Friday, January 30, 2015

Lately...

( sun setting over downtown San Diego - view from Coronado Bay )

It's hard to believe the first month of the year is quickly coming to an end, but so far I'm pretty happy with 2015. E and I have both been keeping busy with work and extracurricular activities. I just started a new styling gig with Stitch Fix, which I'm super excited about, and E joined a beach volleyball league, which is the perfect excuse for us to head to the beach every Sunday. Spending my first winter on the West Coast has me feeling pretty spoiled, especially with so much snow coming down on the opposite coast (stay warm and safe out there East Coasters!). Here's just a few fun photos I snapped recently while out and about. Hoping all of you have great weekend!

( beach volleyball teams prepping for their games in Ocean Beach )

( E in action )

( while E plays volleyball, I just go to the beach... 
now I just need to work on that tan... )

( the most beautiful orange trees )

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Home Goods

I know many of you have been snowed in this week, as "Blizzard 2015" barrels down on the East Coast. I've been watching from afar and remembering times when Chicago was hit with similar storms while we lived there... like THIS one in 2011. Wicked winter weather can certainly be dangerous, but there's something so sweet about being able to cozy up at home under a pile of blankets with a hot cup of anything and a fire roaring as the snow floats past your window... the lovelier side of winter storms, I suppose. Inspired by the idea of home, I've pulled together a handful of my latest favorite goods to cozy up any space...


 The Goods
1) 10 Strawberry Street Moscow Mule Copper Mug, $38 (available here)
2) CB2 Faribault Wool Blanket, $189 (available here)
3) West Elm Workshop Bar Cart, $699.99 on sale! (available here)
4) Crate & Barrel 3-Piece Artificial Potted Succulents, $29.95 on sale! (available here
5) Gus Hex Ottoman Tartan Rouge, $335.75 on sale! (available here)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Summer Home Stunner


I recently stumbled upon this stunning Swedish summer home while perusing the interwebs. I instantly fell for it's refreshing mix of clean contemporary and cozy Mediterranean design. I love how beautifully the two styles complement one another, balancing out any starkness with warmth. I tend to be drawn to very simple, minimalistic decor, but this pretty pad gave me a few ideas for how I could cozy-up my own space without adding too much clutter. 






( images via Skona Hem )

Friday, January 23, 2015

Growing Out a Pixie

( the starting point )

I have a handful of resolutions for 2015, but I'm only going to share just one of them... and it's a silly one at that. In 2015, I'm resolving to have more hair. That's right... I'm growing out my pixie cut. 

Don't laugh! It's actually harder than it sounds. It takes time and a lot of patience. I started the growing out process when we moved to Southern California in September. The inevitable awkward stages have already started popping up, which make me want to chop it back down to a nub. I'm going to stick it out though... I'm ready for a little change in the hair department. I love having super short hair, but recently I've been yearning for a little bit more of something to style and play with. My goal length isn't long (my fine hair isn't meant for much length). Just a simple, textured bob.

For the fun of it, I'll share updates along the way. But in the meantime, here's five steps I'm taking to help me get there in 2015... 

1) Get Regular Clean-Ups
The best way to work through awkward stages is to get
 regular clean-ups. This may seem counterintuitive, but it's 
essential. Regular clean-ups are particularly important at the
 neckline. Keeping the back clean will prevent the potential of 
mullet from forming. 

2) Keep The Color Fresh
I've had my fair share of fun with color over the years. These 
days I just want my color to look healthy and natural. Keeping 
up with subtle glosses or coloring techniques will help it stay 
shiny and fresh as it grows.

3) Have Fun Styling
As I get more length on my head, the more I'll be able to do 
with my hair. Playing with new and different styles and styling 
techniques will help from falling into a boring hair rut. 

4) Take Vitamins
Aside from my daily dose of multivitamins, I've been taking 
biotin to help encourage my hair to grow.

5) Have Reminders Handy
It's easy to stray off course, especially when awkward stages 
arise. Therefore, having pictures handy to remind myself of 
my goal length will help kill that urge to take the easy 
route and chop it. 

( the inspiration )

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lip Service


My recent beauty obsession is a simple crayon... Burt's Bees Lip Crayons to be exact. I stumbled upon these pretty little sticks while on the hunt for a lip color that was going to be easy to wear, like a lip balm, and still provide rich color, like a lipstick. After giving these crayons a whirl, I was thrilled to discover they do exactly that. They go on creamy and smooth with the perfect punch of color and moisturizing finish. I've found myself wearing one of my three color picks below nearly every day since picking them up. If you're on the hunt for a great, everyday lip color, these puppies are worth checking out.


Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Picks

Perfect Neutral
1.) Sedona Sands, $8.99 (available here)

Pop of Pink
2.) Hawaiian Smolder, $8.99 (available here)

Deep Red
3.) Redwood Forest, $8.99 (available here)