To Do List: March 2012

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Please accept my apology because I’ve been remiss. It’s been way too long since I shared a Monthly Mood Board, which is a shame, seeing as many of you have told me it’s your favorite part of the month over here. So, here I go, unofficially restarting what I never should have stopped. Here are 10 things that got me jazzed this March:

LISTEN: Checking out my friends from the band Geographer on their latest tour — Since I’m not lucky enough to hear them live everyday, their new album, Myth, has become a constant on my speakers this month.

FIND: Street art finds like this piece of Audrey Hepburn by Free Humanity – It’s proof there can be gorgeous discoveries in the urban jungle that is Hollywood and I love the romantic notion that “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

VISIT: Creative sculpture like this stack of dirty plates (above) by Robert Therrien – On a recent weekend trip, I got to visit the just-opened Art Museum in Palm Desert and discover a visually-stunning sculpture exhibit.

VIEW: Amazingly dreamy paintings like Ballad for Frida by Alice Rahon – The piece was part of the LACMA surrealists exhibit featuring women surrealists which showed there were some progressive females making seriously killer art almost a century ago.

EATLinner (yes, that’s lunch and dinner in one meal) in Orange County’s Little Saigon – My hosts were the amazing Todd and Diane from White on Rice and we ate banh mi and pate chaud until I couldn’t anymore.

PICK: My own personal “Pick Your Own” adventure courtesy of Todd and Diane — They allowed me to roam about their garden with shears and I went into a citrus craze. I have been cooking with everything from blood oranges and Meyer lemon to kumquats and calamansi, courtesy of my fellow food friends.

READ: The well-crafted AFAR magazine – Before my former CHOW colleague, Davina Baum, began working there, I had never heard of of the travel magazine. It has quickly become a regular read for me because it’s written for savvy, inquisitive, well-traveled individuals — a group I hope to be a part of someday.

DO:. The cherry on top of this month was most definitely my participation in the first-ever Craftcation conference.

EAT: Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels – They were my favorite perk in the favor bag from Craftcation; I’m starting to go through withdrawals now that I’ve worked through my stash of Chili Palmer caramels

DOWNLOAD: Evan Kleinman’s Easy As Pie App – After sitting in on Evan’s pie-baking class at Craftcation, I was curious to check out her recently-released  app. Though I have yet to bake from it, I’m drawn to it because she takes the anxiety of out pie baking because, in her words, “I’m not a perfectionist and yet I make delicious pies.”


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