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Tulum essentials

May 27, 2016

What’s it called when you get to go to a place you’ve always dreamed of going for your honeymoon, pre-honeymoon?

For Erik’s 30th some very special family members gifted him some incentive to vacation in the Riviera Maya.  Fiancé perks: I’m included.  We’re just finally able to go tomorrow, and I’m counting down the minutes.  We’ll be staying at the Fairmont Mayakoba, so the birthday boy can golf, and Coqui Coqui, so I can live out my dream.

While we’re down there we plan to check out some ruins, cenotes, and definitely dinner & drinks at Hartwood.  Here are a few things I’m loving lately and will be bringing along in some way or another.

Tulum essentials

  1. I love the shape of this Janessa Leone Klint Hat, but almost any Panama hat will do.
  2. How good are these gorgeous gold Vanessa Mooney Astrid Tassel Earrings?  You could spend the forty bucks, or you could make your own – they’re so easy!  I just made a set of red/burgundy/fuchsia and they’re to die for.  Next DIY post?
  3. My girlfriend breaks out the Bain de Soleil whenever we tan, so the time has finally come for me to get my own.
  4. I’m super into the retro shades lately, like these lilac and tortoise Miu Miu bad boys.
  5. Love the sleek look & sound of the White Jawbone Jambox, but I love the price of the refurbished options more.
  6. I don’t have this exact one, though I’d like to, but I’m mega into vintage silk dresses lately – floral, solid, embellished.  I just got an emerald green one from a thrift store and I l i v e in it.
  7. Nothing like a his/her Hammamas Woven Towels set to kick off the engagement gifts.
  8. Can’t wait to rock this itty bitty Minimale Animale suit that’s cute and dainty and scandalous  all in one.  If it’s just me and my man, it’s not hurting anyone.  And this little bride is all about the white (Minimale Animale Presley Top ($155) / Don’t Be Cruel Brief ($145)
  9. Anything Pamela Love touches is gold; even better when it benefits a good cause.  I’ll be buying this Pamela Love x Mercado Global San Juan Tote, thanks.

For love & lemons: swim debut resort 16

December 11, 2015

static1.squarespace-26 It came as no surprise to me when FL&L announced they were releasing a swimwear line; all of their lingerie is amazing, and what haven’t they created at this point.  Between their insanely swoon-worthy lookbooks, cozy yet somehow sexy Knitz, and their occasional collaborations, I was so excited to see what they’d come up with.  The collection is flirty & hot (but who can wear those thongs?) and always delicately girly.  Heres a look at the For Love & Lemons Swim Debut Collection 2016, and a few of my favs.

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Can’t wait to get my hands on this retro string bikini, plunging black top, and obsessing over these high-waisted bottoms.

Unique la 2015

December 9, 2015

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Had so much fun at Unique LA this weekend supporting my bestie and her insanely amazing jewelry line Katherine Wada.   IMG_1125 kew

A first timer at the two-day fair, I was excited to check out the spectacle that is Unique Markets, curated for and by the talented makers for handcrafted gifts and goodies.  The inspiration was overwhelming, but I managed to pick up a few Christmas gifts and discover so many new brands.  Some of my favorite vendors included:

  • The amazing candles and bath salts from Violet & Lark.  Obsessed with their packaging & aesthetic, and finally decided my fav scents are Lemon Rosemary and Violet Jasmine.
  • For all the bride-to-bes out there, The Blushing Bird is a soft and feminine brand for bridal accessory inspo.  They had the sweetest little booth, equipped with champs so you know I’m sold, and offer everything from baroque to bohemian headpieces and bridal accessories.  I even tried on this halo and fell in love.

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  • I was instantly drawn to the allure of Babies4Babies and the dreamy prints & patterns on their baby swaddles.  Bonus: they’re on a mission to save one million newborns, so each swaddle purchase saves four newborn lives.  I love an adorable brand with an amazing cause, and they’re a no-brainer gift for all the pregnant mamas I know.
  • I’ve never seen anything like the gorgeous Janjoon Jewelry.  I couldn’t get enough of this Triangle Ombre Necklace and Gossamer Necklace.  These one-of-a-kind beauties are so detailed, the woven chain looks like crochet lace.


  • Fell in love with the leather & denim goods that are Good West Co.  Kicking myself for not buying a card holder, but certain any of their bags or small goods would make for a special Christmas gift.


  • Obsessed with the textiles and treats at Someware.  From plush pillows and dainty napkins to their [on-sale] lace-up sandals, these goods are golden.

Came & went

November 11, 2015

sister necklaces Sister necklaces by Morra Designs in silver & gold

This past weekend, like many others, I had a wedding.  But this wedding was a little different, because it was the first on my mom’s side.  It might not sound that crazy to you, but it was somewhat of a family feat considering there are seven of us grandchildren, and most of them are older than me.  If you know our family then you know the loss our family has endured the last few years, so it was about time for a good celebration.  We danced and laughed and enjoyed each other without sorrow, for the first time in a very long time.  My nana even jumped into the photobooth with us girls, so clearly it was a memorable night.  Couldn’t be happier for my cousin and his beautiful wife, and the night that brought a whole lotta joy back into the family.

And then my mom had a jewelry party with one of her longtime friends, Heather Morra of Morra Designs, so naturally my sister and I had to get sister necklaces.  I love her jewelry because its simple, high quality and she has the best eye.  She’s not afraid to make you try on a million things and tell you what looks killer on you, and what doesn’t.  Check out more of her stuff here!

Happy week!  Bridal shower recap tomorrow – I promise!

PS. a little shout out to my sister.  She is the shit.  I always used to wonder when that magical time would come when we’d instantly become best friends, and it seemed to happen without me even noticing.  It’s not that we weren’t always close, but with six years between us, you could always feel that we were in different stages of our lives.  I guess I’ve chilled out and she’s grown up, and now we’re at the age where we compliment each other and rarely clash.  I can confidently say my sister is my best friend, and I’m one lucky big sis.