Friday Favorites

July 29, 2016

After receiving some disappointing news about a job and the house this week, I'm more grateful than ever for the weekend. We're heading to Disneyland to celebrate my baby girl's third birthday (cue the tears!), a trip she's been anticipating since around Christmas. Seeing how happy she is to be turning three and how excited she is about Disneyland fills my heart with so much love--exactly what I need to help pick me up. Have a great weekend, and God bless!

Cubano sandwiches that I want in my belly right now.


This cool Palm Springs pool.


A wee elephant.


Nudes by Christian Louboutin


Peonies.

Wordsmith Wednesday: Ambrosial

July 27, 2016

Here's where I share my favorite words with you. Because savvy girls have impressive vocabularies.

Decoding the Farmer's Market

July 26, 2016

There's so much to love about a farmers' market; shopping in an open air market, smelling the handmade soaps, sampling gourmet honey or freshly baked goodies, and of course, all the healthy, colorful produce--it's the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. If you've ever been confused by some of the signage at a farmers' market (e.g. organic and Certified Fair Trade), here's a quick guide to help you distinguish what's what. 

Artisanal: refers to a high-quality or distinctive product made in small batches, usually by hand or using traditional methods.
You might see artisanal cheeses or breads or even soaps. 

Fair trade: refers to the production of goods using strict social, economic, and environmental standards--no forced labor or poor working conditions, no GMOs, goods must have a "floor price" (meaning they cannot be sold for less than the floor price).

You might see coffee, cocoa, bananas, and tea.

Locally sourced/locally grown: refers to produce and other agricultural products (e.g. flowers), food,  and other items that have been grown, produced, processed, and then sold within a certain area, typically within 100 to 150 miles. 

Since you're at a farmer's market, it can be assumed that the produce is locally grown. You might see 'locally sourced' on handmade goods.

Organic: refers to produce and other ingredients grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge (yes, it is as bad as it sounds), GMOs (genetically modified organisms), or ionizing radiation. Any animal products come from animals that have not been given antibiotics or growth hormones.

You might see produce, cheeses and other dairy products, coffee, meat jerky, etc. You may also see clothing items, such as scarves, made from organic cotton.

Small batch: refers to the production of an item--from coffee to cookies--in small amounts (e.g. 9 lbs of coffee beans roasted at a time versus the 100 lbs a larger company would roast at a time).

You might see this on baked and handmade goods, or any item that has to be processed in some way (e.g. roasted, baked, crocheted, milled, etc).


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Friday Favorites

July 22, 2016

This week I started working on a back-to-school piece for a client and almost instantly felt a twinge of sadness as I realized that I'll be sending my oldest daughter off to second grade in about a month. Since we're moving, she'll be starting at a new school, which also gives me a little anxiety--I grew up a Navy brat so I know what it's like to start at a new school and I just don't want that for her. Still, she's very excited about it and I'm doing all I can to make it seem like it's going to be the greatest adventure ever. For now, I'm trying to enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation and make the time as fun for her as possible. Our week was full, with swim play dates, trips to get fro-yo, and a visit to the street fair in downtown Palm Springs. 

Have a fabulous weekend, and God bless!


DIY paper utensil envelopes for a pretty picnic. 


This skirt!


Beachy home decor


An almost-too-pretty-to-eat ombré cake in the sweetest shades of blush.


This oh-so-dreamy spot to take a dip.
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