Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bits and pieces of last week

Well hello again. Sorry for my messy posting schedule. The thing is that we're in the middle of moving. And not just from one street to the next, but across the world. Yep. Back to Spain with us two Europeans! Living in Los Angeles the past three years was the best decision we could have ever made, but now it's time to head back to Europe and continue with our adventures on the Old Continent. So moving across the Atlantic involves, not only packing the essentials and getting the best (cheapest and most reliable) shipping company, but getting rid of an entire household: furniture, the car, kitchen utensils... everything!
Anyways, I hope you understand where I'm coming from: craigslist has taken over my brain!
We leave on December 14th, so by then our belongings need to be either shipped, sold or donated. Oh, and did I mention we want to have some fun with friends, too?
Anyways, here is a glimpse on what my past week looked like.
Have a great week everybody, xx
Typical american goodies: breakfast bagel and cupcakes

Praying Mantis at the Huntington Gardens

My last sewing project in the US: reversible harem pants
(the essential piece of clothing in my wardrobe)

View over LA and the ocean from the Getty Center // Christmas decor in Pasadena

My favorite snack at the moment: clementines

LA Auto Show. Mikki and me posing for the VW screen and a gorgeous Morgan. 

Friday, November 12, 2010


Last weekend it was finally time for my best birthday gift so far: a long weekend trip to Hawaii. It just happened to be right the weekend after our 13th anniversary - which gave us even more reasons to indulge and celebrate.
Some of you might not be fully aware of just how "in the middle of nowhere" Hawaii is: it's a 5 hour flight from LAX, that's how far out there it is!
We decided to visit the Big Island, and stayed just north of Kona. We arrived at night time, so we woke up the next day to all the amazingness of Hawaii: palm trees, breakfast right next to the ocean and the pool. We spent our days exploring the island and being lazy - a great combo.
The Big Island is divided very clearly into to landscapes and climates. One side (where our hotel was at) is completely covered by black rough looking lava, the sun shines 99% of the time and there are some amazing beaches. The other side is lush and green, very tropical and rainy.
To give you an idea how crazy the weather changes can be I'll tell you what we did just on the first day.  We had breakfast in the sun by the beach, at noon we were walking through tropical plants, getting completely drenched to see an amazing waterfall. Later on that day we visited the active (yesss! active!) volcano in windy cold conditions, stopped at a warm black sand beach just before sunset and headed to the hot tub right next to the ocean after dinner!
The great thing is that the weather in Hawaii stays pretty much the same all year round, so it's the perfect destination if you can travel while nobody else is on vacation.
Frangipani (Plumeria) Trees everywhere 
Hotel Beach

Turtles taking a nap at the hotel beach

Snorkeling with turtles

Banyan Trees
Akaka Falls

Natural hot steam vents
The active volcano! 
Valley covered by lava

Black sand beach
Better run if a tsunami comes

Waipi'o Valley

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Last Week of October

I don't know how the weather has been wherever you are currently located, but here in Los Angeles, we've had some pretty amazing weeks. The sun is shining, but even here you can tell that it's fall: the air is way crispier than usual. So in order to fully take advantage of the sun before we have to pull out our jackets of the closet, we've enjoyed a few lunches sitting outside, and even spent some time sitting in the sun just outside our little house. 
I can't believe it's November already! We're starting this month just right: today, we're celebrating our 13th anniversary and on thursday we're heading to Hawaii (yesss!!! Hawaii!!!!) for a long weekend. It's my birthday-anniversary present! Yeay for having the best boyfriend on the planet :) 
So by next week you can expect a post of island scenery! Hope you all have a great November! 
Our neighboring palm trees
Sitting in the sun right outside our house

I took advantage of the great weather to shoot all my NIMO. jewelry for the new web
and a major overdue shop update (both will have to wait till after Hawaii, I guess)

Props for the photo shoot

I went for a walk around the Rose Bowl Stadium (here in Pasadena). It a pretty long walk, at least it took me an hour to make the full round!

The other day I openen my jacket closet to find a mic stand in it and post its pasted to my jackets!
Surprise! That's what you get if your boyfriend is a musician and has to improvise a vocal booth :)

And to finish the month off: Halloween! (Top ltr Mikki, me & Mel. Bottom ltr Me, Mel & Ira)