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.

11.10.2014

RENEGADE DISCOVERIES


As you probably know, I love to support local artisans. Their passion for their craft is so inspirational. One of the best ways to discover new makers, is to attend craft shows that have been popping up all over the place. This weekend was one of my favorites, the Renegade Craft Fair. I found so many new, wonderful companies and visited some of my old favorites.

Don't worry if you didn't go, I found the best makers at the festival for you below. Also, don't miss the West Coast Craft Festival on December 5th and 6th and pick up some wonderful holiday presents.

Good Company - Portland, OR

I love these cute little succulent buckets. They also have larger buckets to store things around the house. I am a big fan of their minimal yet colorful designs.


Home Sweet Flowers - San Francisco, CA

I just loved these wreaths. The combination of succulents, cuttings and feathers was very inspirational. I  think that these would make a wonderful holiday present. 


Pickle Pottery - Sierra Nevada Foothills, CA

I have had my eye on this pottery studio for a few craft fairs now. The gritty texture of the glaze paired with shiny gold drawings is pure perfection. I didn't buy this time but that plate is on my wish list!


Unurth Home - Los Angeles, CA

In the chaos of the fair, we came upon this booth and were instantly soothed. The ocean-inspired pottery pieces have a San Diego feel. I loved the organic shapes and textures. Jenn, the ceramist, was there and was equally as lovely.


P.F. Candle Co. - Oakland, CA

I am such a sucker for a good candle. It seems like every local shop I visit these days has these candles in stock. I picked up a Campfire candle that smells woodsy and smokey and is the closest substitute for the real thing.


Post Studio - CA

Looking for a great gift? These high gloss trays and coasters have been featured in Real Simple, Elle Decor and Dwell magazine. I think the geometric design would fit perfectly into my home ;-)


11.06.2014

TILE DREAMS


New Ravenna tiles are absolutely spectacular. They are pieces of artwork really. I have no idea how much they cost (I'm guessing a small fortune) but one can dream. Below I have pulled together my favorite tiles from their collection and paired them with the perfect paint color. I could just imagine these beautiful pieces in a stunning bathroom. Is it normal to dream of tile? I don't think so, but who said normal was fun?


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