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Fireside is Blazing Bright

In for the home, friendship, holidays, inspiration on November 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm


Oh the weather outside is frightful…okay not really – it’s California and it’s all of 50 degrees at night. Maybe 48 every now and then. But for all intents and purposes let’s just say it’s cold.

After work last night something came over me, something intense, something I couldn’t fight – you probably have it too: HOLIDAY CHEER!  You know where every Christmas song, every piece of garland and every gust of chilly wind makes you hum… “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

With that said, I headed to Home Depot with my cheer in tow and picked up the necessary components for my FIRST fire in my FIRST place!

Logs? Check.

Lighter? Check.

Key to turn on the gas? Check.

Pandora for an endless supply of Christmas Music? Check.

Fire, happiness, and warm, cozy house full of holiday cheer? Check.

I must’ve screamed “This is SO great!” twenty times, but frankly it comes down to this – for me nothing compares to the simple things in life.  Being at home with my two wonderful roomies, Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song and of course a bowl cereal for dinner (Capn’ Crunch to be exact) is my idea of what this time of year is all about.

So, I urge you to find the time this holiday season to slow down, count your blessings, spend time with good people and spread some holiday cheer – the world will undoubtedly be so much better for it!

All photography courtesy of Becky Reams Photography

~ j.ayers

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5 Ways to Avoid Looking Like an Inexperienced Concert Goer

In friendship, music on November 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

November 7th, as an AMAZING birthday gift to me from B – She and I took it to the Wiltern for a Florence + the Machine concert!!!

Ow Ow! Needless to say this concert was a learning experience for the both of us, after committing numerous faux pas we quickly realized we’re not the cool, hip, in-the-know concert goers we thought we were.

1. The Drinks : So here’s the deal, we ordered two red bulls strictly for dancing energy and because who drinks on a Monday?? Apparently, a lot of people. The bartender was pretty peeved to see we ordered drinks sans alcohol for a tab total of $10…Lesson here: concert goers drink any day of the week.

2. The Outfit: In getting dressed for this music fest B and opted for outfits that would be danceable, comfortable, and okay let’s be honest we both wanted to wear jeans and sneakers. So we did! Everyone else did not. Heels, funky make up, dresses, crazy dresses, leather boots, pretty much people went all out. Great.  Lesson here: concert goers must look snazzy.

3. The Dancing: My friends will tell you I have a lot of rules when it comes to dancing. At a concert, the majority of them go out the window – this is because if someone is on stage performing their butt off they deserve some hands in the air and screaming. B and I danced all night annnnnd the most of the time we were solo in this effort as our surrounding concert goers were not budging until Florence played her most popular, mainstream, commercial song. Lesson here: concert goers don’t dance unless everyone else does.

4. The Opening Act: So partway through the concert an opening act tells us Florence and the Machine is next up, LIES ALL LIES! But B and I don’t know that – so we spend the next 20 min. screaming at the top of our lungs, speculating loudly about why no one is enjoying Flo + the Machine as much as we are, and of course dancing obnoxiously.  Our antics were striking enough for a french man behind us to ask B “who was that group?” – B responded in a very matter of fact way : “That. Was Florence + the Machine…” Silence. The french man turns to his equally french girlfriend and says “ugh no. No it was not” and then left! B and I laughed so much we cried and our abs hurt the next day. Lesson here: Concert goers don’t care about the opening act. ever.

5. The Exit: Lesson here: laugh the entire ride home about how cool you aren’t, enjoy the last few minutes of your red bull energy, mock an annoyed french man, and blast the artists album singing ‘you’ve got the love‘ and ‘cosmic love‘ like your very life depends on it.

~j.ayers

Is that new? No actually it’s Vintage!

In fashion on November 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Ahhh!!! Bought my first vintage dress, sight unseen from this awesome online boutique…vintage mavens – no regrets! Girls check. it. out. now. (also there is a neat video, photos and other awesomeness to come from this night!! Eeeeeek!!!)


Photo Credit: J.Reaume/B.Hart

~j.ayers

flips and funnel cake

In Good Eats, Los Angeles, mr. and mrs. pooch on November 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

oh man – I think A.P is addicted : )

He’d never had a funnel cake…ever!! In my world that is a federal offense. I had my first funnel cake in Amish Country Pennsylvania at the age of like 6! Yeah I was hooked on this sugary, doughy confection early and haven’t been able to give it up since. Every fair, carnival, boardwalk, I go to I’m searching high and low for the lone funnel cake stand. Though I must admit I’m not into the fancy stuff – don’t go adding weird strawberry compote or chocolate or any of that business- just give it to me piping hot (the kind of hot that causes me to repeatedly burn my tongue, because I refuse to wait for it to cool, but I’ll just say: omg.it’s so gooood.i can’t help it. yeah you know that feeling!) and covered in powder sugar.

Eat hard. Play hard. That’s my motto…at least when you’re at the Santa Monica Pier!

We headed over to what I like to call the ‘gymnastics area’ but I’m certain it has a more formal name than that…anyway I showed off my 2nd grade gymnast skills and A.P attempted to out do me…hmmm I think not – I have a dismount to rival Dominique Dawkins…sort of. Anyway here’s me judging A.P after he mastered a flip on the rings!

Flips & Funnel Cake <—– THE VIDEO!!! 🙂

~j.ayers

Ring me Up

In fashion, Los Angeles on November 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple everywhere else then doing something quirky with your accessories. How awesome is this ring?? I think my girl over at The Delicious View should invest in this little diddy 😉

This piece of hotness came from a store called Ananda in Venice Beach, CA. (no website otherwise you know I’d be linking like crazy). I was there last month for First Friday….during First Friday’s the streets of Abbot Kinney are lined with food trucks plus the galleries and boutiques stay open extra late – it’s pretty much amazing.

OMG this reminds me I have to share about a killer boutique on Abbot Kinney called Gossamer – dudeeeee talk about wanting everything in the store!! – Look for that post coming soon!

~j.ayers

The Anthropologie House

In budget, for the home on November 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

The roomies and I have been combining our different styles: B – Mid Century Modern, A- Clean & Concise, Me…random mix of park avenue chic w/some beachy influence. OK so this crazy cluster of themes has created what our friends have dubbed…The Anthropologie House.

We were pretty shocked…honestly we were thinking more along the lines of The What The Heck House, but after looking at it from an outsiders perspective and comparing it to some of the look books from the store – yeah we do kind of have an Anthro house. It’s a good mix of hip, comfy and well, us.

It started with some paint…3 cans to be exact- some taupey shades for our living room and hallway – dining room = one color: Yam by Martha Stewart – Goodness she’s a genius, the color is orangey, with a hint of yellow and makes for the PERFECT accent wall.  It was risk that completely 100% paid off.

The details…see that picture?? We call that our “modern hippie” painting – $59 at HomeGoods, lamp – ikea: $29 , table – FREE off of craigs list…shelves hand made by B! We’ve stacked some driftwood – also FREE, old wine bottles, a pretty modern white bowl, again from HomeGoods – $12…

More details – scattered tea lights…a mason jar (50 cents…maybe) as a vase to hold fresh flowers- the bookend: $3.99 at Marshalls on clearance, and of course lots of books – old old books – well you remember that escapade (See Post: Accidental Antiquing).

I’ll keep updating this one as we add more – wait until you see our kitchen table : )

~j.ayers