In Your Own Backyard


| it’s so easy to forget how grounding a day exploring your own surroundings can be |

Last weekend, my family and I set out on a Saturday morning hike around beautiful Phoenix Lake. Seasonably cold weather aside (I have to admit, it was about time the winter weather set in!), we decided to layer up and take advantage of the clear, sunny day and spend the morning enjoying the trails. On numerous occasions my family, friends and I have found ourselves confessing, “We really should get out and explore more. I mean, we have beautiful [insert mountain, hiking trail or state park] basically in our backyard!”

As we dive head-first into this holiday season, I have made a point to remember to embrace the beauty around me, not only in the place I live but in those people with whom I interact and spend time.



| I am thrilled to share some of my favorite looks from the a-thread Fall lookbook |

a-thread is a fantastic clothing & accessories line based in Los Angeles with the vision of offering women stylish, comfortable fashions and the means to support a good cause. With their ‘Shop & Effect’ program, a-thread donates 5% of each purchase to one of their charity partners. Shoppers are given the choice of four charities to whom the portion of their purchase will be donated: Kiva, Thirst Relief International, LA Animal Services, & Children of the Night. Finding the perfect Fall staples from a-thread’s new lookbook- filled with sweaters, denim and coats in cozy fabrics and autumn-inspired hues- is easy knowing that you are supporting some pretty amazing philanthropic organizations.

Monday Mood Board: City

Monday Mood Board

my thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with the people on the east coast affected by Hurricane Sandy. as the rebuilding stage has begun in New York City, I wanted to pay tribute to the incredibly inspiring sights, locales, fashion & architecture of this beautiful city

| images courtesy of The Sartorialist, Altantic-Pacific & others |