• hidden messages

    I'm always on the hunt for simple, delicate jewlery pieces that still show a little personality and these new gemstone pieces from Lulu Frost are speaking my language. 

    Inspired by the idea of hidden messages and acrostic symbols found in Victorian jewelry, the line is named CODE and allows you to create your own jewlery peices with a hidden message within the precious and semi-precious stones. Feels a touch more fresh than another inital necklage, no? 

  • summer water

    Rosé wines are back in a big way. They never truly left, but were lumped in with White Zinfandel and went the way of Merlot post-Sideways. In fact while this post was sitting in my draft folder, PUNCH just did a great piece on the making of this rosé comeback. 

    Rosé wines are typically dry and fruity without being overtly sweet. They're super food friendly and with two extra large ice cubes and a little Fresca, they make for a fun daytime cocktail (don't tell any of my wine snob friends!). 

    Something to know: a good rosé will have been made deliberately. Often, wineries will cut corners and create a rosé wine from the run off of one of their red tanks. If you're picky, ask about the vinification process before buying. 

    loreza rosé /  scribe rosé / jelly jar rosé / swanson rosato 

  • summatime

    Summer is here! We've been enjoying lingering in our backyard after the sun goes down, sipping rosé (well, I sip rosé, Kyle usually has beer) while chatting about the day. The perception of longer days allows more time for stillness and gratitude to soak it all in. 

    And also summery dishes + cocktails. 

    Chilled summer soup: Beet Cucumber Yogurt Soup by Jewels of New York via Lonny

    Summer cocktails by Kelli Flores

    A simple, but loved dinner around these parts: grilled salmon with asparaus with an heirloom tomato salad with beets + goat cheese, olive oil and Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar

  • married + bright

    The month of December (and all of 2013) has just flown by. We returned from a sun-soaked week in Cabo and jumped right into the holiday mayhem and now New Year's Eve is tomorrow! 

    I was thrilled to get our holiday + thank you cards out before we left for our honeymoon earlier this month. I ordered them from Minted and absolutely love how they turned out! The black and white photo paired with modern metallic etching is a fun take on a traditional holiday card. I know I'm getting old when I start to look forward to this kind of thing... If you're still on the hunt, their turnaround is super fast. Check out their New Year photo cards right here + Happy New Year to all of you! xx

  • the best day ever

    Here are some snaps from our wedding last month! It was truly the best, most special day of our lives. There was so much love + happiness in the air, I wish I could've bottled it up and saved it forever and ever. My dad, who has a knack for putting things perfectly described it as an epic lovefest. A million thank yous to our family and friends who helped pull this off. It was the best day of our lives. xx

    Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography Venue: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, Wedding Coordinator: Bustle Designs, Florals: Floral Theory, Cake: Model Bakery, Hair: Sara Pinckney, Makeup: Jennifer Clark, Videographer: Ashley Batz, DJ: Josh Olds, Officiant: Roger Kesteloot, Menus: Mae Mae Paperie, Photobooth and Backdrop: Tomfoolery SF

  • bachelorette gone mild

    The days are just creepin' on by and the wedding is now less than two months away!

    Last weekend my 14 closest friends and I escaped to Palm Springs for a weekend at The Ace Hotel. I had given strict orders during the planning phase: no tiaras, veils, sashes or straws shaped like body parts and thankfully they did not disappoint. Instead there were incredibly thoughtful welcome notes for each room, custom Turkish towels, a little kit of sunblock, Advil, candy, vodka + cranberry juice and champagne, and best of all, cutouts of all my favorite men (ahem: John Hamm, Pharrel, Angel Pagan, and, of course, Kyle) each with a personal message for me. We had a wonderful, fairly low-key weekend lounging poolside in the dry desert heat with delicious cocktails, massages, boozy snow cones, and a dinner where I was serenaded by an elderly woman named Linda.

    A sign I know I am getting older: I came home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and so thankful for my sister + maid of honor and other bridesmaids who worked so hard to make it a wonderful weekend. 

    Custom turkish towels via Brandsmith, photo via Kate Franco.

  • the fremont diner

    I'd first read about The Fremont Diner when Alexis wrote about it years ago (and her description does it justice in a way that I never could so check it out) and it'd been on my list ever since. I finally had the opportunity this week when I ventured out to Sonoma to do some wine tasting with coworkers at Repris on Moon Mountain. We shared ricotta pancakes, house cured bacon, ham biscuits covered in creole mustard and ginger rhubard + sage jam. I mean...

  • feeling fiery

    After seven years in a San Francisco flat, a working fireplace was something I was so looking forward to when we moved. I was thrilled that our adorable, 1930s Tudor-style home in Napa came with a gorgeous, white brick mantle. Sadly, the fireplace is not safe to use, but that doesn't stop me from lusting over this beaute by designer Harriet Anstruther. And that Harland Miller print isn't bad either. 

  • saying hi...

    Helloooo out there! Poking my head out from the madness that has been, oh, the last year and a half!

    I transitioned out of life in San Francisco, to cohabiting with my boyfriend, to the latest adventure: life in the Napa Valley! I mentioned earlier that I had taken a job working for Alexis Swanson Traina at her family's winery in Oakville and, well, the rest is history.

    I spent a lot of my childhood in Napa (my grandfather was one of the first big real estate bigshots when the valley started exploding) and still have some family here, so it feels fitting to spend part of my adulthood here. We're nervous, but excited to make a go of it + already feel pretty happy with our decision. Wish us luck!

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