Summer Sunshine

Summer is in full swing and I'm loving every free moment of it. Here's a look at what my days off look like...

Hiking in Laguna

Sneaking Lola onto the beach...

When I think of summer, I think the OC fair. Every year its on our list of things to do...
The food at the fair is always a sight to see. I stuck to healthier options....

Everyone else.....not so much....
Deep fried Oreos and Twinkies.....I couldn't bring myself to do it.

good food.good company.good time.....
Hands down my favorite part the of the fair are all the baby animals..... so sweet.

In the crafters section of the fair I came across an artist that does not only silhouettes of people but dogs too! I had to buy the Maltese one, with the light damask matching my living room perfectly. Now I'm on the hunt for the perfect frame.



Ok....so let me start out by saying I NEVER cheat on my hair girl. I have too difficult of hair to take chances, BUT I had a gift card to the Drybar and I was going to a Sunday wedding, when my normal salon is closed, so I don't think this really counts as a cheat.

The Drybar is a salon that only does blowouts... not chemical blowouts, not color or cuts, just normal blowouts with different styles to choose from. They started in LA and recently opened one near me in the OC.

So hear goes my honest review:

  • Decor. OMG its as beautiful in person as the pictures. Completely my style.
  • Price. $35 flat rate.
  • Nice staff. very accommodating, with water and tea in pretty glasses, and snacks available for a charge.
  • Many different styles to choose from. Everything from straight and sleek to beachy and messy, to southern curls. I chose the Cosmopolitan, loose curls.
Ok so I have two major cons that bugged me...
  • They have a sign at each station suggesting that you tip $10 if your like the service. I'm sorry but I just thought that was tacky....They are asking more than 20% in a bad economy. To be honest I was planning to tip good anyway, but that sign almost made me not want to......I did.
  • Bear in mind I have crazy, not normal hair, but I felt the attention to detail lacked, probably because with only $35 services they want to get people in and out. I have these annoying fly aways and curls on the side of my face that my hair girl always works hard to get out. This time I had to go home and do a little sprucing.

Just warning you, I have A LOT of hair.....
No really.....I have a lot of hair.

These are the fly aways I'm talking about :/


If I'm in a bind where I need a last minute blowout and can't get a hold of my hair girl then its' a great option. It's in and out, and they do the hard part, I just tweak a little on my own. If I have the option, I'll just keep going to my normal salon. Keep in mind if you have remotely normal hair, the Drybar might be a great option for you.

Pictures from thedrybar.com, Melissa-v.blogspot, my iphone



I finally got my Peekaboo coffee table from CB2 and I couldn't be more happy with it! It looks so pretty and fits perfectly in my space. I've had so much fun playing it up different ways. Here's a look at few different looks.

LOOK 1 :

This is the first look I tried. Simple and straight out of the box, I placed my favorite coffee table books and favorite vases. The little tray and clear vase are both things I picked up at CB2 as well. The rustic material of the the tray pulls together the look with my modern table.


As I started playing around more, I started to love the idea of displaying things beneath the table. I love that I could still display all my favorite books without cluttering the top. Pretty storage containers help make this table much more practical.


Once I realized how much I liked displaying things under the table I figured why not put one of my favorite accessories in place of the books. This makes for a great way to store my pouf when it's not in use and still have it visible. Practical solutions for small spaces :)


After playing around and trying all different things, this is what I ended up with. I pulled my favorite ideas from all 3 looks and ended up with a table filled with all my favorite pieces all on display.

What do you think? Which was your favorite look?



I've got a thing for maps. It may be the adventurer in me, but there is something so intriguing about them. While everything about my style is so feminine I love the androgyny of them. I've had this collection of vintage maps from the Shabby Chic store for a while now saying I was going to find some really cool frames for them. Well an entire apartment later I got sick of seeing them sit around and said screw it.....they are going up frames or not. Truth be told I kind of like them the way they are. Here they are scattered around my place.

Places I want to go.....

places I've been....

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag


Home by Novogratz

Last season on Bravo I fell in the love with the Novogratz family. Their style and fearlessness makes for some pretty amazing spaces. I love their ability to fuse modern, retro, and rustic piece to create something pretty sweet. I was so excited to see that they are back on the silver screen, this time on HGTV with their new show called Home by Novogratz. Here's a look as some of my favorite spaces they have designed.

I have been obsessed with the table from word one....

Love a nursery that doesn't SCREAM baby....

I'm all about the white walls so I love how all their spaces are so bright and airy.

This is the first space they did on last nights premier on HGTV

Their book Downtown Chic is next on my list to buy.

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