• CHINATOWN

    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 ...

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    A COZY WELCOME

     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 ...

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    SUNDAY BITES

    Today I'm sharing my mom's fool proof turkey recipe. I've watched her make this recipe every year for over 15 years. Roasting a giant turkey can seem intimidating but ...

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    LA TROPÉZIENNE

    This weekend Sam and I were running a few errands and we spotted this beautiful little cafe. It's called La Tropézienne Bakery and it is straight out of the ...

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    AU REVOIR

    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 ...

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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

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  • 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
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  • 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.

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  • November 8, 2017 - 12:15 PM

    Jandrew - I really love this black skirt !
    Jandrew
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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 :)
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  • 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
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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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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going on an adventure with vineyard vines to celebrate the launch of their first LA store at the Westfield Century City, a must visit if you live in the Los Angeles area. We started our day with a helicopter ride to Catalina Island, one of my personal favorite spots for a quick getaway.  During our flight we saw a huge pod of dolphins and our pilot went in close enough to the water so that we could easily see them jumping and frolicking. The morning was chilly so I settled for their iconic cable knit sweater, dark skinny jeans and a soft scarf. Once we arrived on the island, we all had the chance to pick from a spa treatment or a zip lining tour to enjoy. I chose a facial after which I switched into a lovely cover up dress for our lunch on the beach. We wrapped up the afternoon with a helicopter ride back to the mainland. It was an amazing experience. The vineyards vines pieces I wore were perfect for our relaxing yet adventurous day. I especially loved how cozy and soft all of the knitwear was as well as their playful beachy pieces.

 * This post was created in collaboration with vineyard vines.
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This weekend Sam and I were running a few errands and we spotted this beautiful little cafe. It’s called La Tropézienne Bakery and it is straight out of the South of France. The owner is from St. Tropez and treated us to some special pastries that are his local favorite. It was a beautiful little brunch that took us back to one of the most magical places we’ve ever been. The perfect escape in our own backyard.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. xo

Wearing: Trench – c/o Rebecca Taylor, top – Club Monaco, skirt – All Saints, boots – Stuart Weitzman, bag – c/o Salar, sunglasses – Elizabeth and James

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I’m super excited for today’s post because it’s Halloween themed! This is the perfect drink to serve for a party or while passing out candy to trick or treaters. It’s wickedly tasty and appropriately playful. The only tricky part of this is the dry ice. I was worried it would be difficult to find but in fact I found it at the second liquor store I called. PLEASE be advised that you cannot use bare hands to touch the dry ice and you cannot drink it until it melts. Use tongs to drop in small chunks for the smokey effect. Wait for the dry ice to melt completely before drinking. It will chill the cocktail and give it a gentle fizz.

Ingredients:

8oz. Gin

 2oz Simple syrup

 4oz.Pomegranate juice

Dry Ice

Sugar for the rim

Serves 4

Directions:

Start by creating the sugar rims. Dip each glass into water and then into sugar spread on a plate. Combine the gin, pomegranate juice, and simple syrup in a tumbler filled with ice. Shake well and strain into glasses. Using tongs or a spoon drop small bit of dry ice into the glasses.

Enjoy the effect and serve.

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