4.08.2016

Cambria + Hearst Castle

Last week I had a few extra days off work so we decided to take a fun little trip to the coast. We woke up early on Wednesday and drove down the 101 to Cambria.

cambria
 
We stayed at the most adorable little Inn by the ocean. They have this boardwalk which was pretty long and great for walking. The weather was absolutely perfect!
 
 
There is a Elephant Seal rookery just a few minutes away so we had to check it out.
 

Look all of them! Don't be deceived they are actually huge; the adult males can get up to 16 feet and 5,000 lbs!
 
lilly pulitzer cooler
Lilly Cooler (similar) // Monogram cups // Lilly for Target Blanket
 We then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at the beach in front of the Inn looking for moonstones and enjoying happy hour.

 
The next morning we drove a few minutes down the road to Hearst Castle! It was absolutely stunning.
 
 
The castle is located in San Simeon on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. And fun fact, the Hearst family sold off some of their property back in the day to my husband's family! 
 
Dress // Bosom Buddy Bag
 The spring is a great time to visit as all the flowers on the property are in bloom.
 

I absolutely loved the indoor pool! All the tile work was so beautiful. 

Bosom Buddy Bag Lilly Pulitzer
 
Everything was just so over the top. It would have been so fun to be an invited guest back in the castle's heyday.
 
Bosom Buddy Bag
 
 
I seriously took the Bosom Buddy Bali Bag (in X-Large) everywhere on this trip. It was the perfect size for my large camera, a sweater, sunglasses, wallet and makeup. I love that the ribbon and motif are totally customizable. This one has a aqua, lime green and white stripe with a starfish (a little nod to Hawaii) but they have so many color options to choose from. Make sure to check out their website.  
 
Hearst Castle

 If you are ever taking a drive down Highway 1 Cambria and Hearst Castle are worth a stop! Next up is San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach.
 
 
 
PS. And because it's Master's Week (are you watching?!!) here's a few little signs I made in the past and plan to recreate this weekend for our viewing party!
 
XO

3.28.2016

Easter Outfit

Happy Monday! I hope your Easter was lovely.
 
lilly pulitzer
Dress // Shawl // Wedges // Tassel Wallet
 I ended up picking this dress for Easter Sunday service as the colors reminded me of an Easter egg! I paired it with my gold shawl for a little shoulder coverage and gold pep-toe wedges. I choose the Bosom Buddy Bags 'Colored Zippered Wallet in Turquoise Croc-Sand Dollar' but ended up using it as a small clutch.

lilly pulitzer dress

It was perfect! The inside was roomy as I was able to fit my phone, car key, lip gloss and money easily. The color was an exact match to the accents in my dress but the gold sand dollar and tassel charm really was the icing on the cake.

bosom buddy bags

lilly pulitzer bosom buddy bags

 Have a great week! XO

3.25.2016

Friday Five

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely week. Looking forward to Easter this Sunday!
 
I entered a photo contest with Bosom Buddy Bags (a brand that I LOVE) with the prize being a fab Easter basket full of goodies and I would love for you to vote for me!
bosom buddy bags
Just look for this photo and my name, Andrea F. You can click HERE or if you prefer, you can go to the Bosom Buddy Bags Facebook page and find the contest there.

In the coming weeks I will also be showcasing several BB bags with different ways to wear them. AKA outfit posts! I'm really excited to be partnering with them and I can't wait to show you what I've come up with. Stay tuned!

 
Have you all tried any of the new arrivals from Lilly?! There are so many pretties out right now!
lilly pulitzer betsey
 I especially love the new Betsey top; the fit is extremely flattering. The new southern charm colorway is beautiful too!

 
 Have you heard of the Eagle Cam? There are two cameras in the nest of a pair of bald eagles who recently hatched babies! It's really interesting to watch and the bald eagle chicks are beyond adorable!

 
Patio season is upon us!
lilly pulitzer patio
I'm continuing the Lilly theme in the backyard (remember our Lilly for Target umbrella?!) with the Lilly flamingo pillow to match our pink flamingos! And some cute outdoor Lilly wine glasses (similar, I found these at TJ Maxx!). I also hope to plant some plants this weekend and do some sprucing up back there over the next month or so.
 
What are you all wearing for Easter?! I have two dress options and I'm not sure yet which one. It's either the Mila Lace Shift in Coconut Jungle or the Lyssa Shift in Shrimply Chic. I'll report back next week or you can find me on instagram in the mean time!
 
 
Linking up with A.Liz Adventures!
 
XO

3.24.2016

Easter Decor

This Lenten season has flown by and it is already Holy Thursday! As we prepare for Easter this weekend I wanted to share with you our table and a little décor.
 
Since we are hosting a brunch I thought I would keep it simple and go with a pink and green theme.
Easter table
Chargers // Monogrammed Napkins // Pink Ombre Candles
pink and green
 
The bunny place card holders were a Target score last year.

 
For the menu I am planning to make a lemon bundt cake, a quiche, croissants and of course a little mimosa bar.

pink monogrammed napkins

I absolutely love the font and the quality of these napkins. They are from Monograms, Etc (which I have posted about before) and she has a fabulous selection at great prices.

pink ombre candles
 
The table is pretty small so I like to keep it clutter free until right before we eat. I'll be bringing out some of our beautiful crystal though!

waterford pitcher
 
In the corner of the kitchen nook is this little built-in which displays my teacup and kettle collection. I added this fun little bunny banner to the front.
 
boxwood wreath
 
And we can't forget the mantle.. and my favorite Andrea by Sadek blue and white bunny!

andrea by sadek bunny

What are your Easter plans?! Are you hosting this year? XO

3.15.2016

The Decor Shuffle

Do you ever feel like your house is in a constant shuffle? I moved a plant to the living room for more light and it created a domino effect where I ended up moving about 10 other items all over the house to make up for it. I moved my favorite bamboo chair by the bookcase in the dining room and realized that my new pillow matches the color of the bookcase perfectly. Such a happy little accident and now I am totally loving everything in it's new place!
 
Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches
 
Nothing like a little spring rearranging! But that means that next up is the dreaded spring cleaning.
 
Have you done any spring rearranging or cleaning yet??!
 


3.11.2016

Friday Five

Happy Friday!! I have been exhausted from work lately and I am really looking forward to relaxing this weekend! A few things from my week:
 
This Saturday (3/12) is one of my favorite events of the year, Lunch at Lilly. I remember in years past when you could actually win a lunch/trip to the Lilly headquarters to meet Lilly herself. Nowadays its just a gift with purchase sale, but still good none the less! Is anyone trying to get the bike?!
lilly pulitizer
I've got my eye on a few dresses for Easter, the Tessa shift dress in 'Green Sheen Fronds Place' and the Raegan Fit & Flare dress in 'Resort White Happiness Is'. I also think the Karlie Wrap Romper would be so fabulous come summer!

I got the most perfect pink monogrammed napkins from Monograms, Etc right before Valentines Day and used them at the brunch I hosted for my friends, but of course I forgot to take good pictures of the whole setup. I'm looking forward to setting our table and decorating this weekend in preparation for Easter and I hope to share pictures next week!

A sweet friend I met through Instagram started up her own business, called Oh Shello selling the cutest shell necklaces. She customizes the colors of the beads for you and they are a perfect match to Lilly!
I have been wearing mine non stop!
 
Links I love this week: A coworker sent me a video to a Ted Talk a few days ago about how to raise brave girls. We obviously don't have kids, but it spoke to how I could be brave myself. Also if you watch make-up tutorials you might find this video on 'Trumping' extremely funny.. and yes, it is about how to get Donald Trump's 'look'.
 
Recently, CWF's family put together an exhibit and talk at the local museum about their history in the area.  The turnout for the talk (about 50 people!) was fantastic and it was a really proud day for the family. Afterwards, I thought it would be fun (?!) to take a photo-op on this donkey in the yard.
 
As always, linking up with April of A.Liz Adventures for today's Friday Five.
 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! XO

3.10.2016

Recent Beauty Favorites

It's been quite some time since I shared my current favorite beauty products. One of my goals for 2016 was to look more put-together for work. With the big 3-0 looming I wanted to look a little more professional and I've found some great products that have been a huge help.
 
Beauty Favorites
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush- I choose the 'Exposed' color and it is a great nude shade that lasts the whole workday.
 
Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser- This is a great everyday face cleanser that I use in the shower. It also works great with my Clarisonic.
 
Erborian BB Crème- This is one of my favorite products. I have it in the 'Clair' shade and I've found that it really adapts to your skin color. I've never used a BB crème before this but I am a total convert now. Not only does it provide excellent coverage and moisturizes; it also has SPF 20!
 
Eucerin Intensive Repair Foot Crème- Another Eucerin product that I swear by. During the winter my feet get dry and this crème really saves the day. It is extremely moisturizing without being too heavy or sticky feeling.
 
 Anastasia Brow Definer- I've actually never used a brow pencil before and I was told this one is a great one for beginners. I have the 'Taupe' color which seems to be a great light color for blondes. I like that it has a slanted tip so it makes it extra easy to apply. It also has a brow brush on the other side and I use that to blend in the color. Just by quickly filling in my brows each morning has really helped 'up' my professional look.
 
L'Oreal Infallible 8HR Pro Gloss- I picked this up after a recommendation from a friend and since then I bought it in another color because I liked it so much. I have the 'Glistening Berry' shade as well as the 'Rebel Red'. The 'Rebel Red' color is very red so I just apply 1 coat at work, but if I were to go to happy hour I would apply 2 coats for a more fun look. The 'Glistening Berry' color is also a great everyday shade. What I love most about them both is that I just have to apply it once in the morning and once after lunch and it looks great all day.
 
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing- I've mentioned this clay mask in the past and I just started using it again. I forgot how much I loved it! You can really feel it working and it makes your skin extra smooth.
 
What beauty products are you loving right now?!?!

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