Do you have a techie in your life that always seems to have the latest electronics? Get them the perfect present this year with my holiday gift guide for the tech lover. Add a little more tech into their lives with these great gifts.

Whether headphones, waterproof speakers or a portable photo printer, here are the best gifts to get the techie in your life these holidays.

 

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This holiday, give the beauty aficionado in your life the perfect present with our gift guide for the beauty obsessed. Whether it means staying hydrated, adding a little extra to their skincare routine or getting them the perfect eyeshadow palette, I’ve got you covered.

These are some of the best beauty products around. Maybe give some of these as gifts this year as well!

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2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

November 28, 2018
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Give the gift of comfort and utility to those who are always on the go with this holiday gift guide for travelers.

Whether they’re flying off to new places or coming back for the holidays, make the traveler in your life feel comfier with these gifts.

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2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

November 23, 2018
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Find the perfect present with our holiday gift guide for him. Don’t let the shopping list overwhelm you. Starting off the Holiday Gift Guides this season, here are some my favorite holiday gifts for men.

Whether you’re looking for gifts for a special someone, a parent, or a coworker, here are the some of the best gifts for him to get the men in your life.

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2018

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

November 20, 2018
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Finding the perfect gift can be hard, but I’ve got you covered with the perfect holiday gift guide for her to make the task easier. We’re starting our Holiday Gift Guides with some of my favorites. From affordable to luxury, these are the best gifts this year to make any woman in your life excited this holiday season.

This year, you don’t have to stress out about the perfect gift. Here are some great and chic gifts to get the women in your life.

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interiors

The dilemma remains–rug v no rug in the dining room. I am trying to decide what to do at my house. Currently, I do not have a rug under the dining table. I always thought it was weird to have food over any soft surface other than hardwood, stone or tile, but lately all these fabulous dining rooms with rugs under the table changing my mind. Dining tables rugs ground the space are, and they’re winning me over.

Let’s decide on rug or no rug. Here are a bunch of great dining rooms: some with a rug under the table, some without. Which do you think looks better of these fabulous dining rooms. I found a few great ones with rugs under the table and a few without.

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Pink Mamma is a decor lover’s dream restaurant in Paris designed by Martin Brudnizki Design. This eclectic Italian restaurant is a floral and pastel wonderland. The latest addition to the Big Mamma Group, this multi-story bar and restaurant combo is more than meets the eye…

Located in Pigalle neighborhood in Paris, Big Mamma is a green multilevel paradise of Italian food and drinks (oh yes…it is a restaurant, not just a place for design lovers and selfie-takers to drool over the surroundings), bright and verdant plants, and the most whimsical design. Beautiful tiles line the floors of the all-day dining culminating in a garden rooftop that not only makes you forget you’re in the middle of a city but also provides an amazing view of Paris below.

And Pink Mamma makes great use of the different spaces in this four-story city sanctuary.

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Happy November 1st. We are two months away from the New Year! OMG.  I don’t know about you, but here in Southern California, during early crisp mornings as I’m heading to work, I put on the perfect fall outfit and by lunchtime when the sun’s come out and it is 85 degrees, that cute fall outfit that was once a fashionistas dream is a little less climate appropriate. By evening, the wind is making me glad again I brought that extra sweater. That’s why I believe in layering and dressing for whatever temperature fall throws your way…no matter where you are in the country or outside of the country. Layer, layer, layer is the answer.

Here are my current favorite fashion forward fall looks for when it’s warm in the day and cooler at night.

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If I had to describe my style, it’s a mix of traditional and modern, so I love a rustic modern home. This home from Kate Marker Interiors is the perfect combination of bright and neutral. Tall ceilings and larger than life chandeliers define this rustic home.

From the exteriors to the foyer, the continued color scheme throughout sets the tone for this beautiful house tour.

 

Take a look below!

 

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Just in time for Halloween, I bought a few pumpkins the other day in a plan to decorate for fall. But as I brought them home, I noticed they clashed with the other colors. The orange didn’t really match my house so I decided to just changed the color of the pumpkins!

I decided on a hunter green, mist green and a powdery blue for my little pumpkins. And it worked out. This little pumpkin makeover perfectly matched my decor.

Check out how I did it below! If you’re looking for a jack-o-lantern how to…I took a much simpler route to making these pumpkins my own!

 

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My friend and fellow blogger Nicole Gibbons just launched her own paint company a few months back named Clare Paint, and it is already making a name for itself in the paint world. 

I met Nicole 10 years ago when we were part of the first wave of design bloggers. She was a PR executive, blogging on the side, and then she quit her job to become a full time influencer and interior designer too. She and I became friends and always have made a point to meet up whenever either of us is in the other’s hometown. She is smart, stylish and a true boss lady! I am so happy for her. She came up with an idea and then raised $2M!!!

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Who says small spaces can’t do great things? This small apartment from Martin Brudnizki Design Studio proves big things can come from a well thought-out space.

Martin Brudnizki carefully designed this eclectic space, where almost every surface is covered with framed art including the kitchen cabinets. Such a cool use of a small space and making walls tell a story. Notice all the unique and perfectly blended artwork throughout the space working with and enhancing the open layout.

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I have some black Chloe scalloped flats that I bought last season and am loving right now. They are amazing and they were expensive.  Thought it might be helpful to do a round up of the most stylish and affordable flats for fall. Nothing like a good stylish comfortable flat for running around town to get things done.

And this year has so many amazing, different styles. Gone are the days of just your average ballerina flats. Here are 17 of the best affordable flats for fall and winter 2018/2019.  Most on the list are under $100!

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Perfectly Pink Bridal Shower

October 19, 2018
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We recently threw a bridal shower for my sister DS at Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica on the water. We celebrated in their back room called The Bungalow, a bright and welcoming flower-adorned space with exceptional sunlight from the sun roof. It truly was a stunning place. A friend of DS’s arranged this lovely luncheon for 20 or so of us to celebrate my sister’s bridal shower.

My sis DS is perhaps the most kind, sweet, smart, beautiful person I know.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to be there to see her so happy and surrounded by people who love her and are about her.  She and her fiancé AL (my lovely future brother-in-law) are a perfect match. It’s a delight to be celebrating their pending big day and future lives together.  The bridal shower venue reflected how we all feel for DS at this time.  Happy.

Swathed in pink and with colorful roses and lush floral linens and furnishings, this spot was the perfect place for a celebration. I definitely think I will host my next Girl Boss Lunch there! The entire place was just lovely.

Take a look below.

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My ode to fall continues with my first Fall City Guide listing all the unique fall things you can do in a city near you.  Miami, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.  This guide covers all the fun things you can experience close to home. Events are happening all over this October and November. And I’m not just talking about pumpkin patch photo ops.

Not every fall activity is the same and no two cities have the same interesting things to offer.  I suggest reading some of the interesting things going on in other cities too!

Maybe your town goes all out for Oktoberfest or celebrates fall with some mojitos. This fall, be a tourist in your own area and take advantage of the unique things your town or city and the surrounding area has to offer. Here are some of the unique events and sights to see near other US cities. Why not go out and explore?

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