Relaxed California Style

We just moved into our new apartment in Marina Del Rey and I’m all set to unpack and redecorate our new place. We definitely have less space than we did before, so we will be getting creative with storage and putting a lot of our excess furniture into storage.

A lot of our decor from Newburyport will transition nicely to California, but I’m hoping to give our new place a lighter, more “West Coast” vibe. I created an Idea Board on to organize my ideas and I’ve already settled on blues and greens in the bathrooms, and I’m thinking of continuing the theme into the living room. Most of our other furniture will fit, but the living room is my place to completely redecorate since we’re replacing our couches, the movers broke our floor lamp, and our dark, wine-colored Chenille pillows will be donated to Goodwill.

Wayfair Idea Board

Rug / Sea Urchin Paperweights / Hurricane Glass
Blanket (on sale!) / Throw Pillow / Painting
Floor Lamp / Ottoman / Couch (on sale!)

Even though I’m still on the ocean, I feel like California has a different kind of “nautical” feel than New England. Its no longer about anchors, lobsters, lighthouses or buoys, but its about a more laid-back and relaxed ocean vibe. I feel like the array of different blue-greens that are in the painting really pull together the other items creating a cohesive, yet still modern and fresh look. I don’t want anything too matchy-matchy or look like we tried to hard for those laid-back and relaxed vibes!

The apartment is still a scary mess of dismantled furniture and boxes, but I’ll be sure to give you a tour once we’re fully settled!


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Los Angeles, California


Its officially been almost three weeks since we moved to California and I must say they have flown by. Since we landed we’ve been non stop busy and I’m really hoping that things settle down soon. An idea of what we’ve been up to:

  • Visited with old friends
  • Made some new friends
  • Ate at In-n-Out burger
  • Went to a surprise party
  • Ate macarons at Bouchon Bakery
  • Toured a million apartments
  • Did laundry 50 times (we only have 1 suitcase of clothes!)
  • Went to an “unlimited mimosa” brunch
  • Decided on an apartment in Marina Del Rey
  • Ate at Blue Plate Taco… twice
  • Went hiking in the Pacific Palisades
  • Fired/Hired yet another car shipping company
  • Took a quick work trip to St. Louis
  • Highlighted my hair super blonde

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I feel so disoriented and out of place, but we’re moving into our new apartment on Monday and I hope things start to settle down and feel normal soon.  I just got a box of clothes in the mail (thanks Kathy!!) and I can’t wait to finally wear something other than the same 2-3 things everyday.  And my car should be arriving soon! The new shipping company we found ships via boat through the Panama Canal — so I am just hoping that by end of week next week it shows up and it didn’t get lost in the Bermuda Triangle!! So here’s to a successful move-in week at our new apartment in Marina Del Rey!

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Happiest Holiday


Happy, happy holidays to you and yours! I love the holiday card that I created with Shutterfly this year. They always have the best selection of cards and they also have great deals in early December for discounts on your order. I think I got mine for 50% off! Even though I celebrate Christmas, I typically choose a secular holiday card to be inclusive of all my friends and family’s celebrations. Shutterfly really has a great selection of generic holiday cards in addition to cards for Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, and more. I chose this one since the green header matched the background of our photo perfectly.

I’ll be signing off for a few days to spend Christmas with my family before I head out to California, but of course you can follow along on Instagram. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Not a sponsored post. I use Shutterfly every year for my holiday cards and pay for them with my own hard earned moolah. I just think they are great! 

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New Beginnings…

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Remember when I mentioned that Doug and I had some huge news to share? We’ll we finally got the green light to let the cat out of the bag… we’re moving to California! Doug was given this great job opportunity, so we put our house up for sale and we’ll be heading west to Los Angeles right after the new year.

I have mixed feelings about leaving Newburyport. I really love it here! And I am so sad about selling my house. But as the move gets closer and closer, I’m trying to really think of this as an adventure. We have a long list of west coast places we want to visit, and I know a few winters without snow will be more than welcome.

We don’t know how long we’ll be in California or whether we will even like it or not, but come January we’ll be embarking on our west coast adventure, and I hope you’ll follow along. I’m sure someday we’ll be back, but for now I’m just soaking up ever last chilly minute here in Newburyport before we leave.

PS. Coat is by Vince from last winter, but a similar one is available here.

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Fair Isle Cozy

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Sweater, Jeans & Top: c/o Old Navy | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Necklace: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox | Scarf: Soak Shoreline

It may not look like winter up here in New England, but today it certainly felt like it! There’s nothing I love more than a super cozy sweater on a cold day. I wrapped up in this cozy Fair Isle sweater from Old Navy for a quick walk on the beach at Plum Island before we headed home to host a little holiday party for some friends and family. I loved that the sweater feels like a really chic blanket. The sides are perfectly drapey, but the sleeves are still fitted so I don’t feel overwhelmed. I have a feeling this sweater is going to be on repeat until the spring!

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