Monday, July 21, 2014


Trust me when I say that tomorrow, you're going to want to check out Rue Magazine! We're putting the finishing touches on the ALL NEW International Issue-- featuring stunning home tours from across the globe and a dinner party that will fully ignite your wanderlust. So... are you ready to #EscapeWithRue??

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Papa!

Today, July 14, 2014, is my dad's 60th birthday! My dad, or Papa as I call him, is a very kind, wise, and thoughtful man. We've had a pretty amazing relationship my entire life. He has been my biggest supporter every step [and misstep] of the way. When I showed interest in writing, he drove me across town to the writing camp during the summer. When I was a cheerleader in junior high, he came to all of the games, not to watch the sports or chat with other parents, but to watch me cheer. When I decided I was going to be a rock star, he helped me pay for the drum set and endured countless hours of very, very loud drumming. When I decided I was going to move to San Francisco, he not only gave me his approval... but he drove the moving truck and helped me carry the boxes up two flights of stairs. When I was young, he read me To Kill A Mockingbird once a year... though it wouldn't be until I was much older that I'd recognize the similarities between Papa and Atticus. He never was one to say "I told you so," or punish me for bad choices. Instead, he has guided me through the lessons. He also went above and beyond to show me how I deserved to be treated in a relationship, and when I found someone who had my dad's approval, that meant that I had found the right man to marry. I've always been extremely aware of my unique relationship with my dad, and it makes me all the more grateful to have him in my life.

To be truthful, I could write pages & pages of the reasons I love AND respect him. But I think that pictures speak a thousand words. To celebrate the man that made me who I am today, here are a few of my favorite pictures & memories from the past few years. Happy birthday, Papa!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Hooray for Fridays! I'm super excited on this particular Friday. I'm typing from SFO, en route to Seattle to visit my BFF! One of the hardest things about moving to San Francisco was leaving all of my best friends in other states. While I've made a lot of great friends in the City by the Bay, nothing compares to those friendships that you've had for years. The best thing about relationships that stand the test of time? Location isn't really an issue, am I right? Between FaceTime, Instagram, and frequent flier miles... you can go years in different area codes & never miss a beat. I imagine this weekend will be filled with lots of great food, good jokes, and maybe [definitely] a mimosa or two. I just hope Lindy remembers how funny she is, and refrains from making jokes when I've just taken a sip. [I tend to laugh so hard I have to spit it out. Sigh.]

How are you spending the sunny Saturday & Sunday ahead??


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have: June Box

I LOVE getting things in the mail. So much that the FedEx guy remembers me and if someone gets my address wrong, he just recognizes my name and brings the package on over. From snail mail to new clothes, I just really love unboxing fun parcels. That's why my latest addiction is the POPSUGAR Must Have Box. I just received the June Box, and it was basically like Christmas morning.

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is a monthly subscription service. For $39.95 a month, you get items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food- all hand selected by POPSUGAR editors. I would say it's the best thing ever. EVER.

This month's box included:
-The One & Only by Emily Giffin: SO excited about this since I'm in search of my next book. This is the same author as "Something Borrowed" and "Baby Proof." I've heard nothing but good things about her writing and can't wait to get started.
-A $15 Credit to Native Union: I actually had never heard of this company before, but we were at the park on Sunday and our friend had a Native Union phone cover. It was really cool-- Tim loved it. I think I'll let him use the credit this time. ;)
-Sachajuan Shiny Citrus Body Lotion: I've tried Sachajuan's hair products before, and haven't been a big fan. However, this lotion is really lovely. Very moisturizing & smells great. Just in time for summer! 
-Turkish-T Towel: A perfect throw for day trips to the beach or park! And let's be honest... I'll be wearing it as a scarf all summer long. So cute!
-One Potato Two Potato Chips: Literally eating these as I type. They're not bad-- I actually usually hate flavored chips! I try not to snack too much, but I think I can make an exception for these. 
-Lollies Hair Ties: These cute hair ties are made out of swimwear material. I actually have been wearing the gray one as a bracelet-- super cute! I'm not sure if my hair would stay in all day using this as a tie, but it'd be great for the pool when you just need to pull it back for a bit. And they have a cute gold ring, so they'd make your ponytail look fancy. 
-You Smell Lemon Wet Wipes: These individually wrapped wipes are great for throwing in your purse or gym bag & using when you don't have time to shower. They smell great!

I was really impressed with the value of the box. I never would have thought to purchase these items on my own, but I am glad to be introduced to them!! It's a really cool concept and I can see myself finding my favorite products through it. And how fun would it be to open up a package every month?? It's a great way to satisfy that shopping craving without going crazy at Zara or H&M and regretting your purchases.

And great news-- you can get $10 off a 3 Month Subscription to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box! Just use code JUNESELECT10 at checkout.

Disclaimer: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.