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Miami, FL

White Kaftan at Brunch

Over the weekend, Jess and I stopped by the stunning 1 Hotel in South Beach to try Plnthouse – a delicious vegan eatery by famous chef Matthew Kenney.  Plnthouse was unlike any vegan brunch spot I’ve ever been to and is a must whether you are vegan or not!  Matthew actually has a restaurant near my house in Venice – called Plant, Food and Wine which is one of my favorite date night spots.  Matthew’s dishes are all incredibly unique, fresh, and colorful.  The portions are always just right and extremely flavorful.  We ordered the hearts of palm, citrus, radish salad, avocado toast, pineapple turmeric smoothie bowl, a huge summer shaved carrot salad, matcha lattes and of course a chocolate chip cookie for dessert!  I wore this easy white kaftan that I picked up from Calypso (which is sadly going out of business!  Side note that was actually my first retail job!)  I paired the white kaftan with a fun embroidered clutch and simple lace up sandals.  The 1 Hotel is easily one of my top 5 Miami hotels.  The 2 pools on the upper and lower deck are gorgeous, the rooms are to die for, the gym is INSANE, they have a Soul Cycle next door, a super cool/happening lobby bar and great restaurants! SaveSave
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

// Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I wanted to share a few thoughtful and unique gift ideas.  Almost all of my ideas came from  They have the best selection of clothing, beauty, and home decor items, which makes it so easy to shop for any occasion.  My mom loves to wear scarves and this one has her name written all over it.  These loafers are classic and splurge worthy (I have them in purple.)  The Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana perfume smells heavenly.  It has notes of white amaryllis, papaya and sandalwood.  The best part about it is that it lasts all day long.  These earrings are elegant and can be dressed up or down (use code MOM for 15% off.)  This card holder is simple and chic.  It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Diptyque candles; Tubereuse is one of the best scents from the line.  I own 4 Ina Garten cookbooks and am dying to get this one.  Her recipes are fresh and yummy.  The new Tory Burch perfume comes in this beautiful gift set with lotion and a mini bottle.  This Dolce & Gabbana lipstick is super moisturizing and leaves a gorgeous, high-shine finish.  It goes on so smooth and comes in a variety of different colors – although I’m partial to this hot pink shade. This zebra dish is a perfect nightstand addition.  This gold link bracelet (15% off) is one of my favorite accessories.
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned this year… Trust your gut.I had to learn this the hard way, but now I know!“Follow your instincts.  That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”  -Oprah Hire smart.My lawyer, accountant, photographer, and web designerreally helped take my business to the next level.“The healthy and strong individual is one who asks for help when he needs it.” -Rona Barrett Quality over quantity.   I made a conscious effort to surround myself with people who inspired and uplifted me.“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,whose presence calls forth your best.”  -Epictetus Live in the moment.My dad beat cancer this year! His positive attitude throughout his treatments inspired me to slow down and appreciate the little things.“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”  -Maya Angelou Take risks.   I’ve always been a more cautious and calculated person, but this year I really pushed myself.“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  -Neale Donald Walsch Here’s to a great 2014!
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Christmas Traditions

Rebecca Dale Photography It feels so good to be back in Arizona reunited with my family.  There are so many special traditions my family shares on Christmas.  The morning is always my favorite.  I try to sleep in…but never can!  I wake up to the smell of mulling spices burning on the stove and walk into the kitchen to find my mom baking away.  She has everything laid out – fresh fruit, quiche, belgian waffles, chocolate chip muffins and scones.  We eat a huge breakfast that tides us over to dinner.  After breakfast we open our stockings and unwrap presents under the tree.  We reminisce about past Christmases and laugh about the gifts we asked for; American Girl dolls, *N Sync CDs, Pogs (remember those?)  Then we usually relax or go to a movie.  Later, we get dressed up and head to my aunt’s house for her annual Christmas party.  My sister and I catch up with our family members, meet new ones (my grandfather was 1 of 14 and my dad 1 of 6) and then we eat, eat, eat!  We all end up in a food coma around 9, so we say our goodbyes and head home.  When we get home there’s always Christmas music playing in the background.  I’m usually out like a light the second my head hits the pillow.  I hope you’re enjoying your own family traditions and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! x
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