Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I found this wonderful blog piece on Alchemist & Co. that I just HAD to share because it made me smile just SO! It's incredible when you realize how pure and simple the thoughts of children can be... and oh how I wish my thoughts could be the same.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:


‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ Rebecca- age 8

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‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ Billy – age 4

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‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ Karl – age 5

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‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ Chrissy – age 6

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‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ Terri – age 4

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‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’ Danny – age 7

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‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.’ Emily – age 8

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‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’ Bobby – age 7

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‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’ Nikka – age 6

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‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’ Noelle – age 7

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‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6

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‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ Cindy – age 8

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‘My mommy loves me more than anybody You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ Clare – age 6

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‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ Chris – age 7

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‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ Mary Ann – age 4

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‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ Lauren – age 4

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‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ Karen – age 7

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‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’ Mark – age 6

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‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8

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image via A Love Train

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Surprising Andrew with a fancy schmancy dinner in downtown LA tonight at Border Grill. I took advantage of a Groupon {can I just say publicly how much I ADORE Groupon?} for this place and I'm super excited to eat some upscale, SUSTAINABLE, and inventive mexican food tonight!

I have been a fan of Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken since I was a younger kid watching "Too Hot Tamales" on the Food Network and fell even more in love with Susan when she appeared on Top Chef Masters last season. In going over to the Border Grill website, I see that Mary Sue will be competing on Masters this season premiering April 6th! Being a considerably stalkerish Top Chef fan - Brian Malarkey can attest to that - I am SUPER PUMPED to eat their food and watch the competition heat up on Bravo soon.
image of green corn tamales via Border Grill

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Hold on to your hats and glasses folks, we've got a storm brewing! What I wouldn't give for a pair of pale dove gray Hunter Wellies like these right about now:

hunter wellies image block via ebb & flow

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I know I have written posts about how much I love the nature of blogging before, but I just had to share a wonderful thing that just happened to me. With Andrew and I moving into our new place, I have been desperate for some color and pattern to add to our neutral palette... especially in the form of throw pillows for our clay colored sofa. And since I am now cohabiting with the male species I have to be conscious to not have so much 'girlie flowery' stuff everywhere. So without using stripes or checkers, the ikat pattern seems to be the right way to go visually.

I had seen some gorgeous greyish blue {slate I guess} ikat pillows Paloma had posted on la dolce vita but they just weren't screaming out to me. I figured snooping around on pinterest would be the best way to go in search for something ikat related as inspiration. A few clicks later and I stumbled upon these GORGEOUS chairs:

I naturally clicked on the direct link... and lo and behold entered an online wonderland of REAL vintage furniture, Circa Who, located in Palm Beach {Florida}.

Apparently I am the only one on the planet who didn't know this incredible store exists - unless you reading didn't as well - and I am just utterly thankful to have found it. They have TONS of inventory to chose from in many different design styles and eras to fit anyone's needs. While drooling through the images of everything they have - WITH THE MOST REASONABLE PRICES EVER! - I couldn't help but fall in love with everything.

I would love to hang these hollywood regency mirrors {550 for the pair!} side by side over a double sink vanity in my imaginary master bathroom with carerra marble and subway tiles for contrast.

This chippendale credenza blows. my. mind! The lucite knobs are brilliant.... too bad its sold. I would have bought it in a heartbeat.

Can we just take a minute to fall even more in love with this lucite console table??? How fun would that look in an entry way with some big colorful lamp on it??? Total steal at $550.00 bucks.

Andrew and I have a queen bed, but if we had a king, I would absolutely buy this fretwork headboard for $450.00. It would look so fun against a dove grey wall to really show off the detail of the frame.

So my search for ikat pillows continues a few hours late considering I am now stuck on filling my home with furniture from Circa Who. Here is a little tidbit of information on what and who Circa Who is:

CIRCA WHO is a TRENDY RESALE SHOP located in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Our passion is the hunt and we LOVE to buy so we price to sell.
Finding NEW HOMES for FABULOUS furnishings.
This website is updated daily and represents some of our current inventory.
If you are interested in purchasing any items please email us for additional info or net pricing.
If you are looking for something particular email Tracy at FINDit@CIRCAWHO.com .
CIRCA WHO items are SOLD on a first come first serve basis

all images via Circa Who. To visit learn more information, please visit them online here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


While following twitter today, Grace Bonney at design*sponge shared a very cute website: cat versus human. Its written by a woman in San Francisco who is an illustrator {and a very good one at that} and her various comics involving life with her cats.

This particular comic made me laugh thinking of Andrew and I living together with Chaplin. He gets up on the weekends and makes breakfast for us... and I am usually laying in the living room playing with Chaplin while he scrambles eggs. I can only IMAGINE the 'conversations' he hears between me and Chaplin - which is really just human talk and kitty meows.

Life would be so boring without furry babies running around the house after mice.

image via cat versus human

Thursday, March 17, 2011


In honor of my late Grandfather, William Andrew Reilley, I would like to share a recipe that I know he would have loved that I found on the parsley thief today.

Cheddar Guiness Dip.

This woman is brilliant. She combined cheese and BEER into one dish, AND put it on the BEST vehicle for mouth delivery. Click here for the recipe.


Tomorrow is the Bloggers Day of Silence - which I am participating in - so there will be no post tomorrow March 18. Hope you all have a great weekend and see you all on Monday!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


image via Kiss The Groom


I'm in dire need of help... I am craving something sweet and there aren't any sweets near where I am! What is a girl to do? When in need, get creative! So I pop over to the blog world and feast my sweet desires upon beautiful images to fill me up instead. And hey, they are sugar free!

a feast for the eyes and the mouth I'm sure... ombre cake anyone?

a pretty box of miniature succulents will do.
zooey deshanel... i adore you in that skirt.

red velvet whoopie pies, yes please!

sugary hearts on coffee rims. brilliant.
all images can be found via pinterest on my pinboards.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I'm sure most of you know that I am a little bit more than obsessed with reading wedding blogs... they are my daily inspirations of color, fashion, design and most importantly - love. So, I've decided to start posting every Wednesday from here on out something that has to do with weddings: dresses, jewelry, floral arrangements, engagement sessions, wedding blogs and real weddings. I would love for any of you to share with me YOUR wedding obsessions too. Email me ANYTHING to jamie@jamieloop.com, subject: wedding wednesday.

{BTW, I am TOTALLY aware that I am posting this on a Thursday - lol - but it just came to me in my sleep last night, which was on a Wednesday so it kinda counts.}

So todays post is about this stunner right here. It is a wedding featured on my most favorite blog Green Wedding Shoes. I can only imagine from this one snippet of the couple's day how magical it must have been.

{love love LOVE that dessert table with the burlap/linen feel}

Venue: Cauley Square, Miami, Florida

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


My goodness its getting hot in Los Angeles! Can you smell summer coming around the corner like I can? I have been a California girl my whole life, but since moving to Beverly Hills - and dating Andrew - I am noticing the weather patterns more and more every day. Last night I had a hard time falling asleep without a ceiling fan, and I actually turned on the air conditioning at POM POM today for the first time since I've started this job because it was so warm.

So while I'm inside working and typing away what is it like out there? Anyone going to the beach or for a walk in the park like I'd like to do?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I have been smitten for quite some time with this trend of textured bedding. It seems that the new patterned duvet these days is actually various ruffles and stitching of the same color to give that wonderful lived in and romantic look for your bedroom. In my opinion, there is no better place in the home {other than the kitchen} than a beautifully arranged and welcoming bedroom.

{This one reminds me of the ruffles on an old 70's tuxedo shirt with that brown trim!}

My current bed is a soft gray linen upholstered headboard and railings with nailhead trim that can be dressed up in any color and fabric. I'm thinking I may just have to break down and purchase one of these stunning duvets so I too can lounge and sleep with sweet ruffly dreams. And how fun would it be to mix and match the same color palette but with different textures!?!

images 1 + 2 via West Elm

images 3 - 5 Anthropologie