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The restless beauty of Faye Toogood


If you're hankering for a good design read, take a look at the interview Cereal Magazine recently did with English designer Faye Toogood (who designed the Spade chair I've been seeing so much of lately) where she talks about what she was like as a child, the things she used to collect and recasting the Roly Poly chair.




A few of my current favorites and some of my past wishlists, all links below as well as a few extras!


The creative photography work of Irina Boersma


Irina's work is so inspiring and lately on her Instagram she's been sharing photos taken for Elle Decor Denmark that I absolutely love. I couldn't find a portfolio for her work but you can find her on IG here.


New week, new inspiration


Last week I took off from blogging to celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary, you can see a few of the places we travelled to right here. I feel proud that we've weathered the last decade together and still like each, still want to be together. I can't fully comprehend how 10 years has passed as quickly as it has, the speed of time is something I contemplate often with no greater understanding to show for it! It has also been extremely hot here and with the kids at home we've stayed indoors and found ways to entertain one another which has been a big distraction from blogging as well.

A new week is about to begin and with it new goals. The kids might be in my hair right now but I want to get a leg up on the week by getting things together now. Honestly it's also because I woke up at 4:30 am sneezing and with an itchy throat so I might as well do something with these early morning hours.

This beautiful image has all the ingredients I'm into right now like natural fibers, woven textiles, long draping fabrics, geometry and a little of light. Styled by the wonderful Tina Hellberg for Elle Decoration.

MAKE / Milk Jello


When I was a girl I remember eating Arroz con Leche, which is basically a Latino version of rice pudding, at my grandmother's house or made by my mom. Sometimes she's ruin it with raisins but mostly it had this sweet condensed milk and cinnamon flavor, the flavors of which is still incredibly nostalgic for me.

So last week I came across a recipe that is pretty much the jello version of this called Gelatina de Leche or Milk Jello. Wait, jello?! Who makes desserts from jello anymore? This isn't the 1960's!
Well maybe lack of trendiness made it all the more intriguing for me to try and when I showed the recipe to my mom she said my grandmother used to make this. Of course she did!

In part because my family-isa recipe to resurrect and after buying 2x the supplies, just in case the first effort didn't turn out, along with three stops at thrift stores for old copper jello molds, I was ready to give it a try. If you follow my Stories on Instagram then yesterday you saw Elin helping me and part of the process, ending with my son jiggling the set and unmolded yellow creation.

It tastes like my childhood and so I thought I'd share because, being a cold dish, it just might be the perfect dessert for a summer night. The recipe I used was found here, where their flawlessly bright white jello doesn't resemble my own in the slightest! Even though I removed the cinnamon sticks after 4 mins, part of them separated and then sunk to the bottom of the mold while chilling. I'm sure straining the mixture before refrigerating would have prevented this, but the recipe never called to do so. Also, how is theirs so white?! I used the table cream, just like the recipe asked for, and it has a very oyster white color that keeps this from being a true, stark white.

Regardless of the aesthetics I thought it was good, so here you are with the directions:

1 cup cold water
5 tbsp unflavored gelatin
4 cups of milk
2 large mexican cinnamon sticks, broken in half
28 oz condensed milk
1½ cups crema mexicana (table cream)
2 tsp vanilla extract

/Start by blooming 4 or 5 tbsp of unflavored gelatin (reduce the amount to 4 tbsp if you don't want it as firm) in the cup of cold water.
/Then in a medium saucepan add milk and bring to a boil. Once the milk reaches boiling point, add the cinnamon sticks, reduce the heat and simmer for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
/Using a slotted spoon, remove the cinnamon sticks, add in the unflavored gelatin and whisk gently until completely dissolved. Mix in the condensed milk, crema mexicana and vanilla extract, stirring until everything has been fully combined.
/Pour your mixture into your mold and refrigerate for about 4-5 hours until firm.
/Unmold your jello by dipping in a larger bowl of hot water for 3 seconds. Place a plate ontop of your jello and invert. Garnish with fresh berries, or not.


Oversized shirting and billowing fabric dominate A.W.A.K.E.'s Resort'18

Thinking of 2018 is almost unbearable for me, I'm just getting used to writing 2017 six months in! Yet for those who work and design for fashion, they're been planning for next year probably before this one even got started.

This new collection from a brand I'm not familiar with is filled with generous amount of gathered and flowing fabrics, multiple uses of shirting as dresses, skirts and tops and palazzo style trousers. Personally I'd love to wear any of these this Autumn, given I had some place interesting to wear them too, of course!

Continue scrolling to see more of the line and a few of their current season's pieces!


A minimal home in rattan and rust


Susanna Vento is a stylist extraordinaire from Finland, someone whose work I've admired and followed for the last 6 years or so! Most recently she styled this apartment in gorgeous natural tones ranging from the palest sands colors to deep dark rusts. Scroll through for links to some of the pieces she used!


TRAVEL / Visiting L.A. with Kids


For those who follow me on Instagram, you saw the family and I spent all of last week in LA. I just now realized I never made a formal mention of this on the blog, only weeks earlier mentioning it in passing. I had fully intended to do a post before we left with a list of places I wanted to see or a compilation of photos from LA from around the internet, but as you can see it never happened.

My husband and I haven't travelled a whole bunch with the kids. Elin is only 3 after all and when she was an infant it wasn't even on our radar to go somewhere exciting together. Now with my oldest being 7 years old (how did this happen, btw?!) and Elin just a few years behind, it felt like the right time to take them some place farther away.

Embarking on this trip I knew it would be a lot of work. Despite my desire to fly, the husband really thought it might make an interesting road trip so we drove the 12+ hours to southern California in search of culture, food, sun and the ocean. I remember thinking, "I'll document this and use it as a how-to for traveling with kids". Reality is I had no offing clue what it was like to travel with kids and was completely winging it!


Here are some preparative measures I took for the kids:

/bought each child a plastic box with sorting tray and lid (I left the source for this in the comments section below), filling it with crayons, flash cards, books and coloring pages as well as 2-3 small toys
/made snacks and packed a cooler with homemade zucchini muffins, fresh fruit, full fat yogurt cups, protein bars and plenty of water
/had each of the kids bring a backpack with one stuffed animal to sleep with, one small pillow and a jacket
/downloaded two movies onto the iPad

And with this I had only a wish and a prayer that the day-long road trip would somehow be tolerable for all involved!


Our trip was split up into several parts, we stayed our first night in Monterey to break up the driving for the kids. This was nice and gave them a chance to play in the ocean that first night. The following three nights were spent at an Airbnb place we found in Topanga Canyon. The house was like a small cottage, set a ways behind the home of the owners with a separate entrance and surrounding trees for privacy. Staying in an actual house is pretty important to me as a mom, eating out for every meal and hanging out in a hotel room is hard on the kids and adversely being able to cook your own food and lounge in a real home is so much more enjoyable to the kids and us.
After these three days we spent two nights downtown at the Ace Hotel, which was more for us adults because we wanted to be in a central location within walking distance of a few places. It wasn't as comfortable or spacious as our Airbnb home was but we got to see a different part of LA and ROOM SERVICE, which is definitely one of the perks of staying at a hotel vs a rented home.


I had a rough idea of the places I wanted to see in LA, some for the kids and some for us parents. Creating a strict itinerary would never work so I went into each day with a flexible mindset, knowing that the kids might get tired or get into an argument or not behave in certain environments. We visited the Getty, which meant parking in a large parking structure and taking a tram up to the hill. Once there though the sprawling museum, beautiful trees and scenic views of the city already made it feel like the right choice. We headed straight for the kids museum and then attempted to see some of the French exhibit but soon little tummies were hungry again and we needed to visit the cafe downstairs. By this time Elin was already tired and a bit grouchy and trying to choose a food item initiated a full blown meltdown in the middle of the cafeteria, which was loads of fun! In retrospect I would have had my husband and the kids just sit down right away while I gather food for the clan. While having loads of food choices in a dream for an adult, it's enough for completely overwhelm an already overstimulated child of 3 years old!

After lunch and more meltdowns over wanting a brownie and her brother's food, we set off to view more exhibits. However the kids had something else in mind and only wanted to run around yelling and generally triggering my anxiety. We soon left.

While my husband and I weren't able to view many exhibits or read any placards ourselves, we concluded that just the practice of bringing the kids to a museum is beneficial. If we continue to do so, as they get older and more mature we hope that they will grow an appreciation for history and art so that one day we can peacefully attend together. This seems to be a lot of what parenting is right now, going through the practice so that later on the kids will fully understand.

On the list was also The Broad and The Museum of Ice Cream however I naively thought we could purchase tickets to these at the door but found out that they were both sold out for the entire month of June and into August. Damn.
There's also LACMA but we ran out of time, and quite frankly the energy.

The Griffith Observatory was another place we visited, after one unsuccessful attempt we learned the best way to get to the top was to take the Dash bus by standing at one of the bus stops with $.50 per person. Initially we tried to go up on a Friday morning but was unprepared for the bus and fare (cash only) so had to improvise for that morning instead. The next day the Observatory opened even earlier and since it's summer break for the kids and a weekend, the place was crawling with people. It felt kind of suffocating and it was hard to look at any of the exhibits here because there was such a large volume of people. The view is pretty remarkable and while we could not enter the planetarium with a 3 year old since they have only one showing that allows kids under 5 to attend, it was still great to walk the grounds and see what we could in person. The heat was pretty intense and there's virtually no shade so come prepared with hats and/or a personal misting fan like I did. This was a life saver for both of the kids!!


Several food places were on our list too, you can't be in LA and not eat some place new everyday! The options are wonderful. Our first night we ate at vegan Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre, which was recommended by a friend who had been there a few weeks earlier with her kids. We also ate at Botanica, Destroyer, breakfast at Gjusta, Bottega Louie (order the portobello fries), Jeni's Ice Cream for the kids' daily fix and Maru for coffee. Alfred Tea and Moon Juice are good places for Boba tea and raw juices, they also happen to be next door to each other.
I should also mention we made a fair share of trips to Trader Joe's on the days we cooked for ourselves.

On the nights we stayed at hotels, rather than ordering room service we used UberEats to order from places nearby. One night we had some really good burgers from Umami Burger delivered to the lobby.


More photos are on my Instagram under the hashtag #amminLA because bringing my camera around the city while also holding the small hand of a child who might dart off if you let go, well it just became impractical. Suffice to say I didn't get great photos of every place we attended.

A few shopping places I can recommend, though I know there are many I did not get the chance to see, include:

The Apartment by The Line / home goods and beauty products
Bonton / kids clothing and toys
Bassike / clothing for men, women and babies
Reformation / clothing
Gjusta Goods / home goods and vintage clothing
Aesop / skincare (I always stop at Aesop stores because each one is designed uniquely)
Formerly Yes / minimally curated home and personal goods
Huset / Scandinavian goods


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