Monday Morning

7/30/2018




I’m typing this while sipping my first coffee of the week, prolonging walking the dog because it’s foggy and cold outside. I haven’t check in here in over a month and am unsure if anyone’s even reading, but since I actually felt like writing and sharing some images that make me smile, here we are.

What have I been up to this past few months? Work and weddings pretty much sums it up. We had weddings for two close friends in Aspen and San Diego and in between work has been nonstop, as in 12 hour days and weekend work nonstop.

We have been home without plans the past two weekends which has felt hugely indulgent. We’ve cooked a lot of meals at home, hardly ventured out of our neighborhood, and I have nearly completed a few projects that I’ve been meaning to tackle for ages, including a wedding album for our five year anniversary. Oh, and this past weekend I ran a half marathon. 

Here’s to hoping I can make more regular appearances here and everyone has a good start to their week.

Images: 1 / 2 / 3

Summer (Block) Sandals

6/16/2018





I’m going to be really bummed when block heels fade out of style. They’re so much more comfortable than their stiletto cousins! This summer, we have a strong of weddings and events, starting this weekend in Aspen, and I’m planning to double down on my block sandals while I still can. A few trends I’ve been noticing this season include woven textures, double or triple straps, and lucite. See below for my picks for summer block sandals, from brands I consistently shop - like Dolce Vita - to new-to-me ones like Dear Frances. (top image)
  1. Schutz Clarcie Block Heel Woven Sandals $200
  2. Sigerson Morrison Marnin Block Heel Sandals $206
  3. Dear Frances Luna Slingbacks $425
  4. Jessica Simpson Fixton Strappy Slide Sandal $78
  5. Kendall + Kylie Leila 3 Band Sandal $129
  6. Dolce Vita Zarita Blunted Toe Sandal $120


Social Media Detox

5/21/2018


To be honest, I roll my eyes when I read about someone doing a “digital detox” or “deleting Facebook” (especially when they continue to scroll through Instagram - as Facebook owns Instagram). I work in advertising, and lead a social and influencer team, so you could say scrolling through Instagram and Facebook is kind of my job. And I truly believe that social media has done so much good! 

That said, on Friday night I found myself home alone - with Ian out of town - happy as a clam to be without plans after a busy week. I did notice, however, that my hand wandered to my iPhone one too many times, and I would be clicking through Instagram Stories before I even knew what was happening. So, I decided to take a mini social media hiatus myself. I deleted Instagram (my biggest vice) from my phone Friday evening and made a little vow to not get the app back until Sunday evening. 

While it wasn’t hard, I did notice that it’s become muscle memory to go to the app. And while I did enjoy a little scrolling session when I got Instagram back, I think it’s made me more conscious of my habit not only when I’m alone but also when I’m with others. So I may now be a digital detox convert, if only for a few days!


Four Days in New Orleans

5/15/2018

 I’ve taken a little hiatus from writing, but am so excited to share a few photos from last month’s trip to New Orleans for one of my best girlfriends’ (Whitney) bachelorette parties - for Jazz Fest. Scroll down for photos and our itinerary, if you’d like to see. 

We stayed at the Pontchartrain Hotel in the Garden District which was built in 1927 as a luxury apartment building before turning into a hotel in the 1940s. New Orlean’s favorite son Tennessee Williams worked on “A Streetcar Named Desire” while staying at the hotel! From the gallery wall in the Jack Rose bar and restaurant to the charming decor and friendly staff, I would really recommend it. On to our packed itinerary…

Our first night, we headed over to Bacchanal, a wine bar in the Ninth Ward where you pick out wine and cheese in the storefront before heading to the courtyard to enjoy live music. They bring you glasses and your cheese plate and we could have easily stayed all night. Next on our agenda though, was purple drinks at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, which is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the U.S. Ian and I had been on my first visit to New Orleans years ago and I’ll never forget the hangover from heir infamous purple drink - so this time I stuck to one! 

We snagged tickets to see the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and walked right over as we were already in the French Quarter. If you can get tickets - go! It’s a small venue created in 1961 to preserve traditional New Orleans Jazz and was quite a show. We capped the night with a quick stop at Cafe Du Monde for beignets. 

On Friday, we walked to Stein’s Bagels for breakfast and strolled back through the Garden District. Then it was time for what I was maybe most looking forward to: the swamp tour!!! I need to find out the name of the tour we did but it was gorgeous on the water just really fun see so many alligators (the bride even got to feed a few). 

That night, we had drinks at our hotel’s rooftop bar, Tin Roof, before dinner at Shaya. I’d really been looking forward to trying the James Beard Award winning restaurant, and the modern Israeli cuisine did not disappoint. I know you don’t typically think of Israeli cuisine when coming to New Orleans but I would highly recommend Shaya! We had a private room and the bride said a few words about each woman in attendance which was really special. We ended the night with live music at Le Bon Temps Roule - although a few of us might have gone for 2am fried chicken at a convenience store (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it).

Saturday - Jazz Fest! We started the day with a drag brunch at The Country Club - so fun. Located in the Bywater neighborhood, The Country Club also has a pool bar that I’d love to go back and visit, but we had to get to Jazz Fest! We mainly camped out to see the Fats Domino Tribute, Big Freedia, and Bonnie Raitt with stops in the gospel and blues tents. After dinner at Cane & Table, known for Cuban dishes and rum cocktails, we stopped into bars along Frenchman Street, which a little less kitchy than Bourbon Street and has tons of live music. We stopped at a few bars but The Spotted Cat was my favorite.

On our last day, we stopped for breakfast at HiVolt Coffee, a cafe in the Lower Garden District featuring local art (I actually picked some up!) before walking Magazine Street. I could have drained my bank account in The Sunday Shop but it was on to the Lafayette Cemetery, the oldest of the seven municipal, city-operated cemeteries in New Orleans, before heading home.

What. A. Weekend. 

Overhauling My Makeup Bag

4/09/2018

I was in Park City for a bachelorette a few weekends ago, and one of the best parts was “getting ready” with my girlfriends like we were back in college. I was so fun to do our makeup and hair side by side again with a glass of wine - and see what products they're using. It left me wanting to refresh my makeup kit, and so I did just that.

Since moving to San Francisco, I typically end up ordering makeup online or getting desperate when I’m out of a product and grabbing something last minute (which usually doesn’t work out). Last weekend, I did some research and went to the actual mall to pick up some new basics: tinted moisturizer, concealer, eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara. I am happy with my bronzer and blush so I stuck with those! See below for my basics refresh.

Tinted Moisturizer
I used to wear this tinted moisturizer but somehow strayed out of convenience. I did some research, found out it’s still one of the top-rated tinted moisturizers on the market, and got color matched to find the right shade!

Concealer 
To be honest, I’m lazy when it comes to my makeup. I’m grateful to not have major dark under eye circles, and typically only have a few tiny spots to cover, so I love that this Bobbi Brown concealer works for my whole face.

Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay sells one Naked Palette every six seconds, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to get on board! Since I’m not super advanced when it comes to eye shadow application, I purchased the mini palette.

Eye Liner
I spent 10 minutes max on my makeup, so it’s either a red lip or a cat eye. This liner is super easy to apply and really does stay all day (as the name implies).

Mascara

This mascara has a cult following and for good reason. It adds length and doesn’t flake.