Thursday, September 30, 2010


Living under the Hollywood sign can have its ups and downs.  Like most Hollywood Hills residents, I have been known to spend my days giving directions to the infamous sign and navigating my way through the traffic caused by the slow moving "Stars Homes" Tour buses.

All inconveniences aside, I just adore my neighborhood and yesterday afternoon was one of those days that made me realize how lucky I am to live where I do.  We were hit by a surprise rain/thunder and lightening storm right at sunset.  After a few scorching hot days, the sudden cool showers pouring from the pink skies were nothing short of breathtaking!  There were rumblings of thunder in the distance and flashes of light over the hills, all to be tied up beautifully by an epic rainbow...

So, Mother Nature, life has been pretty rough over the past few days with your triple digit souring temperatures... but that was quite a show you put on. Your beauty is nothing short of awe inspiring and you are well and truly forgiven! 

love tash xo

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Awake my soul

Firstly, are any of you out there familiar with Mumford and Sons? If not, I suggest you run, not walk, run and buy their album... It's seriously food for your soul.

The past couple of days have been absolute scorchers here in LA, reaching degrees that are far from friendly {110 and higher}. Some of my dearest girlfriends and I decided to take a late night trip to Malibu to dip our toes into the ocean and feel the cool sea breezes against our heat exhausted and stifled skin.
"Lend me your eyes, I can change what you see, but your soul you must keep totally free"

"in these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die, where you invest your love, you invest your life"

With all of the windows down, the wind in our hair and our favorite tunes blasting, it wasn't long until we found our secret location. Expecting to find the usual emptiness of our special spot, we were shocked to find that someone had already discovered it for themselves.... and we couldn't have been happier about it!

"and now my heart now stumbles on things I don't know, this weakness I feel I must finally show"

A fire dancer! I have a fabulous video that has had a little trouble uploading, so I'll definitely try again later.  In the sand, under the stars with the cool breeze thankfully taking away the restlessness of heat, we watched her dance around the beach as our bodies reached a bearable temperature.

"you were made to meet your maker"

As we found our way back to Hollywood through the freeways and the some what quiet streets of LA, the ride home was filled with more words and tunes from our favorite bands... and will remain to be one of my top 10 nights. ever. 

xo tash

Monday, September 27, 2010

oh... you again.

When you're used to hanging out with your girlfriend in sweats and ordering pizza,  it's surreal to watch her shed her comfy getup and transform into a breathtaking movie star. I definitely have those moments where I look at her in all of her splendor and think "who on Earth are you?" When strangers are suddenly screaming her name and there's enough light bulb flashes to bring on some kind of seizure, I'm immediately reminded of this other life that she so gracefully leads; the life of glitz, glamour and stardom.

Life in the limelight brings to mind many of the glamorous perks that come with it, however let me tell you the reality of it all can be a little unnerving.  I gotta give it to my beautiful friend, she takes all of it in her stride and remains to be one of the coolest, down to Earth people I know.

With a lot of wonderful things happening in her life right now this is certainly her time to shine... and I couldn't be prouder of what she's accomplished and the good person and friend that she continues to be. 

pics taken from the premiere of You Again with my iPhone

If you haven't seen it yet and feel like a good laugh you have to check it out! With an EPIC cast and all the charm and wit in the world, it's one of those movies that you'll want to have in your personal library.

Have you seen it? What was your favorite part?

xox tash

p.s. sorry for being MIA last week! But I'm back and can't wait to see what you've all been up to :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

farewell sweet Canada

Military green, a chunky knit and a messy fishtail braid; these are all the things that made me feel like I was Fall's friend yesterday.  I am bound for LA this morning.... Back to warmer weather and colder realities, but it's life nonetheless and I can't run away forever.

trailers on set
itty bitty baby squirrel

Vancouver, you have been like a soft place to land. Thank you for the beautiful people I have met and your breathtaking surroundings. You were like a warm and waterproof blanket on an icy, wet day. We will meet again, of that I am certain.

love tash 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Life's Little Lessons

"Some people think of dressing up or being polite as a burden. They think having to wear a tie or use the right fork or send a thank you card is a kind of shackle. To these people I say: Getting out of bed is a shackle. If you feel that way, stay in it! Invest in a hospital gurney and wheel yourself around on it when you need to go out."
- Tim Gunn

I just couldn't help but laugh at this when I spotted it on You Are My Fav.  

xo tash

p.s. I have been so moved by all of your kind comments. What a group of beautiful people that have gathered here huh?! I'm truly grateful.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I'm trusting that most of you have seen this - mind you it takes a little bit of time to upload and only works if you have Google Chrome but if you do, it's SO worth it! I recommend you doing it right now!
!!!Spoiler Alert!!!
If you have seen it then you know about the part that asks you to write a note to your younger self. The music, the imagery it gets me every time. It's just so beautifully done.

me at around age 4

This morning I stumbled across these faux fur message boards {from this talented mama via Design Sponge} and I thought they were perfect! Such a great way to share messages with your friends, family or yourself and the perfect statement piece for the cooler months ahead.

What message would you leave for yourself?

xox tash

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

life unexpected

Warning, today's post is a little pensive cross section of my life at present. The fun fashion and highlights of Vancouver will definitely be coming. I'm just indulging in the thoughtfulness and aching of my heart as of late. 

Doing my morning blog reading {my favorite kind} I stumbled across this image. This beautiful blogger compiled 100's of her favorite memories and dreams for the future that she shared with her love and sealed them inside this bottle.  I love the idea that you can add to it over time or read them as you please... sigh.. I'm such a sappy romantic.

It's funny how life is made up of moments. Moments that ask you to define what kind of person you are, what kind of things you want for your life and that if all the noise and nonsense was taken away, what's truly important to you.  

Our response to particular moments define the nuts of bolts of who we are as individuals.  I honestly believe that if you have people in your life that value you as you value them and you share the same moral code, you'll only grow together. It won't always be easy, but you'll grow, together.

I've been having one of those "Jesus take the wheel' moments lately and just trusting that I will land wherever I am supposed to. I am grateful to be surrounded by love and friendship but boy oh boy this is certainly a 'moment.'

I know from one blogger to another how wonderful it feels to have a virtual circle of friends that I've lovingly referred to as 'floggers', {friends + bloggers}. I just want to thank everyone for your kind words.  This growing group is making my heart happy.

xo tash 

{pics were taken by me from the set of "Life Unexpected"}

Monday, September 13, 2010


Through an unexpected turn of events I found myself landing in Vancouver with my beautiful friend ready and waiting to catch me. Thank God for friends right?
I'm currently writing to you from the set of the tv show 'Life Unexpected', which is really quite apt when you think about it!  The weather here is perfectly fall. Rainy, cool, crisp and just utterly delightful.  I've been aching for some cozy weather lately and boy oh boy did I get what I asked for! Cozied up inside of a beautiful trailer parked by the water, complete with internet, working fire place and an all you can eat buffet, what more could a girl ask for?
Hope that everyone had a fabulous weekend and don't forget, if you're a fan of the show and want to ask any of the actors some questions {or you'd like to see what craft services looks like} ask away! I've got the in to get the scoop! 

lots of love,

tash xo

Friday, September 10, 2010


I know that the streets of LA and NY are buzzing with Fall fashions, but something else super important is happening tonight. Stand Up to Cancer is hosting a one hour, commercial free telecast to raise money for cancer research.  Many fabulous film and TV celebs like George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Renee Zellweger and one of my dearest friends Dave Annable from Brothers and Sisters, will all be on the line ready and waiting to take your donations!

So rather than buying those extra pair of over the knee socks or another piece of "must have" clothing, take a minute and think about the loved ones and families out there that would love to know that there's a community of people behind them and their quest for a cure.

Have a fabulous weekend my loves and can't wait to hear about all the wonderful things that this gorgeous fall weekend will bring you!

xo tash


One of my all time favorite home cooked meals is my turkey breast and quinoa stuffed peppers.  There's nothing like this hearty and healthy meal that just makes me feel good from the inside out.  It's filled with veggies, hearty grains and not only is it a crowd pleaser, it couldn't be easier to make!
3 cups of chicken stock {I prefer to use this kind}
1 1/2 cups of quinoa
1/2 yellow onion diced
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
3/4 lb of turkey breast
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 28 oz can of fire roasted whole tomatoes {I prefer these}
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
2 grated zucchini's
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese {if it's powdery it doesn't count}
salt and pepper
4 cups of warmed chicken stock
6 red peppers

Preheat oven to 350 F

Pre-make your Quinoa with the designated 3 cups of chicken stock and 1 1/2 cups of uncooked Quinoa. Follow cooking instructions and once cooked set aside.  Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in fry pan and fry onions until translucent then add garlic. Add turkey breast and cook until turkey is lightly browned. Add seasonings, Worcestershire, tomato paste and entire can of whole tomatoes. Break up with your spatula and incorporate ingredients into turkey and onion mixture.  Once thoroughly mixed, add grated zucchini's and salt and pepper. Add cooked Quinoa and cheese and taste for seasonings. Add whatever you need to make it delish and once fully incorporated set aside {suggestions, bay seasonings, paprika, chili powder, herbs de provence etc}.

Wash, slice off the tops and deseed peppers while maintaining shape and structure of these little vessels. Place them in a large baking dish. You may need to slice the bottoms ever so slightly to create stable bottoms for the peppers. Continue to fill peppers with your scrumptious turkey mixture until they're full to the top. Pour your warmed chicken stock into the bottom of this pepper filled baking dish, think of giving them a delicious little bath! Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and put in oven for 45 minutes.

After designated time, take baking dish out of oven and remove foil. Sprinkle extra parmesan cheese on top of peppers and put back inside the oven sans aluminum to bake for an extra 15 minutes.

Voila! A delicious and healthy dinner that will have your taste buds dancing in delight!

xo tash

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oh! J-hello San Francisco!

This is San Francisco. Made entirely out of Jell-O.... are you kidding me? No, I'm not!

 Liz Hickok is a San Francisco based artist whose latest work with Jell-O has the town talking and I can see why!

Liz's artist statement, "I create glowing, jellied scale models of urban sites, transforming ordinary physical surroundings into something unexpected and ephemeral. Lit from below, the molded shapes of the city blur into a jewel-like mosaic of luminous color and volume."

found via this artful lady

What do you think? What city would you like to see made out of Jell-O?

xo tash


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