Christmas Decor Essentials To Start Off The Holidays

Every year I contemplate doing a roundup of Christmas essentials, but the timing never seems right. It’s either too early in the season or once the season hits, I’m all about posting holiday gift guides. This year, I’m in the Christmas spirit more so than ever. I thought what better way to get ready than to elevate my space with pretty holiday decor.  PS: As you can see below, Anthropologie is clearly having a moment with their holiday options and to say I’m a bit obsessed would be an understatement. 1. Seasons Greetings Hooked Pillow | Anthropologie ($88): The cutest of decorative pillows to display onRead More →

My Go-To Candles for Every Season and Occasion

Growing up my bedroom was filled with overpowering candles and incense from The Dancing Bear. Aside from when I was sleeping, there was never a time when something wasn’t lit. Fast forward to the present and my scent preference has surely changed. I’ve traded in my patchouli incense and my inexpensive (and at times headache inducing) candles from the local mall for something more refined. Now when I invest in a candle, I pay attention to the top notes and seek out high quality. I look for the type of scent that gives off an alluring aroma without being too powerful. Over the years, I’veRead More →

How I celebrated July 4th in Westbrook, Connecticut

The last few years I wasn’t super excited about celebrating the Fourth of July. I skipped wearing red, white, and blue, and kept it low-key by staying in and watching the fireworks from my apartment in downtown Los Angeles. Fast forward and things are drastically different. Billy and I moved to New York after living in L.A. for years and last August my parents purchased a beach house in Westbrook, Connecticut. It feels amazing to see the country moving in a more positive direction and after over a year of lockdowns and Covid restriction things are finally getting back to normal. On July 4th, myRead More →

DIY Cricut Gifts You’re Going To Want To Make This Holiday Season

A few months ago I was gifted the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the EasyPress 2 along with a ton of accessories for each machine. This couldn’t have come a better time with the holidays fast approaching and trying to stay home as much as possible. For years, I’ve always wanted to create my own gifts but after making one or two, I would be so pressed for time that I’d go back to online or in-store shopping. This year is different in every sense of the word and it’s giving me more time so that I can create customizable gifts for my friends andRead More →

My Simple Approach to Creating an Impressive Jewelry Display

When it comes to displaying my jewelry, I love having everything out in the open. This makes choosing what to accessorize with easier and it helps me to appreciate more of what I have. This past weekend I did a quick inventory of my necklaces, bracelets, and rings. I separated them into three categories: things I wear regularly, items I rarely wear, and tarnished or broken pieces. For the weathered items, I invested time in trying to clean or fix them and if it didn’t work I ended up taking the jewelry apart and saving the charms, or tossing the pieces all together. For theRead More →

How Los Angeles Plays A Role in Valley Girl Apothecary’s Incredible Candle Scents

Every now and then I find a candle company that I become obsessed with. I’ll go out and purchase an assortment of scents and place them in various spots around my apartment. For me, music and candles go hand in hand—I’ll rotate them depending on what playlist I’m listening to. Currently, my obsession lies with Valley Girl Apothecary. These handmade, 100% soy candles smell absolutely amazinggg, and as I sit here blasting Free Fallin’ I have the Ventura Blvd candle lit. The combination of coffee and vanilla has me mentally chilling somewhere in The Valley. Another one of my favorites is Valley Nights because theRead More →

4 Unique Ways to Style A Bar Cart

Since I returned from my vacation to the East Coast, I’ve been on a mission to update my apartment. I’ve spent endless hours scrolling through Pinterest searching for small (and inexpensive) changes that will elevate my home. What really caught my eye were the tasteful ways to style a bar cart. I ended up narrowing down my favorites into four styles: art deco, acrylic, minimalist, and eccentric. Then I researched where to find the quintessential pieces inspired by the themes. During my quest to create the ideal bar cart I took it one step further and built a comprehensive list of everything you could possiblyRead More →

30 Awe-Inspiring Christmas Tree Themes To Choose From

As the holiday season approaches, it seems like there are a number of new Christmas tree themes to choose from. I’ve always been someone who’s gone all out, starting with finding a picture perfect tree and spending hours decorating it while sipping hot cocoa. Growing up, mom would put up three in our Massachusetts home—a traditional tree in the family room; an over-the-top gold tree in the living room; and an Eloise inspired pink one in my bedroom. In fact, it’s a ritual that still takes place today. I’ve been searching Pinterest for Christmas tree themes for my DTLA apartment and I’ve come up withRead More →

How To Throw an Elegant Halloween Party

Hosting a party should be an enjoyable affair and you shouldn’t spend a ton of time stressing over the small stuff. Years ago, when I threw my first party I prepared for weeks and spent way too much money. To say I went overboard, that would be an understatement. Since then, I’ve adopted a party planning strategy with specific tasks that help me plan efficiently. It doesn’t matter if I’m hosting a fall soiree or a get together in the middle of the summer, there’s a certain way I go about doing things, and I’ll make a few adjustments depending on the occasion. These areRead More →

Wedding Gift Etiquette: All Your Questions Answered + A Gift Guide

Wedding season is in full swing and picking out the ideal gift for the bride and groom can at times be challenging. Maybe they didn’t create a registry so you’re not certain what to get them, or you waited until the last minute and now there’s nothing left on it choose from. Then there’s issues like finding a gift in your price range (what should you spend anyways?). Here are all your answers to wedding gift etiquette along with 40 suggestions that couples will love (and they won’t get returned).  I like to follow a guideline based on the relationship (not the cost per plate),Read More →