Margarita Friday


Kirby leaves for Cabo today. Cue the jealousy. In honor of her trip and in preparation for Friday night, we have listed our five favorite margarita recipes. Salud!

Cayenne Salt Margarita

Agave Nectar Margarita 

Mango Margarita 

Blood Orange Margarita  

Grapefruit Margarita

On Being A Mom...And Me.


I have a confession...

Sometimes I don't feel like being just "mom." I should re-phrase that. I love being a mommy to Mila and Phoenix, they are my little loves (most of the time, when there are no tantrums and arguments). I have a part-time job, which I love and it helps me explore my creativity with writing and design and it enables me to continue learning and developing my career. But, sometimes I just want to sit and talk about the world. About politics. The media. I studied both journalism and history in college and I kind of geek out about things like The Roosevelts and The Economist. And sometimes, when you're a mom you are surrounded by mom related conversations. Sometimes when I get together with other moms we talk about pre-school and time-outs and dinner routines and potty training. And it's not that I don't appreciate these discussions, I really do and there is solid truth in the phrase "strength in numbers" when it comes to being a mom, but sometimes I just want something different.

My father-in-law gave me this book for Christmas. It's 503 pages long. It's about the Middle East. There are a lot of words and very few pictures. I am engrossed. This is a passage (describing William Yale's first encounter with T.E Lawrence):

"His chatter was sprinkled with a stream of questions - seemingly innocent questions - about us and our plans. He assumed that we were tourists traveling in grand style to see the famous ruins of the Sinai and Palestine. It was not until after our visitors had left that we realized that this seemingly inexperienced, youthful enthusiast had most successfully pumped us dry."

I realize that extremely long accounts about the history of the Middle East are not everyone's idea of a good time, but as a parent who spends most of her days cutting crusts of sandwiches, adjusting princess crowns, changing diapers, pulling a red wagon around the yard 150 times a day, it's just really nice to burst out of the bubble and join in more serious discussions. After all, my little ones are going to grow up one day and learn about history themselves. Perhaps I can teach them a thing or too. ;)

What about you? Are you a parent? What sort of things do you like do to reconnect with the grown-up world?

For the record, I also love watching House of Cards, finding cool, vintage-looking things for my home, drinking wine and of course blogging. ;)

Things That Are Awesome


This sign is...wait for it....awesome. It was posted in the window of a nail salon, and next time I get my nails done (which will probably be never) I am going here.

Morning snuggles with this little guy, who is growing way to fast. He's still my baby though.

Mila has not taken off this crown since she got it for her birthday. It's the most ridiculous thing that I have seen, but she loves it. Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney movie growing up, so it's cool. P.S. why can't I get her to wear clothes like this?

This lipstick. It's called Angelic Nude (I don't know who came up with that name, but I bet they laugh every time someone has to say it out loud), regardless I wear it everyday.

San Diego in winter. ;)

Happy mid-week, friends! xoxo

On Tanning


You guys, I'm getting my first spray tan tomorrow. When we lived in San Diego, I spent a lot more time at the beach and, despite wearing SPF 45, typically had a little color year-round. Now we live in San Francisco and I'm getting more and more concerned about my skin the closer I get to 30 (I turn 29 in a few weeks - eek).

For my own wedding, I was too nervous to spray tan so I used these tanning wipes, and would really recommend them for gradual color. But for our quick trip to Cabo this weekend I'm going to Benefit and having a professional give me what I hope will be a light dusting of natural-looking tan. Any tips for me? 

P.S. This towel is hilarious. It's sold out on Shopbop but I also found it here.


A Brand New Week


It's a brand new week. We had a relaxing weekend - cooked a lot, did Pilates and Barre, had drinks outside to enjoy the weather - and I'm ready to conquer the busy but short week. We leave Friday morning for San Jose del Cabo to see our friends Katie and Blaine get married at Flora Farms. I can't wait to sit by the pool, have a few dozen margaritas, and celebrate with our friends. More on that later, for now see some links we love below and let us know how your weekend was in the comments.

With so many weddings and bachelorettes on the horizon, I have been browsing for dresses online. Loving this and this from a new-to-me brand.

Stop the knot made me laugh.

Did you hear that there might be a remake of Now and Then in the works

Speaking of the 00s, here are some things 00s kids used to say that kids today just wouldn't understand.  

I'm not much for DIY projects, but this looks easy and I could definitely use a lip scrub.

A great interview with a Facebook employee.

Sophia Coppola and Anjelica Huston before the Oscars.

Biddy the Hedgehog is just so dang cute. I mean look at this.

Did you watch the Oscars? We actually caught 75% of the show this year. Here's the full winners list, and Vogue's best dressed list.