Sandals for Summer.

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    Nude Leather Thong |  Birkenstocks | Metallic Wedge | Animal Print Wedge

It's not much of a shock here, but I'm a big fan of neutrals. I won't spend much money on bright colors because I just don't get the price per wear that I strive for when making wardrobe purchases. You should definitely considering investing in a classic flat sandal that matches with anything and a low wedge with a little jazz. Your closet will thank you.

Summer Dresses Needed

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White Eyelet Dress | Button-Front Denim Dress | Striped Maxi Dress | Scalloped Cami Dress

If I could wear these yoga pants and a dress every day for the rest of my life I'd be pretty happy. I have four summer dresses in my closet that I honestly love (the rest need to go but my closet is bare as is!) and I wear them 1-2 times a week each. I wish they weren't patterned because I get sick of them. I want a few new dresses for summer in more neutral colors so I won't feel like such a blatantly obvious repeat offender ;)

What're your summer staples? 

Best + Worst: Cannes Film Festival

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I love the deep maroon and ballet/nude color combination Blake Lively is sporting here. I'm definitely a Blake fan girl but I think this look is perfect for French glamour with a little bit of edge.

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Cate Blanchett looks like a deep sea fish that had babies with an Ed Hardy hat. I love her but this is just very "meh" in my opinion. I know she can do better.

Who was your favorite look at Cannes?

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Is that you, Summer?

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Summer has arrived here in San Diego! We had a heat wave last week in the 90's and this week the weather is back to normal in the 70's minus a light rain yesterday. I'm excited to make homemade popsicles, visit a few beaches I haven't been to recently, ride my bike, buy a summer scented candle, bbq bun-less burgers and veggie kebabs, and work on my photography skills.

What're you looking forward to this summer?

Best + Worst: Met Gala

There's something really enchanting about the Met. When I visited two years ago, I was astonished at the beautiful and extremely thorough exhibits. I've been to many museums but none quite like the Met. The Met Gala is one of my favorites to follow because the fashion is the absolute best of the season. This year there were SO many great styles.....and also SO many bad ones. Here's my recap of my personal choices and the ones I was left confused.


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Giselle looked glamorous as usual. Emma Stone has a casual elegance I just loved. She looked true to herself too which I loved. Chanel Inman was absolutely stunning. I think she may have been my absolute favorite of the night. Kate Bosworth let the accessories talk in her simple nude blush dress. I adore the Olsens but I'm speechless. What was the whole family thinking? Kristen Stewart's dress would be totally different it was full length. I don't like the bottom half of her look at all. Shailene Woodley is in the wrong decade.

Who was your favorite and least favorite last night?

A Relaxing Weekend in Northern California

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A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I spent a few days in San Francisco. It was at times chilly and foggy but I loved the weather! We both have been to the Bay Area quite a few times and have done most of the touristy stuff so our agenda was mostly good eats. We went walked around the Fisherman's Wharf, went to the Giants/Rockies game at AT&T park, did a "hike" (extremely easy walk) around Point Bonita Lighthouse, made our way up to Santa Rosa to dine and drink at the infamous Russian River Brewing Co., and toured around the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland. Jeff and I are huge movie buffs so we caught "Under the Skin" in Union Square to kill time before our flight. I would not recommend the movie for multiple reasons but that's a post for another day. Next time we make up to the Bay Area I hope to go wine tasting in Sonoma or Napa.

Have you been to San Francisco?

Target Wedding + A Giveaway!

Did you know you can register for your wedding at Target? I'll be honest, I didn't know they offered this service until a few months ago! I wasn't surprised though since Target is my go-to store for all housewares, electronics, a quick last minute outfit, and beauty supplies. They have everything! I know most of my friends also love Target and many of them will choose to register there when their special day comes.

In my experience patio accessories often don't make it to wedding registries but they definitely should! Eating breakfast outside, sipping coffee in the mornings, hosting family and friends for a late lunch, or having hot chocolate next to an outdoor fire, having the perfect patio or backyard set up is essential! Threshold has all kinds of cute products to spruce up your outdoor space and show off your style. Target has tons of quality outdoor decor that is both functional and has great design. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor products at Target.
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Isn't that firebowl fantastic?! If only I had a bigger patio! The best part about being registered at Target is that while I'm there getting the happy couple the perfect gift I can pick up something for myself! ;)

Pick up something for yourself too! You can win a $25 eGift card to Target by going to the Target Registry page, choosing your favorite registry item from the wedding catalog, and leave a comment below with the URL and why you love it! This giveaway will run from 2/11-2/16 at 11:59 PM PST! Good luck!!

4 years!

Happy Anniversary to my boo! I can't believe it's been 4 years! Where does the time go!? We're celebrating at Disneyland this weekend. I haven't been in 5+ years and can't wait for a new adventure there! What's your favorite ride? Any favorite restaurants?

January Recap

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^Jeff and I on NYE!

It feels so strange to be in this space typing again! I've put a lot of pressure on myself to only create unique content for this blog and it made me hate blogging. I started this space as a creative outlet and decided I don't give a rats you know what if I lose followers or if no one comments. I'm going to write about what I feel like whether it's "unique" or not. January started off with the flu for me and lasted from start to finish about eight days. I've never had a flu shot mostly because it seemed like the people who got the flu shots were the ones who got sick! Anyone else feel like that? I will definitely be getting one next year though. I challenged myself to a "no spend January" where I would only buy things I truly needed (or gifts!). I can't say I passed but I definitely did a lot of cutting back and that felt good. My passion these days definitely lies in cooking. I LOVE trying new recipes and can sincerely say I've made about fifty percent of the pinned recipes on my Eat + Drink board. I'm considering a new blog series where I review recipes I've made. I got a 50 mm lens for Christmas and using it to take pictures of my masterpieces makes me happy. These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites were AMAZING. Perfect for a Saturday late lunch side. I know I wanted to share my decorating updates in our new space but I can't say there's been much progress. We have a beer themed kitchen and I recently added this print to it. Jeff and I are big craft beer snobs and since he already had a light up Green Flash neon sign and a Guinness mirror it made sense for us. I'm trying to be really intentional with our decorating because I like change but I've recently become quite cheap and don't like spending money on things that don't have long term value (experiences come first).  Anyways, long story short, decorating is going to take us a long time. I'd love to add this patio set from Target soon though. We're having a warm winter and I want to drink coffee outside in the mornings! I usually set goals every month and have debated sharing them here as well to help me keep myself accountable. I've decided to this month to see how it goes.

February Goals:
+Watch the entire second season of House of Cards ;)
+Go to the gym twice a week
+Bring my lunch 4 times a week
+Find an easy alternative and healthier side dish for my lunch (no chips!)
+Do my taxes
+Get my oil changed
+Get a smog check & pay my car registration early!
+Finish the photography tutorial I purchased
+Find a healthier salad dressing to use instead of Ranch
+Continue to avoid cheese and limit dairy intake
+Go to an Aztecs game
+Buy myself flowers at Trader Joes
+Bake Jeff something delicious for Valentines Day
+Continue to plug phone in, set alarm and not touch it after dinner M-F!
+Do something nice for someone who won't expect it

What're your February goals? How have you been?