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…

A lesson in mindfulness from the Coffee Queen

I sit with my friends Ruth and Warren and our kids on low wooden plank benches. The ground beneath our feet is swept dirt between a tiny house made of mud and reeds, and an open outdoor wooden structure which we’re told is a kitchen. There is no running water, gas, or electricity. I’m lucky enough to be spending Thanksgiving in Africa with my two boys and some close friends. We are in Uganda traveling by Jeep through cities, towns, villages,…

Sidewalk Wisdom

Walking my doggy around the block in my new/old neighborhood led me to this beautiful series of chalk messages this week. What a fantastic gift for those of us walking up the hill from the beach, right at the steepest part, where I'm definitely looking down and trying not to faint. It was just what I needed to see at exactly the right time. I'm pretty sure I know who left this message waiting silently on the sidewalk. There is…