These Days

The views from our hike around Pyramid Lake were picture perfect.

Let me introduce you to my new favorite Mexican spot in Marin, Más Masa.

It could use a little tidying up around the edges but all in all, this denim wall is p-r-e-t-t-y.

My all-time favorite combination: White hydrangeas and eucalyptus.

Esqueleto never fails to deliver on the visual inspiration.

P.S. I’m taking off for Mexico City this weekend (so excited!) and will be off the blog to allow myself to fully enjoy. Can’t wait to see you all back here on March 1st!

Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Clothes Fresh

There’s nothing worse than having to part with your favorite blouse because it simply looks like it’s seen better days. But by the same token, it’s also not a good look to be wearing clothes that clearly look like they’ve seen better days.

In an effort to keep clothes looking fresh and new as long as possible, here are a few quick tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Dry clean delicates: While it can at times be tempting to try to wash a delicate item yourself, it really never ends well that way. I’d highly recommend letting the experts do what they do best and taking your nice pieces to the dry cleaners.
  • Wash denim sparingly: This might sound gross to some, but I try to only wash my jeans when they need to be shrunken and/or have gotten visibly dirty. They maintain their wash far longer if you try to wash them as sparingly as possible.
  • Spot treat instead of doing a full wash: If and when I spill something small on denim, for instance, I’ll always attempt a spot treatment before throwing them in the hamper. With a little elbow grease, the spot usually comes right out.
  • Choose your laundry products wisely: I learned the hard way that fabric softener is noooo good for your clothes—well, if you want to keep them feeling crisp, that is. Some detergents have fabric softener included in the formula, so be sure you read the label carefully before picking up your next bottle.

Winter Weekends

As someone who loves nothing more than to adventure on weekends, settling into the cold reality of winter can be tough. It’s bad enough having to venture out into the rain on a workday, but to wake up to it on a weekend can be crushing. To cheer myself up and ensure that I’m just as fulfilled during winter as I am during the warmer months, I created a list of weekend activities that can be done regardless of the weather. Hope you find it helpful, too!

  1. Make a big pot of chili or soup
  2. Visit a museum
  3. See a movie, or even two (I’ve been known to spend all day in the movie theater come Oscars season)
  4. Stay in pajamas while organizing the house
  5. Watch back-to-back episodes of Friends on the couch
  6. Treat yourself to a spa day
  7. Invite friends over for a night in
  8. Order food to-go from your favorite restaurant and enjoy it in the warmth of your own home
  9. Catch up on all of the month’s fashion magazines
  10. Take a long bath while listening to your favorite music

What’s your go-to winter weekend activity? Let me know in the comments!

How to Store Winter Necessities

Remember when I shared one of my core organizing rules that everything must have a home? Well, sometimes that home needs to be customized depending on the season, and that’s totally ok!

Since I’m constantly reaching for warm accessories these days—think mittens, scarves, beanies, and the like— I decided to make a dedicated spot in my closet to keep them all within arm’s reach. While I usually use the hooks in this closet to plan out my outfits for the week, I conveniently have another set in my other closet that I’ve been using for that very same purpose. With the hooks in this closet now freed up, I’ve been loving being able to easily grab some warm winter accessories whenever I may need them.

Sweet Tooth: Chocolate Chip Brownies

There’s something about cold weather that makes me crave all things chocolate—from hot chocolate to brownies. This past weekend, I gave into this craving and picked up a box of brownie mix from the grocery store. To take it up a notch, I added some chocolate chips and finished with raspberries.

For more recipe ideas, check out these posts.