Be Mine, or just Be…

I randomly came across this Human Heart illustration while doing an image search online and it is perfectly fitting for Valentine’s Day.  I’m not sure who the original artist is, but I think most people could relate to the humor and honesty portrayed here.  Most people could also relate to the highs and lows of love, particularly around Valentine’s Day, and this artist nailed it in one simple illustration.


I put together a series of Valentine’s Day inspired images from my photo library.  It is peppered with a few images of great gift ideas.

Before you begin, here is a classic Mirah song to listen to while you browse the Valentine’s Day inspired images below.

vday_kms002Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate.  Fairly traded, organically grown, and 85% cocoa!  Simple and pure delight.  Have a piece first thing in the morning on Valentine’s Day.




vday_kms007In Fiore based in San Francisco “is total floral seduction for your skin and for your soul” (as their website states).  They use certified organic or wild-crafted essential oils, herbal infusions, and floral waters to create balms, oils and more for your skin.  A friend of mine worked at In Fiore and she got me hooked on the Vetiver balm.  It smells divine.




vday_kms010I saw this bedroom (above left) in an article in Dwell Magazine years ago and the image stuck with me.  I love the lavender ceiling (they claimed that it’s the best color to see when waking), the upside-down lingerie artwork and the simplicity of this room.  I painted the ceiling of my bedroom lavender in my last apartment and I can vouch for its calming effect.  Also, having lavender on the ceiling creates a unique lighting effect during the day- a subtle, rose-colored-ombre hugs the walls which makes the perfect nap environment.  Read the full Dwell article here about this West Village home whose design focuses on the creative reuse of industrial materials, including a façade embedded with truck beds.  There is still enough time to paint the ceiling lavender before Valentine’s Day (but it might still smell like paint fumes on the 14th)!


vday_kms012Axl Rose tribute photo

vday_kms013I have always been impressed with Urban Outfitters’ lingerie designs.  They have a tendency to create soft silhouettes in contrast to the puffy, padded, underwire-laden designs that flood the market.  The labels Silence + Noise, Kimchi Blue and Out From Under have designs this season that are lovely, comfy and vintage-inspired.  I suggest getting the Silence + Noise Alexis Strappy Soft Bras in every color (above).  Or as seen below, treat your lady friend to the Silence + Noise Front O-Ring Strappy Bralette, the Out From Under Sheer Lace-Back Bralette, or the Kimchi Blue Allover Scalloped Lace Bralette (more colors available on the UO website).







vday_kms020Create a sprinkle topper for your smoothie that tastes just like Red Hots candy by mixing the following spices in equal parts:  turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon.  Then dust the mixture through a small heart stencil on top of the smoothie.  The spicy-icy combination is mood altering.


vday_kms022I recently found an original sketch for some t-shirts that I designed for a few friends that said “COOL BOOBS” in bubble letters.  The design was hand screen-printed on tight, white cotton tees so that the letters would stretch across their chest and be barely legible.  One friend mentioned that she still has the t-shirt which is now almost 10 years old and threadbare.  It’s probably in peak condition at this point.  Make a tight t-shirt for your sweetie!

vday_kms023Above is a pencil drawing that my mom did in February 1997.  She was forced to do this by my high school art teacher at a parent-teacher meeting.  I saved it because it is beautiful.  If you don’t normally draw or make art, but you decide to make some art for someone special you might melt their heart.

vday_kms024My vegan-gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe can be found here.  They’re protein-packed so your health nut friends will like them, too.  Make + share these and you will win hearts — forever.



vday_kms027I think most of us can relate to Ricky’s statement above from time to time.  In love.  In life.  It’s okay.  Do your best.


vday_kms029You can’t go wrong with gifting a pair of American Apparel Stripe Thigh-High Socks.  Think about it, you could buy someone a long, fuzzy robe, or you could buy them these thigh-high tube socks.  Both will keep them warm around the house, but one will keep them warmer.  Find more great options from American Apparel in their Hosiery & Socks section.

vday_kms030And lastly,

vday_kms031The “SHIP” is you.  Be nice to yourself on Valentine’s Day and every day!

Jill Bliss, thank you!

I am a huge fan of Jill Bliss.  For those of you who are not familiar with this lovely lady, she is a professional artist & designer, and in her own words she is also an “amateur photographer/ homesteader/ explorer living simply within the nature of the Pacific NW Islands.” She is an all around top-notch lady!  I purchased a Jill Bliss notebook years ago and have slowly been filling the pages with doodles, to do lists, recipes, and other ramblings. Despite that I use the notebook as a productivity tool, it lay dormant for an unknown amount of time tucked under a miscellaneous pile.

After a particularly rough week I turned to what always makes me feel better- exercise.  I reached for the Jill Bliss notebook because I remembered that I jotted down a series of yoga stretches each accompanied by its own stick figure drawing.  After flipping through the pages I realized that even when I manage to fill every page in this notebook I will keep and cherish it for years to come.  I love the way that Jill’s delicate drawings interact with my doodles and endless lists.  The notebook is a way of recording small wins, losses, or ideas that might otherwise slip through my memory and Jill’s illustrations add value and whimsy to each page.

Jill, thank you for sharing your talent and helping others unlock, understand, and celebrate their potential.

Jill Bliss instagram

Jill Bliss website + shop






It’s really funny to me that this page is mostly blank



doing a pull-up is still on my to do list by the way…


yes…still working on my closed/weak chakras, too



notes for designing a burlesque costume



memory games with Donald



correct spelling = psoas :)


night time

A very rare bout of insomnia prompted me to finish a task I have put off for some time- cleaning my computer and deleting unnecessary files.  I found some photos that I intended to post a while back of my Night Blooming Cereus plant that flowers for only one night.  I realize that a full year has gone by since I took the photos stored on my computer because now the plant is blooming once again.  I guess some things stay on the to-do list for a year.  The time has come to share some photos from both years of blooms.  Aside from the peony, this is my favorite flower and it has a most amazing scent that is worth staying up all night to experience.



flower buds from earlier in the summer




flower bloom ready to open












Happy New Year!

The sky was definitely showing off for the last few days of 2012.  I picked the top 12 photos that Donald and I took during the sunset in Southern California on December 30th, 2012 (yes, we both could not stop taking photos of this amazing cloud/rain/ocean show).

Here’s to a peaceful, mindful, healthy and prosperous 2013.  And many more days of cloud watching!













Happy Spring!

These videos make me feel very daffodil-n-dandelion-like…
Definitely inspiring!

See more of Meghan Currie here.

Here’s another Meghan Currie time-lapse yoga video that cat-lovers will enjoy:

And this one of Briohny Smyth by Equinox is really amazing too:

Time for some Spring cleaning!



I found this Post-it pressed into the middle of the street in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.  It looks like this woman (perhaps) spent a few moments analyzing the relationships she has been in, or suffered through, up to the day she created the Post-it list.  I like to think that she had some free time to daydream while at work and created this note for herself in between answering phones and typing invoices. I hope she is in yet another “Great” period with extra *’s.


Katie's Dreamland

I really enjoy when famous people make an appearance in my dream world.  My favorite celebrity dream so far involved slow dancing with Tupac Shakur.  He was much more shy than one would imagine.

President Obama and Yolandi Visser

And this past week a very strange pairing made a visit to my subconscious mind- President Barack Obama and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord.  They were deep in conversation with each other.  Well, actually, Obama was dominating the conversation, and Yolandi was scratching the side of her head and patiently trying to find a moment to chime in.  That moment did not arrive and you could see the polite frustration on her face.  Meanwhile, Obama just kept talking and talking….

And when I woke up I realized that my husband was in the next room listening to Obama’s speech to the UN where he stated that the US will not back Palestinian statehood.  Dream dissolved.  Time to get up and go to work.


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