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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, it’s officially holiday season. Tonight we’re having my college best friend and her husband  over for an intimate Friendsgiving. I whipped up my mom’s turkey recipe, I’ll be sharing it on the blog Sunday, I also picked up beautiful flowers and spent the day getting everything ready for our evening. For tonight’s centerpiece I settled on a simple arrangement of pink peonies and off-white anemones. I tucked a few eucalyptus branches under the vase and added a sprig of fresh thyme to each place setting to add an aromatic touch to the table. Scroll down to see how it all turned out.

Wearing : Sweater – c/o Saylor, skirt – See by Chloé, shoes – Gray Matters, earrings – c/o Adornmonde, bag – c/o Flynn , plates and silverware – West Elm

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Just a little reminder to keep finding the light even when everything around you seems to dim, and to never underestimate the powers of simple trench coat to elevate a pair of jeans

Wearing: Trench –  c/o Guess, Top – Sandro,  Jeans – Joe’s Jeans, Shoes – Amélie Pichard, sunglasses – c.o Elizabeth and James, watch – c/o Olivia Burton, clutch – c/o August, earrings – AdornMonde

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 One of my favorite holiday traditions is to invite friends over for Friendsgiving. Living in LA, a lot of our friends have family scattered all over the country, so I try and have them over to celebrate before they leave for the holidays. With such a large group of friends, they are always leaving on different dates so instead of one large dinner party we have smaller groups over for a cocktail hour.

 Today, I’ve partnered with CB2 to re-create our take on a cozy California Friendsgiving. Because we’re having smaller get- togethers instead of one big dinner, I think it’s fun to create a singular theme to tie the nights together. One of my favorite things to make in the cold months is a winter Sangria which lends itself perfectly for a cocktail inspired Friendsgiving. I like to accompany the Sangria with a selection of cheeses, small bites, and finger foods. Adding a few glam accessories like gold candle holders, beautiful serving platters, and long-stemmed glassware adds a glam touch to an otherwise fun, casual night.  After hosting these small get-togethers for the last few years, I’ve noticed that each night becomes uniquely special and intimate. It’s a lovely tradition that I hope we continue throughout the years.

 *This post was created in collaboration with CB2.

Featured Items: Dahlia candle holder,  Two piece serving dish,  Muse wine glass,  Frost wine decanter,  Melrose gold serving bowl,  Candle holderPillowThrow

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CB2. The opinions and text are all mine.


This past weekend I jetted off alongside my college best friend to Baja Mexico for a getaway with Darling magazine and Alaska Air. The entire trip was beautiful top to bottom, but the most beautiful part were the women and the powerfully honest conversations we shared. The trip has changed a lot of how I view my blog, the “influence” it affords me, and how I want to channel that “influence” in a more honest and uplifting way. It’s difficult to write about the experience and everything it meant to me. I need more time to fully process my new direction. I will revisit the subject when I have had more time to formulate exactly what I want to say.

On a side note, if you’ve been following by Instagram then you are aware of the stressful situation we are currently going through with out landlords. You may also be aware of this post I wrote about my anxiety and how a few days ago I reached a breaking point. I’m working on a post to honestly discuss my ongoing battle with anxiety as well as issues surrounding the unhealthy aspects of our current obsession with social media, status, and the appearance of perfection.  I want to take this moment and thank everyone who sent me messages, emails, comments, and their support. That outpouring of love I received after my post was overwhelming. You are so much more to me than just people who read my blog. You are friends with whom I’ve been sharing my life with for almost 10 years. I hope to continue this journey but with more openness and honestly between all of us.

Wearing : Crop top – Alice McCall, skirt – Marciano, sandals – Zara, bathing suit – c/o Yumi Kim, dress – Misa

  • November 8, 2017 - 7:50 AM
  • November 8, 2017 - 8:15 AM

    Rena - I like how you combined the beautiful skirt with the cool top!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • November 8, 2017 - 8:30 AM

    Megan Willis - I am already a fan of this new direction you want to take. It’s already hard enough to be truly authentic and I can only imagine how much more difficult it is when your career depends on putting yourself out there to be judged and critiqued on a daily basis. Fashion is so much more than the clothes — it’s about the person and sharing who you are in a creative way. I am inspired by you and your vulnerability. Keep it up! We aren’t going anywhere :)ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2017 - 9:09 AM

    Natali - Amazing post and welcome to the new and more braver and bolder you! Thank you for opening up already on your Instagram and for wanting to be even more open and real… This helps a ton to all of us who are suffering same or similar issues as you are and who are also uncomfortable about who we are or deciding to deal with our insecurities or sicknesses in quite and far away from the eyes of others.


  • November 8, 2017 - 12:15 PM

    Jandrew - I really love this black skirt !
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  • November 8, 2017 - 2:54 PM

    Melody - I love everything about this post. And not just the pretty pictures. Your honesty is so amazing! We are not all perfect. And with social media these days it can be so daunting and hard on our selves. Thank you for this!ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2017 - 4:08 PM

    ivanasworld - Amazing place and beautiful pictures :)

  • November 12, 2017 - 6:19 AM

    Erika - I’m sorry you’re going through such a stressful time and I hope it gets better soon! These photos are amazing and I can’t to hear more about the new vision!
    xoxo Erika

So I have some exciting news! Sam and I just booked a trip to Shanghai in two weeks and I’m so excited. I love seeing new places but I’m not gonna lie I’m mostly excited for the dumplings. Ever since my trip to Australia where I had the most amazing soup dumplings ever I haven’t been able to get them out of my head. So here I am, headed to the place where they invented dumplings. In the mean time, thinking about China (and dumplings) made me inspired to shoot this look in Chinatown in Los Angeles.

If any of you have been to Shanghai I would love some suggestions.

Wearing: Top – Iorane, pants – Alice McCall, shoes – Bared, sunglasses – Quay Australia, bag – Salar

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