monica is…all about that plant life.

purple house plantso after a stressful start to the year (some swift changes were made to get back on track!), i decided that i really wanted to commit to “relaxing”. although it is not always easy to get back & simplify, it was an important thing i wanted to at least try to do. i shifted my diet, exercise came back into my life, & gardening. yes, gardening. as a child, it was a first love and something that was a fun thing to do with my family. we were & still are a lover of plants, the outdoors, & anything your bare hands can cultivate and grow. after i was given a small pot with the most amazing specimen of succulent, alas the desire came back! its the little things. i’m a few weeks into my hobby & now my fashion haunts have turned into lowes trips, which i’m loving more everyday…

a beautiful mess

image from a beautiful mess

 from the brickhouse

image from the brickhouse


image from the brickhouse

image from the brickhouse
image from the brickhouse


summer loving…


perhaps the gloomy weather looming around the la skies, has me day dreaming of pool parties & sweet cocktails. the past few weeks have been quite exhausting & i’m dying for some mind clearing relaxation. you ever have those moments where everything that feels “just right” just doesn’t? it happens. no matter how “perfect” it may seem. i’m trying to move past those minor failures & stay onward. so, palm springs is my immediate “run to”. something about that place is magical, old school, & enchanting. i wanna hop in my car and just drive…palmsprings1palm springs4palmsprings6palm springs5palmsprings3


stop and smell the roses…



because life gets a little cray, when your typing away! 

ralph lauren spring 2013…


everytime i’m out shopping or around town, i keep thinking about this specific ralph lauren collection from his spring 2013 runway show. the colors, the flowiness of the fabrics & the bold shots of color. i’m on the hunt for things that remind me of these girls. being a lover of winter, i’m sort of shocked i’m welcoming the warm weather for a chance to wear something reminiscent a spring/summer in spain… bougainvilleas & sangria anyone?  

untold la by jett loe…

when i tell people where i live, most pause & give me a half smile. Yes, i live in south la, yup that south la. “is it safe? aren’t there shootings all the time?” time after time, it’s those questions that constantly remind me about the stigma that was left behind from the riots & media smears, but the truth is there is something special that most will never understand. the west adams area although riddled with old wounds & faded stories is also a wonderland of magical history & where i have lived for more than 20 years. this area is my home, & like most la neighborhoods it’s not all shiny & new, but i can appreciate the architecture, the culture, & the streets. where else other than the south can you see this concentration of hundreds of unique homes; from wikipedia–“queen anne, shingle, gothic revival, transitional arts and crafts, american craftsman/ultimate bungalow, craftsman bungalow, colonial revival, renaissance revivalmediterranean revival, spanish colonial revival, mission revivalegyptian revival, beaux-arts and neoclassical styles”

so, when i heard about jett loe’s kickstarter project untold la (which has now been fully funded!) i grew with excitement that somebody had grown to love this place like many others & myself. i loved the idea of showcasing (in ipad form of course!) these history-rich neighborhoods, into something many generations will cherish & appreciate to come!  

my own shot of the “six feet under” house. i love walking near here…