Falling for Florals

Autumnal tones at my family’s ranch Blouse, Forever 21 (here); Jeans, Paige Denim; Hat, BDG Urban Outfitters (similar styles here, here and here) I love florals year-round and this blouse is moody enough to wear well into November. In Los Angeles, I’d probably pair it with a suede mini skirt (see below); however, it’s rained since I arrived in Mendocino County a…

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Finding “The One”

A day of niche fragrances and wine on Beverly Blvd. I have major commitment issues. Let me clarify: I have major commitment issues with perfume. People speak of their “signature scent,” but I’ve never felt I had just one. Instead, I’ve had fragrances that remind me of certain moments or chapters in my life. Tocca’s ‘Stella’ awakens the memory of…

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Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Wine-in-the-Tub

Because bath time isn’t baby exclusive As a kid, bath time meant play time. It was an hour ordeal that required a massive heap of bubbles and a snorkeling mask. Yes, you read that last part right. I used to pretend the shallow bottom of my bathtub was a coral reef, and would search for “treasures” until my…

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Cox Vineyards Update: 2016 Crop

Growing up in our ranch house, which was built in 1856 and served as a Pony Express stagecoach stop, I watched many harvests from our windows. Even though I can no longer cruise around the vineyards and check the crops with my dad, living 400 plus miles south, I look forward to calling my family for the vineyard updates… It’s nearing…

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You Had Me At Merlot…Hot Fudge Sauce

I’m not really one to drizzle hot fudge sauce on my ice cream, but when I came across a recipe containing Merlot, I had to indulge! Merlot is a smooth, easy-drinking red that often has notes of chocolate, making it the perfect pairing to this decadent sauce. The best part: it only only takes a matter…

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Tried-and-True Beauty Favorites

Although I’ve been a girly-girl most of my life, I got the beauty bug when I was in junior high. I used to sneak into my mother’s makeup drawer before school and coat my eyelashes with Diorshow mascara. Soon I was (not so) slyly taking items from her collection. I felt I had graduated from Lip Smackers and roll-on…

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Heartbreak On Display

A Reflection on the Museum of Broken Relationships When we part ways with someone, we’re left with more than a broken heart. We’re left with objects – his oversized t-shirt we sleep in, her bobby pins we later find in the shower, ticket stubs from movies and athletic events, and photo booth strips from happier times – that…

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Hosting a Wine Night

I’ve always loved entertaining, whether it be an impromptu song and dance for my parents’ friends as a kid or hosting wine nights in my college apartment. I love playing hostess because I enjoy bringing people together over good food, drink, and conversation. I learned early on that it doesn’t take much to get your place party-ready, especially for…

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