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January 26, 2015

Santa Monica | Travel

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Awesome weekend of work + fun in Santa Monica.

Stayed at the chic Palihouse Hotel just a few blocks from the heart of everything: 3rd Street Promenade shopping, a plethora of yoga, pilates and spin studios + great eats.  Palihouse’s chic interiors and amazing coffee bar made up for the fact that they don’t sell cocktails.  Ratings before I booked said the service was horrible.  I found everyone to be overwhelmingly friendly… just maybe a bit short staffed.

Sugar Fish is no secret to LA Locals for  a “roll free” sushi experience.  The wait was about 45 minutes but they graciously brought us drinks while we people watched and chatted with the locals.  Impeccable, creative presentation and the freshness was on par with sushi I’ve eaten in Hawaii and Cabo.

Shopped along Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd.  Potentially the birthplace of “So Cal hipster cool” with everything to offer from top notch food and drinks to amazing Interior Design shops and original clothing boutiques.  Loved the Australian Bohemian vibe of Flannel and stopped by Aviator Nation for some made-in-California surf sweatshirts for my kids.

January 20, 2015

Gabriel Scott | Harlow pendants

Coveting these Harlow pendants by Gabriel Scott.  

Gabriel Scott is a contemporary furniture design company producing occasional tables and lighting pieces.  Very impressed with what they’ve been cranking out lately.  

 

January 12, 2015

Trad + Modern Girl Nursery | decor

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1. Throw Pillow / 2. Art / 3. Wallpaper / 4. Dresser / 5. Nursing Chair/ 6. Slipper Chair / 7. Crib /8. Pendant / 9. Rug / 10. Lamp

One of our clients in San Diego phoned me with the exciting news that they’re adding a baby girl to the mix this Spring!

She wanted to get going on the nursery right away and we had so much fun talking about her nursery inspirations.  Classic, traditional, PINK, PINK, PINK but with a modern twist.  We ended up with this… hope you love it as much as she did.

January 6, 2015

Mid-Century Magic

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So, I’m knee deep in house hunting.

It’s been a fun adventure but I will admit I’m anxious to find the “right” home.  I’m one of those people that it has to “feel right” not just be the right location, good square footage or a killer investment.  I wish I could leave my emotions out of it… but here we are… still searching.

I fell head over heels for a Mid-Century home built in the 1960′s today.  It reminded me of the house I grew up in which, of course, led me to tears thinking of my late dad as we drove away…

I’m left daydreaming of steel beams, glass walls and a gigantic concert fire place!  Here is a little mid century inspiration just in case your modern dreams came true today too.

December 28, 2014

Jess Bruggink Etsy Shop | INSPIRE WITHIN

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Beautiful and inspiring prints by Jess Bruggink over at her Etsy Shop.  #InspireWithin

November 27, 2014

Current Cosmetic Obsessions | life + style

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1- Sunscreen: Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 by Mario Badescu

Lightweight texture, absorbs instantly so you can quickly move on to a bit of concealer, blush & bronzer… done!

 

2- Perfume:  Black Saffron by Byredo

If you don’t buy this perfume for its flawless packaging & branding you will purchase it for the beautiful smell.  It’s a more masculine scent than I typically wear but the smoky, citrus, leather and tobacco aroma is slightly addicting.

 

3- Oil (for your face): Beauty Oil by RMS

I can’t be the only one that feels like night cream is a bit of a heavy drag.  This light oil smells like cooking vanilla and makes for lovely moisturized skin by morning.

 

4- Concealer: Highlighting Concealer Brush by TERRY

Dreamy creamy concealer that covers it all up but is light enough to not show anything but your pretty skin. 

 

5- Skin Perfector: Micro Blur Skin Perfector by Kiehl’s

I bought Micro Blur Skin Perfector with a girlfriend because she heard it was supposed to make your face look “Instagrammed” in real life… sold.  I’m not sure if it holds up to that giant promise but it does make for a smooth and creamy base before makeup.  Also, mentally I enjoy dreaming of my permanently Instgrammed face!

 

6- Mascara: Intensifying Long Wear by Bobbi Brown

I literally wear mascara 1 x per month due to the insane process to remove all the mascara from my lashes and face by the end of the day.  Not sure if it’s my skin type but I’m always left with raccoon eyes and 20 washes to remove it all.  Bobbi’s Long Wear is a dream.  It sort of clumps up and comes off in literally seconds.  Quickly becoming an everyday mascara girl now!

 

7- Hairspray: Laque Couture by Kerastase

I used L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for years simply because every magazine and online review always said it was the very best.  Truth is I always thought it was sticky, but I stuck with the expert recommendations until my hair salon gave me a sample of Laque Couture by Kerastase.  I swear it leaves my hair soft and will hold the curl through rain or a sweater or a hot summer.  Oh and just a spray or two is all you need.

October 15, 2014

Costal Living Coronado Showhouse | Decor

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I came across the photo tour of the Costal Living Coronado Showhouse via Derring Hall today and it’s truly everything you would hope for in a California Beach retreat.

Built by Flagg Coastal Homes and designed by Los Angeles based Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey, the home is a true nod to fresh, elegant and casual California living.  I love that they did everything they could to take advantage of the ocean views by putting the sleeping quarters downstairs and the living space upstairs.

Read more about the house over at Derring Hall or Coastal Living

 

October 5, 2014

FALL VIA ETSY | DECOR

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VHNY Boutique - Laptop Sleeve / The White Pepper- Brass Owl Family / Texturable Decor – Handwoven Blanket / Couture By Ayca – Halloween Garland / Amanda Catherine – Fall Pencils

October 2, 2014

940 Saturdays | Gift Guide

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My friend Dr. Harley Rotbart was kind enough to send me a copy of his book “940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal.”  It is also a follow up to “No Regrets Parenting” and is aptly named after the 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she turns 18.  The journal is beautiful with cover art by Lisa Congdon and is a brilliant way to stop, take a deep breath, and record what you were up to for the most important times of your life as a family unit.

The journal is such a unique way to jot down those special moments that make up the story of a family.  My favorite part, tucked in back in a secret envelope, is a guide to kids developmental milestones and a fantastic list of family activity ideas.  940 Saturdays is on my gift guide list for anyone expecting a first baby, or those families that would enjoy the memories this book can help provide.

I love this book for no other reason than life seems to be moving faster and faster these days and a journal like 940 Saturdays allows me to stop and be thoughtful about how to make every day count.  And, in all honesty… I will probably forget to write in my “940 Journal” every Saturday but the effort and the time to stop and enjoy my young family is what I look forward to… and I think that’s the point of this thoughtful family tool.

 

September 24, 2014

William Stafford Diver | Inspire Within

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Go for it.  You can do it.  William Stafford Diver.  #InspireWithin