A Pretty Way To Say Farewell to Summer

When life gives you lemons, throw a lemon-inspired party, like the one Jen Nordine from Freckles on Fillmore created for a ‘Farewell Summer’ soirée in San Francisco. From the lemon-inspired florals and décor to the delicious food and drink options, no detail was left unturned at this fun gathering. At the end of reading about this party, we’re confident you will either be inspired to organize and host your own outdoor party this fall or yearn for a cold glass of lemonade (or both!). Either way, we’re sure you’ll learn a thing or two to help enhance your next gathering—whether it’s set in the summer or any season of the year. See all of the details of the sweet lemon-inspired soirée below!

4 Reasons on Why I DryBar

The DryBar has become a beauty phenomenon that’s transformed the hair care market. I first sat down in a DryBar chair in 2013, right around the time I was starting my first job out of college. In preparation for Oracle OpenWorld, I needed the hair to look good. I'd heard of the DryBar through my sister who lived in Los Angeles at the time and blowouts were just becoming a "thing". At that point, the DryBar had around 30 salons or so, most in California. Fast forward to today, over 200+ appointments in my back pocket later, the DryBar has nearly 80+ salons across the U.S., with planned openings in Canada and Europe. DryBar is on track to take in over $100 million in revenue (I’d like to think I helped get them to this milestone) and as if that weren’t enough, since they branched out with a successful line of custom-designed blow dryers, brushes and an equally successful line of hair care products sold nationwide through Sephora and Nordstrom. The DryBar has become a beauty empire and here is why:  

San Francisco Fall

With fall around the corner, one consistent trend that hasn’t really left is off the shoulder tops. As we transition to crisper cooler months, expect colder weather versions - chunky cable knits, wools, and silk blends. I love the slouchy look and personally think they look even better with one shoulder covered. The trick to finding the right off the shoulder for cooler weather is think fall - dark colors, cozy sweater or more lux fabrics like silk. I’ve rounded up some off the shoulder sweaters below as we transition into the 2017 fall season...

JCrew Fall Transition

With September’s arrival and Labor Day passing, it means fall is on the horizon. This summer went by too fast but while the rest of the country may be cooling down and fall is in full effect, in San Francisco this means Indian Summer is here...

Indian Summer Gingham

Our Indian Summer has arrived in San Francisco. The one time of year where the temperature goes from an average of 65. This year we hit an all time record of 106 degrees. That's 106 degrees in foggy, chilly northern California, where late-summer temperatures are usually never above 70. The 106-degree day broke a record for all-time hottest temperature in San Francisco in recorded history or at least 143 years. ..

How to Host a Simple Wine and Cheese Party

With the days getting longer and warmer one thing is for sure... Spring is in the air! Inspired by the sight of fresh blooms, green grass, and bright skies, this time of year is the perfect time for entertaining. With everything being full of life, we were motivated to plan an intimate Sonoma Inspired grown-up gathering. For the wine and cheese lovers be sure to check out the photos below, and read on for more...

LIKEtoKNOW.it He(Art) Wall that #StartedWithAScreenshot

Over the last year liketoknow.it has driven $1 billion dollars in sales for retail and brand partners from influencers. Which means they are doing something right! And quite honestly it took me some time to realize what exactly liketoknow.it purpose was. Whoops, sorry guys! A couple years back I would see it popping up on Instagram. Eventually, I did some digging to realize what it was and how it could benefit myself as a consumer and as a blogger...

The Saguaro

A beloved quintessential Palm Springs hotel, the vibrant Saguaro.  A 1970’s Holiday Inn turned rainbow desert resort. The ultimate color splash hotel. Known for its weekend pool parties and refreshing cocktails. The colors scream fun in the fun spring break, Bachelorette or Coachella style...

Introvert Girl Gang

This post is dedicated to all my introverted gals. Like me, given the choice, you’ll apply your energy to an intimate group of folks you care about most, you love and you thoroughly appreciate being around...

East Coast West Coast Style

The other night over dinner with friends, we discussed our individual styles and what defines each one we chose to sport. The consensus for me was easy going but preppy. East Coast with a West coast flare. While both looks are quintessentially American they are different for obvious reasons .... due to geography, season and culture which shape the style preference and looks.

The Ace Hotel

For those looking for a fun social stay in Palm Springs, I'd recommend the Ace Hotel. Whether you are poolside, enjoying some grub at the diner or drinks in the Amigo Room, the Ace Hotel is nonetheless quite the Instagram-worthy hipster scene ....

San Francisco Stripes

Summer is here. Cue beach time, wine country, picnics and BBQs and Carnival trips. I’m particularly excited to mesh more stripes into my wardrobe during the summer time. There is one thing I can get enough of during summer… stripes!

6 Simple Beach Essentials

Packing up for the day on the beach? Heading out to enjoy poolside? Or a day boating on the lake? Finding the right items to cart to the water and stow in your tote is kinda high on the priority list (ahem SPF). I’ve rounded up everything you’ll need on a budget for some summer fun by the water minus wifi. Don’t forget to pack these must-haves. 

Your Weeknight Dinner Solution

Convenience in this day and age is everything. Having the convenience of a healthy meal plan put together ingredients pre-measured out to my door is an everything I’ve ever wanted. As a busy working gal, I have no issue getting help when I need it and in the kitchen - there is a need for healthier food, less stress and more time back. HelloFresh does just that for me. Truth be told with no direction I'm actually a terrible cook and rarely do because of bandwidth but surprisingly have churned out 3 gourmet style meals in less than an hour. Here is why I’m recommending HelloFresh to my friends, family…

That Pink Door

Palm Springs is hands down one of the best places on the planet. I’d like to speak on behalf of all of us… we are all slightly obsessed. I don’t think one can get over the perfectly lined palm trees, vibrant pops of colors, mid-century modern architecture, and that desert heat. My mom and I’s favorite pastime on any given Sunday in the desert is looking at open houses. And why should that change while on vacation especially when visiting Palm Springs the mecca for mod architecture. For all our design enthusiasts, take a stroll down Kings Way, Alhambra Drive, E Sierra Blvd and feast your eyes on the beautiful doors of Palm Springs, and that pink door is one you don’t want to miss (E Sierra Blvd). 

House of Harlow Polka Dots

Personal style is sometimes something that is hard to define. My style is constantly evolving as I mature. That combined with new seasons and trends. I still am drawn to the same fundamentals, classic style with a tomboy flare, but I’m more willing lately to try something new or different that I would have never dared to go for in the past...

Summer of Love

Speaking of summer of love, if you are local to San Francisco, the De Young Museum has a Summer of Love exhibition. 50 years ago, San Francisco rocked the world with art, fashion, and music during the Summer of Love. You can celebrate 1967 with a day full of art-making, performances, DJs, social activism, and new artist work...

House of Harlow White Summer Dress

Just as every girl must have that little black dress I think the same goes for white as well especially during summer. The first thing I gravitate towards as the months start to warm up is white and if there is one item that speaks to summer, it’s a white dress, my friend! It always makes me feel clean, classy yet flirty and simple. After lots of spring color, I love the minimalistic feel of the white dress.

Gingham Match

Summer time has arrived and we can finally embrace summer fashion trends. Whether you are attending a 4th of July Parade, BBQ pool party or the Hamptons this time to me is all about celebrating our country with pride, beach time, the sunshine, cool drinks and, of course, showing off your summer style. 

This year I strayed away from the usual jeans shorts and flag tee for the 4th. I’ve styled a bit of a classier look perfect for the celebration of our Freedom and welcome to summer. Constantly inspired by the laid-back LA lifestyle, Lovers + Friends always exudes an effortlessly chic California cool. This Gingham Lovers + Friends crop is exclusive to Revolve at $110.00. With these white culottes and matching gingham sandals, I'm set for any and all summer outings this season. If you are in the mood for some more gingham this summer, this dress is also perfect for a summer picnic, this off the shoulder top would go great with a pair of white shorts for a more casual look. Why not top it off with a blue/white bow hat as well.

Red White & Blue

White and navy stripes is a style combination I can’t get enough of. It’s classic, simple and versatile. Stripes are a staple in my closet regardless of the season. With 4th of July around the corner, I’ve been scouring my closet for all the patriotic colors.