Archives: January 2011


I love this girl.  Her name is Artemis and she runs the blog Tales of a Junkaholic.  And I must say, she has the lovliest of junk.  She works alongside her husband Nao in creating her own line of jewelry called RUST jewelry.  Together, they create some amazing pieces.  On their weekends they enjoy collecting old treasures in which they sell on their vintage shop “The Bucket Tree”. Her life just seems like a dream to me.  Check out her quaint little sewing shed she has in her  garden.  What a great place to escape and sew all day!  I need to convince Sam to build me my own (wink wink).  I have been dreaming of tiny hand made baby clothes.


Speaking of junk, Sam and I are headed to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena this Sunday to see what treasures we can dig up.  (It happen’s on the second Sunday of every month).  I hope we have better luck this trip than we did on our last!  I remember it being about 110 degrees and nearly fainting of heat exhaustion.  Lesson learned….don’t go to the flea market during Santa Ana heat wave.


She also had the most amazing “hand made” wedding.  I adore the programs and invitations she created.


I’ve had “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver stuck in my head all day.  I don’t care how many times I hear it….I love it always.  I could not think of a title for this look, so I defaulted to the melody in my head.  Usually I am not one for bold colors in photographs and fashion….but there is something about red and mustard that makes everything ok.

Headband and Sweater – Anthropologie, Tights – ASOS, Shoes – Steve Madden, Belt – vintage, Skirt – F21

Photos by JOIELALA


Ok ok…I’m ready.  Most of you guessed it from my hinting of a “BIG SURPRISE” on my post last week, but the rumors are TRUE! I have a baby growing in my belly!  Trust me, it came as quite a surprise!  Sam and I were not exactly “trying” but we really could not be more excited with the news.  While we were on Christmas vacation up in Colorado I came down with bad case of altitude sickness, so I thought.  Nausea, dizziness, headaches….which I assumed would pass when I got home to San Diego.  But when our flight landed and I was walking off the plane feeling just as nauseous, I thought to myself “what if….?”.  One quick stop at the drugstore later, we’ve got a double lined POSITIVE pregnancy stick. (5 actually, I just had to make sure.) I cried for a while, out of shock and happiness and fear and confusion…I had a lot of emotions running through me.  But once I settled down and thought about what just happened, I smiled, and thanked God for the plan he had, and has, for my life.  HE knows me better than I know myself, and I know this little baby will be the biggest blessing I have ever known.

This photo was taken at my first doctors appointment a little over a week ago.  I didn’t think they gave you an ultrasound on your first visit, but luckily Sam came with me to the appointment and together we were able to see our little “blueberry” on the screen.  We even got to see it’s tiny heart beat, which was just a faint flicker on the monitor.   It was all quite surreal.  Even now, it is still hard to believe I am actually pregnant.  Although I suppose I can “believe” it because I certainly feel all the symptoms.  I have a new found respect for all you mommy’s out there.  Working full time while fighting this all day nausea is, well, kind of awful.  The only thing that makes me feel better is eating. (which seemed ironic to me at first because in the past when I was nauseous with the flu or something, the LAST thing I wanted to do was eat).  I guess when your pregnant it is just the opposite.  So the last 2 weeks have been a food frenzy around here.  Sam was laughing at me the other night and said “I kind of like this Kelli!” Alluding to the large portion dinners and constant requests for take out.  One night, I ate a whole box of cereal between 10pm and 7:30am.  Now that was not a fun night, a bit embarrassing to admit actually!  Hopefully this will slow down after the “sick stage”.  I hear around the 14th week.  I am at 8 which means 6 more to go. uhhh. Lord help me.

Typical me, I have already started an inspiration folder for my dream nursery and tiny baby clothes that I WILL be buying. Haha.  Believe it or not, it’s even more fun than shopping for myself!  Here are some of the rooms I’m drooling over.

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Yayyy! It’s finally up! VANS contacted me a month or so ago asking if I would be interested in being their “VANS GIRL SPOTLIGHT” for January.  How could I say no!? They sent me a bunch of free gear and I had my girls from JOIELALA snap a few pics of me in one of the looks I put together with the clothes.  I am wearing their Onyx Leggin, Pom Pom Squad Beanie, and super comfy Notion Pullover.  I love it ALL and I’m so honored to be featured on their site! Of course, I added a matching illustration to accompany the feature!  Check out the full post HERE.

And no, these moccasins are not Vans.  But they are my favorite shoes at the moment and I will not take them off my feet until I am sick of them.

Not yet.

Photos by JOIELALA