Wednesday, April 27, 2011

roadtrip- following a dream

Herman and Candelaria Zapp had a "dream" of driving around the world. Silly, right? Well, like you and I, everyone else thought they were crazy and would never "REALLY" attempt try to drive around the world.

To make matters worse, they wanted to do it in Herman's grandpa's original 1928, Detroit-made Graham Paige (Model 610). Needless to say, most of their family and friends thought that the Zapps would only make it a week or two, AT BEST!

ELEVEN YEARS and 145,ooo miles later, the Zapps are still burning up the road and following their dream together. The model 610 they set out in is still running like a top, although they have to avoid highways because it maxes out at 40 mph!

Here are a few photos of their amazing adventures together.

Here is a timeline and map of their first adventure starting in Argentina and ending in Alaska from 2000 to 2003.

But they didn't stop there, they've continued to Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Eleven years ago, the couple ALSO had another dream, to build a family together. So, they did.... ON THE ROAD!

Each of their four children was born in a different country:

Pampa, 8, in the United States.

Tehue, 5, in Argentina

Paloma, 3, in Canada

and little Wallaby, 1, in Australia
Pretty incredible.

....enjoy the journey.

.......follow your dreams.

......don't forget to laugh along the way!'s a big world, but ANYTHING is possible. inspired.

The Zapp family continues to travel the world in their car and encourage everyone they meet to "follow their dreams".

You can read more about the Zapp's and their travels by visiting their website-

The Cast - NY

Inspiring photos of "The Cast" on Ludlow Street before they recently moved over to Orchard.

Find the new store and more info about the cast here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

rustic relaxation retreat

Welcome to my summer home, I mean HEAVEN ON EARTH!

Perfectly manicured gardens, private lake (or awesome pool that looks like one), rustic and charming farmhouse with a dock and a floating deck that has a monster grill/stove.

Count me in! I'll bring the burgers, you bring the party!

love y'all!


Images from here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

office space

Comfy, no? You think you could work from here?

Make sure your home office tells a story about YOU! What do you do, what do you love, what inspires you, who are your favorite people, what sort of lighting do you prefer, where would you go if you had a million dollars? ha

The only thing missing for me in this space is some greenery. A dainty maidenhair fern in an old tiny vintage terra cotta pot would snuggle into that back corner perfect and love the light coming in through the window! Just sayin'.

Photo source here.

love y'all.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Mast Brothers Chocolate

If you haven't already heard of them, you will soon!

About five years ago, Rick and Michael Mast started making chocolate from scratch in their Brooklyn apartment to serve at their big dinner parties. Their friends gushed so over the treats that the brothers—two Iowa boys who moved to New York a decade ago to attend cooking school and film school, respectively—decided to turn the hobby into a day job.

They set up shop in a tiny Greenpoint space in 2007 and began scouring the world for the best cacao beans. Two years ago, they moved their operation to a 2,000-square-foot Williamsburg factory.

Now, you can visit their headquarters in Brooklyn for a tour and a taste of the magic that the Mast Brothers are making!

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory
105A North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mast Brothers Chocolate sells to 120 stores and restaurants, mostly in the New York area, and has a waiting list of more than 1,500 worldwide. The business, launched with $35,000 in savings, just became profitable, and the Masts are expanding their factory in order to triple production.

Congrats to the Mast Brothers; for having a vision, pursuing their passion, taking a risk, and becoming VERY SUCCESSFUL with very little money in a dog-eat-dog world!

Click here to link to the Mast Brothers website.

love y'all!