A Sparkling Christmas Punch Holiday Cocktail Recipe

I’m not a huge drinker (fun fact: I have never even been drunk!) so it takes a lot to get me excited about a cocktail recipe. It has to be really, really good, and yup, it has to look gorgeous too. After all, we imbibe with our eyes as much as with our tastebuds, do we […]

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Rose Tea Protein Latte with Lower Sugar

This post was created in partnership with Truvia. Whenever December arrives, memories start flooding my mind. I have so many fond recollections of holiday seasons past, most of them involving time spent with my mom for our many festive preparations! We’d hit the flower market for pine boughs to adorn the house, pop into the German […]

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Room Service at Home: Ultimate Breakfast in Bed Gift Guide

This post was created in partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond. As life gets busier and busier—and it does seem to be speeding up exponentially, doesn’t it?—the absolute best gift you can give someone is the gift of downtime. But if the loved ones on your holiday shopping list are anything like me, even when they do get some […]

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The Perfect Sparkling Holiday Cocktail with Kombucha!

I didn’t used to be a kombucha person. The bubbly probiotic on everyone’s lips these days is certainly an acquired taste. But then, I toured the Health-Ade brewery here in LA, and ever since, I’m a kombucha convert! Getting a peek behind the curtain at how this miracle elixir is made really gave me an appreciation […]

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3 Easy Tips to Do Right Now to Prepare for Holiday Entertaining

I almost can’t believe I just typed the title of this post. Holiday entertaining is upon us, and I’m feeling a mix of giddy enthusiasm and grit-my-teeth apprehension. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that in in years past, I’ve been issued invitations to guests for cocktail drop-ins, weekend brunches, and other festive to-do’s, only to rescind […]

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Seasonal Fall Salad from Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone

Writing a book is no small feat. Writing a book while running one of the web’s most gorgeous and highly trafficked lifestyle sites—and having that book turn out to be one of the most stunning cookbooks of the year—has me thinking that Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon must be some kind of supergoddess sent from another […]

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The Perfect End-of-Summer Dessert: My Go-To Mini Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

Can you believe it? Summer is over! Well actually, it’s 106 degrees here in Los Angeles, so something tells me that summer isn’t going anywhere for a while. While climate change may mean that the Labor Day holiday no longer marks the end of roasty-toasty days, the long weekend can still be a time to pause, […]

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Mango Beer Paletas with Fresh Cherries

When our romance was still budding, my now-husband and I went on a date at the pub of an LA-based brewery called Golden Road. The brewery embodies everything we love about this city’s food scene: it’s innovative yet unpretentious, serious about its craft and passionate about its roots, yet with an utterly laid-back vibe. Brewed […]

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Easy + Elegant Dessert Bar Ideas with Edwards Desserts

(This post is sponsored by Edwards® Desserts. All opinions are my own.) The year was 2008. I was getting married. And along with a zillion other brides that summer, I built a color coordinated candy buffet at my wedding. You probably know exactly the setup I’m talking about: the oversized apothecary jars, the tiny scoops, the cellophane to-go […]

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Build-Your-Own Barbecue Bowls with a Reduced Sugar BBQ Sauce Recipe

I can still remember the first time I ever ate at a barbecue restaurant. I was in Massachusetts, of all places, and while the restaurant may have been north of the Mason-Dixon Line, the flavors were as down home as they come. From the plastic tablecloths and honky-tonk jukebox, and from the plethora of succulent […]

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