The new year is in full swing, and I’ve been trying extremely hard to stick to all the resolutions I set for myself. I’m on a cleanse (ugh, so LA I know), I’m halfway through a book, and have even started taking some meditation classes at this new studio I found here in LA. I feel like I’m off to a pretty good start, so I wanted to give myself a bit of a new look and changed up my hairstyle a bit. I’ve had the balayage/ombre look for a couple years now, and for whatever reason I’m really loving this darker, more solid color at the moment. Feels more winter appropriate! Continue reading


Happy New Year guys! I’m writing this from my cozy bed while listening to the rain. I’m loving the weather in LA lately, it’s been actually freezing (by my standards) and rainy (by LA standards). Some people are complaining about it, but I can’t get enough. I love lighting the fireplace and having a reason to layer up. Getting to experience actual weather here is a rare luxury. Continue reading


In all seriousness, 2016 was kind of a shitty year for me. Without going into too much detail, my personal life was a bit of a disaster. My work/life balance was also pretty minimal, and I made a habit of letting stress run my life. On top of that, we went through a year and a half of an exhausting election with an even more depressing outcome. While there were many great moments in 2016, I am ready to move on. Fast. It seems like everyone that I’ve spoken to recently has the same sentiment – we’re all ready to burn last year to the ground.

With that in mind, I’m refocusing on the future. I’ve spent the last few days being a major grandma – listing out my goals, journaling, and even going so far as to make a vision board. Like I said, I am DONE with last year, so I’m taking all steps possible to make sure 2017 turns out differently. These are some of my New Years resolutions for 2017 – declared on the internet which makes them super official (and hopefully more likely for me to stick to). Continue reading


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On my New Years resolutions list almost every year is the task of decluttering and organizing my life. Not that I’m a particularly disorganized person, but I’m increasingly drawn to a more Scandinavian vibe when it comes to their clean, minimal, totally uncluttered interiors. My closet is small, so making the most of the space is more important to me than ever with this new Scandinavian obsession of mine. That means eliminating any wardrobe pieces that I’m not completely obsessed with. I’ve been living by this new rule to avoid useless hoarding, and for shopping as well to keep my wardrobe selections nice and paired down.

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Black Friday has come and gone, and while I will never be one to get up at 4am to wait in a line for an appliance or even a pair of shoes (no judging though!), I might be known to drop a few dimes from behind my laptop screen instead (in my pj’s no less). This year I scored this seriously epic army jacket from ASOS for 30% off just before it sold out, thanks be to the online shopping gods. With a jacket like this there is really no need to spend a lot of time thinking about the rest of your look – it speaks for itself.
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