Sunday, November 27, 2016

City Hall Los Angeles

Did you know the City Hall building was built in 1930? It's an iconic sight especially now during holidays at night! Give someone a gift who loves LA and take advantage of this Black Friday sale going on until midnight tonight. Just use code BLACKFRIDAY and get 40% off $125 and up when you order. Made with 100% Modal - this scarf feels super luxurious and I love them in this cold weather. They keep your neck warm! Have a look see and order now for holidays! Blessings to all!
This scarf made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Malibu Collection

MalibuYearning for Southern California beaches? Here's a shot of the coast on 100% Modal from my Malibu Collection! This vibrant scarf makes the perfect gift and can be worn with anything...casual or that suit you have been wanting to wear that's stuck way back in your closet. It will keep your neck warm as you zip in and out of stores doing your shopping! Order now in time for the holidays!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ocean Artwork Now Available at Fine Art America

Feel the need to get away and feel the sun and wind on your face before the chaos of the holidays begin?  Take a respite and let your soul be soothed with this shot of Leo Carrillo State Beach on Fine Art America available now!  This is one of my most popular photos and you can just feel the wind and smell the ocean in this dramatic shot.  Who knows - maybe you'll even catch a fish or two.  This shot is available as a print, or on canvas or metal.  Also available on note cards!  Happy fishing!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Are Your Holiday Decorations Safe For Your Children and Pets?

Yes, the holidays are coming! Every year they seem to come upon us faster than an out-of-control freight train.

As the delicious aroma of cookies and pies baked with cinnamon and nutmeg fill your home, and you pull your holiday decorations out of the attic or garage, stop a moment before you decorate. If you have children or animals running around the house, especially the young ones that are rambunctious, please take care. Some ornaments may be dangerous for your pets. Let me share.

Years ago, right before the holidays, I met a lovely couple in a pet shelter here in LA. They were shopping for a new kitty, but were very sad. We struck up a conversation, and I soon learned the reason for their grief stricken faces. The couple had just put up their Christmas tree, and topped it off with a lovely layer of shiny, metallic tinsel. Well, their kitty loved playing with all the bright, sparkling ornaments. She got a hold of that eye-catching tinsel, and away she chewed, and swallowed.

Well, by the time they discovered something was terribly wrong with her and rushed her to the vets, it was too late. The x-rays revealed irreparable damage to her little intestines. The owners were devastated. It was too late to save her. In shock and with broken hearts, they had to put her down.  I had no idea tinsel was so potentially lethal!

I will never forget this couple’s story. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else’s pet. The first Christmas I had with my new kitten I was very careful to hang ornaments I called “baby proof.” Long gone were the days my tree was adorned with tinsel. If my cat batted the ornaments off the tree and chewed them, I knew he would come to no harm.

So I share this story with all animal lovers. Let’s all take extra care when we decorate this holiday season and the ones to come. Check the decorations and ornaments for safety. Keep those light bulbs and twinkling lights away from your animals, especially those playful pups and kittens. We all know how puppies love to chew, and kitties love to climb Christmas trees. If you aren’t sure if your grandmother’s beautiful antique ornaments are harmful, double check. Are they dangerous if chewed or swallowed? Are they in harms way hanging on the tree? Maybe they would be better in a bowl or basket on the mantel, out of reach. Check that shiny garland. Is it metallic? Replace it with something non-metallic. The Poinsettia plants that are so beautiful around the fireplace? They are highly toxic if chewed. Not just for your pets, but babies also. Give serious thought to moving them out of reach.

Looking to replace your ornaments?  Big Lots has "shatterproof" bulbs that are lovely, and  are very inexpensive.  Target is another go-to place at this time of year.  It cost me very little to replace all my potentially harmful decorations. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity I was able to still decorate while providing a safe and festive environment.

I love the holidays. Decorating can help lift the spirits, especially in these difficult times. Enjoy them! Give yourself and your family peace of mind knowing your animals and babies will come to no harm.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Let the decorating begin!

Under the Boardwalk

Hungry for the beach?  Check out my Under the Boardwalk shot I took at Santa Monica.