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SoulCycle | travel

Written on November 27, 2012 at 7:17 am, by

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I walked into the house after a SoulCycle Spin Class on THANKSGIVING DAY with an ear to ear grin as I told the husband it was the best workout I’d ever had!  Who works out on Thanksgiving morning?  Apparently, I do.

Truth be told, I had no interest in going for a work out, after having a smidge too much fun with family in New York City the night before… but my sister (always the motivator) had me out the door before I could gather my thoughts to protest.

The full body cycling workout combines good branding, great service and a perfect ambiance to make it an A-list workout stop in Manhattan & Los Angeles (and hopefully beyond soon).  Think lit candles during your spin and every room is sanitized, aired out and prepped before the next guests arrive for class.

Oh, and did I mention the seriously buff instructor?  I swear he might have been a dance choreographer for Brittney Spears back in the day with his bad a$$ moves on the bike.

Go!  This was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.  Also, it made the Turkey Dinner guilt free.

simple holiday rooms | decor

Written on November 26, 2012 at 2:23 am, by

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Time to pull out the Holiday Decor!

I just love the holiday season but the holiday “clutter” can get me a little crazy by the end of December.  I respect the way these rooms embrace the season with a bit of simplicity.

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cecy j | travel

Written on November 22, 2012 at 2:24 am, by

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Sometimes you need to step away from it all…

We’ve spent the week in New York with family exploring the streets eating, (drinking) and being MERRY.

Wishing you a perfect holiday with your loved ones.  See you all soon.

staying at home | domestic god(ish)

Written on November 14, 2012 at 7:55 am, by

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I just love this simple and sweet flour sack dish towel with a brilliant quote from Jane Austen.

Head over to Brookish on Etsy to browse the cute shop.


Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Written on November 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm, by

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Kate Bosworth tweeted this photo of her “happy feet.”

Thank you, Kate, for indulging us in your life + style.

Whole Foods Holiday Menu | domestic god(ish)

Written on November 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm, by

Whole Foods Holiday Menu cecyjMy family is heading to New York for the Thanksgiving Holiday but I still wanted to do a little “turkey something” at home before we left.  I was literally trying to figure out how I was going to have time to pull together a pre-thanksgiving celebration when I got an email from my friends at Whole Foods about their 2012 Holiday menu.  Think roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, traditional pumpkin pie, spiral cut honeyed ham or even a Goose… or a Vegan dinner… they do it all!

And I love that they use natural Diestel turkey which is raised right here in Sonora, CA by one of the last family owned and operated turkey ranches.

So even if you’re not heading out of town, you might want to jump online and order your Holiday Menu from Whole Foods.  It’s always my “go to” for holiday celebrations.

A photo above of our Turkey Day warm up!

a girl to know | life + style

Written on November 9, 2012 at 4:35 am, by

Una Malan CecyJ

I had a serendipitous meeting with Una Malan while we were standing together in the Montecito, California sunshine next to some old avocado trees.  We both happened to be waiting for the trolley to return us from our press tour of the Santa Barbara Design House.  The trolley seemed to take forever (which worked out perfectly because I had the pleasure of meeting Una!)

Una is strikingly beautiful, stylish and living a splendid life.  She recently launched a beautiful new clothing brand that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  I hope you enjoy learning more about this “girl to know.”



Okay, you were born and raised in England but you seem completely at home in California.  Tell me your story.  What brought you to the States?

It’s such a cliché, but it really was the sunshine!  I adore London and it’s such an inspirational city (especially for fashion), but I love the outdoors – horse riding, hiking with my dog, playing tennis – and the lifestyle just suits me so well here.


You have a background in Interior Design.  How did fashion design find you?


I have always been passionate (obsessed really) with beautiful fabrics and would often create a whole interior around something that I was dying to use.  I love to play with billowing pieces of sinuous silk to see how it falls and flows, so it seemed perfectly natural for me to want to be dressed in them too.


How would you describe your personal style?


I love simplicity and elegance mixed with interesting accessories that bring in the character of your current mood.  I am also intensely focused on being comfortable – I can’t bear to feel constricted (I think that applies generally to my view of life) – so all of my designs offer the balance of sophisticated comfort.


A smidge obsessed with your Vireo Silk Dress.  Tell me the inspiration for the design.


Thank you! All of my designs come from a starting point of versatility, so you truly can take them anywhere in the world.  Often I start by draping fabric and then starting to sketch.  Some go directly from my mind onto paper, and some morph during the process into several variations until I feel I have the right balance.  But my inspiration comes from everywhere – nature, jewelry, music, dance… I’m a Scorpio, so I feel everything passionately and I think that translates into wanting to design pieces that make women look and feel beautiful, but most importantly, she won’t be restricted from living and embracing her life.


1 essential item to pack for a sun vacation?


Lancaster Sun Deepener.  There is no other product on the market like it – it smells heavenly and lasts forever.

Where should we stay in London?


When I’m visiting, I love staying at Claridge’s.  It’s in the heart of Mayfair, so everything is easily accessible – world class shopping, restaurants, theatre, galleries, walks in Hyde Park.  The old world charm, history and great service really appeal to me.


San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito

Weekend Getaway?


My absolute favorite weekend getaway is the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito.  I’m madly in love with the cottages and the fresh, local food prepared perfectly in the restaurants.


UNA MALAN London is offering readers 20% off everything. 

Just enter CEC2012 at checkout.

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ask my momma | clean up you s*hit

Written on November 8, 2012 at 5:23 am, by

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parenting, back to school, new mom I’m losing my mind cleaning up Legos, toy army men, hot wheels and anything else small, easy and painful to step on.  My son’s preschool teachers (he is 4) always tell me he is the best helper at clean-up time and I know they think I’m the worst mom when I look at them like “you’ve got to
be kidding me.”  Help, I need some clean-up tips!

mom blogs, pregnancy, babyThe good news is, the mess signifies that your son is not watching television 24/7.  It takes extraordinary determination to manage the toy clutter associated with playtime, but the benefits are well worth it.  Playtime is extremely important and preschool programs, like Montessori for example, should emphasize self-directed learning where curiosity and interests are supported.  Children should be encouraged to question what is going on in the world, discover, and invent.

OK, none of that helps the cleanup grind.  However, it justifies the importance of play and the value of play materials.  Follow these 8 tips to support your son’s curiosity and improve his clean-up at playtime:

1.  Provide age-appropriate and worthwhile materials and toys that encourage exploration and discovery.

2.  Preserve block play structures or road formations whenever possible, overnight or for a few days.  This allows your son to continue his symbolic play and expand his planning skills.

3.  Eliminate broken toys and those that have missing parts.  These have less learning value.

4.  Routinely rotate toys placing some in storage to minimize the overwhelming chaos that can happen when there are too many choices and little time to clean-up.

5.  Organize materials and toys.  You probably already have plastic storage bins keeping Legos(r) and Hot Wheels(r) in proximity and available for continued play. You might think about labeling the bins with simple words, like soldiers or blocks.  However, be prepared, your son will mix and blend toys as his creativity increases and his play becomes more sophisticated.  The bins may still provide order but will be modified to include play sets different than originally packaged, requiring you to add new bins and gear up for novel ways of cleaning up.

6.  Allow ample time for cleanup.  Give a ten, five, and even an additional one-minute warning.  This is not simple, especially whenever your son is intensely involved with his toy characters.  Keep telling yourself, imaginary play is foundational thinking, creating, and problem-solving.

7.  Participate with your son during toy cleanup, modeling efficient organization while illustrating the value of cooperation.

8.  Follow up and reward your son for clean-up efforts.

color inspiration | decor

Written on November 7, 2012 at 3:11 am, by

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coffee table books | decor

Written on November 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm, by

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I love the practicality of coffee table books and have been using them more and more for my interior design installations.  In addition to breathtaking content, coffee table books often add an element of interest to a room in an affordable way.  They also often provide a simple pop of color.

I find they work particularly great for families that want kid friendly rooms to look “complete” because they offer the added benefit of being unbreakable (other than a few crayon signatures from the kids, I suppose).

A few great options I’ve used recently…