TGIF! And Some Links….

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Happy Friday my friends!  I feel like a broken record when I say that life is crazy and we’re in the middle of a storm every week- but it’s true!  This week we’ve been dealing with Nugget who somehow injured her neck? hips? back?  We’re not entirely sure but she requires pain meds and muscle relaxers every 8 hours so we’ve been on this crazy schedule of waking up at 3 am to give her medication, and hand feeding her, and carrying her to and from every room we’re in so she doesn’t miss us and doesn’t move around too much, etc.  Those of you who have gone through dog- health issues know what I’m talking about- it’s pretty much torture when they’re in pain and you can’t fix it.  And really, there’s NOTHING I wouldn’t do for that little bundle of love.  So this weekend we’ll be cozying up with Nugget, nursing her back to health, cooking up a recipe for you for next week and daydreaming about Bali.  I’m also hoping to squeeze in a nap!  I hope you have equally delicious and relaxing plans on the books!  xx- Sarah

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San Diego Staycation at the Marriott

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Happy Thursday friends- one more day till the weekend!!!  Since we moved to San Diego in January I’ve only left once for a quick business trip to LA, and life has been hectic with the house selling/buying, 6 weeks staying with friends etc.  And since we’ve been settled in the house I feel like my brain is running non-stop about how we can make it feel like home (design obsessive disorder, let’s call it).  So when the Marriott reached out to offer us the opportunity to book a spontaneous staycation we jumped on that like a cat pounces on feather toy!  So one random day when the mood struck us, using their mobile booking and check-in app we left the beach, booked a room, threw a few things in an overnight bag and headed out for our overnight stay at the Marriott Marquis.  The mobile check-in app makes it super easy- you can check in after 4 pm the day before your arrival and the app notifies you when your room is ready!

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Once we got there we hung out by the pool, ordered room service, checked out the amazing views from our room on the 23rd floor of the north tower (I got a little bit scaredy-cat-ish on the balcony for a second), lounged around and just generally made sloths of ourselves.  It was just what the doctor ordered!  My brain turned off, my vacation self turned on, and we were able to relax.  Of course we snapped a few photos to share below.  And here’s the bonus:  From April 2 to December 31, 2015 Marriott guests who check-in with the mobile app during their stay at a hotel in the US, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have a chance to win a grand prize of one million Marriott Rewards Points!  That could be you my friends, and that’s A LOT of nights of R&R!  Here’s a video Marriott produced to celebrate the millionth mobile guest check-in.

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Home Inspiration- Pantries

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As I spend more and more time fantasizing about our kitchen remodel- I spend exponentially more time fantasizing about a pantry that I can merchandise and fill with pretty things!  Speaking of which- do you ever merchandise your fridge- putting everything on display the prettiest way you can?  I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like but when I do it sure feels good!  Ok, so today’s inspiration- some pantry inspiration.  Hope you love!! xx- Sarah    {via 123 / 4 }

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Happy Tuesday my friends!  I feel like I’m in the middle of a cyclone this week- and it’s only TUESDAY!  Yowsers!  Do you know what I’m talking about- the days where you feel like you’re just spinning and getting tossed about and wondering where you’re going to land?  Well, that’s me over here- or over there, WHO KNOWS?!  HA!  I hope you’re weeks are off to a less eventful start!  xx- Sarah

Shop this outfit:  tank: JCrew (25% off with code SHOPNOW), skirt: Asos (old), shoes: Thakoon Addition (sold out), bag: PB 0110, bracelets: Miansai here, here and here, arm cuff: Campbell, rings: Gabriela Artigas

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Browned Cauliflower and Kumquats

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I know.  I want to start this post by saying I KNOW. Every recipe I’ve shared of late has kumquats in it.  I don’t know what my deal is – I WANT TO EAT THEM ALL!  The tartness, the citrus-y goodness of eating the peel, the tiny cuteness factor- I just love them.  I love them only a little less than browned cauliflower, which is just up there with the best things ever.  And this dish, with the citrus champagne viniagrette- it’s a fresh and beautiful side dish.  If you eat eggs, add an egg and it’s a beautiful brunch.  I don’t know when I WOULDN’T eat this.  I hope you love, at least 75% as much as my undying love of kumquats- which is obvi A LOT!  Happy Monday my friends, let’s get it this week, whatever IT is for each of us!   xx- Sarah

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Friday Links

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Happy weekend my friends!  What’ve you got on the books?  We have a fun and a little bit random collection of plans- our house in being blessed by Shaman Louie Saturday morning (gift from our incredible realtor), I’m going on a girls roadtrip with a friend to attend Rachel Zoe’s coachella pool party later that day, we’re meeting up with friends to paddleboard (or possibly surf!) on Sunday and we’re bouncing around the idea of a potential staycation that night to get out of the house and have some couple time together (sometimes all I can think about when we’re home is what I want to do with the decorating- it can be overwhelming- my level of excitement).  When I read that back I can only laugh because I sound like I’m living in a southern California version of Portlandia.  Almost like I’m a caricature of myself and it would be ridiculously easy to make a spoof out of it!  But sometimes life is just like that- funny and random.  I’m just along for the ride!   Hope you all have a beautiful weekend with great friends, yummy food and lots of good old fashioned belly laughs.  Links below for your lovin….  xx- Sarah {image via}

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