Summer Roadtrip


Summer road trips are a favorite love.  As a kid, I looked forward to them every year as they were this special time dedicated to exploring. I have some pretty great memories from them.  Sometimes we went far, sometimes not so far.... but it was the ritual and excitement of being together on the road on an adventure that I loved/love.

One of the things I noticed about my current road trip experience is this strange preparatory stage where I build this ever growing 'what to bring/pack' list.  With the constraint of flying and my vow to never check luggage I am excellent at staying disciplined  (I have pre-made lists based on the climate of my destination). But, road trips are another story, my list keeps expanding - I pack with the mindset of 'there is always more room in the trunk for more things'.  I tell myself it is totally acceptable (& normal) since sometimes a quarter of my luggage is photography related (yes, I have been known to bring 4 cameras - not smart at all because truly I only end up shooting with one)

When I really zero in on what I will use everyday, the above represents my top choices. Something easy and fun to wear, sun protective accessories and things for making and reading - kind of all you need to enjoy your summer journey.



Naomi Yamada Wedding Guest Weekend

Quickly packing to attend a wedding out of town, I am not sure why I didn't prepare better.... No time for shopping, going with a classic LBD and a few key classic accessories.  Keeping my make up "summery minimal" except for an subtle red lip (my new make up go to is Surratt - such great textures).  Going to bring my polaroid this time, always a winning accessory at a wedding.



The holiday came and went and for me it was quiet. I watched fireworks from my living room window - they looked small but still magnificent.  

In Japan during the summer fireworks are a regular occurrence.  It was the perfect weekend to flip through this book once again and study these photographs.  Something about the deliberate randomness is striking me.  I sat with the book over coffee, over tidying up and still it's on my desk.  I see lights in the sky in my mind.

I painted a firework this morning from memory - I love the inherent sense of happy and joy they bring. 



Summer neutrals by Naomi Yamada

I am not the best shopper anymore.  I am easily overwhelmed with the amount of product out there, but at the same time I have become even pickier in my choices.  Even though I know I'm not a trend type of consumer, it does not stop me from wanting to look at everything, I may know it's not my thing but I want to see it anyway.  For some reason, I have yet to fully embrace my style methodology, maybe because it kind of sounds boring (neutrals, solids over prints, no synthetic fabrics and flattering cuts/shapes).

So I was pretty pleased that my search for some summer neutrals was a solid success.  After some devoted internet searching... Voila!  I found a few things I am already putting to good use.  It started with the perfect light cashmere blend tee, the most comfy sneakers (in the perfect shade of nude) I have ever owned in my entire life (maybe it's because these are leather?) and a gold hair pin that helps me make a semi decent messy bun.

Pairing it up with classic aviators, my go-to nail color and a choker necklace that wakes up any tee.

I should just be true to myself and accept, neutrals and beautiful basics make me smile. 




When I worked at the Getty Museum, I became mildly obsessed with the GRI (Getty Research Institute).  It is the ultimate art history library - they have everything!  or they have access to everything!.  I would visit often because it always expanded any idea I had.  Many books were in foreign languages, some books had the most beautiful covers or typography.  It was easy to get lost in there - not to mention the building was beautiful, especially when it had an Andy Goldsworthy sculpture that I still can't believe got washed away due to a plumbing accident.  That experience turbo boosted my already growing personal library, it made me look at visual material of all sorts differently and my collection grew.  I now have binders and binders, all types of magazines and tons of books (I have given so much away, but there is still plenty and as much as I let go of I get more).  I have digitized a solid amount but there are a few that would loose some of its magic if digitized.  This book is one of them. 

Found at a Paris flea market and just beautiful - I love looking at this over and over.  I never tire of its beauty. 

Hermes book about an encounter on the nile by Naomi Yamada


Naomi Yamada Weekend Mess

A few things I have set aside for the weekend.  A film camera (cool Rose Bowl score) I finally got working and some black and white film, my current favorite candle that I am addicted to, peonies (instant mood lifters), the best nude polish for my skin tone and the book that makes me wish Instagram was around during my Getty Museum days - all the cool photo opportunities I could have had. Such a fun/great/inspiring book - I love how she sees the specialness in the ordinary and the sensuality of light in her images.  See more of her beautiful images here.


...& below a sneak peak at something I am working on this summer...

Naomi Yamada Peony Desk Mess