Josh & Paise

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My friend, Kristine is a talented sewing master and she has great online shop called Josh & Paise. She currently has beautiful pillows and quilts available for purchase, but from what I hear… she’ll be adding new goodies to her shop soon!

A perk to having friends that kick ass at handmade goods is getting said goods as gifts! Kristine was (way too) kind enough to give me this pillow set as a gift recently. I was ecstatic to put these beauties on my couch! Black, with grey polkadots on one side and a lovely grey with pleats on the other. Check out the love that went into the pillows and the packaging.

The pillows are a perfect addition to our living room. We used to have green and yellow pillows, with a red/green blanket and then the blue rug you see in the photo. It was all just too much! Once we got the Josh & Paise pillows, the green pillows migrated elsewhere, the blanket were put away and now everything goes together a lot nicer. It’s amazing what a couple pretty pillows can do for your space.


Work Outfit of the Day – Pencil Skirt and black wedges


One of my favorite type of blog posts is a good ol’ “Outfit of the Day.” The only thing that I have noticed is that there aren’t many “Work Outfit of the Day” posts. As a working girl that has to stick to business casual attire, it’s nice to get ideas for work.

Somedays I put more effort into my appearance than others, but on this particular day… I didn’t feel like doing my hair or taking too much time to do my makeup. The best way for me to make up for the fact that my hair/makeup is less than impressive is to dress a bit nicer.

Clothes – Banana Republic black sweater; Merona black t-shirt; Kardashian Kollection pencil skirt; Jessica Simpson suede black wedges.
Jewelry – Necklace, made by my friend Mandey.; Gold rings, heirlooms from Grandma and Mom.
Makeup – Mac Studio Finish Concealer, NC15; Benefit Hoola Bronzer; Nars Deep Throat Blush; Benefit They’re Real Mascara; Maybelline Clear Mascara (for brows); Maybelline Touchable Taupe lipstick.

Every woman needs a pencil skirt, nothing will make you feel prettier. Plus, you can easily pair it with a t-shirt and the outfit will still look dressy!


The OC and Me

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A blogger is born. She is ravishing, charming, witty, she is… my sister, Cera! Yep, my big sis has taken a step into the blogging world and is already off to a great start.

Before I get into this blog business, I would like to tell you a bit about my seester. Cera is actually 13 years older than me, yet we are as close as twin sisters. I was practically her shadow for my entire childhood, but you know she loved it…

She even held my hand when I had dirt all over my face.

Cera and I spend a lot of time quoting “Steel Magnolias”, “Friday” and “Airplane!”. We can’t get enough of watching bad 80s movies and/or romantic comedies, while drinking cherry rum and diet cokes.

We get along so well because we’re both a little weird… Cera is pretty much the funniest person I know. You may ask yourself, how could someone so beautiful, who spells their name Cera, when it should be “Sarah” be so funny and great. Well, it’s true. I grew up knowing how to truly laugh and be silly because of her influence. I don’t know many people that have no qualms about “embarrassing” themselves in public, just to make someone they love smile. Cera is that person.

Not only is Cera the peanut butter to my jelly, but she even birthed my other favorite person, my nephew Korbin. How can so much greatness come from one person?! Korbin is by far the most kind hearted, hilarious and inquisitive teenager I’ve ever met. I know for a fact it’s because of his amazing mother and badass auntie.

Basically, I know you will enjoy what Cera has to say as much as I do. Her blog focuses on the journey of becoming healthier, including healthy snacks, diabetic friendly meals and exercise options. Cera is ecstatic to share her thoughts and ideas with everyone and she is even more anxious to get feedback, so check her out! Her blog is still young, but a little love goes along way.

Without further ado, The OC and Me!


Rainy Day Tunes

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I’m one of those weird people that absolutely loves the rain, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that today was the first day of a week long downpour.

I was somewhat dreading my drive home from work this evening, as drivers tend to panic when the ground is wet. So I turned my iPod on shuffle and it was as if it knew what I wanted to listen to… I couldn’t have chosen better music for driving in the rain. Nothing was ever skipped or started, my little green iPod just played these exact songs back to back. Plus, isn’t it the best when you can rediscover music that you already have? I had to share the amazingness.

p.s. I’m sure there’s a way for me to create an actual playlist, but I wanted to get these songs up here as fast as possible, with out going Google crazy for playlist how-tos. :-)


“Videotape” by Radiohead

“Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips

“Ibiza Bar” by Pink Floyd

“Here is No Why” by Smashing Pumpkins


Chop it off!


I change my hair almost as often as I change my underwear. I’ve been a brunette, blonde, red head and every shade in between. My most recent look has been long blonde hair. Nothing too exciting, but I haven’t been blonde since I was 18 and I don’t usually have patience for growing my hair too long. As much as I had been anticipating having long hair, once I had it, it didn’t really matter.

It annoyed me more than anything with it’s weight and ability to always get in the way. So, I decided to cut off a good 8 inches. I thought I would feel regret and be sad that more than a years worth of growth would be gone, but that was not the case. My head feels 5 pounds lighter and it’s great!

I kept the blonde at first, but I took the plunge and went back to what feels the most me, red.

I’m thinking I should make a little series about my new hair adventures. I haven’t had my hair this short for a long time and I’ve never had very impressive hair styling skills, so now is the time to figure it out!


Thoughts on Having a Job That You Love


For the first time in my life, I have a job that I absolutely love. I never thought it was possible!

I’ll put this out there, I’ve had a lot of jobs… I mean… A LOT of jobs. I went through this phase at 18-20-ish years old that I would just change jobs like I would change my underwear. Have a bad day? Just quit! They didn’t give me the day I requested off? Just quit! Felt a little tired at the end of the day? You get the idea.

Anyway, I’ve had long term positions since then that have been fine, but they always felt like a job. You all know what I mean, you get a little grumpy on Sunday night because you know an entire week of that place you collect a check from is quickly approaching. That was me.

In Orange County, I worked at medium sized company with about 80 people. At first, I enjoyed it because it all felt so new to work at a big place at what seemed like an important role. The politics and the surplus of personalities made for an interesting place to work. Everything got old rather quickly. The customers, the product, the company, I just didn’t care. Two years in, I came home crying almost every day in one week, just pure frustration. I was done. I was very lucky though, I lived with a man that loved and supported me 100%… and he ended up getting a job offer in San Diego a few weeks later anyway! Perfect timing!

I had a job in San Diego that was, by far, the worst job I had ever had. The owner was the most disgusting man I had ever met. He would belittle, bully and scream at his own employees. I noticed his “character” during my interview, I should’ve saw the signs! I was being interviewed by these two lovely women that actually pumped me up for the job. They liked me enough to where they wanted me to meet the owner. He reluctantly came into the conference room, as if he was being so inconvenienced. They happily explained my qualifications to him and asked him if he had any questions for me, all he said was “Uh… no. The job’s not exactly rocket science.” Then he walked out. They laughed and then asked me if I’d accept the position. I assumed that if they laughed, he had to have been kidding!… right? I put up with that place as long as I could, but then I realized how ridiculous it was to make money for this man. No notice whatsoever, I came in one day, told him that I don’t want to work for him and left.

Enough of the bad and the ugly, here’s the good. I found a place I love and it was completely unexpected! I work at a family law firm, where every day is a little different, the clients are crazy and my co-workers are even crazier (in a very good way). This job challenges me, I don’t do the same dull tasks that I’ve been cursed with in previous positions. I work for two unbelievable attorney’s that trust me enough to throw me into a project I never would have dreamed to do. Of course there’s stressful days, angry clients and hectic schedules, but that’s what keeps us moving. The fact that the most intense days don’t break me, just shows that this is the job for me. Will I be at this firm forever? Probably not, but I love it now and it makes every day at work a good day.

One thing I have learned, is that the one thing that can make or break any job is the relationships you build. I’ve made great friends at both the good and bad jobs. Those are the people that help you get through the bad days and make the good days even better. I’m lucky enough to work with the most amazing 5 women and it’s the best feeling to look forward to being at work during the morning commute.


Photo Excursion in San Francisco


For as long as we have been together, my boyfriend Chris and I have had this thing for driving somewhere nice and taking photos. Even though we’ve had numerous photo excursions throughout our relationship, we’ve decided that it’s going to happen more often! It’s something that really brings us together and it’s a great excuse to capture beautiful sights.

Yesterday was our most recent adventure. We drove up the San Francisco, stopped at The Presidio, headed over to Baker Beach, drove across the bridge to Sausalito for dinner, then made our way back home. I suppose this is the part where I quit my babbling and post some photos! :-D


A quick shot of Chris heading into the Presidio trails with his gear.


We set up the tripod, in hopes of getting a nice photo together, but we ended up laughing at each other and being silly for pretty much every shot.


This photo makes me laugh because it looks as if he was creeping up on me behind some bushes (which he totally was).


Baker Beach was beautiful! Great view of the bridge… and naked dudes. No seriously, look at the photo, three bare assed men in this photo alone. haha


We found these neat looking bunkers, all boarded up and rusted, but they made for some great photos.


We even managed to get a nice photo!


While we were driving away from Baker Beach, we saw the most perfect light coming through these trees! Amazing photos will now ensue…


Messing with his settings.


Chris was going for a “300″ movie feel, he definitely accomplished it!


I couldn’t help myself, such a stud muffin.