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Galentine’s Day Tea Party: Morning Lavender Cafe

The sweetest time of year isn’t just for couples! Galentine’s Day is an unofficial holiday that takes place the day before Valentine’s Day and is gaining more and more momentum over the years. It is a special day for ladies celebrating ladies and friends celebrating friends! Valentine doesn’t have to be all about romance. All love should be celebrated… and because you can never have too many excuses to get all your girlfriends together in one place!

And what better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day than with a tea party! This year I had an honor to attend Morning Lavender‘s Galentine Afternoon Tea with other bloggers. We gotta enjoy all of the adorable, sweet and whimsical parts of Valentine’s Day with all the #bossladies. Just us gals gathering together to uplift, support and, most importantly, laugh. It’s the best therapy! This tea party is such a fun way to bring together everything we love about Galentine’s Day!

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Lunar New Year 2019 Luncheon: AnQi by House of An

South Coast Plaza is ringing in the Year of the Pig with a celebration filled with exciting family-friendly experiences, unique exhibits, and a one-of-a-kind spectacular Year of the Pig centerpiece in Jewel Court from January 31 through February 18. Now on its 9th year, South Coast Plaza’s 20-day Lunar New Year festivities are the largest of any retail center on the West Coast, drawing visitors from Southern California and abroad.

I had an honor to be invited to their Lunar New Year Luncheon at AnQi by House of An. AnQi is a high-end restaurant with exciting modern décor and gourmet Asian fusion fare. The restaurant is honoring Lunar New Year with specially crafted menus symbolic of what this holiday means to those of us who celebrate it.

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Whimsical Pastel Wonderland Themed Valentine Party

Here we are at that time of year again—romance is in the air! You’ve seen stores filled with cards, hearts, chocolate candies, and cuddly little stuffed animals with messages like “Hug Me”, “Be Mine,” or “Let’s Kiss”. It’s the most romantic time of the year and is a big deal for most women. You know me, I’m all about the holidays and especially anything to do with decorating for the holidays!  BUT… As I do a quick online search for Valentine’s Day party ideas, and there are just so many party tables smothered in red and pink. Not that I don’t love red and pink at this time of the year, but I’m on the hunt for something a little less vibrant….but more pastel, fairytale, and whimsical.

So this year I have teamed up with some of my favorite LA vendors to bring you lots of  inspiration to create a beautiful and magical Valentine’s Day decor. Whether you’re celebrating with the girls for the ultimate Galentine’s Day soiree or treating your Valentine to an afternoon tea for two, these romantic Valentine’s Day decorations are sure to make everyone’s hearts swoon.

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How to Create the Perfect, Stress-Free Fall Gathering

It is that time of year again – It’s Family Reunion season! The cool weather (if you don’t live in LA like I do), the amazing smells (cinnamon, pumpkin, bonfires and marshmallows), the holiday music, and the beautiful scenery (changing leaves) really set the mood for a fun outdoor gathering. With so many great reasons to throw a party this fall, all you need to do is start planning. Whether you have a large family spread out over the globe or a small bunch nearby, planning a family gathering can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead to stay organized and keep things running smoothly.

If you’re in need of some real-life inspiration, I’m here to help! In this blog post I’m partnering with some local vendors to pull off the ultimate guide to help you plan a memorable outdoor gathering this fall that will certainly impress your family members! So when the day arrives, you’ll be able to enjoy the party, knowing you’re well prepared for the celebration.

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Best White Wine to Pack for Your Next Picnic: Starborough Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand

Yay it’s October 1st!!! Fall has arrived and that means two things: less crowds and great weather. And a perfect time of year for a picnic! The leaves are starting to change color from green to orange/red/yellow which adds the dramatic backdrop. You have the location for your picnic all set: the perfect tree sitting in a nice meadow-perhaps on top of a hill-with lush green grass underneath. Not too hot and not too cold-in a word, perfect. Perhaps it’s at your local park, lake, front lawn or even backyard. Picnics are all about the food, company, and of course, the perfect wine to pair with all of that. I have been trying a lot of affordable and picnic-friendly wines of late, and today I want to share my favorite picnic wine: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, New Zealand. 

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How to Plan a Picture-Perfect Beach Picnic

As heavenly and blissful as they may appear in meticulously filtered Instagram posts, beach picnics have their perils. Sand is inevitable and will find its way into your food. Seagulls are also inevitable. They will crowd around you and will caw for food scraps. But don’t let those environmental hazards stop you! Meals at the beach are easier to accomplish than you think, and they’re so worth it. If you want to have an Instagram-worthy beach picnic that will also be relatively simple to put together, read on.

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My Favorite Picnic Wines: Landmark Vineyards

August is here and summer is almost over. Let’s take advantage of the warm weather for only a few more days and it’s time to rouse ourselves off the couch, quit the TV-and-takeout routine, and head outside with friends for a picnic, sipping something refreshing and cool. Bringing the right bottle of wine not only enhances the taste of picnic foods, it adds a pinch of European sophistication to outdoor eating. But choose well! If you’re going to drink all day, you have to plan accordingly.

Day drinking is a delicate art; the wrong wine will have you napping under a tree before the fun day even begins. You’ll want to bring a bottle of wine (or two) that is crisp and fresh, especially when the full heat of summer hits. I have been trying a lot of affordable and summer-friendly wines of late, and today I want to share my two favorite picnic wines: Landmark Vineyards 2016 Overlook Chardonnay and 2016 Overlook Pinot Noir.

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Review of Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine

It’s officially summer! For wine-lovers, summer picnics are pure bliss. What better way to reconnect with friends and family than over a glass of wine and light dishes packed with rich flavors? Bringing the right bottle of wine not only enhances the taste of picnic foods, it adds a pinch of European sophistication to outdoor eating. But choose well! Whether you are packing the picnic basket yourself or bringing along a picnic addition, make sure you choose a wine that elevates the event. Now that we’ve confirmed you’re a real wine enthusiast, let’s talk about which red wines are fun to drink during the summer!

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