Monday, October 5, 2015

Annapolis Wedding

Earlier this month I headed east for a friend's wedding. H was a year ahead of me in elementary school and then we reconnected working together at a summer camp. My camp name was Pink and her camp name was Ariel :) I had booked my flights before I started school, not knowing what my work load would be like. Fortunately I was able to finish all of my reading on the plane and then typed everything out once I got to my hotel (I have to do outlines every week-they are the WORST!). Back to the wedding...
I flew into Baltimore Friday and then headed to Annapolis to check into my hotel. Fresh, warm cookies at night and free breakfast in the morning equals a good stay at Country Inn and Suites. There was a mall nearby so that was nice too-I did some shopping Saturday morning. The wedding was Saturday afternoon. The ceremony was at a cute little church called St. Margaret's. We then took shuttles to the reception. The reception was at the Sherwood Forest Clubhouse. Gorgeous location! The photo below doesn't do it justice-the clubhouse has a barn feel and was just so cozy and pretty-the lights, the big windows, beautiful!

Loved this nautical touch

With the beautiful bride during the cocktail hour before dinner 

The most flattering selfie ;)

I flew home early Sunday morning so it wasn't a long visit but I am so happy I could celebrate with the bride and groom. Congratulations H and J!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sea Bags Halloween Buckets

How adorable are these Halloween buckets made from recycled sails? There are two designs available: candy corn and black cat. Each bag is $45

candy corn

black cat

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall TV! The most wonderful time of the year!

I always give the same spiel when I do this post. I love TV. I love coming home from work and turning on a favorite show. I love having friends over to catch up on Revenge or Pretty Little Liars. DVR=best invention ever! I rarely watch live TV. I think I have actually cut back on my TV watching because I am not turning on the TV and channel surfing. I go immediately to my DVR and catch up on favorite shows. There will be some shows that I stop watching mid-season (because they get canceled or just plain suck!). OR I will have multiple episodes on my DVR until winter hiatus and then catch up when nothing else is on. I do not have time to watch all of these shows every single week! Let me repeat: I do not watch hours and hours of TV every night! (between work and school it is impossible!). In the past I had time for one or two episodes a night. Tops. Well grad school is going to change that! Two nights a week I have class until 9:45 so those nights the TV probably won't be on at all. But luckily I have my weekends mostly free!

I'll watch the first two episodes of a new show and then decide if I want to continue watching. New shows in BOLD. I am including shows that premiere in September and October only.

Helpful links: TV Line Fall TV Preview | TV Line Fall premiere dates/calendar | E! Fall TV preview

Which new shows are you most excited about???? Which ones should I add?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW, 8 P.M. (hearing this is good but not so sure about the premise-a musical comedy about a crazy girl?)
Castle, ABC, 10 P.M.
NCIS: LA, CBS, 10 P.M.

Grandfathered, Fox, 8 P.M.
The Muppets!, ABC, 8 P.M. (likely the first to get dropped if I run out of room on my DVR)
Chicago Fire, NBC, 10 P.M. (I like PD more but if I have room on my DVR I will record. Otherwise OnDemand it is)
Wicked City, ABC, 10 P.M.

Modern Family, ABC, 9 P.M.
Law and Order: SVU, NBC, 9 P.M.
Nashville, ABC, 10 P.M.
Chicago PD, NBC, 10 P.M.

Vampire Diaries, CW, 8 P.M.
The Originals, CW, 9 P.M.
Scandal, ABC, 9 P.M.
How to Get Away with Murder, ABC, 10 P.M.

Reign, CW, 8 P.M.
Undateable, NBC, 8 P.M.

Blood and Oil, ABC, 9 P.M.
Quantico, ABC, 10 P.M.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Nautical Paperchase collection at Staples

Thank you reader, Lindsay B., for the tip! You can view the whole collection online here. Most items are only available in store but some are available online too. I finally saw the collection in person and everything is so cute!

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!).

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