I’m All Yours

20 Aug

Sweet hubby of mine, you are my dream come true. Cheers to five lovely years and many more to come. XO.

Inspiration Board No. 1

19 Aug

Because inspiration gives no warnings. Call them what you may – inspiration boards, story boards, creative briefs. An inspiration board is a creative collection that inspires, motivates & eventually results in the final product. And while inspiration boards are a crucial part to my own creative process in styling, branding & designing, I am a true believer every person should have an inspiration board of their own – a reflection of you. XO.


Take Three, Honey

18 Aug


Last year someone was kind enough to give my office a sampling of these treats from the Brown Butter Cookie Company and since I have become a total fan! Hand-rolled, brown butter cookies each lovingly topped with a pinch of sea salt? Yes, please! How could it become more delightful? Well the company is locally based in Cayucos, ran by two sisters and has a sweet following of retailers in the area. If you can’t make it to Cayucos, be sure to stop by 7 Sisters Trading Company in Santa Margarita and pick up a batch. How sweet it is.


Hip, Hip, Hooray for ban.do!

4 Aug

[all photos courtesy of ban.do & http://www.shopbando.com]

Today marks the second birthday for the fun lovin’ company ban.do and all the lovely ladies who work there. To celebrate the girls are offering 10% off every non-sale purchase made today (yes brides, that is opportunity knocking to tell you now is the time to get that headpiece you’ve been dying for)! While visiting, be sure to check out the sale section full of pretty little things and the hilariously sweet blog (examples of why this self-described “happy place” is such a must read here, here and here).

Cheers to all things fun for your head!

Oh Jack, You Shouldn’t Have

3 Aug

Still on (and with no plans to come down from) my recent Cocktail Ring high I about toppled over when I came across these semi-precious beauties from the talented Brazilian-based jeweler Jack Vartanian. The fine elegance combined with an apparent Art Deco element make these baubles perfect for evenings out and undoubtedly abiding.

If you like it, put a ring on it.

Local’s Hangout

30 Jul

The energy from a crowded restaurant can be a real positive thing. The energy from a crowded LOCAL restaurant on a random Wednesday evening can be seriously uplifting. And at the self-described Eclectic California Cuisine restaurant Opal in downtown Santa Barbara, that was exactly the case. In fact it was rather refreshing to see the joint bustling and booming.

And to sum it all up the service and mostly American with a slight Asian flare cuisine was bananas (a positive reference as many Rachel Zoe fans already know).

Eat: The Opal Cob Salad for lunch (its off the charts delicious), the Vegetable Napoleon with a Gorgonzola Potato Cake for dinner (a veggie dish not to be missed…even if you are a carnivore) and the French Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee for dessert (they even serve it with a sweet note written in chocolate).

Drink: Local vino from the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, a Mojito (when it’s on the list, its usually pretty dang good) and the Thai-chee-ni (a Thai Chile-infused vodka with Lychee Fruit).

When in Santa Barbara do as the locals do.

Saving Face

28 Jul

Don’t let the dismal gloom otherwise known as our current Central Coast summer fool you, a great sunscreen is still a daily necessity. Over the years I have tried many… some unflatteringly greasy and some I swear just did not work (a full day of constant sunscreen application resulting in a lovely tomato-esque hue doesn’t make me a believer).

So when my Skincare Goddess Criss Pisa suggested the Epicuren Suncare line I thought ‘why not?’

As a daily defense she suggested the uber light weight SPF 15 Silk Mist, great for almost every skin type under the sun, pun intended. This spray sunscreen has special technology that prevents the sunscreen agents from coming into direct contact with the skin. A protective layer lightly resting on top of your skin… yes, please!

Also of note is the SPF 45 X-Treme Cream. The name implies a thick clay-like masque but the product proves otherwise. It smells wonderful, works like a charm and also doubles as an after-sun facial treatment.

Grab a bottle (from the lovely Tigerlily Salon in downtown San Luis Obispo). Apply. And then keep your fingers crossed the sun comes out to play! Enjoying the Mid State Fair at a chilly 65 degrees is just plain wrong.