Tag Archives: Outings

America the Beautiful

Joshua Tree California
In honor of Earth Day, I have decided to start a new series on the blog: America the Beautiful. I love traveling around to new places and discovering the beauty it holds, be it natural or man made. I decided to start with Joshua Tree National Park, located about an hour outside of Palm Springs, California. I had an awesome time hiking around there this weekend, taking in all the incredible sights and trails. It is such a unique area, and the photos don’t do it justice. If you ever vacay to Palm Springs, I highly suggest taking a couple hours to check out this gorgeous park.
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
I cannot get over how gorgeous the desert landscape is. So unique and beautiful in its own way.
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
The brown color of the rocks and ground mixed with the various green colors of the plants makes for a gorgeous color palette.
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Happy Earth Day! Don’t forget to look at the beauty around you today, and every day!

Jess in the City (My NY Recap)

I can’t believe it is a week since I jetted off for an amazing weekend in the big apple. I had the best time seeing old and new friends, exploring and just taking in everything New York has to offer. What a fun city, and I totally fell in love with so many parts. Check out some of the highlights below.
Central Park New York
Central Park–The weather was perfect the entire time I was there!
Exploring New York Brooklyn Bridge View
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge was definitely a highlight.
Brooklyn Bridge NYC
Brooklyn Bridge NYC
Brooklyn Bridge NYC
Ok seriously, I was obsessed. The view was UNREAL.
Brooklyn View
Brooklyn NYC
I spent a good amount of time in BK, and it was awesome. I had no idea how big it was!
Rooftop View NYC
Rooftop view from Berry Park
New York City New York City
Yes, it may seem weird that my friends took me to get tacos in NY, but the vibe of this place was awesome (and the tacos were pretty good too!)
New York City
New York city
Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower
DreamDry Blowout
Ended the trip with Soul Cycle, blowouts and a goodbye dinner with the lovely Elizabeth of Bonjour + Hola. Such a great hostess. (All I can say is thank you Alt Summit for introducing me to this señorita. “HOLA!”)

Coming next week, my Mast Brothers exploration with Christy (who is FANTASTIC.)

Journey of a Dress

This weekend, I visited the Diane von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress exhibit at LACMA. It was…amazing, inspiring, colorful and full of life. If you are in the LA area, it is a MUST see. Check out some of the awesome photos below. The prints were unreal, and the space is absolutely so well done.
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF LACMA Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress
DVF Journey of a Dress

Font Friday 4.2

This week I have been at Altitude Design Summit, which is something I have been so looking forward to. I’m loving getting to blog, doing all sorts of design projects and getting to meet new people. This conference seemed like the perfect interesection of all three, and let me tell you I am LOVING it. Definitely check it out. Coming was taking a chance for me, and I am so glad I did!
Font Friday Kenzo
I like a lot of san serif fonts that are tall and not too thick. Kenzo meets both of those requirements, and I love how it looks as a display type. Enjoy and have a great week!

December in Review

I think each month starts to go by faster and faster. Here’s a quick recap of my December. It consisted of lots of holiday celebrations, family time and cookie decorating, with UniqueLA, a trip to the PacNW and a fun cocktail photo shoot thrown in! Hope your first full week of 2014 is off to a great start!
From Rain to Shine December in Review

Fall Flowers

LA Flower Mart
I love flowers, and have been hearing for quite some time how amazing the LA Flower Mart is. Last weekend, I had to check it out for myself, and it did not disappoint. So many gorgeous, interesting flowers everywhere, and at such reasonable prices. Note to self: Get there earlier next time! The mart is open from 6am–2pm (on weekends) and many vendors start to pack up around 12. I was on the hunt to find some fall flowers to make table center pieces for Friendsgiving. [Check it out here + here]
LA Flower Mart Sunflowers
Los Angeles Flower Mart
LA Flower Mart
I came back with quite a haul! Trust me, it is hard to stop yourself.
White Flowers
Wrapped Flowers
LA Flower Mart
Special thanks to Yael Nov for accompanying me and photographing our day at the Flower Mart!

October in Review

It is blowing my mind that October is over and we are fast approaching Thanksgiving!  While shopping this weekend, some stores were actually playing Christmas music! I’m like a giddy little girl this time of year! October was a great month and I can’t wait to see what November has in store.
FR2S October in Review

Trophy Cupcakes in LA

I look forward to the parties that Urbanic throws every couple of months. Last night’s party featured a delicious Seattle-based company, Trophy Cupcakes, and celebrated release of their new book, Cupcakes & Parties. We sipped champagne, ate some adorable mini cupcakes and created an adorable badge. Take a look at some of the photos from last night.
Get Crafty
FR2S-Trophy-Cupcakes-3
Trophy Cupcakes
Get Crafty
You can see the badge I made (from cupcake tins!) on the bottom left! Such a fun evening!

Pasadena Flea Market

On the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl becomes the biggest treasure hunt/yard sale/antique shop I have ever seen. There is everything from furniture, to denim cut offs + you can find some really interesting items. The more serious shoppers get there around 6 am to score the best items. I got there around 11, just to browse. A tip if you attend next month: it gets HOT HOT HOT. Bring water, sunscreen and dress appropriately.
FR2S Rose Bowl Flea Market
FR2S Rose Bowl
A lot of vendors have miscellaneous items spread out for you to search through, as seen above. However, I found two different booths that had more of a concentration, and were laid out so well.
FR2S Colored Glass
FR2S Blue Mason Jars
FR2S Colored Bottles
The couple who was selling all of this colored glass, did so in a way you couldn’t help but walk over to. The glass was organized and neat, and it was pretty cool to see the vintage colored bottles. Next time I need a vase, I know where I’m going!
FR2S Pasadena Flea Market
FR2S Pasadena Flea Market
FR2S Pasadena Flea Market
I think this was possibly the most interesting table I saw on Sunday. This man had acquired trinkets, all with a steampunk vibe, and organized them in a way for you to search through. I loved his wooden stamps and buckets of loose letters. I am definitely brainstorming some craft ideas.

Happy Wednesday!

Happy July!

California Palm Tree
It has been just about two months since I started this blog, and it has been so much fun! I decided it was time to reveal who I am! I always enjoy reading blogs where I can put a face to the voice. So…(cue the New Girl theme song…”who’s that girl….”)
Green Wall Umbrella
This is me! I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and moved to California in for college. I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, and knew immediately I wanted to move to Los Angeles. After working in the graphic design world for two years now, I decided to start this blog as another creative outlet.
Green Wall Pink Sweater
I love living in California, especially in Los Angeles. There is so much to do, see and explore, and design is everywhere. I’m always keeping my eye out for beautiful packaging, awesome logos, happy color combinations, talented local artists and a delicious gluten free cupcake. This blog also documents my adventures as a twenty-something discovering a new city with so much to offer.
FR2S Umbrella and Street
Thanks for stopping by and reading! A huge thank you to my friend Beth for helping take these photos of me, and driving around town to find the perfect spot!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to say HI!, feel free to email me at jessica@fromraintoshine.com. Check out my Instagram and Twitter for more frequent updates and thoughts. Have a great Monday!