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BIG news!

For those of you who haven’t heard, my hubby and I recently relocated back to the Bay Area! We are all settled into our new place and I will post pictures once I get around to hanging art on the walls and making the bed. Right now, I am in “recovery mode”. Moving really takes it out of you….yes, I know they say it’s one of the most stressful things that happen in life and now I am on board with that statistic. This move nearly destroyed me. But, I am still here and back to blogging again! 

One of the biggest changes I have encountered with the move has been the extreme weather in the Bay! Apparently we moved up here on the COLDEST week the East Bay has ever seen. I know other parts of the country are seriously freezing, but I’ve never lived in a climate this cold before and I am just trying to survive at this point! It’s been in the 20’s at times, and I’ve had to make several Target runs, for cold-weather essentials. Here are a couple of my favorite cold weather looks for this Holiday season….

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Happy Holiday season to all of you out there! Stay warm!




A Sideboard Love Story

As newlyweds, we started out with very little furniture. We combined several pieces, most of which did not match or really belong in our new home….at all. We found a small brown leather couch and a coffee table at a local consignment store and bought our bed from my co-worker. We didn’t need much as our place was an overpriced micro-loft pretty tiny. As the months and seasons passed, I realized that there was something missing in our new home. Something I had eyed at retail stores and coveted for years. A dark, wooden sideboard. I had always imagined having guests over for hand-crafted cocktails, listening to Miles Davis, all while discussing California’s global economic ranking. Ok, but seriously….I just wanted to be able to mix a dry martini for a girlfriend now and then.

Feeling hopeful, I set out on my sideboard hunt. Still on a “newlywed budget”, I began to wonder what I could realistically buy that would capture the look I was going for . Then, there it was. A HUGE, red and white “SALE” sign! It was a gift from God. So, I took that gift straight home and set up shop in my entry-way. To this day, it is still one of my favorite pieces, not because it was the most expensive, or that it is incredibly unique but because it represents our first year of marriage together. It represents the hunt for something you desperately desire. It represents the gratitude you receive when you’ve been patient enough to wait for it.

Allow me to introduce to you, my first grownup piece of furniture: My on-sale sideboard.