The Wedding: Planning

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Happy Friday everyone!!

I hope everyone’s enjoying Amanda’s vacation photos. Despite a brief trip to the doctors, Amanda and Sebastian seem to be having the time of their lives. She’ll be back online next week with updates, but be sure to check out her Instagram to see what she’s up do!

I’m so excited about the weekend. I’m taking James to Palm Springs for his birthday!! I’ve never been to Palm Springs, but the people of LA seem to love it… thus, I will go. It’s going to be HOT, so I have plenty of shorts and maxi dresses to see me through the desert heat. Photos and a recap to come!

So, I may have overcommitted myself for the month of July.  While trying to handle a birthday, a wedding, and two full-time jobs, James and I decided that we’re moving at the end of the month. Starting August 1st, we’re officially living together. Luckily, our new 2brd apartment is less than 200 feet from my current apartment.  Sometime soon, I’ll write a big old post about how to move in with your S/O. We’ve been together for 4+ years, and despite spending considerable time with “living” with each other, this will be our first actual apartment as a couple. Amanda and Sebastian will be dealing with the big move-in upon their return to California, so I’m sure Amanda and I can share both of our takeaways from the process.

There’s also this big thing called our WEDDING on the horizon!!

While I was on the phone with my Dad this week, I realized that I’m leading a double life. I go to work and focus on projects and calendars and upcoming movies. Then, I come home and focus on what to feed my West Elm guests and when I’m going to send out my save the dates. It’s exhilarating… and exhausting. I keep thinking that the wedding is soooo farrrr awayyyyy. It is, and yet… it isn’t. Luckily, I have my parents to keep me grounded and focused. Even when I start to whirl into the oblivion that is bridesmaids dress options (ugh!) my parents snap me back to reality. Even though I’m only ankle-deep into this process, I already know that I couldn’t do it without them.  James has been incredible as well. When I start to dive into Pinterest or hypothesize flight plans, James easily cuts through the noise and reminds me what we’re doing this all for. Bridesmaids dresses be damned, because this wedding is about getting to start our life, together.

That all being said, I AM actually enjoying this process. Thanks to our incredible venue, we have an on-site planner who taking over all of the vendor relations. This means that aside from the photographer (and any other vendors we choose to bring in) we really don’t have too much to do. At this point, here’s what we’ve collectively accomplished:

What we’ve already done (10 months away!)

  • We have a date
  • We have a venue [ La Samanna ]
  • We have bridal parties and an ever-evolving guest list [we're using for the guest list, planning checklist, etc]
  • We have tentative colors
  • We have Save the Dates [Minhee Park of Paper+Cup]
  • We took engagement photos  [Tayler of Tayler Ernele photography]

James and I went to Malibu  to take our engagement photos.  I’m so happy to share the first preview with you all! If anyone has been through this process before, I’d love your feedback on what you found to be the most helpful, and what you would have changed along the way.



Random Travel Shots – Europe, Week 5

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TravelIt’s absolutely impossible for me to believe that we could be 5/6 of the way through our Grand European Excursion™, but here we are. I’ve just gotten around to doing some photo editing (hello, full SDcard!), so I thought I’d share a few outtakes from our trip. So far, we’ve explored London, Paris, Luxembourg, Bruges, Ghent, Random Towns in Germany, Rome, Florence, and Venice. We’re presently in Istanbul (what a city!), and in two days we’ll leave for Santorini. It’s been insane. It’s been wonderful, awe-inspiring, tough, grandiose and heartrending. I’m having the time of my life, and I never want it to end.

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Unfortunately, though, life isn’t a permanent vacation. It can, however, be a permanent adventure. We’ve worked through 5 weeks of challenges and surprises, excitement and exhaustion. I guess the next challenge will be to imbue our day-to-day with as much wonder and excitement as we have experienced on this trip.

They say that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. As our wonderful adventure draws to a close, I’m definitely feeling a greater sense of prosperity (although my bank account screams otherwise…). Affluence of the spirit is one of the many pleasant side-effects of this kind of adventure, and we are definitely reaping the benefits.


I catch you all in a few days/weeks. For now, I hope you’re having as wonderful a summer as I am – I’d love to hear all about your adventures! Shoot me a comment, or hit me up on Twitter / Instagram .

xox, – A

Summertime Sensations: E’s Favorite Guacamole

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*photo credit to Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere 

Hello, Summertime People!

While driving home yesterday, I was trying to decide if I should make my Pumpkin Scones for the West Elm home-team who are visiting my apartment this weekend. The West Elm associates have graciously offered to help me plot out our new apartment space, and are coming over to both apartments on Saturday to take a look at what we have and make some much-needed update suggestions. I’m relying on the design team of my local store to help turn “my space” into “our space.” This service is FREE at any West Elm or Pottery Barn store… I highly suggest taking advantage of the incredible talent and advice they have to offer!

Anyway, back to the Pumpkin Scones. I might make them to serve with fresh coffee for my guests… but Pumpkin in the summer seems a little bit odd. I got to thinking about fall, and how with each passing year, Pumpkin-everything seems to creep ever so slowly from October to September, even into August. Though I do love these scones, I am deeply enjoying summer and don’t want to risk ushering in a new season before I’ve barely enjoyed the current one!

My 20-something adulthood summer food means cold Rosé, grilled dinners, and endless batches of spicy and satisfying guacamole. Sipping something cold with this guac while playing endless games of Monopoly Deal or catching up with friends feels luxurious and easy… almost like those PB/West Elm people could come over and take photos of me for their “20-something living” blog… Look at me, world:  I’m a pulled-together, sort-of adult! I make  my own guac, and look, my bed is made!

The recipe comes from one of my all time favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere. I’ve adapted it slightly, but remain loyal to the perfection of Emily’s recipe. It’s so easy to whip up on a moment’s notice, and you can change it up for any guest [for example, Amanda despises cilantro... so I just leave it out.] I make this for everything. Summertime rosé with chips and guac, fajita night with roasted stone-fruit Sangria (recipe from me, coming soon!) … I’m even guilty of eating it with carrots at midnight when my ‘diet’ food doesn’t quite do the trick.

Ingredients (serves 2-4): -4 ripe avocados (they should be firm, with just a slight give) -1/4 cup cilantro, chopped -2 tablespoons fresh lime juice -2 tablespoon shallot ( like some extra flavor) , finely diced -2 teaspoons jalapeño, minced (remove the seeds if you don’t want it quite as spicy) -1-2 teaspoons coarse salt, to taste -1/4 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper


1. Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel and place it in a mixing bowl.

2. Roughly mash the avocado with a fork. Add the cilantro, lime juice, shallot, jalapeño, salt and pepper and continue to mix well.

3. Transfer to a clean bowl and serve immediately.

See? SO EASY! Just mix it up and serve. Add some jalapeño seeds to make it extra spicy, and leave it to sit in the fridge for an hour with the seeds if you want it  extra HOT!  Enjoy with a cold glass of something boozy and warm tortilla chips. In other news, I still have no idea what to make my guests on Saturday morning. Suggestions appreciated!