Flowers and Light: Peonies in B&W II

I know what you are thinking. Peonies, again?! The internet is full of them! But here we are. :) These flowers were a vibrant pink color as seen here. They were lovely and different from the usual peonies I take home and I appreciated the many differences between them.

If you were wondering why this is labeled "II", it's because I did a post  similar to this last year. This time around I wanted to see how the mood changed if I used a white backdrop. Which do you prefer? Do you like black and white edits? They seem almost timeless to me. Anyway, one of my friends asked if I could turn the photo below into a shirt. I wasn't sure if he was serious or not so I uploaded it on Society 6. Turns out, he was! Anyway, if you would also like this in a shirt, or anything else, you can get it here. Please note that any purchase made come with hundreds of virtual hugs from me. 

In other news, my husband and I are moving to LA this weekend! We've been living on the border of LA and Orange County for far too long now and it was always hard to explain how close we are to the city but how far we were at the same time. I'm a little nervous about this change but then I'm reminded that life begins at the edge of our comfort zone. That's the quote by Robert Frost right? :)

Lastly, I shared a little personal post on being vegetarian on Natalie's lovely blog, La Designerie. Check it out for more peony love but more for her beautiful blog!

Okay wow! That was a lot of information to take in for one post! Anyway, I hope you have a lovely week and weekend ahead! Do you have any upcoming travel plans? We're heading out on a road trip next month and couldn't be more excited (and stressed!) for it. 

Recent Frames and Prints

Frames-6 Frames-5

I recently had the opportunity to donate a print to the Coalition of Humane Rights of LA. It was a 10" x 10" print with a 12" x 12" frame. I then dabbled with some smaller prints that are 5" x 5". What do you think? I rather like the white frame more than the black but go figure, right?


In other news, I shared a little Floral Study on Claire's lovely blog south by north. Hop on over for some still life's of dahlias and phloxes. Would love to hear your favorite floral arrangements. It is summer after all and what are seasons if not shown by seasonal flora? :)

Rosy Instaxes

Pink Roses2

Is it silly that I'm just now posting these images that were taken in February? Okay maybe a little bit but I finally organized and streamlined my process for editing photos. Teaching myself Lightroom a couple of years ago seemed okay at the time but quite disastrous once I found out how to actually organize files using catalogs! Gone are the days of using one catalog for every single shoot. LOL.

Pink Roses

I almost always use Lightroom now and Photoshop only if there's something extra I need to photoshop out of an image. Why? Because...

  • you can edit photos in batches
  • you can use a  preset for one photos and use the same edits for other images
  • you can export images in batches with a numerical order (for example: if I wanted to save these two photos, I simply export them and LR automatically numbers them in order of export)
What about you? What editing software do you use and how do you organize your files?

Everyday Flavors

I have a kitchen I can call my own for the last 13 months now. It's been an interesting process understanding what systems to use to stock groceries, which meal to cook depending on how much time we have, and what ingredients to have at all times.

I finally started realizing that these were the three essential ingredients I use quite frequently:
(1) Lemons- Whether it's for making lemon water or for sprinkling on salads and meals, this is such a perfect and purifying ingredient
(2) Ginger - Perfect for masala chai, ginger tea, and for cooking basically anything. It's great for recovering from a cold and a great anti-inflammatory ingredient
(3) Chili - I kind of just need this in anything. It's like Sriracha to the rest of the world.

So now I keep a bowl with all three ingredients ready to use in a moment's notice. Curious to know, what are your everyday flavors?

P.S. Thank you so so so  much for your kind words on my last post! xoxoxoxo^infinity

Peppermint Dawn Jewelry

My lovely friend Randa, who I've known for the longest longest time, just launched a new (and personalized) jewelry line for her Etsy shop-Peppermint Dawn (how lovely is the name??) She asked me to take photos of her new line which I was more than ecstatic to do!

I asked her why she chose to design these pieces and she says... "Nothing brings me more joy than watching a loved one open up a gift that I poured my heart into. By making presents that mean something to the special people in your life I get to pass on that feeling."

Some of my favorites...A coordinate necklace of where and your significant other as seen above or a laser engraved handwritten name of a loved one in their own handwriting!

...or coasters of your family in silhouettes...

Today we've teamed up to give away one of these items!

Here's what you can do:
1. Visit Peppermint Dawn
2. Leave a comment here (or on this instagram photo) with your desired item and your email address.

We'll announce the winners on Sunday, May 4th! International friends are more than welcome to join.

--Giveaway Closed --Thank you so much for entering our giveaway! Randa and I put your names in a raffle generator and the winner is @squeakylily (on Instagram)! Congratulations Gladys!"