11.25.2014

SERENA & LILY WINTER NEUTRALS


Serena & Lily always kills it with their furniture and decor pieces. I have put together some of my favorite recent pieces below (including some incredible art) These cozy neutrals are perfect for staying in on cold winter nights.

For my Bay Area folks, Serena & Lily has set-up a pop-up outlet store in Berkley (1360 Tenth Street). They have amazing finds at up to 40% off (think chairs, upholstered furniture, rugs, poufs) They are open until December 8th (hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm) Crossing my fingers that you can score something great. 

This post is sponsored by Serena & Lily. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. 

11.24.2014

NAPA WEAR


I'm headed to Sonoma later on that week (more on that later) and I wanted to put together a list of things to pack. These cozy pieces are perfect for sipping wine amongst the changing leaves. Just make sure you keep the red wine away from the white sweater ;-)





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11.19.2014

NEW DISCOVERY: ELIZABETH ROBERTS


I love a brand that makes technology approachable and fashionable. Seattle-based designer Elizabeth Roberts does just that. Her pieces have a timeless feel yet have of-this-minute technology woven into the design. For example, her patent pending SmartShield technology protects wearers from electromagnetic frequencies of cell phones via her smartly-designed pockets.

I have my eye on that beautiful quilted leather jacket but all of the pieces are stunning. I especially like them paired with classic cold weather accessories (think cozy scarves and shiny rain boots) The perfect gear for cold weather to come.



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11.18.2014

YES YOU CAN MAKE: 3 INGREDIENT SIDE DISHES


Let's face it...the holidays are stressful enough. As the Christmas lights start to pop up, more and more invites come our way for potluck dinners (or at least that has been my experience).

Make your contribution equally parts beautiful and simple. I have put together three 3 ingredient side dishes below that you can whip up in about 40 minutes. So while you are blowdrying your hair and applying your makeup, your dish is already done.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds

Turn oven to 425 degrees. Cut brussels sprouts in half. Drizzle with regular olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes until golden brown. Drizzle black truffle oil over sprouts and top with pomegranate seeds.

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Put one bag of cranberries with one cup of sugar with zest and juice of one orange in a pot on medium heat. Cook until reduced into a thick sauce.

Roasted Potatoes with Parmesan 

Using a mandolin, cut 3 potatoes into thin slices. Line up in a dish and pour over melted butter (2-3 tbsp). Add salt and pepper plus a generous dusting of parmesan over top of potatoes.



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11.13.2014

GET COZY


Are you ready to get cozy? There is nothing better than snuggling under a fuzzy blanket and reading a book beside the fire (or Campfire candle in my case) Here's a roundup of my favorite cozy essentials for those cold winter days.




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11.12.2014

TASTY TART CRANBERRY RECIPES


Last week at the grocery store I bought cranberries. I don't know why. Perhaps, I was excited that they were finally in the store. I brought them home, stared at them wondering what to do, ate half of one (which I dont recommend, raw cranberries are gross) and then started looking for ways to use them. Here are a few of the yummy recipes (and one decorating idea) that I found…



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11.11.2014

BEAUTY FINDS: EDITION NO. 1


I can't help but try new beauty products with my new job. I figured while I am testing out all of these products, I'll let you know what new, great ones I find. Sounds good, right? Here is what I am loving right now...

Dry Bar Sake Bomb Shampoo and Happy Hour Conditioner

I have tried quite a few shampoos and conditioners. My hair is very particular so I have had varying degrees of success. I decided to bite the bullet and switch from drugstore to premium shampoo. At Sephora, they recommended this combination for my hair. The shampoo does a great job of cleaning without stripping and moisturizing my hair so it is left shiny. I am sold!

Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Dolce

I am a huge fan of lipstick but sometimes it just isn't practical to keep checking it throughout the day. I discovered this wonderful colorful balm. It leaves a hint of a beautiful fall burgundy while replenishing moisture to my lips.

Origins Active Charcoal Mask

Always willing to try a new mask, I put this highly-recommened mask on last weekend. When I spread it on, I needed quite a bit to cover my face but it isn't too pricey so that wouldn't be a big deal. As it dried, it completely tightened on my face. After washing it off, my skin was glow-ey and fresh. I don't know if it quite "sucked up" all of my impurities on my face (read: blackheads) but did make my skin look nice. It's hard to top my favorite mask.

Yes To Coconuts Cooling Lip Oil

One of the keys to wearing lipstick is having smooth, moisturized lips. No one likes a flakey lip. This lip oil feels so amazing on my lips. It has a cooling eucalyptus scent that reminds me of a spa. I always keep it in my purse and am pretty much addicted to it.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Shine Lacquer in Baby Jane

I had to include something fun in this list. I love this high-shine nail polish. It lasts forever and has a wonderful gel-like shine. I am such a fan of gels for their durability but, on the weeks when I am taking a break, this polish is the perfect substitute.