TGIF! I had such a fun week exploring new spots in my neighborhood. Gjusta Bakery is one of my absolute favorites. They have the best pastries and a charming little patio in the back with bistro and picnic tables. It’s a great spot regardless of what time of day you go (they’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!) If you missed my NYC apartment tour on The Every Girl – you can see it here! It features the floor plan/layout of my old place so you can get a better idea. This weekend I’m in Malibu participating in The Ranch at Live Oak’s 4 day Fitness/Detox Retreat. We went on a 4 hour hike yesterday (you may have seen on my instastory) and had a delicious vegan meal to end the day. I just added a Wellness tab to my blog and I’m excited to start sharing more on that topic. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
I had the pleasure of returning to Costa Rica for the second time this year with one of my favorite loungewear lines; Eberjey. The first time I went to Costa Rica I went solo – for a surfing and yoga retreat. The retreat was in the middle of the jungle and a total experience! I literally lived in a treehouse and showered outside for a week! This time around was just as fun – but super different because I stayed in the beautiful Four Seasons located in Peninsula Papagayo. My photographer and I had a blast shooting around the property, swimming in the ocean, and attempting to surf! This crochet knit coverup is perfect for a spring getaway and looks great with or without a belt. Eberjey is THE place to go for chic swimwear or sleep pieces – their PJs are the softest, and their suits are incredibly flattering. I love this coverup, this PJ set, and this bathing suit. Shop more of my fave Eberjey pieces below!
Happy Monday! I had so much fun shooting these pictures with Jessica Alexander along Abbot Kinney. There are so many amazing restaurants and shops in my new ‘hood – I can’t wait to share them all with you! I picked up this classic black shirtdress from Nordstrom a few weeks ago and have already worn it 4 different times. It’s made of a really high quality silk that doesn’t snag, doesn’t wrinkle (travel friendly!), and can be styled over and over again. I love that it doesn’t cling to you when you walk – you know how some silk dresses get all staticky and are way too sheer?! This shirtdress is tailored to perfection and drapes in all the right places. You can cinch it at the waist with a brown leather belt like I did here, or make it a bit more edgy/dressed up with a great leather jacket. You can shop my entire look below!
It’s been 1 month since I moved to LA! I’m happy to report that I love it, already feel at home, and kind of can’t believe I didn’t move sooner!! I’ve been slowly, but surely getting settled here and wanted to share a few updates. The most frequently asked questions I’ve gotten from friends and readers have been; What do you miss most about NYC? Will your style change? To answer – the thing I miss most about NYC is my friends! I miss walking out the door and being able to pick up the phone and say “Hey I’m right by your apartment, are you home? Wanna come downstairs and grab a coffee?” I miss spontaneous Soul Cycle dates, brunches, wine nights, etc. Everyone is a bit more spread out here in LA (with traffic it can sometimes take up to 45 minutes to meet a girlfriend.) So I definitely miss the spontaneity and my besties! I am very fortunate, however, that I do have friends and family here in LA. My two aunts live 30 minutes away and I’ve got girlfriends from middle school, college, and blogging that live in the area. Has my style changed? Yes! I’ve gotten a bit more casual (sandals over heels!) and am getting so much inspiration from the chic girls I see walking down Abbot Kinney or on Melrose. I feel way more domestic because I finally have a full size kitchen and actually enjoy grocery shopping (Erewhon market is heaven on earth.) I love eating outside on my back patio, waking up to sunshine, and being 3 blocks from the beach. Everyone I’ve met thus far has been insanely friendly and there’s such an overwhelmingly huge community of freelancers and creatives so I feel like I fit right in. The pace is a lottttt slower, especially here in Venice, which I love and it’s what drew me here – but of course it’s an adjustment for this former non-stop, go, go go, overachieving New York gal! Dating here is quite different as well…which I quickly found out when my first date rolled up in a tank top and on rollerblades. We went for a walk along the boardwalk (errr I walked, he skated) and got ice cream. Prettttty different from the buttoned up, high strung finance guys I had been dating in NYC LOL. I’m enjoying all the different aspects that this city has to offer and can’t wait to share more updates with you guys as I continue to nest (hopefully no more bad date stories involving rollerblades though!) ;)
Happy Friday! If you’ve been wondering where to take your next spring/summer getaway – book a ticket to San Miguel de Allende. You will not regret it. I wasn’t familiar with the city at all until this trip with The New York Times, and I am so grateful to have been introduced to this special place. If I had to compare it to a city or town that I’ve been to – I would say it feels like the town of St. Barths or St. Tropez. With a relaxed village vibe, unique markets and luxe hotels this is a great place for any traveler – of any age. The hotel we stayed at was called Hotel Matilda which was gorgeous and super modern. We dined at the dreamy Rosewood hotel which has a wrap around terrace overlooking the entire city. My favorite spot was Doce 18 Concept House (you may remember me freaking out about it on instastory!) It’s a stunning space that has a hotel, shops, restaurants, boutiques, and a florist all under one roof. I literally want my entire house to look like the rooms there. After we had lunch at Doce 18 we wandered to the local market a few blocks away which had vendors offering all sorts of authentic things; hand painted pottery, beaded jewelry, fresh cacti, corn on the cob, fruit, flowers, pewter dishes, and embroidered textiles. I loved picking out two embroidered pieces that I’m going to have framed for my new home. Speaking of home – a few of you have been messaging me about the white trays that I put my perfume on – FYI you can get them here. Have a great weekend!