18 Holiday Movies & Their Food Pairings

I LOVE holiday movies, so much so that I’ll happily watch them long after the ornaments have been taken down from the tree and we’re well into the new year. If I’m going to watch something festive, I want to eat something festive, too. Movies and food just go together. Similar to a post I…

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How I Spent My Best Birthday Ever (Psst, Alone)

For years, my birthday seemed to induce headaches. Whether it was because I let someone else plan my day or because I planned my day around other people, I often ended my birthdays with a horrible hangover (sometimes alcohol-induced, almost always expectation-induced). I’d put a lot of emphasis and expectation on this one day of…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Every year, I’m always surprised how quickly the holidays come and go. One minute, it’s Halloween and the next, it’s Christmas! Here is my carefully-curated gift guide that’s sure to have something suitable for everyone on your list, whether you’re still searching for a gift for the Luxe Lady or the Adventure Seeker. Happy Holidays…

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Lauren’s Latest Loves is a new series on the blog where I share all of the things I’m currently loving, whether it be entertainment, food, or even beauty product-related. At my apartment, there’s always some sort of candle or incense burning. I’m currently obsessed with this brand’s candles, which I discovered while perusing one of…

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In the six years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, this city is everything I dreamed it would be and more. Whether you only know L.A. through the movie screen or you yourself have packed a bag and moved here like me, this is a city of constant discovery. It’s not all palm tree-lined streets and…

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Even though I’ve been single for more Valentine’s Days than not, this lovey-dovey holiday has always been one of my favorites. I adore the sweet color scheme, crafting homemade Valentines, and paying a little extra attention to the ones I love. Here are some gift ideas for every woman in your life, whether it be…

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Winter in New Mexico

Over the years I’ve spent the holidays in a mix of places, from the exotic beaches of Thailand, to the city streets of New York and of course, the comfort of my family’s home in Northern California. This year, we followed the cool, piñon-scented air to New Mexico. I’d visited the state in the past…

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Winemaker Spotlight: Chris Condos

There’s a definite cool factor about Chris Condos. Perhaps it’s that he decided to try his hand at winemaking at the age of 25 or maybe it’s the fact that he had a brief DJ-ing stint in college. It could be his relaxed, organic approach to winemaking or that without a vineyard of their own,…

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New Year, Gentler Me

I love the idea of New Year’s: the midnight kisses and champagne toasts – a festive sendoff to the prior year. But glitzy dresses and swanky soirees aside, I admittedly feel a certain pressure as one year ends and another begins. It’s this pressure to have a sense of closure, a clean slate if you will,…

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Drinking champagne (or sparkling wine) is a no-brainer on New Year’s Eve, though I’m game to sip it anytime of the year. There really is nothing more festive than some bubbly, so don’t count down to 2018 without a glass! If you’re pre-gamming before heading out on the town or hosting your own soirée, you’ll…

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