Saturday, April 13, 2019

Morro Bay's Otter Love

Don't these little furry sea creatures just make you smile? 

Tom and I hopped in our new Mini Cooper and drove down to the the Central Coast a few weeks ago. Our California coastal spring has been nothing but windy with sideways rain (ick), and we were trying to escape for our anniversary in search of some sunshine. After two days of rain, wind and fog, the sun peeked out on Sunday morning. Yay!


Tom and I grabbed our coffee cups and walked over to the boardwalk that surrounds the harbor in Morro Bay, then we spied these cute sea otters accompanied by their adorable pups playing in the bay. What a show they put on for us! 




Highly recommend Morro Bay for a visit - so much to see and do! Surfing, whale watching tours, fishing, wind surfing, wine tasting, fun boutique shopping, several yummy bakeries and incredible beaches for long walks. I may have come home with a pile of really cool sea glass.. 


Don't get me started on the HUGE California sea lions that cruise the bay - they are magnificent! 




It is absolutely one of our favorite spots on the California Coast! Not a bad spot to spend an anniversary too....





Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quinn Sharp - Beach Jewelry Extraordinaire!


Meet my friend and fellow entrepreneur Quinn Sharp; I think her jewelry is absolutely stunning and perfectly made for beach girls like me. (and you!) Quinn creates gorgeous, lightweight carefully hand-crafted pieces that allow the delicate jewels to flash in the sunlight.  I promise you will love her jewelry as much as I do!

We both live and work in Half Moon Bay and have both been inspired to create businesses that reflect our lives by ocean, so it was a natural that we became friends.  Quinn and I met on Instagram, of all places, and we now try to make a habit of meeting every month or so for "girl boss" talks and coffee (and maybe a few pastries...) in between our crazy business and family schedules. But, seriously, not only is my friend Quinn's handmade jewelry incredible, she is too.

Here's her story:


The beach is where I am most comfortable and feel most at home. Having grown up in the beach cities of Southern California, it's obvious where my love of the ocean began. It is where I go for peace, rejuvenation, and inspiration.



From SoCal, I moved to the Hawaiian Islands and graduated from the University of Hawaii. I met and married my husband who is Active Duty Coast Guard. I have been a Coast Guard wife for 17 years and love our military life experiences and adventures!  Being a military family, we constantly move every few years. 


I found my passion of jewelry design while we were stationed in Humboldt County, Northern California. It began with a few basic jewelry making courses.  I further studied metalsmith for jewelry design at College of the Redwoods.



Each piece is handmade and completely inspired by the ocean and elements of nature, where the balance between mental, physical, and spiritual well-being come together. 


The landscape of the places, the people and cultures I have met along the way have greatly influenced my style of jewelry design. Military life has its challenges, and our family of five fully embraces the lifestyle, always taking advantage of the adventures that each new place brings us.




I hope you are inspired by this free-spirited jewelry for the modern-day gypsy!


I confess.. I wear my Gold and Seafoam Tear Drop Hoop Earrings ALL of the time! They are so gorgeous and I get so many compliments every time I put them on. 


You need a pair of her earrings too - Check Quinn's Website for all of her jewelry designs - super affordable and irresistible!


Quinn Sharp Jewelry Designs - http://www.quinnsharp.com



You can also find Quinn on Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/simplyquinns/

Enjoy browsing Quinn Sharp's Designs!



Friday, January 11, 2019

Coastal Inspired by Indigo Blue


Indigo Blue... alluding to a shipboard romance

The deep blue of stormy seas...

the inky blue-blackness of a moonlit night...

inspired by Pacific Coast found seashells...

Mystery....

Love...

What can I say?  I am crazy about the richness of Indigo Blue!  Here are ten rooms that I have been saving to show you all what I mean - what do you think? Could you try this look in your home?  Maybe just one wall? Or maybe just part of the wall?  We would so love to know!











All sources and links can be found on our Indigo Blue Pinterest Board - hop over there and take a peek!



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