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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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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The Month for Mistletoe

Trekking out to the “mistletoe trees” at our ranch has quickly become a December tradition in my family. Longtime blog followers may remember last year’s wild mistletoe post. The retrieval isn’t always easy, especially for someone as short as me, but the reward is a festive yet all too easily forgotten holiday touch. Far beyond the vineyards…

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How I Made It Through A 30 Day Detox

You know those people who exercise with an insane amount of enthusiasm, crave things like kale and quinoa, and pack around jugs of water on the daily? I am not part of their squad. Forcing myself to go to the gym is a constant battle, my cravings almost always fall on the sweet side (see…

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Fast-Forward Into Fall

Living in Los Angeles has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl, so actually building a life here can feel a little surreal at times. But every autumn, I find myself wishing I was back “home” in Northern California to revel in the beauty of the vineyard harvest and the substantial…

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First-Ever AHS Exhibit: The Style of Scare

As a lover of all things horror, American Horror Story is naturally a favorite television show of mine. If you haven’t seen the critically-acclaimed anthology series, I highly recommend adding it to your Netflix queue. Full disclosure: it’s weird, but unabashedly so. If you already know and love the show, you’ll especially enjoy the free…

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Vitamin Sea & Me

If you’ve ever spent a day in Malibu, you can appreciate Miley Cyrus’ popular song about this beach city. Even if you don’t have a Liam Hemsworth to watch the sun go down with, the experience is honestly just as enjoyable alone. You see, I am someone who isn’t afraid of doing things alone. Whereas…

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My L.A. Guide

After a lifetime of longing to live in Los Angeles, I finally made the much-anticipated move a little over five years ago. In that time, I’ve fallen even more in love with this city. People all around are following their dreams, which makes for a very creative and inspiring atmosphere, and Angelenos get an average of 329…

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Ten Days in Texas

When I was a kid, my mom would drag me and my sisters to countless flea markets and antique shows. At the time, I could care less about types of Majolica and old clocks (sorry, Mom), and was more interested in the answers to two questions: “When is lunch?” and “When are we going home?” While the…

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I like long, romantic walks to the cheese counter. Cheese is easily one of my favorite food categories. As a kid, I had a penchant for Brie. Nowadays, I gravitate towards goat cheese and Gouda. But in all honesty, I’m down for any wheel, any day. I’ve really never met a cheese that I didn’t like. There’s…

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