On My Radar

Hello! We made it to Wednesday. This is my first full week of school with my kiddos, and so far it’s going great. There have just been so many good things going on lately with friends, family and work. These are recipes, videos and photos that have popped up on my screen lately.


Sparkling Strawberry Kiwi Sangria

I have a girls dinner that I’m just starting to plan for next month, and a friend passed this recipe along. I might have to make a test bath before my event! It looks delicious.


The Cinematic Age

A few friends have posted compilations of their wedding videos. I find them so touching and sweet. I found this one and love everything about it.


The Best of Tumblr: 

My best friend A sent me this super cute photograph of dogs holding tennis balls in their mouth, and this user has the best posting. I particularly love this one, but they have a lot of great things on their account.


Studio McGee

I’ve been following this brand on instagram and their blog for a while now, but they just started doing videos, and I’m hooked. They are both so cute, and their designs are impeccable. I would love to use them, if I ever buy a house. You can watch their first video here!


Olympic Commentary Fail

I have watched this so many times, and every time it cracks me up. This is typically my level of understanding of each sport I watch.


Hope your week is going well! Have any fun plans for the long weekend?




A Sunset Hawaiian Wedding

The wedding was unbelievably gorgeous. The bride looked stunning, the decorations were simple but elegant, and the food delicious. The sunset just after the ceremony was the crowning jewel. It rained during dinner, and it was delightful to listen to … Continue reading

Bachelorette Cruise in Kaua’i

About a week after my birthday my family and I flew to Hawaii for my cousin’s wedding. My cousin and her now husband live in Hawaii, so it was a destination wedding for only my side of the family, as … Continue reading

Summer Weddings, Premieres and a 3-Day Week

The wedding yesterday was beautiful! It was at a local farm with in a beautiful meadow called Hidden Villa. Stefanie and I had gone to high school together, and kept in touch in college because we both were studying art. She is the rare gal that marries her high school sweetheart.  I had seen their romance from the very beginning and their wedding was a lovely start to their new life together. The cake was fantastic, a kind that I had not had before, called champagne cake. She had asked a few of us to make desserts, so there were 8 additional yummy things to sample, including my lemon bars!

She painted all these bottles that made up the aisle.

She painted all these bottles that made up the aisle.

I loved her lace dress!

I loved her lace dress!

She started tearing up when she read her vows.

She started tearing up when she read her vows. This is post-kiss!

I liked the doors that were at the end of the aisle.

I liked the doors that were at the end of the aisle.

We danced in the barn after dinner.

We danced in the barn after dinner. She made all these artistic details that pulled it all together so well.

The champagne cake.

The champagne cake.

The weather could not have been more perfect, considering the weekend before it had poured all day! It was warm and sunny until late in the evening. All in all, it was an amazing day.

Today I took care of things about the house, lazed with the pups watched ridiculous amounts of T.V (the good wife premiere!!!) and prepping for school. This week we have only three days of school, which fits in perfectly with my birthday on Saturday.

Hope you had a fun and relaxing Sunday!



Colorado, weddings and a gorgeous sunrise

On Friday I flew to Colorado for an old friend’s wedding in Estes Park. I was nervous heading into the weekend, as I would only know the groom out of all the wedding guests.

Fortunately enough, I car-pooled with two other people on the hour-long drive from the airport to our hotel. Bryant, the groom, was on the men’s gymnastics team at Stanford, and his fiance was on the women’s team. I ended up having a fantastic time because the driver of my car was kind and invited me to tag along with her for basically the whole weekend as we hung out with the men’s team. This large group of rowdy men accepted my presence with astonishing ease and made the whole weekend a lot of fun with their silliness and skilled dancing.

I had a mild freak out when I was getting ready and realised I have lost weight. My strap-less dress was precariously loose! Fortunately I had safety pins and performed emergency surgery on my dress. I grabbed my wrap and I was good to go.

The wedding was at a beautiful outside garden that was part of Della Terra Chateau. Everyone looked their best, the average age was 25 and most were nationally ranked gymnasts. The food was great, the DJ picked good songs, and we danced until they kicked us out at 11. I took an early A.M shuttle and I am nibbling on an Einstein Bagel and chai while waiting for my flight. This fantastic weekend was just a breath of fresh mountain air, and I loved every minute of it.

The view from our hotel was amazing!

The view from our hotel was amazing!

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The Della Terra Chateau was so beautiful!


This was the view from our hotel.


The sunrise this morning at the Denver Airport made my early start worth it.

Have you gone to any weddings this summer? Where was your favorite wedding? What did you wear and what food did they serve?


Bangles, Clutches, Coach and Tortilla Jokes


I have been following this blogger the College Prepster for a while now, and I have fallen in love with her clothing style. She wears everything so effortlessly. I had become particularly enamored with this bangle, and finally purchased it from Sydney Buchanan. The bangle arrived the other day and I have not taken it off my wrist since! It reminds me to follow my dreams, which is becoming an art teacher. What are your dreams? Any passions or hobbies you enjoy?

Live your Dreams Bangle

There was a sale on CWonder recently and I bought two beautiful things, a suede belt and a beautiful blue  clutch. I have a wedding this weekend in Colorado at Della Terra and plan on debuting the clutch there in style.

CWonder Belt and Clutch

So in the last few months I have developed a liking of online shopping, and looking at purses. I got a  cross body purse at Target a long time ago. I loved this brown purse to bits until one day it fell apart. While I feel like I have gotten a lot of use out of it, I thought perhaps it was time to buy a quality purse. I started with a list ( i love lists, to an unhealthy degree) and worked from there. Finally I stumbled across this lovely gem, which is now all mine. I love the handle on the top!

My Coach Willis Bag

But in the process of finding this lovely thing, I have started looking at satchels in general, and a black one at that. While my coach is still my go to bag, there was a J.Crew Edie purse that I fell in love with, and demonstrated such restraint in not buying it(because my coach purse was on order) that it is now out of stock and I am sad.

In other news, I found this video, and it is amazing. I might adopt this couple and make them my two new best friends. I hope I don’t scare them with high level of admiration in this post.

Has anyone heard of or bought anything on Poshmark? My good friend Annie recommended it because of my absurd love of Kate Spade, but I do not know anyone who has actually purchased from it.

Have you purchased anything on Poshmark? What is your go-to purse? What do you love about it? Any good jokes or videos you think are hilarious?



Happy Friday

My roommate and I drove down to San Luis Obisbo last Saturday to attend a friend’s wedding at Santa Margarita Ranch. It was warm and sunny. The wedding was beautiful! There were people at the wedding that we knew from our bible study group, so we had a blast eating and dancing with them.

The reception was in a barn!

The reception was in a barn!

So yesterday my roomie and I hit the road and joined my parents at our house in Lake Tahoe. Today we went to the beach and relaxed with my brother’s pup by the water. It was a clear day with warm sunshine. It was a lovely last day at the beach before school starts next week.

We went to Chimney Beach, and hiked down to it from the highway.

We went to Chimney Beach, and hiked down to it from the highway.

A friend showed me this amazing video and I was completely blown away. Watch it!

NIGHTVISION from Luke Shepard on Vimeo.

I’ll hopefully post more photos of Tahoe later this weekend!