January Wish List

1/17/2018

Like everyone else, I’m trying not to shop much this month. But, I do have a few things on my list (and they’re all under $200).

for a more organized bag
Cuyana’s Leather Laptop Sleeve matches by work tote and, let’s be honest, I shouldn’t just be throwing my laptop into my bag like I usually do.

for better sleep
I’m normally a pretty good sleeper, but have had way too many sleepless nights so far in 2018. Vitruvi Sleep Face & Body Mist smells like warm cashmere and soft linen sheets. Sounds nice right?

for dry lips 
My lips have never recovered from being on the East Coast over the holidays. I’m looking for an everyday lip balm. Kari Grant Lip Whip in Peppermint is soothing and will hopefully make my lipstick go on smoother.

for fun
For me, it’s typically statement earrings or no earrings, but lately I’ve been loving fun studs like these ones from Rebecca Minkoff.

for (cute) comfort
I don’t know about you, but I rarely invest in things like cute sweats - and I think that needs to change! These Make + Model Good Vibes Jogger Pants have great reviews, come in four colors, and are under $50! 


I love a good sweatshirt for when I want to stay in sweats but need to pull it together, and have been all about the slogan shirt/sweatshirt trend. This Feminine Sweatshirt would get a lot of use in my closet.

18 in 2018

1/08/2018


I don’t love the term resolutions because I feel that it has negative connotations, so this list is actually more about goals and intentions I’m setting for the year, as well as some habits I started in 2017 that I want to keep up. I’d love to know what your 2018 intentions are.

  1. Continue my meditation habit. It’s been so helpful to my overall wellbeing. I never thought I’d be that person, but here I am.
  2. On the same note, continue to see my therapist. I’ve seen someone off and on for the past few years and find it so beneficial.
  3. Buy a home. This is a big one because we live in San Francisco, but I’d love to have something of our own in the city that we love (not to mention start to build our equity).
  4. Mix up my workouts. I have a few classes that I love at Core40 and YogaWorks, and I run regularly, but I do fight boredom and feel better when I mix up my workouts.
  5. On a related note: run more races. This year I did two 10Ks and I want to run another half marathon on 2018. I find that having an upcoming race makes my runs less of a slog and there’s such a sense of community when running in a race.
  6. Host more! We love having people over, but sometimes I get caught up in our place being tiny or our couch being shabby. At the end of the day, everyone seems to have a good time so I need to get over it.
  7. Keep in mind that “comparison is the thief of joy.” This is so key for me.
  8. Send out Christmas cards in 2018. I really enjoy opening cards from friends and family, and typically send a Paperless Post New Year’s card, but I want to send a physical holiday card this year. 
  9. Wear sunscreen every. single. day. That means on my face, neck, and hands. 
  10. Pack my lunch! I am pretty good here, but it’s such an easy way to save money.
  11. Related to spending, take the bus and walk more. It’s too easy to hop in a Lyft but it’s an expensive habit.
  12. Continue to make everyday upgrades. I can’t tell you how much joy I get from a few simple upgrades made in 2017. From purchasing a nice looking marble jar for our dog’s treats to finally throwing away my favorite but past-its-prime bra. I often put off purchases like this in favor of “fun” ones but I do find that money spent on something I use daily is better than on a trendy top I’ll only wear a handful of times.
  13. Water!!! My husband is so good about staying hydrated that I joke that he was left stranded on an island without water before we met. Jokes aside, I need to be better about this and have found that tea helps (and counts!).
  14. Put my phone on airplane mode before bed. When I do this, and have had my coffee and meditated before checking emails, my day is so much better.
  15. Prioritize my health. I’m 31 and will be 32 in a few short months. I know I’m still young but I’m starting to realize how lucky I am that I have my health and want to stay healthy. That means regular dermatologist visits for skin cancer checks, keeping my dentist appointments even when I have a busy work week (+ regularly flossing), and slowing down when I feel a cold coming on.
  16. I speak to my parents almost daily, but I need to be better about checking in with everyone else in my family, from my aunt to my mother-in-law. 
  17. Volunteer more regularly. This one is partly selfish because of how goodie makes me feel! I’ve identified homelessness as a cause that really matters to me, and have been working with ECS now for a few years. I help with their biggest fundraiser of the year (and am actually co-chairing this year) but love volunteering at their 
  18. Another mantra for 2018: this to shall pass. I tend to get caught up in the moment and need to start thinking bigger picture. I will hopefully have a long life and long carer and need to have better perspective.

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12/31/2017

Somehow it's New Year's! We spent Christmas with Ian's family on the East Coast and popped over to London to see my brother + family afterward so we'll be somewhere over the Atlantic flying home just as all of the New Year's Eve celebrations will be starting, which is just fine by me. Cheers to 2018!

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2017 Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers

12/15/2017


To me, the best part of Christmas morning has always been sitting in front of the fireplace opening up stockings with coffee or cocoa. So, I’m capping off this year’s gift guides with my picks for stocking stuffers. 

Top to bottom, left to right:

I love to get spa-like items in my stocking. This 100% natural and biodegradable Sea Sponge is as pretty as it it useful. ($15)

Truth be told, I never buy lip balm because it’s always in my stocking (thanks mom!). Sun Bum makes my favorite. ($4)

I keep these pretty matches stashed all over our apartment. The Skeem Design Safety Matches Jar is the perfect stocking stuffer. ($12)

Esym Lavender Linen Spray for sheets and keeping clothes fresh when traveling. Also great for de-stressing midday. ($18)

This Double Knot Brass Bottle Opener is a no-brainer stocking stuffer. ($20)

Speaking of champagne, these Shamia Tassel Drop Earrings from BaubleBar are perfect for New Year’s Eve and beyond. ($48)

Haven’t you heard? Adult coloring books are a thing. The Mindfulness Coloring Book is a great way to unwind + be mindful during the holidays. ($10)

Sparq's Original Soapstone Whiskey Rocks chill spirits without watering them down (set of 12). ($25)

Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks with 20-25 recipes using favorite ingredients. All of Short Stack’s covers and illustrations feature original artwork. Eggs / Honey / Lemons ($14 each)

Compartés makes the prettiest chocolate bars. Compartés Chocolatier California Love: Dark Chocolate & Pretzels is almost too pretty to eat ($12)

Bottom row:

For some reason I just love this mug! Who wouldn’t want a Googly Eye Mug? ($14)

I’m a huge fan of Glossier and have been wanting to try their Body Hero body wash. ($35)

The perfect Christmas morning treat: Hot Chocolate On A Stick Set. ($16)

Give them good luck with this Lucky Token Keychain. ($14)

2017 Gift Guides: Stuff They’ll Actually Use

12/12/2017

As much as I love gifting something frivolous that I know my friend or family member wouldn’t purchase for themselves, there’s also something to be said for gifting something someone on your list will use all. the. time. The trick is to make it a special version of the item they’ll reach for daily. I have to say - this one of my favorite guides to put together which makes me think maybe it’s time I elevated some of my everyday items. 

Clockwise from top left:

This Pendleton print is a classic and this umbrella is sure to brighten any rainy day. Definitely a step up from the black, boring drug store umbrella your brother purchased last rainstorm. ($29)

Soap. Something you use daily and likely purchase alongside groceries or during a Target run. Compagnie De Provence Liquid Marseille Soap is always in the powder rooms at my favorite restaurants. You can also find it in a glass bottle if you want to be extra fancy. ($23)

Okay so this one isn’t 100% useful, but it is the 1-2 times a year you drink champagne! Champagne Bottle Opener for the win. $25

Diptyque candles are pricey, so I’d love to gift this and know someone was enjoying it. I light candles daily and while they aren’t the most unique gift they are among the most appreciated! ($64)

I love the retro vibes of the Smeg Tea Kettle. It’s pretty enough to leave out. ($129)

Serving spoons can be fun, too. I purchased this Brass Serving Spoon from Berkely-based Totem, a shop that also sells the loveliest handmade ceramics, for my in-laws. (and discovered Totem at West Coast Craft) ($30 or $50 for a set)

The Every Charger Known to Man (but probably not then you need) Bag. Made me laugh, and so useful for corralling cords and ear buds. ($21)

My husband and I are a rare pair that enjoy grocery shopping, but I know this isn’t the case with most people. Make it more fun with the Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag in Sailor Stripe. ($10)

Think about it: when you’re reaching for a multi tool it’s usually because you’re trying to fix something, right? Make it more fun for someone on your list with the Crab Multi Tool. ($20)