When I was in my early twenties, one of my favorite rituals was spending an afternoon here. I would get a coffee, a treat and a stack of fashion magazines, and sit for hours reading each issue cover to cover. It was one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon by myself. Read on for more on rituals and coffee breaks.
Despite being knee deep in June gloom at the moment—the few weeks in SoCal when it isn’t sunny— my brain has switched to summer, and I’m craving seasonal produce and lighter meals. I’m even contemplating putting my crockpot away for the summer months, and I’ve grown pretty attached to that thing over the last few months. It’s also bikini season, so lighter meals are a must. Cut to me buying up all the zucchini and going crazy with the spiralizer. But seriously, this shaved zucchini salad with extra squeeze of lemon and lots of parm cheese, paired with my tried and true crab cake recipe is the most delicious summer meal, possibly ever. Warning: File under favorite and pin this recipe asap, because it’s going to be your favorite. You are welcome.
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Sweet, tangy and wonderfully refreshing, this cocktail is the perfect way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend. It’s the drink you’ll be making all summer long, because who doesn’t love a cool, refreshing lemonade with a splash (or three) of vodka. Continue Reading…
Last night Mauricio and I officially kicked off the wedding season with a fabulous wedding in Los Angeles. Weddings are truly my favorite kind of date night. You get to eat, drink, dance and celebrate a beautiful moment of someone’s life. It’s also an excuse to dress up. Sometimes you can take that little black dress out of your closet or find something that you would wear again, but other times you look at your closet and realize there is nothing exciting in there. Here is why I think Rent the Runway is the perfect wedding season partner. Continue Reading…
When I still lived in Philly, my sister and I created a tradition of taking our mom and both of our grandmothers to afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. Each year we would take them to a different hotel in the city that offered afternoon tea, and each year it was something we all looked forward to the most. Afternoon tea seems like a very complicated and posh affair because of the variety of offerings and the delicate china, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, I’m sharing a simple blueprint for how to throw the perfect tea party at home, complete with what to buy, how to serve and what to make for Mother’s day or just an afternoon with your girlfriends.
It took me a really long time to understand what networking is and how to network successfully. I talked about being brave and confident this year, and also about connecting with more with like-minded people, as blogging can be a very isolating process. Joining the Style Collective community allowed me to learn and make genuine connections with people I would have otherwise never had the opportunity to meet. So, when there was a new Style Collective meet-up right in Orange County, I was excited to take a #mombreak. Read on for more on sipping cocktails and networking. Continue Reading…
It would probably not surprise you to know that I am a planner. I’ve greeted many friends with printed out itineraries before trips. The kind of itineraries that have bullet points, with items that are “a must” bolded and alternatives in italics. I can’t say everyone has an appreciation for my thorough research skills and over-preparedness. Mauricio certainly doesn’t love it. His problem with my type-A to the max planning is that it leaves little room for spontaneity. So I tried to let loose, by not planning every minute of our trip. And I think that might have been Mauricio’s favorite aspect of our weekend in San Francisco part 2. Because what we ended up doing wasn’t planned or even on the radar for either of us.
Over the last year or so, I talked a lot about hoping to create a capsule wardrobe. While my goal is to still have a closet that consists of quality, easy to wear pieces, I think each season still begs for a few trendy items that help make your existing wardrobe a bit more fun. So before our San Francisco trip, I ordered a few trendy tops for spring, and all of them combined were under $50!
This past weekend we went to San Francisco for a mini getaway, as a family. It was our first trip with a toddler, so I didn’t have high expectations for how much we would be able to see of the city. But I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised at all we were able to do. So much so, that I decided to break up our weekend recap in two posts. For now, here is part 1 of our weekend in San Francisco.