I have been working with my husband on enhancing our bedroom since we’ve been married. He got a great start a couple of years ago when he decided to get all of our records in order by putting together shelving and created a wonderful wall space showcasing our love for music and travel. London, Paris and New York are always represented, because it’s so easy to find murals, maps and cityscapes of those major international cities. As much as I love those cities, especially London, I also adore my hometown of San Diego.
This San Diego city street map by Modern Map Art is the perfect way to incorporate my city into our decor, without detracting from the simplicity my husband and I crave. This print comes in four different colors, but this black & white version complements everything in our room, and I love that my hometown is beautifully represented. Pictured is the 16×20 version, but they come in five different sizes from 8×10 to 24×36. Modern Map Art has over 500 renderings of maps from all over the world, so I’m sure you can find one of your favorite city, or maybe for someone special as a gift.
Thank you Modern Map Art for the lovely print. It holds a pride of place in our room!
FTC Disclosure: I received product in exchange for a product review for Modern Map Art. Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.
I wish I could put *winky smiley face* in the title, but alas, I can’t! Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. I just started a new job, which is nearly 45 minutes away from home, so I’m trying to figure out a good time-table to do my outfit posts and other posts that I have to schedule throughout the week. I will most definitely post about something that I did attend recently, and I promise to do a full review:
I attended the Fifty Shades Darker movie premiere and masquerade ball in Los Angeles!
I am a long time fan of the franchise (some posts here, here, here and here), so I decided to enter a Fifty Shades Darker listing for the possibility to attend the premiere…just in case. Well, I received my invite earlier this week, made arrangements with my new job to leave for a half day and attended the event with my best friend, Janice! It was everything I hoped it would be, including an appearance by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Also, the movie is far better and more intense than I could have imagined. If anyone was doubtful of the chemistry between the main characters, this sequel will dispel all of that. It definitely goes where the original movie did not. Here’s a hint for those watching the movie next week (which includes myself, because I’ll be seeing it again, with my friend Zach): STAY THROUGH THE CREDITS, it will be SO worth it.
So again, pardon the interruption and I’ll be posting regularly again next week!
Can you believe Christmas is already this weekend? I received the last package today to complete our son’s Christmas present, in addition to finally sending out all of our holiday cards. One last thing we also took care of this week was Dominic’s traditional photo with Santa at Fashion Valley’s Santa Photo Experience. If you still need to take care of some last-minute shopping or get that photo with Santa, Fashion Valley will be open on Christmas Eve from 8am to 6pm. Fashion Valley always look beautiful during the holiday season. I’ve included some pictures of when Dominic and I attended their tree lighting ceremony last month.
Cheers and I wish you all a wonderful, healthy and safe holiday!
Dominic gets a kick out of taking pictures with any cast of characters. He was excited to learn that The Grinch knew about his favorite game, Fallout!
There’s always wonderful free snacks available at Fashion Valley’s Tree Lighting event!
Dominic thought long and hard about what he wanted to ask Santa for Christmas!
Santa helped to countdown the lighting of the tree!
After the tree was lit, everyone was invited for cookies and crafts!
Wishing you a Happy Holidays!
For the third year running, I humbly present again my last-minute holiday gift guide! I am notorious for waiting until the last-minute, so for those of you who suffer from the same affliction, this is the guide for you. For this year’s gift guide, I thought I would put a local spin on things and give those of you in the San Diego area places to actually go and grab some great last-minute holiday presents from some of my favorite shops in the Carlsbad area.
Wysh Boutique is one of my favorite boutiques in Carlsbad. Located in the Village Faire at Carlsbad, they not only have fashionable clothing and accessories, but great gift ideas and gift certificates!
Also located at the Village Faire, Gaia Gelato has gift cards, but I wouldn’t mind getting gifted a box of their yummy French macarons!
Sock District is new to the Village Faire, so I welcomed them by immediately purchasing a couple of pairs to gift to my sister. If you visit their site (link above), you can purchase electronic gift cards for your friends and family to shop in their store or online!
The Beat Clothing
Another one of my Carlsbad favorites, The Beat Clothing has everything you could want for your edgy fashionista friends. Astrid Montalvo is their on-site stylist and she can help you find the perfect outfit for that concert-goer in your life, or give the gift of rock inspired clothing, shoes and accessories through a gift certificate!
Of course I need to include a place where you can give the gift of music, and my favorite place to do some digging in Carlsbad is at Spin Records. I was just there and purchased a white vinyl 7-inch single of Johnny Cash’s The Man Comes Around with his cover of Personal Jesus (pictured below). They also have t-shirts, buttons, patches and gift certificates for that crate digger in your life!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. Although I mention specific shops, all suggestions are strictly my own.
Tomorrow is Fashion Valley’s Tree Lighting Celebration! It will be an evening packed full of events, leading up to the lighting of the Christmas Tree. We had a great time last year, and I know it will be just as fabulous tomorrow. I’ll be there with my family, and we hope to see you there, too. Cheers!
TREE LIGHTING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2016
HOLIDAY GIFT BAG & PRIZE GIVEAWAY
Simon Welcome Booth next to Sports Fever.
3:00 PM – The first 200 revelers in line to make the nice list will receive Fashion Valley swag bags filled with retailer surprises.
3:00 – 7:00 PM – Register for a chance to win a $250 Simon Giftcard®
3:00 – 7:00 PM – River Plaza, near the AMC Theaters
From the “Letters to Santa” station to the holiday photo booth, there’s lots to do and see at the Holiday Festival. Also, enjoy face painting, holiday crafts, and costumed characters, as we host a festive atmosphere just for kids!
3:30 PM & 4:30PM – Storytime with the Grinch
Come see the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes this Saturday at the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration! The Grinch himself will stop by and read his story to tell us all just how he stole Christmas. Come experience all the fun.
MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
4:30 – 6:30 PM – Main Stage near Boudin Bakery
Festive show by the Salvation Army brass band as they perform popular holiday carols.
6:00 PM – Tree Lighting Countdown begins!
Get ready for Santa to flip the switch to light the new 40 foot interactive tree.
After the Tree Lighting, enjoy refreshments provided by Better Buzz and cookies provided by STACKED. Also, make magical memories with your family and have photos taken with Santa at the Santa House in Macy’s Court.
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(Photo taken at last year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, post here)
I’m SO sorry for the lack of posts lately! My blog is in the middle of transition, and I had to move it to another server. I think everything should be good now, and I’ll put up some posts soon. So pardon the interruption and I’ll get back to blogging this week!
(Image courtesy of First Baptist Columbia)