30 for 30: My Husband’s 30th Birthday Surprise

Wow. 30 Years Old. 

On November 9th, my husband will enter the 30th chapter of his life. It’s hard to believe that I have known him for almost a third of it.

I’ve been thinking of creative gifts ideas for months. After scouring Pinterest, I found top 30 lists, creative cakes, scavenger hunts and plenty of other orginal ideas but nothing seemed like the right fit. Read more

Decorating With Gray (Three Ways)

Gray may be the color of gloomy days and trash cans but when it comes to decorating, gray is the king of the color wheel. Here are three gray color combos that I have fallen in love with.

Gray + Yellow

guestWhen we moved into our home I had repainting our yellow guest room on my list of things to do but the color really grew on me. There is something about that little splash of happy sunshine that puts a smile on my face whenever I am in that room. Alone, gray can be a somber color, but paired with yellow and it becomes really soft and sweet. I, of course, found this bedding set at HomeGoods. (In case you haven’t noticed yet I find all my best stuff there.) I am still searching for the perfect headboard but I am leaning toward something like this. (Thoughts?)

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A Week in Hollywood: American Horror, Jane Lynch and No Lines

Each year my company hosts a global event called Gen Blue. To sum it up in one word, it’s epic. This year we headed to Hollywood and it was an incredible week.

The Roosevelt Hotel

My group stayed at the Roosevelt hotel. Yup, the one that’s haunted. My room was on the 9th floor. Yup, that’s the floor that’s haunted by Montgomery Clift. I am happy to say I had no meet and greets with any ghosts but I did have a fabulous stay.

I love everything about this hotel from the rooms, to the food, to the staff who went above and beyond to be friendly. Breakfast at 25 degrees was a treat each morning. I highly reccomend their egg white omelettes with avocado! I also suggest trying the Kale Salad with currants and pine nuts for lunch or dinner. I ended up eating it three times during my stay and was so psyched to find the recipe posted here.

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The American Horror Story Freakshow Premiere

I’m not sure how my good karma bank got so full this week but I was thanking my lucky stars when I found out that the American Horror Story Freakshow Premiere party would be at my hotel. When I asked the security guys I had been chatting with if there was any chance hotel guests could get in they laughed and said no way but you can try to sneak in. I figured running into any of the casts members would be a long shot but hung out in the lobby to try my luck. And as luck may have it Kathy Bates walked right by me followed by Evan Peters and Emma Roberts. Now I am NOT one to get star struck but as an AHS super fan I have to say it was pretty cool.

I wandered over to the pool where they were having their party and saw a familiar face when I walked past the security guards. I said hello and he scooted me past the velvet ropes and I was in. OH MY GOD I WAS IN. I couldn’t believe it. The party was amazing and the cast couldn’t have been nicer.

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Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October which means it’s time to GO PINK!

Did you know that about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? (breastcancer.org) Wow, 1 in 8? Chances are you know someone who has been affected by this heart breaking diagnosis. Read more