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I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

A  lace dress, paired with a basket bag, and mules is quickly becoming my easy go-to for spring weekends. It’s not ground breaking but the styling possibilities with a lace dress are endless especially if you stick to neutrals like black and white.  You can do something as simple as wrap a scarf around your neck, add oversized sunnies and you’re instantly channeling a Parisian girl enjoying a weekend in the south of France. Try ditching the slip and wear it over a black bodysuit for a concert or a beachfront party. Add a belt, strappy sandals, and a statement earrings for a romantic dinner look. A lace dress can give you countless options, you just have to find what works for you.

Wearing : Dress – Free People, bag – a gift from Bali, shoes – c/o WhoWhatWear, bracelet – c/o Gorjana

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Happy Monday from Miami! We had a wonderful weekend of tennis with Lacoste and now we’re enjoying our favorite city for a few more days. Since the humidity makes doing my hair a pointless endeavor, I decided to bring back the bear buns. Now I’m kind of obsessed. I plan on rocking this look for Coachella.

Wearing : Pants – LemLem, top – LemLem, shoes – Chanel, bag – J.Crew, earrings – Marimekko, sunglasses – Quay

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This weekend Sam and I enjoyed a little staycation by the beach. Our room had a breathtaking view of Santa Monica beach which we took full advantage of. There’s something extra magical about staying right by the ocean. In the morning we jogged on the beach and ate breakfast on our balcony while watching dolphins swim by. In the evening we watched the sunset from our room afterwards finding our way down to the beachfront patio for fresh oysters and Rosé. It was exactly the kind of quite, romantic weekend we were looking for.

Wearing : Dress – Gül Hürgel, shoes – No. 21, earrings – Zara, bag – J.Crew

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Today is my 30th birthday! I spent yesterday, the last day of my 20’s, doing all of my favorite frivolous things. I started the day off at the flower market picking up an obscene amount of ranunculi. Next Sam and I popped into our local coffee shop for breakfast and people watching. We followed up breakfast with some major shopping. We grabbed a bougie lunch. We ended the day watching the sunset and drinking my favorite French rosé at Soho house. All in all it was the perfect way to end a wonderfully wild decade. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years are going to bring.

Wearing : Sweater – Sandro, leather leggings – Club Monaco, shoes – Club Monaco, bag – Chanel, necklace – COS

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