Entries Tagged as 'Giveaways and Collaborations'

statement art + gallery wall with minted

Posted on: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Up until recently, we had the same art hanging in our apartment (#aesfnest). In our living room, above our dining table (and previously above the couch), we had four vintage prints of San Francisco. They were a gift from my parents a few years ago and while I love them, I have been itching for a change in that room. In or bedroom, we have two gallery walls on either side of the bed and I’ve changed around some of the art over the last few years, but there were still some stragglers – pieces that weren’t great or contributing to the overall aesthetic but just there.

We don’t have a ton of wiggle room when it comes to moving furniture, so the best and easiest way to change up the overall look and feel of our living room was with a massive piece of statement art. And, I decided to kill two birds withd one stone (or online order?) and update our gallery walls to. Enter: Minted (also where I’ve purchased baby shower invites, wedding save the dates, thank you notes and other smaller prints). Today, I’m excited to share the new art prints in our apartment!


For the living room, I decided to GO BIG! This abstract piece immediately caught my eye. I thought the colors and somewhat floral aesthetic in the print would really work in the room. We have some light pink accent pieces (dining chair, some kilim pillows, etc.) and obviously have tons of greenery with our little plant fam! ūüĆŅ¬†I snagged the largest size – 30″ x 40″ and decided to spend a bit more to make sure the print was matted and framed (vs. canvas print or having to get it framed myself eventually). Based on some Pinterest inspiration (looking at you, Joanna Gaines) and out of laziness, I decided to not hang the piece and instead just lean against the wall. Right now, I like it that way but might eventually hang it up above the table. The piece is called Fresh Indigo and by Tennessee-based artist Laci Fowler.

I originally snagged the second, smaller piece for the bedroom gallery walls (more on that below) but accidentally measured incorrectly. So Рfor now, that print (CURAÇAO) is hanging out in living room too, but will eventually move into bedroom when I do a larger overall of the gallery walls!

Minted art in the living rom — Fresh Indigo¬†and¬†CURA√áAO


The pieces I wanted to swap out in the bedroom were smaller – both 5″ x 7″. As mentioned, I wanted the larger 8″ x 10″ print to work with where we had existing nails (can you tell I’m lazy?) in the wall, but it didn’t fit! We’ll see if these small prints stay in their current spot or how I’ll rearrange/build onto the gallery wall once I move the larger pieces around. Similar to the statement piece in the living room, the small prints I purchased – The Layers Beneath and Summer Skies, both in white frames, were also abstract and nature-inspired with pops of color. I love the deep shades of green and turquoise with hints of blush pink in both.¬†Both of the smaller prints I added to the gallery walls in our bedroom were by Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist Lauren Packard.

Minted art in the bedroom — The Layers Beneath and Summer Skies


Thanks for reading, and thanks to Minted for partnering with me on this post and here’s links to the four art prints I snagged!

Fresh Indigo // CURAÇAO// The Layers Beneath // Summer Skies

fam photos with minted

Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hi! We recently had some family photos taken via Minted’s new Photo Op program¬†and I wanted to share them on my blog! We took our photos a few blocks around our apartment, including in Alamo Square (our go-to park for picnics and dog adventures).

Minted’s Photo Op program allows you to set up and schedule a convenient 30-minute family portrait mini session and holiday card styling for just $100. It’s a perfect and affordable way to get high-quality, professional photos that you can use for holiday cards, hang in your home, or just to keep for yourself. More details below! I really love how our photos turned out! ūüíõ


Visit Minted’s Photo Op website,¬†enter your location (this year, the service is only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, and New York Metropolitan Area) and start your Photo Op quiz.

Choose your Style –¬†Candid, Informal, or Classic. I choose Informal, which falls somewhere in between candid and classic.

Choose your “Look” – you can select the vibe you’re going for, like neighborhood stroll or monochrome or photo strip style. Or, select your “look” by location beautiful walls (cool walls as the photo backdrop), beach, in-home or on your porch.

Choose your Location – enter your address (so they can match you with a photographer in your area)

Choose designs that inspire you –¬†select from different holiday card themes and styles that inspire you. You definitely don’t have to use these designs; it’s basically a way for the Minted team to determine your style and how you might want the photos to look within a card itself.

Choose a date + time – self-explanatory ūüėČ

That’s it!


You receive an email from Minted with 10 retouched photos from the Minted team and a folder where you can download all photos from the photography session. You also will receive recommendations on Minted holiday cards that would work well with your particular photos (and get 20% off your order!). Of course, you aren’t required to order holiday cards, but this program makes it super easy to find the perfect holiday card to go with your photos. ūüéĄ

Thanks to Minted for partnering with me on this post!

Weekend Trip: Monterey County

Posted on: Friday, September 30, 2016

One of my very favorite things about living in San Francisco is how easy it is to get to some incredible places, like Yosemite, Wine Country, and Lake Tahoe, in just a short drive. Another super easy (and beautiful) drive is taking Highway 1 south to the Monterey County area. I’ve been down there several times¬†and have stayed in different areas,¬†from camping in Big Sur to different Airbnbs in small towns like Pacific Grove, Carmel and Seaside. I’ve even stayed at arguably the *best* Best Western along Highway 1 in Monterey County (LOL)!

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a lot of happy memories adventuring down to this part of California – from my first time down there ever with my mom, to getting engaged at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, to a recent visit to Monterey with my parents, E and my¬†sister. I prefer to drive down Highway 1 if we have time, because the views are so stunning. I swear, every five minutes, I’m like PULL OVER! GOTTA TAKE A PIC!

At beach in Seaside!

At beach in Seaside!

Seaside, California

Now let’s talk food. When we’ve camped or stayed right in Big Sur, an¬†absolute must has been¬†going to Big Sur Bakery for ANY meal, or at the very least, pastries. Nepenthe is another great spot for sunset #magichour views and snacks.¬†Here’s some other good food and drink recommendations¬†for this area!¬†One place on my list to try out is Big Sur Taphouse – I’ve heard amazing things from friends. When near the town of Monterey, I like to walk down the boardwalk (even though it’s soooo touristy) and try clam chowder. ;)

If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram photo or to leisurely (or not-so-leisurely depending on how far¬†you go) enjoy the views of the ocean or the Monterey Country area, here’s my favorite spots:McWay Falls, Partington Cove Trail, Bixby Bridge and Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, and the¬†legendary 17-Mile Drive through Carmel. You can also check out this list of outdoor activities if that’s your thing!


Bixby Bridge!

Pfeiffer Falls - approx. 2 mile hike

Pfeiffer Falls – approx. 2 mile hike

Another fun thing to do in Monterey County (or anywhere, IMO) is shopping! I think Carmel is the cutest town to wander and shop and they have tons of good stores. Downtown Monterey tends to be more tourist-y type shopping if you’re looking for that kind of thing.

Let me know if you have any Monterey area favorites so I can check them out next time I make the drive down! Also, #SeeMonterey is giving away a trip package, including 2 nights at Monterey Tides, 2 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a wine blending at Joullian Vineyards. To enter, just comment below sharing what activity you would like to do in Monterey County and a winner will be selected randomly. Good luck!

Downtown Monterey

Downtown Monterey

#LoveOfTheJourney: On entrepreneurship & Wente Vineyards

Posted on: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wente #LoveoftheJourney 3

Wente #LoveoftheJourney 5

I recently discovered Wente Vineyards, a winery based a few hours from San Francisco in Livermore. I learned that¬†Wente has been around for more than 130 years and is the country’s oldest continuously family owned and operated winery. While I looooove a good trip to a winery to sit in the sun, casually drinking wine, I haven’t had a chance to¬†visit the Wente winery in person yet.¬†I did pick up a bottle of the Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon¬†here in SF and enjoyed it recently¬†during a picnic in the park!

Wente Vineyards recently launched their¬†#LoveOfTheJourney initiative,¬†celebrating the brand’s¬†heritage and story. Their family – and brand – focuses on the reason behind why they make wine, which is simply because they love doing it and love the journey the Wente family (five generations!) has been on to get to where they are today.

They asked me to share on of my own journeys, so as I was sipping on the Cab Sav in the park, I started thinking about the past few months and my journey as a (newbie!) entrepreneur. I¬†made the leap to launch my own company Lucky Collective a few months ago and it’s been a challenging, but mostly really positive, journey so far. The whole #LoveOfTheJourney idea had me thinking – why did I start my own company? Am I focusing on an “end goal” or am I simply enjoying the journey of entrepreneurship right now?

Rather than always focusing on achieving milestones or growing my business, I want to make sure I’m learning as much as I can, soaking up the experiences in front of me, and enjoying the freedom and flexibility that comes with being my own boss.¬†I’ve learned A LOT about myself by working solo and the importance of confidence and believing you are good enough to do a job or get a client, “selling yourself” and networking,¬†strategic time management skills, and when it’s okay to just slow down¬†and RELAX (or celebrate – both which require wine, naturally). My go-to way to relax, especially on weekends, is to pack up an epic picnic (including a bottle of wine!) and hang out in Duboce Park near my apartment. This past weekend, we picnicked while sipping on the Wente Cab Sav, lounged and played cards – it was definitely a really great way to stop the hustle and bustle of work and emails and to-do lists and just soak up the sunny afternoon.

Thank you to Wente Vineyards for partnering on this post and for the challenge to focus on my own #LoveOfTheJourney! Learn more about Wente on their Facebook page + Twitter. Cheers!

Wente #LoveoftheJourney 1

Wente #LoveoftheJourney 2

Wente #LoveoftheJourney 4

Wente #LoveoftheJourney 6

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