blame it on the weather

moody mint pins Yesterday was the first rain we've experienced since moving back to LA and I'm sure that the grey morning skies and cool mornings of late have everything to do with my draw to these images.

It was just a light drizzle where we are but when I woke up there were already reports of two car accidents on the freeway that resulted in loss of lives. It's sad and crazy that even the smallest raindrops can throw LA into such havoc. Especially considering the types of torrential downpours we experienced in Malaysia where drivers still do 60+mph with no trouble at all. We're just not used to rain safe out there, kids.

Now, before this post turns darker than the greys above (it is a Friday, after all) let's talk about why it looks different from my usuals. I rarely share things that are not my own photographs or designs but with so much work going on, I felt like mixing things up a bit and playing with a few of my favorite recent Pins. Call it a Friday Freebie if you will ... sometimes you just gotta go with whatever creative itch you've got, big or small.

Go have a great weekend and let yourself do things a little different. It's more fun that way.

(images clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3)

colors, patterns, and textures, oh my! {singapore)

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colors, patterns, and textures - oh my!

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It's all about the little details and Penang certainly had a few hidden gems. Most of these shots are from Chew Jetty, a colorful waterfront community, where I could have spent hours had we not made plans to meet with a friend for the evening. So much inspiration to take into the week and beyond.

If you're jonesin' for more colors, patterns, and textures be sure to visit this mega post from Marrakech, Morocco - I go back to it often!


color, just what the doctor ordered

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It's t-minus 48 hours until Spain (and one week until a visit to LA) but instead of running much needed errands I'm sitting in bed nursing a sinus infection and fever. Whhhyyy???

To cheer myself up, and perhaps you too if you've got a gloomy day ahead, I decided to share some fun "pops of color" from around London. I love all of the photos but my favorite is of the very colorful character from the fruit stand - he put on quite the juggling act for me once he saw my camera. He was also the first (and I'm sure the last) person to call my American accent "sexy." Funny but I'll take it.