These last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me, with the planning of my sister in-laws baby shower along with the filming for our friends HGTV pilot in our small kitchen! Let’s just say a lot has been happening!!!
Due to COVID we unfortunately couldn’t throw the big celebration baby shower we had hoped too, but with a little creativity, a very small guest list and one of my besties’ luxury picnic companies “Tiny Village Picnic” behind me I knew I could make this showering for the momma to be extra special! I’ve never been a believer in “bigger is better” anyways!
I started scouring ETSY & Pinterest for ideas and found so many great artists and themes! I went with a simple baby pink balloon/ boho vibe, which I knew my sister-in-law would love. With their baby girl due this November we kept tones in a neutral/pink palette with touches of fall in the greenery & flowers. The boho vibe was created with white fringe umbrellas by Business & Pleasure Co., faux sheep rugs & linen pillows. All were brought in and set up by Tiny Village Picnic, which took the coordinating of set up out of the equation (SO NICE). Here are a few pictures I snapped including the delicious salads and treats catered by Santa Barbara’s State&Fig restaurant… Marisa and Patrick are so lovely to work with and there food is beyond delicious! All was handled with the utmost care due to social distancing standards. Thank you to all who helped make this such a special event, it really does take a village ; )
Lately I’ve been loving my wicker & straw bags, in particular my “Jane Birkin” straw tote. I loved watching her in old movies like Agatha Christie’s book to film adaptation “Murder on the Nile” amongst many others, but it was always her effortless style that had me so intrigued. So when I came across one I knew I’d have to scoop it up. Only Jane Birkin could turn a Portuguese fishing basket into an iconic fashion statement, while looking classically chic, but I thought well I might try to.
Not too long ago, I found myself doing some much needed Spring cleaning when I came across our old candy jars filled with my husbands, Grandfathers matchbox collection. I found myself going through them one by one imagining “Pa” on his travels and what it must have been like in the “Golden Area” of life. I found it so inspiring, I don’t personally smoke but have always loved taking a box of matches when offered at certain restaurants, bars or hotels for a fun keepsake.
In turn, I was so excited to have come across this little collection of matchboxes I knew I had to do something with them… so I’ve decided to turn them into wall art! I even went as far as designing my very own custom matchbox! I mean why not? With a little online research I stumbled upon ForYourParty.com and decided to give them a try (they do everything)! My matchbox’s turned out absolutely perfect and I must say I love giving them away ; )
I’ve always loved to customize & monogram things throughout my life probably because I was an 80’s baby with the name Kali. That being said my name was never printed on ANYTHING! My mom would try and make me things with my name on them, but it was never the same (thanks mom for trying so hard, I’m sure my countless tantrums in Santa’s Toy Shop were your fave!) Haha. It wasn’t until I became a little older and discovered monogramming that all of the “left out feelings” of not having a common name went away because I could suddenly put my name on just about anything I wanted, hence the obsession with monogramming begun.
Fast forward to being in COVID quarantine and feeling like my husband and I needed a little get away… we hopped in the car with our pup “Harry” and headed North for a little R&R to Carmel by the Sea. We stayed at The Cypress Inn like always, ate at our favorite restaurants, walked the beach with Harry about 3 times a day, visited with friends and of course shopped where I stumbled upon the most charming French monogramming shop, Jan De Luz. This mostly french linen shop has just about anything and everything you can think of to monogram/embroider and the owner Brigitte is phenomenal. As distracted as I was trying to decide what to get Brigitte helped me decide on a french terrycloth X-LG bath mat and a set of linen cocktail napkins, with a custom monogram for each! They’re soooo GOOD!!! If and when you go to Carmel do yourself a favor and run to this adorable shop, you won’t be disappointed!
With summer in full swing I usually have a couple new and old accessories I place in rotation to pair with all of my different outfits and looks. I find this easy for getting ready in the morning and it always helps keep your look put together, whether you’re running to work, workout or coffee & errands I love wearing accessories! Currently I am coveting this WYETH hat I bought at Wendy Foster in Santa Barbara, my Quay HIGH KEY RIMLESS MINI aviators and last but not least my beautiful one of a kind Paul Livingston sterling silver & turquoise, Navajo bracelet.