Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

I must thank Janelle Pietrzak, of All Roads Design, for sharing her photos of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve on Instagram. Her trip inspired me to take my own impromptu mid-week road trip, so that I could see for myself the most consistent poppy bearing land in California. And just after an hour long drive, there it was. 1,745 acres of desert wildflowers and golden poppies, our state flower which has always symbolized California’s good life. Check  the state park website for weather conditions (it’s really windy up there) and flowering conditions. It’s a bit past the time of optimum viewing, but I am so very happy I went.

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Femme D’Armes Spring 2014

Designers and sisters Fannie Chan and Connie Majoros understand the modern woman. Dominated by dramatic blacks and crisp whites, the understated style of their Femme D’Armes spring collection is spot on. Menswear inspired silhouettes are occasionally complimented with delicate lace and feminine details. Every piece is refined but approachable, strong but sweet. I’m obsessed with their floor skimming Bailey gown, which has a thigh high slit and plunging back – and is available in black, nude and white lace, green chiffon and a birds of paradise print. Stunning.

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Tiny Cars, Big Adventures

How amazing are these photos of miniature Volkswagon buses off-roading on sandy beaches, tiny VW Beetles careening over boulders, and small vintage scooters racing down slick city streets? By playing with perspectives, Swiss photographer Kim Leuenberger has so creatively captured the theatrical adventures of her collection of toy cars. I especially love the beach scenes – makes you almost wish they were real!

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