2016... what a year. There's nothing we need more than to stop and take a deep breathe in. Oxygenate. Reinvigorate. This year's Pantone Color of the Year is inspired by the feeling of newness that comes with the first days of Spring. "Greenery" is meant to be life-affirming and full of vitality... just the attitude we need to strap on for the coming year.
As you know, I'm a huge fan of brightening the home with a ton of botanical greens but I'm not sure if I'm sold on this bright shade. How do you guys feel about it?
It's been frigid here in LA, by LA standards of course. One of my favorite layering style is wearing double jackets - black leather and this oversized boyfriend jean jacket. On a busy day, I am constantly going in and out of buildings, and the double jacket allows me to take the first layer on and off. Then when spring rolls around, I'm ready to rock this jacket like the 90s.
There's so many ways to add texture to your home. My favorite is this first photo - where there's greenery throughout the living room, but also in the paintings. It gives a very warm and welcoming feeling. If you know me, you know that I have a black thumb, which means I've killed all the plants that I've ever owned. My succulents are barely surviving at the moment.
A Touch of Fur
New year! Same me... Somehow it already feels like it's March.
This year, I want to focus on patience. I've been listening to a few seminars about Millennials and one of the complaints is that we're really impatient. And.. I agree. So I'm going to try and slow down and enjoy boredom once in awhile, enjoy the DTLA noises, and spend time sitting with no phone and no TV around me. How long can I last? How long can you last?
Over Christmas, my family and I took a one day trip to Macau. We spent the day exploring old town, and rode the Ferris Wheel at the Studio City hotel. We finished the night with the Dancing Water Show (similar to Cirque Du Soleil).
Coming from Vegas, Macau felt cleaner, more spacious and had less crazy people roaming the streets. I think most people that go to Macau are strictly there for gambling or luxury shopping so the streets and the hotels were pretty empty. If you're planning a trip there, I definitely recommend visiting old town of Taipa, and don't forget to try their famous egg tarts and pork buns!
Streets of Hong Kong.
Every Christmas, I get to spend 2-3 weeks in Hong Kong with my family. And every year, we'll dress up and party together on New Years Eve - counting down and dancing the morning away till they kick us out. It is probably my favorite time of year. This year, for maximum dancing, flexible movement and little stress, I decided to wear a jumpsuit. Staying classy without having to worry about your dress being stuck in your underwear, or having to constantly pull it down every 5 seconds.
Happy New Year everyone and see you in 2017!
1. Watch LA LA LAND
If you haven't already, you must see La La Land. Call me crazy but I've already seen this movie twice. It's beautiful, energetic, and majestic. It makes you want to live your life like a musical and live out your dreams. Great movie to put you in the mood for the holidays! (if you don't like musicals though, stay away)
2. Treat Yo Self
While you're spending money on gifts for your friends and family, why not treat yo self! It's 3 days till Christmas, and there are so many great deals. Here's some to get you started:
I always say I need to clean, but I never get to it. Schedule one day at home, and clean out all those old, untouched clothes, papers, technology and allow yourself a new fresh start.
This is another one that I don't make time for. I had a really good chat with my bro-in-law the other day, and we were talking about good business, fiction, magazines that we like to read. Try to spend at least 30 minutes reading something - whether it be on the can, before bed, or early in the morning. I find that if I don't work out or read in the morning, I won't do it at night.
Last but not least, I find it really fun to look back on the year and see what you've accomplished (and what you haven't). Flipping through photos and projects, or even Facebook and Instagram. What will you do differently next year and how are you going to hold yourself to it?
I am the worst at setting my table to look like a Pinterest photo. It's never worthy of Pinteresting. I believe in stress-free entertainment for the holidays, so I bring you 5 different table settings that are simple and easy to copy. Now you can have a Pinterest worthy table for the holidays! :) Also check out where you can buy some of these amazing dinnerware!