New Dreams

After a couple days of traveling, getting back to work and getting situated into regular life again, I have finally gotten around to really thinking about the year ahead. About all of my new dreams for 2012. 2011 was an interesting and completely game changing year for me and helped me start to get some clarity on the life I’d like to create for myself as I head into my 27th year.

I’ve got big dreams for this year, because what is life without big dreams for yourself? And 2012 will be all about working toward making them come true, because what are big dreams worth without execution? Mine are all about the biggies: Mind, body and spirit, my career, my relationships and oh yes, this blog. Yep, I’ve got big plans for this blog coming up, get ready.

what are your big new dreams for 2012?

And as always, thanks for reading this blog, I appreciate each and every one of you, you’re helping my dreams come true. I hope you continue to enjoy! ♥♥

*photo source


stop and start

I love these black and white photographs of Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger. It’s so sad he’s gone from us. Their love…. its heartbreaking..

Has anyone seem ‘My Week with Marilyn’? I’d love to hear what you think

**photos by Dutch husband-and-wife team Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin via

twilight fever

Guess what I am seeing tonight? Totally excited. Bring on the Vampire baby making.

photos from the December 2008 issue of Vanity Fair (I remember when this came out! I was all about it and loved this spread) – right before the first movie opened. Look at baby Jacob!

daydreaming in san francisco

At least every couple of months I like to take a lazy Sunday when I have no other plans, grab a friend and just walk around San Francisco a bit in a state of daydream, taking pictures of things that inspire me. It reminds me of how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful city (and why my rent is so high) with so many cool and interesting neighborhoods, shops and restaurants.  Being appreciative is always a good thing, as is getting inspired by the beauty around you. And I know this DVN quote has been making its rounds in the blog world, but I just couldn’t resist incorporating it in this post because I love it and its message so much. The world would be such a more boring place without a little imagination, right?

*all photographs by me

glitter pumpkins

I decided to create some festive glitter pumpkin decor for my kitchen table the other night (last minute, I know…). Inspired by DIYers Martha Stewart (the OG), Grace of Stripes & Sequins and the Glitter Guide. I used simple gold and silver and I think they’re pretty cute!

hello friday

the weekend – it’s here! we’ve arrived!

Do you have any fun plans? I am thinking of partaking in some vintage shopping…keep on the lookout for my potential shopping scores here! xx


p.s. aren’t my mom’s vintage rock earrings i stole from her super cool?

back in action

well hey there everyone!

it has been awhile, but i am now officially back in action here after a little break. it was a busy july for me with trips to LA, Seattle, the east coast and just recently, Santa Barbara. me and the SF airport were BFFs!  Now I am back in SF for a while, staying put. I have officially put my suitcase back in my closet and unpacked my makeup. I’m also back to working full 5 day weeks, which my boss is pretty happy about (boo i’m not). anyhoot i have lots of fun things planned for this blog this week – sneak peek photo above –  so be sure to check back!

oh and p.s. happy august! (how did that happen?)

xx, tara

and then it was monday

fashion’s picasso

On Tuesday, I finally made it to ‘Balenciaga and Spain’ exhibit at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, on a field trip with work.  I adored the exhibit, I really couldn’t get enough. I found myself just standing there and staring at his work, in awe. I actually didn’t know that much about Mr. Balenciaga and loved learning about his life and work. This specific exhibit was concentrated on the fashion he created in the late 50s and early 60s, which was really fun to see. Cue adorable 3 piece suits with long line pencil skirts and cropped jackets as well as empire waisted gowns. And of course there was the Spain effect: nods to Flamenco dancers’ flouncy and flower adorned costumes and Bullfighter beaded boleros and capes. I was in awe of the silks he used: Shantung, Raw, Douppioni, Crepe – I had never seen these so lush and up close and personal. And then there was the embroidery and beading, done meticulously by hand by the best couture house in Europe. Incredible. It seems like clothes are just not made the same these days. A fun fact I learned is that Cristóbal Balenciaga actually invented the Pill Box hat, made famous by Jackie Kennedy. He was a devout Spanish Catholic and the pill box was inspired by the Cardinal hat.

Technically, photos were not allowed in the exhibit, but I snuck a few pics to share with you here. Please excuse the blurry quality, I was trying to be fast and stealth!

It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)

Chambers Eat + Drink in the Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

be amazing

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