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 →

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 →

Outdoor Living Ideas For Balconies and Small Spaces

Living in a high rise apartment, I’m lucky to have a balcony that overlooks the skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles. The other day I was viewing my Instagram stories and saw how my sister turned her new backyard in Brooklyn into a garden lovers paradise. This gave me the inspiration to think about creating my own outdoor area. I went on Pinterest and searched for outdoor living ideas. I came across so many eye-catching spaces, that I made a list of my favorite 20 so that others can get some inspo. These are for people with tiny balconies, little patios or small backyards— they proveRead More →

Sugarfina Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board

I have an enormous sweet tooth so I look for any excuse to indulge in sugar. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought about various ways to celebrate, other than the typical cookies and cupcakes. Also, February 14th my boyfriend Billy and I will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary so we’ll combine the two for a day of sweet treats. This year I chose to create a candy charcuterie board complete with our favorite candy from Sugarfina, and our favorite French imported chocolates from Le chocolat des Francais. I love this colorful concept since it’s so simple to make and it canRead More →

Hotel birthday party

A few years ago Billy and I started a tradition of spending the days leading up to Christmas Eve in New York City. My Birthday happens to fall when we are there so I’ve been unable to celebrate with my family. This time they joined us and we had a little get-together. Rather than doing the typical dinner, followed by cake and presents at a restaurant—I choose to have the party in our hotel suite. Since I was busy packing for my trip and holiday shopping, there wasn’t a ton of time to devote to planning it. I jotted down a few notes and followedRead More →

DIY Christmas Gifts

Sometimes when we’re searching for the ultimate gift, we often overlook the idea of creating it ourselves. Every year I say that I will make a handmade gift but I end up doing my shopping online because of my hectic schedule. This year however, I planned ahead and got my Christmas shopping done early, so now I have some free time to create a few special presents before I head to Massachusetts and New York City. I searched Pinterest for projects that would be eye-catching, simple to make, and wouldn’t take a lot of time. Here’s my list of 25 easy DIY Christmas gifts thatRead More →