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Sam and I spent our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in San Francisco. Whenever we’re in the city by the bay a feeling of nostalgia washes over eyes. We always spend our time doing all of the things we used to do and visiting the places we loved. For our stay we rented a room in a hotel directly across from our very first SF apartment. We had dinner at our favorite French cafe, Café de la Presse, and drinks at our favorite dive bars, Owl Tree and Kozy Kar. We popped into our favorite Korean spot, Cocobang, for a late night snack before heading down to the Embarcadero to watch the fireworks. The next day we woke up to have breakfast at our favorite hole in the wall diner, Golden Coffee, before strolling through our favorite streets for hours. We popped into our favorite cheese shop, Cheese Plus on Polk for lunch. Dinner was burritos from you guessed it, our favorite Mexican counter, El Sol. As we visited our old haunts we recounted the days when life was simpler, rent was cheaper, we were younger, and responsibilities weren’t as heavy. It was a great time in our lives and one we will always look back on with fond eyes.

Do you have that special time in you life you wish you could revisit even just for a short time?

Wearing: Slip Dress – Yumi Kim, blazer –  Reformation,  boots – Dolce Vita, bag – Gucci, bracelet – David Yurman

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This holiday season Sam and I decided we wanted to give back by donating our time and effort to the homeless in LA. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives. Giving back is a good way to help people and it often times makes you more thankful for things you do have.

I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering at community based charities like food banks, half-way houses, missions that feed the homeless and at a center for victims of child sexual abuse (by far the most heartbreaking yet fulfilling year of my life). This year Sam and I wanted to do something that made both of us feel even more personally involved.  We  ran through multiple ideas but ultimately settled on giving out Necessities Bags to the homeless. We spent two days stocking up supplies and putting together 100 care packages to pass out to the homeless. Instead of just going down to Skid Row, we decided to spend a few days driving around the greater Los Angeles area to service the thousands of people living on the streets.  Even if you can only afford to get a few of these items and don’t have any time to donate passing them out you can keep them in your car and give them to the people you see at stoplights or on the sidewalk. This is something Sam and I will be doing from now on. It’s an easy way to help someone in need year round.

Our bags include :

Two water bottles

1 pair of socks

Granola bars

Toilet paper

Goldfish crackers

Potato crisps

Bandaids

Wet wipes

A toothbrush

Mini chocolate candy

Items to pass out as needed :

Pet food

Pads

Tampons

Getting involved in your community is easy and doesn’t have to take up your time and money if you don’t have that to give. You can help by simply donating items like socks, gently warn outerwear, blankets, scarves, mittens, beanies, toys, and hygienic supplies to your local shelter. Consider also donating your efforts to other community based organizations like Food Banks, Youth Centers, Health Clinics, Soup Kitchens, Local Churches, Women’s Centers and other small groups that work to help people in your community.

You can also donate to the victims of the various disasters and tragedies that have happened this year. The victims of the recent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting still need our help.

You can use Charity Navigator to find reputable community based charities that work on causes near and dear to you.

One of my long standing holiday traditions is going down to Rodeo Drive and marveling at all of the festive window displays. It’s a little something that I’ve done every year that I’ve lived in LA. When I was younger I dreamt of being the one creating these glittering holiday scenes, now I dream of reenacting this little tradition in Paris.  It’s a dream I plan on crossing off by bucket list soon, but for now the sun drenched streets of Beverly Hills will have to do.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Wearing: Coat – Storets, skirt – Reformation, sweater – Autumn Cashmere, shoes – Dolce Vita, bag – Flynn, sunglasses – Prada, earrings – J. Crew

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No matter how early I start shopping I always find myself searching for last minute gifts. Although candles, champagne and flowers are a great go-to for when I’m in a pinch, I enjoy giving something thoughtful if I can. Below I’ve rounded up a selection of the perfect gifts from my favorite retailers. Most of the items are under a $100 with the majority of the gifts being under $50. I hope this helps you find some of the last minute presents you’re still looking for.

I’ve been eyeing this Tibi set for weeks, but  It’s going to make for the perfect outfit to wear on Christmas Eve. Double the love because I can’t wait to wear the skirt with a cozy sweater for Christmas Day.

I’m hosting a giveaway with sunglass hut over on my Instagram. Go to this post for a chance to win a pair of custom engraved sunglasses. xo

Wearing: Top – Tibi, skirt – Tibi, shoes – Loeffler Randall, watch & bracelet – MVMT, earrings – Céline

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