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Here's to 2013. Hope it was good to you.
Have a safe and Happy New years!
 I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us.

Merry Christmas Eve

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I heard this song for the first time today and just about died.
Being Hispanic, this song makes me smile.
Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday!

Hello December...

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Wow! After launching LUX & LACE Frames this weekend, I am completely humbled. 
I am going to be a busy, busy girl!
Thank you to everyone for your orders and support! 
It will be exciting to see where this adventure will take us! 
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend.


Introducing // Lux & Lace frames

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I have always had a desire to make beautiful things for beautiful spaces. I am so excited to announce that I am taking the plunge! Lux and Lace frames are hand made, painted and distressed. 


16x20 and above...please contact me

$20.00 additional for a texture pattern
$5.00 for multi colored frames

Chalkboards and bulletin boards available as well!

All frames can be customized with colors or patterns. chevron, trellis, damask, striped, polka dots, etc.
I am even more excited to be partnering with Melissa Mae Photography!
Contact me if you are interested in working with me!



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I am so beyond thankful that this holiday weekend is here.
A four day weekend to spend crafting, eating and relaxing! 
I can't help but feel that after this weekend the holidays come at me swinging! I have to remember to breathe! It's only Christmas right?! 
This weekend I hope you all take a moment and be thankful for what and who you have in your life. 
Be safe and be grateful.


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wow it's been a while since I've posted  (22 days to be exact).
I have so many plans in the works right now, it's so hard to get a little free time to visit my little corner of the world wide web. 
 Holidays with family, visiting friends, a trip to New York, holiday shopping, a new DIY project in the works, and yoga. Those are the things on my mind.
My husband is taking me to my first NBA game. I'm pretty excited- not for basketball...but to see all the celebrities!
 Enjoy a few links from around the web....gift guides coming soon!!!

for the nights when you can't decide

can't wait to try this recipe!

be brave

hockey and BBQ...can't go wrong.

Do you hate showers?

B&W to color

Fun with statues

such an awesome tool

I mean, I think I love him.

My go to look for winter

no excuses this holiday season... use this app.

Have a great weekend!

This month // November

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Happy November everyone!

Breast Cancer awareness Month

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A co-worker recently told me about this video.
Considering October is Breast Cancer awareness month, I had to share this video.
Bring a whole new meaning to support the tatas!

Fall Trends // 2013

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According to Glamour magazine, these are some of falls most wearable trends.
5. green.. any kind
6. Turtle necks
I can honestly say I'm okay with these, however there were a couple other ones I still can't get on board with- like rounded shoulders?? slouchy pants?? Maybe when i become more adventurous with my closet, but for now...I'm gonna pass on those.
Either way, no matter what trend, I'm happy it's fall. Well, here in California, it's trying to be fall.
Happy Wednesday!

Pumpkin Pancakes // paleo style

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I have been on a paleo kick for a while now and eating paleo makes breakfast really hard.
 I LOVE French toast and pancakes.
This time of year obviously calls for pumpkin flavored everything, so why not paleo pancakes!
They taste just like pancakes, and the fact that they are paleo makes them taste even better.
I will warn you- they are NOT pancakes though- if you are like me and love the real not-so-good-for-you- kind, it will take a couple bites to get use to.
Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes
1/2 C pumpkin puree unsweetened
1/2 C almond butter
2 eggs
2 T honey
1 T vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat a non stick griddle to 400 degrees. if you don't have a griddle, just use a large frying pan.
Combine all ingredients, and mix well.
Pour on to griddle or pan, and cook for about 2 minutes. pancake will look a little cooked on the sides, then flip.
you can add chopped pecans if you like as well.
Cook well on both sides, then eat!
Banana paleo pancakes are made the same way!
Just substitute the banana for the pumpkin, and make sure you mash the crap out of that banana.

DIY Painting Party

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My Aunt recently got married, and no wedding celebration is complete with out a Bachelorette party.
My Aunt wanted something low key since the only time we had was right after the rehearsal dinner the day before the wedding.
I had seen wine painting parties, and I loved the idea.
We changed it a little, since it was the day before her wedding, we wanted to be able to do something memorable.
The typical wine painting parties have everyone painting the same image, but since every one's artistry is different, all the paintings will end up looking unique in their own way.
For my aunts painting party, i wanted her to be able to see every ones painting and remember who came to her celebrate her last night as a single lady.

this tree and bird image was from her wedding invitation. She loved it, so we thought this would be the perfect image.
I took the image and divided it into 16 squares. we had 14 people coming, so some people had to paint extra.
 As you can see, we each had an 8x8 small canvas. We each chose a square to paint, and started painting while we sipped on wine. We laughed, drank and painted away.
One by one, the larger picture was starting to come together.

Here's the final painting with everyone's painting in place.
I think it turned out great, and My Aunt loved it.
 The total cost for this project was less than $100.00- if you had to buy everything.
the canvases were under 5.00 each (on sale at Michaels.)
the paint and brushes was provided by one of the attending ladies.
Congrats again, Aunt Kitti and Ramon.


Have a wonderful weekend

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I know, I know... first post in a very long time! 
 good news is, I'm back!
This past couple of weeks have been soooo busy!
I could not be more happy that fall is here. Dryness, winds, and a pool full of leaves. I love it.
This weekend I am finally getting around to putting up my halloween decor. I can't wait to get home!
Here are a couple of links for your weekend.
I mean how awesome would this be?
Great Advice
Knock it off Guys!
I mean I look like my mom, but this is trippy!
And you theought California Earthquakes were bad.
This girl leaves me speechless.
the keys to being successful

Savor your tan lines

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The past two weekends  I have been laying out. Being blessed with brown skin, a tan has never been a problem. (Sorry white girls) I have been trying to be skin conscious due to wrinkles and skin cancer, but after one day of Sun... I can't get over  my tan lines.
 I love them. 
I've missed them. 
So since  summer is coming to a close...girls....savor your tan lines. 


Best advice I've ever recieved

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Blogtember Day 3 - Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.
I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the homecoming highschool footbal game where i ran into my old principal. We chatted and caught up about how I was doing in college, and I told her about my struggles with my major. I had originally gone to college for criminal justice. i wanted to be a homicide detective. She told me no matter what I decided to do, switch my major, or stay in it, that everyday when I go to work, I have to love what I do. Other wise, it would make it seriously hard to get up in the morning. Then she told me if I ever wanted to be a teacher, I would always have a job at my old highschool. That next year- I came home and enrolled in design school and that summer i met my husband. I never had a doubt in my mind after that chat. I was in the wrong major. Thank you, Mrs. Merriman for helping me make one of the best desicions I've ever made.

Three months off, sure will // a giveaway

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Blogtember Day 2: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?
I know that the majority of people will instantly say "I would travel the world." I honestly would love to travel, But realistically, I'd wish I had done something else.
I would take the time to start and polish the kick off of my own residential design firm. I have always played with the idea of starting my own company as a side gig. Something to keep me busy, to flex my creative muscles, and to make a little extra money on the side. My heart will always yearn for designing things that have my name on it from start to finish. Although I am slowly but surely in the process of starting my own business, I would take those three months to plan, advertise, and design. Starting with my own house, then slowly start to build clientle.
Here goes nothing...a "giveaway of sorts"...
If you are interested in working with me, I would love to work with you!
Email me at Breeklipfel@gmail.com and I can send you some details.
now for the giveaway.
to enter:
You must be a follower of Lux and Lace.
Leave a comment of what room you would like done and why.
Thats it!
One person to will recieve design services and a room done for free.

 Five people who inquire about design services, I will give 50% off of my design fees or rooms to go.
 I will do a drawing on sunday night, Sept.22.

2 years goes faster than you think.

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Two years ago, I married this man. The best and easiest descision I have ever made. No matter what life throws at us, I know he will always be at my side.
You have made me stronger, and love deeper than I ever thought possible. I know our life isn't perfect, and I'm still learning to embrace that. As I told you once before, you are rooted in my soul...and you always will be. You are my home, my heart, and my life.
Thank you for being you.
I love you Handsome.
Happy Anniversary

It would make a pretty good story...

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Day one of blogtember: Where you came from

I come from a tiny town in ventura county.
Playing hide and seek till the sun went down.
Using the spare tire as "safe."
Drinking from hoses.
Playing with 11 boys on the street because I was the only girl.
Pretending to be pirates in the back of a "ship" truck.
Watching LA Kings in grold and purple.
Ice hockey tournaments on the weekends.
A huge family who loves huge family gatherings.
Weekends of AYSO and Horses.
Summer camps with field trips, crafts and swimming pools.
A divorce when I was 12.
Playing Volleyball and Field Hockey.
The 4th of july at Arroyo vista.
Football games on friday nights.
House parties on Saturday nights.
Lalos for special occasions or just because.
Highschool heartbreaks whiched turned out to be life lessons.
College- leaving my heart in San Diego.
returning home...meeting the love of my life.

This is where I came from.

This month // September

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This month September brings the hope of fall. Living in Southern california, summer can be pretty amazing, but I'm always yearning for fall.
This month I will be trying to participate in Blogtember. Its a blogging challenege for the month of September. I'm pretty excited about it- since I've been in a little bit of a blogging dull lately.
Here are some other things I'm excited about this month.

I will be...

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I usually don’t share this kind of personal info on my blog, and I figured now is a good time since I have so much to share at this point in my life, and I know that so many of you are wondering if I’m okay…I’ll start by telling you my story…
Day 1
girl finds out she’s pregnant- tries to hide her excitement from husband. 
Notes in calendar “best day ever”
Day 2
surprises husband with a sesame seed in his hand…the size of his baby.
Day 3
 due to out of state in laws happening to be in town, girl and boy tell parents. Parents are so excited.
Day 4
girl makes first baby appointment…planning commences. Nursery design starts…online searching begins, baby names, cribs, clothes, and everything else baby.
Day 18
Family reunion time. Girl tells siblings and the rest of her family. Boy and girl start to tell close friends.
Day 30
First ob/gyn appointment. Find out baby is barely five weeks and can’t see baby, or might be blighted ovum or molar pregnancy. Boy and girl in shock, but not giving up hope.
Day 31
girl devastated- day goes as follows…cry..sleep…cry…sleep…cry..sleep…cry. Husband tells her everything is fine. There is still a chance of baby being okay.  
Day 32 through 34
girl spends time with husband, brother, niece and nephew, keeps her mind off baby.
Day 35-45
girl starts to numb. Neither excited nor sad anymore, but nervous for next appointment. Boy tells girl that everything will be okay. No matter what happens, we’ll have each other, and that’s enough. Friends and family are supportive and girl feels loved and blessed to have them in their lives.
Day 46
doctor tells girl and boy there little to no chance of a baby. Must wait to miscarry. Girl and boy devastated. Day 31 repeats- without the hopeful part.         
Day 47
Day 48
more crying more waiting…still waiting for the worst day ever.
That’s it- The story of my 46 day pregnancy.

I thought I was prepared, since the last appointment I knew there was a chance of this happening, but I was not. What made it worse, was knowing that I had to tell everyone the news. I opted for texting since I couldn’t bear the thought of talking to everyone about it. To add salt to the wound my phone sending me email alerts from various baby boards telling me that I was so many weeks along and that my baby was the size of grape. CONGRATULATIONS!  …delete….Then the inflow of love and support through text message only made my heart ache more. Messages of what a great mom I will be, that this kind of thing is common, and completely normal. No matter how many times I heard or read, “things happen for a reason,” “it wasn’t your time,” “god has a plan,” or “you’ll get pregnant again right away,” it doesn’t get any easier. I never, in a million years, thought it would be this hard. It’s hard to talk about, hard to think about, hard to not think about it.
In time the sting will go away, we’ll try again, and things will go back to normal, but I can’t help but be a little more than sad.  We’ll always be a little afraid of going to the doctor to see our baby. We’ll never get back the first excitement on our parent’s faces and friends faces when we told them we were pregnant. The few little baby gifts that we received from friends who knew, now are in the top shelf of the closet out of sight. I can’t even look at the guest room the same anymore.
                Both of us feel like we were given this amazing gift, a gift that we both wanted so badly, and now it’s gone. No one took it away from us, no one did it to us. It’s just gone; gone with no one or nowhere to direct our anger and sadness. We are left to grieve a baby that never started growing. It’s hard watching my husband feel helpless as he holds me and I cry, knowing he wants to fix my broken world for me, but he can’t.  It’s hard to watch both of us trying to hold it together for each other. It’s hard to watch myself lose the excitement and happiness that I had 48 days ago. It’s hard to tell people, “It’s okay” when they say that they are sorry- because it’s not okay. I’m not okay. To tell you the truth, I am completely and utterly devastated.  I have never experienced this kind of heartbreak. There is really no other way to describe it. I feel broken.
I’m hoping that sharing our story will help people understand that I appreciate the concern, and to answer your questions….no, I’m not okay, but I know I will be. For now, waves of tears and sadness are what I know….I also know eventually, in time, I will smile again, laugh again and be back to myself.  I just need time.
I love you all, from the bottom of my broken heart.

To my amazing husband, I'm so thankful that God sent you to me. I dont know what I would do with you. Thank you for being my stregnth and my legs while we walk through this terrible road together.You never cease to amaze me how you know exactly what I need in times like this. 
You truely are my Rock.
We will get through this together.
I love you more than you know.


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My sincerest apologies for being gone for so long. I have been going through quite the personal whirlwind. I haven't written in my journal at home since January. So much has happened since January- I can't even begin to think of how I am going to remember it all.
What I do know is that this past few weeks I have had time to think, cry, plan, pray and accept what life is throwing at me. I am learning to completely let go and learn that I'm not in control and I cannot change the outcome of things in the past.
I am not quite ready to share about all these changes, but in due time I will open like a book. For right now, I am on a continuous search for motivation and inspiration to keep trucking along.
What I do know is that indeed, sometimes the things we can't change, end up changing us.

Back it up

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I am seriously obsessed with this Style of Maxi dress. I love the subtle sexiness of a bare back.
I would live in any of these dresses.
Happy Thursday!

This month // August

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Every year I anticipate August. The Family Reunion is usually in this month. I get to go back to the city my husband and I love the most, and I get to spend time with my family.  And every year- I am shocked how fast August comes upon us. Can you believe we are already almost to the end of summer?! 
Here are a few things I’m excited for this month…

Happy Thursday!