Respite #1

Malibu Pier by Naomi Yamada
Malibu Farm sign by Naomi Yamada

Over the weekend I took some time to watch the beautiful Fall/Winter California sunsets - they really are magical. Also, strolled on the pier, had an outstanding meal at Nikita (everything was delicious and the view could not be beat - and the interior design was stellar too).  Also, watched Bruce Weber mentor some young photographers and took care of my houseplants. All special and ordinary at the same time.



Yakira Rona photographed by Naomi Yamada
Jewelry illustrations by Naomi Yamada

What makes her smile, touch her heart or she just loves: 


Designing and making her jewelry line.  

Yakira is masterful at creating beautiful distinct high quality jewelry inspired by nature.  Her approach integrates the beautiful interplay between the yin and the yang - the ebb and flow. It is in the richness of life's dualities that is the seed for most of her design idea.  Designing is second nature, it is a way of expressing and communicating.


The various hues, their vibrancy and the way they play off one another all add a different dimensions and feeling.  Color brings a freshness and can capture emotion in an instant. 


Yakira is one of those people with a natural knack for gathering people together for no other reason than to laugh and simply hang out.  It's the moments shared with friends that can bring all sorts of discoveries and special bonds. Her circle of friends are full of other creatives and they love to gather to inspire one another and hold themselves accountable to one another for creative ideas and goals they are working toward.  A loving creative circle of friends is key.


Taking care of animals is second nature to her.  She somehow finds herself fostering, adopting and looking after many animal friends.  There is so much beauty there. the grace and energy that are innate to animals.  Felines are a favorite, you will often find her posting fun photos for #caturday (AKA  Saturday ) and one of the big hits of her jewelry line is her meow necklace.

Nature / flowers 

A token of the natural world that adds beauty to daily life.... and of course the more colorful the more fun!  Peonies are a particular love since they are only around for a couple months out of the year - there is something extra special in that rarity. Flowers are representative of their season and are so beautiful they are a must to have around in the home and studio.  They can change the whole vibe of a room and they happen to be so beautiful and smell amazing. 

For more on Yakira's designs visit:  // instagram @yakirarona


Late summer beauty bits

Eucalyptus detail by Naomi Yamada
Summer beauty essentials by Naomi Yamada

Sometimes I am asked what do I use in my hair (it's long wavy and slightly unruly).  I never can remember on the spot what they are, so I thought I would include them here.  I prefer as minimal a routine as possible. I wash it maybe twice a week, always air dry - use this pre shampoo treatment once a week (partly because I love the tropical smell and feel) and if I'm going out I'll toss some mousse in it to pull it all together.  Some fun beauty extras here:  a favorite nail polish, the Louis Vuitton hair ties that are so off-trend I love them  and the hanging of eucalyptus in the shower thing everyone seems to be doing these days - for good reason ♡


NOTE:  I began a shopping list for things I share here, as a matter of ease.  I am not compensated for anything I mention here.  All is done in the spirit of fun and sharing.

Enya's dress

Street style Vintage Dress

Sometimes I see someone wearing something that makes me smile.  It can be the way they wear their hair, cool earrings (those Dior tribal studs!) or something unfussy and pretty worn in a laissez-faire manner.

A recent experience happened when I saw Enya in this vintage cotton dress.  Being on the shy side, I don't usually stop people and ask to take their photos.  I admire those photographers who do that quite naturally. In this case, I had the idea to have my gifted friend make a sewing pattern so we could have our own version so I NEEDED a photo.  Enya was very kind to oblige my out of the blue request and even showed me multiple versions of how she wears it - knotted in front, in back, buttoned up or low, etc. Plus, I really liked her motorcycle boots too.  Finding a classic simple silhouetted cotton day dress alluded me this summer but with this photo in hand and my friends' skills, hopefully I'll have one ready for Fall.