Sugar Fix: Milk Jar Cookies

Milk and Cookies

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! We (Jeff and I) figured it was fitting to feature our favorite cookies in the entire world today in honor of this oh so wonderful celebration… Milk Jar Cookies! We hit up Milk Jar for the first time not too long after they opened and we have been BEYOND hooked ever since. Seriously guys, these are the best cookies we’ve ever tasted. Hands down. They are huge and pillow-y looking, but chewy and perfect inside. We make sure anyone who visits gets a taste, they are our go-to “Thank You” gift and basically we just find any excuse we can to snag one a dozen of them.

Life's Short, Eat Cookies
Milk Jar Cookies
Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Paper Fans

The shop itself happens to also be adorable, with vintage dishes, glass milk bottles and sweet paper straws! They have the cutest selection of celebratory cards and a very well curated display of party supplies, too. It’s a one stop cookie party SHOP. Oh yeah.

Pastel Party Supplies
Stripe-y  Straws Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Vintage Plates

Milk Jar Cookies

But let’s talk about what’s really important here… those cookies. Our favorites? Well, we are purists on the one hand, and you can’t beat the good ol’ chocolate chip. (Psst.. they also have a g-free one!) Another favorite of ours is the chocolate peanut butter. Chocolate cookie with peanut butter inside… I mean REALLY!? Just to be thorough, let’s talk about what what we’re lookin’ at below here… Chocolate Pecan Caramel, Rocky Road, Chocolate Chip, Banana Split, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin.

Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles

A few other fun facts: Everything is local (right down to the ice cream… yep did I forget to mention there’s ice cream too!?), no preservatives are used and they both deliver and SHIP! So if you’re all angry at me for showing you these because you don’t live in LA.. no excuses! If you’re anywhere in the contiguous US of A you can get them too. SHAZAM!

Milk Jar Cookies Los Angeles
Chocolate Chip Cookie

All Photos by Jeff Mindell for Studio DIY

However, if you are in LA… Milk Jar is running a National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day special! Get a free chocolate chip cookie with any purchase! YES! Get thee to these cookies immediately! Now you have the perfect excuse. A huge thank you to Courtney and the Milk Jar team for letting us run around the store… all in the name of cookies and milk.

Milk Jar Cookies | 5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Studio DIY Headquarters: An Update!

Studio DIY Headquarters

Remember that time I announced I had leased a studio space and then I virtually stopped talking about it here!? Well, it turns out… furnishing a nearly 900 sq. ft space is tougher than one (ehm, I) might think! I’ve had the space for a few months now and it still largely looks the same other than the addition of WHITE floors! YAY! But everything is finally coming together this month and I’m starting to get REALLY excited about it! So, I thought I’d do a little (dance) update on some pieces I have my eye on… and some dream pieces too. Because, ya know, this girl likes to dream!

Studio DIY Work Space

Custom Sofa from Viesso (Color manipulated by moi! Stay tuned!), Collapsible Craft Table from Martha Stewart Living Craft Space, Chair from Viesso, Desk Facade designed by Dear Hancock

The studio will serve two main purposes.. a work/photography space and an event space. The work space needs to be functional, but easy to change and move around, so the work tables will be collapsible and on casters. Of course, we’ll need to balance out the work with some donut snacking on a…. wait for it… pink couch!!!! On the other side, the event space needs to fit a typical workshop size which is about 10-20 people… so I’m hoping to get my paint on to make some stackable chairs the colors of my dreams! Oh, and that hot pink gem speaker is necessary for spontaneous workshop dance parties… you’ve been warned.

Studio DIY Event Space

Gem Speaker from Ban.do, Chairs from Ikea (Yellow here, white here, pink + mint manipulated by moi!), Table from West Elm

Overall, since I’ll be using the space for lots of shoots (and renting it out as well to others), I need the walls to remain white. Floors too, ha! Which is a joke seeing as the second anyone steps on white floors they are dirty! (Does anyone know if they make a swiffer style magic eraser!?) However, I’m contemplating a little gallery wall somewhere in the space where I can showcase some of the prints and cards I’ve collected, and contemplate if my dreams for some of the other pieces below will ever come true! It’s pretty fun designing your dream art wall when it doesn’t have to appease a boy’s taste too! ;)

Studio DIY Dream Art Wall

Top to Bottom:  Flamingo from Ashley Brooke Designs, Confetti from Garima Dhawan, Llama from Gray Malin, Yellow Balloon from Max Wanger Print Shop, Balloon Animal from Hartland Brooklyn, Abstract from Emily Rickard, Donut from Kali Ciesemier, Birthday Cake Truck from Dear Hancock, Excited About Everything from Hello Maypole, Swan via The Painted Blackbird, Fun Stuff from Castle, Summer Pattern from Jacqui Lee, Pineapple from Kim Fearheiley Photography

As you can see, the palette is gonna be a lot of white, with some heavy pops of Studio DIY’s brand colors… and gold. Duh.  Don’t worry, there will be your fair share of all classic things Studio DIY, too, but I gotta save some of the fun stuff for the reveal! You’ve already seen the (still unnamed) flamingo in residence. And the giant pineapple, too. I’ve also got some major storage plans in the works, so I can finally turn my living-room-turned-craft-room back into a usable space. WOOT! Most intimidating to me now is filling in with other decor. Rugs are always my toughest choice, but I definitely need one under my couch and coffee table, right!? Suggestions!? I’m the worst rug shopper.

It’s been kind of fun to put on my interior design hat for a bit, even if most of the time I’m feeling a little lost pulling it all together! I had never thought about how Studio DIY would translate into an actual space, and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! And if you want to be one of the first ones to see it, be sure to check out the Brand Market Workshop we’re hosting here in June! It’s gonna be awesome, and I’d love to meet some of you!!

That Pink Door

Pink Door

Today I am going to share the story of the greatest accomplishment of my life. Jeff and I just got back from an amazing weekend in the desert at The Saguaro hotel! We partnered with them for a fun anniversary getaway that included a scavenger hunt… all about color, of course! You can see peeks of our trip here and here, and we’ll be sharing all about it right here in the coming weeks! But first… one of the tasks on our list was to take advantage of the free bikes at the hotel and do some “dream house shopping” in the neighborhoods nearby. However, I had ulterior motives. Motives in the form of this pink door. THAT pink door.


Pink Door Palm Springs

If any of you have ever been on Pinterest, there’s a good chance you saw a picture of that pink door. It’s amazing. It’s glorious. It’s my dream door. I’ve searched the heck out of it and every time I’m in Palm Springs I’ve hoped we’d just happen upon it. No luck. But when the concierge told us that the neighborhood down the street was where Palm Springs began, where all the iconic houses lived… I could feel it in my BONES. We were finding that house. In fact, we weren’t leaving until we found it. So we biked and biked and we found every color of the rainbow (more on that soon!).. but no pink. Later in the day we went into town and decided to take another stab at it on our way home and I went into MAJOR sleuth mode. And finally… WE FREAKIN’ FOUND IT! Guys. I screamed. I screamed so loud, I scared the guy taking a nice evening jog alongside our car. We parked, I leaped out, we took the picture above, and then decided we needed to come back in the morning… when there was better light. Because we are crazy and insane and OH MY GOSH THE PINK DOOR IN REAL LIFE.

That Pink Door

So the next morning we came back (hence the outfit change), and we lived out our dream. Ok, it was my dream. But don’t let that photo of Jeff lookin’ all calm and collected below fool you. He was excited too. REAL excited. And the best best outcome out of all of this? I got Jeff to agree to a pink door on our future home. Proof. Right here in writing that he said, so you can all help me kindly remind him when that day comes.

Pink Door Palm Springs
Real Doors Wear Pink

All Photos by Studio DIY

A huge thank you to Moises Esquenazi for bringing to life the most beautiful door in the world. You can see before and afters of his renovation here. And more photos of the home here!