Circle of Life


IMG_0044  I buried my best friend two weeks ago. He was 41. Even though I knew he was sick, there is absolutely nothing that prepares you for that call. It stops you dead in your tracks and all of the sudden you are left with a hundred questions that should have been asked, a thousand words that should have been said…

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Succulent Wall


I am obsessed with plants. I love all the variations and different looks. I love that they are living, breathing roommates and help to cleanse the air. In my home I have potted plants, hanging plants, fiddle leaf figs, cacti and one beautiful purple shamrock that closes every night when the sun goes down.

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Pregnant at 40


I wasn’t always sure that I would have kids. When I got married at the ripe old age of 31, I figured at some point in the next few years but that point never came. It was the wrong person, the wrong time and for that reason it never happened. Grateful I dodged that bullet because we divorced and being a single Mom was never on my list of life goals.

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Venice Gives Back



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On Sunday, May 17th, I had the pleasure of attending a local fundraiser (with my godson Rocky in tow) thrown by a group of ladies called the Venice Angelinos.   The group partnered with a non profit called “Help for Orphans”, and the fundraiser and silent and live auctions raised funds to help build a water well for the children of Limbe Academy in Haiti.   Wine was sponsored by local vintners Tanner Defoe and Bandolet Wines, and beer was provided by House Beer (a Unique Camp and Highbrow Hippie favorite!). I personally donated a ‘Highbrow Hippie Haircolor consultation and makeover’, which was featured in the live auction along with a limited edition Venice Beach print from Steven Lake Photography.


Other sponsors and auction donations included:

UNIF Musical instruments/amps by local musician BOC
Help for Orphans International
AGAIN Apparel – dresses
Art piece by Kana Manglapus
Mary Breedlove Pilates Session
Steven Lake Photography – 1 hour Portrait
Hip’Tique Gift certificate
Bones and Feathers Jewelry
Nordstrom Gift Certificate
Bandolet Wines
Tanner DaFoe Wines
One-Nine Design event planning

It’s not too late to donate to this awesome cause.  Every bit helps, and every dollar raised will go directly to this impoverished community.

All photos by Steven Lake Photography