Category Archives: Fall

Over the years my love of travel has grown to a point where being home for more than a few weeks seems daunting. Even if it’s just a short road trip to the desert or up North, I always feel the most inspired when I’m traveling. I love the feeling right before I go somewhere new and cherish the feeling of nostalgia when I visit a familiar place.

When Hat Attack approached me to design a hat for a mini collaboration I instantly knew that it was going to be inspired by my travels through France this summer. I chose a soft grey/ivory color palette reminiscent of the Parisian skyline and added the embroidered Au Revoir detail, which means goodbye in French. I love the way the hat turned out. It has become my favorite travel companion and the perfect fall accessory. The hat is now available at Hat Attack. Pick up yours today! 

Wearing : Dress – Zara, boots – Stuart Weitzman, hat – Hat Attack, watch – The Horse, bag – Gucci

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As I’ve gotten older entertaining in the fall and winter has become one of my favorite pastimes. Since it doesn’t rain too much in the golden state, whenever there is even a drizzle the entire city shuts down. Nobody knows what to do with themselves, and getting dressed to go out in the rain is not in an Angeleno’s skill set. Because of all this my friends and I have developed a tradition of taking turns hosting wine night. We sit around catching up while delighting in small bites and perhaps a touch too much wine. One of my favorite new recipes that will surely be featured in an upcoming wine night is this sweet and savory take on bruschetta. It’s made with goat cheese (you can use ricotta if you don’t like goat cheese), roasted grapes, and candied walnuts. I adapted the recipe from a Venetian cookbook I purchased after our time in Italy this summer. You can find the recipe below. Happy Sunday.

Ingredients :

Baguette

Red seedless grapes

Candied walnuts

Fresh thyme

Goat Cheese

Directions :

Preheat the oven to 350F. Place grapes and a handful of fresh thyme leaves on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, mix together and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Slice the walnuts in half, arrange on another oven tray, pop into the oven along side the grapes for 5-8 minutes. Drizzle slices of baguette with olive oil and toast in the oven or broiler. Once all of the components are cooked and ready, let everything cool off. To assemble, crumble the goat cheese onto the toast, top with grapes, walnuts, and the crispy roasted thyme leaves. Serve warm or at room temp. Tip: If your grapes are too big, cut them in half.

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think. xo

This weekend Sam and I attended the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. It’s probably one of my favorite social events of the year. I get to catch up with industry friends all the while sipping on some of the best bubbly. This year I wore a very special dress I bought when Sam and I were in Paris last year. It’s by a Japanese designer, Tsumori Chisato. She adds an incredible sense of whimsy to all of her designs and creates her own beautiful prints. The  sailboat print for this dress came from watercolors she painted herself. It’s one of my favorite pieces. It’s delicate, playful, and the sheer draping adds a romantic touch. I pull it out whenever I need something special to wear. I love feeling confident knowing no one else will be wearing this dress.

Wearing: Dress – Tsumori Chisato, shoes – Bared, sunglasses – Elizabeth and James, bag – Stripe Design 

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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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