When I moved to California, one of the things I missed most was the blogger community I had back in Boston. I had a great network of friends along with the Boston Bloggers and Blog Better Boston organizations that planned awesome events. So one of the first things I started to look for when I finally felt settled was another blogging community out here.
I found Blogger Babes through Meetup.com, and many of the seats at their events go super quick, so I was thrilled when I got a spot at the Mandy Ingber yoga event at RonRobinson in Santa Monica!
RonRobinson sells a unique array of clothing, home goods, and beauty products, including my favorite Diptyque candles and Oribe hair products. They have such a unique space and I discovered that they host free yoga classes every weekend! If you’re ever in Santa Monica, its definitely a must visit!
I absolutely love Turkish towels (aka Pestemals) and have several that I use as scarves/wraps and beach blankets. But when I spotted this Turkish towel poncho at a local artisan’s market in Venice, it was so unique I just had to have it! The Handloom is a local company that “blends traditional Turkish culture and the Southern California sun.”
I wore it on an afternoon outing to Malibu Wines and it was the perfect layer — not too warm for the daytime, but for when the sun started to go down. It comes in other colors, but I loved the creamy light color. And I can see it looking great with a long sleeve white tee later in the fall!
Lately I’ve been going crazy over sheet masks! With virtually no mess, they are super easy to apply either before bed, on a lazy Sunday morning, or even on the go for a relaxing mini-spa experience anytime. It also helps that whenever I put on a sheet mask I typically lay back on the couch with a magazine and relax for a few minutes. With such a busy schedule lately, its been so nice to have a few minutes to myself!
The no-mess factor has even made them super easy to bring them when I travel. I’ve used them on some of my long-haul flights back and forth from the east coast. That airplane air is super drying!
My go-to sheet masks are from Sephora. They have full face, under eye, and lip sheet masks to choose from, each with different formulas for hydration, anti-aging, smoothing, detoxifying, and more. I’ve also tried sheet masks from Dr. Jart+,WHEN, and Tony Moly, and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try. Truly one of my new favorite beauty products!!
I’m not much for festivals or camping, but I couldn’t pass up this super cute H&M x Coachella skirt! A long time ago, my grandmother told me that an elephant with its trunk up is good luck, so I’ve always been drawn to anything that has pictures of them on it. I’ve also been wearing my jean jacket non-stop! Its a perfect layer for a chilly California evening. I’m starting to think I need a white one, so that I can wear one with jeans without giving off the “Canadian Tuxedo” vibe.
Last weekend Doug and I woke up and decided it might be fun to take little trip to Santa Barbara. About 1.5-2 hours north of Los Angeles its not an awful drive, so we just grabbed some coffee and hopped into the car.
Our first stop was just a few miles south of Santa Barbara in a little town called Summerland. We stopped into the wine tasting room of Summerland Winery, and then popped into a few antique shops before we headed up to Santa Barbara. And the lovely ladies that worked at Summerland were nice enough to give us some lunch and winery recommendations for the rest of our day so we didn’t even need to plan our trip!
We stopped at a few tasting rooms and had an amazing lunch at Seven Bar & Kitchen. I definitely think that Santa Barbara would be a really amazing weekend trip — we were so preoccupied with the tasting rooms in town that we didn’t really get to spend any time next to the ocean. I’ve been doing a little Air BnB research for some places that will let us bring Zinnie along — hopefully there will be another Santa Barbara trip soon!