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True story : I’d rather die than actually go into a store on Black Friday. It’s a good thing that most of my favorite places to shop offer excellent sales online which means I can shop while lounging in my bed and drinking mass amounts of coffee.

My Picks for Best of Black Friday Sales:

Shopbop  :  Asos 30% off

  J. Crew 30% off everything  :  Intermix 40% off

 Nordstrom  :  B&H Photo

  Sephora  :  Ulta

  Z Gallery  :  West Elm

 Nasty Gal  :  CB2

Best Buy  :  Barney’s 40% off

Revolve : Tibi : Reformation

Net-a-porter : Zara 30% entire collection

Happy shopping, kittens.



This Thanksgiving Sam and I had a last minute change of plans. Instead of going up to our  family cabin in Yosemite for a snowy getaway, we both decided that after spending almost two week with a severe cold/flu/whatever that hellish sickness was, we needed time to rejuvinate somewhere warm and sunny. We ended up finding our way down to La Jolla. It’s exactly what we needed, we just wish our families could be here with us.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving I suggest you join us in overeating regardless.



I’ve been obssesed with this oversized tunic sweater for what seems like an eternity. I bought it from my friend’s store, Anthom, on a trip to New York a month or so go. I can honestly say that I have never left their stores without buying at least something. It’s a good thing the owners are my friends so I do get a little discount otherwise I’d be broke regardless of how reasonable their prices are. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but the creatives behind Anthom are nothing short of genius. They scoure the world over to find interesting, innovative, up-and-coming designers and strategically curate the stores to reflect a clean modern aesthetic that permeates everything  down to their custom rose gold hangers. If you find yourself in NYC I urge you to pop by one of their stores in either Chelsea or the Lower East Side, you can also shop online but everything sells out rather quickly.

Anyways, back to sweater tunics. Basically they’re my jam for winter. I wore this one with a lovely tea length skirt and  a statement necklace for an industry dinner in NYC.

P.S. The holiday sales are starting to pop up so I thought I’d give you a heads up on a few going on now:

Shopbop Sale

Asos black Friday warm-up sale


J.Crew – 30% off on any purchase

Up to 80% off Revolve’s pre-black Friday sale

West Elm Sale

Wearing : Sweater – via Anthom (similar here), trousers – Theory, belt – bought during our Utah road trip (similar here), bag – c/o Coach, sunglasses – Karen Walker, shoes – c/o Loeffler Randall

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Wearing: Dress – Reformation, jacket – Veda via ANTHOM, shoes – Valentino, bag – Saint Laurent, sunglasses – Italia Independent

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With Thanksgiving only days away I wanted to share 6 easy recipes perfect for serving at a Thanksgiving dinner near you. Since most of Thursday’s meal will consist of heavy, buttery goodness, I decided to focus on a few lighter options along with 2 tasty cocktails to help get you through the day. To start the meal I have apple cider shandies and acorn squash hummus. To go with the turkey I have a healthy side dish of sautèed green beans and asparagus topped with roasted almonds. And for the best part of the meal, which is obviously dessert, I’m sharing my recipes for winter sangria, apple tarts, and mini candied apples.


Apple Cider Shandies:

This is a perfect drink to bring along to a Thanksgiving dinner. You can make it and bottle it ahead of time. Make sure to keep it chilled.


2 large bottles of apple cider

6 pack of Pilsner

2 fresh oranges


Juice one half of a fresh orange into a large glass bottle or a pitcher with a lid. Add apple cider and pilsner. I use a ratio of 1 cup apple cider to 1.5 cups of pilsner. Stir lightly to combine and chill. Most pitchers will fit about 5-6 cups total, I usually make 2 large bottles/pitchers. Cut the second orange into thin slices to serve as a garnish.


Acorn Squash Hummus:

I love acorn squash when it’s in season and really wanted to find a new way to use it. I came up with this hummus recipe.


1 acorn squash

1 can garbanzo beans

1 small clove of garlic

1/2 cup lemon juice

Extra virgin olive oil


Salt & pepper


Start cutting the squash in half and cleaning out the seeds. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Place squash onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Let the squash cool. Peal the skin off the squash, it should come off easily. Transfer squash into food processor and add garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth, you can add a little bit of water if it’s too thick. Taste and adjust seasoning. Make it ahead of time, serve with fresh veggies, and garnish with pomegranate seeds (I also added roasted flax seeds to mine).


Sautèed Green Beans and Asparagus:

This is my go-to side dish for Thanksgiving. It’s easy, healthy, and deliscious. I don’t have any specific measurements for this recipe because it’s one of those dishes where you adjust according to your taste preferences and how many people you’re serving.


Green Beans



Slivered almonds

Fresh lemon juice

Salt & pepper

Cooking oil


Heat up cooking oil and add green beans and asparagus. Cook until the veggies start to get tender, add finely chopped garlic, drizzle with fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Sautè for another few minutes until the garlic is fully cooked. Serve with slivered almonds, you can quickly toast them to add more flavor.


Winter Sangria :

I’ve been making sangria for Thanksgiving dinner for the last few years and it’s become a sort of tradition.


1 bottle Pino Noir

1 cup spiced rum

2 cups fresh orange juice

2 cups vanilla soda

1 orange

1 apple

1 pomegranate

1 cinnamon stick

1/4 cups raw cane sugar


Fill the bottom of the pitcher with orange slices, apple slices, pomegranate seeds. Add sugar, cinnamon stick, wine, rum, and orange juice. Mix well and chill for at least 4 hours. To serve remove cinnamon stick and add vanilla soda.

Apple Tart :

If you’re not a baker this is a perfect recipe for you. The measurements are for 1 tart that serves 4 people. I usually make at least 2 tarts.


1 sheet thawed puff pastry

1 cup marscapone cheese

1 apple

1 tbsp honey

lemon zest


powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350°F. Gently mix marscapone with honey and a few pinches of lemon zest. Thinly slice 1 pealed and pitted apple. Fold over the edges of your puff pasty. Spread marscapone mixture onto your pastry and cover with apple slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon, transfer onto a baking sheet covered parchment paper, bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust and apples start to brown. Let the tart cool before covering in powdered sugar and serving.


Candied Apples:

These are actually just poached apples but they’re sweet, syrupy, and a perfect companion to winter sangria and your Thanksgiving desserts.


3 cups fruity red wine

1 bag of mini apples

1/3 cup raw cane sugar

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp lemon zest


In a pan, combine all of the ingredients except the apples and bring to a boil over low heat. Add the apples and poach for 20-25 minutes turning them over a few times as they cook. When the apples are tender all the way through, transfer them into a bowl using a slotted spoon. Drizzle with a few teaspoons of the cooking liquid and serve warm along side the apple tart.