I have a pretty traditional style when it comes to interiors. This we all probably know by now. My obsession with blue and white is throughout our home, I love clean and classic lines, and I gravitate towards a silver finish on things like picture frames, serving pieces, and other details. However, I enjoy adding little modern ‘twists’ throughout my home just to mix it up, keep it feeling current and fresh, and keeping up with some ‘now’ trends throughout the space.
Happy March 1st! I’m so thankful to enter into a new, fresh month today. Especially because it means spring is actually on it’s way. The past few weeks have been doozies and I admitted to y’all this past Friday that within the stress that has come with this time, I’ve lost what the concept of ‘rest’ means. Truly, no grasp. Yes, I’ve known my body has needed sleep or extra vitamin C, but the actual concept of resting without distraction from stress build up was not sticking. I’d sleep, but then check my phone in between snoozes in fear I was missing something important. I’d read, but be distracted and answer emails or texts in between. I’d check errands off of my to-do list but do them in a hurry and not actually process my time spent in the market, and end up coming home with extra things I didn’t actually need. See a connection here? Much of my time lately has been hurried, rushed, fueled by “getting everything done”. And the more I choose to operate in this way, the more I don’t actual feel that I’m very productive.
What a week! Truth is, I’ve been sicker than sick. Full blown flu: fever, aches, chills, congestion, sinus pressure – the gang was all here. When my immunity plummets, it doesn’t hold back. But alas, I told myself I’d “power through”, “make it work”, and “keep on keeping on” which are simultaneously three phrases I actually quite dislike. Because they never work for me. So, I finally had to learn to rest this week. A concept I still don’t fully grasp, really. But with rest, comes less productivity. And with less productivity, comes less blog posts. And I guess that’s okay. It’s alright to sometimes wish this was my full time job, but be okay with the fact that it isn’t. And that means that sometimes it needs to get put on the back burner for my own personal health and sanity.
Apparently, today is National Margarita Day. Excuse me, but where is the official calendar for these holidays? I need to know these things before waking up on a Monday morning and realizing what’s happening by a flood of marg pics on my Instagram feed! I also need to know because I had planned on sharing this gin based beverage here today a week ago sooo…. sorry, tequila. Gin wins with ABC today (but I really do love margaritas, too).
I’ve been a beauty product junkie ever since I owned my first Bonne Bell Lip Smacker (Dr. Pepper flavor, of course). I attribute my love for cosmetics from many a trips to Longs Drugs (still miss it) with my older sister, reading countless issues of Seventeen, then moving onto InStyle and Allure, and ultimately just a love for makeup in general. Now let me clarify – even though I do love makeup, you won’t find me doing crazy YouTube tutorials on it anytime soon. I leave the Kimmy K contouring stuff to the pros. But I do enjoy consistently trying new products! In addition, you can still find me using a moment of down time to browse the makeup aisle of a drugstore, dive into a beauty magazine or head to the Nordstrom beauty counters and get lost in all they have to offer.
So today I wanted to share my absolute beauty staples – the products I use nearly every day! This little routine I have takes about 5 minutes and is extremely natural looking. It’s just enough to make me feel ‘put together’, hide any blemishes or dark circles, and highlight features I like about myself. I’ll take you through the products and you can click on the links below to find them for yourselves, if you so desire!
Over the Valentine’s Day weekend, my husband and I celebrated our love and the amazingly warm weather we’ve been having by heading into our favorite part of San Francisco – the Marina District. As the day was so gorgeous (high 70’s and crystal clear blue skies!), we walked around the beach and marina and soaked up the beauty around us. Then as the sun began to set, we walked to my all-time favorite restaurant in the city –Tacolicious.
Dates like this are my absolute favorite. Casual, easy-going, fun, and delicious. Because it was so warm and we were doing a lot of walking, I opted for the fashion sneaks with boyfriend jeans movement paired with a casual cotton button down. But since it was our official first married Valentine’s date, I wanted to dress it up just enough to make it still feel special. In came Rocksbox to the rescue! If you haven’t heard of them, Rocksbox (www.rocksbox.com) is the perfect option to borrow jewelry before you buy it. For a monthly fee, Rocksbox members receive a highly curated box of designer jewelry (Kendra Scott, House of Harlow, Gorjana, Loren Hope, and more) with the option to borrow, buy or swap at any time. Thanks to my fabulous Rocksbox personal stylist, I received this Perry Street necklace necklace paired with the Sophie Harper pave X ring. They were the perfect little gems to spice up my casual date outfit.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. You couldn’t tell by a weeks straight worth of posts about it that I love this holiday, could you? Well, just in case I need to clarify – I adore it. I always have! In elementary school, I anxiously awaited the passing out of Valentine’s in everyone’s mini mailbox. In high school, I felt on top of the world as us choir girls (I swear it was cool) hopped around to different classrooms singing ‘Valentine Grams’ for the day. In college, it was the perfect excuse to watch chick flicks and eat way too much junk food with a room full of single girlfriends. And now that I’m a married lady, I’m really looking forward to spending quality time celebrating with my husband. But hear me out – even though I do love the holiday, I haven’t always felt 100% secure with myself in it.
A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine turned the flirty and thriving 3-0 and her sweet husband threw her a surprise party with dinner and dancing. The evening was a huge success and so much fun, but hours prior to attending, I still had no idea what to wear.
It’s here! The reveal of Cocktails & Cupcakes! As you saw last week, my co-host and I worked extra hard on our Valentine’s party which just so happened to simultaneously occur at the same time as that big football game everyone pretends to watch but really just talks, watches the commercials and half time show, and binge-eats queso. As the men in our lives all went to do as previously listed, us Community Group ladies sipped gin & champagne, savored devil’s food & funfetti and talked about our feelings. It was perfect.
It’s been a long week. A mix of a lot of ‘to-do’s’, lack of sleep, only seeing my husband for 20 minutes every late night because he’s in his busy season for accounting, and grief for my dear brother. My tipping point was mid-week, feeling like I was working hard and doing the best that I could and going no where. I hate when my self-doubt, stress, struggle for control, and lack of trust and communication with the Lord gets the best of me in weeks like these. Those things I mentioned are tough. Really tough. And when I need Him the most. I am thankful for the women close to me in my life for reminding me they’re there, that God is there, and I’m not alone in the tough. Simple truths that we so often forget, don’t we. I’m also thankful for a piece of clarity yesterday – a nudge from God to keep going. Keep working hard. Keep being creative – photograph, edit, and compose this blog post. Continue to prep for this party. Keep going after it! It’s week two of this blog of mine, not year two. Oh, how my perfectionism loves to steer me away.
So, you know what? Forget you, perfectionism. It’s FRIDAY! It’s time to soak up that California sunshine we’ve been getting (it’s supposed to hit 70 this weekend! All of the emoji praise hands!), enjoy the blessing of two whole days off from the rise n’ grind routine and…… have a cocktail.