Winter is coming and instead of hiding under all of those layers, I've decided to hunker down and try to be a little healthier. I'm headed to Hawaii in just a few months and I want to feel my best. Working toward a goal is always helpful for me. Here are a few things I've added to my daily routine to make the road to healthy just a little easier:

Tracking Food - There are a million and one apps out there for tracking meals but I've found that I really like Lifesum. Just writing down food helps to acknowledge that you ate it. Sounds deceptively simple but now I think about that extra snack at work because then I'd have to add it to my daily tally. It has also helped me notice trends. Like when I start with a healthy breakfast, I'm more likely to keep it up throughout the day. The other nice thing is that it syncs with my Jawbone UP so I can add the steps I walk to my day.  Just adding this little app has helped me be more mindful of what I'm eating and the exercise I'm doing to help offset it.

Tea - I've been trying to cut back on how much caffeine I drink. While I'm not one of those crazy venti latte add 4 shots, I do tend to drink the strong "hipster" coffee that feels like it has about 10x more caffeine than Starbucks. Tea also seems to help with cravings. When I have a nice tea, it helps to satisfy the need for a sweet treat (to a certain extent, after all this tea isn't magical) Also, bringing tea in helps me save money (those hipster coffees really do add up)

New Clothes - It seems comical that this is even a bullet but it is SO true. New workout clothes are a great way to motivate me to go to the gym. There are so many great new styles out there. I love a good mesh panel to make a simple black pant feel more fun.

Good Snacks - All of the snacks on this page are from a really good Real Simple article that provides creative ideas for snacks. The key to not feeling hungry is snacking on foods that will keep you full longer. Those baked Cheetos sure are heaven but they aren't going to fill you up through that workout. I've been relying on articles like these to help me shake up my go-to snacks.

Flavored Water - I'm actually not one of those people that has a hard time drinking water. I think since discovering I feel so much better with it, I can't stop drinking it. I drink two 1L bottles a day at work plus a few more glasses at home. I like flavoring water with lemon and mint or grabbing my favorite La Croix water in coconut for a refreshing treat.

Reading - I know this list seems primarily about eating and working out but I had to include reading in a new lifestyle for me. Reading really helps me wind down and sleep better. I just finished Mindy's new book and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for a new book, I highly recommend. There is something a book can give you that watching TV just can't. It's also nice to just focus on one thing for a change, rather than watching your show, while simultaneously checking Instagram and texting.

So that is what I'm doing to set myself up for success going into the holidays. What about you? How do you get and stay healthy?

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Who is ready for the weekend? Me me me!! Right now I'm enjoying a little weekend break up in Seattle with my family. The gloomy, rainy weather inspired me to make these cozy cocktails. Filled with all the flavors of fall, they are the perfect cocktail to serve as the nights get longer.

Spiced Burbon Apple Cider (Based off of a Martha Stewart recipe)

  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 (2 1/2-inch-long) thin slices fresh peeled ginger
Add all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into glasses. I like to keep mine extra chilled so I add in a extra cube of ice. Garnish with star anise or a slice of apple.



I've been dying over the new home decor items from Target recently. Having a chic home on a budget is SO attainable theses days. You could fool anyone on what you spent if you put together a room with these fabulous pieces. Mix high-shine, luxurious gold with bold graphic patterns and cute details for the perfect room. I mean, just look at that cute hedgehog lamp. Who could resist?



A few weeks ago I shared my tour of the Round Pond winery and olive oil mill. Ever since then, I can't stop thinking about all of the uses for their flavored olive oil. It had been a while since I made madeleines. They are pretty easy to bake but require a little bit of patience as you wait for the dough to chill. I had a thought, what if I used olive oil instead of butter (I can just hear the French screaming)? What if I took it one step further and used Round Pond's Meyer Lemon olive oil to give it one more lemon-ey twist? 

The result is below. The madeleines turned out perfectly and tasted incredible (if I do say so myself). I based my recipe on David Lebovitz's with a few substitutions (namely the olive oil). 

Olive Oil Madeleines with Lemon Earl Grey Glaze

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Rounded 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Zest of one small lemon (this makes it extra lemon-ey) 
  • 7 1/2 tablespoons of Meyer Lemon Olive Oil 
2 Earl Gray Tea Bags 
  • 3/4 cup (150g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

  • Step No. 1

  • Brush the indentations of a madeleine mold with olive oil. Dust with flour, tap off any excess, and place in the fridge or freezer.
Step No. 2

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, whip the eggs, granulated sugar, and salt for 5 minutes until frothy and thickened.

Step No. 3 

Mix the flour and baking powder. Slowly fold into the wet mixture. 

Step No. 4

Add the lemon zest to the olive oil, then dribble the olive oil into the batter, a few spoonfuls at a time, while simultaneously folding to incorporate the olive oil. Fold just until all the olive oil is incorporated.

Step No. 5

Cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer or refridgerator for about an hour until firm and cold.

Step No. 6

While batter cools, mix lemon juice and water in a microwavable bowl. Put in the microwave for 40 sec until steaming hot. Add two tea bags to lemon water and let sit for 5 mins.

Step No. 7

Set oven to 425 degrees. Mix together lemon juice tea mixture with powdered sugar. Set aside. 

Step No. 8 

Spoon one scoop of cooled dough into molds. Fill it so it is about 3/4 full but do not spread batter. 

Step No. 9 

Bake for about 8-10 minutes until edges are golden brown and tops are set. 

Step No. 9 

Pop out of molds and set on a drying rack to cool. Once cool to the touch, dip shell side into the glaze and allow excess to drip down. 

Enjoy with a spot of tea as a perfect afternoon treat. 

So pretty and, even more important, tasty.

This post was done in collaboration with Round Pond Winery and Olive Mill. Thank you for supporting the brands featured on this blog. 



The summer glow is fading but that doesnt mean that your makeup and skin can't look amazing in the fall. I have some wonderful new products to share with you. These are the products that I am most excited about these days and that I have been reaching for most often. Let's dig in...

While this color is a bit darker than I typically wear, it is perfect for fall. The moisturizing formula layers on to create a beautifully, saturated vampy color. It is the perfect compliment to cozy fall sweaters and otherwise minimalistic makeup. 

This stuff is crazy amazing. It says it hydrates for 26 hours, which is a bit of a stretch to me but it does keep my skin moisturized all day long. I bet if I didn't wash my face, it would continue working throughout the night. I just love how it sits under makeup and how it really does change the moisture level of my skin. I'd imagine it would work wonders if you lived in a dry, cold climate. 

What can I say? I'm on a bit of a Kevyn Aucoin kick lately. I really like the glow that this waterproof, 12-hour wear glow cream gives. It is very subtle so it looks natural and it really does last all day. Layered on top of the moisturizer above and my favorite liquid foundation, it really creates a pretty, natural look.  

On days when I need a little extra help, I reach for this YSL blur primer. I go back and forth between wearing primer and not but sometimes it helps to create a even-ing base for foundation. This primer does an incredible job of blurring imperfections. It is hard to describe but when you apply it, your skin looks more matte and evened-out. It also smells delicious which is an added bonus. 

In the beauty world, you can't watch a YouTube video without hearing about this product. I have to admit, it's not just part of a craze, it's actually a really amazing product. For those of you not super familiar with what a setting powder is, you apply it on top of makeup to "set" it or keep it in place. I use this powder around my eyes to prevent my concealer and eyeshadow from creasing. I also apply it on my t-zone to keep it matte all day. It layers on top of existing makeup and looks perfectly natural. 

So those are my latest beauty favorites. I have really been into perfecting the glowy look that has been all over the Spring 2016 shows. It starts with a great moisturizer (and a few hydrating masks) plus a blurring primer and a subtle highlighter. They all come together to give you a fresh, dewy glow. Perfect for the golden days of fall. Until next time real beauty girls...



It took me awhile to get used to fall in San Francisco. I still do a double-take when I look at the weather and the temps are in the 70s in October. Sometimes, it can be hard to want to cozy up in the SF fall because you are still wearing white summer dresses.

One thing that is easy to get behind is fall foods. Give me everything pumpkin, everything spiced and everything maple. I love it all. These pumpkin ginger scones have all of my favorite elements of fall in one tasty package. The other thing that's super awesome is that these are whole wheat AND don't have any refined sugar (if you don't add the glaze) AND no eggs. I followed this recipe from the New York Times. Next time I make them I will probably add one more tablespoon of maple syrup to give a little more sweetness and a full 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger because I like them a little spicy. But overall these scones are pretty perfect!

I love them paired with the Fall Blend from Starbucks. The full-bodied flavors of the coffee mix well with the sweet, spiciness of the scones. I also like to pour in a little of my homemade vanilla syrup. I received this adorable simple syrup kit that makes the process super easy. You just fill the sugar to the sugar line then add warm water to the water line and shake. I added a vanilla bean for flavoring. It is the perfect accompaniment to my coffee.

My plan this fall is to curl up with a good cup of coffee, a scone warm from the oven and a few new books (right now I am reading Mindy's new book) Sounds pretty good, right?

This post was in partnership with Starbucks. Thank you for supporting the brands that are 
featured on the blog. 



Whenever I see padron peppers on the menu at a restaurant, I make sure to order them. Why? Because they are only in season for a short period of time and they are such a fun appetizer. One in twelve peppers is spicy so every time you take bite you are taking a little gamble. The best part is that they are super easy to make. I added a little creamy goat cheese sauce to round out the perfect appetizer.

Step No. 1

Wash and dry the peppers.

Step No. 2

In a small bowl add 3/4 cups of whipped or spreadable goat cheese.

Step No. 3

Add about 2 tablespoons of chives, a sprinkle of salt and a few cracks of coarsely ground pepper.

Step No. 4

In a pan over med high, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once olive oil is hot place peppers in oil. Be careful because the oil will splash. Using tongs turn the peppers until they turn blistered and golden brown.

Step No. 5

Place on plate and drizzle over goat cheese sauce. I also like to serve on the side in case people want to dip.

Enjoy immediately.