Black + white + beach

We’re just back from a visit to the beach with my dad, sisters, and their entourage of cute kids. It made me laugh to notice all the black and white stripes in our family beach adventures. We’re consistent in our devotion.

This surf shop — complete with chandelier — rekindled my desire to decorate with surfboards.

Sunset, Carlsbad — yep, my beach towel is black and white striped.

My sister’s beach bag, from Crate & Barrel:

Other sister’s skirt, which she sewed herself:

The shop we were in — Bliss Home, Corona del Mar —  was torture. This seashell anchor was my favorite find. Ahoy, matey.

Babies, striped blankies, puppies:


Black and white striped hair? (I love my sisters)


And a new shirt from Forever 21 that Heidi (dark haired sister) and I both brought home from our sister shopping trip. $20. Awesome.

P.S. Remember when I decorated my former apartment in homage to the beach? Black and white stripes for days. See it here.


By |2012-08-27T07:49:31-07:00August 27th, 2012|Style|1 Comment

Weekend on Coronado

I’m in San Diego working on a few stories for the newspaper and spent the weekend at my friends’ place on Coronado. Being here as a journalist reminds me of my summer as a very young reporter for the LA Times, when I’d spend lonely evenings on the beach watching sunsets and thinking big.

This view has always felt like my personal reset button.

Some scenes from the weekend:

A drippy yellow plum . . .

. . . enjoyed with this view.

The grande dame of seaside hotels, which is across the street:

A visit to Seaside Papery to indulge my paper-hoarding problems:

Blushing piles of blood oranges at the Sunday morning farmer’s market:

A morning walk around the island to admire the things that grow wild in people’s front yard — enormous calla lilies, even:

The chandelier at the Hotel Del:

Easter-egg-hued hydrangeas at my favorite garden shop:

This morning, the beach is cold and gray — just another kind of beautiful. I’m wearing two sweaters to my interview — which is kind of a gift.

By |2012-02-27T13:11:18-07:00February 27th, 2012|Travel|2 Comments


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