Bridal Shower

This weekend I went to my first bridal shower for one of my best friends from high school! It’s exciting because she is the first of the friend group to get engaged and she is marrying one of my neighbors that I’ve known since I was little. 

Her mom is a fabulous decorator and the shower was super pretty and rustic (how cute is that sangria bar?!) I was having fun and forgot to take pictures of the decorations, but I managed to snap a few photos throughput the shower. Alex is the bride wearing white! 

The countdown is on and the wedding is only 3 months away, but before that we have the bachelorette party in Vegas. Me and Amanda (the other best friend in the trio) are in charge of planning it so hopefully everyone makes it back alive!

Any recommendations for planning a bachelorette party in Vegas? Let me know in the comments!


DIY Distressed Dresser

I am so happy with the way this dresser turned out and I finished it just in time for my big move to Newport! This was my first DIY furniture project and I was surprised by how easy it was. Since this tester project turned out so well I’m ready to move on to other types of furniture. There’s something about making or remodeling something yourself that gives you a sense of pride when the project is complete!

Below I listed all the tools I used as well as step-by-step instructions on how to do this project. I bought this dresser on Offer Up for $70. I actually put quite a bit of money into with the paint and knobs, but it was worth it because I’ll keep this for awhile!



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Electric Sander

Chalk Paint

Clear Wax

Dark Wax

Knobs (From Anthropologie)

Drawer Handles (From Hobby Lobby)

Spackle (To fill holes if needed)

These are the before photos and some of the step-by-step pictures I took throughout the process. The previous owner painted the dresser white, but underneath there is real, natural wood. The good thing about using chalk paint is you don’t have to sand the wood before painting you can slap the paint over what’s there. I forgot to take pictures while I was painting, but I used Junk Gypsy’s Chalk Paint in Wanderlust. I follow Junk Gypsy on Instagram and I love when they post pictures of furniture they have painted in different colors from their collection. I fell in love with this color and I knew I had to use it!

There really is no exact rule when it comes to painting with chalk paint, but a little goes a long way! I didn’t even use the whole quart on this dresser. If you need to patch holes or re-drill new holes it’s best to do this before you start painting.

Once you have the holes filled and your furniture is painted. take the electric sander to it and lightly go over areas of the furniture you want to distress. I pretty much did all of the edges and lightly went over the surface of the drawers just to make everything look the same.

Next scoop out some of Annie Sloan’s soft clear wax and put it in a bowl to let it soften for awhile. I set it out in the sun for about 10 minutes so it was extra easy to work with. The same principle applies to the wax as well, a little goes a long way! If you get too much on your brush and start putting it on the furniture you will have globs of clear wax everywhere that won’t spread evenly. Make sure you use a little at a time a really work the wax in by brushing it over the paint several times in the same direction and spot. You can even use a rag to really coat it on.

After you have the entire piece coated in the soft clear wax start the same process with the soft dark wax. Using dark wax is definitely optional, but it gives your furniture the antique look which is what I was going for. You can just use the clear wax and call it a day if you want your furniture to look “newer.”

Lightly brush the dark wax over the furniture and especially on the sections that are distressed to add extra character. Let the furniture sit for a couple of days so the wax settles and then you can add your knobs and handles! I bought the silver knobs from Anthropologie and the drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby.

And there you have it! If you have any questions or comments about using chalk paint or this project in particular please comment below!

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With Love,


All White

I love white. White dresses, white shoes, white furniture. Something about it looks so clean and crisp. Unfortunately the days of white dresses and skirts are coming to a close as Labor Day is quickly approaching. 

Trying to get all my white outfits in before then!   

Skirt| flannel | converse 


Tell me what’s better than eating BBQ on the beach while watching the sunset? I can’t think of one thing better than that. 

As summer is coming to an abrupt halt (haha not in California it was 103 degrees today) I’m trying to squeeze as many beach trips in as possible. 

If you’re ever in Oceanside, CA you have to check out That Boy Good BBQ it is so dang good and authentically southern. 

My coverup is from Marshalls in case you are wondering, but I feel like it’s probably only available in California stores.    

Life Updates

My lack of blogging lately is pretty depressing. When I started this blog my goal was to make at least 3 posts a week and here I am barely posting once a week!

There’s been so much going on in my life lately, but hopefully things calm down next month. I’m excited to officially be moving to Newport Beach in September so I’ll be closer to my work! The time I won’t be spending commuting I can now dedicate to new posts. Plus new locations and restaurants!

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Stay tuned and thanks for going on this journey with me.

With Love,


Peach Pie with Pecan Streusel

My mom and I got into this big debate yesterday about the difference between open-faced and double crusted pies. We came to the consensus that double crusted pies are just way better and everyone that believes differently is wrong. Although this pie is not double crusted, the pecan streusel gives it a great taste and texture. I found this recipe on CHOW, but Southern Living has an equally delicious recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

(I cheated and used a pre-made frozen crust from the grocery store. I swear it still tastes great, but here are the ingredients to make your own crust)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter(1 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons ice water


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter(1 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans


  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest(from about 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 pounds ripe but firm peaches(about 10 to 12 medium peaches)
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting the work surface
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch


Whisk the flour, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl until combined.


Finely chop the pecans and cut the butter into small pieces.


Work the pecans and butter into the mixture using your fingers. This may take several minutes, but be patient until all the flour and grainy pieces are kneaded in and the streusel becomes crumbly.


Cover and put in the fridge until later.


Place 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the lemon zest, juice, and salt in a large bowl and whisk until combined.

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Now for the messy part. I bought these peaches at the Temecula Farmer’s Market earlier on in the day and as you can tell they were on the verge of going bad. This makes for the sweetest peaches though so don’t let the outsides fool ya!


Cut the peaches in half, remove the pits, and cut the fruit into small slices. Add to the bowl with the sugar mixture and stir until well coated. Set the bowl aside for 15 minutes, toss the peaches, and set aside another for 15 minutes.


There should be a good amount of liquid syrup after the peaces have been sitting in the sugar for awhile. Drain the liquid and put the peaches back in the bowl.


Now the recipe wasn’t super clear when it came to this part. It said to put the peaches in the remaining sugar and then add cornstarch, but there was no remaining sugar mixture? I just mixed 1/4 cup cornstarch with a little more brown sugar and granulated sugar then coated the peaches.


As you can see there is a slight glaze after adding the cornstarch and sugar. Like I said I’m not sure if that is exactly what you are supposed to do, if you have a better way of doing this please share with me!


Fill the crust with all the yummy peaches and spread them evenly. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes then remove the pie from the oven.


Add the streusel on top and return to the oven at a reduced temperature of 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Don’t forget to put the pie on a baking sheet covered in foil because juice leaks out EVERYWHERE and you’ll have a big sugary mess on your hands if you don’t.


And here is the finished product! Doesn’t it look beautiful?! Not to toot my own horn too much, but I think it turned out pretty dang good. If you have any suggestions or other recipes I should try please let me know in the comments!


Southern Style 

If it wasn’t for the last minute would I ever get anything done?! Karly and I decided to go to the Darius Rucker concert in San Diego spur of the moment. There were still pit tickets available so we jumped on them and a couple hours later we arrived at Sleep Train Amphitheater with our boots on (haha)!

I guess I would consider myself a bit of a concert snob, I don’t do the whole lawn section anymore. What’s the point? You might as well listen from home! We were literally at the stage and Darius Rucker put on an amazing show, he even played a few songs from his Hootie days. Oh and Brett Eldridge is pretty much heaven sent, he is so dang cute.

I just bought these red boots last week and I am so excited about them. They are beautiful and red and they kind of remind of me the boots Ariel wears in Footloose. I’m a dedicated Ariat fan, they are so comfortable and well-made. I know everyone has their go-to boot brand, but if you don’t have a pair of Ariats I highly recommend trying them out.

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Dress | Red Cowboy Boots | Classic Cowboy Boots