My birdie has landed. My long time coming, very first digital experience is here. 
Visit :: www.thegirlwhoknows.com for all the details! #thebirthdaymonthexperience

My birdie has landed. My long time coming, very first digital experience is here.
Visit :: www.thegirlwhoknows.com for all the details! #thebirthdaymonthexperience

It might not be normal.
I’ve become addicted.
And I’m outing myself.

Darren Criss.

I’m 35 and - I’m a mega-fan.
I’m mesmerized by his killer voice.
His dance moves.
His stage presence.
His maturity (for being all of 25 years old).
His Hapa-ness (yay for hapa’s representin’!!!).
Plus he’s from the Bay Area (my adopted hometown for 8 years until my recent move to L.A.).

It all started with a little bit of Glee.
And now.
He’s on repeat courtesy of Spotify.
Daily.

I’m writing my first book.
And he’s basically the soundtrack to it.

Who would’ve thought?!

Well, admittedly, the guy is crazy talented.
And I know talent (I mentor/advise creatives like him + used to work at a renowned Hollywood agency).
Plus I’m The Girl Who Knows.
So there. ;-)

You can find Darren Criss here. Here. And here.

So who’s with me? Are you a fan too?

V.O.T.E.  Your voice matters.

A little throwback inspiration courtesy of L.A. based rockers, Johnny Hi-Fi.
Find out more about the band at http://www.johnnyhi-fi.com


 

What do bloggers + booze + balloons have in common?
Glad you asked!

I just attended The Blogcademy in NYC, led by the fantastically sweet, awesome trio of badass headmistresses, Gala Darling, Shauna Haider and Kat Williams

It was a great learning environment (super cozy space at The Silk Studio) filled with on-point branding (courtesy of the talented Shauner Haider at Nubby Twiglet), endless treats (courtesy of Pistache NYC), goodie bags filled to the brim and lots of eager bloggers.

There were so many lessons learned that it’s hard to sum it all up.

My biggest takeaway is that I’m ready.
For what’s next.
I’m ready to step up my game big time. 

The inner voices that tell me, “Who are you to build a big ‘ol successful business?”
and
"Don’t you know there are a million lifestyle bloggers out there already?!"
(among other not so nice things)
are full of shit.
Plain and simple.

I’m so grateful for the great tips to help me become a better blogger. I’m even more grateful for the personal growth that transpired. Who knew?!

Thank you Gala, Nubby & Kat. 
Thank you to all my fellow rockstar bloggers.
For a beautiful weekend.

There will be more where that came from.
Get over to The Blogcademy’s website and sign-up on their list to bring this amazing experience to YOUR city.

xo 

I’ve got a new GET TO KNOW post over on my blog The Girl Who Knows.I’m spotlighting the mega-talented San Francisco indie rock band The Soonest.
Complete with new video teaser + hot photos + even hotter surprise (think FREE new tunes)!
Head over now + leave a comment while you’re there!http://bit.ly/RrExKV
xo 

I’ve got a new GET TO KNOW post over on my blog The Girl Who Knows.

I’m spotlighting the mega-talented San Francisco indie rock band The Soonest.

Complete with new video teaser + hot photos + even hotter surprise (think FREE new tunes)!

Head over now + leave a comment while you’re there!
http://bit.ly/RrExKV


xo 

Balenciaga. Balmain. Pucci. Isabel Marant. Saint Laurent Paris.

And even Chanel (!!).

Just wanted to wish a big congratulations to the beautiful Grace Mahary on her explosive season of success on the runway!
I know her family (especially her cousin Elsa Isaac) is crazy proud of her!  

xoS

Today’s blog post over on The Girl Who Knows is all about hoarding + creative genius + uniqueness + Albert Einstein.And I delve into one mega-hot L.A. eatery that is hoarding, BIG TIME! 
Head over and leave me a comment - I’m curious to know what you think!
xoS


Today’s blog post over on The Girl Who Knows is all about hoarding + creative genius + uniqueness + Albert Einstein.

And I delve into one mega-hot L.A. eatery that is hoarding, BIG TIME! 

Head over and leave me a comment - I’m curious to know what you think!

xoS

Obsessing over these fashion illustrations by Caroline Andrieu.So beautiful. So evocative.I’m mesmerized. 
Check out this great post about her fashion illustrations on Trendland.

Obsessing over these fashion illustrations by Caroline Andrieu.
So beautiful. So evocative.
I’m mesmerized. 

Check out this great post about her fashion illustrations on Trendland.

The Girl Who Knows presents …GET TO KNOW, a fresh new video series (coming Spring 2013) that goes in-depth and behind-the-scenes with exciting entrepreneurs, tastemakers and game changers — asking them what they know about staying motivated, inspired and on their creative edge.

This teaser is a taste of what’s to come in the series. 

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This week’s guest is the gorgeous, multi-talented Kate Ellen of Kate Ellen Metals and Crown Nine in Oakland, California.

You can find out more about Kate’s beautiful hand-crafted jewelry by visiting The Girl Who Knows blog :: http://www.thegirlwhoknows.com

~

Produced + Filmed by :: Stephanie Watanabe
Edited + Creative Direction by :: fistfull of cake films
Music :: Arcade Fire, “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” ~ buy here :: http://bit.ly/QeU42q

Enjoy!

Check out the latest video + feature on my blog THE GIRL WHO KNOWS.

Be sure to read thru to the end for 2 extra special (time sensitive) surprises!

Hint :: I’m giving away $85 worth of AWESOME.
For real.

xo 


“Music is what feelings sound like.” ~author unknown | Music makes me feel glittery. So does this man. In his element. Doing what he loves. Facing the shadows and playing in the light. Courage meets passion. 
(Taken with Instagram and processed with Camera+, Noir, Squareready & Snapseed app’s for the iPhone 4S, in Oakland, CA)
Taken as part of The Photo Essay Project :: Level 2

“Music is what feelings sound like.” ~author unknown | Music makes me feel glittery. So does this man. In his element. Doing what he loves. Facing the shadows and playing in the light. Courage meets passion. 


(Taken with Instagram and processed with Camera+, Noir, Squareready & Snapseed app’s for the iPhone 4S, in Oakland, CA)

Taken as part of The Photo Essay Project :: Level 2


Truth. It’s on me.
Ok. Today’s ‘lil diddy from the Universe. TOTALLY needed. And TOTALLY on point.The Universe is good like that.  Right?


You don’t even have to know what you want. I’ll take care of that.
Just enjoy that you received another day, and the 10,000 miracles within it.
It’s on me,~The Universe 


Feels good when someone’s got your back, doesn’t it?
xo

Truth. It’s on me.

Ok. Today’s ‘lil diddy from the Universe. TOTALLY needed. And TOTALLY on point.
The Universe is good like that.  Right?

You don’t even have to know what you want. I’ll take care of that.

Just enjoy that you received another day, and the 10,000 miracles within it.

It’s on me,
~The Universe 


Feels good when someone’s got your back, doesn’t it?

xo


Truth. 2012. Is my year.
With every New Year’s come big dreams. Resolutions. Vows. Bravery. Excitement. All the good stuff.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve said “This year. Is MY year!”, only to feel like a total and utter failure come February when I haven’t held up my end of the bargain.
This year. NO resolutions. NO vows to lose X pounds or workout X times per week. NO promises to become a morning person (this is SO not happening). Nope.
Instead. I’m going to LIVE.I’m going to GROW. EXPAND. BLOSSOM. CREATE. BECOME. LAUGH. DREAM. FOCUS. SHED. RELAX. PLAY! KEEP IT REAL. SHIP. WRITE. BE INSPIRED.
Sounds fun right?  A lot more fun than broken promises and berating ourselves for not keeping a resolution.
~
One thing I am committing to do in this new year of possibility, is launch my blog. It’s been over a year in the works and I’ve been rather lax on getting it done. So this month. It’s going. Live!
I’m also committed to doing a bunch of amazing online classes. These are seriously food for my soul. Have you ever done one before?I am a perpetual learner and I love the format (go at your own pace, participate from anywhere) and juicy topics ranging from health + wellness to photo essay’s to self-exploration to polaroid mania…you name it. I’ve done it. And I’m doing it again this year.
One (FREE!) program I’ve signed up for is the wonderfully named,  A YEAR WITH MYSELF.Every week you get inspired prompts based on that week’s theme. Prompts from celebrated authors, teachers, coaches. To push you towards your edge. To help you fly.
This week’s theme is “The Threshold”. I was immediately moved by the words of Patti Digh - specifically when she says to,
"BE A CONNOISSEUR OF FEAR". So good right? This is definitely going to be a mantra for me in the coming year.
Head over to the site for A Year With Myself  and get signed up! It’s a powerful way to truly make 2012, YOUR year!
xo

Truth. 2012. Is my year.

With every New Year’s come big dreams. Resolutions. Vows. Bravery. Excitement. All the good stuff.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve said “This year. Is MY year!”, only to feel like a total and utter failure come February when I haven’t held up my end of the bargain.

This year. NO resolutions. NO vows to lose X pounds or workout X times per week. NO promises to become a morning person (this is SO not happening). Nope.

Instead. I’m going to LIVE.
I’m going to GROW. EXPAND. BLOSSOM. CREATE. BECOME. LAUGH. DREAM. FOCUS. SHED. RELAX. PLAY! KEEP IT REAL. SHIP. WRITE. BE INSPIRED.

Sounds fun right?  A lot more fun than broken promises and berating ourselves for not keeping a resolution.

~

One thing I am committing to do in this new year of possibility, is launch my blog. It’s been over a year in the works and I’ve been rather lax on getting it done. So this month. It’s going. Live!

I’m also committed to doing a bunch of amazing online classes. These are seriously food for my soul. Have you ever done one before?
I am a perpetual learner and I love the format (go at your own pace, participate from anywhere) and juicy topics ranging from health + wellness to photo essay’s to self-exploration to polaroid mania…you name it. I’ve done it. And I’m doing it again this year.

One (FREE!) program I’ve signed up for is the wonderfully named,  A YEAR WITH MYSELF.
Every week you get inspired prompts based on that week’s theme. Prompts from celebrated authors, teachers, coaches. To push you towards your edge. To help you fly.

This week’s theme is “The Threshold”. I was immediately moved by the words of Patti Digh - specifically when she says to,

"BE A CONNOISSEUR OF FEAR"

So good right? This is definitely going to be a mantra for me in the coming year.

Head over to the site for A Year With Myself  and get signed up! It’s a powerful way to truly make 2012, YOUR year!

xo

Beauty. Ayada Maldives.

Sitting in a warm coffee shop in St. Louis right now. Avoiding the cold sting of the overly crisp Fall/Winter air.  I’m of course dreaming of tropical, beachy getaways.  

As you might know, I have an obsession with overwater bungalows. Peep the latest offering in a destination I’ve been dreaming of visiting - The Maldive Islands.

Ayada Maldives is a brand new (gorgeous) resort featuring 112 villa’s on over 150K square meters of island paradise.
Not convinced yet?

Maybe the powdery white beaches, the lux amenities, seven restaurants, bars & cafe’s or 3500 square foot spa will do the trick.

Though I’m not typically a fan of big resorts (I much prefer small, boutique, intimate) - this places looks like a no-brainer.

For more info head over to the Ayada Maldives site.

xo 

Truth. Today’s note. From The Universe.


It’s true, sometimes when you’ve had a difficult day, or met difficult people, been let down, disappointed, or heartbroken, it’s easy to completely forget the most important thing of all… you’re alive. Without even trying. 

~
I needed this bit of truth today. A reminder of what’s important. Of all the possibility that is ahead.The very fact that I’m alive.I’m grateful.
Get your own personalized Notes From The Universe ~ here. 

Truth. Today’s note. From The Universe.

It’s true, sometimes when you’ve had a difficult day, or met difficult people, been let down, disappointed, or heartbroken, it’s easy to completely forget the most important thing of all… you’re alive. 

Without even trying. 

~

I needed this bit of truth today. A reminder of what’s important. Of all the possibility that is ahead.
The very fact that I’m alive.
I’m grateful.

Get your own personalized Notes From The Universe ~ here