Merry Christmas to all...

It's Christmas Eve, and here I am, wrapping up things at work. That's ok...I'm drinking yummy apple cider while doing it. And anyway - after today I'll be off work until January 5!

My dear friend over at CHLOE'S CHÍC posted this lovely post about the holidays, and has inspired me.

Now that Christmas Eve has snuck up on us...I am looking forward to:

- Playing Wii with my brother.
- Finding the perfect New Year's Eve outfit.
- Board games with my family on Christmas Eve.
- Planning fabulous adventures for the upcoming year.
- Watching newly gifted movies on my brother's HDTV.
- Making and promptly breaking New Year's resolutions.
- Cold weather that keeps me inside...with rain...even better!

Merry Christmas...cheers!



Boarding this past weekend...


Hitting the slopes!

(from my Tahoe trip last year)

So with all the talk of snow and cold, it should come as no surprise that I'm heading off to Big Bear this weekend to partake in some snowboarding with a group of friends! I went to ZJ Boarding House last night over in Santa Monica with my friend - she needed to get her bindings fitted on her board and I needed to drool on all of the amazing gear...and possibly buy a pair of boarding boots. Possibly turned into reality and I bought an adorable pair of boots, as well as some goggles and a new beanie! I also rented my board there, a pretty hot new board that hasn't even been ridden yet. I am pretty much ready to ride. They were so amazing there, helpful and informed...I will definitely be back to this place...probably to rent this season and buy my own board next season.

Cheers to winter and snow, and happy Friday!


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

I'm a day behind on this, but snow has been popping up in the most unexpected places this week!



Even Malibu got some snow, according to rumors. Check out the whole album over at LAist.

Loving December!

Today has been dubbed "Letdown Thursday"

So this keeps me smiling today...


This made me smile.

It's beginning to look a lot like...


It's officially the holiday season! After a weekend full of turkey and thanks, I arrived back to work begrudgingly on Monday to lights hanging from the lobby ceiling, giant red and silver ornaments, and a massive tree in the courtyard between buildings. Oh, and wreaths in the parking lot at the grocery store don't really hurt either. Clearly, this is my absolute favorite season. I even saw Four Christmases this weekend, it was pretty cute.

I'd better crack down on holiday shopping! I may love holiday decorations and displays but I absolutely hate the increasing crowds during the season. Thank goodness for internet shopping.

By the way - a ridiculous event to check out might be the Santa Con. Hilarious!


America: You've Been Rickroll'd.

Yes! If you don't know what a rickroll is, climb out from under your rock and read about it.


Happy Thanksgiving...


Happy Turkey Day everyone! It's been a bumpy world this past few months, and I'm sure we all have something to be thankful for. A job, a family, a roof over our heads...these are just a couple of things I'm thankful for this year. The holiday season is my absolute favorite...I can't wait to see the fun decorations on the homes in the neighborhood I drive through to get to work everyday. Time for movies and pumpkin pie - goodnight!


Shrimp Exercise Plan.

I have been crazy busy this week with limited computer access, but here's something amusing I came across!


Recessionista partying.

This is old news, but I was waiting to post it in the off chance I got to check one of these places out. Not so much just yet but maybe in the weeks to come!

Caroline on Crack wrote about a few places that are milking the economic woes for all they can. 35 cent drink specials? Paper bag bottle service? Time to party like it's 1929!


Oh, Jay.

Jay Leno uses some humor to lighten up SoCal in a less than funny time:

"It's great to be here in Los Angeles -- what's left of it. These wildfires continue to burn here in Los Angeles.

I tell ya, I haven't seen anything go up in smoke like this since my 401(k). The firefighters are doing a tremendous job.

The latest word is the fires are now 60% under control, which is pretty amazing when you realize the rest of L.A. is only 20% under control."


Sayre Fire.

Pictures I took...


Fire, fire.

Photo by JT3 11 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

I went out of town for less than 36 hours and all hell broke loose in Southern California. I took a crazy pic (which I'll post tomorrow) while I was driving up the 405 at 8:30am on Saturday morning, driving into the billowing smoke. I-5 was shut down along with basically every other major freeway in Southern California this weekend (14, 118, 210, 57, 91...) as fires exploded around the southland. It took me 8 1/2 hours to get to the bay area (for perspective, it only took me 5 hours and 15 mins to get home once the 5 reopened). So many homes lost. I hope everyone is safe!

Stay updated here.


Santa Barbara on fire!

I have been so busy with life this week...but took pause tonight at the gym when I got news that one of my two homes away from home - my beautiful Santa Barbara - is on fire. I was just there last weekend! Thoughts and prayers with my friends who are still local there!


History in the making.

You'd have to be blind and deaf to not realize the history that is being made every moment these days.

Some of these moments were made last night, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco:

Photos courtesy of Kathryn

Photo via KTVU


A New Day.

Regardless of your political affiliation, today is a new day for our country and our world.

Congrats to President-elect Obama...the challenges that are coming won't be easy, hopefully we can all do our part!


Vote! Vote! Vote!

Democrat, republican, independent, green...black, white, blue, purple...get out there and vote today!

Vote and get freebies: Free food! Free coffee!

Vote because you care.

Just vote...ok?

Follow the race on CNN and in LA County.

And I just love this because it's SO LA...

Photo by Reed Saxon/AP


Already November?

I hope everyone had a spooky and fun Halloween! I got to check out a fabulous 80s cover band at a bar in Long Beach...then headed to a country bar that reminded me a bit too much of the Brandin' Iron and my high school days. Dancing to Thriller with a bunch of rednecks in cowboy boots? So hilarious!

I'm loving the fall weather that started this weekend too. Thunderstorms and rain, and now it's breezy and cold in LA! I think soup for lunch and hot chocolate is definitely in order. If I haven't said it enough...I love fall!


This is serious business.

An ordinance for silly string? Apparently this is no laughing matter. Check it out here.

Note to self: If going out in LA on All Hallows Eve, leave the silly string at home! For another holiday, perhaps?...

It's almost time for tricks and treats!

Halloween on a Friday this year? I'm sure I'm not alone in saying...finally! Hopefully you have a costume already. I went to Ursula's Costumes in Santa Monica earlier this week, and there was a line out the door!

Some fun weekend ideas for those of you without plans yet...

Halloween Events for Grown-Ups

Best Halloween Parties


Don't vote? No - vote!

All the words that need to be said for this are right there in it. So watch. And vote.

When I say sake...you say...


Some friends and I decided to check out two Japanese restaurants in downtown Culver City last night – one for food and ambiance, the other for sake bombing.We got our grub on at K-Zo (too quiet and classy for sake bombing-type shenanigans), and then headed down to Kaizuka for some post-dinner sake bombs. We sat outside on the patio so as not to disturb the inside customers (and to entertain any passerbys). Several sake bombs later, we each got out of there under $20! Most excellent. I will definitely be back to this place.


Happy Friday!


I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing weekend planned. I am heading down to San Diego myself tomorrow, to enjoy this amazing weather. I love SoCal. Happy Friday!

Cause this is thrillerrrrrrr....

Seriously - this is hilarious. If you will be in town, please go, take pictures, and send them to me immediately.


Paparazzi vs. Selma Blair.

Thank goodness for the invention of Google reader (and the fact that Google is basically taking over the world). On almost a daily basis, I stumble across things that shock, offend or thoroughly amuse me.

Today, that amusement came in the form of Selma Blair.



I was tagged by CHLOE'S CHÍC CONCEPTION...so here goes...

Six Random Facts About Myself:

I am a lighting designer...by hobby. I considered grad school for an MFA, got offers a few places, then decided to continue pursuing law. A dream of mine was realized last fall, though, when I got paid to design a show in Northern California. Check out some of my work here.

I don’t really love "LA". But I’m talking about the idea of LA that everyone has...Hollywood Boulevard, being in the entertainment industry, broken dreams. I am much more a beach girl, and can’t wait to live in a beach community again someday. West LA will have to do for now.

I love playing poker (Texas Hold’um) but am terrified to play at a casino...I’m scared I’ll be laughed away.

ian of leam

I am an organizational freak, though sometimes my room is messy. My OCD tendancies can be found in my office...in my alphabetized DVD collection...in my Itunes collection...in the matching hangers in my closet...

che moleman

I used to work at Blockbuster, but I haven’t seen many movies that are considered “must sees.” I am working on this.

I don’t drink coffee. At all. Used to love the stuff, but I felt like I was totally addicted to it, so now I only drink tea...and it’s a great excuse to buy yummy expensive tea!


Six values that are important to me: keeping in touch with amazing people, a glass of good wine, getting a full night’s sleep whenever possible, having an open mind, having my own office, a wicked sense of humor

Six negative points I condemn: hypocricy, flakiness, high school type drama, not having a window in my office, the current economic state, lack of attention to details

the rules for everyone, including my tagees:

Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules (and prize logo) on your blog.
Write six random things about yourself/ 6 important values and negative points you condemn.
Tag 6-10 people at the end of your post.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Let the tagger know your entry is up.

I tag anyone who reads this post...hey, it’s fun!

Still burning...

(Mel Melcon /Los Angeles Times)

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Stay Updated Here



AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Above is a photo of the current Marek/Little Tujunga fire.

To go along with my earlier post...I hope everyone in the Valley is alright and the firefighters battling this fire are staying safe!

To follow the wildfire info as it updates...here is a good source...as well as the LA Times Local.

Truly LA.

A great little story about Los Angeles...


It must be fall...

The winds have been blowing here in SoCal...in addition to the quick drop in temperature. I love this weather! It reminds me that fall is my favorite...dry and crackly and windy. But it's also wildfire season...Santa Ana season...

Photo by lierne

Photo by Kevin Labianco

I also adore this photo - Santa Ana Autumn.


Off to Santa Barbara

(Yes, I actually took this pic...thanks to an amazing friend who took me flying back in May of 2006!)

I'm off to lovely Santa Barbara this weekend! Can't wait to spend it with some of my favorite people.

Also - I'll be heading to the Santa Barbara County Harvest Festival on Sunday. Hopefully I'll be bringing back some yummy wines.

Have a great weekend!


Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalog!

Is it that time of year already? I haven’t even bought candy for trick or treaters, and the Neiman Marcus holiday catalog is already upon us. If you haven’t had the chance to peruse it, I would highly recommend it. Especially if you have a few hundred thousand (or a cool million or two) lying around. Or maybe, you're lucky enough to be an AIG Executive. Enjoy!


Good Morning, LA.

Waking up at 5am and getting to work at 6 provides a very unique view of the city of LA. Quiet, foggy, peaceful...

From the 33rd floor of my building, I got to watch the city wake up this morning.

Photo courtesy of victor vicia


the grass is always greener...

I'm feeling amazingly refreshed after a weekend in the bay with my best friend. I could go on about all the fun something and nothings that we did, but this pretty much sums it up:

Hiking in Los Gatos -

Shopping at Valley Fair -

Lots of this -

And some of this, for good measure -



In tune with my cooking adventures, I signed up for a cooking class at Hipcooks West with a friend of mine. We decided to take the “Persian Immersian” class and I was so inspired! Obviously I love cooking, but I haven’t really ventured too far into the world of multicultural cooking. Mostly, this is just due to the fact that regular grocery stores don’t carry the specialty ingredients needed, and I don’t know many (and when I say many, I mean ANY) good local ethnic grocery stores. We made:

Persian-style meatballs with flatbread & Salad-e Shirazi: Herbed meatballs, baked flatbread, mixed greens, and a yogurt/cucumber/lemon/herb dressing.
Khoresht Fesenjaan: Chicken in a walnut-pomegranate sauce.
Shirin-Polow: Chicken with jeweled rice.
Rosewater and Cardamom ice cream: Yum!

I am so excited to try these recipes in my own kitchen...hopefully I will have the time soon. I will definitely be going back to Hipcooks – probably for the Japanese class and the tapas class! Even if you're not in LA, look up local cooking classes, they are pretty fantastic.



My friend posted this on her blog...it doesn't get much more LA than this!

Courtesy of http://chloechic.blogspot.com



An impromptu road trip took me to the bay area this weekend, to surprise my best friend for her birthday. Leaving at 6:45am Saturday morning was actually pretty awesome...no traffic, just me, the road, my car and my ipod. Driving over the Grapevine, up the 5, across the 152...and driving around the bay made me a little nostalgic. I didn’t think that would ever happen. It truly is a beautiful place, though...from the hills of the East Bay to the forests of the Los Gatos area. And driving along the 152 is pretty breathtaking itself...

Here are some lovely photos from other photographers who documented parts of the 152...

Photo courtesy of NVphotos247

Photo courtesy of NVphotos247