Friday Scraps

{Pre-event walk-through!}

. Babs is running for prez!

. Harmonious kitchens are stunning.

. Easter projects for the ambitious and design inclined.

. Loving Roseline’s series of great love stories. Swoon.

I don’t know about you guys, but this week has been oddly long. This weekend is our annual black tie affair for work, which is always equal parts excitement and stress. I’m looking forward to some yoga, some sleeping in, and a mani/pedi to help me relax and get zen before the big night.

What are you doing this weekend?

Sunny Day Dress

Spending the weekend in LA was a breath of fresh air. We left foggy, rainy San Francisco and touched down at LAX and immediately saw palm trees and blue sky. Out with umbrellas and trench coats, in with shades and sundresses!

There is something about a flouncy Easter dress that tugs at the heartstrings no matter how old we get. It’s such a sweet, retro tradition. This year, my new Jason Wu dress (which I was lucky enough to score at the most intense shopping experience of my life!), paired with wedges and a ladylike handbag set the tone for a bouncy, springy, retro-fab morning.

I think Betty Draper would approve.

Special thanks to D, for taking photos!

Snapshots from LA

Over the Easter weekend, my best friends and I gathered in Los Angeles for a weekend of mimosas, brunching, hiking, and exploring. Oh, and just generally existing in the sunshine. It would be remiss to leave that off the report, because HELLO AMAZING.

Spending a weekend in 70 degree weather, sans rain, has essentially confirmed that I have some sort of seasonal affective disorder (SAD! And really, just so sad) because I was more energized and happy than I’ve been in awhile. Who knew drinking cocktails outside, sans jacket, could do that for a person?

Further, I’m going on the record to say that I really liked LA. Like, a lot. I suspect this makes me some sort of insane person, but I found the people to be friendly, warm, and lovely, and Griffith Observatory and the Getty Museum, in particular, were fabulous.

Remember how I went to New York and came back all “Meh, it was fun, but don’t ask me to live there”? I expected to return from LA feeling that way as well, but nay. I was charmed, CHARMED, I tell you, by this strange place with the highest concentration of rich, skinny blonde people outside Scandinavia.

But it’s true. New York can be emo and broody and uppity if it wants. The pretty people and I will be drinking outside in the sun.

Friday Scraps

{Farmer’s Market Flowers}

. The Hunger Games, with different directors. Hitchcock is my favorite.

. Dream earrings! Aquamarine and gold are perfect for Spring, don’t you think?

. Blogging as the breakfast table.

. I’ve never known how to do this!

. Missing Paris? Go here.

Like a mischievous grandpa, I cannot resist a good pun (or a bad one) so I’d like to wish you all a very hoppy Easter! I’m jetting down to LA for a warm weekend filled with mimosas, beach time, and best friends.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Easter Traditions

When you move away from home, it’s hard to realize that you won’t be home for every holiday, every birthday party, every family dinner. As I approached my first Easter away from home – and away from cheesy vegetables, sugar cookies, the traditional glazed ham and church with my family – I realized that many of my transplanted friends were in the same boat, so we began to create a few traditions of our own.

Easter with my friend family now entails a few critical ingredients: Cadbury mini eggs, an egg dyeing party, watching Easter Parade, and the baking of this delicious pastry for Easter morning.

What are your Easter traditions? Do you celebrate holidays with your friends?