earlier this month i went to visit a friend in italy. i booked my ticket through kayak which had an amazing deal…the catch was a 21 hour layover in sweden going to and from italy…fine by me! i’ve always wanted to go to stockholm so it was nice to get to spend some time there and explore the city, even if it was for a hot second. in my first 20 minutes in stockholm, i stumbled upon a record store. i went in and asked the guys who worked there if they could recommend a good swedish album that i could buy. they showed me a couple of options and then both agreed on det stora monstret. i was anxious to listen to it, i figured these guys would either take this seriously or just give the “american” the worst record they could think of. thanks to them, i now own an amazing record and one of my favorite souveneirs. walking around gamla stan i was going in and out of all the shops and cafes. i took this after i had loaded up on all the swedish chocolates i was going to bring back to the states. i love that this picture makes it look like a ghost town when in reality everyone’s actually inside the candy shop…that place was a zoo but it sure was magical. shortly after, i began to crash…my jet lag was REAL and my tylenol cold was wearing off. i desperately wanted a nap. i found this little garden behind a building and laid on a bench for a bit. i sat listening to the sounds of the city, watching people pass through, i think i could’ve laid there forever.
this cafe made fresh squeezed orange juice and the kids inside were mesmerized. it was really sweet seeing their excitement.
i am in loooovveee with greetabl! i’ve got friends in lots of different places at the moment so this has become a great way for me to send them my love from LA. with greetabl, you can send a personalized note and a gift to all your friends in far away places. recently one of my best friends moved to idaho (not cool idaho…not cool) so i’m sending her a greetabl with a “I MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY” note and lots of confetti because who doesn’t like confetti?!
i just received my first package from vnyl and it’s everything i dreamed it would be. with my vinyl membership, i get records delivered right to my doorstep! i decided to go for the trio plan, where i’ll be receiving 3 records every month.
how it works: each month you choose a vibe. based on the music preferences listed on your profile, one of vnyl’s curators will hand pick your albums according to that month’s vibe. last month i chose the #courtneybarnett vibe, which included the iron and wine and grouper albums. this month’s vibe is #daydreaming and i can’t wait to see what shows up!
sackcloth & ashes makes me feel goooooood! for every blanket you purchase, they will donate a blanket to your local homeless shelter and what is not good about that?! living in los angeles, it’s hard not to notice how many are left on the streets. with companies like sackcloth & ashes, they make it easy to lend a helping hand.
“founder of sackcloth & ashes, bob dalton, was inspired to help the homeless population when his mother, a hardworking single mother, found herself living on the streets in 2013. because of his mother’s story, bob realized that not all choose to become homeless-that some just need a second chance. he began to call homeless shelters in his area to ask what they needed. they all said blankets. that’s when he founded sackcloth & ashes.”
this past weekend, i threw my sister her bridal shower. this was my first task as the maid of honor and i was ready to throw down! i read all the wedding forums the internet had to offer-the horror stories, words of advice and a lot of penis shaped foods…it was exhausting and quite daunting. lucky for me (and courtney) we have some seriously amazing people in our lives that were willing to help put on this special day. it was great to see everyone come together and show their love for the beautiful bride. you can check out all the details of the final product below! #CheerstotheConroys
i just love studio tours! seeing the artist in their creative space is so inspiring to me. the design files did a piece on melbourne based ceramicist, sophie harle and her passion for pottery. “there’s just something about the form, the feel, the weight, it’s all just so alive. when you hold a good pot you don’t want to put it down, and i want to make those kinds of pots”. you can read the full article here.
babylonstoren seems to be straight out of a movie. where the writer goes to cure their writer’s block, where the busy city girl goes to unplug or where the lost 20 year old goes to find their purpose in life. regardless of what character you are, babylonstoren welcomes you to the country getaway you’ve been looking for. you can see more about the farm and hotel here.
babylonstoren offers one-bedroom suites, one-bedroom cottages and two-bedroom cottages.
guests can enjoy hand-picking their own crops or can dine in the hotel’s restaurant, babel.