• Hello, cuties!

    Not going to like, sitting down to write this post (the night before Halloween) was a bit of a challenge. I typically write out my posts in advance, but due to the busyness of life this month, I didn’t get to it till the night before. This month has been a crazy one; lots of fun/excitement, tough times, new beginnings, new people, etc etc. I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and savor it. One thing I’ve been enjoying this month is cooking up a storm; I’ve made several delicious dishes including a spicy Korean chicken stew and mushroom risotto. I love laying down on my bed, and pinning new recipes to try out for the upcoming week. I’m excited to try out an Irish stew and mushroom tacos in November!

    Now that it’s getting cooler in Sacramento, I can finally wear my fall things, like a cashmere cardigan. I still can’t bring out the beanies and scarves quite yet, but soon enough! This ruffle t-shirt dress has been an absolute favorite this month. I’ve worn it a couple of times already – it’s just so effortless, comfortable, and can be dressed up or down. Another favorite are black “combat” boots – they just give an effortless and chic vibe to any ensemble, and I’ve been wearing it a lot, especially walking around midtown/downtown this month. This cognac bag has been my go-to all season long, it’s one of my favorite purchases for tote bags to date! I can easily put in my laptop, books, and all kinds of on-the-go things. I highly recommend it.

    I bought a new cashmere sweater last week, and I’m so excited to start wearing it! I love cashmere, it’s just such a soft and special fabric 🙂

    What are you looking forward to in November? What have you been wearing this autumn? Share with me below! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

    Get my casual autumn look below! 🙂

  • Casual Autumn Essentials

    Hello, cuties!

    Not going to like, sitting down to write this post (the night before Halloween) was a bit of a challenge. I typically write out my posts in advance, but due to the busyness of life this month, I didn’t get to it till the night before. This month has been a crazy one; lots of fun/excitement, tough times, new beginnings, new people, etc etc. I have to constantly remind myself to slow down and savor it. One thing I’ve been enjoying this month is cooking up a storm; I’ve made several delicious dishes including a spicy Korean chicken stew and mushroom risotto. I love laying down on my bed, and pinning new recipes to try out for the upcoming week. I’m excited to try out an Irish stew and mushroom tacos in November!

    Now that it’s getting cooler in Sacramento, I can finally wear my fall things, like a cashmere cardigan. I still can’t bring out the beanies and scarves quite yet, but soon enough! This ruffle t-shirt dress has been an absolute favorite this month. I’ve worn it a couple of times already – it’s just so effortless, comfortable, and can be dressed up or down. Another favorite are black “combat” boots – they just give an effortless and chic vibe to any ensemble, and I’ve been wearing it a lot, especially walking around midtown/downtown this month. This cognac bag has been my go-to all season long, it’s one of my favorite purchases for tote bags to date! I can easily put in my laptop, books, and all kinds of on-the-go things. I highly recommend it.

    I bought a new cashmere sweater last week, and I’m so excited to start wearing it! I love cashmere, it’s just such a soft and special fabric 🙂

    What are you looking forward to in November? What have you been wearing this autumn? Share with me below! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

    Get my casual autumn look below! 🙂

  • Autumn is no doubt one of the busier seasons of the year.

    It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it can also be quite stressful. Between working, blogging, being Zoey’s mom, maintaining good health/a workout routine, spending time with loved ones, keeping up with the news, networking, etc etc – there is never an end to the to-do list. Ever. Life is a never ending to-do list. So with that in mind, I want to focus on: adding joy/purpose (and activities that brings about joy and/or purpose) to my day-to-day life. I want to plan and schedule things that make me happy to that to-do list. Of course, some of it will be planned and some of it will be spontaneous (which is GREAT!).

    I’m on a mission to live a more joyful life, and I want to encourage you to do the same thing 🙂

    What are some of the things that brings me joy? In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jotting down some things in a journal. Here are some of them:

    • Cooking/eating/trying new restaurants – There’s something about food that makes me happy, and it’s a big part of my life
    • Self care – you know it: facials, makeovers, anything pampering.
    • Supporting others (friends, causes, small businesses, creatives, etc)
    • Exploring: new places, new activities, learning something new, reading a new book
    • Nature: the smell of flowers, being outside, farmer’s markets, appreciating the grandiose of this world
    • Planning/Organization 🙂
    • Social activities (anything, really!)
    • Relationships: With myself, my doggie, friends, family, romantic – nurturing these relationships
    • Dressing up – of course. A dear friend of mine took these photos at the Rose Garden. The grey ruffle dress is such a good piece and will get a lot of mileage. I’ve worn the cozy orange cardigan a lot recently. A good pump dresses up ANY outfit, and a cognac tote bag is truly the only day bag you need!

    What brings joy to your life? Share with me below, I’d love to know! Hope you have an amazing week, and don’t forget to add 1 or 2 fun activities to your week! See you next time!

    Thank you to Alex for spending time taking these fun photos. Had such a fabulous time hanging out and walking around the rose garden!

  • Living A More Joyful Life

    Autumn is no doubt one of the busier seasons of the year.

    It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it can also be quite stressful. Between working, blogging, being Zoey’s mom, maintaining good health/a workout routine, spending time with loved ones, keeping up with the news, networking, etc etc – there is never an end to the to-do list. Ever. Life is a never ending to-do list. So with that in mind, I want to focus on: adding joy/purpose (and activities that brings about joy and/or purpose) to my day-to-day life. I want to plan and schedule things that make me happy to that to-do list. Of course, some of it will be planned and some of it will be spontaneous (which is GREAT!).

    I’m on a mission to live a more joyful life, and I want to encourage you to do the same thing 🙂

    What are some of the things that brings me joy? In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jotting down some things in a journal. Here are some of them:

    • Cooking/eating/trying new restaurants – There’s something about food that makes me happy, and it’s a big part of my life
    • Self care – you know it: facials, makeovers, anything pampering.
    • Supporting others (friends, causes, small businesses, creatives, etc)
    • Exploring: new places, new activities, learning something new, reading a new book
    • Nature: the smell of flowers, being outside, farmer’s markets, appreciating the grandiose of this world
    • Planning/Organization 🙂
    • Social activities (anything, really!)
    • Relationships: With myself, my doggie, friends, family, romantic – nurturing these relationships
    • Dressing up – of course. A dear friend of mine took these photos at the Rose Garden. The grey ruffle dress is such a good piece and will get a lot of mileage. I’ve worn the cozy orange cardigan a lot recently. A good pump dresses up ANY outfit, and a cognac tote bag is truly the only day bag you need!

    What brings joy to your life? Share with me below, I’d love to know! Hope you have an amazing week, and don’t forget to add 1 or 2 fun activities to your week! See you next time!

    Thank you to Alex for spending time taking these fun photos. Had such a fabulous time hanging out and walking around the rose garden!

  • Have a fancy event to go to, but nothing to wear?

    My idea of “dressing up” is pretty simple — it’s putting thought into what to wear, and paying attention to the details. I don’t have a lot of fancy wear in my closet, which is a bit ironic, as I love going to many different kinds of events – events that oftentimes requires you to dress a bit… fancier. My solution to this? Investing in classic fancy-wear staples, like a good black dress (I’m still searching for a good all-purpose black dress!) My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I spent a long time combing through my closet trying to find something nice to wear. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore, and just pulled out a darling little floral dress (similar here). Not the fanciest, but pretty comfy and pretty enough. To dress it up a bit, I added dainty accessories: necklace and earrings. I also added heels and a neutral bag, and the finishing touch — a high pony and dark lips. It’s all in the details, I tell ya 🙂 In the wintertime, I’ll be doing the same sort of thing – dark lips and fun accessories like a velvet hair ribbon or head wrap!

    Now that fall is in full swing, how are you guys enjoying the season? The days are flying by so quickly, I have to remind myself to slow down and take it all in. Slowly but surely…

    I hope you guys have a wonderful, crisp week. Can’t wait for hot chocolate and marshmallow weather. Yummy. Thanks for stopping by today!

  • Dressing Up a Simple Outfit

    Have a fancy event to go to, but nothing to wear?

    My idea of “dressing up” is pretty simple — it’s putting thought into what to wear, and paying attention to the details. I don’t have a lot of fancy wear in my closet, which is a bit ironic, as I love going to many different kinds of events – events that oftentimes requires you to dress a bit… fancier. My solution to this? Investing in classic fancy-wear staples, like a good black dress (I’m still searching for a good all-purpose black dress!) My birthday was a few weeks ago, and I spent a long time combing through my closet trying to find something nice to wear. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore, and just pulled out a darling little floral dress (similar here). Not the fanciest, but pretty comfy and pretty enough. To dress it up a bit, I added dainty accessories: necklace and earrings. I also added heels and a neutral bag, and the finishing touch — a high pony and dark lips. It’s all in the details, I tell ya 🙂 In the wintertime, I’ll be doing the same sort of thing – dark lips and fun accessories like a velvet hair ribbon or head wrap!

    Now that fall is in full swing, how are you guys enjoying the season? The days are flying by so quickly, I have to remind myself to slow down and take it all in. Slowly but surely…

    I hope you guys have a wonderful, crisp week. Can’t wait for hot chocolate and marshmallow weather. Yummy. Thanks for stopping by today!