Download: 20+ years of friendship

It’s not every day that you get to continue to celebrate and create more memories with people you have known for over 20 years. Well, I did just that with a group of gal pals this weekend and it was just what I needed.

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[East Silent Lake Resort: the perfect setting for our girls weekend]MNGirlsWknd2018_00027MNGirlsWknd2018_00026MNGirlsWknd2018_00025MNGirlsWknd2018_00024

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Friday faves

EvAtDentist.jpg[Ev was a rockstar patient at the dentist this week]

The Better Homes & Gardens line at Wal-Mart has really stepped up their game over the years. I always look forward to their seasonal products and this fall is no different. Loving these galvanized lanterns and this diamond throw pillow with tassels.

ANTHRO holiday is here!!! I’m really feeling fall, but when I start to see stuff trickle out into stores for Christmas I do a little happy dance.

Speaking of Christmas, I snagged these two pairs (red winter + navy fair isle) of jammies for Everett last weekend because I just couldn’t pass them up. They also have a darling red girly version.

Let’s keep this holiday theme going, shall we? I recently signed Everett up for Mr. Boddington’s Secret Society of Letter Writers. “Members will receive periodic post from the headquarters regarding important news, secret messages, letter writing projects, pen pals and the club’s annual Who’s Who.” So fun! While peeking around the site, I also found that they have the cutest Letter from Santa kit. The kit contains: a lovely box, blank letterhead for your child to write their note, an envelope to Santa, an envelope for you to put your return address, pencils & gift labels.

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TTD faves: Boden

Relatively new to this brand, but I loved a catalog I received recently that I just had to share some of this goodness. The first page said this:

We’re style with a smile.
BRITISH with a twist.
Tradition with a REBELLIOUS streak.
The everyday made SPECIAL, and the special made SIMPLE.
We’re obsessed with QUALITY,
and go big on little DETAILS.
We are Boden. 

Um, yes. I love all of this. And I love all of the picks below!


Kendal sweater //  Anthea heels // Alexandra jersey tunic
Leather keepsake pouch // Long sleeve Breton 
Kingham ankle boots // Jessica coatigan // Dorchester skirt
Hengrave coat // Nell ponte blazer

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Friday faves

Everett + fall glasses[a sign that I need to get his glasses tightened]

I purchased a new pair of pajamas pants from Target (ON SALE!) for our recent trip and I absolutely love them. It looks like they are sold out online, but this pair is very similar, and I think would be perfect as we head into cooler months.

Eeeeeek, Sugar Paper just released some early photos from their upcoming holiday collab with Target. It will be available in stores and online at starting November 1.

Wore my new Frye mules to work today to break them in. They are perfect for the transition to cooler weather!


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Sonoma + San Fran

This trip has been in the making for quite some time now. Three other couples joined Marcus and myself for a long weekend in Sonoma. And while I am now in detox mode for the time being, I thought I would share a few (ok, a ton of) photos and fave locations from the trip.

The fog had already started to set back in when we finally made our way north after meeting up with my aunts and uncle for lunch at Spruce in the city. The drive over the Golden Gate bridge just never gets old.SonomaSanFran_2018_00001

We had snagged the perfect Airbnb house located in Glen Ellen, complete with a pool, and the views from the deck were breathtaking. SonomaSanFran_2018_00003SonomaSanFran_2018_00005SonomaSanFran_2018_00006

I woke up the first morning and decided to go for a walk on the roads near the property. The moon was still out and the sun was just starting to peak over the mountains. It was absolutely stunning. SonomaSanFran_2018_00011SonomaSanFran_2018_00012SonomaSanFran_2018_00013

We all got ready for a day of delightful wine tastings. SonomaSanFran_2018_00015

First up was Gloria Ferrer. We sat on the balcony that overlooked the vineyard and sipped champagne – not a bad way to start the day!SonomaSanFran_2018_00016SonomaSanFran_2018_00018SonomaSanFran_2018_00019

Up next was my favorite winery of the trip, Scribe.SonomaSanFran_2018_00020SonomaSanFran_2018_00022SonomaSanFran_2018_00023SonomaSanFran_2018_00024

We happened to be there on the day Sarah and Evan Rich, of the San Francisco neighborhood haunt, Rich Table, were there. These two Michelin star chefs were creating food pairings focused on inventive approaches to classic Northern California ingredients. It was all so delicious!

Up next was B.R. Cohn, which we are all members of, and it did not disappoint. It was a great winery with an adorable shop. SonomaSanFran_2018_00027

Our last stop of the day was Ledson. We went in and purchased a few bottles for us all to share while sitting under a massive tree. It was definitely picturesque. SonomaSanFran_2018_00038SonomaSanFran_2018_00036SonomaSanFran_2018_00040SonomaSanFran_2018_00044

[Real life: I had too much fun on day one that I missed day two completely. I was pretty bummed about it, but the crew also hit up Ferrari-Corano, Copain and Ridge.]SonomaSanFran_2018_00047

The next morning we all headed to the ocean and stopped in Bodega Bay for some fresh seafood. Spud Point Crab Co was perfect for this cold, drizzly day and the clam chowder was the perfect temperature. SonomaSanFran_2018_00050SonomaSanFran_2018_00052SonomaSanFran_2018_00054

We stopped into Gourmet au Bay to enjoy a little bubbly while we waited to meet up with another couple. Then we were off to Fisherman’s Cove for fresh oysters.SonomaSanFran_2018_00056SonomaSanFran_2018_00058SonomaSanFran_2018_00060

On our way back to the house we made one last pitstop at Mantanzas Creek to hangout and play a game of bags.  SonomaSanFran_2018_00062

For dinner that night, we Ubered into the nearby city of Glen Ellen to enjoy some amazing food at Glen Ellen Star. The pizza that we started with was to die for!SonomaSanFran_2018_00065

The next morning we were up and out early to make the drive back into the city.SonomaSanFran_2018_00066

We all needed a little pick-me-up, so we grabbed coffee and espresso from Royal Ground Coffee while we waited for Dragon Beaux to open. SonomaSanFran_2018_00067

Good thing we had called ahead to make a reservation because this dim sum place was packed with a line out the door. I have never had so much food served to the table in one sitting – it was truly crazy!SonomaSanFran_2018_00069SonomaSanFran_2018_00068

After we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant we made a quick pitstop to see the ocean one last time before we headed to the airport. It was a great trip and I’m sure I’ll be paying for it all week!

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Friday faves

IMG_3410.JPG[these two are serious about fire safety]

If you are experiencing cooler temps (finally) like we are, then it might be time to snag a new sweater cardi or two. Madewell brought back my favorite one from last year and I can’t wait to get it in another color.

On a recent trip to Target I got sucked into the pajamas section and fell in love with this buffalo plaid night shirt. I dropped it off with a local monogrammer this week and I can’t wait to see it once it’s personalized! I’ll be sure to share how it turned out.

Rifle Paper Co. is just always #goals, and this season’s holiday preview is just that. How darling is this holiday lights wrapping paper?! Swoon.

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TTD DIY: ‘hey there pumpkin’ front door mat

I’m sure by now you have all seen the ‘hey there, pumpkin’ door mat literally everywhere on social media. Most likely thrown over this buffalo check rug! Etsy is chock full of variations, including this version that I used to fashion my DIY version after.

If you are up for a little crafting, then this simple project is calling your pumpkin-lovin’ name.

You just start with a plain door mat (this is the one I used from Target).


I picked up some black paint in the craft aisle and used a brush I had on hand.

I started by free-handing (you could create a stencil if you prefer) the lettering onto the doormat with a gold Sharpie (guess I was feeling confident?).


Once done, I went back in with the paint.


Pro tip: After you paint the pumpkin, flip it upside down and work on the hey there. That way to don’t smear!

And voila! I’m so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to get it on our front porch with pumpkins piled around it!


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