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We took a trip to Colorado a few weeks back and it was my first time visiting the state. Although I’m definitely a beach bunny over a snow bunny, I found the dense forests, picturesque sky, and snow-capped mountains really gorgeous!

Popped into one of my favorite local stores and got immediately excited for summer when I saw this pompom beach bag and versatile Mexican Blanket (I use mine as the throw on the foot of our bed). I’m really loving the pompom trend right now and found some similar options herehere, and here (obsessed!).

I hope you’re having a great weekend! We’re currently in June Lake freezing our butts off relaxing, hiking, and taking in all of the nature up here. We road tripped up with our dog, Abi, and have been having a blast exploring some parts of California we rarely, if ever, get to see. It’s her first time experiencing the snow, and it’s safe to say she’s still a bit undecided on the whole situation (her and me both! haha). I’ve been keeping up with my goal of staying away from social media and spending more time reading articles, books, and magazines. I just read this fascinating article all about secrets; how they develop, why we keep them, and how to relinquish the control they can have over us (whether they’re our own, or ones we’re keeping for someone else). I love examining the pros and cons to something that is typically deemed as strictly negative (like anger) and therefore being able to look at it in a whole new way. It feels freeing to let go of trying to make the world so black and white, when really it’s about a million shades of grey (ties not included 😉 ).

Whether it’s my home or my fashion, my style is a classic and clean mix of edgy and feminine, as evidenced by this snapshot of my office shelves. I love pairing the  pretty and girly Foraged Flora and La Dolca Vita books with a neutral candle (and my very favorite!), my beloved Jonathan Adler zebra tray, and cheeky and edgy newest read. The “Let’s Make Out” print is actually a card my husband gave to me for Valentine’s Day.

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found the leather jacket of my dreams at Nordstrom Rack the other day – just the perfect dose of badass mixed with timeless classic, and just the right amount of details. shop it here (note: i sized up for a more over-sized fit, also available in blush)

this framed art is actually a card i gave my husband for valentine’s day made by a local artist. i loved it so much i just had to make it a permanent home decor item.

Since studying psychology, it’s always been interesting to me how we tend to categorize our emotions into either “good” or “bad”. For instance, “being happy” is considered to be a positive regardless of the situation, while being “irritable” is pretty much always deemed as a negative. I recently came across this article and was excited to see anger being painted in a positive, or at least healthy and effective, light. Of all of the emotions, anger is the one who gets the worst rep, but, as the article points out in 16 different ways, it can actually serve a vital purpose when handled and conveyed in a constructive way.

can you tell we’re in the last stages of home decorating? it seems like finding the right art is always the last task to tackle. i was kind of mindlessly browsing online when i stumbled upon these photographs and immediately fell head over heals in love. not only does the one depict a glorious pile of sea lions (check out this post on why this is particularly meaningful to me), but both were taken in La Jolla, San Diego where we got married. and just like that, our guest bathroom is complete.

while i love a good sunset (pretty sure it’s a requirement of living at the beach), it’s not often i’m up early enough to appreciate a stunning sunrise.

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this week’s avocado toast, naturally.

finally found my perfect white sneaker – a classic style with a touch of sporty, and complete with a little gold stripe down the back. shop them here (note: i went a half size up)

Happy Friday! I spent my morning browsing through articles and came across this one that I immediately shared with my husband and wanted to share with all of you. Relationships take work (both of your selves and as a whole), but with consistent dedicated time and energy directed towards them, they can feel pretty effortless and very fulfilling. Points number four and five especially resonated with me, and I plan on making numbers one and seven more of a habit of a mine. After all, no matter where you’re at in your relationship (just started dating – been married 25 years), it could always use a little fine tuning and some extra TLC. Trust me, the payoff is worth it 😉

not my green thumb. the prettiest rosebushes in my neighborhood i pass by on my way to work.

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currently crushing on these satin joggers, more sizes here, & similar & on sale here! i’d pair them with white loafer slides for a casual cool, but put together look. 

Have a great weekend!

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how gorgeous are these edgy chairs? stumbled upon them at an interior design boutique in beverly hills and quickly stumbled out once i checked the price tag. anyone know where i can get the knockoff version of these beauties? 

I’ve been home from Costa Rica for a few weeks now, but am just now feeling back into the swing of things. That means, tons of grocery shopping and healthy home cooked meals, more home decor shopping and designing (I think I need an intervention at this point), and running countless errands all while trying to stay warm and dry during this unusually winterish winter in LA. Heck, I even (finally) started the process of legally changing my last name to my married one – it only took me about 16 months to get the ball rolling. Anyone else procrastinated on this? It’s just such a weird feeling of kind of living as two identities, right? Please tell my I’m not alone on this one!

scenic pit stop on our road trip through costa rica – i’ll be dreaming of these views for years to come. stay tuned for a full post on our vacation! 

sneak peak of our new home. slowly, but surely it’s coming along and i’m really loving the result! 

couch // pouf: in gold & on sale // rug: similar here & on sale // coffee table: designed our own with Parkman Woodworkssimilar here // banana leaf print pillows: handmade by my super talented friend Linda, similar here // super heroes & rock stars pillow: old, cute & similarly cheeky options herehere, & here (& on sale!) // wall print: similar, also love this & this // tassle throw blanket: here & on sale! // gold bar cart: here

Have a great weekend, babes!