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My 2015 Starts Today

Happy New Year!

I know, I know…I’m 13 days late…

I’ve spent the past twelve days doing this:

personal photo from my Instgram

personal photo from my Instagram

I pulled my back out, (doing I can’t even remember what), so I basically just laid on the floor for a few days, trying to get my back re-aligned. It worked a little bit. I probably should have just gone to the chiropractor, but I’m stubborn, and it was New Years Eve Day.

Then, on Jan 3rd, I coordinated this gorgeous wedding right here:

personal photo from my Instagram

personal photo from my Instagram

On Jan 4th, I woke up with the plague. You know that cold/flu/ick that’s been going around? Well, it got me. I basically looked like this for a few days.

Photo from Boston Magazine.

Photo from Boston Magazine.

Well, this but without eye makeup and surrounded by two fluffy white dogs. My ick manifested itself as bronchitis, and I dragged myself to the doctor for antibiotics.

I couldn’t stay bedridden for long, because on Saturday, I had a wedding. Moxie Bright Events first full planning of 2015! This awesome couple right here rocked it out and had a gorgeous, unique wedding. I am so proud I got to help them on their journey.

Guest photo by  Charles de Lauzirika

Guest photo by Charles de Lauzirika

Now it’s January 13th. Time to get to resolutions! Last year, I chose a Word of the Year, and it served me well. So, this year my words (yes, I picked two) and HEALTH and WEALTH.

2015 wordsBefore you think I’ve gone to Greedy Town, let me explain what these words mean to me.


Aside from pulling my back out and then getting bronchitis, I just haven’t been feeling very good lately. I’ve really dropped the ball on working out since I started working full-time from home. Some days, all I do is take the dogs for a walk around the block – and sometimes, not even that. (I know, I know. I’m a horrible dog mama.) I really love Zumba and yoga, and haven’t been making time in my schedule to actually go to class. When I’m regularly breaking a sweat, I am a much better human being. I sleep more soundly, I handle stress more appropriately, and I am just generally in a better mood.  Endorphins are a real true thing, yo.

So, this year I am making health my first priority. Exercise, clean eating, vitamins, regular doctor checkups, dentist visits, all of it. If weight loss happens as well, then that’s a bonus! If you are a FitBit user, you can add me here and we can support each other in health!


I know for most, the word wealth is automatically associated with money. I prefer to think of it as abundance, in all things. Abundant love, abundant friendships, abundant resources, etc. Around Christmastime, Moxie Dad called me to find out what Bob the Builder and I wanted/needed for Christmas. I struggled to come up with something that we truly needed or wanted. The truth is, we have plenty of things. What we don’t have is time. Can someone give us more hours in the day to spend together? That would be a great gift.

This year, I vow to be more mindful with my time. And more present in the times I spend with friends and loved ones. I vow to put down my phone A LOT more, really fully listen when I’m having a conversation, and turn off the TV and make more time to just BE. And, to walk the dogs more.

What are your goals for 2015? Anyone else pick a Word of the Year? Or two?

Let me hear from you in the comments!



{Sponsored Post}: Minted + Art Prints + Rose Gold!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be enjoyable and beneficial to my readers. All opinions are my own.

The week between Christmas & New Years is maybe my favorite week of the year. There’s not much that needs to be accomplished, traffic is light (such a rarity here in Los Angeles!), and my mind tends to wander onto my dreams and goals for the year ahead. And boy, do I have a long list of those!

One of the many things I hope to accomplish in 2015 is a re-design of my home office. Last year, I started working from home full-time, and I never really took the time to make my home office feel like, well…home. It’s a shared space between myself & Bob the Builder. So, as much as I’d love to paint the wall hot pink and cover it with gold dots (Kate Spade style), I won’t do that to him. The goal is a clean, fresh space with a gallery wall of images that we love.

I am a loyal Minted customer, so sometimes I just go browse their site to see what’s new. I did so the other day, and there is A LOT that’s new. It got my creative juices flowing for the office re-do! Behold, Minted Art Prints!

Custom Photo Prints

I am in love with my wedding photos, but I haven’t done much with them since the wedding. I hear from my friends this is a common phenomenon. Aside from using them for our thank you cards and holiday cards (and posting them to Facebook), they have been largely unused. I have yet to even make an album! I know, I know. It’s on my never-ending List.

So, this appeals to me:

It features 30 of your photos, and comes in sizes ranging from a dainty 8×8 to a massive 44×44! And they will even frame it for you – and the frame options are gorgeous! I think this bad boy is going on the wall of the office.

Limited Edition Art

Wall art is such a personal choice, I think. Yet it’s something that is often gifted, which always surprises me. I think what you put on your walls – what you literally surround yourself with – should speak to you in some way. In re-decorating the office, I am going to make sure each piece means something to me (or Bob the Builder) and makes me feel good. Here are some art prints from Minted that caught my eye.

Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge by Jax Robyn with premium black wood frame

Dancing Couple Limited Edition print by Chad Trutt with distressed indigo stain frame

Dancing Couple Limited Edition print by Chad Trutt with distressed indigo stain frame

Nice Work limited edition print by Heather Francisco

Nice Work limited edition print by Heather Francisco with natural premium wood frame

One great feature of the Minted art print collection is that you can change the color scheme on many of the prints. For example, the Nice Work print above also comes with a black background, or yellow, blue, or white!

Foil Pressed Save the Date Cards

You didn’t think I was going to leave out my soon-to-be-marrieds, did you? Minted is my #1 choice for all bridal stationary. Their designs are gorgeous, their paper quality is top notch, their envelope addressing service is the best, and now they are the very first in the industry to offer rose gold foil! I am obsessed with rose gold right now, and it is such a chic choice for your Save the Dates! Right now, with their Winter Wedding Event, you can enjoy 15% off your wedding order. Code: WINTERWED

Here are my fave Save the Dates:

I’ll keep you all posted on the office re-do – and I’ll be sure to share my photo wall art as soon as I get it! I’m so excited, you guys!

Anyone else planning some 2015 re-decorating? Any of my newly engaged peeps obsessed with rose gold too? Let me hear from you in the comments!

Shop Small: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

This weekend, I attended the very awesome UniqueLA mart at California Market Center. Unique Market sells modern, made-in-America goods from over 350 curated sellers. That’s a lot of booths, y’all. I spent about four hours shopping, and I still don’t think I saw every single thing!

Me, with "crazy eyes" after 4 hours of shopping, at Stacy Michelson's rad booth.

Me, with “crazy eyes” after 4 hours of shopping, at Stacy Michelson’s rad booth.

As a small business owner, it’s so important for me to spend my money with other small businesses. According to the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, local business generates 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail. If every family in the U.S spent an extra $10 a month at a locally owned business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy. (source: huff post) This is a no-brainer, friends. So, in that spirit, here’s my (very first) Holiday Gift Guide!

This year I thought I would focus on my favorite “local to Los Angeles” gifts, for those who just realized there are only 12 shopping days until Christmas!

For people who like delicious things:

The Square Treat

image source: The Square Treat

image source: The Square Treat

These are the most delicious treats I have ever had. The Square Treat is like a hybrid brownie-s’more-fudge-cake. If you like any of those things, you will fall as madly in love with this treat as I have. The first time I tried one, my exact quote was, “I don’t even know what I’m eating, but holy jeez it’s DELICIOUS!”

A-Chocolypse & The Birthday Party: 2 delicious Square Treat flavors

Image source: Personal photo; A-Chocolypse & The Birthday Party: 2 delicious Square Treat flavors

Current flavors include: The Original Square (graham cracker and marshmallows), The A-Choco-lypse Square (a chocolately twist on the Original), The Birthday Square (a vanilla version of the Original, decorated with festive sprinkles), The Cherry Bomb (Original with sour cherries) and The FlufferNutter (peanut butter and graham cracker, yo!) They also have vegan & gluten free options. Because, LA.

You can find them locally at Republic of Pie, Romancin’ the Bean, and Cahunega General Store – or you can just go ahead and order them by the box online.

Now I am craving a Square Treat and I have none in the house. Damn it.

For people who try to be healthy, but also like delicious things:

The Nut Butter Company

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

Locally made in a certified home kitchen in Marina del Rey, The Nut Butter company believes delicious snacks have no need for chemicals (and I agree!) What sets this company apart are the delicious and creative flavors: Almond Espresso Cinnamon, Cashew Rosemary Shallot, Hazelnut White Chocolate Crunch, Spanish Peanut Chili Lime, & Walnut Brown Sugar Coconut – as well as the traditional Cashew and Pecan Almond. Best of all, they have a sample pack, so you can gift someone all the flavors, and let them pick their favorite!

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

Order by December 17th to deliver by Christmas!

For the snazzy dresser (male or female):

Brinko Ties

Raise your hand if you’ve ever just bought your Dad a tie for Christmas because, well…you ran out of creative ideas. Don’t feel bad, I think we’ve all done it. Here’s the thing about Brinko Ties – the ties themselves are creative. I mean, they have ties for women! And kids! And pets!

Did you know they have ties for gals? Oh, did I already mention that? Look: LADY TIES.

image source: Brinko Ties

image source: Brinko Ties

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image source: Brinko Ties

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image source: Brinko Ties

 Aren’t they the coolest? I want one, just so I can work an Annie Hall vibe someday. Also, perfect for alternative brides who wouldn’t be caught dead in a wedding gown. Also, stylish hipsters. What? You know I’m right.

And let’s not forget the men-folk, in long ties or bow ties, with matching pocket squares and other vintage accessories.

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image source: Brinko Ties

Shifting Status Kuo

Shifting Status Kuo features light-hearted paper goods & gifts designed and screen printed by Tiffany Kuo in Los Angeles. I met Tiffany at UniqueLA and immeditely fell in love with her adorable, romantic pillowcases. These are such a perfect gift for your significant other, newlyweds, or anyone in a long distance relationship (you each get one!). I just think they are the CUTEST, you guys.

Obviously, I am obsessed with the gold ones. Obviously.

Bob the Builder may or may not be getting these for Christmas. I really hope he’s not reading this right now.

So, what do you think, peeps? Have you been buying local? Have any faves from this list? Faves in your area? Let me hear from you in the comments!


Oscar Dresses that You Could Wear to Your Wedding


Did you watch the Oscars last night? If I’m totally honest, I mostly watched just to see Idina Menzel (I mean, Adele Dazeem. Um. Really, John Travolta? WEAR YOUR GLASSES. Or learn the name of the person you are introducing. You’re not new here.)  sing “Let it Go” from Frozen. I love her, I love that song, and I can’t help it: I love the FASHION at the Oscars.

There were so many dresses that could really make the transition from red carpet to ceremony aisle.

Photo Credit: E Online

Photo Credit: E Online

Cristin Milioti, designer uncredited, from How I Met Your Mother. I love HIMYM, and I love her in this dress. This looks like a wedding gown! It also looks like maybe it’s a Reem Acra? or Christos?


{Sponsored Post}: Del Monte & Kitchen Surfing!

Hey Peeps,

Sometimes I get to do super fun things because of this lil’ ‘ole blog, and I have to say, this dinner was the most fun to date! The fine folks at Del Monte invited me & Bob the Builder to host two of our friends in our home for a chef-created meal, using Del Monte products!

photo of Del Monte canned goods

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Del Monte scheduled our dinner through KitchenSurfing, a great website that matches your needs with a personal chef. You can search by chef name, by cuisine, or by event. Del Monte paired us with Chef Mariko Amekodommo (aka The Pink Hair Chef) and her Del Monte Signature Tuscan Dinner.


Ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts!

I always have a difficult time coming up with a great Valentine’s Day gift for Bob the Builder.

Since Valentine’s Day is only five days after Bob the Builder and I get back from our belated honeymoon, I’ve already started planning his gift. My first idea was an oldie but a goody. In fact, it’s kind of a cheat, because I got him this same gift two years ago. But he loved it, so I should get it again, right? I mean, he LOVED IT.

Tastykake I Love You gift tin


Brides Against Breast Cancer Dress Sale!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event in Pasadena at the Brookside Golf Club.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and “gently worn” wedding gowns in all shapes and styles. Their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” will contribute over $2 million dollars this year and provides free support programs and services for those impacted by cancer. Education, nutrition, exercise, support and therapy are just some of the many programs and services they support, all designed to help cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Brides Against Breast Cancer will distribute over 10,000 breast “self-exam” cards this year. 2 MILLION DOLLARS. Wow.

It was my first time volunteering for this event, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I arrived at 8am, ready for anything!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!


Cambriawesome Team Bridal Weekend, Part 1!

Hey y’all: While I’m waiting for our amazing photogs to finish up our pro wedding pics, I’m gonna be catching up on all the things I didn’t have time to write about before the wedding. Actual wedding recaps are forthcoming. Promise. 

On an unseasonably cool weekend in August, I was lucky enough to have all my best girls in one place for three whole days! This was not an accident. This was a weekend masterfully orchestrated by Team Bridal, and most especially, CraftyPants McGee, my Matron of Honor.

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personal photo, me on the left, CraftyPants on the right

See that pin wheel? She made that. This pic is from our engagement party, which she also expertly crafted and planned. So, she does not come by her nickname ironically.

In our little family of friends, we don’t do bridal showers. Back in 2006, when SmartyPants was planning her wedding, she asked for a Girls Weekend in lieu of a shower. So, we took Las Vegas by storm and had a ball.  In 2008, we did the same for CraftyPants – although the destination was Palm Springs, and the vibe was decidedly more chill.  As soon as Bob the Builder and I became engaged, the natural question from Team Bridal was, “Ok, so where are we going?”


StitchFix #3: Clothes for Wine Tasting

Hey Peeps,

It’s been a while since I filled you in on my ongoing StitchFix obsession. I’ve been distracted lately. Planning a wedding will do that to you, I guess.

This is a long overdue post, as I got this Fix back in August! I know, I know! Please forgive me!

For this shipment, I specifically asked for clothes that would be cute for my bachelorette weekend (that post is coming up next week!), which was to be wine tasting and Hearst Castle visiting. Here’s what I got:

41Hawthorn Ivy Zig-Zag Print Tab Sleeve Blouse

41Hawthorn Ivy Zig-Zag Print Tab Sleeve Blouse

I tried to get a decent pic of me wearing this shirt, but the light was all wonky and it just looked black. Sadness. I really like this shirt! The color and the chevron print are awesome, and I like the tab sleeves. The only thing I don’t love is that the back hangs down over my butt and doesn’t really fit. It sort of gathers at my waist a bit. Curvy-girl problem, for sure.


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