We Made These 3 Small Changes to Help the Planet + It Was Easy!

After Tuesday’s election, with some solid progress in many key areas and some disappointing losses in others, I’m more determined than ever to keep doing my in small, daily ways to keep our country moving forwards. It’s so easy to get trapped in the mindset that as individuals we are powerless—I struggle with those thoughts every […]

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Ideas for Beating Holiday Stress Before It Even Starts

I’ve been having serious hibernation impulses lately. Of course part of it is the natural ebb and flow of energy that comes with shorter days and cooler temperatures, but I’m also chalking up my longing for couch time to how incredibly stressful this year has been both in the news and in my own life. […]

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Reflections On Learning Piano as an Adult

Remember back in January when I decided take up the piano after a fifteen year hiatus? As we head into the final couple months of the year, I thought I’d give you guys an update on how that’s going! As you’ll recall if you saw my posts on Instagram, I played the piano for years […]

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7 Last Minute Halloween Ideas

I’m sorry to say that this year, Halloween has snuck up on me without even saying ‘boo’. What used to be my favorite holiday is now just another blip on the calendar. (Hoping that will change once we have kids?!) Instead of pumpkins and parties my mind is focused instead on the upcoming elections, the […]

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Relationship Wisdom from My Parents’ Six Decades of Love

Earlier this month, my parents turned 60. On the very same weekend, they also toasted their 60th anniversary of “meeting” each other. You see, my parents were born two days apart in the same hospital. They started dating in high school, and they were married the summer after college graduation. Today, they’re professors in the […]

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Follow This Instagrammer for Stress-Free Travel Tips

As we head into this final quarter of the year, I’ve definitely got travel on the brain. Between now and December 31, I’m headed to North Carolina, Germany, France, Mexico, Palm Springs, and Toronto. I’ve written about my travel anxiety, and I’m definitely conscious that it could crop up again with all this time spent […]

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Snag My Workspace Tips at Wit & Delight!

PHEW. What a week it’s been! On Tuesday we shot the living and dining room makeover that I did for Kim of Eat, Sleep, Wear, and on Thursday I drove out to Palm Springs with my work wife Caroline to kick off a new design project at the A-frame cabin she recently purchased. Wrap one […]

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My Top Summer Reading Picks This Year

I’m proud to say that in spite of how busy as I’ve been this summer, the morning reading habit I implemented at the beginning of the year is still going strong! More often than not, I spend the first twenty or thirty minutes after waking immersed in a book, and it’s become a valuable part […]

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My Top Spots for a Mother-Daughter Date in Los Angeles

The older I get, the more I miss my mom when we’re apart. The time we spend in each other’s company is so precious to me. In recent years, we’ve had to make due with a get-together every six months or so. But this summer, she’s been flying to LA once every few weeks for […]

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The Easiest Way to Make Your Photos Better

One of the most common questions I get asked on Instagram is how I edit my photos. And while there is no short answer—the truth is that although I have a general formula, each photo requires different tweaks depending on factors like lighting—I do start every edit with a preset designed for processing photos on […]

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Creating New Traditions + Our Engagement Story

One of the fun things about being in a steady, stable relationship is that you’re always learning new things about your partner. When I first met Ivan, he seemed like the most pragmatic guy on the planet, and most of the time, he totally is. But as I discovered when it came time for us […]

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Talking Mental Health + Eating Disorders on Out of Line Podcast

Since it first launched last year, Caroline Lee’s Out of Line Podcast has been doing an incredible job of creating space for honest, vulnerable conversations around topics we don’t often discuss in a nuanced way online. She covers subject matter like religion, sex, relationships…the stuff that really matters but that can be uncomfortable and scary to […]

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