where to go

The last week in LA has been gorgeous, but now the rain has finally arrived. Sitting inside when it’s cold and rainy makes me want to travel to someplace tropical and warm. In 2013 I decided that I missed traveling and I wanted to do more of it. I used to be a management consultant, […]

{personal} Out of the Office…


I know there hasn’t been much action recently on the blog, but we’ll be back soon!  After wedding season finished the fiance & I decided to focus on our own wedding planning before everything picked up again!  We’ve been in Maui & Lanai enjoying our “engageymoon” / wedding planning / work trip… and will be […]

{personal} A Weekend in the Country

weekend in the country, san francisco, napa, cakebread cellars, mumm, ad hoc, shaver lake

Last weekend I traveled up to San Francisco, Napa & the countryside outside of Fresno for a fun filled weekend!  It was a whirlwind trip, but it was nice to get out of the city, drink some wine, eat some good food, hang out with good friends, enjoy some fresh air and relax in the […]

Adios Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Cozumel


If you haven’t already noticed my blog in the last month has been a little sparse.  I apologize… from a week in Las Vegas (for the engage!12 wedding summit), to a week in Mexico (for a destination wedding FAM trip) to a weekend in San Francisco, I have been off traveling to learn more about […]

Pottery Barn Essentials


Today is the last day for 15% off all Pottery Barn purchases.  If you love to entertain at home, today would be a good day to buy the Caterer’s 12-Piece Box sets: dinner plates, salad plates, flatware & glassware. This 12-piece set is perfect for having around for dinner parties and it’s inexpensive (only $49 […]

Thanksgiving Wishes!


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends, food and love!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a safe holiday! Like this:Like Loading…

Breakfast Love

500 days of summer_green wedding shoes

Despite my inability to wake up early, my favorite meal is BREAKFAST!  Eggs, bacon, pancakes, french toast, cereal, coffee, mimosas… mmm…. I can eat breakfast for literally ever meal of the day and I love going (or cooking) brunch on the weekends!  My favorite breakfast item this fall are white chocolate pumpkin pancakes (thank you […]

Happy Halloween


I can’t believe it’s already Halloween… which means Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are going to come fast!  With the 75 degree So Cal beach weather, it’s hard to feel like it’s fall and the “holidays”, so to get myself in the mood I have been baking “fall” goodies.  So far it’s only been pumpkin […]

Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake Recipe (Fine Cooking)


I love Fall & Winter because it means BAKING SEASON!!!  I don’t really cook, but I do bake… and the one thing I love is ANYTHING PUMPKIN.  So I thought I’d share one of my favorite fall recipes… it makes a great Thanksgiving dessert!  This recipe is taken directly from Fine Cooking Magazine‘s November 2010 issue. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ […]

My “Family Vacation” to Washington DC

standing outside the white house

Sorry I’ve been MIA on the blogging!  After my 2 weddings in one weekend, I jetsetted off to Washington DC!  I’ve spent the last 8 days on a “family vacation” (think the Griswolds) to our nation’s capital!  It was my first time visiting so every day was packed with multiple activities, visiting politicians and seeing touristy things. […]

This Weekend… Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Spa

It’s been a while since I’ve had a relaxing vacation or even a weekend away.  This weekend I’m so excited to be going to a hidden gem: the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  I got a great deal on Jetsetter (I love my travel deals!)  It will be my first time to Ojai and I can’t […]

the FOOD of engage!11: Part Two

Photos by Mel & Co

After the first food of engage!11 post I felt like I needed to take a diet break, but that failed yesterday on my birthday with a delivery of Susie Cakes cupcakes!  So, here is a continuation of all the food at engage!11 :: the grand del mar. Day Two: Cal-a-Vie I have one word for […]

the FOOD of engage!11: Part One

{Photo taken by me}

Before I divulge in all the important knowledge and lessons I learned from engage!11 :: the grand del mar, I thought I’d mention the INCREDIBLE & AMAZING DELICIOUSNESS of the FOOD! From the opening night lawn party snacking on lobster tails to the very last-minute eating Fatburger at the Gala after party, the food at […]

Lemonade Inspired Drink Recipes


In preparation for my backyard BBQ housewarming party, I tried to compile a list of “lemonade-inspired” drinks to serve to my guests.  Here are a few of my favorites! 1. Old-Fashioned Lemonade (found on Pizzazzerie) ~ non-alcoholic 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Peel of 1 lemon Juice of 6 lemons Sliced lemons, limes and fresh […]

{travel} Luxury Travel Planning Secrets


With summer just around the corner and honeymoons & destination weddings in full force, I thought I’d share some of my favorite go-to travel websites when I’m looking for good deals.  I used to be in consulting, so business traveling was my life!  For me, maximizing frequent flyer miles and hotel points along with getting […]

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