Thursday, June 25, 2015

Personalized Necklace


I love dainty jewelry, especially anything personalized. Carrie Bradshaw famously brought back the nameplate necklace in Sex and the City, but I favor the subtle single initial more. Etsy is always my go-to for unique & personalized items, and has a wide variety of initial, monogram & name necklaces. These are great for birthdays, bridesmaids gifts, or just to treat yourself! Check out some of the cute options I found on Etsy below! 







My initial necklace is from Minimalist Designs on Etsy! PS: I ordered a 17-inch chain!


{FYI: I have no affiliation with Etsy, I just appreciate handmade craftsmanship & love to support small businesses!}

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Paint 'n Pour


Last Saturday, Greg and I switched up our weekend plans and attended a painting class at the local, independently-owned Paint 'n Pour.  The canvas, brushes and paints were provided, while adult beverages were BYOB. Rich, the male counterpart of the married couple that owns Paint 'n Pour, walked us through the lifeguard station painting step-by-step, but allowed the class freedom to make our paintings unique. Greg & I hadn't painted in years (middle school rings a bell), but after a couple drinks the creativity started flowing. We tried to not peek at each others painting until the finished product was complete, and I love how different they turned out! We had such a fun afternoon and walked away with two one-of-kind paintings that not only remind us of California, but also of the beach in our hometown! I can't wait to hang both of them up in our bedroom! There are many locations similar to this concept that are great for a date or girls night - check it out in your area! 


some other summer day date ideas:
•ride bikes on the beach and finish the afternoon with fish tacos•
•pack a picnic in the park complete with a basket full of finger-foods & rosé•
•check out your favorite band in concert - bonus points for an outdoor venue•

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

{How To} No-Heat Beach Waves


Nothing says summer like beachy waves! My beauty routine becomes lower maintenance in the summer, favoring a BB cream vs. full-on foundation, and opting for natural color instead of bronzer. I also like to create my go-to hair style with less work too by ditching the curling iron and creating beach waves without the damaging heat from styling tools! Just follow these 4 simple steps below for mermaid hair!

1
After showering, put wet hair up in a towel to absorb the excess water. Remove towel about 10-15 minutes later when hair is still slightly damp.


2
Spritz bottom half of hair with Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and scrunch with hands to give it some texture. 


3
Split hair into two sections on the left & right. Twist hair into low Princess Leia-like buns, and secure with bobby pins instead of a hair ties to avoid a harsh crease.


4
When hair is dry, remove the bobby pins and shake out hair for effortless beachy waves. If your hair doesn't hold a curl well (like my stick-straight hair) apply a medium hold hairspray - I love this one!

Friday, June 5, 2015

MC-gram

{loved my fave blogger's new book just as much as her first!}

{peony season - my favorite!}

{gypsy glam: off-the-shoulder + bell-sleeves paired with leather leggings}

{June gloom in Southern California means grey morning skies}

{never enough basics..new additions: BCBG tanks (white & black) / Zara striped tee}


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Almond Joy Cookies

{Almond Joy Cookies}

Remixed my chocolate chip recipe again and added coconut & almonds for delicious Almond Joy Cookies!
I also made a dozen Mound Cookies (without almonds) for those with nut allergies.
Check out the recipe below for a unique twist on my fave treat! 

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp almond extract
1 package vanilla pudding mix
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, on low/medium speed beat together butter, sugar, brown sugar.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add almond extract.
Slowly add flour mixture. Add vanilla pudding mix, beat until dough is thoroughly combined.
Next add the coconut & chocolate chips.
If you're making Mounds, you're done with the cookie dough.
For Almond Joy cookies, add sliced almonds to finish.
I use a 1-inch cookie scoop to place dough on baking sheets, one inch apart.
Bake for 8-9 minutes for crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside cookies! Enjoy! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

MC Home: Dressing Room

{clothing rack of my current summer rotation}

We have lived in our townhouse for almost 2 years but I've never shared photos of the upstairs! (see downstairs: living room and kitchen) One of the things that sold us on this place was that it had 2 bedrooms; which is not only ideal for when we have family visiting but we needed the extra closet space. Greg is the best guy in the world - he graciously gave me the second bedroom to turn into a huge dressing room! I work in fashion and buying apparel is literally my job so naturally I have tons of clothes and accessories! I love having a space to display my favorite pieces and keep everything really organized. It also feels very reminiscent of my studio apartment that I lived in when I first moved to Los Angeles, it was small but full of charm. You can see photos of  how I decorated the studio from start to finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  My dressing room doubles as Zoey's favorite spot in the house thanks to the natural light, she loves to sunbathe all day while we're at work - the life of a cat!


{the only problem with black chairs: grey cat}
 
{bookshelves aren't just for books}
 
 {framed photos and family mantra + jewelry box}
 
{vintage dresser with mixed Anthropologie knobs}
 
{from left to right: MK watches & souvenir from Castle Rock, statement necklace, emerald earrings, turquoise bracelet, Ray-Ban wayfarers & vintage saucer with rings}
 
{brights, prints & pop of color shoes}
 
 {layered necklaces make pretty décor}

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Roasted Veggies


{roasted veggies}

In an effort to eat more veggies & greens, Greg and I made a bunch of roasted veggies Sunday night so we'd have enough to eat throughout the week. We filled two large baking sheets with broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, shiitake mushrooms & onion. Simply drizzle with olive oil and season (we used garlic powder, basil, sea salt & black pepper). Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until light golden brown.