January Stuff!!

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When things are going well, in the direction you want them to, do you ever worry that something bad must be on the horizon? 2013 was the year when I was constantly expecting something bad was on its way, because for the first time, pieces of my life were falling into place.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m totally down with Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I need it, man. And Brene Brown (I love this woman) spoke about this very same issue I’ve been dealing with. So this year, 2014, isn’t necessarily about these tangible goals that I can put on a to-do list and dutifully check off, but rather a year that’s all about leaning into joy. Being comfortable when things are going well and dealing with the hardship as it comes, rather than preparing for it.

I’m all about it.

RoadTrip

2014 started with us driving to the valley for a New Year’s wedding.

Amelia is pretty patient with car rides but deep down she despises them.

NewYear's

For Christmas Josh bought me these super cool planters from the artist-duo Chen and Khai.

If you look closely you’ll see they’re a pineapple, orange and cantaloupe. How rad is that.

ChenandKahi

There was an early morning to the Los Angeles Flower Mart. I looove that place. It’s frigid and cold and there is literally every single flower you could ever want.

I went with dahlias, lavender, ornamental kale and mint from my fridge.

kale

January is a month full of colorful cauliflower.

Purple cauliflower are what my dreams are made of.

PurpleCauliflower

I made my own soda at this Soda Creation Station (!!) at Galco’s in Eagle Rock.

The guy who owns this shop is a soda enthusiast and will like nothing more than to talk your ear off about rare sodas. It’s a special place.

SodaPop

I went to Palm Springs for Martin Luther King Weekend.

I started The Goldfinch and drank Blood Orange Old Fashioneds. Just blissful.

PS1

BloodyMary

A few new Turkish Kilim pillows found their way into my house.

I couldn’t be more obsessed with their colors and patterns.

TurkishPillows

Le Crueset was super nice and sent me a few items from their new soon-to-be-released color, Palm. A giveaway is set for mid-February so stay tuned!

Annnd I’ve used this French oven about 10 times since its arrival. Winter is all about makin’ soup and stews, even if I’m dealing with strangely warm temperatures in Los Angeles.

I’m basically forcing winter to happen.

LeCrueset

I’m in the market for a new knife. I stopped into this store called Japanese Knife Imports down in Venice. It’s a tiny shop with a beautiful knife selection. I want all of da knives.

I also had the pleasure of physically picking up a $1400 bowl. I was feeling particularly brave in that moment, luckily my hands didn’t fail me.

KnifeShopping

I spent a solid three hours at the DMV (and this was with an appointment) so I treated myself to a nice lunch and this butterscotch pot de creme from Gjelina down in Venice.

Budino_1

Converse and Hudson Bay collabo sneakers. I like them so much that I’m scared to wear them! What if I get them dirty and totally ruin them! Ahh. I love them so.

Converse

I started my second semester of ceramics class. I still barely know how to “lift a wall” and all my bowls are still totally wobbly but am feeling confident that I can get better.

I’m planning on watching tons of youtube videos and making a successful mug. Little goals, man! Little goals.

I hope your January was productive and hopeful and full of awesome lil’ moments.

xo,
Adrianna

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Belinda@themoonblushbaker February 1, 2014 at 2:39 am

That is very brave change of perspective. I am too future based but I fully being in the moment might cause more problems than goof for me. Your sneakers are so chic, and The colours! Purple, green and of course that toffee brown ;)

I can not wait for what you have install next month!

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

I think it’s natural to think about your future. It’s definitely a tough balance!

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Sarah February 1, 2014 at 6:07 am

I really love that bouquet of flowers! Purple cauliflower is my favorite.

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iscribbler February 1, 2014 at 8:52 am

I love the idea of leaning into joy – it’s a wonderful phrase and captures so much! I watched that clip from Oprah and while I don’t relate to the examples she uses, I totally relate to the idea of a dampened joy response. In fact, I’m now dealing with not a fear of the future, but a fear of the now. :/ Sometimes I wish humans were more like dogs or cats – take things as they come with either huge smiles or half-lidded contented looks. :)

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

I didn’t relate to any of her examples either, actually. Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids? But yes, dogs and cats live in the now and they take things for face value. We can definitely learn a thing or two from them. :)

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Sara/Matchbox Kitchen February 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

Whoa, I totally use social media to numb. I am trying to spend less time online but man is it hard!!

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Ooof so many of us do!

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Sarah February 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Where are you taking ceramics classes? Not trying to be stalkerish, just looking for a recommendation. Sorry!

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Haha! Not stalkerish at all! I take it at Barndall Art Park in Los Feliz. Here’s a link:

http://www.barnsdall.org/classes/adult-art-classes/

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Sarah February 1, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Oh wow, I’m taking a stained glass class at Barnsdall actually! I thought about ceramics but ultimately stained glass won out. Maybe I’ll see you around “campus” sometime! :)

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Adrianna Adarme February 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Oh amazing! Yes, please say hi!

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Chrissy February 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Goldfinch is next month’s book club and I haven’t started it yet. What do you think??

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Adrianna Adarme February 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I love it so far but am not super deep into it where I have a really great grasp as to whether I love it or not. I’m hopeful…

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Michelle February 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Those planters! Those knives! That Le Creuset color! Man, so much cool going on in January.

Three hours at the DMV? My brain hurts.

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gwen February 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm

LOVE the pillows. Where did you find them?!

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Adrianna Adarme February 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I got ‘em off eBay. Here’s the seller’s store:

http://www.ebay.com/usr/tarzancarpet

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Desi February 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Love all the photos! Your photography is beautiful :)

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Braden February 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

Where is that rug in the pillows and shoes pictures from? Looks super soft.

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Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

I got it from Rugs USA, here’s a link:

http://m.rugsusa.com/200OZSG09A-P.html

I bought it during one of their 70% off sales which they have regularly. I recommend holding out until then–the added discount is worth it!

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Jenna February 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

Your posts always make me so happy, they make me brighten up just seeing a new one sitting in my inbox. I always seem to have something in common with what you say, or are into. Thank you so very very much for sharing yourself and for being you!!! :) :)

Also looove the shoes!!

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Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2014 at 9:22 am

Jenna! You are so very sweet! Thank you for being here, I appreciate you. xo

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Francesca February 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

Pillow + rugs are gorgeous. Hi Amelia!

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Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Amelia says hi back.

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Nicole February 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Such good stuff here, Adrianna! An MLK day vacation weekend is such a great idea. I hope good things just keep coming for you :)

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Liss February 5, 2014 at 6:51 am

The Le Creuset color. AMG!

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dervla February 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

ahhh i’m totally down for a le creuset giveaway! That color is amazing.

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