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Snapshots from Los Angeles

Bec - Los Angeles street

Im baaack! From an incredible, hard, exciting, challenging and adventurous work trip to Los Angeles! We collected a huge amount of amazing furniture, packaged it all and soon it will be placed in the showroom where I work.
I learnt sooo much along the way and feel so privileged that, from a small town in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to travel overseas.
In this post are a few snapshots from the 2 weeks we were there…

Breakfass in America Breakfast - Abbot Kinney

Waaaay too many delicious breakfasts! I think I could almost start a blog on the food we found in LA – Im actually craving the above photo so much. One thing I really noticed was the food in LA; if youve been to Wholefoods you’ll know what I mean – I LOVE that place!

Graffiti Wall in a cafe - California Cacti - California    Venice Beach, California 2 Venice Beach, California

I had a few favourite spots that, if you’re visiting LA, I would recommend visiting…
♥ Venice Beach – walking along the beach at dusk you will see the footpath lined with performers, little random stalls and loud music. Its a very cool experience and is booming with atmosphere.

Long Beach, California

♥ Long Beach – I could totally live here! I loved the quirky and fun people, street food & second hand shopping/antique stores. We sat at a restaurant as the sun set and watched pelicans flying and diving into the water. Sooo cool!

Sunset - San Diego, California

♥ Ocean Beach, San Diego – there was a bit of a hippy vibe here, lots of surfers, loud music and crazy fun filled shops. There is also a pier that runs out inot the ocean and at sunset, the view is perfection.

Los Angeles city

Traveling is just waaaay too good for ones soul – you learn millions of things without even realising, your mind is opened to others lives and their cultures. The world is just so huge and is begging to be explored.
I love coming back home to family, friends and my own bed but I wouldnt give up experiences like this for anything.
Have you been to LA? Do you have any favourite spots? xobec


Excitement, Adventure & Exploring!

NEVER STOP EXPLORING

As some of you may know I work full time as a Graphic Designer at a furniture store called EDITO, as well as working on my art, blog & design for Clouds of Colour. EDITO is SUCH an exciting new business in Nelson – filled with international flavour, beautiful furniture & homewares. It is suuch a creative environment & works perfectly in with my already jammed packed life – which I totally enjoy and cant get enough of.
Last night I had a phone call from my bosses asking if I would like to go on a buying trip for the store …..wait for it…..to Los Angeles!!! My reply… Ohhhh YES!! Followed by a lot of dancing around the room with excitement.
Its amazing – when you set goals and dreams and then they become a reality your whole soul is overwhelmed with emotions. Im big on setting dreams, its what moves us forward and when we achieve them – well I cant even explain my feeling right now – just the biggest WOW!
So guys – Im off for the next 2 weeks on an adventure of a lifetime. It will be quiet on the blog but Ill be sharing fun creative images on Instagram & Facebook so you can follow along & see whats happening.

Bec - summer fields

My words of advise for you all would be…
♥ NEVER STOP EXPLORING
♥ NEVER STOP CREATING
These two sentences are what get me to each amazing point. Life is beautiful!

xobec

PS: My ETSY Shop will be closed until Im back. You can still place orders & they will be shipped ASAP =)


Friday

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Good morning!
Another week filled with art, photography, work and walks on the beach with Frankie (whos going through a crazy chewing stage. At the moment the lounge is filled with ripped newspaper!).
Last night I went to the opening of a very exciting new venture happening in Nelson that I’m involved with – called the Little Beehive Co-Op. It includes a HUGE amount of creativity, artyness and a very cool space you’ll be able to visit if you’re in town…full post coming in the next few weeks!

Tom Yum Soup

This weeks…
Article: These photos are gorgeous – Portraits of India’s Holy Men. I love the colours & how real each portrait feels.
Video: New favourite song + a cute video clip! ‘Falling’ by HAIM
Quote: ‘You can mimic the result, but not the creativity’ – Sonya Teclai. Ha! Perfect for all the artists out there =) xobec


Nelson to Christchurch, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand Landscape 1 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 2 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 3

These photo make me want to go on another road trip exploring New Zealand! The only problem is that every corner you turn, you want to stop and take another photo – its all sooo beautiful!
On our road trip to Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch, we went through the Lewis Pass and spent a night in Hanmer. These are the pics from this…

Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 6 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 7 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape Flowers 6 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 1 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape Snow 4 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 5

We were so lucky to have sunny weather as it had been snowing and the roads were crazy slippery. Snowing in summer?!

Snow - Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 2 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape Trees 1

The image above is from one of my favourite pieces of road – lined with a forest of beech trees with their black trunks and bright green leaves. You can smell the fresh forest air as you drive past…sooo good!
This is such a beautiful drive to take – especially when the sun is shining, theres snow on the hills & your favourite tunes are playing =)
xobec


Friday

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Good morning lovely friends!This week we have been soooo over excited because… WE GOT A PUPPY! He is a beautiful little black lab and is just so so delicious. He wakes up every morning and surprises us every day with his happy little face. Gaahhh I am SO in love! So (just a warning) there may be many photos of him in the months to come.
Oh, and after a few days of trying to think of a cute name for him – I think ‘Frankie’ has stuck :)
Do you have any cool dog tricks I should teach this little guy?

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This weeks…
Article: ‘10 of the worlds most beautiful artificial reefs
Video: What an astronauts camera sees at night video here.
Quote: ‘Remember why you started’ – This quote really got me thinking this week. Remembering why I started blogging. Why I started my Etsy shop…
Have a lovely weekend! xobec