We're in the midst of my favorite season, one I haven't been quite as able to fully embrace this year due to all the tasks I've had finalizing my wedding and our new home, but I somehow I am managing to find time to get back to my happy place, even if for just one evening. When a college friend of mine told me she was going to be in Los Angeles last minute, I took it as a an opportunity to slow myself down and get creative. So here we have one my of favorite tablescapes, thrown together fairly quickly, inspired by the magic that is the middle of summer. 

And it was a really lovely evening, we had pink champagne, watched the sunset and snacked on lots of veggies, nuts, hummus and olives. Arthur grilled chicken in a greek yogurt marinade and made his crowd pleasing spiralized cucumber, tomato and feta salad. And as you can see here I purchased a bunch of fruit tarts from a local bakery with an amazing selection of treats at really good prices, I might add. 

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Towards the end of dinner Arthur took Pierre outside, and I, selfishly, made him leave his phone with us so the music playlist could continue. About ten minutes after they left, we started feeling some rumbling, which I initially thought might be the music or some loud car outside. A few seconds later I asked the group, is the table moving? I quickly realized the earth was in fact moving and up on the 16th floor, it was unlikely we would be getting out safely before it ended. I was a bit panicked and my friend immediately found the nearest door frame and stood under it as the entire building swayed side to side. My friend's husband remained the most calm and hopeful, while my anxiety started spinning completely out of control. The worst thing about it was not being able to call Arthur and see where he and Pierre were, if they were okay, or trapped in an elevator. I felt this feeling of doom right before all these major life moments I almost took for granted. It metaphorically, and quite literally, shook me to my core. It was a intense reminder to stay grounded (again, literally) during a period in life in which I feel like I have been floating all over the place, trying to find my footing through everything currently going on. Still unsure of whether I feel "grateful" for this forced realization. At this point, I'm just happy to continue, and to have something beautiful to continue into. 

Eventually the shaking slowed and gradually stopped. We grabbed our cocktails and sat down on the sofa to process what had just happened. A few minutes later, Arthur and Pierre returned and I was never so relieved to see them come back to our home. It's safe to safe, I will never ask him to part ways from his phone ever again!

We all decided it would be nice to get outside and take a little walk with Pierre after the shake up. We ended up sitting at a very touristy but also very European style outdoor cafe. We had a drink and debriefed. We talked about how crazy it is that California has earthquakes, in addition to so many homes on hills. I reminded everyone that there is going to be another big earthquake at some point, to which we all just sat with. And I suppose that's all we can do, aside from the prep and dehydrated food in earthquake kits. Just enjoy life to its fullest and stay as grounded as possible, until the next time we are shook, or wake up from what felt like a midsummer night's dream!



THE COUNTDOWN IS ON... We are so close -God willing- to moving into our newly renovated condo, in addition to being about a month out from our wedding and an oversees honeymoon. These events are creating all good things, absolutely wonderful and exciting things; nonetheless, A LOT of things, for me to do in a fairly compact window of time. Did I mention I am also turning 30 the week of the wedding and attending another friend's wedding out of state the weekend before mine? I haven't even seen my wedding dress -it's being made- and we are hosting a family dinner likely as the paint is still drying in the new condo. Interestingly enough, despite everything going on, I am actually okay and very excited. Staying energized and organized has become a top priority lately and I have found a few solid things that have been helping me during this busy time I thought I'd share. Enjoy! 

EXERCISING AND EATING BETTERI know this might seem so obvious or just straight annoying to hear again and again, but it's the honest truth. I've always made the connection between exercise and stress reduction, but I've often ignored how big a role the food I consume impacts my mood and ability to manage daily stress. I have recently changed up my workout routine and really cleaned up some eating habits in advance of the wedding. I quit my gym membership where I was alternating between yoga and spin classes, and now do high intensity training workouts at Orange Theory. In terms of eating, I have significantly cut down on the refined sugar/carbohydrates and processed foods, adding in a surplus of vegetables, fruits and so much water. I have bene doing this all for almost a month and to be honest, I feel amazing. The difference is quite astonishing. I have always known a good amount about how to eat healthier and what foods are better for you because I listen to so many great podcasts that regularly discuss wellness (GOOP, The Skinny Confidential, Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig to name a few). I never really had significant health issues before (knock on wood) but I since cleaning up my diet I have noticed a big change in my energy levels and mood. I feel a lot less tired, more motivated in the afternoon/evening and better at working out. The first week of cutting down on refined sugars and carbs was challenging but once I was over the hump I stopped craving them as much and started to feel a lot clearer. I know this is a sensitive and often emotional topic for so many people, myself included, but it's something worth looking into to help not only manage stress but to also just to feel better, live better, etc. And as always, consult with a medical professional before making any significant changes to your diet. 

ASKING FOR HELP | I am a helping professional and I still struggle so much with this one! I have for most of my life lived by the false ideology of perfectionism and doing everything for myself has been a subconscious rule I am still working on getting rid of! I have been encouraging myself to reach out to friends and acquaintances with questions, recommendation requests, small favors, etc- which can feel very uncomfortable for me. What I do now when that happens is remind myself of how much I actually enjoy helping out a friend. Even if it's just talking out some of the things that are overwhelming me, having someone listen makes me feel less alone in what I have to do. Most of our daily stressors come from problems that feel bigger when kept inside our minds and having a supportive person to debrief with, whether a friend or professional, is often the healthiest way to reduce our worries/problem solve. I am not a parent yet but I would imagine that having a friend or family member help out here and there with childcare might feel like a lot to ask but something most people would be happy to do. We are social beings, no matter how independent we consider ourselves, we must rely on others to function and be well! 

PRIORITIZING SELF-CARE | I can't stress how important self-care is in managing stress. In fact, I recently wrote a whole blog post just on the topic. Often times not having a sufficient time to recover from a crazy day, week, month, even a year, has real outcomes on our physical/emotional wellness and ability to keep moving through life. We tend to have this unhelpful cultural norm that views relaxation as laziness or selfishness, but the reality is that we all need time to restore ourselves, even iPhone's need to recharge. No matter what responsibilities you have, self-care must always be at the top of the list because if you can't function at a basic human level, let alone one that feels good, then what is the point? How can you be of any assistance to yourself or others if you're falling asleep at the wheel, making extra mistakes, on a constant high or low from caffeine and refined sugar. It's not only not worth the expense on our bodies and minds, but it's just a straight out ineffective strategy if that's how you view life. Self-care can sometimes sound like a boujee concept, but in reality it's not an act of frivolity, it's one of restoration. More on this, here

SETTING REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS | “I can only do so many things in one day”- this thought appears on repeat in my mind and it's great reaffirming statement that calms me down when I start making never-ending to do lists in my mind. Speaking of to-do lists, I love them but often times once I start writing my list quickly becomes so large and overwhelming that I have a few times ignored them and went off memory just to avoid the shock of looking at all the things I have to do. Fortunately I employed this very simple trick I heard about on The Skinny Confidential Podcast, where you rank up to 7 items in order of importance and only focus on those 7 tasks until they are complete. They recommend completing them in exact order and really minimizing any interruptions, particularly emails, so that you can really accomplish the 7 main tasks of the most importance. I have been doing this now for several months and find it so incredibly helpful because it feels more obtainable and prioritizing the most important items first really reduces my anxiety about not getting things done. There are a lot of other good ideas out there for managing time but I think the most important thing is to be realistic about what you can get done and have a plan for leftover items. 

CREATING MORE PRODUCTIVE WEEKENDS | This one is so hard for me! It’s summer and all I want to do on the weekends (and every weekend really) is the fun stuff- blogging, reading magazines in bed, Pinterest-ing, seeing friends, entertaining, etc. I’ve often struggled with the idea that because it’s a weekend and I have more freedom to decide how I schedule my time, that somehow equates to endless amount of time. But the hard reality I face is that I only have 24 hours, things still take time, I get tired, things happen unexpectedly and other people’s schedules and priorities factor into mine. That doesn’t mean that I can’t get that breakfast in bed, lazy morning every once in a while, but it does mean I have to be more particular about what I say yes and no to. We all end up traveling on weekends because it's the easiest time of the week for most people to get away. However, it can be very stressful when you get back home Sunday night, feeling really unprepared for the rest of the week. I have learned to really try and make the most of my weeknights the week before a busy weekend, or just say no to doing things that won't allow me the time and rest I need. I just heard this wonderful new slang term-JOMO, which stands for the joy of missing out. Maybe it's because I am hitting 30 or because I am just too busy to care what everyone else is doing without me, but that is exactly how I feel right now!



Ever since the Palisades Village first opened last year... I have become a full on regular. Living in Santa Monica makes the drive up PCH to this quaint little oceanside suburban oasis we call the Pacific Palisades, just that more inviting, and this charming shopping center has become the crown jewel of the tiny coastal town. The village isn't a massive mall but carries a lot of well known brands like Alo Yoga, Chanel Beauté, Serena & Lily, Sephora and Zimmerman. There's also a handful of smaller shops like The Little Market, Jennifer Meyer and my spotlight place for today, the one with the chic pink door, Bonjour Fête

Bonjour Fête, as you'd imagine by the charming French name, is a wonderfully well curated party supply shop. They have everything you could possibly need when it comes to throwing or attending a chic celebration; cake toppers, gift wrapping paper, disposable plates with the most non-disposable designs, favors, decorations and so much more, all perfectly laid out by color and occasion. Some of my absolute best finds were these blue and white marbled candles I've been using for years, these perfect blue and white porcelain paper plates and the absolute best sparklers!

As a one stop party destination they of course have the most beautiful gift wrapping paper, unique cards and lot's of gifts, all of which I'd love to receive as a hostess or present any day! Also, the hand soaps are perfection! I always say the best things to give people are trinkets they wouldn't buy themselves. I will probably never buy myself a fancy had soap but I most certainly want one and thankfully my friend Diana heard and gave me this adorable soap as a thank you gift when she stayed with me! 

Let's all take a moment to acknowledge this GORGEOUS hydrangea blue wrapping paper. I honestly can't imagine actually using it, it's simply too beautiful. 

I was so close to grabbing this Mr. Boddington thank you card set but figured I would wait until after I used all my blue wedding crest wax seals first!

Out of all the gifts here, I would most certainly want anything from the adorable selection of well packaged sweets! These truffles have been on my Pinterest lists forever and I am just waiting for a friend to send me some so I can keep the box after devouring the fanciest of truffles! Also, Sugarfina makes the most perfect additions to any present and are also great favors for a dinner party. How amazing are these pink pineapple gummies??? I can't even.



There's nothing easier than a tunic... They are festive, colorful and easy; my instant wardrobe staple in warmer temps. I have always loved the silhouette; timeless, flattering on everyone. I've worn them as coverups, tops and dresses to the beach, barbecues, on boats and cocktail parties. I just can't seem to get enough! Tunics were considered fairly exotic before Tory Burch became one of the first designers to bring the tunic into western mainstream fashion. Since then, the tunic has remained an effortless symbol of style and many designers have created embellished, embroidered or just simple versions of the classic shape. More recently I've become obsessed with Sail to Sable for their extremely classic and clean designs in every imaginable color. A few of mine are from Caylpso St. Barth but unfortunately the stores are no longer. Fortunately for us, the brands might die but tunic will continue on forever as a classic ensemble for any summer or vacation related activity. These photos pictured are from my recent trip to Charleston, when I scouted this perfectly cool toned home and immediately pulled out this cornflower blue tunic to pick up the color. It's a lovely embroidered tunic by Tory Burch from a few years back. It's old but here's a link for it on Poshmark, where I found mine and many other great things! Of course I've linked a bunch of my favorites below that are ready to shop. Enjoy!


Photography by Gladyxa Mari


I'm officially calling summer on Los Angeles; for whatever that means. The June gloom continues to linger but we've had a few mini heat waves and at some point the sun has managed to peek its stubborn head out in Santa Monica everyday for a few good hours. The summer for me has always been an exciting time, however, this one is full of major moments, my upcoming wedding being the biggest, turning 30 years old and being on the verge on completing our full condo remodel topping the cake that is summer 2019! So along with all this craziness going on, I'm letting myself breath in the most effective way. Online shopping. I've narrowed down quite a few of my lust worthy splurges into this mini summer staple guide. As you likely already know, I don't like spending a lot on fashion, hence my continued obsession with Forever 21 and Zara. However, there are a few things here and there that I consider an investment in my closet. These Celine tortoiseshell sunnies are the nicest sunglasses I have ever purchased and I have been so absolutely careful with them that I am starting have anxiety about loosing the case and therefore forgoing all protection possible, ruining my chances of keeping them longer than 6 months. I'd been eyeing them for quite some time, after my beloved Forever 21 thick rimmed glasses went missing, to which my friends said "oh the Celine pair" and I quickly realized how the fashion industry tends to work. Since then I have been very happy with the frame thickness, which as the salesman pointed out to me is 100% Celine and the classic tortoiseshell I will absolutely never tire of for the rest of my life, I am certain. I linked this exact pair, as well as some much more reasonable priced items below, in addition to the other summer things I am currently obsessed with. This dreamy Onia bikini by We Wore What, being my second best purchase yet. Enjoy!