13 November 2014

OJAI TRAVEL GUIDE // FROM A LOCAL



Yes that's right, here is the Ojai insiders guide you've been asking for. At least once a month I get an email from a friend or blog reader asking where to stay and what to do in Ojai. Their seems to be a new guide or article written about Ojai weekly and I can't say my guide is any different. It is however more extensive than most and written by someone who grew up there. 
Ojai has changed quite a bit since I was a child. Growing up it was a hippie town, where you knew practically everyones name and could leave your car door unlocked. A place that drew all sorts of creative and spiritual types. I guess none of that has changed exactly, but It got a little more conservative somewhere in there and now I think it is having a little bohemian resurgence. Young people are realizing what a wonderful oasis it is less than two hours from Los Angeles and therefor it's becoming, dare I say, hip. Not to get ahead of myself here. It still has a ways to go. Well known actors and musicians are moving here to get away from the city life and it seems to be "the" place to get married these days. 
I feel really lucky to have been raised in such a sweet town. I also feel lucky that my parents still call this place home and I get to spend holidays here and visit whenever I like. People ask me if I mind that it is getting more and more popular, but truthfully I am glad. With popularity comes cuter shops and better restaurants. Here are some of my favorites below.

more after the jump...

29 October 2014

SWEET SOUND// 27


1. Panda Bear //Faces in the Croud
2. Mac Demarco // Brother
3. Blood Orange // It Is What It Is
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr // James Dean
5. Hozier // From Eden
6. Spoon // Inside Out
7. Mutual Benefit// Advanced Falconry
8. Alt-J // Bloodflow pt II
9. Phantogram // Fall in Love
10. Glasser // Apply
11. FKA Twigs // Two Weeks
12. Zola Jesus // Dangerous Days
13. Fool's Gold // I'm in Love (poolside remix)
14. Geographer // Kites
15. Deers // Banboo
16. La Luz // Morning High
17. Vows // Ghost Years
18. The New Pornographers // Champions of Red Wine

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}


This mix is long overdue, which is why it's my longest yet. These are all the songs that have been on repeat these last few months. Many of my favorite artists recently put out new albums and a few are new discoveries. I hope you enjoy!

23 October 2014

EPIC 48


Last month I got to spend a weekend with Refinery29 for Secret Deodorant's Epic48, in my beautiful city Los Angeles. I road my bike to the farmer's market, picked up plants from my favorite plant store, had friends over for dinner in my backyard, went up to the Griffith Observatory and ended it all by watching the sunset at the beach. Of course we had a crazy heatwave that weekend with temps somewhere around 105. Not ideal or very fall-like, but we made the best of it. 


13 June 2014

SNAP CLASS! | LOS ANGELES


Our second Snap Class! Los Angeles took place at the very cool Fifth photo studio in the Arts District. All of the lovely props and accessories were provided by Harmony Creative
Our friends at Sugarfina provided the students with the equally beautiful and delicious candies

more after the jump... 

14 May 2014

SWEET SOUND // 26


1. Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks // Little Fang
2. Temples // Shelter Song
3. Smith Westerns // White Oath
4. Talking Heads // Road To Nowhere
5. Widowspeak // Gun Shy
6. The Morning Benders // Wet Cement
7. Dr. Dog // The Truth
8. The Horrors // So Now You Know
9. Little Dragon // Let Go
10. De Lux // Brighter End Of Dark
11. Sylvan Esso // Coffee

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}

This mix is the epitome of summer. It's light, it's dreamy, it makes me want to hop in the car and head to the beach. It's the perfect accompaniment to your Memorial Day plans, whatever they may be. Please enjoy!


15 April 2014

SWEET SOUND // 25


1. La Femme // It's Time To Wake Up
2. Misun // Travel With Me
3. Little Dragon // Klapp Klapp
4. Future Islands // Light House
5. Mr. Little Jeans // Good Mistake 
6. Lana Del Rey // West Coast
7. Meshell Ndegeocello // Oysters
8. James Vincent McMorrow // Gold
9. Lykke Li // Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone
10. On an On // Every Song
11. Flume & Chet Faker // Drop the Game
12. Big Data // Dangerous
13. RAC & Katie Herzig // We Belong

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}


I have a new mix for you. This is a fun one. It makes me want to do some major car dancing. Had to throw in a few mellow songs as well to even it out. I hope you enjoy!


14 April 2014

GUEST POST // LARK & LINEN


I am guest posting today for the lovely Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen while she's in Mexico. I am sharing some scenes and thoughts from my weekend. I hope you'll check it out. 

12 March 2014

SWEET SOUND // 24


1. Beck // Blue Moon
2. St. Vincent // Prince Johnny
3. Volcano Choir // Comrade
4. Blood Orange // You're Not Good Enough
5. Hospitality // Last Words
6. Future Islands // Seasons
7. Broken Bells // After The Disco
8. Metronomy // I'm Aquarius
9. Warpaint // Disco/Very
10. Flume // Sleepless
11. Hozier // Take Me To Church
12. 1,2,3 // Work
13. Mikal Cronin // Weight

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}


Wow, two blog posts in one week! Unbelievable, I know. Anyway, here is a mix for ya. It's all new music I've been listening to these last few months. Some really good stuff in here guys. Enjoy!

11 March 2014

WANTED // BLACK


one. zimmermann wrap top
two. kathleen whitaker ear cuff
three. illesteva frieda
four. mansur gavriel bucket bag
five. rachel comey jumpsuit
six. madewell leather vest
seven. avarcas
eight. watch
nine. rag & bone jumpsuit

Just a few pretty things I've been eyeing. Craving simple, modern silhouettes this spring and clearly a lot of black. 


19 February 2014

SNAP CLASS! | SAN FRANCISCO


San Francisco was such a fun and welcoming city to have our first out of town Snap Class! 
In the morning we had the most delicious pastries from Craftsman & Wolves. Hunt and Gather Rentals provided all the cute serveware and props for the food

more after the jump...

05 February 2014

SWEET SOUND // 23


1. Beachwood Sparks // Forget This Song
2. Jake Bugg // Me And You
3. Father John Misty // O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me
4. Dan Auerbach // When The Night Comes
5. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss // Killing The Blues
6. Bon Iver // Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
7. Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros // Man on Fire
8. My Morning Jacket // Wonderful
9. Kings of Leon // Last Mile Home (acoustic)
10. The Envy Corp // The Cursing Choir
11. First Aid Kit // Emmylou
12. The Fleet Foxes // Lorelai
13. Dr Dog // Distant Light
14. Daniel Rossen // Silent Song
15. Matt Costa // Ophelia
16. Nick Drake // Pink Moon
17. Sharon Van Etten // All I Can
18. The Tallest Man on Earth // To Just Grow Away
19. Jim James // A New Life
20. Phosphorescent // Ride On/Right On

{listen on spotify or 8tracks}

If you've listened to my mixes, you know I am a big fan of indie rock and indie electro, but deep down my favorite music tends to have a folky sound. It's the kind of music you sing around the campfire, it's the kind of music that is part of our history and makes us feel connected. I put together a mix of some of my favorite modern folk(y) music for you. It's a long one, I hope you enjoy!

20 January 2014

SNAP CLASS! | LOS ANGELES


Our first Snap Class! was held at the beautiful Beachwood StudiosGeronimo Balloons was sweet enough to give us a bunch of balloons to decorate the space
Disregarden provided all the furniture, accessories and fun vintage props for the students to photograph

more after the jump...

01 January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR & A SNAP CLASS! GIVEAWAY


To celebrate the New Year and Snap Class! Kim and I are giving away 1 spot to our LA Snap Class! on January 11th to one lucky Sweet Thing reader. We will be teaching all kinds of photography techniques and post processing tricks. All you have to do is sign up below. You can even get extra entires for tweeting about it and following us on all of our social media channels. A winner will be chosen at random and announced here on Sweet Thing on January 8th 10am PST. For more info on Snap Class! check out our website here

*$375 Value (travel & hotel not included) Snap Class! will be held in Los Angeles on January 11th 9am-5pm. One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday January 8th at 10AM PST. The winner will be announced on Sweet Thing

THE WINNER IS RYANN MOORE! CONGRATS RYANN!!


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17 December 2013

AUTUMN ORCHARD


These were also taken over Thanksgiving weekend in Ojai. I clearly have a fascination with fruit trees. Fall colors are so captivating. 

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