Starting a blog or a new business idea? Plan for success.

I recently realized that if I wanted to get serious about running my two blogs as a business, as well as find time to edit my novel, and keep all of the other balls in the air that I juggle, I needed to start a separate planner for my blogs. I wanted to be able to see my ideas on paper and figure out a color coded schedule so I can post regularly. The Erin Condren Life Planner really is…

Not inspired, unnerved

I like to post something inspiring on a Wednesday. The middle of the week is when I need a little uplifting, but I’m guessing we’re all just doing our best to get through each day after the seeing the horrific images and hearing the awful stories from the Las Vegas massacre. The beachside community I live in was well represented at the concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday night. We had moms and dads, off duty police and…

15 Fresh Ways To Style Your Camel Coat For Fall

I bought my camel overcoat an embarrassing number of years ago, when we were living in London. My southern Californian winter wardrobe was no match for the icy winds, the hail, and the sleet of an English winter. My lovely old coat is quite a pale shade of camel with slightly flared sleeves. It kept me snug every day when I walked my boys down Baker Street, past Madame Tussauds, to their school on the edge of Regents Park. I…

8 Stunning Modern Kitchens

We're about to embark on a big remodel at our home in Los Angeles, California. Like typical freelancers, we do up one section of the house every time we get a paying gig. My darling husband is gainfully employed right now (Dynasty reboot!), so the first room to be torn to smithereens is the kitchen. I'm working with an architect, and while we've figured out roughly where all of the main appliances are going and which walls are being changed,…

5 Things I Do For Myself Before Breakfast

If you're thinking I run a half marathon every morning at 5:00am — I wish, but no, this is not that kind of inspirational post. These are small things I try to do every morning because for a long time I either forgot or felt too guilty to do anything for myself for days on end. This is so common among women, especially moms. Taking time to care for ourselves is something we all need to plan for and cement…

4 Office Worthy Pieces For Under $40

You already know how quickly working in an office, school, restaurant, retail store, or studio every day, uses up your outfit options. These super affordable pieces will each work with most of the other clothes in your closet, but they make a pretty good outfit when worn all together too. I really love black and white combinations. They're classic and crisp and rarely let me down. These black Zara cropped high-rise pants look great with every shirt and blouse in…

Icebox Cake

I prepared this unusual looking cake for a recent pot luck. It's now my new favorite fancy dessert! The recipe is super easy and involves assembly rather than any actual cooking. It needs to be made a day ahead which is perfect for dinner parties at your place — you can concentrate on the main course on the day itself. When I first made this cake from a recipe card in my weekly Blue Apron order, they didn't have the…