How do you get dressed?

Even before I moved to A2 and had to consider weather, I decided what to wear each day starting with shoes.  Depending on how much running around I have to do (vs. sitting, which unfortunately is most of my day,) I selected what shoes to wear and built my outfit up from there.  Sound familiar?


My Changing View on Travel

I don’t consider myself a world traveler.  I have been to many places, not as many as I’d like, but I have visited three continents besides the one I live in.  Could be worse, right?

I used to think a hotel is not something you should spend a lot of money on, especially if you are in an urban jungle like New York City.  I mean, who stays in their hotel room?  You should be out walking and eating and shopping and drinking and sightseeing…your hotel room is only to shower and crash.

Now that I have turned 40, and partly due to the influence of B, I have changed my tune and accommodations outrank food and almost everything else.  Why?  Because it’s nice to have a luxurious place to rest, to sleep, to hang out in if you don’t feel like going out.  Or if you can’t thanks to mother nature.   The hotel is your home away from home while travelling.

Here are two places we recently stayed at that I highly recommend.  Full review to follow.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, Washington


The Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, California


On My Mind

  • New job:  wish me luck for my interview this Friday!!!
  • Getting in shape:  loving my private pilates training (would do more than once a week if it wasn’t so expensive,) eating less overall, and actively not eating out of boredom and frustration
  • Our wedding:  four and a half months away…will get our invitations made and look at rings soon
  • Baby:  he said it’s not too late, I believe we will have one (unless they are twins,) can’t wait to meet him/her in a way
  • Saving money:  eating out a lot less, buying less expensive things (groceries, clothes,) selling things we no longer use

Isn’t most of the world working on #1, 2, and 5 most of the time?!

Five Things

I miss most about L.A.

1.  Pasadena and Silver Lake:  my favorite places on earth


2.  Warm Sunshine:  sunshine just isn’t in the same in the Midwest.  There’s a warm quality to L.A. sun

3.  Food:  I would think every place has good eats, but L.A. has to be at or near the top for quality, variety, and value


4.  Shopping:  duh!  L.A. is second only to Vegas for best shopping

diptyque larchmont

A small example

I took home the Baies oval : )  No complaints from B so far

5.  Family and friends:  last but certainly not least, my loved ones

Five Things

It has not been a week, but I don’t have to do everything in the same fashion Emily does, right?

1.  Carnal Flower:  At $240 for the “smaller” bottle, I gave this a few days before committing (I’ll be wearing this scent for a long time to come!)  After trying it on my arm at Barneys in Seattle and keeping a sprayed card in my purse, the intricate yet fresh scent earns a place on my dresser.

carnal flower


2.  Glassbox:  as if that wasn’t clear from my last post.


3.  Career Contessa:  who doesn’t like stories of successful women?  These stories are uber inspiring even if you’re not in the market for a new job or trying to figure out what you want to do.

4.  Cheese:  enough said.  If you like rich and creamy foods and would marry Brie if you could, Mt. Tam is for you.


5.  Tavolata:  our last dinner with friends old and new during a wonderful weekend in Seattle.  I don’t eat meat, but there was plenty of delicious fare at this rustic Italian place that makes you feel like you’re at home.