Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

Month: November, 2012

Visual Sunshine

It is no longer Indian Summer and the San Diego weekend forecast calls for low 60s and rain. That combined with an intense week and it’s time to make our own sunshine around here! I came across this perfect little Pinterest post…

Today I did this by making breakfast for dinner – sunny side up egg (no joke) on a piece of toast accompanied by a cold, dry glass of Sauv Blanc (Marlborough of course) and scrolling through blogs and Pinterest for bright, happy inspiration.

Goldfish Kiss – Always brings the sunshine!


Blonde highlights + tan bod + bikini = happy place

Glam mermaid scale looking jacket & the perfect white tee – oh my

Me & Griff


Octopus Awesomeness

So as M and I get a little further down the path of life without Griff, we are getting a little stronger. On the bright side, the tough stuff bonds you so much and brings you closer. And I know that, although we love each other and have a great relationship, I think this week we’ve taken it to the next level. We’ve both made such a conscious effort to be more patient with each other and really kind. And there is such a beauty in that. And I’m so appreciative that even in the really hard moments that come up in life, there is good in pretty much every situation. This year has had its fair share of challenges for us. But I look at how we’ve come together and how much we truly enjoy each other and I’m so very grateful! On the days when it’s gloomy, I’ll be manufacturing my own sunshine whenever possible. And thanks to M, my incredible family and fabulous friends, it’s not too terribly hard to do!

And speaking of incredible family…it’s my parents’ wedding anniversary today. These two beautiful, warm, funny, kind people are hopefully out to a delicious meal, drinking cocktails and celebrating their life together. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Happy Anniversary!!!


An Ode to the Free People Fairies

I don’t know about you, but after the last couple of days, I’m down for a little frivolous daydreaming.

If you got Free People’s Fairytale Issue, you probably sighed, smiled and imagined yourself wrapped up in cozy sweaters paired with sequined dresses and beat-up tall boots. No? Just me? I find that hard to believe. It’s one of my favorite FP catalogues to date…Bravo to the editorial team!

I’ll take one of everything please…

When I was little (okay even when I was in college), I used to flip through catalogues and pretend I could have the clothes on one page of each spread. I would spend a ridiculous amount of time debating which items I would get. It was so fun. So after much page turning and time sucking, here is my lovingly selected, carefully crafted wishlist for the Free People Fairies.

Wrap Me In This Please

Practically Perfect In Every Way…

How Could You Not Need This?

Fringy Goodness

This Would Make My Closet So Happy

Santa, would you pretty please put in a good word for me? ♥

Griffin Found My Key

Spoiler alert: this post is a bit on the sad side. So if you’re having a fabulous, sunshine-y day, it’s ok to come back tomorrow…

Last night Griffin, our just-shy-of-16 year old Weimaraner went to sleep forever. See I warned you!

Griffin, quite simply, was magnificent. He was a funny, beautiful, graceful dog. M got him was he was a puppy. And without being overly sentimental, I can’t say enough how much we loved him.

Griff as a puppy

He was a super speedy, high energy guy in his youth. Back in his hey-day, he was a leader on the ranch runs, and a local at Dog Beach. When Griff, M and I got together, he was still a joyful handful, but was running less and walking more (kind of like me at the time). Alway a bit of a ladies man, he had his signature meet and greet that wasn’t easily forgotten.

Best friend, lady killer, awesome napper

In the last 2-3 years he mellowed out a lot and could usually be found sneaking up onto the sofa when we weren’t looking or fast alseep at the end of our outdoor couch with the umbrella up, living the good life.

We were at the Charger game yesterday (and if you follow the Chargers, you know how that story went) and when we got home, he was waiting for us on his bed. It was his time. We knew it immediately. We sat with him, hugged him and told him how incredible he was. And how happy he made us. And how it was okay to go if he needed to. And just like that, he closed his eyes and off he went. Even in his final moments, he was so graceful and so considerate.

Last night was hard. Today is hard. M and I are walking around like the walking wounded waiting for Griff to show up. I’m writing this post from my spot on the outdoor couch and he’s simply not sitting next to me like usual. How surreal. On one hand, I feel immense grief in its purest form. I feel like there is a hole in my stomach and I’m a bit overwhelmed by how much I miss him – even though I’d been preparing for a while. On the other hand, I’m so grateful and happy for him to have moved on. You know what they say about laughter through tears being the best emotion. So I’ve been thinking of all the funny things he did too. And that breath, damn.

Our Typical Couch Setup – Saturday

Not five minutes after I came inside to call the animal hospital last night, I got a picture text from my friend Renee saying, “Look what I found”. It was my Mini key that I lost two weeks ago – refresh your memory here. I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but with the timing, I know it was Griff saying “Everything is okay. Look, here’s that key you were worried about. Don’t worry so much, things all work out. And, by the way, yes you are ditzy sometimes, the strap box. Really?”

Griffin Found My Key…

So Griffy, thank you for being the best dog and sun buddy a girl could ask for. And for being M’s best friend for over a 1/3 of his life. We’ll always love and honor you and we are so grateful for the time we all spent together! ♥

Griffin Wadley