Holiday Happenings

The week leading up to Thanksgiving through New Years Day make up my absolute favorite time of the year.  From the anticipation of time with family and friends to delicious food and Christmas music, there is a feeling in the air that is just electric.  The past week has been a busy one, but full of productivity and a few of my favorite holiday traditions.



  • My absolute favorite stationary company ever, Rifle Paper Co. had an amazing Cyber Monday deal that I took full advantage of.  We ordered some holiday cards and gift tags for my boyfriend’s annual holiday corporate gifting… but I seriously might have to sneak a few!  How adorable are they?!
  • Gorgeous Friday night sunset from our rooftop balcony at work.  Perfect ending to the week.
  • I’ve been dying to put our Christmas tree up since before Thanksgiving, but it finally happened over the weekend.
  • There she is!  All decorated.  More pictures to come :-)
  • I know I’ve openly complained about this in the past, but our apartment has ONE (yes, ONE) closet and a tiny pantry.  Our old console table, just wasn’t cutting it and we really needed something that would allow for more storage so that we could use our minuscule make-shift pantry for what else?  Food.  I finally caved and bought an Ikea Malm in white and intend on decking it out in Overlays.  Definitely a project for a rainy winter weekend and I can’t wait.  For now, she’s a little plain Jane, but I couldn’t be happier to have a pantry that stores food instead of vases, crafts and cleaning supplies.  Plus, a white table instead of black really lightens up the hallway :-)
  • And finally… our ONEHOPE Coffee has arrived!  We were like a bunch of kids on Christmas morning waiting as our President cut open the box and pulled out the bags for us to see.  What a wonderful Tuesday treat!


Every year, my boyfriend and I travel up to the San Francisco Bay area for Thanksgiving with his family.  We are usually rushing to get out of the city (along with millions of others) the Tuesday night or Wednesday before the holiday, but this year we decided to take a more relaxed approach and drove up on Thanksgiving morning which was surprisingly quick.  On Friday, we made the trip down to Pismo for a few quiet days by the beach… just what we needed to recharge and kick into holiday mode on Monday morning.  Take a look at some of my favorite moments from the weekend below.

{Lily watching with curiosity as we were packing on Wednesday night}

{Little cousin love}

{Collecting sand dollars on the beach with the little ones}

{Love these guys}

{The CUTEST beach house in Pismo.  The French doors, the windows, the view.  Can I move in now?!}

{View from the hotel}

{One of my favorite parts of traveling – bringing home new sauces and jams to try}

{Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo}

{Recycled wine bottle glasses}

{Tasting fleet at vineyard #3 – Baileyana}

{Fall colors at Kelsey Winery}

{One of the 100+ Peacocks at Kelsey Winery!  I always seem to forget how beautiful they are until I see them again in person}

{Watching the sun set on our last night}

My Life in Pictures

  • Came across a picture I took last week of this amazing winter wonderland tablescape at Wildflower Linen.  Definitely got me excited for holiday decor!
  • Serious packaging envy!  A case of Sea Smoke was delivered to the office today and I could not believe how gorgeous their shipper and wine inserts were.  Talk about customer experience!  I think we have a little catching up to do ;-)
  • Picked up a few (ok, like 30) paint chips on my way home from the office tonight.  I’m feelin’ Benjamin Moore’s Black Ink now… what do you think?
  • An impulse trip my favorite meat market on earth greeted me with this view.  One of those “pinch me, I really live here” moments.
  • Finally home from the office, shooting out a few more emails (or trying to) with my little one by my side.  She likes to take over the keyboard  =^. .^=

Hope you’re having a great week!