Earth Day

We hope you all had a great Earth Day! ?? 

#EarthDay #NewportBeach #CA #sunset #beach #OC #calligraphy

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Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! “’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” – Francis Scott Key

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The Awakening

Originally published in 1899, Kate Chopin’s novel is still widely read. We remember it being read to us as a bedtime story. On weekends, we love to read classics and sip on coffee. Today we enjoyed some #California rain while listening to #vinyl records. 
#katechopin #theawakening #sea #soul #literature #read #reading #classics #weekend #rain

Originally published in 1899, Kate Chopin’s novel is still widely read. We remember it being read to us as a bedtime story. On weekends, we love to read classics and sip on coffee. Today we enjoyed some #California rain while listening to #vinyl records.

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San Juan Capistrano

California’s San Juan Capistrano is a vibrant city with a fascinating history. The mission system fused Spanish and Native American ideology and cultural practices. The present day city reflects relics of the past with the Great Stone Church, which partially collapsed in the 1812 earthquake.

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The gardens have an array of color. Water lilies rest in fountains that contain large Koi fish. The regional landscape vibrates with natural splendor.

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The Los Rios Historic District has many wonderful gift shops and restaurants. It’s an inviting atmosphere, as you can see in this hand-painted sign that reads, “Come in, stay awhile.”

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If you’re looking for a unique java experience, we’d recommend trying Hidden House Coffee. We routinely purchase their lattes that have the perfect ratio of espresso and steamed milk. For an excellent breakfast, you should consider  Hummingbird House Cafe for their omelet and french toast. They have charming outside seating. We hope you have a chance to visit this beautiful city that has an active train station at the heart of the historic community.

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Cinco de Mayo

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Happy #CincodeMayo from #chismechick! We are celebrating Aztec-Mexican culture. This Aztec calendar photo was taken at Griffith Observatory in LA. Today we are attending the town meeting in #LosAngeles celebrating #smallbusinessweek. “Innovation comes from immigrants. They are twice as likely to start a new #smallbiz.”

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Panama 66

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Thomas Jefferson declared in 1824 that coffee is “the favorite drink of the civilized world.” It’s hard to resist the charm of this delicious beverage. It offers a full-bodied experience with the array of brews. Balboa Park San Diego provides a variety of museums and cultural experiences. At the San Diego Museum of Art, their restaurant Panama 66 offers many delicious options. We opted for some homemade banana bread and Dark Horse French Pressed coffee. The first sip of coffee had a bold, crisp taste. We recommend this experience for a coffee aficionado. The outdoor seating gave a great view of the sunset and access to sweet-sounding bells ringing in the short distance. It’s truly the Cultural Heart of San Diego.

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Retro Objects//Hidden Narratives

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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

Vintage styled images can be mnemonic devices to help us recall our past. A single object can generate a flood of memories. It is a shared collective past. These textbooks may remind you of your own academic journey. The titles are the following: Modern Business English, Democracy in America, and High School English Grammar. They are relics of shared classroom experiences.

This photo, taken at a recent shoot, is a throwback to the past. History is a rustic land filled with mystery that antiquarians desire to preserve. This image is a perfect desktop or tablet background. We hope you, too, share our sentiment that we can rejuvenate the past by interacting with its objects. Perhaps you can share this photo with a fellow bibliophile.

Here at Chisme Chick, we have curated collections of objects that connect to history and literature. From our fiber arts to handcrafted jewelry line, each object contains a unique story. We believe that you, too, also have a hidden narrative that can be coaxed with objects. This is why we commission quality, handmade pieces that aid your daily conversations with friends and even strangers. Why not purchase a product that contains a fascinating story? Life is an adventure. Let’s celebrate it by selecting goods that represent us as we share what we cherish.

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The Sea

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“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”
-Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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Lessons from My Garden

KalanchoeCalifornia is known for its eternal sunshine. This close-up perspective of the Kalanchoe flower buds shows new growth. When you have a home-grown garden, you notice all the changes that the soil produces. From lush spring florals to dormant winters, nature shows a variety of transitions.

As we begin 2015, I like to remember that our lives, too, will be marked by the seasons. I recently spent some time in the garden reflecting on the paths of life. It is important to consider the roads we have taken and the ones we want to follow. When we succeed or fail, it is wise to remember that these are temporal experiences. We can’t control these events, but we can manage our outlook. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” In a season of new beginnings, we can remember that these lessons can help us blossom into renewed individuals.

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Weekend Greeting

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Laguna Beach

Greetings from the West Coast. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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