Work Tote / What's In My Bag


Just back from a whirlwind work trip in Santa Barbara and wanted to share a fun video Glam asked me to be in, describing what's in the tote I lug to and from work every day. Full disclosure: I'm not super comfortable on camera so this was out of my comfort zone for sure, but still a fun project.

Here are links to check out the blogs of the other bloggers fearured in the video:
Kate Franco:
Cara Chronis:
Emily Piskulick: 

Out of curiosity, what's in your bag?

My Best Friend's Wedding


My best friend got engaged over the weekend! Having her stand by my side on my wedding day and throughout our engagement was so special to me and I can't wait to shower her and celebrate. I may have already ordered a few engagement gifts a few months ago in anticipation. Congrats Jac + Martin!

Rifle Paper Co. Card

Like a "Colorful" Rolling Stone


Can I tell you something? Being sick is all sorts of annoying. But being sick with children is just terrible. This was the case last week, and happily, I can report to you that I am mostly better. Last Thursday after like six episodes of Curious George and some ruckus jumping on the sofa cushions, Mila suggested that she paint some rocks "because rocks are kind of a boring color." She has a point. Anyway, this proved to be a fun activity for her, and required minimal activity from me (and now I have this colorful, abstractly decorated rocks to throw around my garden). So if you're ever looking for something to do with your toddlers or older kids, have a painting party and invite a few rocks.

All you need is paints, a brush, some water and a few rocks. ;)

P.S. These grown up painted rock magnets are also really pretty! :)

Photos: Alexa Evans for Short & Sweet Blog

Friday Night Lights


Friday is here, my friends. My parents were in town last weekend so we were busy showing them around our new city, and then Ian left for a two-week work trip on Monday. This week flew by with lots of work and I'm heading to Santa Barbara on Sunday for a work trip myself, so I'm looking forward to a night at home tonight and a walk across the Golden Gate bridge with girlfriends tomorrow (there'll be beer on the other side). What are your weekend plans?

We'll see you back here on Monday, but here are some of our favorite links from the week:

I totally bought an (iced) pumpkin spice latte this week, but this Starbucks article made me laugh out loud.

I mean, how cute is this hedgehog?

73 questions with Anna Wintour. So good.

I loved this interview on The New Potato.

After reading this post I am thinking of making my Mondays appointment and obligation-free (meetings free is impossible). 

And in case you missed it:

The PERFECT fall outfit.

Chambray all day.

Do you use essential oils?

Photo by Kirby Brooks Todd for Short & Sweet Blog. North Beach, San Francisco 2014.

Essential Oils


Do you guys use essential oils? I read this post the other day, and have since been intrigued. I'm currently also sick (for what seems like the 99th time this year), and I hear they can be especially beneficial at combating cold and flu symptoms. Eucalyptus Oil, I'm looking at you. I also seem to be continuously battling digestive issues (gastritis is lame) and have heard great things about peppermint oil. So what do you think? Have you guys used essential oils?

P.S. Love the tip in Joanna's post about putting a dab of it in your vacuum cleaner. Now if I ever vacuumed.... ;)

Photo: Alexa Evans