Weekend Reads & memorial day sales

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Shirt: TJ Maxx (similar) / Jeans & Sandals: Old Navy / Bracelet: KJP / Sunglasses: Prada

I’m totally for breaking the rules, but I can’t wait until Monday when its “officially” okay to wear white pants!

Britney Spears totally lip synchs in her concerts, but we all know it and don’t care, right? I saw her in Vegas last month and it was the best 2 hours ever! Anyone out there want to go? I’d totally go again!! #youbetterworkb*tch! 

We’re not only oohing and ahhing over the dresses in Cannes, the hair and makeup is totally on point too!

Its Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale!! Have you checked it out yet? Hurry up its only until June 5!

My husband likes to send me funny videos and pictures. Today he sent me this super cute picture of an owl who looks like an apple core…

There are some great Memorial Day sales coming up! Don’t forget to check them out and stock up on your favorite summer styles!!
Nordstrom – up to 40% off
Urban Outfitters – extra 25% off select styles
BANDIER – 15% off select styles with code MEMORIAL15
LOFT – up to 60% percent off
Lord and Taylor – up to 25% off with code GIVE
Nasty Gal – extra 40% off all markdowns
J.Crew – extra 30% off with code WEEKEND
Banana Republic – extra 40% off with code BRTAKE40
ShopBop – hundreds of new markdowns!
Bloomingdales – extra 20% off with code BROWNBAG
Old Navy – extra 30% off select styles
ASOS – extra 20% off with code HISUMMER
GAP extra 35% off with code EVENT
Ann Taylor – extra 50% off with code SUMMER50
Macy’s – extra 20% off with code MEMDAY

Happy shopping & Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Yoga with Mandy Ingber

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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!

Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness and wellness expert here in Los Angeles with some of her clients being Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler!  The yoga class at RonRobinson was to celebrate the launch of her latest book, Yogalosophy For Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy.

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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!

RonRobinson
1327 Fifth Street
Santa Monica, California

The Handloom

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Poncho: The Handloom / Jeans: Current/Elliott / Shirt, Tassle & Hat: Cuyana
Bag: Longchamp / Shoes: J.Crew (similar) / Necklace: Ashiana / Sunglasses: Celine
 

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!

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Daytrip to Santa Barbara

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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!

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Chambray Shirt / White Jeans / Jean Jacket
Earrings from Istanbul (similar) / Bag / Sunglasses / Sandals

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!

No Pictures

Sometimes I’m disappointed when its Sunday night at 9pm and I realize that I didn’t take any pictures throughout the entire weekend! But usually a weekend with no pictures means that the weekend was really great.

Friday I went stand up paddle boarding (SUP for all your cool kids) at Lake Gardner with my mother in law and Plum Island Kayak.  The water was so calm and smooth — we had a great time paddling through the entire lake and watching all of the wildlife, including a blue crane and a really cute family of ducks. The lake was so still that at times it looked like glass. Once we were back towards the drop in area, we all practiced some SUP yoga and did some downward dogs on the boards. None of us fell in and it was really pretty neat! We finished off the night with some pink rosé and oysters at Brine.

Sunday I still had the SUP bug so we rented some at Summer Sessions at Jenness Beach in New Hampshire. I won’t lie — it was SO difficult! The only boards they had available were huge and super heavy, so getting them out through the breaking waves and into the water was no easy feat. Then just balancing on the board in the waves was pretty tough too!  Doug and I both fell in multiple times!

But we had so much fun we’ve decided to sell our kayaks for some SUPs instead. I love to kayak, but they are just too heavy for me to lift that we never seem to make it out with them. I’m doing some serious research on my SUP and I’ll probably be paying a few extra bucks for one that is lighter and easier for me to carry and load onto my car. Anyone out there have a recommendation? So far I’ve got my eye on a really nice Angulo Hawaii board.

Hope you have a great week!  I promise to take some pictures soon!

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