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April 14, 2015


It’s crazy to think we have already lived in this space for almost 2.5 years. A little tidbit about me: I have never in my life lived in one residence for more than 3 years. But since it doesn’t look like we’re moving into another space anytime soon (hello exorbitant living expenses in California!), we’re working with what we’ve got. Lately we have been trying to make this apartment feel more like a home and less like a cluttered mess of hand me downs. We are semi-succeeding with small victories (like finding a new spot for our surfboards, so they don’t draw everyone’s attention in the living room/cover up a nice framed poster we have hanging).  Anyway, here are some new additions to our humble abode that are helping it feel a lot more homey.


Houseplant! I love plants and am dreaming of the day I can have my own garden. I’ve been lusting after houseplants (including this fiddle leaf fig) for quite a while now, but since our apartment gets awful light, I’ve never pulled the trigger. Well, last night we had to make a trip to Home Depot, so we thought we’d give it a go. I’m already obsessed and am hoping I can keep this little guy alive (if not, it was only $20, and I can try again). Our bedroom gets the best light, so that’s where he’ll be living. P.S. I know fiddle leaf figs can cause upset tummies for pets that eat them, but Kipling hasn’t shown any interest, and we block our bedroom off when we leave the apartment.


Isn’t he beautiful?! Having plants in your home is also good for your health – wins all around!


I also scored these wooden “antler” candleholders from West Elm for 1/3 of the price! I tried to snag them back in December, but they sold out and recently came back in stock.


This means we need to have more candlelit dinners, which I am not complaining about.


I also (finally) finished this cross-stitch. I almost had it done in January, but it fell to the wayside for several weeks. I finally sat down and powered through the last bits, and I’m so happy I did. This is my first time cross-stitching, and besides marveling at the finished product (I made that!), I’m also relieved to know I got a lot faster/better at it as I neared the end.


I say this is my last addition to the gallery wall, but who am I kidding? I already ordered this print to hang up (I couldn’t resist). I’ll have to get creative with adding more space because this is my favorite part of my apartment to work on. I call it my happy wall because a year later, it’s still making me oh so happy.



-wonderland sam

my last roll of film

April 7, 2015


Oh, hi. Again. I have to admit blogging has not been on the forefront of my mind lately. What has been? Oh, I don’t know. MY LIFE. That seems to be the way it goes. Everything feeling up in the air and uncertain and what am I doing with my life and you know the drill. I want to figure out what this space means to me, what to use it for, what my voice is, blah blah blah. I haven’t even been using my cameras lately (minus my phone camera because HELLO INSTAGRAM – I love it). So here I am, again having incoherent thoughts and as always trying to figure stuff out. So eloquent. Anyway, I nursed this last roll of film for 3 months, which is a little absurd (the photo up there is from Christmas). I tried a different type of film and am sadly disappointed in it. There were definitely not as many winners in this roll or shots that I had heart eyes for. Part of it is probably due to the lower ISO, which I had some difficulty adjusting to. But whatever it is, I’ll be sticking to my tried and true regular film for the time being. The last of this roll was from our Easter camping trip to Joshua Tree, so as soon as I finish up the second roll I started, I’ll share more from that trip.


A short hike in San Diego. Because it’s beautiful and dog friendly, and can we move there already?





Horse dog.


Another hike, another time. Don’t be fooled by the fact that my husband is wearing LITERALLY the exact same outfit.



This is our secret beautiful hiking spot in LA!


Valentine’s Day picnic and snuggles.



A drive down the PCH for a sunset view.






My favorite.


My niece got to stay with us a couple of days during her spring break. There was plenty of skating, sand, chicken and waffles, Just Dance!, cookies, and homemade pizza. Always grateful.


Skinned knees and sand.


Joshua Tree. Fun fact, I  lived there for a very, very short time when I was about 3-4 years old.





If you are keen to keep up more with my life (do you exist?), you can follow me on Instagram. I’m always trying to use it often to document and be creative and all that jazz.

-wonderland sam


March 17, 2015


Oh, hi. I have too many thoughts swarming through my mind to make any semblance of coherent thought right now (plus I have one million things to do today), so I’ll just do my best and share some pictures from our recent ski trip to Colorado…because why haven’t I done this already?


Whitney’s grad school friends planned an unofficial reunion in Breckenridge, where we stayed in a giant house with close to 30 people. It was like college with shared beds and air mattresses (we checked our queen size mattress on the plane because WHAT UP Southwest with your free checked bags?!) and communal cooking (let me be clear that I did no cooking, and it was glorious, and thank you chefs for all your hard work). It was my first time skiing, and I had doubts as to whether I would enjoy it – the first day my doubts were dismissed, and the second day my doubts were very much back and clear and telling me THIS IS SCARY AND NO FUN AT ALL. The first day I caught on easily and had so much fun in our lesson and on the slopes, and the second we went to a scarier mountain (Copper Mountain), and I cried and thought I couldn’t make it down and would need an emergency snowmobile to drag me down (full disclosure here). I have not given up though. I will try to grasp onto those memories from our first day, so that I only have happy thoughts and can return for another ski trip. Happy things – hot tub, Bananagrams, Bailey’s. Confusing things – two people named Sam.


Hey what happened to only cute pictures of dogs and no words?

Oh yeah, we went dog sledding. Which was my favorite thing in the world, and I’m so happy I made others do it with me. The dogs were the best thing ever, duh, and I want to take them home with me (you can adopt the leaders of the pack soon! They are 8 and brothers and retiring, and if I had a house I so would…). I took like, 5 pictures skiing…and 500 dog sledding if that tells you anything. Oh, these are all taken on my phone because EXTREME SPORTS are not meant for DSLRs…though a GoPro would have been handy in these situations.


I made it a point to learn all of the dogs’ names (to be polite and so I could yell out their names while mushing). So here goes (in order of the pack) – On Yeti, on Everest, on Molly Brown, on Frye, on Dragon, on Crystal, on Stinger, on Klondike! Everest was my favorite (floppy eared brother in the front). Crystal was just a baby. And Stinger was the most like Kipling (whiny and klingy). All of them pooped and peed WHILE running and stuffed their adorable heads into the snow when we would take breaks. I told you. Best thing ever.
















Hopefully I will be back more regularly to share more incoherent thoughts. Oh, ski goggle face.

-wonderland sam

our valentine’s day

February 18, 2015

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Like I said before, we never go crazy on Valentine’s Day, and this year was no exception. All I wanted was a low key day with my husband and Kipling, who also turned four (she was actually born on February 14!). We grabbed sandwiches from our favorite neighborhood sandwich shop and had a picnic at the park, and Kipling got a doggie cupcake to celebrate. I got to wear my new vintage dress (and purse and shoes) that I found on Poshmark, and I’m in love. We also stumbled upon an estate sale in the neighborhood, and I checked out the last few minutes of it. I came home with a necklace that I’m going to try to wear (I am not a jewelry person) and an itch to check out more estate sales.

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It was a beautiful, sunshine filled day, and afterwards we came home to catch up on some Homeland before venturing back out for a short hike at dusk at Baldwin Hills (can I just say how much I love that time of day?). That evening we made homemade pizza, and Whitney baked me chocolate chip cookies; I helped a little, but it was sweet of him to have planned that. It was a wonderful love filled day with the two I love most.

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-wonderland sam

lorelai’s/sarah’s/lauren graham’s love life

February 13, 2015


*yes, that’s Dean…and me…and a friend.

In honor of Valentine’s Day (and because I just finished all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls and the perfect finale of Parenthood), I thought it’d be fun to steal my friend’s idea and rank Lorelai Gilmore’s/Sarah Braverman’s love interests. Because there are A LOT. If you haven’t watched either of these shows, 1) you are sorely missing out and 2) you will have no idea what I’m talking about, so you may as well stop reading right now. In the vein of me not wanting to spoil things too terribly (or go into too much depth on this subject), here are my short and sweet opinions. Drum roll please…

1. Luke Danes (GG) – DUH. Period. End of story.

2. Mark Cyr (P)- Because he was literally THE nicest guy and such a cutie (HIS SMILE). But he was too young for her.

3. Christopher Hayden (GG) – He never fully won me over, and as the seasons progressed I liked him less, but hey, he was Rory’s dad, and they had such a long history/excellent chemistry together. You couldn’t help but have a soft spot for him.

4. Max Medina (GG) – This relationship progressed too quickly, but he was a stand-up guy.

5. Hank Rizzoli (P) – Never bought the chemistry between these two, but he was a good guy who was good for her. Compelling arguments I’m making, right?

6. Alex Lesman (GG) – Who is Alex? Yeah, I thought the same thing. He seemed like a good match, but then she stopped dating him, and nothing about it is ever mentioned. Therefore I can’t mention much except WE’LL NEVER KNOW.

7. Jason Stiles (GG) – Just…no. He was okay, but really, why was she with him? We knew this would be a disaster from the get-go.

8. Seth Holt (P) – He was 50 shades of mess.

*GG for Gilmore Girls, P for Parenthood, obviously.

Did I miss any? I know Sarah dated Adam’s boss for a short period, but I can’t even remember what he looks like, much less his name. At least she controlled herself a little more in Parenthood and wasn’t engaged three times (only two!). How would YOU rank the men in her life? And when can I next watch Lauren Graham play a struggling and neurotic single mother with a tumultuous love life? I’m serious.

Bonus! Rory’s shorter and sweeter list:


2. Jess needs an attitude adjustment.

3. Dean is the literal worst.

-wonderland sam

P.S. Talk to me about this in person, and trust me, I can go IN DEPTH.

P.P.S. The real Lorelai Sarah Lauren Graham is dating the actor who plays her brother, Adam, on Parenthood. Freaky.

etsy love this valentine’s

February 6, 2015


Image/Art from Laura Berger

We don’t do a whole lot for Valentine’s Day; we usually just go out to dinner. It also happens to be Kipling’s birthday, so I’m often more focused on that (she’ll be FOUR this year!). But just for fun, and because I’m enjoying “virtual window shopping” too much these days, here are some things from Etsy I absolutely don’t need, but it would be fun to get for Valentine’s Day (and hey, why not use this day as an excuse to spread some love to small business owners?):

Mid-Century Wooden Candle Holders

Lion Art Print

Amazing Vintage Parka (that is not my size/completely unnecessary in Southern California)

Faux Deer Head

Alice in Wonderland Hoop Art

Cute Buns Notecard

Fantastic Mrs. Fox Brooch

-wonderland sam

my favorite film photos from 2014

February 2, 2015


It has been a while since I used my film camera. In 2014, I shot almost exclusively with it, but when the holidays rolled around I picked my DSLR back up (since I would be taking so many more photos and having the digital files were much easier to share). It’s great to mix things up, and I’m glad I’m starting to love my DSLR again (I was in such a funk with it). But, I miss my film. My mom is visiting this week, and it’s the perfect excuse to use the rest of the roll I have sitting in my camera. It’s a different kind of film than I usually use, so I’m excited to see the results!

Anyway, I thought I’d go back through the film photos I took in 2014 and share (some of) my favorites – both for fun and for inspiration. Really, I love them all, so it was difficult to narrow them down. There’s something so magical about film (even when out of focus or blurry) that digital doesn’t quite capture.

*As always, photos were shot manually and are unedited. And there are a lot of dogs. Because we love them around here.



























-wonderland sam


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