Friday Links

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Happy Friday my friends!  For those of you celebrating a long weekend- horray!  I hope you’ve got some fun on the books!  We’re in the middle of house projects (we may never again NOT be in the middle of house projects, I’ve come to realize).  Good thing we like  good project!  HA!  But we’ve also got some time with friends and some other fun ahead.  Lastly, I just want to thank you.  Thank you for showing up here and reading.  Or just looking… I know that there are those of you who just look at the photos and bounce- I’m grateful for you too.  And below, some links I rounded up for your weekend entertainment.  I love them, I hope you will too!  xx- Sarah {image via}

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May Grey Survival Wear

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The most effortless outfits are always my favorite.  Case in point- this romper.  It’s a throw-on piece, it’ll always work and can be dressed up or down. Layered with a jacket it’s my go-to for these May grey days we’re having where it starts out gloomy and cold but mid morning turns into a perfectly sunny beautiful day! And the Lulu Frost traveler pin (which happens to be my new favorite accessory) adds the perfect little pop to the waistband, don’t you think?  Happy styling my friends!  See you mañana.  xx- Sarah

SHOP THIS OUTFIT:  romper: Joie (on sale!), shoes: Joie (also on sale!), bag: Chloe, pin: Lulu Frost, sunnies: Karen Walker (similar)

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Quinoa, Mint and Stone Fruit Salad

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Stone fruits are coming into season, hallelujah!  Cherries are my favorite of all of them- and since they’re so expensive and in season for such a short time they’re like juicy, extra-coveted little gems to me!  The amount of flavor in each one reminds me how magical this world is- how incredible it is that the earth provides us with such a vast amount of things to eat, taste, enjoy. We’re lucky ones!

This salad is a mixture of farmer’s market finds- apricots, cherries, heaps of mint, sheep’s milk feta, quinoa and pistachios.  So much flavor, so light and perfect for Spring, so beautiful to look at.  Magical indeed.  Recipe below, I hope you love!   xx- Sarah

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Tommy Bahama & Self Magazine #2

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Hey friends!  I’m back again with more Tommy Bahama/SELF goodness!  Is this romper not the cutest?!  And so, so comfortable- I can’t help but wish everything I put on was this easy breezy!  As promised I’m providing a full body workout in these four posts we’re producing, so after the jump you’ll find today’s portion- and it’s all about the ABS!  Having a strong core is so important with stand up paddle boarding, so I’ve been working mine like crazy to get in shape.  I figure the stronger I am, the longer I can be out on the water having fun and getting in what I consider to be a sneaky workout (one that doesn’t feel like it)!   Click through for the rest and work out those abs with me!!!  (Here is last week’s post, in case you’re interested!)  xx- Sarah   {Photos: Lou Mora}

SHOP THIS POST: Romper, Bracelet, Paddleboard, Swim bottoms, Bikini Top, Rashguard

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House Update with Pottery Barn

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Hi friends!  Today I’m SO excited to be partnering with Pottery Barn to share some progress on our living space!  As I think I mentioned earlier, when we sold the Palm Springs house the buyers purchased some of the furniture from us.  It actually worked out pretty well so that we weren’t starting completely from scratch but also didn’t move into our current home with a bunch of items that wouldn’t work!  So, as you can see- we have so many of the pieces from our old living room that we’ve been able to make work in this new house!

I’ve been looking for the perfect ways to update the space to make it feel fresh and new- some smaller changes that would make the couch feel different- and I fell head over heels for these Pottery Barn hand woven pillow covers that add so much warmth and coziness to the couch.  I was really looking for some texture to play off the vintage fabric of the colorful pillows we brought along.  I also added this cable knit throw which is possibly THE SOFTEST THING TO EVER LAY UPON MY BODY.  I’m not being dramatic.  It’s legitimately softer than kittens and I think I might have to buy another so that Lou and I aren’t wrestling over who gets to snuggle up in it every night.  I’m very aware- not a bad problem to have!  I have plans for a few last updates to this part of the room for down the road- and replacing the coffee table is at the top of the list.  So looking forward to it all coming together the way I imagine and sharing the final product with you when we’re able to make it happen.  Click through to see more of the room!

OK, now for the most exciting part!  Pottery Barn is hosting a contest for one lucky winner to receive $1000 gift card to shop for their own Spring refresh!  For a chance to win, upload a photo to Instagram OR to the Pottery Barn site and hashtag it #mypotterybarn (you may also be featured on the PB Instagram!)  You have until June 10th to enter, so hop to it!  Oooooh, I so hope it’s one of you who wins!!!  I’m also simultaneously very jealous of that winner!  GOOD LUCK MY FRIENDS!!  xx- Sarah

Sources: Pillows:  here, here and here, Chair, Throw, Copper Bowl, Feather Juju HatsMoroccan Wedding Blanket, Rug, Lamp, Books: here, here and here

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Spring Favorites

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This time of year I feel like we all have an underlying urge to start fresh- more so than even in the start of the new year!  We’ve got the seasons changing and Spring is the time for growth, to start fresh, to look forward to Summer and all the fun that brings.  So today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite things that are inspiring me, that I’ve been loving, that are perfect for Spring!  I hope you love!

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This Meli Melo bag.  It’s made an appearance on here once or twice already and I couldn’t think of a better bag for Spring- clean and fresh and the loveliest color!

Lavender essential oil.  I’ve been adding it to my baths and putting it on my temples after my yoga practices.  Growing up in Maine the smell of Lilacs in the Spring was pretty much my favorite thing ever, and since we don’t have them here in Southern CA I’m always on the hunt for lavender scented everything!

Astara Violet Flame Enzyme Mask- This mask energizes and rejuvenates cells, and you can feel it tingle while you have it on!  I’m pretty sure it’s shaving years off my face.

Pukka Chamomile, Vanilla and Manuka Honey tea.  A self proclaimed “soothing dip in an organic pool of calm”.  And that pretty much says it all.

This Miansai bracelet is on my wrist nonstop these days- it’s the perfect mix of masculine and feminine.

Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake- a book about life that will make your heart sing.  I’m only halfway through it and I’ve already ordered one for a friend and recommended it to three others.

EOS Lavender Jasmine Shaving cream- Anything that combines my two favorite scents is a must, and with my legs making an appearance most days this Spring- I love that it has so many moisturizing ingredients!

This bikini bottom and this top.  I’m all about mixing and matching this Spring- and with starting to get more beach time in I’ve been on the hunt for a great new bikini.  WINNER FOUND!

EOS Summer Fruit and Lemon Drop lip balms- I will never get over how cute these are. SPF 15 = bonus.

Winter citrus- it’s on it’s way out so I’m eating all the oranges I can get my paws on!!!!

This hair towel that dries without damaging!  Now that I’m inclined to skip the blowdry in favor of beachy locks this is especially appealing!

I found this copper cocktail shaker and have been on a cocktail craving kick ever since!  Pure goodness.

I’m keeping my yoga mat fresh and relaxing simultaneously with this multi-purpose spray that is oh so lovely!

And last but not least- this brightening complexion booster to get my face nice and glowy for all the outdoor fun that’s to come!

There you have it my friends, all that I’m loving for Spring.  Hope it inspires you in your own Springtime refresh!  xx- Sarah