1. I’ve admired this art series for a while, but it’s so clever that it’s worth highlighting even now. Check out Paris versus New York for apt comparisons on the differing lifestyles between the two fabulous cities. I’m on the prowl for other art efforts that have spawned from this idea. Below are examples from China versus Germany and “Copy Writer versus Art Director” (advertising reference).

Paris versus New York:

A hipster / Un Bobo

Paris versus New York:

Paris versus New York:

Germany versus China (The Child):

german vs chinese family

Germany versus China (At Restaurants):

chinese vs german restaurant

Copy Writer versus Art Director:

2. The Olympics inspire so much emotion and reflection. Here are some fascinating infographics courtesy of my roomie. First is the evolution of Olympic bodies. Nothing like seeing an awesomely strong female swimmer/bballer/vballer/rower to boost my self confidence!


Second is a visual socio-political comparison of the various continents.

3. List of Olympic crushes in no particular order.

“Flying Squirrel” Gabby Douglas

Silas Stafford – Rowing Pair (aka my sister’s great friend from college)

Lolo Jones (L-o-l-o, Lolo, Lolo, L-o-l-o)

Nathan Adrian

“The Flying Dutchman” Epke Zonderland. You’ve got to check out his spectacular routine.

4. Another roomie reference. I know she’s a fan of this quote and I recently came across it again. It just speaks to me man!

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh…” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road

5. Creative business cards


1. I’ve already mentioned stone fruit pies, but I do truly love them and are such a happy part of summer. I was feeling uber productive this morning and actually baked a peach/plum/nectarine pie (sort of like this, but I didn’t follow one particular recipe) before I ever even walked into the office! Popped it in the oven before I went out on my run, and then when I got back I roasted zucchini and squash while the pie cooled. I wanted to make use of fruit and veggies I had on hand before I leave for SF to reunite with my basketball buds. 



2. I randomly follow this DIY/interior design/student blogger from University of Iowa. She posted these two photos recently and I just want to be transported. I don’t know their origin or location. 

3. Instagram Founders like Kinfolk. Plus, founder Kevin Systrom is 6’5″ (and also attached). 

4. Love this organic idea. Let the branches’ create an abstract masterpiece

Pinned Image

5. Homare Sawa (Japanese women’s soccer player goddess and veteran) made a bold statement that it’s outrageous that the men’s team sat in first class on their way to London while the women (most recent World Cup champions) were relegated to economy. Way to speak out for women’s rights Homare! (Shameless plug here – Homare attended a Washington Freedom dinner at my parent’s house, and she and my mom once shopped at Costco together because Homare didn’t have a car).

Abby Wambach and Homare Sawa - Japan v USA: FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Final 


1. Nothing beats sharing a meal with friends/new friends. Here are innovative ways to leverage social networking with Kinfolk types: Curated Table, Zokos, Grubwithus, Chaos Cooking

2. I have so many t-shirts, but I always gravitate toward the cut-off ones because they let my shoulders be free. I should cut up a bunch of shirts, maybe even go sporty/sexy like this one. (PS It’s always shittier in Whittier, if you didn’t already know).

3. It’s always sunny in Mar Vista (learn some nifty facts about my home, as well as the non-logical boundaries of Culver City). The hand-drawn map reminds me to continue with my idea to make a visitor’s guide for our recent Couch Surfers. 

4. My sister sent me info about the Bungalow‘s opening next Friday. Maybe I’ll take Andra when she’s in town. It looks like Santa Monica meets Martha’s Vineyard. 

5. Awesome


1. Best Pie in LA 

2. Zucchini ideas. I can do more than just roast them?

3. Grapefruit Mint Fizz. Sounds like a summery version of my newly official well drink, the Greyhound. 

4. Kitchn always has great content. Check out this rainbow chard, beet, and goat cheese salad! I definitely starred these entries more than other posts on my Reader this morning (I linked Google Reader with Flipboard and was ever so content during our hour long Monday morning status, where I just sit and stay silent).

5. Team One was honored with Media Plan of the Year by Adweek! Not too shabby to add to our Cannes Silver Lion and Ad Age’s Best Places to Work ranking of 12. 2012 has been a good year for the agency.


1. Magnetic mini succulent garden

2. Burmese Gin Thoke Melon Salad, oh yeh.

3. I’d probably be a Pantone-OO-O

4. Nifty ways to combine my knack for taking photos from above and my love of interior design

5. Mini Munchies

July 18 musings…

1. Raspberry and nutella smores
2. The inspiration for my fortune cookie card for a co-worker
3.LA’s 20 most iconic dishes. I’ve only been to 8 of them
4. Stephen idea: Fried Chicken Sat/Sun at A-Frame for $18 + $10 bottomless mug of Hite beer. Or maybe you can hit up Corner Door for your booze.
5. LA mid-point idea: Umamicatessan (I’m pretty sure it’s party of the Umami chain?) Happy Hour Mon – Fri, 4-7pm / What to eat: $5 short rib sliders, $5 truffle sliders, $6 bacon wrapped dogs with peppers and chipotle cream, $5 noBLT w/ crispy chicken skin, and half off 1oz servings of domestic hams / What do drink: $5 draft beers, $5 wells / Umamicatessen / 852 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles / 213.413.8626 / http://www.umami.com/umamicatessen

On her blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, Angeleno Emily Schuman features a column titled “Five Things.” I like the simplicity of the idea, with no pressure to build up my thought process or incorporate smooth transitions. So here it goes….

1. Peach and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake – Martha Stewart + Abridged Recipe. Can any of our skillets work in the oven? 2. I will not give up my dream of a lovely back “patio” party. Here and Here

3. My CMC friend Aisha and her fiance have apparently been traveling in Colombia. Here’s a great pic of “wax palms” in Valle de Cocora. If the link doesn’t go through, check out this Lonely Planet post
4. Maison Giraud croissants. I was on OKCupid for a hot second last night and came across a 6’2″ 24 yr old Frenchman in SM. Maybe he’d fancy a conversation session with LA’s best croissants?
5. I figured out what Transition Mar Vista is – it’s a branch of the larger Transition movement which aims to transition us off of oil dependency. Who wudda thunk it?

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July 20 

1. 50 Strangers, 50 Meals, 1 Cool Idea.
2. Strawberry biscuits
3. This blogger says Proof is her favorite LA bakery – another reason to go to Atwater Village!
4. Warm lentil salad with poached eggs. I’d like to be poach master.
5. LA Sprint Triathlon. I want to be a tri master even more.