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Venice, CA

How To Style a Holiday Table in 5 Minutes

Merry Christmas Eve!  I whipped up a super simple holiday table in 5 minutes using these festive pieces from The Company Store.  I hope you love the video and are enjoying this time with your friends and family!  Don’t forget to check my Instastories today – I’m sharing the BIGGEST Christmas giveaway yet to wrap up this special season! PS get excited for my Bahamas vlog with Gal Meets Glam which I’ll be uploading very soon.  Subscribe to my Youtube channel to stay up to date! XO
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Venice, CA

A Thanksgiving Table

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away!  My mom is coming to town and I am so excited to show her around LA.  She has never visited me before (I usually visit her!) so this will be a really fun girls week/weekend.  I picked up these gorgeous pieces from Martha Stewart’s Collection, created for Macy’s to prep for our Thanksgiving feast.  I’m OBSESSED with the pattern on these plates – sooooo classic and ideal for Thanksgiving right?!  I know I’ll have these dishes for years to come! Thanksgiving Table DecorFor the table decor I used not only these stunning plates from Martha Stewart’s collection, created for Macy’s but these fun bowls for sides or soup, this pumpkin bowl for cranberry sauce, candy, or nuts, and this beautiful wood serving board and gold dish for appetizers.  I love how affordable and versatile these pieces are.  I designed my table around them – using a neutral color scheme with very “fall” like pops of color in the napkins and flowers. When it comes to decorating a table, I like to scan Pinterest and magazines before ordering things and heading to the store.  This gives me a general idea of what vibe I’m going for so once I’m at the store I don’t feel overwhelmed or like a deer in the headlights!  It’s always nice to be a little prepared since there are so many options.  When I was at the market, I knew I wanted food and flowers that were aesthetically pleasing and went with my dishware colors.  These fun pampas feathery looking plants stuck out at me, along with these deep red flowers.  I bought some eucalyptus, rosemary, and other greenery to lay out since the table needed some foliage to make it more rustic.  Shop everything for my Thanksgiving table decor below!
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Venice, CA

A Fall Tablescape

I love fall decor – pumpkins, gourds, eucalyptus, deep burnt orange and red flowers, and gold candlesticks galore!  It’s such a pretty time of year to entertain outside and pull all of your friends together.  My friend Jen just moved to the neighborhood and let me use her beautiful backyard for this story.  It’s so cozy – very Venice with the overhead lights – and just has the best, relaxed vibe. I picked up these autumnal looking flowers at Gjusta and plates from Hudson Grace which is one of my go-to home decor shops in Brentwood. Also, I pulled rattan placemats from Pottery Barn and marigold linen napkins for a pop of color.  I kept the food simple! A great grilled chicken, butternut squash, a crudite platter, grilled zucchini, a salad, and a big loaf of sourdough bread from the farmer’s market – and then of course red wine! Since it’s still so warm in LA, I wore one of my favorite linen midi dresses that I also own in tan.  It’s super flattering, feminine, and ideal for any occasion.  I throw a leather jacket over it to go to dinner or wear sandals with it to run errands around town.  You can shop it here!
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Venice, CA

A Backyard Book Launch Party

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of throwing my friend Candice Kumai a party in honor of her latest book; Kintsugi Wellness. This is Candice’s 6th cookbook and I could not be more proud!  She talks about her wellness background and the Japanese art of nourishing the mind, body and spirit. Plus, she shares the most delicious recipes like her famous matcha chocolate chip cookies!!! I remember ordering her 5th book Clean Green Eats years ago when I was living in NYC and wanting to get into healthier cooking/recipes.  I didn’t even know her at the time – but became obsessed with her attainable, well rounded approach to cooking and wellness.  A few months later, a friend introduced us in the city and we completely hit it off.  She’s an insanely hard worker, takes such pride in anything and everything she puts forth, and is a professionally trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu (no big deal!). You may have seen her articles on Well + Good or Girl Boss where she’s a contributing writer – or maybe even caught her on an episode of Top Chef! It was such a fun occasion to bring together a group of 50+ creative friends to celebrate her new book!We enjoyed an afternoon of vodka ginger spritzs, miso avocado toast, matcha chocolate chip cookies, and mochi rice cakes!  Women supporting women, good food, good cocktails, and sunshine – is there anything better?!
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