shine or set

a lifestyle blog

mmm...margarita

I spent my Memorial Day by the pool with my girlfriends, only to follow it up with some tasty margaritas. I think they are the perfect Summer drink. They're cold and tangy, and who doesn't like a little tequila on a warm day off of work? Their tastiness doesn't have to come with ext…

time flies

I'm typically a punctual person thanks to the time displayed on my cellphone, my dashboard, my iPod, etc. I sometimes forget about the old-fashioned way of telling time. You know, that little bauble that sits prettily on your wrist. Its purpose is to tell you the time, but it also serves as a s…

goulding is golden

Beautiful Brit, Ellie Goulding is on repeat on this lazy Tuesday. I've mentioned this songstress before in my cover it up post back in February. She did an amazing cover of Rihanna's "Only Girl." Other than her cool renditions, her own music is even better. Her debut album, Bright…

sunday spark

"Wishing is good for us. Daydreams, fantasies, castles in the air, and aspirations all drive us forward, impel us to make things happen. They also tell us a lot about ourselves. Our wishes come straight from our core, and they are loaded with vital in." -Unknown

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Midnight showings It's been a reaaaally long time since I went to a midnight showing of a movie. I think it was when Sex and the City came out. Boy, that has been a few years! So, I'm really excited to stay up to see The Hangover 2 tonight. I can't tell you how many times I've see…

crazy for calypso

Calypso St. Barth's collection for Target is fantastic. I browsed the different areas of the store and was pleasantly surprised by it's consistent taste in home, jewelry, and clothing. It's a great mix of neutrals and pops of colors, while sticking to a Carribean theme. I definitely wan…

run amuck

I am itching for my SHAPE Magazine to arrive. The main reason being that it has the pint-sized Kourtney Kardashian on the cover. Keeping up with the Kardashians has been a guilty pleasure of mine for quite some time, so it's fun to see one of the sister's gracing a health magazine, rather t…

sunday spark

"When you look at a cupcake, you've got to smile." -Anne Byrn

make some muffins

I'm not typically a fan of sweets in the morning, but it may be time to have a change of heart. Why are my taste buds suddenly craving sugary treats upon waking up? Because Cooking Light's website is full of recipes for tasty muffins. Even better, they are healthy and low-cal! Looks like it…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Fullbars
So, I tend to overeat. Oops! It's hard to know when I'm actually full when I'm consuming something delicious. My tummy was getting a little big because of it. Thankfully, my mom told me about Fullbars. Eat the yummy bars 30 minutes before your meals with a glass of water…

dinner party

My girlfriends and I have been chit-chatting and throwing around ideas for a dinner party. I'm glad I have a group of gals that love to cook and entertain as much as I do. We hope to round up our boys and make them a feast. We will just have to test out that age old saying, "The way to a m…

sunday spark

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." -Audrey Hepburn

primp your pup

It's absolutely no surprise that I write quite often about Charlie, my little terrier. I can't help it! She really is my best friend. She watches movies with me, falls asleep right next to me, and she gives me sloppy kisses. Can you really blame me for being smitten?


When we were surfing th…

sunset strip

My brother-in-law has been hard at work producing this incredible documentary. Outrageous history and classic rock, what more can you ask for? Check out the trailer on Rolling Stone's website...


Sunset Strip
"The trailer for Sunset Strip, Hans Fjellestad's documentary about the rich his…

i've got sunshine

The weather is warming up and the sun is beating down on the valley. It's starting to feel like Arizona again, after a few months of inconsistent temperatures. It's time to celebrate Spring, its heat, and all that comes with it...barbecues, lemonade, poolside drinks, and a golden tan. So sl…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Neon I am loving the bright colors for Spring, whether it be in clothing, makeup, or nail color. So I was especially excited when I visited American Apparel to see them unpacking their limited edition Neon nail polishes. I snagged them right out of the Fed-Ex box. Great thing is, you don't ne…

celebrating at soho

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. We spent our morning sipping on coffee, opening presents, and playing with Luke. My mom loves her Jeffrey Campbell sandals and Williams-Sonoma 25-Year Barrel-Aged Balsamic vinegar. It can only make her bruschetta better, which I didn't think was…

be heroic

Sometimes I have those rare days where I feel like I can take on the world, somewhat like a superhero. I don't go tie a cape around my neck, but it feels amazing to have the confidence to take on a work day, organizing my apartment, or a date with a cute guy. I do have a cape, but only because …

happy mother's day

Enjoy spending your day with loved ones. Let your mom know how much you appreciate her.

sunday spark

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”
-George Seaton

stackers

My wrists are always craving a little somethin' on them, which is why I like to put on a collection of bracelets to work together as one statement piece. I like to mix beaded bracelets, cuffs, bangles, and sentimental jewelry. It can be a little noisy, but it's well worth it.This morning my…

field trip

This afternoon we ventured to the Getty Center to take a peek at the gardens, admire some art, and absorb some history. Little Luke was super excited for exploring his first museum and learning some new things. He barely napped in his stroller because he was too interested in his surroundings. Why …

pasta al pomodoro

Some nights call for easy dinners to whip up. Maybe it's been a long day at work, perhaps you're lacking in the ingredient department, or maybe you're in a rush to whip up din-din for someone special. Whatever your time dilemma is, you should still treat yourself to something absolutely…

many thanks, mama

Mother's Day is two days away, which is why I traveled to California to spend time with my family. I know my Sunday will consist of a yummy brunch at Soho House, giving gifts, and perhaps some mimosas. The most important part of the day will be celebrating the two ladies in my life: my mom, and…

go shop!

Free People opened its second store in Arizona today! While I'm missing the grand opening at Scottsdale Quarter due to my road trip to California, I highly suggest you all to go check it out. Let our lovely girls help you pick some new Spring pieces and enjoy the new store displays.


Now, to sha…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1.Mini vacays I'm so excited to head to California for the weekend to spend time with my family. It's my sister's first Mother's Day, and you all know I can't wait to smother my baby nephew with kisses. 2. Cinco de Mayo I love this celebration because it includes chips, guacamole, …

sunday spark

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them anyways."  -Marilyn Monroe