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Remember this?  My vintage Hawthorne cruiser from the Alameda Flea Market the first Sunday of the month?  The newest addition to my bike collection got a facelift today, just in time for playa lift-off on Monday morning!

I spent a lot of time in JoAnn Fabrics yesterday, I knew I wanted to cover the old seat and I maybe should have done something more practical but that’s almost never the case with me.  I fell in-love with this pink and green brocade fabric and the matching pink tassels.  And the very first thing I was certain about was that the frame had to be “bling-ed.”  Instead of encrusting the entire thing (which mostly had to do with my hot glued finger tips and lack of time) I picked spots to highlight with various shaped and colored bling, throwing in a matching pink sparkle here and there.  I created the ribbon streamers with tiny ribbons and a quick knot – these remind me of the real ones I had on my very first bike as a kid!

One thing I did not have on my childhood bike but that I had to have on this one is skulls, lots of blingy skulls! I hot glued one on the handlebars for sure and then picked up a few for the tire valves at Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito.

Of course I have the Divine Electric mudflap girl sticker on the back; I added a little bit of bling to it and I think my new playa cruiser is ready to go!



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It can be a little daunting, the 35 pound awkward-to-carry-box with a million pieces in it, that’s supposed to be your new sofa table.  I often have to give myself a pep talk to get to IKEA; it’s always crowded, a hassle to park and load and overwhelming with all of the options.  But almost always when I get there I’m like a kid in a candy store because I start to feel creative and want every project in the store for my place.

Today I went specifically for a sofa table that I’ve had my eye on for some time now.  It’s actually a table used for working, reading and eating in bed which means it’s slightly longer and taller than the average sofa table – and it’s on casters which in a small space is ideal for versatility.

All of the pieces came together perfectly, and in very little time and now I have a new table for flea market finds, etc.


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Thanks to my crush, BF and idol Jonathan Adler ,and lots of other design peeps, flea-ing has never been more popular than it is today.  And, thanks to the fact that I live in the Bay Area there is no shortage of flea markets to get lost in.  My favorite flea-ing is done the first Sunday of each month at the Alameda Flea Market near Oakland.

Here are a few photos of things I found while flea-ing today…some things just made for great photos and some things got adopted for my place in the Lito.

I’m amazed at the collections, rare finds and oddities I find each month and I always take note of the trends like sea shells, succulents, Mexican blankets, cowboy boots, cake plates, etc. etc. etc. because it almost always follows design trends in the magazines and blogs that I read.

And, sometimes I have a list of events I’m working on or special projects I want to finish and a Wish List of flea market things I want to find for these.  Today I found these cute hand painted signs perfect for the Lake County wedding I’m working on; one of their four-day events is a rehearsal lunch on a private beach.  This type of sign will add charm to the event.


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I’m newly in-love with succulents!  My thumb is a pale shade of green; I fall madly in-love with many water-loving, sunlight-thriving creatures and some of them don’t make it very long in my care.  Succulents on the other-hand love to be left alone.  They are strong, independent, beautiful creatures — perfect for my pad in the Lito!


I took a quick pic of these cute little bud vase arrangements at Batter Bakery on Polk today, I love these for little nightstand arrangements or coffee table pick-ups, and they are perfect for each guest’s place setting at a wedding or party!

These succulents terrariums I shot at my friend Sandra’s house when I made a quick stop on my bike.  She promises to show me how easy it is to do this!

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My home away from home in Palm Springs the last two trips has been the Riviera Resort & Spa which I adore.  The Hollywood Regency decor is something I crush on over and over each time I visit.  What’s Hollywood Regency?  Shag, glass, mirror, velvet…pretty much all of the things I swoon over regularly.

Here are a few shots from the lobby of details I love…

And this is quintessential Riviera, Hollywood Regency decor…

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Come in really close, I have a secret to tell you…I’m Jonathan Adler’s girlfriend!  It’s such a big secret that he doesn’t even know.  I feel like with the amount of time I spend “stalking” him, pouring through his Musings blog and adoring (by snapping a hideous amount of photos of everything Adler) everything he touches that I SHOULD be his girlfriend.  At the very least I should be considered one of his biggest fans.

The list of Adler things I crush on is never-ending but today, in Palm Springs, I am crushing, swooning, and madly, madly, madly in-love with the mirror hanging outside of Norma’s at Parker.  (One of my most favorite places to stop AND stay in Palm Springs! And not just because the entire hotel is designed by my BF…)

I’m on an obsessed, crazy woman, mad hunt for a mirror like this for above my fireplace in the Lito.  Like many things at the Parker this mirror is vintage, 1972 to be exact.  I’m even considering making something similar myself…or just asking my BF if I can have this one…

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For months and months we poured over magazines, and online sites to find the resources we needed to put our “Something Blue” table together for the Catersource Convention in Vegas.  The tricky part was, of course, planning with my bestie – who is in INDIANA!  Here are some photos of the details that went into this labor of love and of our final table…and yes, that’s David Tutera!

Key Elements: custom size mirrored dance floor (A MUST HAVE), accent color rose garland that “puddles,” handmade print material that I made with scrolled laser-cut paper, feathers, blingy paper and jewels, plus lots of texture: velvet, sparkle, satin…

How cute are we?  We didn’t win the competition but the day was a big win for us personally…it was the extra day of a Leap Year, in Vegas..with my bestie doing something we love…AND David was there!

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