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The Sweetest Picnic Baby Shower

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 ; )

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The Modern Day Matchbox Collection

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 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 ; )

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Carmel By The Sea & Monogramming

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!

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Sleeping Cool with The Buffy Breeze

This post is all about the Buffy Breeze comforter and how it changed both mine and my husbands life.  My husband runs hot, I however do not but, with our fur children climbing in and out of our bed I found myself suddenly feeling hot and suffocated.  I was on a mission to change our sleepless nights into a cool, calm and peaceful nights rest!  I started googling “What’s best to help hot sleeper’s” “Best comforter for hot sleeper’s” and bingo that was my ticket.  I discovered there are people out there that test EVERYTHING including different types of comforters! Hallelujah!  There were about 3 brands that sparked my interest but, BUFFY really stood out to me.  There marketing and product line is simple, fairly priced, environment friendly and          CRUELTY FREE!!!  I hit the purchase button on a cal/King Buffy Breeze comforter and it showed up on my doorstep 2 days later. I was so excited to get this amazingly soft comforter into my new Matteo duvet cover and get to sleep!

Wow! Is all I can say… From the first nights sleep both my husband and I were shocked how cool we stayed all night and how cozy we felt at the same time, no tossing and turning trying to find cool spots in our bed.  Buffy’s unique 100% Eucalyptus fiber   technology is what regulates the temperature to help keep you cool for a wonderful nights sleep (You can read more in depth about this on there website).  I should also mention there eucalyptus comes from renewable eucalyptus forests in Austria (not one tree is cut down) and the fluffy polyester fiber that’s inside all BUFFY products is made from 100% recycled BPA-free, PET plastic water bottles diverted from oceans & landfills!  All I can say is this company changed our lives and is one I will continue to support!  I’ll be trying there eucalyptus sheets next!


In Fashion/ Lifestyle

Sunday Best In My Favorite Easter Dress

While out for a Sunday coffee I came across this most perfect babydoll dress, by Manoush at Jake and Jones one of my favorite boutiques here in Santa Barbara.  My pup, Harry dragged me in for obvious reasons “TREATS” and so I tried it on and what can I say, it was love at first sight.  It checked all the boxes (Babydoll, Short, Puffy sleeves and extra fluffy) for my perfect Easter outfit, as well as it would be fun for running around Waikiki come June.

Look who decided to make an appearance during my photo, Mr. Harry Poodle 🙂

Well, clearly I’ve had to pause my plans for this little dress, but today is Easter and I’ll be putting it on!

Outfit: Hat is custom by local artisan El Rancho Carpintero / Dress (runs true to size) is by Manoush Paris/ Slippers are vintage