Hibiscus Thyme Mai Tai

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Are you dreaming of a trip to Fiji or Bali, or possibly Bora Bora?  Well, unfortunately I can’t get you there at the moment but I can offer up this cocktail that will mentally transport you to whichever tropical locale most has your heart!  It may be my favorite that I’ve ever posted.  You can imagine that while Lou was developing the recipe and I was taste testing I was a bit (ok, a lot) distraught that I could only take tiny sips.  It seems unfair to deny pregnant women cocktails!!!!  We may need them the most!  But that is neither here nor there.  The point is, this drink is a divine concoction and if I weren’t pregnant I’d be a plotting a backyard soiree just for an excuse to serve these to my friends.  The combination of the tropical fruit and the sweetness from the hibiscus, plus the grounding sophistication that the thyme brings elevates this cocktail to another level.  I’m a fan, a big fan who can’t drink them for the moment.  So please, if you’re not in the same boat have one on my behalf!!  xx- Sarah

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My Greatest Motherhood Fears and Worries

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It seems like from the moment I found out I was pregnant I’ve had an entire new set of worries and fears that I carry around with me, some of which have faded with time (will I have a miscarriage?!) and others which have stuck around and even grown more intense (will I like being a mother?!).  Today I’m breaking some of them down, in a list.  Dragging monsters out of closets and facing them on a colorful Moroccan rug like the one above makes them seem less scary, right?  Let’s hope so.  It’s an intense time of anticipation and excitement, I know there is so much goodness to look forward to.  But it’s also a bit crazy to know that one of  (if not THE) biggest life changes is about to happen and there’s not a whole lot I can do to prepare for it.  I have to wait it out and then see how it feels when I’m in it.  And that is unnerving, to say the least, for a planner and control freak like myself!  It’s downright scarytown.  Fellow mamas, are you with me?  Does it get less scary?!!  Do you or did you have some of these same worries, and did they go away?  I’m laying my crazy allllll out on the table today.  Can someone please give me a hug?  xx- Sarah  {photo via}

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Dream Hotel

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My jaw hit the floor when I stumbled upon the Casa Cook Hotel- and I haven’t been able to recover since.  WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DREAM!!!  I’m starting a savings account just for this place because if I don’t stay there at some point I’ll have serious life regrets.  What a stunning combination of modern and bohemian, filled wtih textures and simplicity- it’s a place where I feel like my mind could BREATHE, if that makes sense?  Ugh.  Some places are just too good.  This is one of them.  Definitely take a minute to scroll through the rest of the photos.  It’s bananas.  xx- Sarah

Interior Styling by Annabell Kutucu and Michael Schickinger , photography by George Roske

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos

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I’m on a taco kick lately- like for the past ten years.  HA!  But seriously they’re my go-to when I want something delicious, quick and easy.  They’re like reruns of The Office- they’ll always please and never ask anything of me.  Today’s incarnation are grilled shrimp piled with crisp red cabbage, cilantro, jalapeno, lime crema and cotija cheese.  Simple, satisfying, healthy and perfect for al fresco summer dining.  I know you’ll love them!  xx- Sarah

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Our Baby Shower

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Hi friends!  As I mentioned last week, Saturday was our baby shower and I swear I’m still glowing from the magic of it!  I wish I had taken a million photos but it just didn’t happen (Lou and I were both so swept up in the moment that we completely forgot and these are pretty much all we have…lesson learned about hiring photographers for these sorts of things from now on, we clearly can’t be in charge of the photo taking at our own parties!)  Our dear friend Farra transformed our backyard into another, far more beautiful world and dreamed up the perfect details to celebrate our baby on the way!  The food was incredible- a cheeseboard the length of our table covered with charcuterie, massive hunks of the best cheese, papaya, figs, dates, marcona almonds, and so many more tasty little things was just the beginning!  We had multiple courses, and more food than I’ve ever seen at a shower- each bite ore tasty than the last!  Juan served up watermelon agua fresca and grapefruit cocktails and mocktails, and Jill filled every corner nook and cranny with beautiful florals/dangling cactus/bougainvillea.  Aren’t the cactus amazing?!  I wish they could live there forever.  In keeping with the theme Tina handpainted the blocks you see above and on the reverse of every side is a cactus in a plant pot- all taken from this blog post!  She also hand lettered a Shel Silverstein poem on a piece of grey suede that you’ll see further down in the post- it’s just adorable!

Farra insisted on it being a surprise and so I left the house when they began setting up and didn’t see everything until it was fully complete- and when she brought me out to see I was so overwhelmed with how beautiful it was and how much it meant to us that our friends had worked so hard to pull this together that I just cried for ten minutes.  I could barely speak.  I’m crying just typing this.  It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done for our family and I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude.  Having everyone gather around us to celebrate this special time in our lives and this sweet babe on the way was just the BEST!  I wish we could do it again and again.  It was one of those parties where as people leave you’re like WAIT!!!!! ARE YOU SURE YOU HAVE TO GO?!?!  I didn’t want it to ever end.  A handful of photos below… and the memories in my brain forever.  xx- Sarah

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Doing it Right: Commune Design X West Elm

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I love seeing mass retailers team up with designers/makers/artisans and this may very well be my favorite partnership yet!  I first discovered Commune Design after a trip to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs right after they opened (this was a magical time because word hadn’t gotten out about the hotel yet, so it was quiet, pristine and quite the different experience from what it’s become!)  I asked about the design immediately because it was so incredible, and have been a fan of theirs ever since that introduction.  I would put every single one (and all of the above) into my home in a hot second!  The design is simple, modern and beautifully executed.  Well done Commune and West Elm, well done indeed!  Shop the entire collection here.

Shop the above: Wooden Fruit Bowls, tapestry diptych, leather sling chair,  Temoayan Pillow cover (charcoal, ivory), low cushion ottoman,  marble topped coffee table, terra cotta planter, tufted ottoman, square shape pillow cover (also available in circle)