Friday Faves


There have just been som many great things happening on the web this week from others’ blog posts, product launches, etc! Thought I’d share with you some of my faves!

Tom Ford’s New Summer Beauty Collection // I mean, the packaging alone is like decor! tom ford summer beauty collection
Turning those single earring studs (cause we will never find the matching pair!) into fab push pins on your latest inspiration board via Baublebar! earring studs as push pins
Cinco de Mayo is this weekend and it’s all about the perfect cocktails thanks to Style Within Reach! cinco de mayo cocktails
Ok … so if you don’t follow or check in regularly to The Everygirl, you are seriously missing out. Today they featured one of the creators, Danielle Moss’ Chicago Apartment The Everygirl Home Tour


Blog / Style & Beauty

Inspiration // ikat


Some might call it an obsession, infatuation or just plain in love with the ikat print. As a textile thought to be derived from the middle east on over to south america, it has influences of tribal & ethnic qualities with an abundance of colors.

I completely have to restrain myself from making my entire life draped in ikat. I figure a little of something in each category (i.e. home, accessories, clothing) won’t do any harm as long as I’m not wearing the tunic while laying in the bed mixing cake batter in the bowls!

ikat print inspiration


1. TOMS Desert Botas 2. Quiksilver Shorts 3. Zara Tribal Necklace 4. A-Thread Scarf 5. Yellow Pillows at One Kings Lane 6. TOMS Strappy Wedges 7. Pottery Barn Bedding 8. Target Bowl Set 9. Zara Clutch 10. Tray at One Kings Lane 11. Target Plate Set 12. Zara Strappy Heels 13. Mango Scarf 14. World Market Candle 15. Multi-print Pillow at One Kings Lane



May Day is Here!


I can’t believe May is already here… where has the time gone? I hope wherever you live that the sun is out, flowers are blooming and activities are moving from the indoors out. Lately, on my walk each morning with the dog, I’ve been bringing my camera with me to capture some of the beautiful array of flowers in the neighborhood. To me, that truly signifies Spring is here!

Here is a free desktop wallpaper with an inspiring quote to ensure you live each and every day in the moment!

May Desktop Wallpaper

Choose your size:  1024×768   //   1280×1024   //   1920×1200


Blog / Lifestyle / Travel

On The Road Again… Big Bear Mountain


Last week I headed up the mountain to Big Bear Lake, CA for a work retreat I helped planned. Eleven women, two dogs, a candy bar, mimosa bar, tea time lunch, and lots of training in one amazing home makes for a fun time!

As a significant part to the event planning, I often turn to Pinterest for ideas to make it extra special and one-of-a-kind. I’d like to think we accomplished that with the fun elements we added to the weekend that gave it a special touch to let the ladies know this weekend was not only about learning, but about having fun too. (lots of photos were posted on Instagram from the team with #bigbearleadership2013)

Style & Beauty

Top 10 Hair Tips


Whether to go for the bob, the pixie, add layers, highlights, lowlights, bangs versus no bangs ….. those choices I cannot help you with unless I know you, your hair and your lifestyle. However, I can give you my Top 10 Hair Tips & Tricks that I know work pretty much universally across the board.  Top 10 Hair Tips Some of these items require me to go into a bit more in-depth so you understand what their purpose is and how to use them. I use these products and/or styles on a regular basis and truly think they are some of the best on the market!

I personally have long, fine hair, so I have definitely made best friends with dry shampoo, the Moroccan Oil Light and the Wet Brush. I’m terrible at getting into the salon for haircuts (we’re talking anywhere from 6-8 months between trims!), so I have to use products that will keep my hair in great shape for as long as possible. I should note that I rarely use a blow dryer and opt for the slight breeze to do it’s thing while I take the dog for a walk. So not applying direct heat on a daily basis definitely helps me extend my trims to 6-8 months!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12th which means you have less than 2 weeks to get the perfect gift!

Finding the perfect gift may seem impossible, but with a little thought into “who” she is, what her “lifestyle” is or what she wants but would never “treat” herself too can make the day extra special for Mom. I’ve gone ahead and created a Mother’s Day Gift Guide that should help you out if you’re stuck on what to get.

Mother's Day Gift Guide


Mother’s Day Cards available on // Classic: Volupsa Crisp Champagne Candle, Vestige Lipstick Holder, Kirra Tate Gold Clover Earrings, lia sophia Pearl Bracelet, Tocca Eau de Parfum Trio // Outdoorsy: Better Homes & Garden Subscription, lia sophia Hummingbird necklace, Kendra Scott Mayra Rose Studs, TOMS Mom Hearts Classics, TOMS Beachmaster Sunglasses // Traveler: #1 Mom Journal & Pen, Kendra Scott Coral Studs, Kindle Gift Card, iPad Mini, Drybar Gift Certificate // Stressed: House Beautiful Subscription, Real Simple Subscription, Aerin Round Match Striker, Julep ‘Guiding Light’ Gift Set, Lollia Hand Creme


Home Decor

Good Reads | Coffee Table Books


Some of the most personal decor you can add to your home comes in the form of a beautiful, hardcover book on your favorite things. I love to stack what I call “coffee table books” on a tray in the living room, stacked up on a bookcase to display my favorite pair of shoes and under a lamp in the office.

The best part about these type of books are the beautiful pictures that generally accompany them. Leave them in places that inspire you and make you want to flip through them every now and then to remind you of why you got them in the first place.

Lifestyle / Travel

The Smart Traveler


Raise your hand if you are notorious for over-packing?  Ok … so both of my hands should go straight up!

I have always felt that it’s better to be “over-prepared” then to wish you would have brought something. If the airlines allow you 50 pounds, then I was taking 49.5 of it. Upon returning home, I would simply shake my head at the piles of clothes I never touched, figure out how to get home any new purchases and say I’m going to do better next time.

Well next time is here and I’m much, much better at packing due my creation of a “Packing List.”  Travel Packing List The first page is designed to make sure you don’t forget the essentials, any electronics (and their chargers!), along with accessories. Being able to check off items as you are packing ensures you don’t forget anything.