July 23, 2014

Quotes & Cocktails

Don't you just love how quotes and cocktails can make the middle of the week more pleasant? While I still want it to be Friday, these help me get through Wednesday.





As it is our dad's birthday week, the cocktail for this installment of "quotes and cocktails" is his personal favorite: the simple, yet refreshing Beermosa. We enjoy having these out on the farm on a sunny day!


July 21, 2014

Wedding Season: bachelorette gift guide and weekend activities

We love putting gift baskets together. It is so much fun to watch someone open up multiple little gifts all nicely arranged in a basket. Added bonus? The basket, itself, is a gift -a reusable bag or cute box works great as well. Below are some ideas as to what to get a bride for her bachelorette party (guests should note: since multiple items can become pricey, it is nice to give this gift to the bride jointly with a friend or two).
Once you have decided on the gifts and have wrapped each one...gifts
(Shopping Guide: Basket, Box, Reusable Bag)

Then you are ready to... 
The clever/cute notes can be written on cardstock and attached to each gift. Here are some ideas: 

Makeup bag: "to hold your makeup for date nights as a married couple" 
Earrings: "for a glam evening out"
Soap Trio and Perfume: "to freshen up for a date night"
Candle: "to relax and unwind after the first argument" 
Wine: "to sip and toast during your first dinner as a married couple"
Macarons: "to enjoy right now during your last night as a single girl"
Night Shorts: "to wear for a night in watching your favorite TV shows and enjoying popcorn"
Tangerine Lingerie: "for you"
Black Lingerie: "to spice things up"

For the card to accompany the gift basket, Shutterfly can help create a personalized card for the bride! Don't forget to take photos throughout the weekend to include in a photo album for the bride that can be given to her on her wedding day. Their albums preserve wonderful memories.

The variety of cards (to accompany the gift basket) from Shutterfly are here.
The variety of album themes from Shutterfly are here.
While a weekend in Vegas is fun, there are a lot of fun places in LA that make for a great weekend. Here are some of our ideas for a unique LA-themed weekend for the bride and her girls (note: it's a nice surprise if each girl gets a bag full of goodies that coincide with the activities planned for the weekend: trail mix for the hikes, water bottle, disposable camera to take pictures of the celebrities in Hollywood, a bottle of nail polish, a homemade body scrub).
Hollywood Bus Tour (see the star's homes!)
Hike at Griffith Park (enjoy a snack at Trails Cafe)
Facials and Nails at a Spa (we love Club Mud! Koreatown has a variety of spas as well)
Dessert at Bottega Louie (our favorite macaron's in Los Angeles; the beignet's are a real treat)
Movie at Los Feliz Cinemas (a vintage theatre in the heart of Los Feliz)
Stairwell hike in Franklin Hills (stroll across Shakespeare Bridge)
There are many opportunities to put together gift baskets during the wedding season: bachelorette, bridal shower, wedding day, honeymoon. Find our previous bridal gift guides here and here

What are your bachelorette plans? Have any of you celebrated in the LA/Hollywood area?


July 18, 2014

July 17, 2014

oh how I love thee, let me count the ways

currently loving
Sorry we have been MIA over the last couple of days...our older sister needed our love and attention. 

1. Sole Society Bangle - how gorgeous is this bangle?! The emerald and purple really make a bold statement and can take any outfit to the next level. I would wear it with boyfriend jeans, a luxurious-feeling basic white t-shirt and some black heels on a summer evening.

2. NY&C Bauble Necklace - while this one is sold out, they have other great options here. NY&C is a great place to shop for work appropriate outfits that easily transform to a night out with the girls and a date night with the beau.

3. Paper Source Foodie Basil Garden - for a small apartment or balcony, this is great! I see freshly made pesto and caprese salads in the future.

4. Talenti Gelato - I could have this every night for dessert...seriously, every night. There are so many creamy, delicious flavors to choose from and enjoy (sea salt caramel and coffee chocolate chip are my favorite). #sweettooth

5. Sole Society pumps - a perfect combination and balance of feminine and edgy. Nude pumps with a edgy/glam snakeskin print.

6. Paper Source Felt Pom Poms - this is a necklace but I would use it as home decor for a pop of color (garland, draped over a lampshade, to enhance a bar cart...you get the idea).

7. Del Taco caramel cheesecake bites - you must try these...like, tonight. It is cheesecake drenched in caramel and fried (everything is better fried). Rubio's used to have something similar called a Zango. Funny story: In college, my roommate and I used to get the Zango (they come in a pair) about three times a week as a Rubio's was on campus in the quad. We would purchase them via her ID card (college ID cards can be loaded with money and can then be used on campus like a debit card). She would magically have money on it and for two quarters we thought the finance office was accidentally loading money on to her card that should have been going on a different card. Little did we know her dad was being charged!

8. Pop Chart Lab pasta poster - we love this Etsy shop! Such creative posters to adorn the home. Yum...pasta.

9. Pyrite Cuff Bracelet - beautiful...just beautiful. This cuff will work for any outfit, edgy or glam.

10. Birkenstocks - in my mind and heart, this trend never left. Funny story: I did not own a pair in high school (sad face) but, my friend did, so we would share them and trade shoes throughout the week (happy face). And yes, I did wear them with overalls (another trend that never left in my mind/heart/world). 

11. Will Leather Goods tote - I discovered this brand as our older sister lives in Oregon. Great products, great company, great story.