Archive for October, 2017

Letters of Inspiration: I

Posted by melissa kandel on October 28, 2017 in Letters of Inspiration | 3 Comments

Sometimes inspiration can be found everywhere and sometimes, catching it is like trying to collect rain water with only a pasta strainer by your side. I’ve known Yvonne de Jonge, artist and founder of the blog Visual Strands, since I started my own site years ago. We met on Instagram, (read Yvonne’s awesome Q&A on me here) then […]

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I’m Back

Posted by melissa kandel on October 26, 2017 in Personal | No Comments

Hello, friends. I apologize for the hiatus. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. You listen to your breathing like the yogi you sometimes pretend to be, take walks on the beach in the light of a waning sun. You read good books, you read bad books, you watch cheesy Hallmark holiday movies, […]

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Here’s What You Missed at the 2017 Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Posted by melissa kandel on October 13, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

It’s not every day you stand on the lawn outside your local library and next to you, dressed casually in a pastel collared shirt and beige slacks, is Hubert Keller, James Beard Foundation winner and chef extraordinaire. He’s laughing about a joke you couldn’t hear. What does Hubert find so funny? You only call him Hubert […]

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California Wild Fires: How You Can Help

Posted by melissa kandel on October 12, 2017 in In the News | No Comments

As you read these words, Northern California is suffering from one of the worst wild fires in the state’s history. So what can you do–yes you in the townhouse in Manhattan, the mountain lodge in Breckenridge, the flat in London–to help? And will it really make a difference? Related: I’m a firm believer that a […]

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Harvey Weinstein Isn’t the Only One

Posted by melissa kandel on October 11, 2017 in Hollywood | 1 Comment

Over the past week, I have been voraciously following the Harvey Weinstein story both as it played out in The New York Times and with more vivid, damnable detail today by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. A lot of people are now asking how this went on for so long. Why was Hollywood quiet […]

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Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France Happening Tomorrow

Posted by melissa kandel on October 7, 2017 in surfing | No Comments

If you’ve been following little word studio for a while, you know I’m a newly converted fan of surfing. Back in August, I had the chance to cover the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which rolled in and out of Huntington Beach with due excitement, and the entire experience got me hooked. It’s a fairly […]

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Orange County Stylist Cuts Hair for the Homeless

Posted by melissa kandel on October 5, 2017 in good vibes | 2 Comments

Where there is darkness, there must also be light. And if we can’t find light, then we can create it ourselves. This idea—the concept of goodness just because—recently motivated Patrick Kim, an Orange County hairstylist and waxing expert, to spend several hours on a Monday morning trimming hair for the homeless. “I think I’ve always […]

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Huntington Beach Airshow 2017

Posted by melissa kandel on October 1, 2017 in Huntington Beach | 7 Comments

Hi everyone. Just checking in during what has turned out to be a very busy weekend. I’m off to cover the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival soon but I wanted to share some photos from yesterday. I sat at the Newport Beach Dog Beach with Austy and snapped a few photos of the Huntington […]

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