Weekend Links

Hawaii in a jar: Coconut Chia Pudding with Passion Fruit & Maple Sauce

Happy Friday my pals!  I’ve got a really stellar roundup of links for you today (in my blatantly less than humble opinion).  What’ve you got on the books for the weekend?  We’ll be painting, unpacking, nesting like crazy people and drinking wine.  Lots of wine.  And then- Sunday supper, a tradition we started with friends where Sunday nights we prepare a delicious meal and drink and talk and stay up late.  The last two have had me up past 1 am, left me with sore abs from so much laughing (which speaks both to how funny my friends are and how badly I need to get back on my yoga mat!) and involved many delicious eats/drinks.   It’s something I look forward to all week long!  Ok, wishing you so much fun, love, happiness, and yummy goodness for your weekend!  xx – Sarah {image via}

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Pleats and Over the Knee Boots

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Well, I never made it out of pajamas on Tuesday.  I spent the whole day unpacking and got swept away by the wonders of a walk in closet!  I’ve never had a walk-in closet, so this magic is new to me.  But O.M.G!  I want to just live in it.  Seeing all of my clothes hung as if it’s a little boutique- it was a Pretty Woman moment.  Except I’m not a prostitute and Richard Gere wasn’t there, and no one told me I was in the wrong store.  But you know what I mean.  Holy bananas it’s a beautiful thing, a closet that you can walk into!

And if that wasn’t glorious enough, I got dressed yesterday!  It might be sad that I feel accomplished when I take pajamas off these days, or it might just be that I’m getting good at celebrating small victories.  Like this one.  This is pretty much the uniform I’ll be wearing until Summer hits.  Dresses and skirts with over the knee boots and a jacket- that’s my game.  And this blue dress is gonna see a lot of wear (it’s on major sale if you love it as much as I do!).  I’ll also wear it with these booties  when it gets a little warmer.  Oh warm summer, I’m looking forward to you! Ok, signing off now.  Have a great Thursday my friends!  xx- Sarah

Shop this outfit:  dress:  BCBG (on sale!) , boots: Stuart Weitzman(herehere, and here) jacket: Theory (old), bag: Chloe, sunglasses: Karen Walker,

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Gone Nesting!

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Last night was our first night in our new home!  So we woke up to the equivalent of a home storage unit.  Time to get un-packing!  Hoping to squeeze in a style post after I unload my closet and have that for you here tomorrow….  Wish us luck! In the meantime this incredible bedroom before/after is serving as my inspiration and reminder that with a little time and effort any room can become a cozy dream!  xx- Sarah {image via}

Turmeric Nutmilk Tea

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Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  It was cold and rainy here, but we accomplished the move!!!  Tonight will be our first night in the house, I cannot wait to start unpacking.  As you can imagine I’ve mentally decorated and rearranged the furniture a million times already, so to be able to get into it and see it come to life will be SO fun!

Ok, now for today’s recipe….Turmeric nutmilk tea!  It was one of those weekends when I was just chilled to the bone and nothing but warming foods and bevvies would do.  And I’m also pumping my immune system with anti-inflammatory everythings at every turn, so any way/how I can get turmeric into my system is a win.  With all of this in mind my partner in styling (and current housemate) and I whipped up this recipe and it’s AMAZING!  Sweet and grounding and rich- it hits just the right spot and is the perfect way to treat yourself.  Enjoy!  xx- Sarah

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Friday Links + Calling All Potential Interns!

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Happy Friday!  We’ve got a big weekend ahead- painting all day today and tomorrow, with the move-in on Sunday!  Cannot wait for the first night in our own bed and the first morning having tea in our backyard….we’ve been dreaming of these moments for what feels like absolutely forever.  And I’m just dying to throw myself back into the blog.  I’ve been doing all that I can to keep it going but I want to be doing so much more!  I have such high hopes for this site, so many dreams about what it can become and how it can empower women, provide inspiration for health and lifestyle, be a place where you call come to add a bit of happiness to your day.  And I think I need help (I heard admitting it is the first step).  So I’ve decided it’s time to travel down Intern Road.

So here’s what I’m looking for in a potential intern (non-negotiables):  must be LOCAL (San Diego),  proficient in Photoshop, Word, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and excel at internet scouring.  Must have transportation.  Must have experience or at least a burning passion for either food, fashion, travel or interior design.  MUST MUST MUST be a go-getter, independent powerhouse, high energy, excitable, passionate, driven, innovative, fun-loving person who will entertain the idea of an afternoon dance party if work is finished early.  Must love dogs.  Here are some bonuses:  writing skills, photography skills, creative talents not mentioned above, DIY capabilities or a crafty side, a proclivity for brainstorming, a desire to be a sponge soaking up all there is to learn. Basically I’m looking for a talented ray of sunshine who is looking for a place to shine.  Is it YOU?!  Email me!  hello@ahouseinthehills.com.  Send me something that will showcase YOU, what you’re about, why you think you and I are meant to be.  I cannot WAIT to see!

Ok now, links for your weekend!  Enjoy every minute as if it were your last weekend, nothing is promised including the weekend after this one.  So get outside, feel the sun on your face.  Cuddle every creature you love.  Fill your mouth with foods that make you feel amazing.  Tell everyone you love how much they mean to you.  Laugh hard and be happy!  And put in a little prayer for us on Sunday moving day, if you think of it.  We’ll be hauling all our worldly goods with friends-but also  ending the day with beer and pizza!  Links below for your fun pleasure and I’ll see you here Monday!  xx- Sarah  {painting above by Britt Bass}

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Our San Diego {Empty} House Tour

When we first moved into our Palm Springs home (seen empty here, and finished here) I photographed the space before we moved in, and it was so much fun to look back on later.  So, yesterday I did the same with our new house.  It’s quite the contrast!  Our PS house was brand new, mostly to our style and pretty much the cleanest canvas to start from.  I love our new (very old, as in built in 1926) home just as much- but it’s going to take some blood sweat and tears to get it to where we want it to be!  We put in a solid 9 hours of painting yesterday and it was just the tiniest taste of what’s to come!  So here we go, let’s take a tour, shall we?  I’m so excited to show you and to tell you a little bit about what we have in mind for updates!!

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Ok, so what you see here is the entryway to the house (love the front door, love the barrel ceilings, love that as you walk in- to the left is the living room and to the right is the dining room (see below for the view facing the opposite direction).  Although I love the history of Spanish homes and the style, we’ll want to do some updates.  I would love to replace the floors (they’re pretty beat up and the contractor we spoke with said that they’ve probably been refinished just about as many times as possible with the thickness of the wood).  And for this entry way I’d love a pendant light that’s in line with the architecture/design but an updated version.  I have my eye on a few already!  But both the front door and closet door are keepers, I’m determined to maintain the style of the house but add our own modern twist to it!

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Next up we have the living room!  This is the room that sold us the house- these windows have been restored, but are the original design.  And they are just AMAZING, right?!  One of the first projects we’ll be tackling is window coverings- we’ll need them for privacy and to make the room feel cozy.  But I also have intentions for that fireplace- a major makeover that I’ve already designed and cannot wait to tackle (and of course it starts with a paint job)!  We’ll be doing as much of the work as possible ourselves, so I’ll be sharing DIY tips as we go!

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