i just may need a drink.

today is election day!  as much as i believe in exercising my/our right to vote, all the political commercials, flyers, billboards and debates exhaust me!  so tonight, while watching decision 2012 i will most likely be exercising my right to drink!  & if you’re going to drink, you need a bar.  i find it only appropriate that today i share with you some of my bar’s shining moments along this campaign season.

 

my bar wasn’t always a winner.  a little love & elbow grease with help from my mom turned this dud into a stud.

the bar is always the center of the party!  here it’s filled with festive cinco de mayo decor.

with a great color and some gorgeous nobs from anthropologie, this dresser turned bar is a fun focal point in my house.

cheers & get out & VOTE!

xo,q

favorite finds.

the perfect addition to my corner, a quirky wolf pillow by donna wilson.

a memorial day adventure outfit. shoes by steven madden. top from forever21. vintage purse. skirt from anthropologie.

a modern planter from west elm.

doing laundry in style. a vintage coin purse.

my favorite dainty addition. an opal ring by catbird.

Tails From The Fishbowl by local diamondcat Rachel Bellinsky. a perfect coffee table book that’ll make you smile & give back! a portion of the proceeds go to the humane society.

xo, q

vibrant love.

tis the season…to get hitched!!  well, at least a handful of my friends are celebrating their love through the spring & summer seasons here in san diego.  because of the gorgeous weather, most of the weddings i’ve been & will be going to are daytime, outdoor events.  finding a comfortable, appropriate outfit can sometimes be tricky.  black seems a little too depressing to be celebrating love & white is a huge no-no, so sticking with fun vibrant colors in a cool pattern seems the way to go!  here is my summer wedding attendee go to outfit!

dress & belt from anthropologie. shoes miss mooz. purse h&m. necklace forever21. sunglasses TOMS.

all photos by tangerine tree photography.

xo, q

more than just a style icon

my mom is one of the classiest broads i know.  & if you’ve met her you would probably agree with that statement. she is beautiful, intelligent, funny & oozes every other positive adjective i could ever think of.  i’d like to think that i got my passion for fashion, interior decorating & entertaining directly from her. growing up my mom never walked out of the door without being perfectly put together & it’s the same today. her signature is the big blonde hair & the red lips! she has turned houses into homes with her personal touches & has brought our family & other families together with her talent to host the best parties. i love her more than words.  it may be a couple days late in the blog world, but happy mother’s day to my mom.

a great legacy, a great loss, a great life.

yesterday the world lost THE most influential hair dresser of all time. VIDAL SASSOON revolutionized they way woman wore their hair & the way hair dressers cut it today.  he was an inspiration not only to hair dressers but to the world.  the team over at bumble & bumble couldn’t have said it better , “We are deeply saddened to learn of Vidal Sassoon’s passing. An innovator and architect for our craft, he revolutionized hairdressing and elevated the bar for our entire industry. Mr. Sassoon was an immense influence for beauty and fashion in the 20th century and a pop culture touchstone, and we mourn the loss of one of our cherished Hair Heroes.”  at 84, he died peacefully with his family leaving an amazing legacy. my skills are a direct influence of his passion & innovation & i’m forever thankful.  what a life!!!!!

 

if you’re not familiar with the life & work of VIDAL SASSOON, a must see is VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE.  it’s the inspirational story of his life that everyone will feel moved by.  get to it diamondcats!

xo, q

a hair dresser’s POV

a clean graduated bob.

perfectly sectioned hi lites for summer fun!

things are getting busy at the salon! going lighter & shorter have always been & are some definite trends for summer time. i love change! all my friends & family can attest to that since over the years i’ve had hair almost every color and cut.  i may have once even looked like the ultimate diamoncat, the diamondog himself, david bowie!  as a stylist, yes we do all the man work, but sometimes it’s a collaboration of visions & efforts.  here are a few tips from a stylist’s POV to make that salon experience more fulfilling for you!

1.  bring some inspiration!  if you’re ready for a change, having a vision is always the first step. when looking at pictures, look at cuts & color that reflect your actual hair type.  if you have thick curly hair & you’re looking at pictures of girls with fine straight hair, you will be thoroughly disappointed when you walk out of the salon & you don’t look like the picture.

2.  know that we, stylists, are not mind readers!  if you are looking for a huge change, say it!!  we embrace change, but with change needs to be assurance.  i’ve had clients bring in four pictures of long layered cuts & then one picture of a pixie cut they THINK they one day want.  if you’re bringing in that picture because that’s what you really want, you must say it! otherwise there’s going to be some hesitation from the stylist if you’re not ready to go for the gold. my motto is, when it’s gone, it’s gone, so if you’re not mentally prepared for that pixie wait it out until you are. the last thing we want is for you to think we talked you into it & curse our name to the heavens above when you get home!

3.  you are our canvas, sit still!  if picasso was painting that weeping woman in an earthquake, she would REALLY be distraught.  as stylists, we’ve become used to people moving  & working around it, but if you’re looking for the best results possible keeping your head still ensures you’re going to get a cleaner hi light & a more precision hair cut.

4.  product is your friend! on a daily basis i hear “can you just go home with me & do my hair every morning?!”  as much as i would love to do your hair & have you make me breakfast every morning, that’s impossible!  what i can do is give you tips on how to recreate that style at home & product is an essential part.  sometimes all your hair needs are one or two products.  if you’re looking for volume, texture or just something to help with frizz, no matter how i’ve used my blow dryer or other tools, it doesn’t happen without the aid of a specific one or two products. invest in products to help you recreate that look at home!

5.  pre book your next appointment!  on average you should be getting your hair cut and touched up every 6 to 8 weeks.  yes, 6 to 8 weeks.  we all want healthy shiny hair & making sure those ends are split free is the first way to achieve that.  once you get split ends, they just want to creep higher & higher. the ONLY way to avoid that is to cut them off at the source before they even get a chance to work their way up. because you & your stylist are amazingly busy, pre booking your appointment ensures you’re getting in at the time that works best for you and your hair doesn’t go unattended to.

ready?! call your stylist and lets get summer sassy!!

xo, q

all in the family.

i’m probably one of the luckiest gals that i have such a tremendous family on both my mom & dad’s sides.  this morning i spoke to my mom & the call began with some sad news.  the kitten that adopted her, my step-dad & their poodle, pepper was hit by a car.  mew started coming around last year when she was just a hungry baby kitten.  she must have lost her mom & siblings on the streets of escondido & was drawn in by the love she could feel emanating from my mom & bill’s home.  this is no strange occurrence, since other pets & people have also adopted our family over the years & we’ve adopted them back with open arms.  the loss of mew makes me think about how lucky i am to have my big  loving eclectic family.  family is not based on blood, it’s based on the connections we make.  even though the loss of this diamondcat is a sad one, it makes me remember how blessed i am to have incredible people in my life, whether it’s family from blood, marriage, friendship or in  the four legged kind. i’m one lucky gal.

 

one part of my big fabulous family.

bachelorette brunch.

it’s officially wedding season for my circle of friends! don’t be surprised if there are more wedding themed posts…it’s in the air!  this last weekend i held a “bachelorette brunch” for my gal pal tabitha burkhart over at haven page design. since she’s getting married on cinco de mayo, naturally it had to be a fiesta!  the menu called for build your own breakfast burritos including eggs, bacon, potatoes, soyrizo & all the fixins including homemade guacamole.  my favorite part though was the prep & getting all the decor “fiesta” ready. by the end of the day we were all speaking spanish….& that maaaaay have had something to do with bottomless mimosas.

all the details came together perfectly. paper pendants add a pop of color that catch the light just perfectly. the unique flower arrangement was my favorite table topper from my local flower shop. and of course who can have a fiesta without mustaches?!  naturally the bride needed the statement mustache.

& of course a brunch is not brunch without a fully loaded mimosa & bloody mary bar.  name tags adorned the glasses with yellow & blue ribbons & potted cactuses brought the mexico to the mimosa!

it had to be creative & fun to reflect the bride herself!

the diamondcats in action.

xo, q

lets elope!

this weekend i drove up to redondo beach to celebrate the elopement of one of my best gal pals and her (now) husband, chrissy & anthony.  the love birds decided to gather their immediate families & the bride and grooms’ besties (which is where i came in!) the wedding was held at rocketship park overlooking all of los angels. it was simple, sweet & short, which in three words sums up my pal chrissy!

the bride & groom’s stylish rings.

the bride’s jeffrey campbell lita shoes

the love birds crossing the road to their future!

chrissy & anthony had hand written vows.

there was definitely some love potion no.9 being passed around.

the mr. & mrs.