Monday, August 24, 2015

First day of (grad) school!

Well today is the day! I am beginning my master's program! This will be my first week working part time instead of full time. It was a really tough decision to go back to school and I hope that it was the right one! It is going to be an adjustment for me and for H but hopefully the transition is relatively smooth!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Recent purchases

During my staycation I stopped at Vineyard Vines in Newport Beach and bought this adorable chambray embroidered top. I wore it to the Kevin from Work screening and as soon as it cools down I will be wearing it weekly. I love the dot detail.

At the Nordstrom half yearly sale I ordered these Sam Edelman booties. I have a feeling that everyone and their mother will be wearing these this fall. HA! I saw them all over Instagram and blogs. I really wanted a pair of booties with a little heel that I can wear to school, work/internships, and out on weekends/to events. I thought these would be perfect. I actually wore them to the Kevin from Work screening even though it isn't quite boot weather yet.

Vineyard Vines is currently offering 30% off sale items (use code: DOGDAYS15) so I ordered two other tops that I had seen when I was in the store. I pretty much live in popover shirts. I like that they are a bit more relaxed than full button down but still look put together. I bought a gingham popover shirt in blue and the anchor sailboat popover.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Barnes and Noble nautical totes

Every summer Barnes and Noble puts out new beach totes for the summer. This year's designs are very nautical! Each tote is $25 or $13 if you buy any other item (add 1 or more eligible items you would like to purchase to your shopping bag. Proceed to Checkout. Your discount will be reflected in your total.)

Barnes and Noble by the sea tote

Barnes and Noble by the sea tote

Barnes and Noble by the sea tote

Barnes and Noble by the sea tote

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kevin From Work screening

Vineyard Vines top

Last week I went to a screening of the new ABC Family show, Kevin From Work, at the RealD theater in Beverly Hills. Before the show there were delicious (mini) cupcakes and champagne. The show is a 30 minute comedy about a guy named Kevin that is in love with his co-worker, Audrey. Kevin thinks he is moving abroad for a new job so he professes his love to Audrey. I don't want to spoil what happens but I will say it doesn't go according to plan! The show is premiering on ABC Family Wednesday August 12 at 8 PM. There will be back to back episodes for the premiere.

Kevin From Work screening

Kevin From Work screening  Baked by Melissa
The lighting wasn't great but these cupcakes from Baked by Melissa were AMAZING! My favorite was the cookie dough one-cookie dough on top AND inside! 

I loved the first episode of the show.  I'm picky about comedies but this one is funny and charming. I think everyone identifies a little with Kevin. We've all had crushes/unrequited love at some point! After the screening there was a short Q and A with the cast. They had great chemistry which I think you can see in the show too.

Kevin From Work screening

Monday, August 10, 2015

(Grad) School Supplies

I have just two weeks until my graduate school classes begin! I am beginning to gather my supplies (!). There were a few things I wanted to have before classes start but otherwise I am waiting for school to start to buy anything more. Here's what I have already:

Laptop sleeve, Herschel Supply Co , $40 I really wanted the navy with red hearts but it is only available in 11" or 15".  I do like the chambray a lot though so I think I am going to order it

Nautical page flags, Amy Ruth Designs, $5 These are greats for notes, planner, books, etc. The critter ones are super cute too.

Sailboat spiral notebook and matching folders, Amy Ruth Designs, $12

Agenda, Lilly Pulitzer, $22 Nothing says new school year more than a new planner! I have always preferred a paper planner/calendar

New laptop! I got the MacBook Air 13". This was my big splurge. My beloved pink Dell stopped working completely this summer. For the past year or so it had to be plugged in at all times but then it just stopped keeping a charge at all. I've never had a Mac but I wanted something light weight with a better battery life and no pesky viruses. I am still getting used to it but so far I like it! I can get Microsoft Office for free through school so that's really nice (and something I had worried about going Mac).

Thursday, August 6, 2015


This week I have my staycation!!! It's been bittersweet as next week is my last week with H as his full time nanny before we both start school (insert tears). I will then be transitioning to two days a week (thankful I can still see him every week!). BUT I planned a lot of fun things for my staycation week. Saturday night I saw AWOLNATION at the Paladium in Hollywood. I don't love the venue (you can't see from the floor and it was too hot inside) but the band was great live.

I went to see Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday. I invited one of my friends that was out of the country for 7 weeks. I was so happy to see her again! The show was hilarious! Craig Robinson has a great voice-I had no idea!

Perfect summer night at the bowl 

What happens in Camelot, stays in Camelot
Monday I went to lunch with my grandma and relaxed. I made a list of everything I needed to get done this week and next. I had minor surgery on July 24 so I am still taking it easy whenever I can.

Tuesday was my busy day. I went to South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, AND Irvine Spectrum. I didn't have time to get to every store but I made it to Land of Nod, Vineyard Vines, Hanna Andersson (three stores that aren't nearby).

I also got my eye makeup done at Sephora and a pedicure while I waited for Leeann. Leeann and I had dinner at Yard House and then went to see Brent Morin at the Improv. We saw Brent (and the cast of Undateable) before at the WB Comedy Night last year. I have a pretty big crush on him.

View from Fashion Island

Tonight (Thursday) I am going to a screening of the new show, Kevin From Work. There is also a q&a with the cast. The show looks cute and funny so I will definitely be watching it. I will have a separate post up about the show next week.

Friday I am babysitting my nephews all day and then sleeping over at my sister's. Saturday I will hopefully fit in a movie with my dad before Leeann and I head to ALT 98.7's Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier. It should be a fun concert! Sunday I am going to REST before I head into my final full week at work!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School: Nautical backpacks and lunch boxes

Nautical by Nature | Back to School: Nautical backpacks and lunch boxes
Anchor and fish lunchbox, Land of Nod, $22 | Beatrix Lucas lunchbox,, $26 | 3 Sprouts whale lunchbox,, $15
Starfish lunchbox, So Young, $31 | Beatrix Nigel lunchbox,, $34 | Wildkin mermaid lunchbox,, $16

Nautical by Nature | Back to School: Nautical backpacks and lunch boxes
Mackenzie shark backpack, Pottery Barn Kids $29-50 | Neon whaleline backpack, Vineyard Vines, $65 | Whale backpack, Land of Nod, $29
Jansport anchors away backpack, Jansport, $50 |
Anchor splash nautical backpack, Etsy, $27 | Mackenzie whale backpack, Pottery Barn Kids, $29-50

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Supper Club Social Dinner

Supper Club Social Los Angeles

Last week I went to my first Supper Club Social dinner. Supper Club Social was started by Kimmie of Winston and Lou. Supper Club Social is an attempt to make the city of Los Angeles a little bit smaller by coming together around the dinner table. Once a month eight randomly selected guests will gather to enjoy a specialty cocktail, h'ordeuvres, a starter, entree, and dessert. The evening is a mix of guided conversation and social mingling. One of the other guests was actually a high school classmate! I had no idea Kimmie was a common friend. It was great catching up with my old classmate and her boyfriend and meeting the other guests.

The dinner I attended was over in Westwood (near UCLA) and we dined al fresco. Kimmie did such a wonderful job hosting! All I had to do was show up!
Supper Club Social Los Angeles
(blurry) photo I took of the menu for the night

Supper Club Social Los Angeles
Kimmie used her Cricut machine to cut out each guest's name

Supper Club Social Los Angeles
Two delicious drink options

Supper Club Social Los Angeles
Delicious appetizers

Supper Club Social Los Angeles
homemade (baked) churros

Thank you, Kimmie for including me! If you are in the Los Angeles area (or visiting!) you can sign up for Social Club Social here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Computer!

This is my first post from my new MacBook computer! My beloved pink Dell finally died and I went weeks without a computer. It wasn't too bad at first, I still had my iPhone and I used the computer at work for anything work related. Last week I had planned on going to the Apple Store but of course H got sick and I was housebound all day, all of last week. After work I was just exhausted and decided to stick it out for a few more days. I finally ordered my laptop and it arrived yesterday. I really wanted something light and efficient for grad school so I splurged on a MacBook Air. So far I love it though I am still getting used to having a Mac.

I am looking forward to getting back into posting more frequently. August is going to be a very busy month and I have a lot to share!

Monday, June 29, 2015


It's time to insert every cliche about time. Time is flying by and there's never enough time would probably be most appropriate here! Between work and friends and getting ready for grad school I am constantly running around. It's a good busy but it does mean I haven't had as much time for blogging.

This past week H had camp at the zoo. He had the time of his life but the zoo is quite a drive for us. With wonderful LA traffic I really couldn't drive back to the house in between drop off and pick up. I got into a nice little routine of walking around Griffith Park after drop off and then running errands, having lunch, and exploring the zoo. But it meant I didn't get much laundry, cooking, or grocery shopping done. I did bring a cooler one day and I went to the grocery store right before pick up. But I thrive on routine and it was tough having my car as a home base all week. Plus it was really really hot over there! H loved zoo camp so much that it really did make it all worth it. On Friday my sister brought my nephews to the zoo.

This guy is so sweet! He will be 18 months in July!
Trail in Griffith Park, photo taken on one of my morning walks

Since this is likely my last summer with H I really wanted to make it special. We went on lots of adventures/outings his first week of summer break (Getty, Discovery Cube, zoo, parks), then he had zoo camp, and now we are doing another week of Kate and H outings. It has been so much fun making new memories and spending time one on one. I can't believe I will no longer be working full time starting in August (Netflix here I come!).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nautical 4th of July/Summer party ideas

Looking for some party inspiration? Here is a roundup of some of my favorite nautical patriotic/red, white, and blue/4th of July parties! You can see more nautical party ideas on my Pinterest. I linked to each original post with a photo below (it was really hard to narrow it down to just one photo per party!). Clicking on a photo will also take you to the original source. Enjoy!

Monday, June 22, 2015

America's Happiest Seaside Towns

Coastal Living announced America's Happiest Seaside Towns for 2015. Do you agree with the list? Which spots would you add?
2014 winners | 2013 winners2012 winners

All images via Coastal Living

10. Corona del Mar, California:
"This Orange County enclave with stunning beaches, a village-like shopping district, and row after row of vintage cottages on streets named for flowers has always maintained a charmingly quiet sense of self as the quaint yet stylish cousin to neighboring Newport Beach"

9. Portsmouth, New Hampshire:
"One of the nation’s oldest cities, this thriving seaport on the Piscataqua River boasts remarkable riches and is still incredibly welcoming to visitors and new residents alike. Between the redbrick Federal and Georgian buildings downtown and the tidy Colonial homes that surround the city, Portsmouth could be an open-air museum. But there’s nothing stuffy about life here; with a population of 21,233, the city hops with places to eat and drink, shop and play."

8. Wellfleet, Massachusetts:
"Halfway up the forearm of Cape Cod’s famous, curling shape, Wellfleet has a quaint town center dotted with classically white-clapboard New England–style homes, sophisticated galleries, excellent restaurants, and a drive-in theater that is all-American fun. Add to that the natural gifts here: five beaches that face east to the wild Atlantic, four more that face west across peaceful Cape Cod Bay, and a string of pristine, freshwater “kettle ponds” that make for perfect kayaking."

7. Monterey, California:
"It begins with Monterey Bay, home to abundant marine life, including sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans, dolphins, and sea otters that bob and float near shore. Those marine riches inspired one of the city’s legacies—fishing—which still carries on from the end of Fisherman’s Wharf near the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its 35,000 critters and plants. And it’s also reflected in Cannery Row, both immortalized by local author John Steinbeck and kept alive by restored packing and canning buildings now filled with lively shops and restaurants, which line the waterfront."

6. Tybee Island, Georgia:
"Savannah’s long-held secret is out: This tiny barrier island with cooling, salty breezes in the heat of summer is an ideal escape not only from the mainland, but also from a busier, noisier world. And for 3,044 residents, that retreat to white sands, green marshes, and the glint of dolphins offshore is the rhythm of daily life."

5. Ocean Springs, Mississippi:
"Lined with live oaks and old-fashioned, busy storefronts, downtown Ocean Springs hums with optimism. With no commercial development marring the shoreline, the town’s streets lead to a charming public beach with a fishing pier, a new public park, and glistening views out to the delicate and pristine Gulf Islands. "

4. Narragansett, Rhode Island:
"This town of 16,000 stretches out along the shore of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay like a sunbather at water’s edge, and the comparison couldn’t be more apt. Hitting its stride in the late 1800s as a summer getaway for overheated Bostonians and New Yorkers, Narragansett today remains a perfect escape—and playground."

3. Delray Beach, Florida:
"At the heart of this fun-loving city of 61,231 are two miles of gloriously white-sand public beach. Sky blue cabanas and loungers stand ready for rental—a bit of Côte d’Azur meets Old Florida. But there’s nothing snooty about Delray. Enjoying the influences of tony Palm Beach 24 miles to the north and urbane Miami 50 miles to the south, the city has quietly grown its own sense of culture, including lively nightlife that parties on weekends, an up-and-coming arts district, a world-class tennis facility, beautiful Japanese gardens, and a seashell museum."

2. Venice, Florida:
"Venice is a town with a big heart, and it has plenty of gorgeous, pearly-white beaches to spare (14 miles, in fact). Locals love Caspersen Beach, a 2-mile-long sandy playground with a short drop-off that draws ocean swimmers. Beachcombers flock to Venice Beach to seek shark teeth, for which the town is known.On shore, the pleasures of Venice are equally beautiful. The lushly landscaped avenues of the historic district, designed in the 1920s as an homage to the town’s Italian namesake, are lined with Italian Renaissance–style buildings sporting elegant arches and red tile roofs that are home to more than 100 boutiques, restaurants, and small businesses."

1. Southport, North Carolina:
"Putting proof to the dictum that “small is beautiful,” this tiny (2.2-square-mile) harbor town at the outlet of the Cape Fear River with only 3,060 residents wins big on Southern beauty and charm. Everyone’s your neighbor here, and most of the town’s residents walk, bike, or drive golf carts down Southport’s oak tree–lined streets to enjoy a morning coffee at Port City Java, browse antiques shops and galleries, and head to the waterfront for a table—and delicious fish tacos—on the pier of Fishy Fishy Café."
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