Fig & Olive

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It’s been a while since I’ve last posted as I’ve been quite preoccupied as of late, so I wanted to share a quick weekend recap of a date night meal, which tasted as beautiful as it looks!

To catch up on some much-needed one on one quality time with my husband, we made last-minute reservations to Fig & Olive in West Hollywood and I can still taste the amazing chicken tajine with its savory sauce, perfectly complemented by the subtly sweet and buttery apricots and figs. I also highly recommend sharing some crostinis (which they are known for) as an appetizer – they are just divine and so thoughtfully composed. My husband ordered the lobster bisque to start and because he couldn’t decide, he ended up ordering both the filet mignon, and truffle risotto (talk about indulging!), but hey, I guess you only live once!

If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend a visit to Fig & Olive – the service was impeccable, topped off by a personal table-side visit from the manager, and the food was just dreamy.

I hope to get back on track with blogging and sharing some of my inspirations, but in the meantime, have an amazing week!

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New Season, New Look

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Growing up, my mom had always kept my hair pretty long and feminine – creating intricate braids and up-dos with ribbons and sparkly things. But as I started to develop my own identity during my young adolescent years, I one day decided I wanted a layered long bob after seeing a model sport it in my Delia’s catalogue (remember those?) Proudly taking the clipping to a local beauty salon, I told the stylist that I wanted my hair EXACTLY like the model.

Imagine the horror when the stylist went scissor-happy and pretty much chopped off all my long locks, leaving me with a boy-cut, that’s right, a boy-cut, without even a single layer! Holding back tears while my mom complained to the stylist, I vowed never ever to cut my hair short again…that is until after college, when I realized how chic a cute short cut is, especially when you can style it and wear a little makeup to soften the look.

Although I would probably not go for a boy-cut in a while (not brave enough still), I am itching for a new style as my hair has grown quite long as of late. I did venture from my norm and get a shoulder length long bob last year, but now I’m thinking, time to go shorter? Although my long-locks loving husband may have a good, short cry, I think it would be so fresh and modern for the spring. Besides, hair grows back! My only concern is that I will go through the remorse stage that most girls go through after chopping their hair and pining for their long locks again…what do you think? Here are some of my inspirations.

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| all photos via pinterest |

Now if only I could convince my husband how utterly feminine, sexy and chic these looks are…

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Looking Forward to an Amazing 2014!

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I can say that I’m at a point in my life where I’m truly just grateful. My heart overflows with gratitude that I have been saved by God’s grace, to live each day, deepening in my relationship with Him and striving to please Him. To add to the blessings, I am more in love with my husband and our little family than ever before, and I can’t wait for all the beautiful new experiences in the new year. Being surrounded by loving, supportive and big-hearted family and friends has been the cherry on top and I hope that in the coming year, I can work on being just as loving to those around me.

Here’s to an even better year than any before, and to constantly moving forward, seeking goodness in others and ourselves, standing for what we believe in, and loving each moment of every day.

Happy New Year!

| For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 19:11 |

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Encouraging Words & Smiles for Christmas

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Wow, how quickly does time fly, especially as you get older! This year has really zipped by so speedily that I’m making an effort to take in quiet pockets of silence each day, just to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for and all the wonderful blessings from this past year.

With Christmas just a week away, our family has made it a goal to truly celebrate the birth of Jesus, His ministry, and His everlasting love, the real reason why we rejoice on December 25th!

Of course, living in a day and age filled with consumerism and pretty things, we do take in all the wonderful goodies and traditions surrounding the holidays, and we do love the practice of giving and hopefully, we can bring smiles to our family and friends.

I’ve seen such wonderful gift guides with lovely fashionable pieces, techie toys, delicious treats and covetable beauty goodies (they honestly make me drool!) So I thought I’d share the simple idea of giving the gift of encouraging words, or a fun print that might bring on a smile! Plus, they won’t go out of style!

Here are some of my favorites!

Printable Bible Verse Print from Printable Wisdom | Classic Bow Tie Print from SS Print Shop | Los Angeles Print from The Rifle Paper Co. | Synchronized Swimmers Print from The Rifle Paper Co. | Proverbs Verse Print from SS Print Shop | Philippians Verse Print from Grace Laced

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Cozy Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

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1. J. Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat | 2. J. Crew Crystal Venus Flytrap Earrings | 3. Gap Boatneck Pullover | 4. Felix Rey Cityscape Bubble Umbrella | 5. Michael Kors Fingerless Gloves | 6. Topshop Blanket Fleck Snood | 7. Club Monaco Sonic Rose Gold Textured Pant | 8. Butter London Holiday Polish | 9. Frye Courtney Lace-Up Booties |

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? Wow, does time sure fly! I’m so excited for the holidays, quality time with family as well as cozying up in warm knits and drinking hot chocolate while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (it’s a tradition!) I thought I’d put together a quick outfit idea that’s not only comfy and cozy, but with bright accent colors and touches of gold, will warm up any Thanksgiving get-together. Of course, after a delicious meal, you may just switch to your sweats, right? Happy Thanksgiving preparations!

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