Long Weekend (and Happy 4th)


Happy long weekend, friends. What are your plan for the 4th? A weekend at the beach? BBQing with friends? We're staying put in the city taking care of our boxer Tank after his big knee surgery, but have some friends in town so we'll be taking them to a few favorite restaurants and maybe trying a new one (Swan Oyster Depot has been on my list since we moved to San Francisco). Happy fourth of July.

Here are a few links from around the interwebs this week, we will see you here on Monday!

There's still time for a DIY manicure before the 4th.

Good news: tanning bed usage is finally on the decline. (These are my favorite tan wipes).

How to do a blow-out at home. I definitely bookmarked this one. 

Have you ever cried at work? (confession: I have) 

And what's the most beautiful thing you've ever read?

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On De-Cluttering


I have spent the last few weeks feeling the need to organize. This is a very foreign feeling to me. Those who know me well might feel faint at the sound of that, or as Matt sometimes says: "Are you feeling okay? What is wrong?" The other week I cleared out my kids' dressers. Then I tackled Mila's closet. (For those you that have kids, you understand what a fluid process this is. It's an ongoing task. You buy shoes one day and the next day they are complaining they are too small). Regretfully as I was clearing out some of Mila's shoes I noticed a pair that was for an 18-month-old. The upkeep has clearly not been consistent on my part. But anyway, I moved on to my own closet and then to my dresser, which happened to be stacked with old receipts, books, scatterings of artwork from Mila and a tangled mess of jewelry. As a side note here, I rarely wear jewelry. I mean even when I go out on a date with Matt (which is also rare), I usually don't bother with a necklace or bracelet. I do have some very special pieces that I treasure and love (vintage items and heirlooms from my grandmothers and Matt's grandmothers), but on the whole I tend to shy away from bling.

So the great dresser purge began, and I have to say I am much more comfortable with the result. My mother-in-law gave me a pretty little box to store my most reached for necklaces and bracelets (when I am feeling adventurous), and I packed the rest away in a drawer near my bed. I also think there is a lot to be said for having some element of greenery and a candle in every room of the house. There is something fresh, as well as equally calming and energizing about both of these things.

How about you guys, do you sometimes get the urge to purge?*

Also have you dug into this book? I am intrigued.

*Lame use of rhyming I know.

Wear Your Red, White and Blue


Somehow, it's already July 1 on Wednesday. That means it's a short week and the 4th of July is on Saturday. So there's still time to snatch up some red, white and blue before the holiday weekend. Depending on the weather up here in San Francisco I may only be able to get away with a patriotic clutch with my typical ripped jeans (summertime isn't our sunniest season), so someone please snatch up that blue suit or red romper for me!

1. Saylor Brenda Romper
2. Ale by Alessandra Renda Hat
3. Vivien Komono Sunnies
4. Chicwish Sunshine Bohemian V-Neck Playsuit
5. Red Carter Splice & Dice Cutout One Piece
6. Clare Vivier Flat Clutch
7. J. Crew Raffia Ankle-Tie High-Heel Sandals (sold out but flat version here)

Yes Sir, Big Sur


A few weeks ago, we drove a few hours along the coast and spent the weekend in one of our favorite spots, Big Sur. It's one of the most beautiful spots I've ever been so I wanted to share some photos and some of our favorite places to hike and eat. 
Magical Big Sur.
Favorite hiking partner.
Bixby Bridge photo opp.
Looking up at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Garrapata State Park hike.
We rented a tiny cabin at the Big Sur Riverside Campground and were able to bring our boxer with us.
After a day full of hiking (8 miles total!) we showered and stopped into Big Sur Roadhouse for drinks and an appetizer.
Before heading back to San Francisco we stopped for breakfast at Big Sur Bakery. Definitely get a reservation here.
These views!
We've had lunch at Nepenthe every time we've been to Big Sur. it was foggy during this last visit but still warm enough to sit outside and have some rosé and lunch.
Warming up by the campfire.

Photos by Kirby Brooks Todd for Short & Sweet Blog

Try This: Oatmeal With Caramelized Bananas


Do you guys feel uninspired in the mornings? I am the world's worst breakfast maker. My Dad on the other hand whips up Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs with mushrooms and goat cheese, and a plethora of other dishes that I sadly dream about over a bowl of stale Cheerios. Anyway, the other morning I was daydreaming about a bowl of oatmeal that Nikki and I shared while at Urth Cafe in West Hollywood. Never been there? Go. Go now. It describes itself as Banana Nut Oatmeal with Caramel Sauce. Light bulb. I can sort of do this.

Also, the kids practically kissed my feet. It's like dessert for breakfast. Give it a try and let me know what you think. And tell me your secrets for quick and yummy breakfasts for you (or the whole family). Read below for the recipe!

Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas
1 Cup Oatmeal (cooked according to directions. I totally cheated here and bought Trader Joe's Instant Oatmeal, but it worked for a weekday breakfast. On the weekends I might make it the old fashioned way).
1 Banana, sliced
1 teaspoon coconut (or butter)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon hot water
1/2 cup granola (I used maple pecan granola, so good)
Milk for stirring in

Cook your oatmeal. While it's cooking, melt coconut oil over a skillet. Once skillet is hot add banana slices. Cook one to two minutes on each side (flip when they start browning). Remove the banana from the skillet to a plate and pour a mixture of the hot water and honey over the bananas, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Put your oatmeal in a bowl, top with the banana mixture and granola. And you're done. It's seriously such a treat! ;)