Hoorah for Spring

The first day of summer is one of my favorite days of the year, but the first day of spring is almost as celebratory. Growing up on Long Island, the arrival of summer meant it was time for some fun: School’s out! Let’s hit the beach! But before carefree summer days, we had the warm-up. When spring came, there was always a sigh of relief. After months of freezing temps, bitter wind, and rain and snow, we were ready for a break. Come on, bring on the sunshine and warmth. Let’s see some green and those flowers. The seasons are less defined in Southern California but it’s still exciting to know that spring has sprung. Weeeeeeeeeeee.

The song for the day comes from Mr. Tom Waits:

…Not Just Flowers

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In addition to seeing lovely wildflowers during a hike in Malibu, we also spotted a coyote on the hike. Wide shot and close-up.

New Year Blooms

Just in time for the new year: the jasmine is starting to bloom! If I were a person to make New Year’s Resolutions, I would resolve to take more time to smell the jasmine (roses are fine, but jasmine is divine). But I do not need to make a resolution like that; our jasmine is strategically planted so it can be smelled while we’re sitting on the porch and it blooms around L.A. throughout the year. When I’m away from the blooms, I wear perfumes scented with jasmine and only truly natural jasmine. (Quick green living rant: synthetic fragrances are made of nasty and toxic chemicals. Also, synthetic means fake and why on earth would you want to wear something fake?) One of my favorite splurges of recent years was the jasmine solid perfume by Aftelier, which is packaged in a silver compact and fits in my makeup bag so I never have to leave home without it and I can dab a little behind my ears for a whiff of the most beautiful scent anytime I want a little lift.