The following is a guest blog post written by a friend of mine (and fellow English major) from college, Manya Andrews Dotson. Manya now lives in Africa with her husband and daughters, who are pictured above. She has an interesting life and an even more interesting perspective. And today, she is sharing with us her very favorite things of 2013 – the Kenya edition! I’ve already tried several of the things in her post (the Clinique primer, the Dior mascara and serum and the Urban Decay eye shadow palette) and I have to say, I’m hooked. Can’t wait to try the rest of these… (more…)
Today, we are packed up and headed to San Francisco (where I definitely left my heart in September!) We haven’t been back since we moved to Texas and we are SO excited to see dear friends there – and to visit some of our favorite haunts (read: eat really good food and drink delicious lattes!) I have two jewelry shows in two different cities on back-to-back days there, so I’m sure to be a busy gal, but I promise to blog about our trip as I’m able, so you’ll know all about some of our favorite hotspots for your next visit to Fog City. One of the shows is a private home trunk show on Friday morning – if you’re interested in that, email us here. The second is the Junior League of Palo Alto Home Tour show on Saturday. For more information about that, click here.
See you soon, SF friends!
Carmel-by-the-Sea has got to be one of my favorite towns in the world. It is stunningly gorgeous. The rocky coastline, the turquoise ocean lapping upon white sandy shores and the wind-shaped cypress trees all come together to form an intoxicating cocktail of beauty that I find incredibly relaxing. And the town itself is quaint and adorable, but also filled with delicious little finds. There are lovely antique shops, gorgeous home decor stores, galleries filled with amazing art and, of course, fabulous eats. What there aren’t a lot of is clothing boutiques. I’m pretty sure that’s because Sweet Pea has that market cornered. (more…)
On our first morning during our visit to Carmel Valley Ranch we relaxed in our luxurious room (complete with a fireplace!) and enjoyed the enormous balcony overlooking the mountains and vineyards. The hubs and I relaxed on the comfy chairs and watched the littles blow bubbles to their hearts’ content. It was such a nice, relaxing morning.
The food at Carmel Valley Ranch is outstanding. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort over the course of our stay and all were delish. And the restaurant is so kid friendly. It was really nice to have a nice meal, but also have our littles be more than welcome there. In fact, at one point, our oldest boy (who is just under three) started to get a bit fidgety and the next thing I knew, the hostess was bringing him a cool little magnet game to play with to entertain him. (more…)
This weekend, during our Summer of Fun, we took a mini-vacation to Carmel Valley Ranch. What an incredible place! Seriously. This place is absolutely amazing. Set in the Santa Lucia mountains. The resorts boasts amazing golf, gorgeous hiking trails, a vineyard, tennis, two beautiful pools, a splash pad for the littles, a bocce ball court, yoga and many activity options. And that is to say nothing of the incredibly luxurious accomodations. They are simply divine! Nestled in the mountains, you absolutely cannot find a bad view in this place. Lavender and vineyards abound, making this a wonderful place to relax…and play. And did I mention the food? Yum. (more…)
For Father’s Day, we drove down to Pebble Beach with my brother and sister-in-law who were in town visiting us before heading down to Carmel for a little vacation. Pebble Beach was my father’s favorite spot, so it was really special to spend Father’s Day there with my brother and with my precious husband who is an amazing father to our two boys. I am blessed, indeed.
We’ve been to Carmel a number of times, but had yet to hear the famous bagpiper at the Inn at Spanish Bay. We finally made it there on this trip. It was absolutely surreal and I highly recommend it if you’re in the area. The bagpiper starts playing around 5.30pm on the 1st hole on the golf course to put the golf course to sleep, in Scottish tradition. Then, he slowly walks towards the lodge, ending up there around 6pm and playing for around 30 minutes with a set that includes Amazing Grace. (more…)
Let’s face it, every time we hear about New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week and see photos of all of the glitz and glamour of the runway, we get the teensiest bit jealous, right? I mean, it does look fun to sit front row on the runway and watch such amazing artistry in fabric and design breeze by on the catwalk. And the parties – they look like so much fun! Back when I lived in Manhattan, I loved walking by Bryant Park during Fashion Week. You could just feel the energy and the glimpses of gorgeous ensembles weren’t bad either! (more…)
Walking on Rodeo Drive today, we were drawn into Brooks Brothers by their lovely window displays featuring the new The Great Gatsby movie. I’m so excited to see it and was not disappointed by the lovely 20’s era vignettes around the store. What a gorgeous display! I was so drawn in by the details on everything – including the chandelier that featured shades monogrammed with “JG” on them. What amazing attention to detail! I was inspired by the flapper dresses and dapper men’s designs. (more…)
This afternoon, we spent some time walking up and down Rodeo Drive on a lovely, sunshine-filled day. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the architecture and the design and the window displays. It was literally almost too much to take in. The beautiful flowers and the interesting buildings and materials used and of course, the goods. We didn’t even walk into too many stores, since we had the two littles with us, but it was still a lot to take in and was such a nice outing! (more…)
This past weekend, we packed up the littles and drove down to the City of Angels. Hubs had a work conference there and the boys and I were all to happy to tag along to a warm and sunny location like LA! I emailed a few friends in the area for recommendations on what we should do while we were there and Michaela, who I “met” when she featured my jewelry designs on her gorgeous blog, came through with an excellent brunch suggestion that I felt obliged to share with you. It’s just too good to keep to myself.
Bottega Louie is simply adorable. Not only is this spot darling, it is equally delicious. The market part of the restaurant reminds me of Laduree in Paris (a VERY favorite spot of mine!) and not only because of the stunningly beautiful macarons. There were lots of fun treats there that would make lovely hostess or birthday gifts or a delicious little bon bon for yourself. (more…)