Meghalaya Bridges


Deep in the rainforests of the Indian state of Meghalaya lie some of the  most extraordinary pieces of civil engineering in the world. Here, in  the depths of the forest, bridges aren’t built - they’re grown. Ancient  tree vines and roots stretch across rivers and streams, creating a solid  latticework structure that appears too fantastical to be real. The  Cherrapunji region is considered to be one of the wettest places on the  planet and this is the reason behind the unusual bridges. With  Cherrapunji receiving around 15 metres of rain per year, a normal wooden  bridge would quickly rot. This is why, 500 years ago, locals began to  guide roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica rubber tree across  rivers using hollow bamboo until they became rooted on the opposite  side.

What a cool picture huh? These are actual bridges that locals (sorta) built about 500 years ago in the Cherrapunji region of India. They guided the roots and vines across the rivers with hollow bamboo until they rooted on the other side. Bonus question: Who can guess what that creature is at the bottom of the picture? It looks like a dirty polar bear to me.

image via the telegraph


Photos from San Rafael & Bioneers

Fine Dining in Napa Valley

Crazy Cool Chandeliers at Rotisserie & Wine Restaurant

Seriously delicious grub

Creepy Cow Feet at a Bodega in Downtown San Rafael

Candles at the Bodega

Hula Hoops at Bioneers

Imogen Heap at Bioneers!

Word! We ran into a few Occupy Wallstreet protests.



This weekend, little S went to work with me at Anthro. She totally stole the show from my cute Emersonmade shirt. (Jeans and shoes from Anthropologie; belt from Banana Republic).

picture of me taken by the gorgeous lisa (and I took the shot of suki)


S'il vous plait

paris honeymoon from rachelchew on Vimeo.

Rachel's video of her vacay in Paris makes me want to go back there oh-so-badly! I remember standing in front of the Mona Lisa with all the pushing and shoving all around me and just being taken completely aback by how amazing it was to actually be standing in front of the Mona Lisa, in the Louvre, in Paris! I seriously need to get my patooty back there soon.

go and visit her gorgeous blog and shop here


Victoria Water Lily

This picture reminded me of the water lilies back at Fairchild. I would always ask my students if anyone would be willing to stand on one (the rowdy little boy in the back always volunteered  by jumping up and down ecstatically). I'm glad to know that a kid can actually stand on one of these puppies after all! Way cool.

image found here



Claire Cottrell on Vimeo.

Cake, clothes, bunnies, and bubbles-- exactly what I imagine heaven would be like.

found via sweet thing



This shot was taken at Bioneers this weekend, in between amazingly inspirational speakers and totally awesome workshops. I haven't been to too many conferences, but I must say that this was definitely my favorite thus far. Some highlights: I bought the lovely scarf I'm wearing in the picture from Rksa Soul (who partner with NGO's and Indian artisans themselves), I got to watch Philipe Cousteau speak (twice), and Imogen Heap performed an awesome impromptu song for us! Sweetness all around.

image taken by the lovely sandra, anthropologie shirt and earrings and rksa soul scarf. 


No Chicken Wings!

Well, ballet class is back in full swing and I'm loving it more than ever! We had to switch class times and teachers to accomodate everyone's schedules but I'm loving our new teacher, Gloria, more and more each week. She's everything a ballet teacher should be-- she's always telling me to "tuck in my tootsie," and she constantly warns us about our "chicken wings" (which result from being so focused on what your feet are trying to do that your arms take the non-ballerina shape of poultry). All of us in the class are total beginners, so each lesson is a new adventure where we try not to trip over ourselves (or each other) and die. Seriously fantastic.

image by arthur elgort via


Music for your Monday

This video is so sweet I think it gave me a cavity. Seriously though, Sara rocks.


Look of the Week

After reading (and loving) so many fashion blogs, I've finally been inspired to post some of my own looks. I'll post my favorite Look of the Week just to start with, and hopefully I can keep up! I was working at Anthro today so I wore something comfy, but the teal pants are one of my faves. I'm a bit camera shy, that's why the giggling in the picture. Hope you like!

image taken by the lovely Olyvia
top and necklace: Jcrew; pants and boots: Anthropologie


Funny for your Friday

These illustrations made me giggle.

p.s. how do you like the new look? i felt like the blog needed an update-- a little face-lift if you will.

found via wit +delight


A Travel Journal with Oomph

I may have to add this little gem to my library! Wouldn't it be great to just make a travel journal for the city that you live in? I find that sometimes we get caught up in our routines at home and don't really enjoy our very own home-base. It'll be like a mini-vacation (without the expensive plane ticket, of course).