Tuesday, August 30, 2011

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a women is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

- Sam Levenson

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Shenanigans in Malibu

My favorite nutritionist Jen Katz and I had the BEST weekend in Malibu. After lunch at Gjelina's in Venice, we headed up to Malibu for the night. We woke up to clear skies and headed straight to the beach!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


The food is AMAZING. I can't stop thinking about the salted caramel pot de creme. Perfect summer time spot. Lovely lovely lovely place. Thank you Gjelina!

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
T: 1.310.450.1429

Friday, August 26, 2011

Your Mission 08.26.11

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Go an afternoon without technology. Go ahead... leave the house and enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend cell phone free.
2) Give 3 genuine compliments.
3) Give the gift of experience, not stuff. This weekend, choose a loved one and think of an experience you can give them. A date with you, doing something fun, hanging out, cooking, playing, talking, playing games, exploring, a fun time at a park or beach. Something other than everyday shenanigans. An experience is much more meaningful than an object and it also builds connectedness which can keep you happy, healthy and young at heart.

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Create by Faith Ford with love

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Proven

Tree hugging, that much maligned hippy generation idea, has now been shown to have scientific validity after all. Contrary to popular belief, touching a tree does make you healthier. In fact you don’t even have to touch the tree to get better, just being within its vicinity has the same effect.

In a in recent publications, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees improve many health issues such as; mental illnesses, ADHD, concentration levels, reaction times, depression and the ability to alleviate headaches.

Countless studies have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological effects in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants. They demonstrate that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Read more...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Abominable Snow Mansion

{photo via Mike Hiran}

The Abominable Snow Mansion
Hostel - Arroyo Seco
476 New Mexico 150
Taos, New Mexico 87571
(505) 776-8298

The Abominable Snow Mansion is a charming Hostel in the heart of the adorable Spanish village of Arroyo Seco. It has a fun and friendly atmosphere, with several sleeping arrangements such as cabins, camping, private rooms, dorms or teepees! There is also a spectacular vegetable garden - where you can pick farm-fresh veggies for a very small fee. The staff is knowledgeable, patient and lovely. It's a hostel, so go, have fun, and meet some new people. Promise me if you do go, you'll stop by The Taos Cow Ice Cream Scoop Shop, Cafe and Dell. I think you'll like it!

Rio Grande

Katie Herzig - Hey Na Na

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Mexico

Welcome to New Mexico! My mother and I drove down to New Mexico for a Wild Food and Medicinal Plant Festival, put on by the Oso Negro School. This photo was taken just as we drove into Arroyo Seco, a adorable little town just outside of Taos.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hammerpress - Kansas City, MO

I absolutely adore Hammerpress design studio and I think you will too. Based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Each card, invitation, personal stationary, custom business card, poster, etc. are all created on recycled paper and are printed on a antique letterpress printing machine. So go... check 'em out at www.hammerpress.net

A Little Bird that starts with an Arrow

Janelle Monáe - Tightrope

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Small Town Adventures

It's been pretty non-stop since I arrived in Colorado on Thursday. Today has been no exception, my Aunt Anne and I rode bikes to Palmer Lake's Chautauqua festival. We found ourselves talking with an American Indian as he gave us a tour of his teepee. As we continued our adventure around the lake, we found ripe chokecherries to pick. (I think we're going to make jam!) On the way home we stopped at the town hall for an Ice cream social. I love small-town adventures!

Palmer Lake, Co

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Warner Bros. Prop House

One of my favorite things about Los Angeles and my job is finding myself all over town in the most random locations. Today, I spent a good portion of my day downtown in the LA Flower Mart, which is one of my absolute favorite 'me' places, and the Warner Bros. Prop House, where I love getting lost - it's like a museum and flea market all in one. Where is your favorite random Los Angeles location?

The Lace Project

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Farm Fresh To You

Recently, my friend Olivia Frisbie and I signed up for a terrific service provided by Farm Fresh to You; a California based co-op of farmers who deliver to your door your choice of seasonal, organic and locally grown produce. Today was my first delivery. Pretty Awesome!

Plastic Bags Suck

Each year the U.S uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.

Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth; originating from japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. Try Furoshiki wrapping using a large silk scarf or a beautiful square piece of vintage fabric. Reusable bags, such as furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ice Capades

Flavored Ice Cubes. For a Passion Fruit & Basil Cube, Mix juice with chopped fresh basil cube. Serve with seltzer for the non-alcohol-drinkers. A Ginger & Honey cube, made with equal parts water, honey, and grated ginger, complements a vodka tonic. I also like the look of an oversize, irregular chunk of ice. Just freeze water in a loaf pan and use an ice pick to break off pieces.

Weekend Shenanigans

Holy weekend shenanigans! I spent a good portion of the last few days in front of a camera, first helping my friend Nehemias out with his inspirational spot, shot in the Malibu Hills. Above is a photo from our friend Natalie's Surprise Birthday - I have to say it was one of the best Sundays I've had in a long time. Starting at the top left corner: Jasmine Safaeian, Hana Pestle, Jessica Crum (pink hat), Faith Ford, and Aleeza. Photo by Daniel Moody.

Kings Of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You

My friend Jen Katz, shared this sweet little video with me this weekend, and I thought I would share it with you. Hope you're having a lovely Monday. xoxo