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Sparrows Lodge

Recently I headed down to Palm Springs to celebrate my birthday and this time around I tried a newish hotel that I’d been hearing lots of buzz about called Sparrow’s Lodge. Whenever I go to Palm Springs I go to simply getaway, sit by a pool and relax. While other hotels in town can sometimes be a bit of a scene, this quiet little retreat in the desert is the perfect low-key alternative. First, it only allows guests who are 21+, so no children and no worries of underage party kids. Secondly, the experience the hotel offers is something …

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Pretty in Pink Summer Look

In the summer I’m all about rocking a cute dress whether its day or night. It’s almost too hot to wear anything else! So I wanted to share a favorite summer look that I wore to a charity event recently. This pretty in pink dress is short, flirty and feminine with cut out details on the side for a little hint of sexy. Pair it with high heels for a night on the town or some sparkly flats for day. And while we’re at it, lets talk about my new favorite summer hairstyle – the crown braid! I’ve been wearing …

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7 Favorite Summer Skin Care Products

In the heat of the summer, the sun rays are at their peak which can cause UV damage and skin aging plus the heat and humidity makes you sweat more and all of this can do a number on your skin. To help combat oiliness and melted makeup which are common effects of the summer heat, I find myself gravitating towards lighter products, I make sure to protect my skin from the sun and I give my skin a refresh whenever it starts to feel icky and these steps helps keep my skin clean, fresh and shine-free. Here are my …

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Tour The Beach Lodge aka the Most Perfect Airbnb Beach Rental

I recently stumbled across the most adorable Airbnb beach rental on Instagram and decided this hidden gem was way too cute not to share! The classic A-Frame house from the 70s is located on Hollywood beach, nestled just between Malibu and Santa Barbara in Southern California. This eclectic abode was recently renovated and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and an airy, open floor plan. The interiors reflect a mix of ethnic textiles married with mid-century furniture for a boho chic vibe. There’s also an outdoor lounge and a balcony with unobstructed views of the ocean. The fresh ocean breeze is …

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Pretty & Polished

I’ve noticed recently that when I share my personal style on Instagram people are always asking questions about what I’m wearing and seem to want to see more! So I’ve decided to start sharing a bit more of my personal style here on the blog. Since this is a space that’s typically reserved for all things home, let me know if you’re into this or not – would love your feedback! And for my first outfit post, I’m sharing this look that I wore a few weeks back for the launch of the Elevate Design Collective loft. I was told …

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48 Hours In San Francisco

Last month I took a super quick trip to San Francisco for a one day conference and padded on a tiny bit of extra time so that I could see the city and explore. I’d only been to San Francisco once before for a business trip a number of years ago but didn’t get to see much. This time around, even though I was there for just two full days, I made the most of every second of my free time and had a blast being a tourist and eating my way through the city! I already can’t wait to …