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Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that leaves you pinching yourself, wondering if you're dreaming and about to wake up to real life. Such was the case when my friend and colleague Annette Joseph dropped me a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The City Sage
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For me, attempts to improve on the basic brownie always bring to mind the saying, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' Fudgy and rich, moist and indulgent, brownies are everything a treat should be—not to mention the fact that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The City Sage
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The older I get, the more I avoid impulse shopping. By now I've culled my closet enough to know that items bought in the heat of the moment are the ones most likely to linger unused before eventually ending up... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The City Sage
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I live in a Craftsman bungalow that was built sometime in the early 20th century. Although it hasn't been especially well maintained over the years, most aspects of the house are serviceable. Some are even charming! The bathroom is, unfortunately,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The City Sage
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Do you have a friend who is soft-spoken, understated, never toots her own horn—but she's such a fantastic person that you think she should be the most popular girl on earth? I've got a few people in my life like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The City Sage
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Is it just me, or is it impossible to keep up with all the great TV out there lately? It seems like every day I add another show to my roster of must-watch programs, and I’m especially excited about one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The City Sage
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The best things often start quietly, without your even noticing them. They go about their business, planting their seeds in the ground beneath your feed, sending down roots and pushing up sprouts until finally you notice that you're standing amongst... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The City Sage
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From big box furniture stores to independent artisans, I love to pour over the new decor releases each season, imagine how I'd use them in my own home, incorporate them into photo shoots, or simply appreciate them as lovely objects... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at The City Sage
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Yesterday I shared my thoughts on how to wear a midi skirt. Indeed, the unexpected proportions of long over long are one of my favorite ways to style this wardrobe essential. But the truth is that when it comes to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at The City Sage
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While I love a good sweater/skirt outfit, some combos are definitely trickier to wear than others. It has less to do with the reality of the situation and more to do with the mental block that often accompanies avant-garde silhouettes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at The City Sage
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It started with a single specimen. Then two. Then slowly, gradually, over the course of the last few months, more and more appeared until they seemed to be popping up everywhere I turned. No, I'm not talking about fleas—though with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at The City Sage
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Last fall I joined the NUDE Skincare team as an ambassador, and I've been having a blast sharing ideas for stylish and sustainable living on their blog! My latest contribution is a customizable recipe for DIY natural cleaning products that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at The City Sage
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I was reflecting yesterday on the various creative hobbies that I've had over the years. Playing music and writing fiction have played a major role in my life at various times, coming and going as time and circumstance has allowed.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The City Sage
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Growing up I hated my freckles. They'd begin as a dusting on my nose each spring, and by summer's end the sun would have scattered them across my face, down my chest, over my arms, even to my knees. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The City Sage
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Although spring is still a little ways off, the arrival of March has me hotly anticipating the coming season. Sure, living in Los Angeles has me pretty spoiled when it comes to warm temps, fresh produce, and plenty of sunshine.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The City Sage
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A while ago I started avoiding grains in my diet. The choice isn't due to any diagnosed allergies. Rather, my body just feels and functions better without them. Since then I've found no shortage of variety for lunch and dinner.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The City Sage
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If you've been around this blog for any length of time you know that I take a minimalist approach to my wardrobe. If I haven't worn something in over a year, it's out the door to Goodwill with nary a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at The City Sage
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I've talked before about my goal to elevate my living room from functional to fab. In addition to spare, thoughtful accents of minimalist decor and modern lighting, my biggest addition will be artwork to adorn the currently (pathetically) bare walls.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at The City Sage
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Even though I love style, enjoy following trends, and have fun incorporating the ones I like into my wardrobe, I loathe how throwaway and frivolous the fashion cycle can feel. After all, who amongst us has the budget (or the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at The City Sage
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I've been a fan of the skincare brand S.W. Basics since it launched a couple years ago. The company's minimalist route to a radiant complexion resonates with what I've always intuitively sensed about my skin: if I could just keep... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The City Sage
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Our story begins last September during LA's worst heat wave in decades. I'd escaped to the mall (free air conditioning!) and was pawing through the racks of fall apparel when the softest denim jacket I'd ever encountered caught my attention.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The City Sage
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Creatively speaking I'm pretty well-rounded. I'm good with words, I can confidently improvise in the kitchen, and I hold my own with a camera. But one area in which I come up dismally short is drawing. My art skills stalled... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The City Sage
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Even though I've neither read the book nor seen the movie, I hold a certain degree of respect for 50 Shades of Grey. After all, how could I not appreciate a reference to the versatile allure of my favorite color?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The City Sage
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The lovely folks at Decorist recently invited me to take part in their expert series and answer some of their subscribers' questions. Head over to read my decorating advice on everything from choosing a lampshade to mixing patterns. Plus enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at The City Sage
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What's your stance on Valentine's Day? I don't go whole hog for it (red roses? no thanks!) but I am in favor of anything that asks us to think more about love—for our partners, for our friends and family, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The City Sage