Tips

  • 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

  • 5 Life and Dating Tips I Learned From My Mom

    I thought I would share these Life and Dating Tips with you because, 1) I just celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary, so these tips obviously work, 2) it’s close to Mother’s Day and it seemed appropriate.  I lost my mother to brain cancer in 2006 and I miss her dearly.  The best advice when dealing with grief came from my husband, who lost his own mother to cancer when he was 18.  He said, the pain and loss get’s easier with each passing day and he was right.  Now I can think of her and be happy instead of sad.  I can talk about her without crying.     First, I wanted to give you a bit of background on my mother’s health.  She was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 16, it was the ‘70s and medical technology was not what it is now, but she went into remission… Read More

  • Simple Ways to Revamp Your Desk

    On today’s blog I am sharing some photos and video of how to revamp your desk. My desk is located in my bedroom and I often work from home and this is where I do it. My desk was very functional and utilitarian and had no pretty spaces. I decided that it was really hindering my creativity and free-flowing thoughts and I wanted to make a change.    The Simple 3 Step Plan to Revamp Your Desk De-clutter– remove all unnecessary items off the desk and move papers and files to a filing cabinet. Cable Management– get a cord/ cable keeper and use zip ties to organize the cables behind the desk. Add Inspiring Pieces– What’s inspiring to me, may not be inspiring to you.  Find what makes you happy, you can often find these items in other areas of your house, like I did.   The desk is actually… Read More