Trip to Arizona

Having just come back from my trip to Arizona, I’ve been looking through my photos and reflecting on what a unique area it is. I’m someone who’s always been a beach or city girl so visiting the desert was totally new to me. Billy and I went for his son Skylar’s high school graduation. My parents met us there because my dad travels to Arizona a lot for business. Billy needed to return to Los Angeles after a few days and I stayed on with my parents and did a lot of sightseeing (although there were still so many places I didn’t get to see).Read More →

The Best Travel Size Products For Your Carry-on and Beach Bag

It’s that time of the year when a number of us will set out on a summer adventure—from traveling to a tropical oasis, taking a trip abroad, to going on a weekend getaway. Having just returned from a trip to Arizona and now planning my vacation to the East Coast shoreline later on this summer, these trips motivated me to research the best travel size products. I took a lot of things into consideration like personal experience, bang for your buck, and what others are saying. This curated list of TSA-approved products includes literally everything you’ll need, from kits that have a variety of miniRead More →

Outdoor Living Ideas For Balconies and Small Spaces

Living in a high rise apartment, I’m lucky to have a balcony that overlooks the skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles. The other day I was viewing my Instagram stories and saw how my sister turned her new backyard in Brooklyn into a garden lovers paradise. This gave me the inspiration to think about creating my own outdoor area. I went on Pinterest and searched for outdoor living ideas. I came across so many eye-catching spaces, that I made a list of my favorite 20 so that others can get some inspo. These are for people with tiny balconies, little patios or small backyards— they proveRead More →

Arizona Trip Packing List

In a few days Billy and I will be heading to Arizona (where he grew up) to watch his son graduate high school and to spend time with my family who will also be there. I’ve never been to the desert before so I’m thrilled to explore an area that’s so unique to me. We’ll be staying in Scottsdale and spending most of our time there and in Phoenix. On my list of things to do is shopping at Fashion Square, exploring Old Town, and taking photos at the Desert Botanical Garden. If there’s time I’d love to check out some museums and devote aRead More →

Bohemian Style Maxi Dress

What I love about Sundays is getting dressed up and heading to brunch. I’ll splurge and order a dish I wouldn’t typically eat during the week—it usually involves a ton of butter, sugar and syrup. When choosing where to dine Billy and I have a few favorite spots, one of them being Perch in downtown Los Angeles. This trendy French inspired bistro sits high in the sky and has some of the most incredible dishes and cocktails. Once we’re finished dining, we’ll head up to the rooftop bar for a drink and a spectacular view of the L.A. skyline. My style staple for spring andRead More →

grilled shrimp carbonara

When summer nears its end and the sweltering days give way to cool and breezy evenings, I like to plan meals that I can enjoy outdoors. Usually that means setting my outdoor dining table and firing up my grill to barbecue a light meal of meats and veggies, but lately I’ve been craving carbs. I decided to satisfy my craving with a spin on one of my favorite pasta dishes, Grilled Shrimp Carbonara. Grilled Shrimp Carbonara is a classic pasta dish from Rome consisting of just a few simple ingredients: egg, Pecorino Romano cheese, cured pork, and pasta. I chose to get creative with myRead More →

Evening Summer Soiree

I recently threw a party to celebrate my 25th birthday. Being a milestone, I wanted to host an extra special event, so I planned an evening summer soirée with my closest friends and family. I curated everything from the food and beverages, to the decor and the floral arrangements, with a few DIY projects in between. It was a magnificent event that took a lot of preparation but was so worth the effort. You will see that throwing a successful party can be made easier with the appropriate planning and a bit of creativity! Planning for the Event I knew it would be sunny andRead More →

summertime bucket list

We’re almost a month into summer which got me thinking about what I’ve done so far this season… Took an exotic vacation Watched the sunrise on the beach Had lunch at Gjelina (I’d been wanting to try that restaurant for a long time) Spent a day on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, had ice cream, and then strolled the Venice Canals. Got excited about a new TV Show (hint: Sharp Objects) Hosted a 4th of July get-together and watched the fireworks Attended a dessert festival Went Jet-skiing But it also made me think about all the things I would still like to do but haven’t had theRead More →

Fourth of July get-together

Last week my boyfriend and I decided to have a Fourth of July get-together at our apartment in Downtown Los Angeles. The idea was to invite our friends over for an evening gathering with food, drinks, music, and of course fireworks! Setting the Summer Vibe  I wanted to set up a pretty holiday display so I considered my centerpiece options. I decided on a white ceramic pineapple cookie jar that goes great with my kitchen table and a silver placement that resembled nautical rope, but with an elegant twist. I added seashells around the centerpiece to carry out the summer vibe. Pineapple cookie jar: Amazon |Read More →

Patriotic Recipes and Entertaining Ideas

Fourth of July is the ultimate summer holiday. Friends and family gather together to BBQ, listen to music, spend the day in the sun and view the fireworks display that will light up the nighttime skyline. Whether you’re hosting a fancy soiree or attending a backyard cookout, we’ve created a list of patriotic recipes and entertaining ideas that will make your July 4th both entertaining and memorable. From starters, to red white and blue inspired desserts and drinks, we’ve got you covered! Once you’ve figured out what tasty recipes you’re going to make, set the theme of your party with our entertaining ideas. Next onRead More →