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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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We start school next week. Everyone is ready. EVERYONE. * This week on the HH facebook page, I shared a beauty hack I've been doing wrong, a not-so-small tweak that changed my entire bedroom, an inspiration, and the book I gave up on (and the one I just started). * For your holiday weekend reading pleasure: When did parents get so scared? I know there are a lot of articles like this, but I find them interesting anyway. The statistics cited here don't matter to almost any parent I know. Who cares that statistics say children have never been safer,... Continue reading
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Within minutes of coming up with the Read Great Books literature challenge, I knew I would have to do The Grapes of Wrath. I've been avoiding Steinbeck for decades (somehow I was never assigned his classic in school), but the Oklahoma-to-California story line is just too close to be ignored. So let us embark upon this Depression-era journey. Published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize. Steinbeck's story follows a family forced out of their Oklahoma home during the Dust Bowl, and what happens when they head west seeking a better life... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hollywood housewife
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Every August that rolls around, I remind myself to be nostalgic about the year I moved to Los Angeles. Every year I can hardly muster it. I had graduated college by the skin of my teeth just a few months earlier, and on the day we unloaded my brother’s diesel truck into that first apartment on Hollywood Boulevard, our country was just weeks away from changing forever. It’s hot in LA this time of year, I barely knew my roommate (or anyone else), and I had just enough money to make it about two months in the Big City before... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hollywood housewife
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It is still summer here. We don't go back to school until after Labor Day. It has been summer for many, many days. * This week on the HH facebook page, I talked about a movie we just saw, and a movie I want to see. We also talked about the thing that can absolutely change your day. We also had the discussion for Their Eyes Were Watching God if you want to read through the thoughtful conversation about that novel. The next book in the Read Great Books literature challenge is The Grapes of Wrath. I'll be doing a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We are home after our time at the lake. All told, we were there 8 weeks, hosting 41 overnight houseguests over a total of 24 nights, and that doesn’t count dozens of friends and family who came in and out the slamming screen door for meals or coffee or s’mores or to borrow a ski rope. We are full out our pores of memories and calories. Exhaustedly happy, and craving some routine. So we’ve spent the last week settling back into Los Angeles, where the social rules are strange, but the food is healthier, and where we comfortably call ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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I took a quick jaunt with some girlfriends to Asheville for a spa getaway and it was so fun. I had never been to this area of North Carolina and I'm already scheming to go back. We ate at Salsa (delicious, and I had two margaritas. At LUNCH. Unheard of), Farmburger, French Broad Chocolates, and the Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The Grove Park Inn was our main reason for making the trip, the spa there is so divine. The whole 24 hours away was just what I needed as we wrap up our time here at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I’ve only read Eleanor Park, which I liked but didn’t love. I know people swear by Rainbow Rowell, and I plan to read another one if there’s a kindle sale or something. In general, though, they might be more YA than I typically like.
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One of my favorite author discoveries in the last few years has been Liane Moriarty. Me and everyone else, it seems, as this Australian author has suddenly exploded in popularity with her last few books. I was so taken with What Alice Forgot that I went right out and read every one of the six novels Moriarty has published. And all six are HIGHLY entertaining. Every one. Her entire canon. How often is that the case? Almost never, I tell you. I haven't been this excited about a current pop writer since Tana French (who I also love, although the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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This is a portrait of by my five-year-old of her daddy. She wants you to know she had help with the nose. * This week on the HH facebook page, I shared two old posts that involve me crying: All of Life's Metaphors, and Hormone Hell. (How's that for a sell, huh?) We also talked about the latest pick in the Read Great Books literature challenge, make sure and RSVP here for the discussion. My friend Amber released a new book (she wrote part of it here at the lake house!), and here's yet another episode of This American Life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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This giveaway was not sponsored or perked. I love being organized, and yet summertime at our house is delightfully UNorganized. That's fun for exactly the amount of weeks it takes to reach August and then I hit a crazy wall and want everything back in its scheduled place. Thankfully, planner designers seem to know this about us (or they realize that many people coincide their planning brains with the start of the calendar school year, whatever), and some of the best planners have an August start. Enter the Day Designer by Whitney English, the planner I've been eyeing for ages.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We inadvertently took July off from the Read Great Books literature challenge, for no reason other than the summer is busy, everyone has their own pile of books to read, and I felt sure that most of us were peeking at (or abstaining from) Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman after we read and discussed To Kill A Mockingbird last month. But now that it's been a few weeks, let's get back to it. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston was published in 1937 and is now regarded as one of the most important works for both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Me and this giraffe? We had an understanding. * This week on the HH facebook page, I overshared about my hormones, got excited about Elizabeth Gilbert's new podcast (which in turn makes me excited about her new book), and bragged on Sorta Awesome. Speaking of Sorta Awesome, we've launched a LISTENER SURVEY to find out who our listeners are and how we can make the show even more awesome. If you're a Sorta Awesome listener (even just an occasional one!), we'd love it if you could take 5 quick minutes and fill this out. If you're not a Sorta Awesome... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Only What Matters is my mantra for the year. This is a check in. I spent the first half of the year shedding most of the surface things that didn’t matter: crap in my schedule, incessant worrying about dumb things that just take up brain space and distract from deeper fears. In the spring, I went a step further and let go of a few relationships that had been draining my heart. That was mostly a brain game, I didn’t tangibly sit anyone down for a big talk or anything, I just gave myself permission to stop pursuing this or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at hollywood housewife
A Year of Magical Thinking hurt my heart. I know it’s supposed to. But even reading the title just now made me ache a little bit.
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I read Eleanor Park! I didn’t fall all over myself love it like some people did, but I really did like it. And I’m not super into the young adult genre.
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I haven’t set the date just yet! Summer reading is spotty for everyone (or people have their own things they want to get to especially), plus I thought most would be reading Go Set A Watchman in July, so I inadvertently gave us a few weeks off. I’ll post it this week!
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My reading habits have been in a little bit of a disarray this year because of the Read Great Books literature challenge and my participation in a new local book club. Suddenly I have two "assigned" books each month, and that's knocked into my purely pleasure reading time. It's worth it, though, and I've still managed to fit in a book or two a month off my ever-increasing To Read list. (Last summer I read three life-changing books in a row. In case you're interested in having your world rocked.) A few notables lately: Love and other ways of dying... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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Several people messaged me asking about different serving pieces from this outdoor dinner party, so I decided to show some of the best things I've picked up or eyed lately. Many of these items are for outdoor use, and a lot of them are on sale right now. 1. This hammered wine chiller from Pier 1 was the thing the most people asked about. Pier 1 has the best (and mostly reasonably priced) serving pieces. This thing is way lighter than it looks! 2. Copper hammered pitcher 3. Octopus drink dispenser stand. One of my most sophisticated friends thought this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at hollywood housewife
That’s a good question! We have people over at our house casually a LOT, several times a month at minimum. My husband will have friends over to watch sports, I host playdates and book club regularly. We finished a backyard remodel earlier this year, and since then have had friends over almost every single weekend to swim and grill. That’s been especially fun. And then we also host more formal occasions like birthdays, baby showers, and holidays, but of course that’s more infrequent. Maybe every other month? At our lake house, we have a steady stream of houseguests in the summer. That’s kind of a whole different subject, but it is training ground for recipes, etc.
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I co-host a podcast called Sorta Awesome. The host/creator/mama of Sorta Awesome is Megan Tietz and I am one of three other rotating co-hosts. It's a new venture and very fun. If you're new to podcast listening, click here. Last week's episode of Sorta Awesome set a record for our new little podcast, with thousands of downloads in the first 48 hours of the show going live. I guess hospitality and entertaining is something y'all are interested in! Good to know, because it's something I like to talk about. The Sorta Awesome hangout group on Facebook has become a great... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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We're back at the lake house after a few days of beach vacation. My family has been going to Kiawah island since before I was born, and in the last few years we've picked back up the tradition. It has been really special seeing my kids running down the same beach I played on when I was their age. (I posted this photo on social media and a few people asked about the tunic I'm wearing. It's from JCrew, and it's silky and flowy and comfortable. And it's on sale!) * Speaking of sales...It's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right now.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at hollywood housewife
Thanks! I think I’m going to do a whole post on hostess entertaining tools, because I shopped a lot for that kind of thing after we finished the yard. That wine chiller is from Pier 1. Here’s the link:http://bit.ly/1I2CKtW
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Last month I hosted a dinner party in the backyard for my dear friend Elizabeth (the amazing writer behind Flourish in Progress), who was moving from LA to Austin. The west coast is going to miss this sassy soul so much, and Morgan and I wanted to fete her in a way she wouldn't forget. We didn't have a formal theme, other than pink! pretty!, but I did loosely try to make the event very LA in a nod to her send off. I made some of the sides and appetizers, but we also had entrees from Joan's on Third,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at hollywood housewife
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(An HH waffle - ha!) My re-reading of To Kill A Mockingbird for the Read Great Books literature challenge has me chirping about this classic to every single person I know. You would be surprised at how often I can pull into a conversation, "They address this in To Kill A Mockingbird!" The official discussion was last night (but feel free to read through it, as there were some great thoughts), but I highly encourage everyone to give this one a re-read, no matter what your literature habits. It speaks so much about humanity. (And of course, Go Set A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at hollywood housewife
I can't listen to audiobooks, either! (Some - only SOME - non-fiction exceptions, but now that I've discovered podcasts, I doubt I'll ever even try audio books again.) Loving this list, and thanks for including Sorta Awesome!
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