Trench coats, pastels, lattes, macarons, rainy afternoons, wellies, florals, embellishments, pink, violet, mint, rain boots, umbrellas, skirts, grey skies, long walks, warm afternoons, fresh flowers, melting snow, bike rides, drizzle - all the many things I love about Spring. It's also another chance to yet again, feel a bit rejuvenated with work, friendships, style and purge! I love cleaning out all the stuff I've held onto and even though I tend to do this fairly regularly this is a perfect time to take it to whole other level. Spring is also of course known for pretty flowers and of course, mine and everyone's favorite, peonies back in season. I wish I was on the east coast to see the best peonies, did you know some of them can grow as big as a human head? And last but not least, Spring gives everyone another chance, some seasonal happiness with the increasingly better weather and for me most importantly, means we are one month closer to my favorite season of all, summer. And if you are still dealing with mounds of snow, let these images be a sign of hope for better days ahead! Enjoy. 

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Spring means many things, flowers coming back into bloom, melting snow, rainy afternoons, taxes and if you're in your 20s or 30s you are most likely entering into another wedding season. What started a few years ago for me as a wedding here and there has now become a full blown reality, with about four weddings already set for this year and four last. And I must say I am quite excited for all of them, it's a really sweet feeling to be included in a couple's special day and also another excuse for me to get dressed up. So as I have been searching for dresses for my next one this April, I thought I'd share some of my favorites. I'm really into the pastels, florals and ruffles in every form. I think I have found one I already love from this list, any guesses? Enjoy! 

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{ wearing a BASK toweling blazer at the Beverly Hills Hotel }

As you may know, I am in full on study mode right now preparing for my licensing exam. Is it just me or does studying make people more creative? I find that when I am bored or forced to pay attention to something of little interest my mind tends to wonder into all sorts of arenas, most of which tend to involve a pool and a margarita. While studying at home has been cozy with all this LA rain and cool-ish temps, I can't help thinking I would be better off changing up the location, perhaps I'd understand clinical theories more over a vanilla latte and some hash browns in a fluffy robe in the basement of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Just saying. All of the staycations I have done in Los Angeles including The Beverly Hills Hotel, The SLS, and The Luxe Sunset, have all been very refreshing and worth it to me to explore a new area or just get the same feeling of traveling without having to actually travel. It's a great thing to do with friends or a significant other, someone please propose something now before I go crazy! Enjoy. 

Classic old school Beverly Hills 

For the full sunset strip experience

For the socialite who wants to "get away" but still be 'scene'

For Hollywood Royalty 

A little secret hideaway close to the beach

6. NoMad
For the hip, young 'wish I wish in NYC' crowd 

For the East Coast lovers who still choose year round sunshine 

When you want to escape but don't want to get on a plane

For a local 'girls night out' that will feel like Vegas but thank God it's not

For a romantic getaway, without the traffic



It's March and I must admit, the months between the holidays and May have never been my best. Nothing terrible has happened during that time, it's just nothing too special has ever happened and I have noticed over the years that it's the time when I am not as creative, excited or motivated. So I am not really sure what I am going to do about it just yet but here I am, writing down the things that excite me right now. Enjoy!

1. My reality television obsession, continues with the new trailers and premiere dates for the two Bravo shows I love most, The Real Housewives of New York City and Southern Charm. I just love the RHONY women so much because at least for me, I find them to be the most relatable out of all the women in the franchise, apart my my favorite Heather Dubrow. Bethany is a no-brainier, Carole has lived such a cool and interesting life, Tinsley has great style and I love how southern she is, Luann and Sonia are so self-deprecating, Dorinda is someone I'd love to host me for a weekend and I just can't stay mad at Ramona for long enough! As for Southern Charm I love seeing picturesque Charleston, all the pastel outfits and day drinking. But let's be real, this is Patricia Altschul's world and I'd be more than happy to live right in it! Her house was designed by Mario Buatta and is stunning!!! Is it too late for her to adopt me?? Sorry mom! 

2. Saying "No", this article comes in at the perfect time for us all, another reminder that women are dealing with inequity in many spaces, particularly the workplace, and this amazing article makes the case for saying "no" more often. The idea being that girls and women are often socialized to be agreeable, cause little problems, always help when needed. While these are qualities I appreciate and find positive for myself and others, it also seems to send a message that we aren't as able to set boundaries, advocate for ourselves, or as I like love to say, push back. This is not just something I find in the workplace (aka not pushing for raise, saying no to doing the job of two people, working extra without extra compensation, etc) but reading it really reminded me of the article about Aziz Ansari, which I know was not an incident of rape, but rather another example of how women tend be taught to play coy and polite, and be gate keepers in sexual relationships, while men are praised for their persistence and assertiveness. It's like in princess movies where I don't even remember hearing a proposal. I feel it's these small but important shifts we need to make to really create equality so girls of the next generation are comfortable and confident in expressing themselves, especially when setting boundaries or pushing back against something they aren't 100% okay with. 

3. New restaurants opening in Los Angeles, particularly in Brentwood we have pasta and pizza extraordinaire John and Vinny's coming, as well as the very instagrammable Alfred's Tea. Additionally, I just got word that Mansur Gavriel opened an adorable store on Melrose Place, with a super chic little coffee spot called Cafe Flora, with a beautiful blue cursive logo. More spots that I am excited to try are all the dining options (especially the rooftop) at the new NoMad Hotel in DTLA, the pre-fix tasting menu at Dialogue, Inko Nito and a cool Israeli spot Jaffa. My supperclub has a lot of work ahead of us!!!

4. Study, study, study. I am in full on study mode for my LCSW exam and going to have to really dedicate all my extra time to that! I am admittedly not a natural test taker and really have to get myself to focus hard on the task at hand when sitting for exams! It's so hard to stay on track but I will make sure to write a post when this is all done about what was helpful. Until then, I will be frequenting every coffee shop on my list. Please send good vibes my way!! 


I spent a long weekend in Vail, Colorado, a charming ski town a couple of hours outside Denver. My boyfriend and I rented a house with a bunch of his friends from high school and it was quite the party I must admit! Imagine lots of fireside games, cocktails, and hot tub dips after day trips to the mountain. As a very beginner skier I didn't have the easiest time navigating Vail mountain, but I will say my performance starting out was way better then later! I think after lunch, and a generous glass of champs, I really psyched myself out and became super fearful. To the point at which my very patient and gracious boyfriend suggested he carry my skis while assisting me slide on my bottom down a steep hill. I didn't cry but let's just say I had a "Monica moment". That's one step before a "Monica meltdown", to be clear. But aside from that I truly did enjoy my time skiing, lounging, aprè-ing (aka my new favorite sport). This post won't truly serve as a thorough guide to Vail, but it will have some useful info, like where to sip the most fabulous hot chocolate after a long day in the snow, or start one. Enjoy. 

I am not an avid skier by any means but the group I was with all were. I only went one day to Vail mountain and thoroughly enjoyed myself until my aforementioned mini mountain meltdown. I must say the views were beautiful and the customer service excellent. I loved the mid-vail cafe with tons of options including a full bar and ramen! Aside from Vail, the group headed to Beaver Creek and Copper. Beaver Creek seemed to have the most beautiful views on the runs along pretty ski homes and warm chocolate chip cookies served at the bottom of the mountain! SO sad I missed that!

We rented a house off airbnb which I would highly recommend as an option if you're a large group or family, the one we rented was perfect with a fireplace, hot tub, views of some very pretty snow covered trees, a lofted ceiling and a very wintery home feel. It wasn't ski-in, ski-out but it was a super close drive to Vail Village and Lionshead. There are lots of fabulous hotels in Vail like The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences and The Sebastian, but I must say my favorite was Sonnenlap Hotel. It's extremely charming and evokes the same feeling as all the chic European ski towns along the Swiss Alps. I spent a good amount of time there on the second ski day, after deciding to take it easy and rest my very sore muscles and explore Vail Village. I started with a delicious breakfast at the very cozy Ludwig restaurant before heading to the spa. Apart from a classic steakhouse, this is the type of place you'd imagine heading to for a rustic mountain feel, perfect for a romantic candlelight dinner and a big cozy sweater. After breakfast I headed to the beautiful spa which I would highly recommend paying a visit to if you are into spas or fell one too many times on the mountain the day before!! Like at most hotel spas, I purchased a day pass to enjoy the facilitates and I'd recommend it since resort treatments tend to be so expensive. Since I've gotten older I've started to appreciate relaxation so much more and this was a great spot to do just that. The facilities are beautiful with two outdoor hot tubs and views of the mountains/snow covered trees, an indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, steam room, full bar/lunch service and my favorite, a beautiful fireplace to sit around and lounge in. I brought a book, magazine and my iPad for some light reading around the fire and ordered a champagne cocktail in my soft robe; so basically heaven.

Since we rented a house, everyone pretty much ate on the slopes during the day and cooked together at night, but I was able to scout out some good spots on my day exploring Vail Village, and with the extensive restaurant research I always do before every new city I visit. We all grabbed yummy breakfast sandwiches at Les Delices De France in Lionshead and the whole menu looked great to me, they even had stacks of caviar jars just waiting and mounds of cheese and charcuterie for the afternoon rush. I also had a delicious breakfast at Ludwig's at Sonnenalp Hotel, which was great but is more popular for dinner. For sushi/Japanese I loved Sushi Oka in Vail Village and they have hibachi grills for large groups which would be really fun. Other restaurants I did not get a chance to try but heard a lot of good things about are Sweet Basil, La Bottega, Game Creek Club, Matsuhisha, and Campo de Fiori

My hands down favorite drink was also one too rich for me to make a dent in, but worth it for the warmth and obvious instagram opportunity. The "world famous" hot chocolate at The Four Season's Remedy Bar was at the top of my list and I can honestly say it didn't disappoint. The only problem is I haven't really drank hot chocolate, or straight sugar, in some time so despite my added shot of Bailey's I was pretty overwhelmed with all the sweetness. It was however, quite an experience and so I recommend getting one and sharing. The Remedy Bar had a really great setup with outdoor fire pit tables and a wide selection of drinks and snacks to munch on by the fire, with an incredible view of the mountain. Another good spot for a decadent hot chocolate is at The Sebastian. Other aprés ski spots are The Red Lion, Root and Flower, and Bart & Yeti's.

I am certainly no expert in appropriate ski-wear, I take my inspiration from Slim Aaron's photographs in Gstaad, but I do know what's cozy and cute in cold weather. I love any uniform that involves wearing cashmere sweaters with leggings all day and unfortunately I couldn't find anymore après ski logo sweaters available, but keep your eye out for any leftovers at H&M, where I found my cute red one! I'd also recommend a furry scarf and a knit hat for extra warmth, something I have tended to forget about living in Los Angeles! Other cute essentials below. 

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