Kauai 2019

Kauai, day 1-3

stayed in Princeville/hanalei. delicious food in hanalei town. we loved the food trucks, akamai juice company (try the magic dragon), and bar acuda. cute t-shirts and bikini shops are everywhere. got some cute pants at barn 808.

we did the kipu ranch ATV adventure- the 4x4 jungle waterfall tour. we had a really fun time. this is me on the ‘raiders of the lost ark’ rope swing. if we were to go again, i’d chose the waterfall picnic tour, which is 3 hours (not 4). the key to riding in an atv as a passenger, is planting your feet flat and solid in front of you, so you can brace the bumps and swerves with your legs and abs. (this also works in a race car ;)

Kauai, day 4-7

i could feel the sinus pressure on day 4, sunday. getting a sinus infection on your vacation is a bummer. but (luckily?), it didn’t get really bad till we got home. anyway, we still got outside and saw beauty, breathed fresh air, swam, soaked up the sun, and walked in a sacred forest.

kauai is kinda like heaven. except for the demon roosters.

Make it sparkle

Hello my sweet people and happy 2019!

I hope this year is off to wonderful start for you all.

January is always a lovely month in my household. Our anniversary is on the 3rd and then we go on vacation around mid-month, after the holiday rush. This year, Marc & I celebrated 9 years of marriage and 10 years of being together. We’re headed to Kauai later this week and I can already smell the plumerias. 

You’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo by now- I’m fascinated with her! She’s a petite powerhouse with a book and Neflix special called The Art of Tidying Up. Marie’s “Konmari” method is radically simple and so very brilliant: approach everything in your home with this question “does this spark joy?”.

One of the most cathartic parts of each episode (at least for me) is when the client empties their closet, putting everything into a big pile. Every piece of clothing gets the question, “does this spark joy?”. Then the joyful items go back in the closet or folded in the “Konmari” way into the dresser. The entire process is transformative.

I’ve always gone through my closet regularly, and prefer quality over quantity. But when I posed the joy question to my current closet contents, I was surprised to discover that I’d been holding onto things that totally sparked zero joy. So out they went. 

It’s pretty wild and I highly recommend you try this out and see what happens. And feel free to email me after you do and tell me what it was like for you. I’d love to hear about your transformation!

Two of my recently completed jobs are being photographed in February and I can’t wait to share them with you! Stay tuned!  

Lastly, I just want to send out a big and marvelous thank you! Last year was librastudio’s most successful business year so far and I’m thankful to each and every one of you, both clients and friends. I get to do what I love but it’s you who make it all possible.

I’ll be back in the office on January 28th, refreshed and ready to get to work on all your design needs. 

With love & joy,


Pura Vida!

In Costa Rica, when you ask someone how they are doing, "Pura Vida!" is what they say. The literal translation of this is 'pure life', and they say it just like we in the states, might say 'Awesome'. 

We flew into Liberia airport and stayed in Guanacaste (northwest part of the country). Our hotel, El Mangroove, was fabulous (excellent mattress and pillows!, incredible staff, beautiful grounds).

We explored many different beaches (Flamingo, Tiburon, Nosara) and bathed in the thermal hot springs in Arenal (Check out Tabacon resort & spa, it's BEYOND!). 

There were many memorable moments of course- I mean the whole trip was so lovely!- but one in particular was when we met Emy. She and her husband, David are excellent cooks. They're both from Italy and they run this little pizza spot in Nuevo Arenal, called Los Platillos Voladores (meaning flying saucers/ UFO's). We were headed back to our car when Marc & I looked at each other and were like, 'She was adorable! We need to go back and get a photo!' And we did!