February 25, 2014

Sales & Steals: Shopbop Spend More, Save More Code

Shopbop is having one of their tiered spend more, save more codes now through Thursday the 27th. Use code BIGEVENT14 to save 20-30% off your order of $250+! A few favorites below, start shopping here [more ideas on my spring Pinterest board]! Also, if interested be sure to check out my closet clean out sale posted this morning here. XOXO

February 24, 2014

Recent Outfit

1. Outfit Jacket: Joie [old, similar version here] | Tank: J.Crew | Skirt: Isabel Marant | Shoes: Zara [similar version + lust version] | Bag: Fendi 2Jours Mini | Jewelry: Melanie Auld Turquoise Pave Pentagon Earrings, Jennifer Meyer Initial Necklace, Melanie Auld Ring, Hermes Bracelet + Sarah Chloe x Bauble Bar Bracelet. 2. Manicure from Buff + Tweeze [Orly white gel with star decal + gold ombre glitter on a clear base]. 3. Nala Riggins nap time.

Happy Monday! We kept the weekend fairly low key except for a Saturday night outing to celebrate our friends joint birthday in downtown LA at The Stocking Frame [cool atmosphere!]. Other than that, just a bunch of errands and cleaning around the house. Promise to post a closet clean out sale this week [a few purse for sale this time as well]! XOXO

February 21, 2014

Fabulous Friday

The first issue of Porter magazine + a gem from D.L. Rhein.

West Elm mongolian pillow + a Parker beaded dress [found on super sale].

Valentine's Day flowers still going strong.

Kate Spade candle, Sugar Paper notebook + a new Pinterest board for front yard inspiration.

Happy weekend! This week flew by... I'm excited to celebrate my friend's birthday Saturday night and have a relaxing time with the fam. Hoping for a beach day adventure or hike if this nice LA weather holds up [sending warm wishes to all you folks in the cold!]. Hope you have a great one! XOXO

February 20, 2014

Decor: Hudson's Bedroom

Source List:
Crib, Extra Wide Dresser, Nightstand + Hamper : Pottery Barn Kids
Book Shelves: Ikea Ribba Photo Ledge [45" version]
Toys Bin: RH Baby & Child
Teepee: House Inhabit [5ft mini version]
Faux Fur Sleeping Bag Inside Teepee: RH Baby + Child
Sheepskin Rug: Pottery Barn
HUDSON Letters: Pottery Barn Kids
Painting: Commissioned from Cocoa + Hearts
Elephant Lamp: Pottery Barn Kids
Leather Triangle Mobile: The Alison Show
Camel + Elephant Print: The Animal Print Shop [in Pottery Barn frames]
Giraffe + Elephant: RH Baby + Child
HUDSON Puzzle: Etsy
Bedding: RH Baby + Child Organic Linen Elephant Print Bedding in Flax, Embroidered Safari Crib Skirt + Embroidered Safari Sham
Paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove

I'm excited to share the first completed room [and most important] in our house: Hudson's room! I had a hard time photographing it with the lighting so please excuse the not so great photos. All of the furniture is from his nursery in our old place and then I made a few updates like the linen elephant crib sheet, teepee, camel + elephant prints from The Animal Print Shop, herringbone rug, toy bin and bookshelves. See Hudson's nursery in our old place here [along with a much better picture of his Cocoa + Hearts painting and some of his furniture not pictured] and on my Pinterest board here. XOXO

February 18, 2014

How I Spent My... Valentine's Day

1. A special gift for my Valentine [see what's inside here]. 2. Yellow roses from my Dad. 3. Gluten free pizza, wine from a Santa Barbara wine tasting trip + House Of Cards. 4. Canton Box Company art.

Hope you all had a special Valentine's Day and a great three day weekend! We had a nice day on Friday having lunch with my mom, a visit with my dad and then a night in watching season 2 of House Of Cards and The Good Wife [just catching up on Netflix!]. We spent the rest of the weekend doing some things around the house and ordering some new decor pieces [like this Serena & Lily rug, hoping it works!]. I also made a new Pinterest board, In Our Home, if you want to follow along as I decorate our house! A closet clean out sale later this week and hoping to share photos of Hudson's room which is the first completed room [and most important!] in the house.

P.S. A fun feature I did is up on Sweets & Celebrations, check it out here. XOXO

February 14, 2014

Fabulous Friday: Happy Valentine's Day!

[a pretty pink tree in full bloom in our backyard]

Happy Valentine's Day and Friday! So much fun that a special day falls on a weekend and can be turned into a three day celebration! Hope you spend the day surrounded with love from friends, family and coworkers. It's also President's Day weekend so I'll be sure to update with any good deals but for now use code HEART214 to get 25% select style at J.Crew! XOXO 

February 13, 2014

Recipe: Gluten Free Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are my thing. I don't have a huge sweet tooth but if you put a cookie in front of me I can't resist it! These were inspired by the sea salt chocolate cookies at La Grande Orange and I made them gluten free so everyone can enjoy!

1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1-1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 egg
1 and 1/4 cup of gluten free all purpose flour [try Bob's Red Mil or Trader Joe's]
1/2 cup of almond flour [found at Whole Foods]
1/2 teaspoon of guar gum [found at Whole Foods
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks [I use a mix of both]
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes for topping [found at Whole Foods or Williams-Sonoma]

Combine the butter and sugars until mixed. Add in the vanilla extract and egg. Next, mix in all the dry ingredients until just combined then add in your choice of chocolate. 

Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. This is an important step to prevent the dough from spreading [I usually put mine in the freezer for 45 minutes since I'm impatient].

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to help form a perfect ball of dough, place on baking sheet and then lightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with the Maldon Sea Salt Flakes and bake for 12-14 minutes until light brown at the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Should make approximately 16 cookies. XOXO

February 12, 2014

What To Wear: Valentine's Day Inspiration

The last minute count down to Valentine's Day is on and hopefully these will provide some pretty inspiration for outfit ideas! I love the idea of wearing a simple white dress and pairing it with rose gold accessories, light pink ballet flats [try this pair] and a bright lip. If you want to show a little more skin at night, this Rachel Pally crop top and skirt combo would be adorable with some neutral pumps. Tomorrow I'll share a cookie recipe [gluten free too!] if you want to bake a sweet treat for loved ones or coworkers for Friday. XOXO

February 10, 2014

Recent Outfit

1. Outfit Dress: Zara | Bag: Fendi Mini 2Jours in Black | Shoes: Chanel [cheaper options here and here] | Jewelry: Max & Chloe Monogram Necklace, Friedasophie Necklace, Anita Ko Gold Spike Earrings + Melanie Auld Ring 2. A sparkly Valentine's manicure and Cocoa + Hearts painting. 3. Early Valentine's Day date night at Mercado in Santa Monica.

Hope you had a great weekend and are gearing up for a love filled Valentine's Day week! We celebrated a little early and went to a yummy dinner at Mercado near Third Street Promenade and also ventured over to the Rose Bowl Flea Market to look for some house items [unfortunately with no luck]. If you're still searching for some ideas on what to give check out last weeks' Gift Guide here. XOXO

February 5, 2014

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day Gifts For Her

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and these pink treats would be perfect for the special lady in your life whether it be for mom, your best friend or you! A card and some homemade goodies would be a great way to go too, check out my Monster Cookie Recipe from a few years back here [it's still a favorite, try subbing almond butter for peanut butter for a different flavor]! XOXO

February 4, 2014

Sales & Steals: New Markdowns At Shopbop

A bunch of new markdowns were just listed on Shopbop's site, be sure to check them all out here. One of my favorite pair of flat riding boots are on sale [I've had them a few years and wear them all the time!] and I also love these Rag & Bone calf hair booties and their leather detailed jeansThis Marchesa dress is definitely my lust pick... still way too expensive but gorgeous detailing on the bodice and hem! Shop more of my favorite sale picks below! 

P.S. I just started a Spring Inspiration board on my Pinterest account, follow along here. XOXO