Kitchen Reveal

Finally, my kitchen reveal!

A Vegas Story

A family Vegas vacay reared a racy end as I somehow ended up in my bra and panties five feet away from Scott Foley.

Oh Vegas, how different you look with a baby in tow. What was once an alcohol drenched den is now a family friendly playground filled with repeated trips to the M&M Chocolate Factory and its counterpart, the Nestle Tollhouse Store. Fancy dinners and stuffing my face at the buffet are dust in the wind as many meals start and end at the Rainforest Cafe where Rachel the server shouts out specials of the day underneath a giant fake mushroom. Dinner is quiet and involves sitting in front of our TV devouring take-out in silence because baby is asleep in the next room. And we must not wake up the baby. Pool life, once swipe right cesspools affectionately called day clubs, is now a zone of caution where we tread lightly in the kiddie pool and bark out "be carefuls" at each other every two minutes. But the baby is having fun and loves splashing water directly into my eyes. And into my hair breaking my lifetime record for never getting my hair wet in pools. Oh the defeat.

Oh our way back from Vegas, we hit traffic. After six uncomfortable hours of stop and go, the baby starts fussing, we are completely stopped, and I've pulled out all the tricks in my bag.  So I take him out of the car seat for just a few minutes. He's such an opportunist and proceeds to throw up right then and there. The vomit misses him but hits me full force covering my shirt and pants and parts of my precious fanny pack (outfit in the photos). I can't bear the thought of pulling over and digging through luggage for fresh clothes so I take them off and brazenly ride home in bra and panties. As we finally pull into the driveway, I glance over at my neighbor's house and see a small group huddled in front casually chatting. My eagle eyes immediately descend upon Scott Foley in the group and I instinctually try to open the door to jump out and chat him up until my dear husband gently reminds me of my unclothed state. 

Not only are Vegas trips forever changed, it appears our neighbors are cooler than us.


Vacation Style | Island Dress

In my Free People floral midi dress on a romantic rendezvous with M in Kauai.

Fab Find | Give 'Em The Cold Shoulder

A first cousin to the nauseatingly pervasive soon to be axed off-the-shoulder trend, cold shoulder tops and dresses have hit the scene and are making a steal for fashion superlatives this season. It's one of my favorite silhouettes as it doesn't scream summer and can easily transition from scorching temps to cool dips. I've already amassed a small collection and am bookmarking a few more as I like to plan ahead. It's easy to wear but high waisted jeans pair best in keeping the style unfussy and effortless chic.

Fab Find | Intentionally Blank

I recently discovered Intentionally Blank, an under $200 Los Angeles bred, Parisian inspired footwear line worthy of cult-like following. The designs are minimalistic and cool girl chic while the use of leather and luxe fabrics elevate the pieces into high-end designer territory. The indie vibe is strong with this one which means you're definitely not going to be stomping around town in a cookie-cutter shoe.

Exterior Decor | Decked Out

Partnering with Pier 1 Imports to host my first summer block party!

Fab Finds | 21 Summer Mules for Under $25

A fever, a likely strep throat, and pounding body aches have finally shut me down for a few days. I'm quarantined, sequestered in bed, and self-soothing by watching all the Real Housewives zip codes. So, I guess this is vacation for Moms! Maybe it's the Nyquil or maybe the fever's burning a hole in my head but aside from catching up on the never-ending Ramona/Bethenny drama saga I've also been on an online shopping rampage. I've been obsessed with mules for over a year and especially love the Loeffler, Maryam, and Mansur versions, but damn, $500 for basic chunky heels? I'm a Mom now and I've got to consume sensibly and diapers don't just fall out of the sky. So as I started digging into the black hole of online shopping, I found amazing budget alternatives (most are $25 and under!!) that can help anyone get over their mule fix.

Interior Decor | The Eyes Of The House

Sharing inspo and expert tips on how to give window treatments a fresh update!

GBF Food | Grateful for Crateful

I tried Crateful's chef prepared meal delivery service for ten days and here are the photos of every yummy bite.

Scrambled eggs with tomato, herbs and green leaves
Petrale sole with roasted carrots and sweet potatoes
Pasta a la normal with eggplant and tomato sauce
Tofu stir fry
chilled asparagus soup
Turkey burger and spaghetti
Praga ham with revggies
breakfast omelette and veggie sandwich 
chef salad with market vegetables
Veggie English muffin with omelette
Crab salad
Aromatic herbs steamed salmon with eggplant parmigiana
quinoa burger with tofu and grilled veggies
butternut squash lasagna
Mahi mahi with veggie lasagna
Roasted tofu with veggies
charred octopus salad

I love to eat, hate to cook. Before the baby, M and I ate out almost every night and home cooking consisted of a rotating cast of pasta and mapo tofu with rice. Well, we kissed that carefree chapter goodbye now that the baby's 7pm bedtime keeps us at home on most nights. I'm perfectly fine with eating a salad or sandwich or even digging up some old crackers and a can of forgotten soup a few nights a week but M insists on a hot meal.  Every single night. So I've had to get a little bit creative in escaping cooking duties like ordering locally sourced, Italian inspired, chef prepared meals from Crateful. Each meal is hand-delivered and packaged in bio-degradable plates ready to be heated up or devoured as is. I like using our Miele steam oven to reheat as it captures the flavor and texture of the fresh ingredients and helps make every meal feel home cooked.

We tried it (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for ten days and the hubby and I agree it's the most inventive and palate rich meal delivery service we've ever tried. Aside from the convenient dinners, I also loved the breakfast and lunch options as they're portioned perfectly and packed for on-the-go eating. It's the perfect meal delivery service for foodies who hate to cook and have a six months old baby that's got them on lockdown. 

Office Style | Body Conscious

Sharing my wear-to-work dress oozing with bodycon undertones. 

Date Night Style | Florals and Cords

A not so age apropos outfit for a recent date night at sotto.

Weekend Style | Home Life

Sharing a casual weekend outfit while out to brunch with the family.

Beauty | Glow Back

I'm sharing five tips from Iglow Med Spa's Nurse Nataly on how to get your pre-mommy glow back!

Interior Decor | Morning Meditation

Sharing my unconventional morning meditation routine.

Office Style | Leather and Pleats

An office look that provides quick access to my boobs. 

Fab Five | The New Mommy Essentials

I can't believe Baby D has been a part of our family for almost three months! Our parenthood journey has been filled with chaos, surprises, tears, and endless, bottomless, never-ending love. I now truly understand the phrase, "bundle of joy" as no matter the zombie-like state I'm in, one glance at his big and bright baby greys and I'm filled with insurmountable joy. My days and nights are devoted to the baby and on the rare instance he's not with me, I'm thinking about him. Life before baby ("LBB") feels like a lifetime ago as the state of carefree is forever lost to the responsibilities of motherhood.

We were ill-prepared for baby's arrival as he was almost two weeks early. We were on our way back from a staycation at Terranea when I started feeling unusual cramping in my abdomen. They persisted even after we got home so I knew I had to see my doctor asap. At her office, she made the surprise reveal-I was already four centimeters dilated and 100% effaced! While in my state of shock, I asked if I had enough time to attend the Jaguar party or the Movado dinner scheduled for that night. She laughed and gave us two options: go straight to Cedars Sinai or go home first, take a shower, eat dinner, and then go to Cedars. We went with the latter as we still needed to pack our hospital bag. At home, I was in a panic and basically paced the house in a frenzy throwing whatever I happened to stumble upon into my duffel. The shower was anything but relaxing as every trickle of water tricked me into thinking my water was breaking bringing up fears that I was going to give birth in my bathroom. After we finally left the house, we stopped at Lemonade for one last life-before-baby meal. I don't remember what I ate but I do remember staring at M eating his fried chicken sandwich and feeling like he was eating in slow mo.

After checking into the hospital, I experienced more cramping which took me to six centimeters. They were bearable and felt more like period cramps than contractions which put me in a great mood as I assumed I'd be one of the lucky few who'd have a painful-free, epidural-free labor. But then the labor stopped. No more dilation, no more cramping, nothing. So the doctors broke my water and began inducing labor and that's when the real contractions kicked in. The pain was so great I could feel every fiber of my body rise with it. I pushed the call button and without hesitation yelled, "EPIDURAL!" and fifteen minutes later I was again in a good mood. But then I had to push and I swear the pushing was more painful than the contractions. An hour and a half later, I was exhausted, dehydrated, and was quite certain the baby was going to just have to stay inside forever. So the doctors took action. They amped up the lights, brought in more doctors, a team of pediatricians, and opened up the stirrups even wider. They yelled for me to push harder and brought out the vacuum to suction out the baby. It felt like I was in a episode of Grey's Anatomy as from my vantage point all I could see was a sea of floating heads in medical caps. Finally, with one last push, the baby came out, I heard his first cry, breathed a sigh of relief, and fell into exhaustion.

At the time of his arrival, his room was packed with unopened boxes and looked more like a storage room than a nursery. Needless to say, M and I were in a frenzy scrambling to figure out exactly what we needed and even though I'd purchased a long list of newborn products, we simply didn't have the time or the energy to unpack most of it. After talking to friends, family, and doctors, we realized that aside from everyday items like diapers and clothes, we needed just a few fab necessities to keep baby alive and happy because a happy baby means a happy mommy!

{Halo Bassinest}
The bassinet is the baby's first bed so I knew I had to find the best one. After doing a ton of research, the clear winner was the Halo Bassinest. With an adjustable height and 360 degrees swivel I can place it right next to my bed and comfort the baby in the middle of the night without ever getting up. Its functionality is also perfect for a smaller bedroom as parents can move the bassinet around instead of trying to maneuver around it. The minimalist style and design blends into our home perfectly and the soft mesh borders keeps him safe and allows me to see him from every angle.

{Dr. Brown's bottles, sterilizer, and bottle warmer}
My breastfeeding journey is a bit atypical. During baby's first few weeks, we had latching problems which led to bloody, cracked, and sore nipples. I was in so much pain that I would cry during every nursing session. The situation was unsustainable so I switched over to using a nipple shield which greatly minimized the pain. However, the baby wasn't getting enough milk and I wasn't producing enough which created a lot of anxiety. Not wanting to stop breastfeeding, I decided to exclusively pump and bottle feed, a process that is ridiculously time-consuming as I'm either feeding, pumping, or washing bottles around the clock. But it's worth it to know that baby is well-fed and happy.

Once we switched over to bottles, I immediately picked up an arsenal of Dr. Brown bottles as they're the only ones on the market designed to prevent gas and spit-up through a uniquely designed venting system. Granted, I don't have a point of comparison but baby is happy and colic-free. I also use their easy-to-use bottle warmer and sterilizer, two of the greatest time-saving helpers in bottle feeding! 

{UPPAbaby MESA car seat & VISTA stroller}
I never imagined I'd get so many complements on a baby stroller! People stop me on the street all the time asking me about my Uppababy stroller and commenting on its pretty design. Yes, it looks great but you know what, it's highly functional. With just one click, I can take the baby from the Mesa carseat to the Vista stroller. The wheels are super smooth and glides with movement which means it's easy for baby to fall asleep and stay asleep. There's also ample room on the bottom for my ginormous Skip Hop diaper bag. The best part? The stroller allows for multiple configurations and attachment so it will grow with the baby.

{BabyBjorn Carrier One and Balance Soft Bouncer}
Not a day goes by where I'm not using either the BabyBjorn carrier or bouncer. The functionality is great as the bouncer is light enough for me to take it every in the house as it's a great place for the baby to lounge while I wash dishes or get ready in the mornings. The fabric is soft but durable and it's designed for the baby to bounce without needing any batteries. M loves carrying baby in the extra padded newborn friendly carrier and baby loves falling asleep in it. Every weekend we take a walk around downtown Beverly Hills and it's one of the most peaceful times of the week. M straps baby into the carrier, baby takes a nap, and mommy gets to indulge in a Bouchon almond croissant and unwind for a bit.

Aside from the functionality, the Swiss made products are so so easy on the eyes!

{Ubbi diaper pail}
This is the chicest diaper pail I've seen and comes in great neutral colors that complements baby's nursery. I love the sleek look and truly prevents any odor from escaping. There's absolutely nothing I don't love about it and plan on making it my default baby shower gift. 

Office Style | Peplum Camouflage

Tailored office look featuring Chris Gramer and Bishop + Young.

Date Night Style | Pink Bomber

Pink velvet slip dress to dinner at Catch.

Baby Moments | The First Smile

Sharing the story of the first time Baby Desmond smiled at me!