A Modern & Simple California Outdoor Friendsgiving

One of the best things about living in California is the fact that we get to be outside all year round. Including the special days like Thanksgiving and Christmas! Often times you can find us barbecuing on these holidays! Each year my friends and I like to get together and have a Friendsgiving, it’s such a great kick off to the holiday season. This year we took advantage of the great weather and my friend Kevy’s newly renovated backyard! It was the perfect setting to gather us all and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

This dinner is also featured on Style Me Pretty Living today!

Photos by Riley Starr Photography

Miss Multee created the gorgeous invite, her hand writing is beyond beautiful and set the tone for the evening perfectly.

The night started with the cheese board of all cheese boards from Colette’s Catering.  That is a great way to start a party if you ask me!  One Hope wine helped us pair each course with the perfect wine as well.  Wine and cheese, that makes everyone happy!

For the details we turned to Olive & Blooms for florals and again Miss Multee for menus and place cards. We used the colors of the tabletop and added in some deep berries and copper to finish it off. The beautiful florals lined the table and really brought a fall feel to the event, with a fresh and modern take. And everybody kept talking about the beautiful hand written menus, they were an ombre gold to copper that perfectly shined all night.

All of the pretty pillows and cozy blankets are from The Garage Collective, a local shop in Laguna Beach.  They have an amazing collection of home goods that I want through-out my entire house!

One of the things we don’t like about these get togethers is the clean up. I came across L’Entramise, a beautiful disposable line that was perfect for our table setting. Their pieces have a sleek and pretty look and are so well crafted. The best part was at the end of the night we could just toss everything away and not worry about the dishes!

Now, let’s party!!!  Pop some bottles!!

Love these girls!!  Friend time doesn’t happen nearly as much as I wish it did, but when it does it’s always fun!

Our friends at Colette’s Catering designed a menu with a modern take on Thanksgiving dinner. We had a delicious salad, roasted veggies and squab instead of turkey. They also put together a delicious dessert that had us all happy at the end of the. night.

Each year at this time I get a bit sentimental, it means another year is coming to an end. But ending it with great friends is always a good idea, and that’s why Friendsgiving is so special.


Hope you’re enjoying the holidays with your friends as well!



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A Night out Wine Tasting on a Duffy Boat with the Girls

One of the things I was looking forward to the most on our Fall to do list was wine tasting with the ladies!  I mean, who can blame me… Two of my favorite things, wine and girlfriends in one!  We met up with the girls behind Argaux, a personalized sommelier experience.  They guided us through-out the evening pouring wine and teaching us about it along the way.  We spent the night with the ladies from Art of Being Female, The Garage Collective and A Note on Style.

To make it even better, we spent the evening on a Duffy boat courtesy of Voyagers Rentals.  Going on a Duffy boat is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  Living in Newport Beach I feel so lucky that we have such beautiful scenery at the tips of our fingers.  If you ever get a chance to do it, it’s a must!!  And truly, it’s the perfect setting for a wine tasting night…

This party is also featured on Style Me Pretty Living as well!

Photos by Alison Bernier
  Leonora, talented owner of Yellow Art Design, created all the paper goods for us!  A beautiful invite using a Burgundy color, inspired by the wine with splashes of gold.  She also did the prettiest menus and cards for tasting notes, so us girls could write down our favorites!

The Argaux girls came with all the goodies!  The best tasting bottles of wine and the best looking charcuterie board from The Butchery, a local specialty meat shop.  Basically, we were covered on the essentials for the best wine night ever!

These pretty Fall florals were done by the ladies over at Palms & Petals.  Every event deserves a little does of flowers, even a simple evening out like this!  I’m especially crushing over the Fall colors which goes along perfectly with our invite!  Those pale oranges and burgundies just never grow old…

Hey!  There’s those menus and tasting notes from Yellow Heart Art I was talking about!

And now Leah and I in our element!  Haha!  We’ve been friends for a long time, but we’re both so busy.  It’s nice to make time for your girlfriends in this season of life – without the babies!!  But if it’s one thing we can make time for, it’s wine tasting!!

My cute clutch is from The Garage Collective.  Owner, Kristin Lewis, was a guest on our wine tasting night!  She is the absolute sweetest and so much fun!!  You may also see us cuddling with some pretty throws and pillows in these photos, all from her shop!  We even used one of her pretty Turkish towels as a placemat under all of our goodies.  This shop has it all and I could go a little too crazy shopping there… You better go check it out!


Here are the adorable Argaux girls – Arden & Margaux… Get it?!  They are so wise beyond their years and make drinking wine even more fun!  Didn’t know that was possible…

The scenery was quite beautiful that night, like I said, we’re pretty lucky.  Living near the ocean never grows old…

Perfect night out wine tasting with the ladies!!  Thank you to the Argaux girls for treating us!  Keep scrolling for some tasting notes from them along with a special discount code!!  Just in time for holiday entertaining the ladies put together a list of wine along with recipes for the best food pairings!  Plus, with the discount code you get 6 bottles of excellent wine for under $130, pretty amazing!!

Beijos 6 Pack: Taste All The Featured Wines For Yourself. Use Code BEIJOS at checkout to receive 10% off!


2015 Domaine de Saint-Ser Côtes de Provence Rosé

This wine built the Domaine de Saint-Ser reputation. It is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah giving this rosé unusual complexity. In the glass there is aromatic intensity, finesse, and ripe fruit. Domaine de Saint-Ser is one of my favorite rosés. This is a serious rosé that can stand up to food yet also be enjoyed by itself. It’s refreshing, elegant, and explosive with notes of ripe stone fruit, vanilla, orange blossom, juicy strawberries and raspberries.

Domaine de Saint-Ser is blessed with an incredible terroir. The sites geological and climatic characteristics work together to create beautiful concentration in the wines. Like most great vineyard sites, the vines grow on south-facing slopes. The mountain, Saint-Victoire, surrounding the vineyard is made from white stone, blinding the vineyard. Such brightness encourages photosynthesis making for highly concentrated clusters. The soil here is clay and limestone. More importantly, it’s poor soil. This makes the vine work to find nutrients resulting in quality grapes.

Pairing: Slow Roasted Plum & Fennel Salmon

2015 Lagar de Costa Doelas Rias Baixas Albariño

Crisp, clean and fresh! The palate offers notes of citrus and stone fruit, herbs and a pleasant mineral touch on the finish. Lagar de Costa is a family run winery where the effort and commitment of three generations work together to produce Albariño. I had the chance to visit Lagar de Costa in August and see their winery that was built over a century ago. The Costa family is in control of everything from harvesting grapes to winemaking. This is one of my favorite tasting experiences to date. The location alone was a sight to see. Vineyards on the water, vines tall enough for you to walk under. You can taste the sea salt when drinking this wine. Perfect pairing alongside seafood.

Pairing: Saffron Seared Scallops

2015 Wonderland Project Two Kings Pinot Noir and White Queen Chardonnay

The Wonderland Project founded by sommelier Matt Ahern is filling a void: “A high quality wine made from high quality fruit, with enough refinement for the most discerning palette at an accessible cost.” In 2010, unable to find just the right wine to fill this niche, Ahern decided to make it himself.” This chardonnay is so easy to drink! A classic, medium bodied chardonnay with notes of apple, lemon and pear.The Pinot has notes of wild strawberry, rhubarb and sweet smoke that precedes a smooth, velvety body and a clean, precise finish.

Pairing with Chardonnay: Zucchini Lemon Papparadelle

Pairing with Pinot Noir: Wild Rice, Cranberry & Walnut Salad

2015 Vinateros Bravos Pais Volcanico

The Itata Valley in Chile is one of the most exciting up and coming regions in South America if not the New World as a whole. This wine is grown on volcanic, granite soil offering aromas of cinder and ash. Fun fact: the soils here are 320 million years old! Talk about complex. To put it simply this wine is mineral and elegant. With forest surrounding the vineyards you may pick up on notes of underbrush and indigenous herbs and spices otherwise referred to as “Chilean garrigue.” The vines for this wine were planted no earlier than 150 year ago. The grape variety here is Pais.

Pairing: Beef & Chorizo Empanadas

2016 Tegernseerhof Federspiel Rosé of Zweigelt

Pair with barbecue or grilled vegetables! Think raspberries and wild cherries. We love to idea of rosé alongside barbecue and anything off the grill. This is your outdoors dinner party wine. All. Year. Long. Bonus: It’s screw off!

Pairing: Halibut Ceviche

With all of this info, maybe you’ll be inspired to host a wine tasting night of your own?!  Go for it!!



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By on October 30, 2017 in FALL, LIFESTYLE


Visiting the Farm with the Littles and Planting Seasonal Veggies

The first item I’m checking off of our Fall to do list is visiting the farm with the littles!  A few weeks back the boys and I drove down to San Diego to visit our friends.  We visited City Farmers Nursery, recommended to us by Julia Wheeler.  It was the perfect play date where the kiddos learned about and planted seasonal veggies.  The nursery is such a hidden gem and they provided the perfect setting for our get together as well as the guidance for the seasonal plantings. 

For anyone interested in throwing their own fall planting party, the nursery gave us a list of seasonal veggies to plant.  Some of which include carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes and peas.  Your local nursery should be able to provide some other tips for other veggies that will work in your particular climate.

Now keep scrolling for all of the cuteness with photos by Jennie Corti

This shoot is also featured today on 100 Layer Cakelet

We started out or day with these adorable littles all styled to perfection by Bianca of Bink & Boo and Sunny & Cheer.  She has the perfect eye for vintage and I love the pieces she found for this shoot.  

Now can we talk about the talent that is Brittany, owner of Studio BDR?!  She created this gorgeous invite, the adorable place cards and did all of the calligraphy.  I love her refreshing style and the look of her lettering.

The setting couldn’t be more perfect at City Farmers, that tree is so incredibly beautiful!  It’s an eclectic space with cute little spots around every corner.  We found this little table to hang out at, and set it up for the little ones.  With tabletop from Hostess Haven and gorgeous flowers by Rooted & Wild it couldn’t get much prettier…

Nothing like some pies and donut holes for a little brunch…  Sugar high can commence in 3, 2, 1….

Thank you Butter & Crumbs for so much yum and for keeping our littles on their toes ;)

Now time to plant!!  The kids loved getting their hands dirty and planting their seeds. We bought the seeds at the nursery and had them let us know which veggies would grow best in our climate.  Each little one got their own personalized planting box, how fun is that?!

After we were done planting, it was time for some play!  The nursery has a little play area complete with a see saw, swings and a play house.  It was the perfect way to wind down after all that hard work planting of course!

Kicking off fall in the best way with our kids, can’t wait to keep this list going!!!



Thank you to everyone below!!!


Event Styling & Design: Jacquelyn Kazas from Beijos Events

Creative Direction: Julia Wheeler

Outfits: Bink & BooSunny & Cheer VintageGunn & Swain Mexican Dresses

Photos: Jennie Corti 

Florals: Rooted & Wild

Invite & Calligraphy: Studio BDR

Table top rentals: Hostess Haven

Desserts: Butter & Crumbs

Venue: City Farmers Nursery


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At Home with Jessica Hetherington of She and Wolf

One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow has to be Jessica Hetherington’s, She and Wolf.  Jessica is a mom of two who inspires me to live my life fully and with grace.  She had her second around the same time I had Cruz and I’ve loved seeing how her and her family adjusted so seamlessly to it.  Jessica and her husband Thomas lived in a beautiful home in Montana and recently moved this past summer.  Since then they’ve been living quite the nomadic life and loving it.  Before they left though they shot these photos and are sharing them with us today!  Keep reading to hear more from this beautiful Mama and her adorable family…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family…

We are a little family of four living in nature and close to the mountains in Montana. We’ve lived in San Diego and in NYC so we thought this spot would be a beautiful change. 

Following you and your brood on Instagram this past year you have lead a nomadic life, talk to us about that and why you love it!

I love being outside and it’s so good for our babies too. It instantly resets your mind, body and soul. I love that Goldie and River can see deer right out our window, catch fish in the River and roam in wide open spaces. We definitely love being on the go to experience other types of life too, beach life in San Diego and city life in NYc. The culture and diversity is a great learning experience for Goldie and I figure we have one more year to travel around until she starts kindergarten. So, we’re trying to live it up!

We know you recently moved out of your beautiful Montana home, why was that space so special to you?

The space was so amazing for us because we had just moved away from our teeny tiny apartment in NYC, we loved it there but we were really craving space and nature. We took a trip to Montana for Christmas and found this giant home for almost half the price of our NYC apartment. We were like….done! So many wonderful memories were made in that home. Goldie had her second birthday there, she finished potty training, learned how to fish in our backyard and we had sweet baby River there.  Those first few days there, those memories are priceless. 

River’s nook in your home was so adorable, talk to us about the design of it…

There was kind of this weird closet type space in our bedroom and I thought…a crib would fit perfect and it’s right by our bed. I wanted it to be earthy and bright so I found objects from outside, textured whites and mirrors. I loved it so much. Gosh I miss that little nook!

How has the past year been adding another baby to the family?  How did Goldie adjust?

Adding a second truly rocked my world at first. It was such a huge adjustment for Goldie and I. Goldie was definitely a little jealous and trying to find her place with the new dynamic. She acted out and I had a really hard time dealing with that because I was like…”Goldie don’t do that!” but I knew she was just having a hard time and couldn’t express her feelings in words. But now, now that he smiles, plays and looks at her like she’s the coolest sister on the planet the world seems just right and full of love again. It took a good 6 months though, totally worth the wait :) 

What is your favorite part about being a mom and what is the most challenging?

My favorite is watching River and Goldie love on one another. I feel like, we created these two beaming souls and there’s so much love!!! I want ten of them when I watch them be so sweet with one another, like right now until they fight or make each other cry then I’m like, two, two is good for now haha

The most challenging. Balance. Feeling like I need to give enough to the babies equally, Thomas and me. Let’s not forget me! I used to be the best at self care, now I think….when did I have time to even shave my legs last? It’s all part of the gig though. I think that’s why I love getting outside with my family

So much because we are together, running around, laughing on a natural high together. All the small stuff disappears. 

What is next for you and your family?!

Gosh, we really are not planners but I think we just found a really cool space to rent for the rest of the year. I’ll find out this week and I can’t wait to share. The space has always been a dream of mine!

Can’t wait to see it!!  Thanks so much for sharing with us Jess!



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By on September 26, 2017 in FAMILY, HOME, LIFESTYLE, NURSERY


Boho Eclectic Nursery and Big Boy Room for the Blashaw Family

My husband and my dear friends JD & Jaimee Blashaw welcomed their second son this past June.  They named him Nate James, which happens to be my husband’s name so he was of course over the moon!  Their older son Jude is just a few weeks younger than Court and JD is Court’s god father.  We’ve been friends long before babies and needless to say, this family is very special to me.

Jaimee was working on Nate’s nursery with her friend Raven Pugh, owner of Coral & Hide, leading up to his arrival.  I got a sneak peek of all the cuteness and fell in love!!  When the time came for newborn photos I recommended the talented Nea Nabayan to Jaimee, but had her promise I could use them for the blog!  When I saw it all I knew I had to share it with our readers so you could see Raven’s talent and be inspired just like me!

Keep scrolling for a little bit from both Jaimee and Raven, and of course all of the gorgeous photos by Nea Nabayan…

 From Mama Jaimee Blashaw…

Tell us about you and your adorable family… 

I don’t even know where to start in talking about my family because I could drone on and on and easily bore everybody reading this so I’ll keep it short(ish)and sweet. 

My husband and I married six years ago, we live in Mission Viejo and have two boys — Jude and Nate. 
We’re a family of goofballs and if anyone ever spent an entire day in our house watching our antics they’d likely find us crazy. We enjoy Saturday morning cartoon cuddles and donut runs, evening scooter walks and trips to Disneyland. 
Jude is 3 and is the sweetest, most strong-willed boy ever. He loves to sing and dance, play dinosaurs and is obsessed with horses. 
Nate is 12 weeks old and such a little nugget. I want to just squeeze him all of the time. He’s a pretty great baby and looks just like his daddy. He rolls already and is so strong. His smile is just the BEST.

How has it been welcoming another little man into your brood?

I was really apprehensive about baby No. 2 when I was pregnant. I was nervous I couldn’t love anyone as much as I love Jude. I was certain I’d have a favorite child right off the bat, and I felt guilty for that. Everyone told me your heart grows to make room to equally love both. In the back of mind mind, I thought that was impossible. 
Turns out, my mommy friends were right. It’s amazing! 

 I love, love, love being a mom of boys and I have yet to find anything that tops little boy bear hugs.

What is so special to you about capturing this time in your life?

It’s cliche because it’s true — it goes so fast. I roll my eyes at myself when I say it.  They’re only little for so long so I really try to soak it all in — except during those times my boys are being total nightmares.  I wish those moments away faster and hope to forget them. Ha!

What was your inspiration for baby Nate’s nursery?

I had no inspiration. None. That was my problem.  I found the print of the alpaca from Lila and Lola on Etsy and decided I loved it, and that’s where I stopped.  

Why did you decide to hire a designer to help with his room?

This pregnancy was different for me. I didn’t feel as excited the second time around and I didn’t get that nesting instinct I remember so vividly having with Jude. I knew I needed to get the nursery done and also get Jude his new big boy room, but I didn’t know where to start. 
I had started a wonderful new job and felt as if I had no energy left to focus on getting ready for the baby. Everything I had was going to spending quality time with Jude and making sure I was performing well at work. 
I felt frustrated, and the task of getting both of the rooms together seemed so daunting. And, even though I’d like to think I have good taste, I do not have an eye for design.
So, we hired Raven – owner of Coral and Hide
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this process it’s that designers have a true gift. It’s an artistic talent to be able to envision a space and make it come to life. After seeing the process, I have so much respect for the profession. And it also made me never want to pick anything out by myself again!
I showed her the alpaca picture I liked for the nursery. For Jude’s room, there was a Kevin Russ horse portrait I bought (and it was completely the wrong size, by the way, but she made it work!) 
That was all Raven had to go off of. 
And, on top of that, she had to work with some pieces we wanted to keep because we didn’t quite have the budget to redo everything. Now that I think back, that is probably a challenge for a designer because they can’t execute the full scope of their talent when they have to work with some furniture that might be outdated or not the style they would prefer for the space. But it speaks to Raven’s talent that she can take the existing pieces and create something that looks like this. 
When Raven showed me the design boards for the rooms, I cried. And if you know me, you know I am NOT a crier. It felt like the greatest stress relief. Everything was so beautiful and perfect and exactly the feel I wanted. 

What are your favorite aspects of his nursery?

I love how light and bright the nursery is. That wallpaper – what?! It’s to die for. Obsessed. The bright colors in the rug against the neutral palette of everything else is just amazing. 
Jude’s room feels so rich to me, and I love that. It has a subtle western feel to it that I think is unique for a toddler’s room.  The rug is definitely a feature to boast about. It’s a vintage rug from Turkey, and there is only one rug like it in the world. There’s something very cool about that. 
I feel happy when I walk into both rooms every day and I think that should be the goal of room design, right?

It can be hard on big brother when a new sibling comes along, how did you make his new big boy room special?

I tried to get him really excited about the idea of graduating to a big boy bed and that seemed to work. He also is pretty obsessed with horses so I picked a horse portrait that I knew he would love and showed it to him before moving him into the room. I showed him where it would go on the wall and told him we’d hang it when his room was ready for him.  

When the rooms were finished, he was confused at first because we had him physically move rooms. (His dad and I really didn’t want to disassemble a bed and a crib to switch them around. High-five for lazy parenting. Ha!) I was a little worried it would be too much change for him, but he actually handled it really well. By night two, he was loving his big boy room! 

From Designer and Owner of Coral & Hide, Raven Pugh…

Tell us a little bit about you and your company…
 I’m also the mama of two little boys and have a pretty amazing husband to go along with them. My youngest son just started preschool and I’ve found that to be a complete game changer in this thing called parenting. Hello solo grocery runs, walking the aisles of Target with a hot coffee, and a quiet backseat! 
I had the amazing opportunity of working for Kathryn Miller Interiors and Design for several years. Working with her was hard work but also a lot of play! She made design exciting and fun. She was an amazing mentor and taught me so much about the nitty gritty of owning a business. 
After taking some time off to be with my youngest before starting school, I was contacted by friends who wanted help with little things around their homes. I’d get a text with a picture of a couch asking if I liked it or asking if I could help accessorize a room. Of course I wanted to help my friends and I began realizing I still had an itch for design! With the encouragement of those friends and my family I decided it was time to start my own design company. The referrals started coming in and I was off. The timing was perfect and I’ve had so much fun getting my business started! 
We love baby Nate’s nursery!  How did you and Jaimee work together on it?
Jaimee bought the adorable alpaca print and I immediately knew it was going to be fun working with her. There were a few pieces she wanted to use from her first son’s nursery and besides those I had free rein! Which is the best for letting a designer do their thing. I knew she wanted a bright/neutral room with some pops of color so that’s the direction I took on the room.

Where do you begin when designing a room?

 It changes with every client. After meeting with my clients I take everything they talked about wanting or liking and start sourcing those pieces. Sometimes a client wants to add cool art, a vintage rug, or tons of PILLOWS! That’s where I start, then the room comes together while making those special pieces the star of the show. 

Can you give us any of the sources of some of the amazing pieces you chose?

 Molly Wood Garden and Designs. If you ever get a chance to visit one of her shops in Costa Mesa or Laguna Beach you will fall in love! She sources amazing accessories, plants, and art to name a few that are all one of a kind. She is also one of the nicest people. The  pieces I find at her shop always make a room come together and are usually some of my favorite aspects.

What do you find to be the greatest difficulty and triumph with being a designer?

 Every job is very personal to a client. Sometimes the client may want to change my favorite part of the design but remembering the way it feels coming home to a place you love is important when making these changes. In the end, when a client tells you how much they loving walking in their doors that is all that matters. 

We love how both boy’s rooms flow together but are unique to each little man, how did you approach Jude’s room to be different and cater to an toddler?

The transition from a nursery into a big boy room can be stressful on everyone involved. Making it fun for Jude was the main goal. His love for animals really helped in selecting items for his room. We used a few things Jaimee already had that worked in nicely with the design. The vintage rug is colorful and at the same time so grown up. Everything I selected for his room will transition with him as he continues to grow. I just love how it turned out! 

What was the best part about designing these rooms?

 The tears. I do it for the tears. Haha! When Jaimee told me she cried I knew I captured her vision and I had all the feels with her. I also loved getting pictures of sweet baby Nate in his room when he came home from the hospital. Nothing was better than those moments. 

Thank you for sharing ladies!!!  Those two boys are beyond lucky!!  Can’t wait to see what you do next Raven!




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