Monday, February 27, 2012

Bestie Birthday Brunch

Birthday Girl

Last Sunday I got to escape to Sausalito in celebration of dear bestie Annie's 30th birthday.  We all met up at Le Garage (delicious!) and had a leisurely brunch.

It was a great time catching up with old friends and soaking up the much needed girl time.

Happy birthday month Annie!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Hot cocoa

One of my favorite treats to give to myself is drinking hot chocolate in bed. 

It's so cozy to have my little cup of cocoa at my bedside table while I snuggle into bed with a book.

What are some of your favorite treats?

Thursday, February 23, 2012


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I was absolutely enamored when I stumbled across the website Tattly on sho & tell.  They have the coolest temporary tattoos! I love the idea of using tattoos as an accessory, but not having to commit for a lifetime.  I could spend a while on this site, looking through all the different designers and modes of applying. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hair cut

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I see a hair cut in my future.  Not just any hair cut, one that is actually above my shoulders. 
I really like the style and length of these two.
Any thoughts?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Canal skating

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When I was growing up one of my fantasies was that the streets would turn to ice and I could happily ice skate wherever I wanted to go.  I even dreamed about it once, and it was one of those dreams where you wake up disappointed that it wasn't actually reality. 
So, I was so excited to see these pictures of people in Amsterdam skating down the canals!  Amsterdam is cool enough with unfrozen canals, and the fact that it gets cold enough to allow ice skating around town ~ well, I just might have to have a winter home there!  {In my dreams, of course}.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dream Career

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I really enjoy asking people what their dream career is.   
Not just "what do you want to be when you grow up," but more along the lines of "if the sky were the limit, what would you be doing for a living?"

Some of the answers I have gotten include symphony conductor, firefighter and gardener.  

I would be a movie actress.

What is your dream career?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Paris Love

I have been listening to the Duo Gadjo station on Pandora all week, and it plays French-sounding music (for lack of a better way to describe it).  It helps keep my mood up at work, as I picture myself working away in a Parisian coffee shop with a coffee and a croissant in hand. 

It also makes me feel nostalgic for the few days Dietrich and I spent in Paris on our European holiday.  Hmm, better add Paris to my vacation wish list.

P.S.  Do you know of any French singers/musicians that I can add to my Pandora station for more variety?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Washing Your Hair Backwards

I tried something truly revolutionary recently. 

Inspired by this post from No More Dirty Looks, I washed my hair backwards - conditioner first, shampoo second.  I was very pleased with the results, it was the best air-dry hair day I had in a while.   

I loved massaging the conditioner into my moisture starved scalp - something that I was always told not to do to preserve volume and prevent oiliness.  Using the shampoo after the conditioner rinses out the heaviness of the conditioner, but somehow preserves the moisture.  

I highly recommend trying this!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Morning Routine

Today, I'd like to share my morning routine with you:

I wake up between 5:15 and 5:30 to the "harp" ring.
I go upstairs, make coffee and scramble two eggs.
I sit down at the dining room table with  my coffee and eggs and write my morning pages.
If there is time, I'll turn on my computer and check email and visit my favorite blogs and news sites.

Then I get ready for the gym.

After my workout it's strictly business as I rush to shower, eat again, pack lunch and get to work by 9:00 - which happens very rarely ;)

I'm a major creature of habit, so I tend to feel out of sorts if I don't get to go through my usual motions in the a.m.  While I do think it's important to have some quiet time to yourself (which my morning routine accomplishes), I also strive to be able to adapt when my routine goes by the wayside for whatever reason.

Do you have any routines that you cherish?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Love Day

My Valentine
Happy Valentine's Day dear ones!  There has been so many inspiring love day links around the web.  Here are some of my favorites:

A romantic breakfast

Heart shaped bacon 
A craft night with friends.

How to feel gorgeous on a date.

I hope you all have a lovely day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wedding Album

On Saturday I come home from work to find our wedding album that we ordered and I absolutely love it! 

 I am so grateful for our amazing photographer, Christina Richards.  Not only did she capture our wedding (and portraits) with the best candid shots, but she helped me to pick out snapshots for the album which turned out beautifully.

She also included a tiny companion album, that Dietrich suggested we keep on our bedside table. :)

I'm so glad we have this wonderful keepsake now.
Thank you Christina!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Happy Weekend

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As I head to the office today I'm wishing it looked more like this picture...both the decor and my attire!  I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  Dietrich and I plan to put some work into our built in bookshelves this weekend.  Photos to come soon!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Simple Makeup

I have never been one to wear makeup on a regular basis.  This is partly due to laziness and partly lack of know how in application.  However, I do find that a little bit of makeup makes me feel more polished, especially in my professional life.  I love this simple tutorial from the Beauty Department on applying makeup for a natural look.  I simplified it even further to include only the following products:

I love how so few products, in such a simple application can make a big difference.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I'm not even two weeks into tax season and I'm already dreaming of our next vacation.  I have some ideas, some slightly more realistic than others.

I would love to stay with friends at this house in Cabo to celebrate my 30th birthday.

My good friend Nicole just returned from her honeymoon in Dominica, and raved about it.

Ever since I saw Joanna chronicle her weekend getaway to Turks and Caicos it's been bookmarked in my travel folder.

My father-in-law just sent us a link to this island in Belize.

I once stayed at the Viceroy Palm Springs for a girls getaway and would love to bring Dietrich there. 

I would also love a quick escape to Big Sur to relax at Ventana Inn

Do you have any ideas?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dream Work Wardrobe

Casual Friday

With all the hours I have been working lately, my tried and true work pieces are feeling a little drab.  I have been dreaming of some new pieces from J. Crew.   It's my go-to site for inspiration in putting together new outfits and shopping for new clothes.  I love these looks!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Brunch with Friends

Last Sunday Annie and Maya came down to Santa Cruz to have brunch with me and my sister.  We went to Cafe Sparrow in Aptos, and it was delicious! 

I got to play with my borrowed lens.

After brunch we went for a walk around my neighborhood and out to the ocean.

I love our tradition of meeting somewhere in the bay area for lunch every month or two.  Looking forward to the next time!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Something Borrowed

Today I had to say goodbye to the lenses I rented.   It was so sad!  I was especially sad to let go of this one, which these pictures were taken with. 
On the bright side, having the lenses only for the week inspired me to take lots of photos over the weekend. More to come soon!