Small Biz Saturday

Now, here’s a consumer fueled holiday I can get behind! Get out there and support your community by shopping at your favorite, locally owned boutiques. Here’s a couple of my favorite pieces that you can snatch up at a local fave, Azalea SF (online and in store!).

Small Business Saturday w/ Azalea


  1. This casual, cool striped top 2. This cozy mint mohair beanie 3. This gorgeous IRO jacket 4. These adorable kissy socks

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Blacked Out

This Black Friday sale weekend, I’m going to kick up my heels and relax. Here’s just a few things you can do instead of battling the masses for cheap TV’s.

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  1. Take a detox bath -Perfect after a day of traveling, cooking, and over indulging. It’s super relaxing and refreshes the whole body. I like mine super hot by candle light.
  2. Try a new recipe– These pumpkin pie cupcakes  were a hit at dinner yesterday!
  3. Clean and tidy your space -I dove head first into the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s a great motivator to get your place organized!
  4. Create a capsule wardrobe -After you get your closet into gear and get rid of the things you no longer wear, take stock and create your own capsule wardrobe.
  5. Plan a trip– Ok, so Black Friday isn’t THAT bad. In fact, it’s a great time to purchase plane tickets! Virgin America is having some great deals right now. The fella and I just booked our flight to Austin in January for real cheap!
  6. Work out– I recently enrolled in Beach Body‘s Insanity Max 30 challenge and it’s really inspired me to get moving and get healthy. This might not be the plan for you, but they have a ton of different routines to choose from. Sign up and max out!
  7. Make bath bombs– You can bet everybody I know is getting at least one of these in their stockings this year!
  8. Redecorate– Paint your walls, hang some art, or maybe just bring some color into a room with a vase full of flowers! Take a peek at my Decoration Inspiration pinboard to get some ideas.
  9. Gear up for the Holidays– Pull out the decorations, plan your outfit for the office party, and start to really think about who’s been naughty and nice this year.
  10. Make a friend– Speaking of black friday, did you know that black cats that end up in a shelter are the least likely to be adopted? If you want to bring a little more joy and love into your life, go make a furry friend at your local SPCA. If you happen to be in the SF Bay Area, here’s a few cute kitties that need and deserve a good home and right now, adult cats 6 months and older are free to adopt through January 3rd.
  11. Pamper yourself– Put on a mask, go get your nails did, or just do what I do and browse around Amazon for fun and new beauty products.

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Thankful Thursday

To all of my fellow American friends out there: Happy Thanksgiving! I hate to pick and choose, but here are the top three things that deserve heaps of thanks.

  1. Finding loveDCIM100GOPRO

This man is truly exceptional. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Many thanks go to this fella for pushing me to get better and better every day.

2. CreativityPeach Wall-0721

I’ve been so lucky to befriend some amazing, talented, and creative people (you know who you are!). Thank you all for inspiring me to live a more creative life.

3. Bitter sweet endings and new beginnings Jessie At Urbanity-2064

You know the saying as one door closes, another opens? This couldn’t be more true! Thank you to all the people that taught me everything I know. You were the force that drove me to follow my heart in a new career direction. Saying goodbye to Urbanity was hard, but ultimately it made me a happier person today.

What are you thankful for? Let’s hear about it in the comments!

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Dang Good!

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Last weekend, Jessie Marie and I found this amazing mural in Alameda. I’m a huge fan of nostalgia and this vintage ad got us a little inspired!Soda Edit-2427 Soda Edit-2419 Soda Edit-2414

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this pair of overalls come through Urbanity. I had to make them mine, obviously. Soda Edit-2411 Soda Edit-2402 Soda Edit-2399

Two words: Butterscotch Root Beer. Ok, that’s three words. Anyway, it’s Dang good! You gotta give it a try.

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What’s this?! Glasses?! Your eyes don’t deceive you. Firmoo heard my eyes were hurting, so they graciously sent me a pair. I normally only wear these in front of my glowing screen at work, but I thought I’d give them a little spot on the blog and show them off.Soda Edit-2375 Soda Edit-2373 Soda Edit-2367

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