Stars + Stripes {Independence Day Edition}

Oh, say, can you see how many amazing events are going on in the 805 area (and beyond) this 4th of July?!  Hold onto your stars and stripes — here they come! Fireworks (le duh!) Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Janss Marketplace and The Oaks parking lots, 9pm Bethany Church on the Hill Westlake Village Westlake Village… Continue reading

Five Friday Faves {Summer Solstice Edition}

What did you do with all of that extra sunlight on Tuesday?  This is white-wine-drinking, porch-sitting, live music weather — and we are soaking in every minute of it! Here are five ways to take advantage of these balmy summer evenings… 1. Outdoor Concerts :: because it gives you a great excuse to drink wine… Continue reading

Beachfront + Affordable Al Fresco Dining {Padaro Beach Grill}

This weekend, we went beach camping with Brett’s parents — they drove their vintage trailer on its “maiden voyage” from Tahoe, and will be spending a total of 14 days camping in various locations across the 805! We met up with them in Carpinteria, which immediately made me crave fish and chips from Padaro Beach Grill…. Continue reading

DIY Dinner Party on a Dime {Keep it Casual}

I love having dinner parties, both low-key and fancy — but, dietary restrictions and preferences often leave me scratching my head about what to make. My favorite solution often includes something that can be customizable by each attendee, and given my current pregnancy cravings for Mexican food (okay, can’t blame it on the baby… I’m always craving Mexican… Continue reading

Five Friday Faves {Super Bowl 50 Edition}

Ready for a Super-sized helping of Five Friday Faves: Super Bowl 50 Edition?! Five categories, five items each, of our favorite things that go down on the first Sunday of every February.  Football, friends, food… what more could you ask for?! Five Fave Super Bowl Appetizers: Buffalo Chicken Dip [or try this lightened-up Buffalo Cauliflower Dip, which we… Continue reading

Foodie’s Paradise {LA + Santa Ynez Restaurant Weeks}

January is apparently a foodie’s favorite month — we’ve got not one, but TWO Restaurant Weeks coming up soon! Los Angeles Restaurant Week, hosted each year by dineLA, features a wide array of restaurants that are worth making the trek down the 101.  This is your opportunity to grab a 3-course meal from that one restaurant… Continue reading

FakesGiving {Part 2}: Food

Ready for Part Deux of the FakesGiving planning process?! [no idea what I’m talking about?  Click HERE] Alright, now that you’ve got the invitations sent (or, almost?!), it’s time to figure out the main event, and frankly, my favorite part of any party: FOOD. First off, as the host(ess), it’s customary to provide the main… Continue reading