• How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Before It’s Over

    Today, I’m talking about how to get the most out of your summer.  So I know that technically that Labor Day is not the last day of summer, the official last day of summer is Monday, September 23.   However, for many summer will end because school starts or the weather changes and starts feeling more like fall. So how can you get the most out of summer during the last weeks of summer? Start by making a list of all the things you may want to do.  Then weed out any items that you won’t be able to accomplish because of budget, timing, weather, etc and add them to a maybe list. Get your family and friends involved.  Everything is always more fun when you get more people involved right?  Find out who wants to join you on your adventures.   Find out what adventures your friends and family want to… Read More

  • How to Plan the Perfect Beach Picnic & My Picnic Essentials

    I love a good beach picnic, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my tips on having a great beach picnic and my give you a list of my picnic essentials.  My first memories of picnics were with my parents in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with some fresh sourdough and salami.  My idea of a picnic has changed a bit since then, but it’s always about good people, good food and good drinks.  I believe you can have a picnic almost anywhere, whether it’s on the roof of your home or apartment building, at a local park or my favorite, on the beach.  I believe in doing some pre-planning before your beach picnic to make sure that you have the best experience.  Here are my tips: Bring a Good Cooler There are many on the market some very expensive (I’m looking at you Yeti)… Read More

  • Date Night Outfits That are Stylish and Sexy

    I love going on dates with my husband and I enjoy planning out my date night outfits.  I’ve been married to my husband for almost 14 years now, even though my husband still likes me to refer to him as “my boyfriend”.  ?  Wow, sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 14 years.  Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. As I’m sure you can agree, we need to make time for the important things in our lives, like taking care of our selves and spending time with our significant other, family and friends.   Life can get really hectic and feel like it’s moving forward on it’s own, with work, kids (I have a step daughter) and a social life.  Therefore, you need to make time for things like dating your significant other.  My husband and I have a least one “date” a week and we like to make… Read More

  • Winery Picnic Tips and My Favorite Essentials

    If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I love going wine tasting and I love a good winery picnic.  If you’ve ever been wine tasting, you probably noticed the strange phenomenon that wineries rarely have food.  If they do have food, they usually don’t have much variety and it won’t be gluten free (I’m gluten intolerant).  Therefore, I’m in the habit of packing a winery picnic when we go wine tasting.  I’ve packed quite a few at this point, so I know what works and what doesn’t, so I’m pretty much an expert on how to pack a winery picnic. Here are my Winery Picnic Essentials: I decided that instead of buying a picnic table cover that I would simply re-purpose one of my Turkish beach towels. It can be very windy on a vineyard, so these colorful cloth napkins come in very handy. I love these great melamine salad… Read More

  • Guess What? Labor Day is Not the End of Summer

    That’s right, Labor Day is not the end of summer, well officially that is.  Many of us are used to thinking of Labor Day as the end of summer, because the weather can change and many summery things close down.  When I lived in New York City it certainly started feeling like fall shortly after Labor Day, so I started to think of it as the end of the summer season. That is not the case in Los Angeles where it can often be hotter in September then it is in August, weird right??   Today’s high in Los Angeles is supposed to be 81° degrees and it’s supposed to be 82° New York City.  So if it looks like summer, feels like summer and acts like summer then it’s still summer… SO let’s celebrate summer! Summer has always been my favorite season, this goes back to my school days. I… Read More

  • 7 Simple Tips for Hosting a Cocktail Party

    I believe that the cocktail party has changed since I started hosting them 10-ish years ago.  Cocktail parties went from an event with great food and cocktails, to an event that is simply Pinterest/ Instagram ready. I always think that layout, the look and feel are important.  I feel that often times people are so worried about it looking “perfect” that they forgo the quality of the food and the drinks. While I do work on the aesthetics of the party, I will never forgo the experience of the party, like the ambience, music, cocktails and food. I believe that hosting a cocktail party is an art and a great host will take care of everything and make his or her guests feel welcome and comfortable. I learned how to host cocktail party from my sister-in-law. She is the consummate host and has legendary Halloween parties in New York every year,… Read More