la dolce vita, at home.


if you asked me where else in the world i might like to live, the answer hands-down would be italy. i love everything about the italian culture — the friendly people, the slow life, eating amazing fresh food al fresco, drinking wine on warm nights outdoors in charming cafes. those gardens created in window boxes but that spill lushly over tiny balconies — sigh.... 
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get springtime bar cart ready + a giveaway.


are you hankering for some fresh, springtime cocktails? because we’ve got some really scrumptious new drink recipes to share with you today. the folks at SKYY have two brand new vodka infusions, so i hired bartender extraordinaire rosie ruiz to shake things up, and create something refreshing and unique for you using SKYY’s new Infusions — Tropical Mango... 
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what did you do over easter break?

lovely indeed. i always remember that being a popular subject of classroom conversation as a kid: “what did you do over easter break?” when i was younger my parents would take up to the Tropics lodge or the Gene Autry melody ranch (which is now the Parker) in palm springs. we could usually bring a best friend and then we’d swim to our heart’s desire... 
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pretty little petersham.

pretty little petersham. / sfgirlbybay

spring is in the air and it’s time to get my urban garden growing again. and a recent trip to the legendary petersham nurseries has provided much inspiration. oh how i’ve dreamt of visiting this magical place and it turned out to be even more dreamier than I expected! i have to thank my new florist friend (and local london gal) chikae of okishima & simmonds for... 
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in bloom.


spring is here and with it blooms are everywhere. the tree down the street from me is on fire, and in japan cherry and plum blossoms are exploding. high desert flowers are in bloom too. i couldn’t help but notice and be enamored by these lovely blooms in full swing images all over my pinterest feed so i thought you might enjoy seeing them, too. a trip to japan is high... 
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