Monday, December 1, 2014

Rue Magazine + Cuyana

Hi everyone! This Wednesday, Rue Magazine + Cuyana are hosting a fun holiday event in downtown San Francisco and I'd love to see you there! The Cuyana showroom is stunning and has a picture-perfect view of the Union Square Christmas tree. (Eeee!) There will be plenty of shopping, bubbly, and FREE monogramming. It's the perfect time to cross a few gifts off of your list (or maybe pick up something for yourself).

If you're able to attend, RSVP here. I'll see you there!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

LOOKING BACK: Thanksgiving 2013

The last two years, Tim and I spent Thanksgiving in San Francisco. While we both have families that whole-heartedly celebrate the holiday (his in Seattle, mine in Boise), we opted to save money by only traveling once during the holiday season. Christmas was to be with our folks, and Thanksgiving we stayed here.

The first year, it seemed a little weird at first - like we were picking a random day on the calendar and calling it "Thanksgiving." (Crazy how different it feels when your mom isn't waking you up with coffee and Christmas music shaking the house?! I guess this is adulthood.) Once we got used to it, we quickly understood what a special memory we would have.

By year two (last year), we realized we had created traditions.  Holiday rolls & mimosas in the morning, football in the park, and cooking our own Thanksgiving menu. (Heavy on the stuffing, light on the green bean casserole.)  I'll admit that last year, we sort of cheated and ordered the main courses pre-made from Whole Foods. But - that's like THE most delicious meal ever and made our lives a little easier. Our friend Kyle joined us and looking back, I think the three of us agree that it was one of the best days we've had in San Francisco.... maybe ever? Kyle took a few great photos that I never shared. I figured, on the eve of another Thanksgiving - what better time than now?

This year, we've got a little something different planned. I can't wait to share! Wishing you & your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving.


All image credits: Kyle Kirchhoff 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Engagement Party in a Box

Tim and I have been engaged for almost 8 months now. [What the heck? EIGHT.] And I realized I haven't done a very good job blogging about engaged life/wedding planning/etc. #OOPS. I am hoping to change that since writing on this blog has been one of my favorite hobbies and I'm always so bummed when I neglect it. In addition, I have a lot of [unexpected] thoughts on wedding planning and the wedding industry in general, so I hope I'm able to carve out time for this more often.

First up, I wanted to share one of the best engagement gifts we received. Tim's best friend [Dan] and his beautiful wife [Samantha] live in Seattle, where Tim grew up. Samantha and I have grown close over the years and I'm always in awe of her talents. [She is a DIY queen. Seriously, you can see their amazing wedding here.] A few days after we arrived back from Mexico, we received a huge box from Washington. Inside was basically an engagement party so that Samantha and Dan could celebrate with us from afar!

The package was filled with wedding magazines, nail polish, champagne, cigars, glassybaby candle holders, and The Newlywed Cookbook. It was so much fun to open each gift and it really felt like an actual party. It also made our engagement seem more "real." Of course, we always knew it was real... but we'd been floating on Cloud 9 - and a few waves in the Caribbean - so we hadn't had a chance to let the reality set in. It brought us down to earth in San Francisco and let us celebrate the moment whole-heartedly.

I absolutely LOVE this concept for gifts. While it's never required to go above and beyond when giving someone a present, there is something so much more fun about opening multiple small gifts in one big box. It's exciting! Since many of my close friends live in different states, I will definitely be stealing this idea from Samantha in the future - whether it's for birthdays, holidays, engagements or promotions. It's the best way to party when you can't hop on a plane!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

At Home With Refinery29!

A few months ago, Refinery29's talented San Francisco editor [Angela Tafoya] contacted me with a total dream offer- they wanted to feature our apartment! Of course, it got a little daunting after that... she said I would be in the pictures, too. If you haven't noticed, I've taken a bit of a hiatus on blogging and "sharing my style," so I can fully admit I was INTIMIDATED.

However, I've been reading Refinery for...basically ever. I knew I couldn't pass up an opportunity like this. Angela arrived with the very talented Anna Alexia-Basile and the shoot was a blast. Even little Roxanne got in on the action! I know this might be old news, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite images from the feature here:

Blouse: Piperlime // Jeans: AG // Clogs: Sol Sana // Bracelets: Gold & Gray

Dress: Gap // Sneakers: Converse 

Top: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: Katie Dean Jewelry

Top: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: Citizens of Humanity 

MAJOR thank you to Angela + Anna for making me look so cool. To see the FULL TOUR, visit Refinery 29 here.

[All images shot by Anna Alexia-Basile for Refinery29.]

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Outdoor Living

Even though I grew up in a small city, primarily made up of suburbs, I've found that urban living is a great fit for my personality. I always dreamt of living in "the big city" [which one? I knew not] and having a corner market downstairs and a coffee shop and taking taxis everywhere. [Is that the romanticized version or WHAT?!] But seriously, whether my vision was built on reruns of SATC or not, it panned out pretty close to accurate.

I love the energy of city life. There is always something going on. Endless restaurants and bars, entertainment, events... Last weekend I went to a magic show, a food festival, and Fred Armisen stand up. How is this real life? I also LOVE not having a car. Walking everywhere is the best thing in the world and while sure, my feet do have 1 or more blisters at all times, I've enjoyed that time getting to know this gorgeous place. Last month marked my 2 year anniversary [how did that happen you guys??], so Tim and I spent a little time reflecting. After all, I was essentially yanked from an adorable little house in Boise's North End and plopped down in the middle of a huge metropolitan area without a job or a clue. In hindsight, that could have been a real disaster. I'm immensely grateful that it worked out.

However, we also talked about the things I really miss. Nachos at Matador, riding my bike downtown, and... having a private outdoor space. At my old house, I had a charming front porch and a sprawling back patio. I had a choice of either! I loved having breakfast out front and lounging in the shade with a pile of magazines. Or having wine before we went out for dinner. Or getting a little sun on my legs. I mean, it was the best. Here, I've got a rickety fire escape that isn't suitable for escaping from a fire, let alone lounging. We do have access to our rooftop, but it's 1. A shared space and 2. Incredibly windy. I have thought about putting some work in up there, but plants won't really take the wind very well and I don't want to invest a bunch of my [nonexistent] money for a community space. 

To make myself feel better, I spend as much time outdoors as possible. I walk through Golden Gate Park or go on hikes in Mill Valley. I picnic at Alamo Square or whale watch at Ocean Beach. And to feel better about having to share those experiences with the general public, I peruse Pinterest for the best patios ever. And then I get slightly sad, but then very excited for my next home. Here are a few of the outdoor spaces that make my heart beat a little faster. Which one is your favorite?

Image Credits: One // Two // Three // Four // Five 

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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

RAFFLE: Original Artwork by Timothy Lamb

Hey everyone! Exciting news about a RAFFLE:

As many of you know, my fiancĂ© Tim is a very talented artist. In fact, it's what he does for a living! He gets a lot of requests to sell his personal artwork, and it's a rare occasion that he actually does. This week, however, he's got TWO original paintings up for grabs. In order to reach our fundraising goals for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, he's raffling these off. For details [and to see the second painting], visit his Tumblr account here. Any donations will help, and your name will be entered to win the painting of your choice. Good art + a good cause. What else could you want?

**If you've already donated and would like the chance to enter... please email me your information & the painting you're gunnin' for! THANK YOU for your support!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Club: Where'd You Go Bernadette, Parts Five-Seven

Here are the FINAL QUESTIONS for our Book Club! [Can you believe it came & went so fast?] SPOILER ALERTS BELOW, & questions in the comments! ALSO... stay tuned since we'll be having a Twitter Chat about the book soon. :)

1. Did you think Bernadette had died? Were you hopeful that they'd find her, or did you think Bee was heading down the same erratic, obsessive path as her mother?

2. The book is about a woman who disappears, both literally and figuratively. Were you able to relate to this? Do you feel that her situation was unique, or did it accurately represent women who "disappear" into motherhood and marriage?

3. The trip was the cause of meltdowns for Bernadette, but ended up being exactly what she needed. How do the other characters experience their own breakthroughs?

4. The book ends somewhat open-ended. What do you foresee happening in the future between this family, specifically- Bernadette & Elgie?

5. Were you satisfied with the ending?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pretty in Pink

[image credits: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6]

Perhaps it's the yearly resurgence of peonies, but I am finding myself gravitating towards all things pink these days. Now, let it be known that I don't always crush on the rosy hue. My room as a 5 year old, however, would beg to tell a different story. I was a girly-girl, through and through. Pink stripes, pink dots, pink carousel horses... all perfectly coordinated with my 100% pink wardrobe. Fierce!

These days, I think that pink is a little edgier than my 5 year old self would have been comfortable with. Yet maybe that's why I'm so obsessed? I love seeing pink sprinkled into even the most androgynous interiors & when fashionistas pair it with dusty hues.

While perusing my Pinterest boards, I noticed a theme & wanted to bring that inspiration to the blog. Above, you'll find my favorite pink pin-spiration, and below? All the blushing items on my wish list. What do you think of the controversial color??