{sunset in santa monica, ca}

And if you don't know, now you know ... I realize my blog is about my style and the things I get inspiration from, my creative dream outlet - but I wanted to maybe break down a little bit more about myself and my taste. So here we are, 100 things about me, this was so fun to do, would maybe be a nice dinner game with friends or serve as a fun ice breaker. Here we go! Hope you enjoy and maybe fill one out yourself or with friends!

favorite color: blue
time of day: sunset and dusk
childhood book: hopper
three things I love about my city: the ocean/mountains, the weather (duh), and the proximity to other beautiful places (Carmel, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara) 
profession: mental health therapist, i blog as a hobby on the side
favorite accessory right now: these tassel earrings in every color
greatest achievement: raising money for saving innocence
favorite meal: truffle cream pasta
celebrity crush: miles teller
rule worth breaking: eat the last slice of pizza

{my best cheese plate yet}

best thing i can cook: a gorgeous cheese plate 
city: london
charitable cause: CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children)
i can never have too many: dinners with good friends
place to shop: zara, luxury vintage shops, Bloomingdale, and yes, I will stop shopping at forever 21 when they stop making adorable things  
dessert: anything peanut butter and chocolate 
go to outfit: a blue and white button down and navy leather skinny jeans
style mantra: classic with a touch of glamour 
earliest memory: crawling in my parents living room in the early morning
dream travel: to spend a month living in the English countryside around christmastime, aka the holiday

{faena hotel in miami}

u.s. vacation destination: Miami
style era: 1920s
style icons: Olivia Palermo, Jackie Kennedy, Aerin lauder, Morgan Stewart, 
hostess gift: a coffee table book or bottle of rosé
prized possession: calliou, my toy poodle
top cuisine: Italian, Japanese, Mexican
most recent book read: a study in charlotte 
movie: black swan
blogs I regularly read: this is glamorous, la dolce vita, design darlingthe college prepster
favorite piece of jewelry: my pearl ring my family gave me when I graduated my masters of Social Work program

{the cypress tree in carmel by the sea}

weekend destination: Carmel by the Sea
disney movie: alice in wonderland
guilty pleasure: watching old seasons of real housewives and pinning on pinterest
museum: art institute of Chicago
hometown: Chicago
first blog i ever read: and still read-la dolce vita (found it after google searching olivia palermo's apartment)
ice cream flavor: cookie dough
drug store beauty product: maybelline telescopic lash mascara

{my little toy poodle caillou}

pet: an energetic and adorable white toy poodle who resides with his grandmother in Chicago because his mother was too selfish and moved to LA!
thing to do with friends: trying new restaurants
childhood movie: bye bye birdie
high school sport: cheerleading
astrological sign: leo
early bird or night owl: early bird
decor dream splurge: a navy blue velvet couch with thick white borders on each cushion (like tory burch's here)
flower: peonies, roses, hydrangeas

{peonies and some of my favorite coffee table books}

cocktail: I usually drink either a vodka soda with lime or a glass of rose to avoid all the sugar but I love a good French 75, Spritz, or Margarita too!
instagram accounts I obsess over: @juliahengel, @somethingnavy, @sophieschumacher0, @blarejune@whatwouldkikiwear, @margoandme, @leslieannebruce, @kjp@brookedujour, @bright_beautiful
snack: pretzel challah bread from whole foods with hummus
dream car: a vintage white volkswagen beetle convertible
workout: running, a hike or soul cycle
american cities i still need to visit: Charleston, Nantucket, Dallas, Nashville, Cape Cod
trend i'll never be over: blazer and statement necklace (e.g. olivia palermo on the city)

best thing about my apartment: my desk - bar cart is a close second though
coffee shop order: typically a black coffee with a splash of almond milk but as a treat, a vanilla almond milk latte, maybe with a yummy sugar cookie on the side
it's not a weekend without: my typical bagel and matzo ball soup breakfast from NY Bagel in Brentwood
if i became a billionaire: i would start a charitable foundation for women, travel half the year and continue therapy and blogging
worst habit: playing with my hair
food i wish had no negative health impact: cheese! cheese! cheese! pleaseeeeee
dream daily luxury: a personal chaffer

thing to do in the summer: drive with the top down on pacific coast highway
actress that would play me in a movie: jenna tatum, or so i've been told
season: summer, duh
holiday: chrismakuh 
scariest thing i've ever done: creating a position for myself at work
hogwarts house: ravenclaw
movie i never tire of: the holiday between the months of September and February 
mary-kate and ashley movie: passport to paris
nail polish: essie's haute as hello or sunday funday
most magical place i've been: verona, italy
best childhood memory: sleep away camp
pizza topping: mushrooms, truffles preferably 
store candy: tie between toblerone and butterfinger 

best outfit worn to date: a crisp white blazer, grey silk shorts, white silk tank top, pearl statement necklace and silver captoe pumps
first concert: n'sync
superhero power: to fly! i literally have consistent dreams about it
habit i'm trying to break: saying "i'm sorry" for minor things - like moving over for someone at the grocery store that bumped into me?
favorite real housewife: heather dubrow
if i could only eat at one restaurant for a year: mastro's, especially the alaskan crab truffle gnocchi! 
last thing i ate: salmon avocado sushi and garlic cheese pasta
as a kid i wanted to be: the president of the united states
board game: candyland
favorite kardashian: kris jenner, i respect the hustle
best piece of advice i've received: to not care what anyone thinks because they are already too consumed with themselves
skill i want to learn: equine therapy

{image source}

favorite place in los angeles: the fountain coffee room at the Beverly Hills Hotel
famous person i'd like to have dinner with: barbara walters
mcdonald's order: chicken snack wrap and fries
song i never tire of: chandelier by sia
my real housewife tagline: would you rather be happy or right?
person i want to trade homes with: gwenyth paltrov's brentwood home
biggest regret: not getting my first credit card until I was 25
best gift i ever received: a basket of cheese plate accessories including several cheeses!
dream photoshoot: a sunset picnic in provence 
childhood role model: fran drescher in the nanny
bachelor or bachelorette fan favorite: trista, the first bachelorette!
describe yourself in three words: self-deprecating, bold and empathetic

Okay now a quiz...





Will you accept this frosé? Ahhh the bachelor/bachelorette... I have many thoughts and internal conflicts about this lovely piece of television, however, considering my eternal love and loyalty of any reality show on Bravo, I will set those feelings aside because let's face it, there's rosé to be had - not to mention pizza and treats. So when a new friend and blogger, Brooke invited me to host a bachelorette viewing party, I was all in within five seconds. Here are all the deets from the party, enjoy!

First things first, the dessert of course. Any gathering requires sugar and Brooke found the most AMAZING custom cookies from SusieCakes with little wine details and in rose frosting and shape. She also decorated each famous red velvet cupcake with printed photos of the one and only Chris Harrison! I think it would cute to print off some of the bachelors themselves as we get closer to the final rose, we could maybe even make it into a little game perhaps. 

Second to desserts comes the rosé, according to me. We decided to step it up this time and in the spirit of the summer season, make some delectable frosé, the recipe and details about how I did it, in this recent post. I used miniature garden roses to garnish the drinks, but also the petals as decoration for the party setup. Brooke printed this adorable little sign for the table and some insta story worthy snaps your friends are sure to love.  

And of course we made pizzas. This was actually pretty fun and quite simple with pre-made crust and lots of topping options. Mine actually turned out really yummy, albeit edible, thank God, and a great alternative to whatever they put in the papa johns pizza I typically order. It was a very interactive way to snack and I think from now on we should always have a build your own something station and get people to be more creative. 

The pizzas turned out amazing and did I forget to mention we had a cheese plate? Pretty standard, but in the best way possible. My basic hostessing skills always involve a cheese plate, more to come in a future post, and this one was of course, extra beautiful with a variety of cheese textures and an assortment of snacks to pair with them. Another good idea is to have some raw veggies just to balance all the rich food, but where's the fun in that? 

All in all, it's always a great thing to bring friends together, whether it's for a show you can all eat and talk through until some unrealistic and dramatic scene happens or while you are watching a documentary on clean water. I never regret the time spent with friends or eating that last slice of pizza... and so any reason to host is good enough for me! Thanks Brooke for the great idea!!

And yes, I will accept this frosé...





What's better then rosé on a summer day... The most wonderful concoction I've come across pretty much since ice cream - the delectable and refreshing frozen version of our favorite summer drink, frosé! My friend Brooke and I made this refreshing batch the other day to watch The Bachelorette with some friends (more to come on that soon). But if you haven't had frosé yet then you must have seen it on social media and thought to yourself that it almost doesn't matter what's inside, because it looks to irresistible on a hot day. Or at least I did. And if you are just hearing about it now, well then I'm glad you have access to my blog in that rock you must be living under. Here's how I did it, enjoy. 

There are a few different ways to make the delectable slushy but all involve the tricky task of freezing rosé wine, which most people tend to think of as impossible. Unlike other alcohol, wine is actually freezable due to it's water content. However, it takes a bit of time depending on whether you are freezing the rosé on it's own or mixed with other liquids. Last summer I made frosé in popsicle format and it became quite the spectacular after dinner delight in my freezer. I also served some of the leftover popsicles in a wine glass from time to time, which would be another option to get a similar consistency.

This time I wanted to make it in a cocktail format and after seeing the lovely images from style me pretty's recipe, which called for very few ingredients: rosé, rose flavored lemonade, ice cubes and a lavender garnish. For rosé options my favorite is Whispering Angel, but I also like Chloe and Summer Water. The only tools you need are ice cube trays and a blender. The recipe is simple just,  

1. freeze the entire bottle of rosé in ice cube trays, I recommend for 24 hours 
2. blend the rosé ice cubes with 4oz. of lemonade and regular ice cubes. 

Garnish with lavender, candied fruit, or miniature garden roses like me for some extra instagram likes and wallah, you are golden! Add a cute straw, like these, and enjoy! 

Full disclosure, since I didn't remember to freeze the rosé overnight like the recipe called for I ended up having to improvise, as wine needs about 24 hours in the ice cube trays to freeze. So instead, I just blended the unfrozen rosé with ice cubes and the lemonade, right before serving and it turned out very delicious, just not to the consistency you would expect a slushy to have. Keep in mind it's important to freeze the rosé in ice cube trays and not the glass bottle because it can explode and make the frozen rosé too difficult to extract. Either way it still turned out pretty and delicious, can't wait to perfect my frosé making skills this summer, I guarantee you I'm going to become a pro! 

Cheers responsibly!




SUMMMAHHHHH! I am so HAPPY to see you again! This is clearly my absolute favorite season and I can't wait to get back to the beach, tan lines, lobster rolls, barbecues, drives with the top down, warm summer nights, late sunsets, white dresses, oysters, nights out with good friends, my birthday, denim shorts, ice cream and rosé literally all day. The summer holds such wonderful memories for me as a kid from Chicago, with our four very distinct, strict seasons. Summer meant breaking free from all the rigidity and restraint of slush, chilly evenings and pants. It was a very special and hard earned break from school and snow, and even though I live in sunny Los Angeles now, I still look at the start of the summer season as my well deserved freedom to true rest and frivolity. Here are some of my favorite images to get you in the same mood, enjoy!

"And so with the sunshine and the bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald