first look

I’m loving these photos of grooms seeing their brides for the first time on their wedding day. What’s your favorite? They’re so sweet and kinda funny! I like the idea of arranging a private moment together before the ceremony. It takes a little pressure off walking down the aisle–although that surprise element is pretty sweet too.

(photo by Kyle Hepp)


You may have noticed that the blog has been looking a little more spiffy these days. I’m thrilled that I can finally create things the way I see them in my head thanks to blogshop! Blogshop is a photoshop class for bloggers that I was lucky enough to attend a few weekends ago. In fact, I’ve had my eye on blogshop for a while now, but the class always sold out before I snagged a spot. I was beating myself up a little bit when LA sold out, especially since I knew it was the last one here for the year. The Friday morning before blogshop LA, I saw on twitter that a spot had opened up for the weekend! As in…the following morning! I was all, “Should I do it??” And Dan was all, ” Yes!! Do it!!” So I signed up, downloaded a free 30-day photoshop trial, got a shift covered at work, picked out a cute top, and the next morning I was on my way!!!

The weekend was awesome. I was a complete photoshop novice, and was craving knowledge for my blog and for building my photography business. I’m a sucker for details, and on top of learning lotsa new skills, the example work we got to practice on was top notch. I especially loved learning how to retouch photos (which I’ve been doing non-stop ever since) and creating photo templates I can use over and over.

We also got some pretty cool goodies, including a copy of Joy Cho‘s Blog, Inc. (and she stopped by for a talkback). Bri and Angela were inspiring, not only creatively and as teachers, but as businesswomen who do what they love. This post is also my entry into the blogshop photoshop contest. The winner gets a copy of photoshop CS6–swoon!! And since I’ve used my 30 day trial every day since blogshop, I’m in it to win it!

blogshop goodies: t’aime print from Minted | 2. portrait of me by Angela Kohler for blogshop LA | 3. geometric notebook from Brown Paper Designs | 4. Reusable Shopping Bag from BAGGU


Have you been watching So You Think You Can Dance? this season? I love Eliana! I’m rooting for her for the win! This number by Christopher Scott with Eliana and Twitch was SO good. Two amazing dancers and one of my favorite songs of ALL TIME?? I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched it because I’ve lost count. Many a friend can attest that a guaranteed way to get me on the dance floor is by playing Please Mr. Postman…or Beyonce.

Christopher Scott was also the choreographer behind this memorable duet from last season. Who are you hoping will win this season?


My home will be changing next month. Dan and I are moving into our own place, and Allison is moving in with our friend Miguel. Allison and I will have lived in this apartment for exactly two years. I loved this apartment, and even though I’m really excited to start this next little chapter with Dan and build our home, I’m going to miss so much about this place. Like, I don’t think it will be as funny to text Allison from my bed when she’s not one wall over! That being said, I know Allison will be over at the new place (hello, we have to watch The Bachelorette together), and I’m sure there will be lots of sleepovers. Most importantly, we’ll still be there for each other the way we are now, I just may have to get dressed to have a big cry instead of standing in a robe in our hallway. Dan and I are looking at apartments in our current Fairfax Village neighborhood, as well as further east. Keep your fingers crossed for us that we find a place we really love! Here are some photos that remind me of the neighborhood and my current LA home.
Coffee Commissary
our alley
Canter's Deli
Dan's Schwinn
rootbeer float
Short Order

Diane Keaton

I recently read Diane Keaton’s memoir, Then Again, and really enjoyed it. She writes about her career, iconic films she worked on, and actors she dated. But it’s more a story about her family, and her relationship with her mother. This one excerpt in particular touched me and I made sure to bookmark it to share here on the blog. The sentiment isn’t revelatory, but I’ve never heard it said quite this way before:

…pretty, with its promise of perfection, is not as appealing as it used to be. What is perfection anyway? It’s the death of creativity, that’s what I think, while change, on the other hand, is the cornerstone of new ideas. God knows, I want new ideas and new experiences.

I also loved this excerpt about Woody Allen:

Woody woke up the morning after and opened The New York Times. On the front page he read that Annie Hall won best picture and went back to work on his next script, Interiors, a drama. Woody stood by his principles. To him there was no “best” in an art form–that included no best director, no best picture, and definitely no best actress. Art was not a Knicks basketball game.

p.s. Even though it may not be her most well known or biggest role, I’ve always loved Diane Keaton as Nina Banks in Father of the Bride I & II–her chemistry with Steve Martin is perfection! First Wives Club is another favorite. What’s yours?


Hi! Welcome to a cozy boat. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for months, but not having the “perfect name” was causing epic procrastination. Too bad I didn’t come along this quote earlier. I owe lots of credit to my dear friend Allison, who helped me brainstorm until finally it dawned on me, and Allison said, “I’m pretty sure that’s it.” And so it was. The blog is looking a little bare bones at the moment, but as I learn that will change.

I plan to share bits of my life (and more) with family and friends that are near and far, and hopefully meet a few new readers along the way!

Oh, and in case you were wondering…

“a cozy boat”

was a phrase my Dad made up when we were kids to describe…

happy togetherness

an adventure (big or tiny) we were on

a place of comfort

a moment of (needed) humor

the place one always wanted to be.

first day of school walk with my dad in London = a cozy boat

p.s. I must warn you now I will mention my love of Beyonce often on this blog. I have to assume this is more of a treat than a warning. So let me try that again. I must treat you to the knowledge that I will talk about Beyonce until…always!!