Snapshots from the weekend

Monday, April 30, 2012

By 30, you should have ...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

30 is still a ways away but none the less this article from Glamour is worth reading and scanning through the list of things to have done by 30!
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know ...
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30

Chandeliers in the sky

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I love a good DIY project, especially one that turns out so amazing! If it is easy to make that is always a plus, but half the fun is the struggle to make the amazing final product!  When I saw these test tube chandeliers from Remodelista, I was in love! I have always loved chandeliers but have never been able to find the perfect one! Well I think I just did, now the hard part comes of how to make mine look just as good...

Lusting over...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Christian Siriano is doing a line for Payless that will be in stores September 12th.  After seeing the shoes, September 12th can not come soon enough!  Below is a quick look at some of my favorites.

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The art of letter writing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I love getting and sending little notes via snail mail.  When so much of your day is spent online sending emails and text messages to stay connected it has made the art of writing letters that much more fun and exciting.  I am always looking for fun and cute stationary to add to my collection.  These are some of my faves from Minted new collection.

Back to reality

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Off the Vegas for a little bachelorette party fun

Friday, April 20, 2012



Red Wine Lollies...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

So I saw this recipe on Pintrest... where else? I have a bachelorette party this weekend in Vegas so I thought what better time try out this recipe! It was not as easy as it looked, especially when you don't have a thermometer (but luckily I'm the queen of improvising on the fly) but the results were worth the extra effort!!

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp Port wine
3 tablespoons corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
12 Lollipop sticks

  1. Bring red wine to a simmer in a small saucepan. Simmer wine until reduced to 1/3 cup, this should take about 20-25 minutes. Remove from stove-top and let cool completely.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and wine reduction. Stir until combined. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a heat-proof spatula until all sugar granules have dissolved. Boil until candy temperature registers 298-310 degrees on a candy thermometer.

  3. Remove from heat and fill greased lollipop molds with the hot candy. Place lollipop sticks in the stick crevices and rotate until the stick is coated in the hot candy. Alternatively, you may also drop the hot candy from a spoon onto a silicone mat or parchment paper, making two to three-inch disks and leaving room to place -and rotate- the lollipop sticks.

  4. Allow the lollipops to harden completely. These are best if you wait a day to consume them, as this gives the red wine flavor plenty of time to develop.

Wedding Season

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

With the crazy next few months full of weddings, graduations, showers and bachelorette parties. I thought I would leave you with my favorite wedding picture, the wedding party the morning after...


Wishing I was wearing...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Snap shots from the weekend

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dinner at Memphis

Lunch at Bear Flag

Dinner on the patio at Prep Kitchen

Downtown La Jolla's version of street art.

Delicious food + Pic nic basket + Yoga mat = Perfect workday lunch

Sunday morning breakfast

Sangria from my favorite spot, Prep Kitchen
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