Category Archives: Travel

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.

Came & went

August 12, 2015


New fav spot in Echo Park, Ostrich Farms

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Sipping on champs & popsicles because I couldn’t find these us

Hanging at Quartyard, becoming our tradition before a Padres game


Endless rugs & textiles

me Out of money


This weekend was eventful – packed tight with a jaunt up to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl Flea, a Padres game & a surprise party.  With the end of summer approaching and the rise of Fall trends & festivities, the party planning is far from dwindling.  The next few months are filled with bridal showers, bachelorette parties&planning and big birthdays, and I’m ready.  Here’s what’s keeping me going.  Happy week.

The new new

August 4, 2015

IMG_2844.JPG This weekend we went to Palm Springs, and I got to check off a few Palm-Springs-bucket-list things.

Despite the heat we decided to treat ourselves and whisk away for a weekend, alone.  I’ve always been more than infatuated with the famed Parker Hotel, yet managed to have never stayed – its gotta be a blogger’s rite of passage.  Anyway, the babe wanted to golf and I’ve grown fond of being out there with him, especially on vacation, so we booked a room on Friday and away we went.

IMG_2763.JPG IMG_2848.JPG Our first stop was the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs, where the lobby was nondescript and the service was impeccable.  Formerly the Viceroy, the Avalon was yet another boutique hotel I had admired from websites and photos, so it was a treat to stay and it didn’t disappoint.  We ate at Chi Chi, the hotel’s signature restaurant, and enjoyed its decadent Latin Soul. IMG_2772.JPG The grounds felt like a sophisticated Alice in Wonderland and I loved every minute of it. IMG_2849.JPG IMG_2781.JPG Then we golfed.  Its becoming a Palm Springs tradition to accompany the boo while he plays. IMG_2850.JPG And then we checked into The Parker.  Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs, if we’re being proper. IMG_2851.JPG IMG_2789.JPG Mainly, we rotated between dips in the Gene Autry Pool and sips of our Squeezes, courtesy of the Lemonade Stand.  The days were delicious. IMG_2854.JPG IMG_2852.JPG The patio room did not disappoint, canopy bed, Jonathan Adler accents & all. IMG_2853.JPG IMG_2855.JPG Then we got kinda fancy for dinner at Purple Palm, located inside the lovely Colony Palms Hotel.  I guess you could say it was a boutique hotel-destined kind of weekend.  From its romantic restaurant to its Hollywood meets Spanish Colonial-cool vibes, we’ve added the Colony Palms to our list of hotels we want to check into this Fall/Winter. IMG_2826.JPG Babes in 115° heat. IMG_2805.JPG

And then we came home.

Also, the new FCC is here!  I haven’t made an announcement because I’m still working out the kinks, but the overall look & feel is here and I’m so happy with it.  The makeover might not look too drastic, as I wanted to keep a similar aesthetic, but switching platforms and being completely self-hosted will give me the freedom to do so much more, and I can’t wait.  But O M G its been tough.  Now I’m on a whole new level of coding and learning the behind the scenes magic, and while its great to have the knowledge going forward, its daunting & depressing at times when I feel like there’s no one I can turn to for help.  I’ve read so many forums I might go insane.  But alas, I’m almost there and once I’m able to finalize all the nooks and crannies, I’ll give you a tour.  Special thanks to Blogzilla for my refined new theme, and to the folks at WPBeginner who were especially helpful with all my hurdles.


Came & went

June 16, 2015

From the beautiful tree-lined suburbia streets to the crazy spectacle that is Downtown, I had the best time exploring Berkeley with my bestie.  Since her move from the city, I hadn’t been up to see her amazing new digs she shares with her fiance, so I was more than excited to spend the weekend with them and make some wedding plans.  It was filled with lots of good eats (more than one trip to Cream), festive cocktails, plenty of walking (luckily), flea markets, bottomless wine, and everything necessary to indulge in a new neighborhood with my other half (and her other, other half).

Every front yard seemed to be a garden; covered in vines and blooming with flowers
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A tour through Amoeba Music, where I found myself Johnny Cash & Beethoven albums, along with a tourist tee IMG_2338
Fabrics at the flea
Hydrangeas on every corner
A wine + cheese picnic at Indian Rock comul The best drinks, outdoor seating and guacamole cart at Comal [Spanish for grittle]
Finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses by Joanna August in the city!  So honored to be the MOH ♥

A wedding in San José del Cabo

May 28, 2015


It already feels like a little twinkle in my memory, but once upon a time we went to a wedding in San José del Cabo, and it was magical.

I have a thing for Mexico, so I was excited to spend a week in the town of San José that I’d heard so much about, celebrating the marriage of my boyfriend’s sister Cecily & her ever-after, Jonny.  The experience is something I will never forget, and our trip confirmed my desire to have a destination wedding of my own [some day].  Maybe not in Mexico, (mom), but definitely somewhere that requires a little travel and provides a weekend of bonding and memories.

What was truly unforgettable about the experience, besides everything, were the little details that the couple made sure to include, and all the incredible events they had for their guests leading up to, and during, the Big Day.  We were a little spoiled, being part of the family and having most of our meals (or pedicures) catered at the house, but between a golf with the groom day to photobooths & love lanterns, the couple really made sure their guests enjoyed the show.  There were so many photos that I didn’t capture, and I wish I could share, but these will have to do for now.  So here’s the wedding from mine and Erik’s perspective ♥  Cheers to the beautiful, happy couple.  Here’s some of the magic.

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A tour around Flora’s facilities before the craziness of the Big Day

Flora Farms.  To me it felt like the Garden of Eden in the middle of a desert, mixed with the flare of a gourmet, sustainable market & restaurant, the most beautiful fields of flowers and plants and life growing, cottages for the rich & famous and a high-end earthy boutique row.  Flora Farms was a little piece of Heaven on Earth.  They say comparable venues exist in Napa Valley and I don’t doubt it, but I dare someone (I’d love for someone) to name me one as lovely.  From the grounds to the staff, the facility is built on solid bones, and it will forever be a place I will dream to visit again.  I came home with heavenly homemade granola and a sugar scrub that I’m excited to try.

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The Bride
In bloom
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Everything, even the table settings at the Field Restaurant, were impossibly perfect IMG_1391

Though I was dying to stay at Cabo Azul, renovations from the hurricane were not quite finished so we spent our six nights at Barceló Grand Faro Los Cabos, and it turned out to be just fine.

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The Welcome Dinner

The groom’s family hosted the most fabulous Welcome Dinner at their home the night before the wedding.  There were taco stands, churro carts, bartenders and a mariachi band.  Everyone kept saying it was as nice as anyone could hope for their wedding to be, wondering how they’d top it for the big event that was building.  But they did.

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The love lanterns were definitely one of the most unexpectedly exciting elements of the party.  No way we were letting those babies sink. IMG_1458 IMG_1467 IMG_1494 IMG_1498 IMG_1502
Day of: the fabulous bride & her maids getting ready in the suite IMG_1505 IMG_1508 IMG_1509 IMG_1512 IMG_1540
A mezcal hibiscus margarita for the devilish IMG_1543 IMG_1585 IMG_1549 IMG_1552 IMG_1564
I hunted this sucker down on eBay for months before the wedding, but my For Love & Lemons San Marcos Maxi Dress did not disappoint IMG_1580 IMG_1589 IMG_1573 IMG_1574 IMG_1575
The details – from the perfectly delicate menu to the simple lavender sprigs – gave the wedding a sophisticated country feel with a touch of romance IMG_1577 IMG_1578 IMG_1554
Father of the Bride Speech IMG_1556
Followed by the Best Man Speech (& a cotton candy sunset).  The Maid of Honor Speech made me nervous/excited for my own looming speech next April. IMG_1558
And then some dancing IMG_1588
I’m so glad I brought a Polaroid with me – the photos turned out to be one of my favorite details IMG_1601 IMG_1595
How could I not fall in love from the street?

After the dust settled we had some time to be tourists and explore the little town of San José.  On our walk home from breakfast, we stumbled upon a cheery restaurant with a bright mural on its walls and a tasteful vibe inside.  That night, we ate at El Huizache, which we later learned has only been established for three months but will surely become a town favorite.  I knew I’d love the place after we were served fresh-squeezed margs with limes made into sunflowers.  Then the chef brought us dishes to share without showing us a menu, and we ate the most amazingly fresh plates – from shrimp & steak to mouth-watering cheesy potatoes & bone marrow (for the boys) – and we finally left stuffed and beyond happy.

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Sunflowers, a theme of the trip IMG_1663 IMG_1619 IMG_1632 IMG_1634
One last stroll around Flora on our last morning for some sun & a warm cinnamon roll IMG_1635 IMG_1636 IMG_1639 IMG_1664
The End ♥