- especially the beautiful Christmas trees, dressed up in majestic lights and colors. My family's tree is an eclectic mix of well-loved and meaningful ornaments, collected over time from my parent's first Christmas together until now. Our tree definitely shows our family's personality, but I love looking at the gorgeous perfectly-styled trees as well. I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY ornament tutorials for anyone looking to create a beautiful tree of their own.

Frosted Crystal Ornaments, by Sarah Barksdale Design
 This frosted ornament is super simple and so beautiful! Just roll a clear ornament in glue and then salt for a snowy crystal finish.
Rustic Macrame Ornament, by Decoholic
 I love the nautical feel of this macrame ornament! You could create so many styles depending on the ornament you use, or the kind of string you tie around it.
Mini Snow Globe Ornaments, by NoBiggie
 These bottle brush trees look so elegant surrounded by a pretty glitter snowfall. Change the bow or add beads to the glitter snow to match your Christmas decor.
Photo Ornament, by Fynes Design
 I love this twist on the classic keepsake photo ornament. Use two photos for a double-sided effect, or use the back to display the year and a message.
Paper Punch Snowflake Ornament, by The Ornament Girl
 This paper-punch ornament is really easy and inexpensive to make-- all you need are styrofoam balls, a snowflake paper punch, sequins, and straight pins. It would be a great project for older kids stuck inside during winter break.
Starry Night Glitter Ornament, by Colin Cowie
Paint simple ornament bulbs black and sprinkle just a little glitter, or use a toothbrush to splatter metallic paint, for a blinged-out look that isn't too over-the-top. The gold flecks will reflect the light and add shimmer to your tree!

Melted Crayon Ornaments, by One Cup at a Time
These melted crayon ornaments are another project that would be fun to do with kids! This is a great project if you want to create something more colorful, and is less messy than the "paint-drip"technique.
Gold Leaf Monogram Ornaments, by Sugar & Cloth
No inspiration post would be complete without some sort of monogram. Try this one with pretty gold leaf for a sophisticated look.
Will you be trying out any of these DIY ornament's for your tree? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!