Sarah Post

Stealing A New York Minute

September 14, 2015

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1. There was a time when the NY ladies of Sex In The City made the Cosmo the only drink girls knew how to order. In today’s world, you ain’t no lady if you ain’t sipping some sweet Rosé. And in the land of all things Instagram I learned that this past opening summer season there was a shortage of Rosé in the Hampton’s, prompting two of the comedic personalities I follow, @TheFatJewish and @TheBabeWalker, to create the ultimate chic chick drink, White Girl Rosé. Currently, you can only get instant gratification from the sweet pink stuff in New York, or you can be patient like me and have it shipped to your door. When Kristina came to visit me last, I knew it was the prefect moment to crack open a bottle. Our overall review as total non sommeliers; Delicious. Duh. It’s Rosé.

2. I couldn’t very well serve my bestie wine with no snacks, (what kind of hostess do you think I am!?) so I also sent out an order to famed NY bakery and sister to equally famous Momofuku restaurant, Milk Bar. Scrolling the online menu for Milk had me straight drooling on my keyboard. Between compost cookies, crack pie, and salted pretzel cake, I finally decided to go with their celeb complimented cake truffles. HOLY HEAVEN IN A MOUTH BITE. These little bad boys are no joke! Rich, decadent, and just down right delicious, the Birthday Cake Truffles were a huge win. And it wasn’t even anybody’s birthday. Before you jump on their site, BE WARNED: They have a monthly subscription service that you will want to sign up for.

3. Now how do I justify my slightly excessive intake of vino and confections with a totally adult lady metabolism, you ask??? Pilates of course!! As an instructor and very passionate promoter of Pilates, part of my biggest draw to NY City is that it is the U.S. birth place of my beloved practice. Around 1925 Joseph Pilates left his home country of Germany and met his wife, Clara, on the boat to New York City. Once they arrived they established the first studio teaching “contrology” on Eighth Avenue at 56th street in Manhattan. Fast forward to today, and there are dozens of Pilates studios speckled all over the city, state, country and world wide. And while there has been a rap-esque East Coast vs. West Coast Pilates beef dating back to the 70’s, I don’t think anyone will throw my LA buns off a reformer when I finally get to go see where it all began. While there are many studios I want to see and be taught at, one new spot stole my edgy heart with their fresh interior, wicked rock inspired T-shirts, and hip-chic-platinum-blonde owner Heather: New York Pilates. And since I can’t sign up for a class just yet, I settled for ordering some online swag to keep me inspired in my own studio. Their limited edition, 80’s rock inspired, Core Cult boyfriend tee is my current obsession! I don’t know what I love more; the skull graphic, the fit, the fact my birth year is on it, or that all the core tried and true Pilates exercises are listed down the back. Maybe I just love that it says “BADASS GREAT BUTT”, but regardless I can’t wait to sweat my face off in it when I take a core cult class in the city that many consider, the capitol of the world.

So watch out city-that-never-supposedly-sleeps because I’ve been taking lots of naps on the beach, gearing up to take the streets by storm! Now who’s coming with me???….

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Kristina Post

First Stop, Hollywood

August 19, 2015

When picking a seat for a flight I always pick the window seat. I find comfort and gratitude watching from above, not to mention, I love leaning into the wall to take a nap. An endless sea of blue mountains, one slightly lighter than the next, then fading into the distance is a scene my cell phone didn’t do justice. I dug out my “real” camera and snapped the first image to our COTF adventures.

Upon arriving at the Burbank airport I was ecstatically greeted by Sarah who then whisked us away to Starbucks. With our iced coffees in hand we headed to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for our hike to the Hollywood sign. With this trip Sarah and I wanted to cross some activities off her “L.A. bucket list”. Sarah has lived in southern California for over ten years and there is still so much to do and see!

For a Sunday morning this place was packed and became more busy by the time we headed out. As kids Sarah and I watched the movie Troop Beverly Hills on repeat. (For those who haven’t seen the movie, here is a quick recap: As Phyllis, a Beverly Hills housewife, is in the middle of a divorce, she tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter Hannah’s Wilderness Girl troop. The girls camp near the Hollywood sign and “rough it”. “We’re the girls from Beverly Hills, shopping is our greatest thrill!” The movie came out in 1989 and if you have no reason to watch it…Watch it for the fashion! See the trailer here.) Basically what I’m trying to say is… We were visiting a scene from one of our favorite childhood movies and it felt like everything went full circle.

As we took goofy tourist photos and explored the observatory, we were definitely excited to learn about our solar system and planet. Once we got our fill of space knowledge, we decided to keep on hiking closer to the Hollywood sign. Along our hike, the cutest elderly couple was truck’n along next to us. The sweet lady exclaimed she had never been there before and was so excited to see the views. Sarah and I both got super sentimental about seeing this seasoned couple hike the cracked, hot pavement together. Growing old together is something we both value in our marriages and our relationships. I like to think when our hair is white we’ll still be out exploring new places and taking on challenges together. Especially in big hats and while walking our toy poodles. Tiz & Siz. Yes, we’ve already picked out a breed and names for our dogs when we are 80.

We would love to hear from you! Where do you want to explore in L.A.? We just might give you our version! 🙂Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the FloorGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood signGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles Cake On the Floor, Hollywood sign

Sarah Post

Trainer Travel Tips

July 27, 2015

Turns out, some of the tricks I have in my gym bag have also helped me become a more savvy traveler. Here are a few of my favorite items to help you get from here-to-there and through your summer trips fast, fresh, and fit…

Laces Out: Whether I’m running through security at LAX or just trying to get from my dog walk to the Pilates studio, easy on-and-off sneakers make life more convenient. Introducing brilliant Hickies! This stylish lacing system comes in a bunch of different colors, fits almost any laced up shoe, and now all of my Nikes are decked in gold, black or grey. And while you might need to buy new kicks every so often, your Hickies can transfer from pair to pair. Because seriously, who has time for bows?

Hell No Cardio: I definitely don’t “work out” like usual when I’m on vacation or traveling, and tend to stick to social exercises such as walking along the beach, or swimming to the Mai Tai at the pool bar. BUT I do always bring my Theraband so that I can get everything from resistance workouts, stretches, and physical therapy moves done without ever leaving the cabana. Not sure what moves to do? There are endless YouTube tutorials, but be sure to check with your doctor first, especially if you have any injuries. Remember, a little bit of physical maintenance can go a long way in making you feel more active on your trips, and less sluggish returning home. Imagine…Is that a tan and more toned arms? And you were hardly even trying…

Not Those Blue Balls: I have said many times that my foam roller is the first thing I’d save in a fire, so needless to say, anytime I travel I shed a tear for my muscle busting best friend left behind. Well, thanks to the Rad Roller I cry no more! It’s small enough I can keep it tucked in my purse, but strong and precise enough to help roll out tight muscles from cramped coach seats and more. Arms, legs, back and neck can all get a good massage no matter where you are, and that is definitely rad.

From Nuun To Midnight: Dehydration can lead to nausea, fatigue, dizziness, irritability and overall turn you into a no-fun travel companion. Make your water work harder for you by adding in a Nuun tab! Electrolytes, 17 vitamins and minerals, under 8 calories, no added sugar and a bunch of flavors, these effervescent wonders help keep you in adventure mode all day long. Pop one in your reusable water bottle and hit the road.

Not So Fresh & So Clean: Flight delays, all day travel, and you’re feeling like a greasy dirt pile with no shower in sight? Been there. Enter my secret weapon for convincing people I’m clean with good hygiene, Alterna Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo! Spray a little in your roots and BAM! Instant lift, nice scent, impurities and oil are evaporated all while being paraben, sulfate and basically garbage free. I use a curling wand to add a little finishing touch, and love V. Swish Hot Mats so you can instantly unplug that hot iron (up to 480 degrees), wrap it, and go without waiting for cool down. Was that final boarding call? Couldn’t hear the announcement over this hair volume…

Now get out, get adventurous, and let the wanderlust take over! Ready for take off…

Xx – Sarah

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Kristina Post

Summer Concerts

July 14, 2015

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Lay back and smell the sun
Warm up the Georgia pine
Feels so good to be taking it easy
Why would I ever leave?
‘Cause I know

I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms ‘round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need and nothing that I don’t
Homegrown, Homegrown”

Zac Brown Band

Sunshine, live music and great friends added up to a killer weekend! Meegan and Curtis are our friends who as the lyrics say, “that live down the street” literally! Last time I went to the Gorge Amphitheater I was 18 years old and wanted to be as close to the stage as possible. It’s funny how things change and now I’d rather sit comfortably on the grass than fight my way through a crowd. It was doubly confirmed I’m at a new stage in life as we drove past the “Standard Campground” at the Gorge and arrived at the “Terrace Campground”. We got out of our truck and introduced ourselves to our neighbors, one gal said, “You guys are smart to stay here with the old people. The bathrooms alone are worth it.” Old people…yep, I’m one of them. I want a nice bathroom, a view, and a little space from my neighbor…and I’m okay with that.

After successfully getting our tents ready for our return later that evening, we headed down to the concert via shuttle. There was a sea of people wearing red, white and blue and I felt like it was the Fourth of July all over again! Zac Brown Band fans definitely know how to represent the good ol’ U.S. of A. As I gave my ticket to the lady at the gate, she commented how Meegan and I were dressed more for Sasquatch Festival than the present concert, which was funny because I was even wearing cowgirl boots! I tried to embrace the country vibe and apparently I missed the mark.

For most of my life I really didn’t enjoy country music. It was such a part of our small town where I’m from, I wanted to rebel against it. After a little maturity and wisdom, I actually really enjoy country music now and had a blast at my first country concert. They covered songs from the Beatles to Metallica during their set and took some serious liberty with their extended guitar solos. Dancing and singing filled the amphitheater to our delight and I’m already pondering maybe going back to the Gorge to see the Foo Fighters in September. It was an awesome experience overall and next time I might try staying at Cave B Estate Winery (they have desert yurts!). Unfortunately, they were all booked for this event.

Waiting in line to catch the return shuttle after the concert, we chatted with a couple from L.A. who fulfilled a bucket list check off by attending the concert at the Gorge. It’s pretty exciting to know to we have such a desirable destination just 3.5 hours drive from us. Whether you live near or far, I recommend at least going once and experiencing the views and music for a crazy, fun night!

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Sarah Post

Don’t Be Salty…

June 26, 2015

People have been using salt to cure, cook, and barter with for thousands of years. One of the five basic taste sensations, saltiness is something most of us seek out now and then, from pretzel to potato chip, or even in margarita form. Awhile back at my local Farmer’s market, I stumbled upon Hepp’s Gourmet Salt stand and fell in love with their variety of flavored finishing salts. After months of many different recipe experiments, here are three of my favorite ways to add a little salt to your summer…

SAVORY: I am obsessed with this Black Truffle salt. Of all the salts in my salt bar, this one gets used the most by far. Delicious on both eggs and asparagus, but my favorite way to enjoy it is on popcorn! My corn kernels of choice come from Tiny But Mighty Popcorn which I air pop, add a little olive oil to, and then toss a healthy splash of Truffle salt on top. Quick, light, crunchy, savory and of course, salty. WARNING: you will start shoving handfuls of popcorn in your face…like an animal. No judgement.

SIP IT: Originally I was determined to make the world’s greatest Bloody Mary using Hepp’s Scorpion Salt, but a few too many tomatoes and testers with this SPICY salt had me creating a brand new concoction to cool down. I’m calling it Sarah’s Scorpion and it is my official drink of summer. Sweet, spicy, strong, and refreshing, this is a must try:

Ingredients:

Vodka
Dry Cucumber Soda
Cucumber slices
Hepp’s Scorpion Salt
Ice

Directions:

Start with a glass and fill half way with ice. Then add one part Vodka, preferably like Eight Degrees that has a pepper finish, and top with two parts Dry Cucumber Soda. To garnish take a cucumber slice and LIGHTLY dust one half with scorpion salt. Place cucumber salt side up in glass and enjoy!
Remember, a little salt goes a l o n g way!! So use sparingly. The salt will slowly release off of the cucumber giving you sweet sips that bite! My lips were still stinging for minutes after my glass was empty, but in a good way… so good I made another one…

SAY IT WITH SEASONINGS: My friendships are everything to me and I’m always trying to find little ways to let the ones I love know that I’m thinking of them. I teamed up with Cakeonthefloor friend Aly, from The Pineapple Paper Co, and had these little tags made up that say “Because you are the salt of the earth”, signed with my initials. I then took small sealable bags (they can be purchased at Michael’s), filled them with 1tsp of salt and attached them to the cards. Aly also sent me a set of her “BFF Stationary” that is so rad I can’t stand it. The collection has three hashtag sayings; #BFF #Bestie, #Hoemance, and #Amishyou, in either gold foil writing or black. I wrote a little personal note and recipe suggestion on each one, then included a flavored salt packet and mailed them off to my girls. I can’t wait for them to try their salts! Contact Aly yourself to have custom cards made just like mine, or collaborate to come up with your own special way of keeping in touch.

So go ahead, give summer sweets a break and get a little salty…

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Kristina Post

Book Clubs & Hammocks

June 23, 2015

When I was asked to be in a book club over a year ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I only knew one girl in the club and here’s the kicker, I had read under ten books since high school. That’s like one book a year. I thought these ladies would sense my surreptitious* past in the first meeting and realize I wasn’t bringing much to the literary table. Boy, was I wrong! This group of ten woman has welcomed me with open arms and we have become wonderful friends. I’m still in the club, YAY!

As I lay in my hammock in our woods reading this month’s book, I’m super proud of myself for making time to read. I tend to reach for the remote when I have downtime and although tv has it’s enjoyment too, I find reading elevates my thoughts and expands my vocabulary to boot. Every month is a new challenge to find solitude and less screen time. 

A little bit about the club: Each month a new person picks the book and also picks where we will meet. We usually meet on Tuesday evenings around 6:30pm and have enjoyed Seattle’s cuisine from China Town to the U-District. Most months the person in charge has coordinated the theme of the book with the restaurant they choose.

One of my favorite memories was early on in the book club we read, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jaime Ford. We met at The Panama Hotel for tea and discussed Seattle’s sad past of the Japanese Internment and young love. As we left the building we were standing in a circle saying our good-byes when two wildly and wonderfully dressed women approached us, mimicking that of Iris Apfel. One woman spoke and said it made her so happy to see a group of young women enjoying the hotel. She asked us what we were all up to and we eagerly told her about our book club and what book we read. She preceded to tells us how she is the owner of the hotel and one of the characters in the book is based off of her. We were all so excited to meet her and she gave us very encouraging words of how women need to follow their dreams in life. She even signed our books (those who brought them). Before parting I commented on her fox fur/scarf that was draped around her shoulders. I said something like, “Wow that is quite the fox!”. She immediately took it off and put it around my neck. I had instant feelings of guilt and joy by her kind gesture and while feeling sad the animal died for fashion. But it was so freaking soft!  I couldn’t help but laugh at her wonderful sense of exuberance for life.

This and many other monthly memories have become part of my life because my friend Jasmine’s invitation to read once a month. If you want to be in a book club, I say start one! I think you’ll be surprised by the camaraderie and fun you’ll have. I’ve read books I never would have picked out because everyone’s taste is so different. This summer I plan to read as much as I can outside and especially in hammocks. Happy page turning, swiping and scrolling!

-Kristina

*I just learned that word in this month’s book!

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Sarah Post

Ain’t Life A Beach

June 15, 2015

The traffic sucks, our smog has it’s own area code, and you’d have to be living under a dry landscape rock to have not heard about the serious draught we’re stuck in down here. BUT despite the downfalls, there’s one thing Southern Californian’s don’t complain about: our 300 plus sunny days a year. YES there’s a reason I was born in a town that rains an average of 84 inches annually, and bought my house in a town that rains less than 20: SUN. IS. FUN!
But whether or not you have a beach for a backyard, here’s a peek at a few of my favorite things to encourage some sun seeking, sand and socializing this summer…volleyball, cake on the floor, beach, sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen, romper

1. Its in the bag, baby!…

I’ll be honest, I think a reusable grocery sack is a perfectly good beach bag. No matter how adorably adorned with sea shells, you will never catch me shucking out serious coin on a bag that is only being used to make it from the car to the sand. So imagine my joy and delight to find this Merona beauty while perusing the aisles at Target! Besides the fantastically affordable price, I love the boxy shape, simple colors (there are patterned options also) and its just the right size to comfortably fit everything you need. I’ve also found it makes for a great market tote, and it happily housed my fresh Peonies I snagged on the way through Topanga en route to the beach.

2. Don’t get sand in your shorts!…

While feeling the sand between your toes is nice, having sand stuck to you everywhere is a form of torture in some countries. Give your tush somewhere dry to land while taking in the ocean views with a ‘Lucky’ Turkish Pestemal towel. Besides being obsessed with the MANY colors to choose from, I love that these handwoven Turkish cotton towels are so fast drying and light weight, that you can toss it on as a shawl for your evening after the beach. Each one also comes with a glass evil eye talisman (a Nazar) to help protect your perfect beach day.

3. Throw shade…

I have mixed feelings about sunscreen, but as a person who is exposed to sunny stuff on the daily, I do apply a layer to my face, neck, and hands (my most frequently sun exposed spots). My product of choice, TarteGuard SPF 30 because its non-chemical, antioxidant-infused, non-sticky, light weight formula goes on so smooth without making my skin feel oily. It’s recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and protects against UVA/UVB rays all while being cruelty free. The fact it comes in a super cute bottle is an added bonus.

4. My Future’s So Bright!…

And so is the reflection off the water. Sunglasses, sunnies, shades, whatever name you prefer, are not just a simple accessory for Californians, they’re like an additional limb! We never go anywhere (including indoors) without them. Currently, my favorite pair are William Painter’s, The Hook. Made from aerospace grade Titanium, they’re unisex, nylon polarized, ultra lightweight and have a subtle bottle opener built into the sides so you can pop a brew for bae. After over a year of travels together, these have definitely passed my indestructibility test and come in my favorite color, matte black.

5. Gary Vs. Wilson…

We’ve all seen, or at least heard, a reference to Tom Hanks beloved Wilson from ‘Castaway’. And if you’re obsessed with new show ‘The Last Man On Earth like Kristina and I are, you’ve also met Gary, Phil’s Volleyball. Point being, next to a dog, the Volleyball might just be man’s best friend. Whether you’re a total newbie or a peppering pro, Volleyball is a great way to burn some calories on the beach, have fun, and meet new people. I decided to upgrade my tattered old ball and couldn’t resist this Wilson baby blue beauty. I named her Babe.

6. Cause we sip Rosé when we thirstay….

Sure you can sport the tried and true symbol of summer fun, the red solo cup, but WHY??? Up your snack game and impress your beach date with cheese, olives and WINE! These Shark Skinzz reusable wine flasks make bringing your favorite libation along super easy. They come in different colors and patterns and can be washed and used again, or recycled in an appropriate beach bin. Mine was filled with, duh, Rosé. When looking for a tasty snack, I about lost my mind in complete joy when I discovered Oloves, portable packs of gourmet seasoned olives. Olives are packed with nutrients including potassium, magnesium, and iron, and with added basil or lemon and garlic these babies are SO good! And what goes better with olives than cheese?!? Almost any grocery store will have some options of single serve cheeses. I chose Mini BabyBel Mozzarella and Jarlsberg Minis for their smooth and creamy properties, punch of protein, and because they are waxed wrapped, which means self-contained snack! You could of course add in some bread or crackers, but with these three items you have no mess and no stress. Imagine it, you’re like portable Paris…
I hope this helps you get out and enjoy the summer season. Happy buns in the sun!

Xx – Sarahvolleyball, cake on the floor, beach, sunglasses, snacks, sunscreen, romper

Kristina Post

Hello From The Pineapple Paper Co

June 8, 2015

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Here I was at my friend’s baby shower, and in walks Aly. A vision in black, with green eyes and red lips. I knew most of the people who were going to be at the shower, but I had no idea who this girl was. I thought, “she looks super rad” and asked myself, “Why don’t I know this girl?!” What started as a conversation at the shower turned into an Instagram friendship and is now a full blown hoemance (it’s like a bromance, but for girls). Aly and I think we came up with the term, but we aren’t sure. Aly has continued to impress me since the first day I met her all of 2.5 months ago and we’re so excited to feature her on the blog today!

At Cake On The Floor we are interested in promoting businesses we believe in and interviewing people who are not just creative, but candid too. Aly graciously agreed for me to come to her home and photograph/interview her for our blog. Over wine and blueberries, I hit record on my app and away we went!

COTF: How did you start The Pineapple Paper Company?

PPC: I guess it really started with Yes. Yes is the company before I changed the name. It all began when I started making Christmas cards for myself. I tried to buy some online, but they were so expensive…and they weren’t even that nice. I always wanted to change something about the cards available. Sooo…I started making them myself and people started asking me to do theirs! The business just kind of evolved from there.

COTF: We love your logo! Does the pineapple have special meaning for you?

PPC: Not really, I just really like pineapples! I mean I like pineapple, but it’s not something I can eat and eat…and eat. I see the fruit and I get excited. It brings me to a really bright place. Pineapples represent welcoming and when you see one you just can’t help but get happy. (Similar to hearing Pharrell’s song) I’m kind of the same way about cactus.

COTF: Where do you draw inspiration from?

PPC: Oh gosh! Everywhere! Top three would be…fashion, people, and words. When you think of a word or see a word, it really transfers you to a place. For example, if I say the word poppy. That would bring you somewhere, not necessarily the flower, but in your case you’d think of Poppi Photography. For me, the word palm tree has different meaning compared to PNW natives…I’m born and raised in Florida and the word palm tree doesn’t take me to some tropical getaway, it takes me to my childhood and the things that I used to see every single day. As well as the things that were in my front yard.

COTF: Who’s your ideal client?

PPC: That’s a tough one. I do so many different things like wedding invites and stationery. I guess the best client is one who orders both. (Laughs!) I like clients who are laid back and are really inspiring and vibrant. I draw a lot of inspiration from people. Most of my orders are online and everything is through text, so I have to get a glimpse of that individual, just through the words that she’s saying. I like clients who are excited about the process and are with me… and choose to purchase through the PCC because they like my specific style and modern/bohemian theme.

COTF: Is there anyone in your life, friend, company or celeb or otherwise that you’d love to work with?

PPC: Olympia famous, Stevie Olson! As soon as I met her, I knew I wanted to design for her. It was a goal of mine to be able to sell my products in LOLA Lifestyle Boutique because the type of woman LOLA attracts is the same type of clientele I like. Someone I would want to partner with is The Little Press. They are in Perth, Australia and they are GORGEOUS! They started kind of just like me with a small office and stained hands. They are all letter press and do a lot of collaborations. It would be so fun!

COTF: In a digital world, what makes you drawn to the tangible?

PPC: The senses! I really like the smell of things. So, it’s really odd, but when I get a fresh order of envelopes or paper, I unwrap it from it’s plastic and take it in! I don’t know what it is, but I just love that smell! Also, with every woman in the world having a Pinterest board, I want to bring the Pinterest board to your hand. A real life creation for you!

COTF: I think COTF needs some thank you cards! Do you think you could help us with that?

PPC: AHHHHHH!!! (Screams) YES!

And now let’s talk about Aly as a person!

COTF: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

PPC: Check my Insta!

COTF: Best vacation you’ve taken?

PPC: When I was in Arizona (I was stationed for active duty military with my husband, Kyle) living in Sierra Vista with nothing to do, we’d take weekend vacations to Phoenix. Last year over July 4th weekend we took a belated honeymoon back to Phoenix again! I absolutely love it there!

COTF: When you aren’t working what do you do for fun?

PPC: When I’m not working…which is like never…I’m really into fashion. Shopping is my fun! Then it just draws more inspiration for The Pineapple Paper Co and I’m back to work again.

COTF: What’s your drink?

PPC: Morning drink: coffee with whole milk. Evening drink: A sweet, sparkling, gin drink of some sorts.

COTF: Favorite social media app?

PPC: Insta (Aly never actually says Instagram. I kind of love it.)

COTF: Best advice you’ve been given?

PPC: This advice comes from my mom. I moved around a lot as a kid and I always hated it. I had to make new friends and I was always afraid people weren’t going to remember me. She told me, “If you are going to be remembered for something, be remembered for something good.” I apply this advice whenever I meet someone…whether or not I’m going to see them again, I want it to be a good memory. Especially if I run into them again in the future. I don’t want them to be like, “Oh…there’s Aly” (makes a sad noise, then laughs)

COTF: There are many charities in the world. If you started one, who/what would you want to help?

PPC: It’s a charity that has already been started, but I would want to help with The Wounded Warrior Project. It hits close to home for me. In 2008 Kyle was deployed in Iraq and was at a check point. While he was at the check point he got hit by a vehicle born IED. (A huge bomb in a car, which basically makes in two bombs in one because the bomb explodes and then so does the car). 15 people were injured and two died in that incident. Thankfully there was a cement barricade which Kyle was behind, however the blast threw him around 50 feet. He remembers being airborne and then falling and waking up in Kuwait. His First Sergeant told him that his team leader didn’t make it and then he was medevac transferred to Germany because he couldn’t walk. Then he was transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord here in Washington and it took him a year to learn how to walk again. During that time it was really tough. PTSD, pain meds and nightmares were all consuming and The Wounded Warrior Project gives support in many ways to those who need it. Kyle fought really hard to improve and is the most self-driven person I know. The morale boost the foundation provided was super helpful. I feel like it’s a way to pay back to those people who stepped up and were in harm’s way. They arrange iPads, computers, DVD players to be provided to soldiers who are recovering (even the occasional celebrity visit for a pick-me-up). Kyle not only walks now, but runs marathons! The Wounded Warrior Project has been known to build houses and create solutions for those who have lost limbs free of charge. They raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

Last question because hey, we’re COTF…

COTF: Favorite kind of cake?

PPC: I’m not really a sweets person, but I’d say plain vanilla cake with rainbow sprinkles. Maybe funfetti cake. I mostly just want to eat sprinkles and ditch the frosting.

This girl definitely adds some serious funfetti to my life and I hope you remember The Pineapple Paper Co the next time you need a card, invite, stationery or announcement! Each card is hand crafted to celebrate life’s best moments. Every piece of stationary touches Aly’s hands whether she is applying water color or applying gold foil or whatever else you can dream up. Thanks to Aly for being super amazing and I can’t wait for Sarah to meet her the next time she visits! Lastly, thanks to Nana and Tinker Bell for posing for the camera!

XO-

Kristina

 

 

Together Is Better

Pretty In Pebbles

June 1, 2015

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The food we ordered was light, so Rosé seemed like the perfect compliment. Then it kind of became the main course. We chatted and sipped, and chatted and sipped and then wouldn’t you know, as we started to see our world through Rosé tinted glasses, a beacon shown through our haze, right in front of us: Pebbles Clothing.

Across the street, tempting us with gorgeous handmade hammocks swaying in the canyon breeze, we immediately finished our glasses, called for the check and hightailed it across the highway. I’ll be honest, I thought it was a children’s only boutique and figured my purse strings would stay tightly in place. In short: I’m an idiot.

The boutique was not only filled with adorable kids clothing, beach accessories, women’s clothing, lifestyle accessories, and jewelry for DAYS, but also with the most infectiously fun owner, Ann.

As we ooooh’d and ahhhhhhh’d over all of the treasures, Ann told us about how she got started, her adorable kids (Lucas & Lucy), the handmade goods she sourced from her friends, and we finally had to stop our gab fest so she could attend to another customer. I say “other customer” but you know we instantly introduced ourselves to Dolphina (check out her Goddess workout DVD), celebrated how awesome she looked in a floor length caftan dress (which of course she bought), and the store started to feel like a gathering place for bad-ass babes, not a retail shop.

Kristina and I couldn’t bring ourselves to leave until every gorgeous thing had been inspected and touched by our fingers. Of course we obviously each hand to snag a few things to take home. Ann was kind enough to pose for pictures with Kristina, and by the time our purchases were packaged up, we felt like we’d made a new friend.

Here are a few of our favorite things we bought at the shop:

1. Best friend necklaces by Mana // I picked the triangle and Kristina picked the thunder bird.

2. A beautiful handmade dream catcher (You can see on our Instagram)

3. A long black tassel necklace (Kristina couldn’t resist!)

4. Bracelet by Wings Hawaii

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So the next time you find yourself in Topanga Canyon, look for Pebbles and let your happiness do the purchasing! We promise you no buyer’s remorse. Cheers to new friends and new finds!

XXo- Sarah & Kristina

Together Is Better

Life Liberato

May 26, 2015

As May 22nd finally came around, Not Gonna Fall’ had its music video debut and release on iTunes, introducing us to new musician Kendall Custer. But there was another debut that day, one behind the scenes for a girl who is used to being the scene; Liana Liberato.

Known for her acting roles in both television and film (most recently in the Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation, ‘The Best Of Me) Liana had no real intention to segue into directing. But sitting on her floor, listening to one of her best friends reveal an up-to-that-point secret music project, she willingly threw her hat into the ring for any position that put her in a place to be a part of Kendall’s art.

Last month, Kristina and I were fortunate enough to watch the actress take command on set as the director for the ‘NGF’ music video. Calm and collected, she handled the room with ease and clearly knew what she wanted out of every scene. It was hard to believe she’s just 19, even harder to believe that this was her first attempt at the job, given her natural take to it.

This past weekend, while celebrating the single’s launch over slices of Susie’s Cakes, I got to catch up with the accomplished actress as we discussed the album, friends and this new chapter in her professional life. Here’s some of what she shared…

COTF: What was your inspiration to segue into directing?

LL: That’s the thing…I didn’t plan on segueing into directing at all! It’s kind of funny because I’m an only child, and that comes with the fact that I’m very bossy I guess…but people have always said “You should direct!”, and I would say “No. I don’t want my hair to turn grey by the time I’m 20!” because that’s what I’ve seen as the most stressful job in the entire world, which I was not wrong about! So I kind of just fell into it, because when I heard Kendall’s song about 2 years ago I told her I would do anything to be a part of it and I didn’t care what it was. How I sum it up, is my group of friends are super tight knit and we’ve all come out here to achieve something, to inspire people and to help people believe that you can do whatever it is you put your mind to…you don’t need to narrow your thoughts. And when I realized Kendall was achieving that, and she was working so hard to show people that she can do really great things, well I wanted to be a part of it… I want to help people like that achieve whatever they want.

COTF: Were you nervous sitting in the director’s seat?

LL: There were so many moments before where I thought “What have I gotten myself into! No Way. No way can I do this!!”, but I’m a firm believer in that nothing is put into your life unless you can handle it. And everything just started to lay out in front of us so nicely, I mean there were barely any problems, and I just thought, if this is going as smoothly as I think it is then I’m obviously meant to be a part of it.

COTF: Being that this was your first time in this role, what was your strategy for directing Kendall’s video?

LL: I’m definitely an actor’s director. I definitely believe in everything that is involved with pre-production, but I don’t think you’re going to get what you want if your actor isn’t comfortable and you’re not attentive towards them. However much work you put in before hand is going to mean nothing if your talent isn’t going to put out what you want. So it’s kind of like, pre-production is done, I’m not not gonna think about it when I’m on set. My job is the here and now, the person in front of me that I want something really cool out of. So I guess that’s the kind of director I am… I found a lot of my acting bleeding into my directing just because I care so much for actors. I found myself relating a lot to what was going on with Kendall and Ryan, and hopefully that showed. I also found myself, and this is so silly, but I’d be watching the monitor on the verge of tears! Because I’m totally feeling what Kendall is feeling. I’m sure there is video of me out there dancing and freaking out in front of the monitor because I’m just so emotionally invested in what’s going on! Me and Ken (Kendall) have worked so hard on this together and collaborated so much, we literally connected on the same brain wave: we were doing a performance scene, and there’s the line “my girl come talk to me” and I knew that part was coming and I remember speaking to the monitor saying “Come on, just go like this!” (motioning with her finger) And she DID IT! She freaking did it without me having to tell her or anything.

COTF: Now the video was originally going to be shot in Brooklyn. What brought it back here to L.A.?

LL: We did want to shoot in Brooklyn…I can’t even remember why…we just liked the look. But then as the actual storyline evolved, we realized we really didn’t need to be there and spend thousands of dollars to fly everyone out, we can do it in L.A. We just need some really cool walls! Everything really came together here.

COTF: Whats the most unexpected challenge you faced on this project?

LL: I realized when I got into directing that what you see a director doing on set is literally just the surface of what their actual job is. I now realize that directing begins with an idea and ends in an editing room. An actor’s job, for the most part, is what’s happening on that set on that day, and its a full circle for directors. For an actor it’s pretty much laid out for you; this is the chair you’re going to sit in while you say this line and this is the carrot you’re gonna be eating because it says so in the script. But you don’t see that everything was so meticulously laid out beforehand and that the director had such a big role in it all. So that was a really big learning part for me, that this isn’t just about being on set, this is about building the whole story.

COTF: What was one special moment you had personally during this experience?

LL: It was the “Oh WOW. I can do this!” That was cool. Because I’m the type of person where if someone approaches me with something that really scares me, well then I have to do it. I have to see if I can do it. That’s the beauty of this job. I’ve been doing this (acting) for 10 years and it doesn’t get any easier, never the same problem or challenge, always new scenery. So being able to help someone with the creative process, I love that. And knowing that I was a part of Kendall’s journey, wherever she ends up in the next 10 years, that I was there in the beginning makes me so proud.

COTF: You roll with a pretty tight crew, including Kendall. Was there anyone you knew you wanted to be a part of this project?

LL: Yes, our DP (Director of Photography) Casey Stolberg. I met him three years ago, he was a friend of a friend at Chapman, and I always said I wanted to work with him and I had sent him some scripts of mine and said “Hey, I wanna direct this!” or “make this with you”, but it just never came about. But I always knew I wanted to use him at some point and this was the perfect fit. He totally got the vision and  was very meticulous, which was what we needed. He really kept us focused and broke everything down. Literally we broke down the song scene by scene, angle by angle, shot by shot because of him, which was so cool…and very tedious! But we needed it. Kendall brought in our producer, Julia Hodges and I can confidently say that this video would not have been made without her.

COTF: How did you enjoy being a part of a music video rather than a film?

LL: It was A. DREAM. And I say that because it didn’t have sound, the track plays through the entire thing. And coming from a complete technical stand point, sound can hold a production up for so long sometimes! Especially if you’re filming outside, so I was like “Great! I can talk to Kendall the entire time we’re filming!” and I could work with her without having to worry that the mic is going to pick something up. I think it was a nice transition into directing and I would love to, at some point, do an actual short or maybe a couple scenes, or maybe one day a feature…that would be cool.

COTF: Do you want to direct any more music videos in the future?
LL: Yeah, I LOVE it. I’ve always had a fascination with music videos and I’ve been in a few of my friend’s videos, I think they’re fun! I really love music, I don’t know anything about the industry, but I love listening and am a big appreciator. Kendall and I started planning the next video for her while we were filming this one. I made her promise me that I’m directing every video for this album! But I’m definitely doing the next one. And I’m dreaming real big, but there’s one specific song we really want to film in London…

COTF: Are there any teasers you can give us for the next one?

LL: Stories evolve…But, in my head a music video is just not gonna be flashing lights, dance choreography, and pointing to a camera. There is a really cool song she wrote about our friend group, called ‘Warfare Friends’, and that’s the one we’re most likely doing next. It’s going to be semi based on a specific night Kendall and I had in New York, but the video will mostly follow the guy in the story. You’ll only get to see Kendall for a few seconds.

COTF: Now lets rewind a little, where are you from and what brought you here?

LL: I’m from a small island in Texas, called Galveston. Its kind of the vacation spot of Texas….not a lot of people live there. But I was born and raised there until I was 9, and I was very blessed because I grew up with my parents saying “You don’t have to go to college”, which for many people thats not the thing. But they were like “What do you want to do” which was such a huge blessing because I was able to think “Oh! What do I want to do?” It is a small town that can get a little boring, and the one escape that I had was my theatre, playing different people, and playing out different stories. I loved watching movies and television and just completely escaping the world that I was in. I just thought WOW, if I could be that escape for other people and create stories for people to live in and imagine, that would be awesome. And my parents didn’t stop me from thinking that, they were ok with it… I mean I took their entire retirement! But they still believe in me! I promised my Dad an El Camino and my Mom a beach house so I’m gonna get it to them. But, everything big in my life happened in LA, so I formed my life here very quickly. I made my core group of friends, who are now my family because we all clung together, we knew no one and needed support.

COTF: How did you and Kendall meet?

LL: About three years ago I was at Sophi’s, and Kendall came walking in with her sister, she was the new roommate. I’ve known Sophi for 10 years and we’re a small group so, not on purpose, letting other people in can be hard sometimes. But there was a specific moment where we all went to the beach in the middle of the night and hung out, and I was going through a rough time, a big transition, and I remember driving back that night and knowing “these are my people”, these are the people I’m going to spend the rest of my life with. Kendall was so included in that, and I kind of knew instantly that she was going to be in my life for a long time.

COTF: Now the personal stuff! Dead or alive, what director would you most want to collaborate with?

LL: That’s SO hard!…I love Darren Aronofsky, I love Danny Boyle. I just think they’re such cool directors, I would love to act for and work with them.

COTF: Were there any films in particular that inspired you as a kid?

LL: Anything with Julie Andrews. I freaking love her. I started out in musical theatre when I was three. I LOVED acting and I loved singing, not much of a dancer, but I loved both those things and Julie Andrews did both in movies and entertained people. So, Sound Of Music, Mary Poppins, I was all for it!  I kind of wanted to emulate her career and always said I wanted to work with her before she stopped working. She was a BIG inspiration for me when I was younger.

COTF: Is there an actor or actress you would most like to direct?

LL: I have so much respect for Michelle Williams and think she’s so brilliant. From an actor’s perspective, she’s my muse, the career I’d most like to emulate. I was actually working on a project in New Orleans last year and specifically took a weekend off to fly to New York and see her in Cabaret. I was so star struck. So as a director it would be the most intimidating thing in the entire world for me, but would be such a learning experience for me because I would get to watch her working.

COTF: Ok, easy questions now… First thing you do in the morning?

LL: I’m really diligent. I have to wash my face and brush my teeth the second I wake up!

COTF: What do you do to stay active?

LL: I’ve done Pop Physique and Soul Cycle with Kendall before, and my idea of Hell are the stairs in Runyon Canyon. I’m more of a healthy eater type of person.

COTF: What’s your favorite place you’ve ever travelled to?

LL: It’s funny you ask, because I’ve just recently decided that every year I’m going to take a trip for myself outside of the country. Last year I went to London for 10 days, and that as of right now is one of my favorite places ever! But I also love Venice, Italy and Montreal, Canada. The food in Montreal is SO good.

COTF: Any go to words of wisdom?

LL: My Dad told me something a long time ago, that always makes me feel good and has meant a lot to me, “Never regret something you once cared about”. It can be so easy to tear yourself down for making a mistake, so I really like that one. A Shakespeare quote that’s stuck with me and I also really love is, “Cowards die many times before their death”.

COTF: How do you like to spend your down time?

LL: Watching Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Dance Mom’s… and just hanging out with my friends and eating lots of food.

COTF: Favorite spot to brunch?

LL: Kendall introduced me to this place, Highland Cafe, and it’s SO good. And Aroma Cafe. That’s my place, I love going there.

COTF: Favorite social media app?

LL: Twitter and Instagram are two of my favorite things. Twitter because that’s where I get all of my information, from serious news to fashion. And I love Instagram because I love photography, so I like to get a little creative with that.
(*Follow her at @LianaLiberato on Twitter and @LianaLiberato on Instagram)

COTF: Last question of the night, favorite type of cake?

LL: Vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and strawberries on top! I’m a total chocolate and strawberry person.

On that we cheered our cake forks as our interview ended and joined Kendall, Shevy, Sophi and Julia all shoulder to shoulder, hovered in front of Shevy’s computer to listen to the next tracks being put together. Singing along, celebrating the video, cell phones rapidly being checked and responded to, I could hear Liana tossing out ideas to Kendall as their eyes continued to get wide with excitement. The energy was infectious and I knew this crew was just getting started on what will be many, many projects together.

For Liana, life holds no limits, and we here at CakeOnTheFloor look forward to watching what she does next! Enjoy the ‘Not Gonna Fall’ music video here and stay tuned for future features on these lovely leading ladies.

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