I know it’s late, but Dad wouldn’t have minded.
Lessons learned from my Father:
- Any job worth doing is worth doing right
- Silence is golden
- Road trips are the best trips
- Independence is a right of passage
This weekend’s trip up the Central Coast to Hearst Castle was just lovely.
Had breakfast at Jeannine’s in downtown Santa Barbara and ate the Banana Kahlua French Toast. It’s rare for me to have a sweet tooth, but I just had to try it, and it was so good! Washed it down with a giant mug of chai tea latte.
Arrived in San Simeon for a mid-afternoon tour of the Grand Rooms. I went here as a kid with my family and loved it, and I still do. I wish I could’ve been a guest of Hearst, lunching in his Gothic dining room, playing cards with Charlie Chaplin, swimming in the indoor Roman pool, strolling beside the hydrangeas.
The weather was nice and cool by the beach, warmer at the castle. I bought postcards from the gift shop and beef jerky from cattle raised right on Hearst’s Ranch!
Hit the outlets on the way back and got lucky and scored a few lovely items from J. Crew Factory’s 50% sale! All in all, a lovely getaway.
One of my current style and beauty inspirations is French actress Léa Seydoux. I first saw Léa Seydoux in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds as one of the dairy farmer’s daughters.
Though I’ve only seen a handful of her films, when I think of classic screen star beauty, I think of her. She always looks impeccably dressed on the red carpet.
She stands out to me because she doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard. She chooses interesting, fun, and varied projects from Blue is the Warmest Color to Mission Impossible that showcase her talent first and subsequently her arresting and killer beauty.
Hi all, this is my first product review ever! This past week I bought Cuyana’s passport case in Red.
I never heard of Cuyana until I received a catalog from them. At first I thought it was Everlane sending me their catalog, since I bought one of their twill backpacks a couple months earlier so I was super surprised that I got this catalog and figured maybe Everlane shared my info with Cuyana thinking I’d like their products. Both companies are based in San Francisco and boast timelessly designed quality products at a price point comparable to many mid-range leather good brands (Fossil, Kate Spade Saturday).
Perusing throughout the catalog and site I found a nice assortment of leather goods. The basics really for anyone’s personal line of accessories. They’ve got totes, wallets, iPad sleeves, they even delve into clothing. All classic designs that are sure to look great now and years from now.
I was researching passport cases since I’ll be going on a trip for a wedding this summer to Lithuania and wanted something to hold my passport, tickets and any other documents. It was a really tough decision, the classic black or maybe go bold with a color? In the end, I chose red since it’s bright and will be easy to find in my tote.
I ordered my Cuyana passport on Sunday evening, and it shipped the next day via Fedex standard shipping, and got it on Thursday—just with the standard shipping. That’s pretty quick considering I also had it monogrammed.
It came in a big box, think Goblet of Fire times 2 size (yes I measure boxes in Harry Potter books), and with no packing filling which is pretty eco conscious. The box was lined with orange tissue paper, and the case was in its own dust bag.
All in all, I’m quite pleased with the purchased. Negatives: the color was too orange. If you’re choosy about your colors, maybe order first before getting a monogram and exchange it if it’s not to your taste.
Positives: it’s a well-designed and very classy case. It shipped very quickly. I’d recommend these cases—they’d be perfect gifts for maybe a study abroad student or a graduation present. If you’re looking for more customization in the monogram, like a blind or sliver deboss, I’d look elsewhere like Leatherology.
I first saw Richard (oh look at me talking about him like I know him, deal with it please for the duration of my blog’s longevity) on The IT Crowd. He’s hilarious as IT specialist Moss and has some of the best dialogue in the series.
In addition to a keen sense of humor, he’s a talented director.
Fell even more in love when he directed his feature films Submarine and The Double, both of which I enjoy and recommend. They’re dark films but his humor shines throughout, and both are gorgeously shot and art directed.
Lately I’ve been catching Richard on the Gadget Man series, which you can find several episodes of on YouTube. He’s the perfect host, witty and charming to the camera and lively with guests. (gifset source: 1, 2)
I loved this film so much. It’s Wes Anderson in a much grander scale. Like The Royal Tenenbaums mirroring the urban landscape of New York City, the fictional country of Zubrowka mirrors the old world grandeur and beauty of a European countryside, sadly on the brink of war.
The cast of players is immense. Lots of Anderson’s usual suspects and a few new faces, particularly its leads Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori. Ralph Fiennes was charming. It’s a story within a story within a story, beautifully told leaping gracefully among different eras (see how the film ratio changes!). It’s Anderson’s grandest film, and, possibly rising the ranks of my favorites.
When anyone asks me to define my style, it’s not so easy for me to answer. My clothes are as varied as the seasons. Bright and cheery in spring; dark and tough in autumn. So I thought I might define my style with a blog series called “Style Inspiration”.
I’d like to think that my punk side showed up in junior high when I started skateboarding with the boys in my neighborhood. I wasn’t great, but I was happy to know that I could put skateboarding on my Coolness Resume, right below biking and boondoggler. Plus the neighborhood boys were pretty cool to hang out with. I quickly grew out of it in high school, nonetheless it left some impression on me that was reawakened when I saw Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s film The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo.
Smart, tough as nails–I wish I knew Lisbeth as a young girl. I love the look of a loose top over fitted jeans or pants. Leather bags and boots that could take some wear and still look good. Good to know there are lots of stylish, classic badass pieces to wear to channel her look whether in autumn or spring.
Woke up to a rainy morning. Decided to take my chances on the Edward Hopper exhibition at the Grand Palais despite not being able to get advance tickets online, maybe there will be a chance I could get in. No. Dice. Three hour wait in the stand-by line.