Thursday, December 2, 2010

great advice


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

29 days and counting

 [vintage jacket, express leggings, nine west booties, nixon watch, f21 bracelet, lucky peace sign bracelet]

Counting down the days until our besties from Miami arrive to ring in the new year - 29 days as of late.  We haven't seen them for over a year.  I'm doing my happy dance with some gas bubbles popping in my stomach from all the excitement and drinking a glass of wine a night to build up my tolerance.  It won't be me praying to the Porcelain God - I'm pretty sure that will be Adam!  And the inside jokes begin...

until next time,

Sunday, November 28, 2010

on a railway New York bound

Vintage Coat [inherited from my grandma], Seven Jeans, Zara Shirt, Vintage Cross Necklace,
AJ Morgan Sunglasses

I decided to pull this gem out of the closet and dust it off, actually forgetting about it until opening the coat closet the other day.  I try to avoid the coat closet as much as possible because of my adverse mood when  having to pile on a coat in the morning.  Does anyone else dread wearing coats as much as me? Finding it annoying to bundle up in a bunch of  extra clothing before even stepping outside and then after 5 minutes in the car, burning up without any help to get it off.  Those are the days when you don't hit any red lights either.  Smooth sailing in my 20 minute drive across town with one glove on and one glove off. 

But this amazing coat styled with cigarette burns by my unique grandma - I love.  Imagining her wearing it in the 70's in her high waisted jeans with her orange suede knee high boots gives me a nostalgic yearning to have known her better.  So it felt good to slip it on while we ran a few errands.  Our errands took us by a railroad track, which provided a perfect backdrop for the coat. 

As we were taking pictures, this Matchbox 20 song ran through my head on repeat.  "She got out of town on a railway New York bound..."

Here's wishing I was New York bound, instead I'm high-fiving everyone from Kansas.

until next time,

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Cheers from Casa de Salas!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found some great deals during all the Black Friday sales.  We chose to opt out of Black Friday.  After working retail for over 10 years, the idea of shopping on such a busy day does not sound fun.  

E and I are thankful for our health, the opportunity for a long, relaxing weekend and that we have another niece on the way.  We found out by my brother cutting into a cake with an icing message 'it's a' and revealing pink cake - it was even a surprise to my brother.  

I enjoyed my two hour nap this afternoon followed by a plate of yummy leftovers.  Being two Red Stripes in, I hope this post makes sense!

Until next time,

Monday, October 11, 2010

do what you love

banana republic cardigan, random jumpsuit from tj maxx, steve madden boots, target over the knee socks





okay I'm not good at being serious...a little running man to make the camera man laugh!

until next time,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

elbow holes and charisma

dress: urban renewal - urban outfitters
jacket: banana republic
watch: Nixon
peace sign bracelet: Lucky
necklace: a local boutique

 I recently purchased the O Oprah Magazine.  I don't purchase magazines on a regular basis like I used to, but it was a late night, at the grocery store, and the thought of a magazine was intriguing.  So as I was waiting in line, into the cart the strategically place O magazine landed.  I actually forgot I purchased it until a few days later and I decided why not, I'll take this to read on my lunch break.  Fast forward to my lunch break, as I am eating the usual Chipotle [black beans, chicken, guac and lettuce with a blackberry Izze] I came across an article written by Martha Beck.   Martha Beck is a life coach and writer.  side-note: My uber cool and extremely intelligent Auntie Keri used to work for Martha and is a Master Life Coach too.  My Auntie Keri is one of the gifts I received when I married my husband.  

The article by Martha was all about charisma titled "Unlock Your Inner Superstar" and as I was enjoying my Chipotle I was like "ok, tell me how Martha!".  Martha believes "every human being is innately charismatic.  But within a few months, or a few years, many children mask their real selves.  Charisma, you see, draws attention , and attention can be a problem."  She continues on with a four step plan:

Step 1: Strike a Pose
This step comes with a challenge to stand, sit and walk like the most charismatic person you know.

Step 2: When you get to the Brink...Keep Going
This step requires you to find a littoral zone in your life and step beyond it as if you had no doubt.

Step 3: Focus Outward
The jist of this step is people pay attention to people who are paying attention to them.

Step 4: Take Space and Make Space
Know when to take the spotlight and know when to back away.

To read the article, click here.

shoes: urban outfitters

Here's to all of us finding our in charismatic selves...

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

beware pickpockets and loose women

 [gap jean shorts, random brown tank, minnetonka moccasins, 
nixon green watch, vintage rings, br necklace]

I was recently introduced to the sweet potato fries at a locally owned bar called The Anchor.  The wait staff all have colorful, cool tats that make me want to jaunt next door for a little ink action.  The bar is in an old renovated building with cool brick walls and chalkboards.  Oh man do I love a large chalkboard.  When I was little I used to love to play school.  I was the teacher and I had make-believe students. For a chalkboard I would use the closet doors in my playroom.  My parents must have hated it because [I don't know why, it came right off] for Christmas, Santa brought me a very large chalkboard from the school supply store and a chalk holder.  I used to love to put on rings and rub the chalk holder between my hands to hear the click, click, click like a "real" teacher.  Ahh, childhood and the hours I spent talking to myself my students!  I've brought up the idea of painting one of the walls in our office with chalkboard paint to my husband.  He has yet to agree but I still think the topic is up for discussion.  The sheer joy a chalkboard wall would bring me!

 The bar has fun signs throughout like the one above and dirty jokes on the walls in the bathroom stalls. 

E and I have resurrected the acoustic version of this song.  Enjoy!

until next time

cherry pasta recipe

I tried the cherry pasta recipe Free People featured on their blog.  If you haven't taken a gander at the Free People blog, you should pop on over.  I enjoy the Monday Quotes, the Tuesday Tunesday and now this sublime cherry pasta recipe.

                            [picture via Free People]

  • 1 serving udon noodles
  • 1 T evoo, plus more for sautéing
  • 1/3 c sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 c arugula
  • a few cherries, quartered
  • 2-3 T chopped walnuts
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • grated parmesan
1) Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in saucepan.  Boil for 5 minutes to reduce; remove from heat and let cool 5 to 10 minutes, until it thickens.  [You're making a balsamic reduction.]
2) Sauté onion over medium heat until browned.  Add arugula and sauté until wilted.
3) Cook udon noodles according to package directions.  Drain and return to pot.
4) Toss noodles with olive oil, onion, arugula, cherries, and walnuts.  Transfer to plate; drizzle with balsamic reduction.  Garnish with basil and parmesan, if desired.

I changed a few items in the recipe to cater it to my personal diet restrictions.  I used Brown Rice pasta and sauteed my onions and arugula in coconut oil.  The health benefits of this recipe are stellar and it tastes yummy too!  Try it!

until next time,

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A character is what he does

If you are looking for a good read,  I highly recommend "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller.  I have read it about four times now and gathered some great 'ah-ha" moments each time.

Author's Note:
If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn't cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers.  You wouldn't tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you'd seen.  The truth is, you wouldn't remember that movie a week later, except you'd feel robbed and want your money back.  Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo.
But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful.  The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won't make a story meaningful, it won't make a life meaningful either.

Here is another one of my favorite stories from the book:
A couple of weeks later, I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in years.  We had some time, so we walked down to the Ugly Mug for coffee.  I caught him up on stuff in my life then asked what was going on in his.  He said he and his wife had a baby since he last saw me.  A little girl.  He pulled out his wallet and showed me pictures.  I asked him if it was scary being a father, and he told me, no, he loved it.  He said his life had gotten smaller.  His world had shrunk to his wife and his kid, and all that mattered was keeping them safe.
"Your wife must be loving you", I said.
My friend went on to say he was more in love with his wife than ever, which is not something men usually say to each other, even if it's true.  I don't know why we don't say those things, but we don't.  So I knew he must really be crazy about his wife.  He said he'd been preoccupied with work and hadn't paid much attention to life at home; but after the baby came, he saw his wife differently.
"She's amazing," my friend said, shaking his head.  "A baby came out of her body, for crying out loud.  And now she produces food.  She keeps the baby alive."
I asked him how his wife felt about all of this, thinking she must be excited to have her husband back.  My friend looked at me as though he were realizing he hadn't actually said anything to his wife.
"You haven't said anything?" I questioned.
"I guess I figured she knew," my friend suggested.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

welcome to my latest daydream

I first heard of Coachella from the uber cool Senior Creative Director of Sassoon Academy, Sally Rogerson. My interest sensors were sparked and left me yearning for the experience. I tried talking some friends into going this year but it didn't work out [insert me pouting]. Next year my friends, next year I will be there in my paseo wellies. This year I'll just put Free People's playlist on repeat and daydream.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

me and my house alone...who says I can't get stoned

Sooo, here are some corners of my home.  Enjoy!

Thrifted - his buddy Bach hangs on the wall across from him!

My uncle drew in the '70's.

Kelly Wearstler books - need I say more?

Twilight Collection and the Magic 8 Ball Buddha. 

My new lovely bedspread.  Love it!

Antique Armoire.

Wall O' Art

Corner O' Art

Living Room and husbando.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


This weekend I purchased the most beautiful boho style bedspread. It's the perfect compliment to our bedroom and the perfect size. [pics to come as soon as my husband tells me where the camera cord is hidden]

Bohemian Inspired Rooms...
In searching for these fab photos, I came across pictures from the movie Along Came Polly.
Polly's apartment = Boho at its finest!

Did you just spank me? 
No, no no, um.


What's in my pocket, you never knew...


Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Ahh, a beautiful, crisp spring day.  I wish I could have spent the day reading a book under a tree in a park listening to some acoustic music, drinking some sparkling penguin water. (Just in case you are wondering what the hell penguin water is click here.)  Pandora put me in the mood this morning when it sent this song my way.

Someone please remind me, the next time a nice day creeps in between the crappy ones to have some decency and call in sick.  We are back to cold weather tomorrow with a chance of rain.  Poo...where is the warm weather, I have been waiting on it for months now.  Maybe mother nature will hear my wishes?  Probably not.  Bitch.


Sunday, February 7, 2010



The inspiration for this outfit is came from a fit Zooey Deschanel's character wore in the indy flick "Gigantic".  The hub and I finally made time to take some pics around town, something we will do more once it gets warmer here.  A snow storm is hitting as I type and the cold, cloudy weather has left me uninspired hence the lack of posts.  

The inspiration outfit...


Sunday, January 17, 2010


 [albeit jewelry |]

Like whip out my credit card, I don't care that we are on a budget honey, need this.  I covet the number 4.  It's my lucky number in so many ways.  I'd list them all out here but in effort to not sound crazy, I'm going to just let you know it's my lucky number!  This is the type of necklace as soon as it is acquired, you attach it to you neck and never take it off.  And, it would go perfectly with my half of a heart E necklace from Ecuador.  My 4 year wedding anniversary present that cost a whopping dollar.  Oh lordy...

here is the description of the brand from the website:


Albeit is the vision of renowned up-and-coming designer, Jenny Lu, to push beyond contemporary concepts and styles of Jewelry by redefining what classic is. The product is original and delicate jewelry with a sleek sophistication that not only enhances the wearer’s outfit, but also reflects a philosophy of life and style. It is elegant and understated, yet feminine, playful, and distinct.

The intricate designs uniquely cater to each individual’s personality and character without shamelessly screaming “look at me!” The option of choosing a letter, number, or symbol significant to the wearer is where the idea of Albeit comes into play. Everyone carries with them their own unique story, and the notion of that story being open-ended for them to pursue their dreams is where this romance lies.

The design of the sideway pendant is derived from the very essence of a cantilever in motion. Each pendant is hung horizontally from different vertex points to achieve the most balanced composition. The necklace in return provides art in flux; as it falls and shifts from various positions on the neck. Handcrafted, every piece is made with the highest caliber of craftsmanship and rendered materials. This truly is a celebration of classic and timeless treasures.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010


With a high of 8 degrees tomorrow and a wind chill of -30, it is without a doubt I have been miserable and down in the dumps. The sun hasn't popped his pretty face out for about 5 or 6 days now so I have found myself having this daydream a few times a day.

In the background playing:

My view:


Hanging out with this guy:

We are lounging on the beach, it's about 90 degrees with a slight breeze. Ahhh, it's perfect, just perfect. Please don't make me leave my home tomorrow, paaaalllleeeaaasse.


Street Chic

From Elle News Blog:

A girl after my own heart. Military boots, 3/4 sleeve wool military style jacket (I'm a sucker for 3/4 sleeve anything so I can wear lots and lots and lots of bracelets) and fingerless gloves - love it all. Props to this lady!