I love my plaid flannel shirt

With L.A.'s winter temperatures hovering in the high seventies so far this year, sweaters are too warm during daylight hours. I want to rug up but I find myself reaching for my flannel shirts most days. I now own four of these comfy, cozy tops — three are from Old Navy and are not at all expensive. I've teamed this winter white and charcoal version (my favorite!), with distressed tapered jeans from Zara and neutral suede chelsea boots from Sam…

12 Stunning Modern Christmas Table Settings

I'm cooking on Christmas Day this year and I'm looking for table setting inspiration. I love the simplicity of these twelve simple but clever ideas. Any one of them will turn a basic table into a space where special memories will be made. I'm excited to choose one or maybe even combine two different looks. I think I'll be leaving my red tablecloth in the drawer though, and opting for a pale grey or crisp white setting with green accents.…

Finding balance in your day

I love this quote from the extraordinary Helen Keller. She died almost fifty years ago, but somehow her take on finding a good balance between getting through each day and following her passions seems perfectly relevant in 2017. In my town, we have fireworks in December, instead of July 4th. They launch from the pier that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. As I watched the pyrotechnics show Sunday night, with my mom (visiting from Australia), and my boys, I…

8 Fresh Outfit ideas for your plaid flannel shirt

Plaid flannel shirts are a cool girl, off-duty actress staple during L.A.'s mild winter months. They're cozy and plenty warm enough, but they're also pretty versatile. With a little tweaking you can create a lot of different looks from one flannel shirt. Wear it wrapped around your waist over a midi dress or distressed denim. Layer it over a tee or tank top. Add accessories like a statement necklace, a floppy felt hat, or a cozy beanie. And once you…

How’s your sleep hygiene?

Sleep is a hot health topic these days. A lot of women struggle to get a good night's sleep — especially moms and those of us aged 50 plus. I thought I had a pretty good pre-sleep routine in place, until I got back from my trip ten days ago. I've been taking naps when I can, but I still found myself falling asleep before 8:00pm, and the waking up at 2:30am! I kept expecting to get back to normal,…

Dressing Down Coated Skinny Jeans

Coated skinny jeans, faux leather leggings — they can be hard to style. I like the idea of dressing them down, rather than saving them for a night out. I paired these Zara black coated skinnies with a fresh white t-shirt style blouse (worn long so it will work with leggings and jeggings), my favorite overcoat, and white Nikes for a walking Holiday Home Tour with a girlfriend. I was so comfortable, I stayed in this outfit all day, running…

Ugly Holiday Sweater Cookies

When I get home from a trip I love to do a bit of cooking, and a lot of laundry (OK, I don't love doing laundry but there's always a huge pile after unpacking, isn't there?). It kind of grounds me back in my house. My friend Lori's annual Christmas cookie party is coming up so I thought I'd try out these ugly Christmas sweater cookies. They make me laugh! The inspiration for them came from icing cake toppers I found…