Category Archives: Brunch

Since Sam and I first met, picnics have always something we’ve always enjoyed doing together. We love finding tucked away spots and setting up to watch the sunset. After spending time with family, Sam and I had a moment to ourselves. We decided to take the opportunity to set up a quick little picnic on the bluff of the family beach house. This time of year is always especially magical in Santa Cruz. The weather starts to get a little cooler and the light turns golden. The sunsets are more breathtaking and it always takes me back to the 4 years I spent living by the beach here. Santa Cruz is a sleepy little  town that never really changes. Every time I visit I get a tinge of nostalgia for simpler days of living in a beach town.

I’m currently loving the idea of draping myself in jewel tone velvet head to toe. I even have the matching velvet pants to this top which I’m definitely planning on pairing together. I’m not sure if this idea is ridicules or genius or a bit of both. Below I’ve curated a selection of my favorite velvet pieces. Enjoy and have a lovely Thursday. xo

Wearing: Top – c/o Ronny Kobo, jeans – Levi’s, shoes – Gucci, sunglasses – Chloé, scarf – COS

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I’ve always loved hosting dinner parties. I love planning out menus and decor. I love spending the day in the kitchen filling the house with the smell of home cooking. There is something very rewarding when everything and everyone comes together for a special evening.

Since Sam and I always have a friend or two popping in for lunch or dinner during the week, I’m always prepared to host people on the fly. Over the years I’ve learned that with a few tried and true recipes and a handful of special accessories you can whip up a dinner party that looks fantastic but is deceptively easy to pull together.  Scroll down and take a look at the set up created for a fall themed wine and cheese party. I decided to mix and match everything from the color of the napkins to the silver wear and dish wear.

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For today’s Sunday Bites post I’m sharing a recipe for a refreshing Cucumber Melon Summer Sangria. I love making sangria year round, but particularly in the summer when we have a rotating door of friends stopping by. Below is a super quick video showing you just how easy it is to make. I hope you enjoy it and happy Sunday!

Ingredients : 

2 bottles white wine

1 small cucumber

1 lime

1 quarter honey dew melon

1 cup vodka

 Handful of fresh mint leaves

Directions :

Cut the cucumber and lime into thin slices and cut the honey dew into cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher, stir well. Serve and enjoy.

 

I love starting my mornings with fresh light meals that will energize me without weighing me down. One of my new favorites is a delightful, healthy breakfast bowl. I use homemade yogurt that I pick up form the farmer’s market and combine it with fresh berries and fruits. It takes all of 5 minutes to make, leaving you feeling satisfied and healthy. To make it even healthier add in chia seeds and let sit over night.

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Plain yogurt (sub in coconut yogurt for a vegan version)

Vanilla extract

Honey

Directions :

There is no real formula to this. Blend together the desired amount of yogurt with a large handful of fresh strawberries, a sprinkle of vanilla extract, and a spoon full of honey. Play around with the ingredients until you get it to taste and look the way you want. Personally I like less honey and more strawberries, while Sam enjoys his on the sweeter side. Once you’ve got the right flavor garnish with fresh berries and serve. I like to garnish mine with edible flowers when I can find them or toasted coconut shavings if I have some on hand. Serve and enjoy.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday brunch is my favorite weekend tradition. Whether we’re at home or traveling, Sam and I take our Sunday Funday very seriously. My favorite brunch indulgence is lemon ricotta pancakes paired with a healthy fruit smoothie. Sam loves breakfast tacos and waffles.  Together we end up with way too much food and have to invite friends to join in on our feast. Below I’ve linked a few of my favorite recipes to make for brunch.

Acai Berry Smoothies 

Ricotta Pancakes – I add lemon zest and blueberries to this recipe.

Breakfast Tacos

Homemade Waffles – The perfect recipe to use as a  jumping off point.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday!