Monthly Archives: April 2012

Roads for Traveling Souls

I still glance at Mikael Kennedy‘s Passport to Trespass book every so often. I ordered it on a whim some years ago when I was really into my Polaroid camera. His work makes me nostalgic for those hazy square prints and the expanse of America. Mikael and New York photographer Sean Sullivan are currently on the road, wandering east into the high deserts of New Mexico then north through the Rockies, into the plains of Montana and across the Pacific to California’s rugged coastline. They’ve titled their journey Ramblers Bone and you can follow them along for the ride here.

A PROMISE to California,
Also to the great Pastoral Plains, and for Oregon:
Sojourning east a while longer, soon I travel toward you, to remain,
to teach robust American love;
For I know very well that I and robust love belong among you, inland,
and along the Western Sea;
For These States tend inland, and toward the Western Sea—and I will
also.  -Walt Whitman

Americans should know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for traveling souls.
– Walt Whitman

Photographs by Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan


Lived In: Urban Cabin, Austin

Artist couple Erin Curtis and Aaron Dubrow live in an awesome 1920s bungalow in East Austin. The lofty barn is constructed from longleaf pine and reclaimed wood panel doors that were removed when the floor plan was opened up. Add some bright rugs from Rajastan, thrifted textiles, books and original art and you’ve got an urban cabin meets lost and found haven.

via Apartment Therapy

Blankets in the Grass

There’s nothing like old friends. And my Boston friends are some of the best people around. They swear like sailors, take lovely photographs and continue to be my sole source of good music. Last week was crazy hot for springtime in Mass so we met up at the Charles River in Cambridge for some day drinking in the grass. Our recipe for an awesome day: a picnic basket full of treats, wine in red cups, lots of cheese and bread and a slowwww game of bocce ball.

Photographs by Sarah Kate Vuona

Road Trip: Santa Cruz Garden Cottage

Last spring some friends from Hawaii met me in San Francisco and we packed up the car for a coastal road trip along Highway One. I had always wanted to venture to Santa Cruz, famed for its iconic surf culture, liberal leanings and nostalgic board walk. Burned-out hippies, intellectuals, surfers and skaters roam the streets lined with cafes, galleries and health food stores. We managed to kill an entire day at the Bookshop Santa Cruz (highly recommended). Our garden cottage stay is over on Designtripper this week!

We found a minimalistic one-bedroom cabin of sorts with off-beat charms and loads of character in Santa Cruz’s Westside. Michelle, our free-spirited hostess, greeted us donning a bikini and sarong offering up a home tour with tales of past drifters and travelers. She is an artist who works with brass, leather and bone— a hauntingly beautiful display of her creations are placed throughout the home. The result is a sort of gallery-meets-bed-and-breakfast.

The cabin out back is modest and fairly rustic with an antique brass bed, a distressed-wooden dresser and an old Decca record player (we packed our favorite records). It feels like your own secret. A big tin wash basin sits just outside the door but the most alluring feature is the claw-foot tub beneath a cascading willow tree. The gardens aren’t limited to flowers. Strange installations, found objects and salvaged lawn furniture are scattered among the greenery.

In the mornings, a freshly-baked poppy seed cake awaited us on the wooden kitchen table. We walked with our coffees in hand toward West Cliff, a path along the ocean, to take in the morning surf and fog. It was an unexpectedly lovely stay.

Photographs by Ashley Camper

Hawaiian Punch

Another awesome island editorial captured by photographer Daeja Fallas for Bikini Bird on the shores of Oahu. I know that I’m personally jaded when it comes to swimwear styling having spent years in Hawaii attempting to produce something unexpected myself. This right here is youth, warmth and effortless, gypsy beauty.

Photographs by Daeja Fallas; Styling by Bikini Bird
Check out the fashion credits here

35 Weeks, Massachusetts

Jason and I first found out we were expecting back in the fall in Massachusetts. We had returned home for my brother’s wedding campout on the lake. I was bummed I couldn’t part-take in the partying but somehow sharing the pregnancy news gave me a good buzz. It feels good to be back at the family home on the coast, especially now that I’m nearing the end of this journey!

Since we’ve been on the road the past eight months, the usual doctor visits with the same doctor have been non-existence. We had to approach this baby in my belly with an open-mind and free spirit. My midwife visits in New Mexico were laid-back and comforting while my time with my Maui mama Charlotte were super informative and empowering. I will share some bits of their wisdom soon. My doctor’s visit yesterday turned up some reassuring news. Baby is already 5 lbs 8 oz. and already in position. Its feeling more real with each passing day.

Currently reading: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth *the only pregnancy book I’ve enjoyed!
Listening to: Lia Ices