Girls Weekend


I recently got to have a girls weekend in LA and it was SO needed.

I moved up to Sacramento 2 years ago now from Hermosa Beach. I left some of my dearest friends and miss them so much! While I've made some great new friends up here in Nor Cal, it's always hard to miss out on those weeknight dinners or a random get together with these girls. Although we've got 6/7 really long driving hours through what feels like the entire length of California (of course not the good parts), or an hour flight, we still remain just as close. I'm so thankful for these girls in my life. They keep me giggling and motivated to be my best self.

Kayla was the ring leader for the weekend. Did I mention she's a supermodel?? Ok she's not, but she freaking should be! That as well as the mayor of SJC @followtheswallows

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She recently bought her new home in San Juan Capistrano, and saying it's gorgeous does no justice. I literally got tons of comments from my insta story viewers saying "whose amazing kitchen were you in??", and "omg where are you??". Her kitchen {which isn't even done yet} is a dream kitchen. Photos pinned right up in to my Pinterest board. #kitchengoals. Any way, she hosted us crazies and it was a weekend filled with poolside cocktails, backyard yoga {coming soon to the blog}, and a locals tour of San Juan.

How amazing does my candle look in her kitchen?

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And can I just say, she made us the most amazing poolside cocktails: Tequila with puréed watermelon & freshly squeezed limes

And now for the intros of the other fabulous ladies!

Here's Kimmie aka Slim @kimmie_jarrett.  She's the first mama of the group and she's killin it. I can't wait to ask her a million questions every day when I finally have one of my own.

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This is Kristin @kriscallig.  She's a self taught calligrapher bringing a new twist to the handwriting game. Check her insta to see what I mean.

Meet Val, my lifelong {4th grade is basically lifelong} bestie. She recently became a realtor! She's slingin houses left and right and running the socal beachlife inspired account @lifesabeachhouse.

Lastly, but she aint never the leastly #queen @ashleyahorne. She's a hustler, a mover and a shaker, and a financial planner getting one Los Angeleno at a time to stop spending all their money and start saving for the future.

And now some San Juan scenes ...

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Basically you need to do yourself a favor and visit if you haven't been.

I'll miss these girls terribly but will be playing a few games of solitaire frenzy and reminiscing until I get to see them again soon. What is the saying??? Absence makes the heart grow fonder? 

The California Fair


It's the first official day of fall, and I'm reminiscing about this past summer with shots taken at the California State Fair.  Fairs are my favorite! Never winning a single carnival game, eating fried anything you can think of, and watching the crazy rides that I'll never go on. It's the kid rollercoasters for this girl!

Just like that summer is over, but I'm so ready for the leaves that are beginning to change and the cooler temperatures. And of course, bring on the pumpkin!

Photos: VLUX Photography @vluxphotography

Watermelon Lime Coconut Water


It may be September, but summer aint over yet! Especially with 95 degrees today in Sacramento. Sheesh it's hot! I'm definitely getting that pumpkin itch, but I am also still craving this refreshing hydrating drink.

This yummy colorful blend is my own DIY concoction - and it is oh so good for you.

ingredients:

benefits:

COCONUT WATER:  Improves skin, supports a healthy digestive system, boosts hydration, clears and enhances skin, and lowers blood pressure.

LIME:  Anti-carcinogenic, detoxification, weight loss, skin care, and improved digestion.

WATERMELON:  Hydration, significant levels of vitamins A, B6, and C, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.  

 

I added DōTerra Lime Essential Oil to my mix for extra internal cleansing benefits. Only a few drops are needed.

 

This drink is super easy to make. Just blend the ingredients together, pour into a cute glass, and sip through a paper straw. 

Enjoy!

Strawberry Summertime Salad


Here in Sacramento, sweet summertime can be a little short on the sweet - and a little too aggressive with the HEAT! We're currently in the middle of a triple digit stretch, and I'm watching the forecast eagerly waiting for those 90 degree days to return. I love hot weather don't get me wrong, but 108 big ones is a little too much for me.

LUCKILY we have amazing fresh produce grown right in our area. It's the perfectly grown organic strawberries {like found here} that help to make Sacramento summertime a little more sweet.

In this recipe, I've used these delicious berries to make the perfect summertime salad.

 

Ingredients:

Chop the above ingredients up, lay over a chopped kale mix, top with balsamic vinegar & a dash of olive oil - and you've got yourself a sweet summertime salad that's fresh and light.

Enjoy!


Spring Floral


I've found a whimsical, flowing, bohemian skirt to match my spring state of mind - and I'm obsessed! This skirt is to die for. It's high waisted and flattering on many body types: trust me on this. The detailing of the buttons is so well done, and theres a side zipper making it super easy to get in and out of. The mermaid style stitching and the vintage floral print makes you feel like you should be amongst the birds and butterflies in a garden. This skirt is perfect for bridal & baby showers, a date with your main squeeze, or any occasion where you'd like to feel extra pretty and feminine. Pair it with a body suit or tank, and you're outfit is made.

 

Skirt: Free People        Bodysuit: Forever 21        Sandals: Brandy Melville

Photos: VLUX Photography @vluxphotography