Entries Tagged as 'At Home'

Tropical with Wayfair

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Hi friends! Is anyone else constantly in a state of thinking-about-vacation mode? It’s been so cold and gray in San Francisco lately and I’m craving a beach vacation – warm weather, palm trees and sand and turquoise-y blue water, fruity cocktails, no to-do lists or calendar invites. Hawaii is on my list and I’m always down to go back to Mexico or the Caribbean. Sigh.

I’ve tried to bring in some tropical and vacation-y vibes into our apartment like recently moving Eric’s teal surfboard into the living room, hanging palm tree and ocean prints in both our bedroom and the hallway and displaying ALL OF THE PINEAPPLE THINGS. Isn’t it funny (and amazing) how trendy and cool pineapples are now? How did this happen?! I love it though.

Wayfair recently asked me to curate a few of my favorite tropical-themed home decor items and I wanted to share some below with you! In the future, I would LOVE to have a patio or back porch where I could really play up the tropical theme with tiki torches, palm tree pillows and more.

Here’s some of my favorite tropical, tiki bar-inspired goodies from Wayfair! All of the items below are clickable/shoppable in case you want to add any into your home!

thank you wayfair for partnering on this post!

10 Day Health Challenge – Summer Menu!

Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016

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Hi everyone!

I’ve shared about the 10 Day Health Challenge before when it first launched it and have always admired one of the founders Claudine’s drive and energy and LOVED all of her food. Her Instagram @cookingclaudine is one of my very favorites to follow! The 10 Day Health Challenge is a program Claudine and her business partner Haley put together that consists of a 10-Day whole food meal plan and grocery list, nutritional support and a community of likeminded people who also want to get healthier and feel more empowered to cook and eat well. The challenge removes all processed foods, sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol and coffee from your diet for 10 days. This isn’t like a juice cleanse where you aren’t eating – you are fueling your body with GOOD foods and seriously, you would be surprised how easy some of the recipes are to make (and how delicious meals can be, even without bread and cheese!).

I was super excited to partner with them earlier this week to bring some amazing bloggers together to learn more about the 10 Day Health Challenge, talk about health and wellness and eating well, and enjoy meal from the 10 Day Health Challenge summer guide. We hosted the event at Claudine’s beautiful apartment (seriously – look at that table!)

Here’s what the menu for the 10 Day Health Challenge summer dinner party was – and check out the photos of the meal and dessert below! All of the food was SO good and I finished the meal feeling full and content, without at all feeling stuffed or bloated. It was so refreshing!

Claudine’s signature Buckwheat Crackers with Macadamia and Sun Dried Tomato Spread
Cauliflower Crust Pizza with summer squash
Cauliflower Tabouli
Spinach Falafel with Tahini over Arugula Salad
Chocolate Cashew Cream with raspberries, cacao, and bee pollen

I know 10 days can feel pretty daunting (or at least it does for me a little bit!), so there’s also a FREE 3-Day Health Challenge for you HERE if you’re interested. If you’re up for the challenge of trying out the full 10 Day Summer Health Challenge that kicks off August 1st, get 10% off with the code SUMMER10. Sign up HERE.

If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to end your day with a cheese plate for dinner and a glass (or two..) of wine every night. Because they are both delicious and amazing. And because, duh. BUT – I’m going to try to stretch my eating/drinking habits and challenge myself to eating (and drinking) a lot cleaner and healthier. I haven’t decided if I am going to do the FULL 10 days or do the 3 day or if I am going to swap out all breakfasts and lunches for 10HC meals or how I’ll exactly modify, but that’s why I love the program Haley and Claudine put together. You have the ability to LEARN what you should be putting in your body (and what you shouldn’t), and be equipped to prepare those meals for yourself and take the learnings and go out into your regular, day-to-day life.

Oh! And make sure to follow @10DayHealthChallenge on Instagram!

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Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2016



First of all, hi! Thank you all for your kind words, tips and recommendations from my post about my acne issues. I was so encouraged by FB, Instagram and blog comments and a bunch of emails from people, saying that they were also struggling with adult acne. It’s amazing knowing we’re not alone in our body image struggles, amiright?!

I am going to compile some of the tips and products I heard about from a lot of people soon, but today, want to share about ALL THINGS CHARCOAL! I was recently chatting with my friend Brooke about skincare and the benefits of charcoal and afterwards, decided to investigate more and try out some charcoal products! According to allure, “Activated charcoal, carbon that’s been treated to increase its absorbency, isn’t new. It’s been used in hospital emergency rooms for years to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can. The theory behind including activated charcoal in beauty products is similar: It’ll act like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. Activated charcoal is especially useful if you live in a city, where your skin is constantly bombarded with pollutants.”

In addition to absorbing oil and dirt, other benefits of activated charcoal are that it makes pores less visible and cleaner, helps treat acne, soothes skin irritations like cuts, scrapes and bug  bites and MORE! {Read more here}

Here’s a round-up of some skincare products with activated charcoal! From top left, clockwise:

FIG + YARROW Organic Clay Mask – $23 // This mask is a dusty black powder that you can mix with water (or, according to allure, mix with aloe for soothing, yogurt for softening). it’s best for oily skin, because it also contains oil-absorbing kaolin clay and is good not only for your face, but neck, chest and back.

Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing Bar – $28 // I discovered Beautycounter from my friend Brooke and am obsessed with everything I’ve tried from the brand. All of their products are clean, safe, chemical-free, etc. – something MOST makeup and skin care brands AREN’T! This charcoal bar “detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion.” It’s made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil.

Beautycounter’s Purifying Charcoal Mask – $45 // Another Beautycounter gem that I need to try out! This mask “gently exfoliates, draws out impurities, and soothes the skin. The formula helps improve skin’s overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity.” According to their site, 90% of people reported “skin feeling clean and renewed”, 94% reported that “the mask absorbed excess oils” and 97% reported “refined and smoothed skin” after just two weeks!

LUSH Coalface Cleansing Charcoal Bar – $14 // I’ve been a long-time LUSH fan and heard great things about this Coalface bar! It’s best for combination to oily faces. The powdered charcoal “absorbs excess sebum and acts as a mild exfoliator, while rosewood and sandalwood oils reduce redness and clear up blemishes.”

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar – $12 // I just bought this bar in Nashville because I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, but have LOVED the results from using it daily so far! The soap bar “deeply cleanses, exfoliates, and detoxifies, working especially well with oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin types. ” Herbivore products are also vegan, formulated without gluten, cruelty-free, and 100 percent natural.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – $26 // This is a charcoal mask that “draws out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers” helping with dullness and uneven skin texture. It was the #1 selling mask a few years ago and still is a top seller at Sephora. You can also get a mini version for only $4 at Sephora that you can use 3-5 times with one container!

Have you tried any charcoal skincare products? Would love to hear your recommendations!

tips for organizing your bookshelves

Posted on: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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You may have noticed on Instagram that we recently put up new bookshelves in our living room! Our friends gave us these West Elm brackets and we had two slats of wood that Eric had previously sanded and stained, so we put it all together and voilà! Hello new bookshelves and goodbye, black, bulky IKEA bookshelf! While I am definitely not a designer or home decor expert, I wanted to share a few simple tips for organizing your bookshelves, plus share a few photos of our current and older versions of my bookshelves. I’d love to know if you have any special bookshelf organizing tips or tricks – share in the comments!

ORGANIZE BOOKS STRATEGICALLY / CREATIVELY: my personal favorite way to organize books is by color, as evidenced by pretty much all of the photos in this post. Grouping books together by color is a great way to divide shelves and add a fun pop to the shelves. I tend to putting the books with the prettiest or most unique binding on the living room and keep the books that aren’t-so-pretty, but are still important to me, in my bedroom.

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THINK ABOUT LAYOUT: Alternate organizing books horizontally and vertically to add some visual interest to the shelves. Right now, with the hanging shelves in our apartment, I have all books standing vertically, but with our last round of bookshelves (the black bookcase below), we alternated the way we positioned the books.
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ACCESSORIZE! ADD THINGS OTHER THAN BOOKS TO YOUR SHELVES: trinkets, tchotchkes, whatever you want to call them – add them! I have some gifted bookends that are currently on our main hanging bookshelves – the wooden globes on the top shelf and the gold doves acting as bookends on the bottom shelf. Both of these were gifts from my mom.

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ADD GREENERY: adding greenery to your bookshelves (and arguably, anywhere in your home) is a great way to add life to the space. I personally like the way ferns look, as they hang over the shelf and add some great height, color and texture to the shelves. I also like to keep peonies on the shelf when in season, but you could add any type of plants or succulents to make the shelves pop!
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THINK ABOUT THE SPACE AROUND THE BOOKSHELVES: in my first apartment, I had a white IKEA bookshelf placed next to an older trunk basket from the flea market. I would think of the two as a set and try to arrange accordingly – take the photo below as an example. I would put fresh flowers next to the bookshelf, rather than on it (not enough room!) and also place pretty books next to the flowers on the trunk. In my current apartment, we have a gold bart cart under our hanging bookshelves and a big plant next to it. I love the way it looks!

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