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Milk and Honey Santa Barbara

May 27, 2014 |

Avocado hummus with pitas, brussels sprouts, a date with a pig, patatas bravas, and sweet potato fries, need I say more? This is only the beginning to a long list of tapas offered at Milk and Honey.  Off of … Read More

Pickles & Swiss in Paseo Nuevo

September 25, 2013 |


Usually “mall food” includes greasy Chinese cuisine, if you will call it cuisine, and poor interpretations of international food. Basically,everything comes with a side of Pepto-bismol. Nothing appetizing about that.

Let’s face it, we live in Santa … Read More

Agent Provocateur

July 14, 2013 |

Playful, pretty, sassy and classy are all words that pop into my mind when describing Agent Provocateur. This is my absolute most favorite unmentionables company! Agent Provocateur is a British lingerie company founded by Joseph Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood, … Read More

The French Table Santa Barbara

May 6, 2013 |

Right across the street, from the Sunken Gardens, is a little piece of French heaven. The location at the The French Table can’t be beat on a sunny Santa Barbara day.  So far at … Read More

Henri Bendel

May 1, 2013 |

One afternoon in Los Angeles California, I discovered shopping again. I know that sounds ridiculous. But, with a lifetime of retail employment and a love for online shopping  dangerously becoming the norm, why should I ever leave my house … Read More

La Quinta Resort for BNP Paribas Indian Wells Tennis Tournament

April 2, 2013 |

The desert, the sun, the heat, the pools, and the tennis is why Indian Wells Tennis Tournament is something to look forward to year after year. Even … Read More

SB Breakfast: Backyard Bowl and Juice Ranch

March 5, 2013 |

Santa Barbara Juice Ranch makes fresh pressed juice from locally sourced ingredients. There is a good variety of fruity and savory juices with 3-4 pounds of produce in each bottle at $10 a pop. If you save the glass bottle … Read More

DVF Spring 2013: Diane Von Furstenberg

February 8, 2013 |

Diane Von Furstenberg’s 2013 Spring Collection always strikes a cord in me that ignites Spring/Summer!!  The bright color blocking prints demand summer, heat, vacations, and travel.  They just make me so happy (like from this collection).  And happy in my … Read More

Riviera Hotel Palm Springs Getaway

January 31, 2013 |

Dreaming of Palm Springs…These pics are from October when we went for my love’s birthday.  It was 100 degrees plus and perfect. We had never stayed at the Riviera Hotel and were pleasantly surprised how fun it was! The … Read More

Hippie Chic With Isabel Marant, Proenza Scholer

January 27, 2013 |





1.Isabel Marant Samuel printed silk-gauze midi dress $1,455 2.Daniel Gibbings 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond Mediu Carved Hoop $1,275 3.Kendall Conrad Madrilena Cuff in Distressed Leather $95 4.Kendall Conrad Thick Rounded Bangle in Solid Brass $140 5.Club Monaco Mayle … Read More

Cielito Santa Barbara – Gourmet Mexican

January 23, 2013 |

Lunch at Cielito is much different than dinner. Dinner is more of a tapas experience. While Lunch, is a lovely plate balanced with rice, beans, and a side salad to compliment your entree. We started with chips and salsa … Read More

Golden Goose Indigo Slide Sneaker

January 20, 2013 |

My very first pair of Golden Goose sneakers!! So excited to sport these around town. Not only are they comfortable but there is a small hidden wedge that gives me a little lift and pep in my step. I … Read More

Laetitia Winery Central Coast Estate Flyby

December 28, 2012 |

Laetitia Winery is a vineyard we have always wanted to go to. It is up the coast from Santa Barbara and along the way to one of our favorite spots Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. For whatever reason, we … Read More

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2012 |

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a happy new year!! We got into the holiday spirit with red roses, ornaments, hot coco, and opted for a wreath our parents sent us instead of getting a tree this year! Love … Read More

Six Treats to a Pampered You

November 13, 2012 |


Sometimes when I am down, feeling tired, fat, depressed, I do what most of us ladies do and might I add gents and buy myself products that promise me beauty, vitality, and everlasting youth. Half the time I just … Read More

Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang Wine Tasting Weekend at the Petersen Village Inn

October 19, 2012 |

Our first vineyard stop was Lincourt.

Next winery was Buttonwood, where we decided to get a bottle of their 2011 Zingy.  It is 100% Savignon Blanc and very refreshing white wine on a hot day. We stopped for lunch at the … Read More

Andy and Addison Get Married!

October 7, 2012 |

Congratulations Andy and Addison!!! May the honeymoon never end and to a lifetime of happiness and love!!

Robots and Aliens? Smiles were all around at the sound of their wedding vows when it went something like…”through robot uprises and alien … Read More

The Pan: Santa Barbara

September 25, 2012 |

Looking for good comfort food? Look no further than The Pan in Santa Barbara. The Pan is a diner setting, with a full bar, can accommodate large parties, and is open late. Everything is a la carte -think tasty … Read More

New Valorie Glitter Clutch by Anya Hindmarch

September 17, 2012 |

My absolute favorite Anya Hindmarch clutch of all time is back!!!! I yearned for this one last year and never caved to get it. This year I am going to change the ending to that story. Not sure if anyone asked Valorie, but pretty sure she feels the same way about me ;)

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Fashion Night Out at DIANI in Santa Barbara

September 17, 2012 |


Chad and Me

Thanks Cynthia Vincent, Carlitos, and DIANI for making Fashion Night Out in Santa Barbara chic and classy!!
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Fashion Night Out in Santa Barbara at DIANI Co-hosted by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

September 6, 2012 |

Fashion and Food what is better than that combo? Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent will be at DIANI. Carlitos will be serving fresh halibut ceviche, fresh agave nectar margaritas, roasted eggplant quesadillas, with pumping music from local DJ Joseph Gutierrez … Read More

Olio e Limone: Santa Barbara

September 1, 2012 |

Olio E Limone is one of the best Italian restaurants in Santa Barbara. The service and food are always fantastic. Consistency is what this restaurant has and that is impressive.Our 1 year anniversary was last week. Both of us … Read More

Santa Barbara FisHouse

August 28, 2012 |

Looking for a good weekend Happy Hour? Look no further than Santa Barbara FisHouse! The FisHouse in Santa Barbara is located on Cabrillo Boulevard right across from the beach. It’s near hotels, the harbor, coffee shops, and along the Urban Wine … Read More

Santa Barbara Beach Day at Hope Ranch

August 14, 2012 |

Summertime in Santa Barbara is the best. I was lucky enough to spend the day with my friend Charlene at the beach yesterday. She has an amazing blog too that you should check out: More

Sergio Rossi Cream Lace Oxford

August 11, 2012 |

NEW Sergio Rossi Lace Oxford! I am in LOVE. Available at DIANI Shoes in Santa Barbara.

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Grandma Delia’s Mexican Rice: Arroz Rojo

August 5, 2012 |

Santa Barbara Fiesta! What a weekend?!? Full of parades, music, food, and festivities! Who am I kidding? Yes, I saw the parade from the window of my work, and yes, I heard the music (like everyone else that lives … Read More

Mr. C’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills: Mr. C Beverly Hills

July 30, 2012 |

This weekend we were able to get away for a quick La La Land trip! The weather was perfect and I now have a sunburn from too much fun in the sun! One of the things I like most about … Read More

The Santa Barbara Zoo

July 24, 2012 |

The Santa Barbara Zoo is thrilling!!! I just love the animals and fantasize about leaving my job and working at the zoo like the “Beastmaster” only in my Chloé’s.

I like the people at the zoo too. They are … Read More

Isabel Marant Shoe Mania!!! Fall 2012 is already trickling in…

July 13, 2012 |

Left hand corner – Betty Sneaker Right hand corner – Dicker Boot

Left bottom corner – Bird Sneaker (my personal fav) Right bottom corner – Bobby Sneaker

All styles available at DIANI Shoes in Santa Barbara

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Egg Salad Sandwich with a Twist

July 9, 2012 |


I love re-inventing traditional recipes. Egg salad is a favorite lunch sandwich for kids or a traditional tea party sandwich – a great finger food. Just by adding a few extra ingrediants this sandwich is transformed into something a … Read More

Isabel Marant Summery Dresses and Chic Short Shorts

July 6, 2012 |

Feeling shorts and summery dresses right now! Thank you sun for surpassing the June gloom stage of Summer. We are HOT into July!! Santa Barbara beach weather is back baby…

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Yippie Kai-Yay USA! Happy 4th of July!!

July 4, 2012 |

Here’s to you red, white and blue. Happy 4th!

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Black Bean and Avocado Salad

July 2, 2012 |

Black Bean and Avocado Salad:

1 can of Black Beans rinsed and drained 2 Avocados pitted,peeled, and diced 2 med tomatoes or 1 large, diced Fresh Lime Juice (1 lime) Fresh Cilantro for taste Half a red onion diced White … Read More

Balmy Summer Nights with Michael Kors

June 29, 2012 |

Balmy Summer Nights and Bonfires – Michael Kors Spring Campaign

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Los Agaves Restaurant Santa Barbara

June 22, 2012 |

Los Agaves Santa Barbara is authentic Mexican food in a casual environment. Read More

Feeling Color with Kate, Dree, and Keria

June 15, 2012 |

Wishing you a colorful weekend!

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Santa Barbara Magazine Wedding Announcement

June 13, 2012 |

I was so excited to see our wedding announcement in Santa Barbara Magazine yesterday!!! I didn’t blog about my wedding last year because planning a wedding and getting married is enough work on it’s own! But, I wanted to share this with you!!
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Grilled Cheese with Pepper Jack, Swiss, and Honey Mustard

June 11, 2012 |

This is my favorite combination for a grilled cheese! It is simple and easy.
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Black and White

June 4, 2012 |

My go to. Classically chic – black or white.

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Jane Santa Barbara: The Best Burger in Santa Barbara is the Jane Burger

May 28, 2012 |

The El Macho Burger at Jane in Santa Barbara. One of my favorite burgers in town! It is really going to hit the spot after a long weekend in Vegas.

This is what the burger consists of:

El Macho … Read More

Indian Wells 2012: The Rafa Match in Palm Desert

May 25, 2012 |

The French Open is this weekend!!! My husband and I had a fantasy about being in France this year for my birthday to watch the tournament first hand. Well, needless to say that is not happening. One of … Read More

Apple and Ham Panini (with a touch of honey)

May 23, 2012 |

This reminds me of a funny moment I had with a co-worker about what our favorite foods were. We immediately bonded over our love for sandwiches. We stopped talking when laughter from the office commenced and realized how silly … Read More

loved jewelry…Check out my jewelry line of boho rings!

May 21, 2012 |


I LOVE jewelry. It’s no secret. I love buying it, finding it, making it and wearing it. So I decided to start a small line of boho rings.
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Auntie Alice’s Salad Dressing: Citrus Vinaigrette

May 18, 2012 |

This was a big hit at my last family BBQ. I had to have the recipe and it was so easy to make! Thanks Alice!

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE: 2/3 Cup of Rice Vinegar 1/3 Cup of Orange Juice (I … Read More

Arts & Letters Cafe Santa Barbara

May 14, 2012 |

Arts & Letters Cafe in Santa Barbara is the perfect luncheon spot. The location is off of State Street. There is the De Forest Gallery to enjoy as one walks in and a tucked away patio dinning spot … Read More

Isabel Marant Skull Bracelet or Is It????

May 9, 2012 |

Check out my imitation Isabel Marant bracelet! I made it for under $4 dollars!

Listen, unfortunately I am a brand whore and I pretty much always prefer the real thing to the imitation. But, sometimes it is unjustifiable. … Read More

Lana’s Turkey Chili

May 3, 2012 |

Turkey Chili Recipe

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, diced
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Fun times at the DIANI Shoes Linea Pelle Event!!!

April 27, 2012 |


Gosh, where have I been? Busy. Dude, such a busy couple of months, I don’t even know how I have updated in April! Happy to be back! Don’t worry I haven’t forgot about my ring give away on top of the necklace giveaway! Promise to post SOON. Have to give love to get love, am I right?
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Santa Barbara Sunday with Coco de Mer and more…

April 16, 2012 |

Coco de Mer is a cheeky lingerie boutique. One of the owners, is a Santa Barbara local and extraordinarily vibrant dear lady! I am sad to see her store close. If you missed out on the Coco de Mer … Read More

Watermelon Mojitos

April 11, 2012 |


After such a beautiful holiday weekend, I was really reminded of the warm Spring weather that is to come.
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Hey, Party Girl! Henri Bendel’s Collection of Clutches

March 26, 2012 |


Loved this collection at Henri Bendel’s…go to clutches with irresistible names!
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Wine Cask: Intermezzo Santa Barbara

March 12, 2012 |

Wine Cask Intermezzo is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Wine Cask is where we had our dinner reception after our wedding. Intermezzo is an extension of the Wine Cask. It is a quaint room with a … Read More

Kendall Conrad’s La Cincha Cuff

March 7, 2012 |


I am a huge fan of Kendall Conrad. Not only is she a Santa Barbara local, but as nice as she is pretty and an extremely talented handbag designer. Kendall Conrad’s collections have always included accessories like her signature Vaquera cuff. If you already have one, two, or three different colors in the Vaquera cuff, just the thought of a new cuff from Kendall will definitely make you giddy. La Cincha cuff is a fun new style from Kendall Conrad’s collection. I personally am a huge fan of the Cagancho cuff as well.
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Sneak Peek at Jen’s Pirate Booty for Fall 2012

March 5, 2012 |

Loving everything Jen Rossi is doing with her line. Jen’s Pirate Booty Fall 2012 line is looking just as fabulous as ever! Her FB fan page has been teasing me with amazing new threads and sneak peeks of whats … Read More

Santa Barbara Sunday- Oscars Night and Cafe Shell

February 27, 2012 |

Last night was the Oscars! Obviously, my favorite part of the show is the pre-show fashion. But, we decided to steal away from the show and have breakfast and pick up a little chocolate to indulge in during the … Read More

Mes Demoiselles Autumn Winter 2011/2012

February 16, 2012 |

I love discovering something new. I stumbled across these photos from Parisian brand Mes Demoiselles Autumn Winter collection of 2011 and am now obsessed with Mes Demoiselles. Already having the hat in the first photo, I promptly searched the web to scrounge up pieces to add to my wardrobe and being the nerd that I am, google translated the sites “L’histoire” . Love it!
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Avila Valley Wine Getaway at Sycamore Springs Mineral Resort

February 13, 2012 |

This past weekend we decided to drive up the coast. It has been a tiring start to the New Year and this little trip was just what the doctor ordered! We decided to drive to Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. We love the forest setting near Avila beach. There are hot springs to soak in, yoga classes at the resort, and two of our favorite wineries near by.
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Natalie Balker Exclusive Interview with Dress and Dish

February 6, 2012 |

Natalie Balker, owner and designer of Natalie B. Jewelry, unique vintage jewelry pieces create a sense of timelessness that has made her popular with celebrities such as Vanessa Hudges, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Ashley Tisdale. Recently she sat down with Dress and Dish for an exclusive interview and don’t forget to Like Dress and Dish on Facebook for your chance to win a Natalie B. Jewelry Tibet Inlaid Pendant on Brass Chain!
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Champagne Raspberry Cocktails: Super Bowl Sunday Brunch Addition

February 5, 2012 |

I am not a football fan. Tennis, golf, baseball and basketball, I will watch but football has never been my thing. I mean I played powder puff football in high school and actually almost de-flagged my own team mate. So, … Read More

Enter to Win the Natalie B. Jewelry Tibet Inlaid Pendant on Brass Chain

February 1, 2012 |


Dress and Dish and Natalie B. Jewelry are collaborating in a GIVEAWAY! Natalie B. Jewelry has gained a lot of celebrity press over the years. Her jewelry is worn by the likes of Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hugdens, Sara Michelle Gellar, Sophia Vergara, Jamie Chung, Kate Hudson, and Halle Berry to name a few.
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Isabel Marant Spring/Summer 2012 Camel Dicker Boot

January 29, 2012 |


They finally arrived at DIANI!!! My Isabel Marant Spring/Summer 2012 Dicker boots are here!!! Can’t wait to wear them.

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Natalie B. Jewelry

January 26, 2012 |

Next week on Dress and Dish: an exclusive interview with jewelry designer Natalie Balker of Natalie B. Jewelry. Also an opportunity to enter a special giveaway to win one of Natalie’s pieces. Can’t wait to share!
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Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market Soup: Asparagus Soup

January 22, 2012 |

Some of my most favorite gifts from my wedding were the cook books my mother- in-law and grandmother-in-law gave me. I have always LOVED soup. Pretty much any kind of soup I will try and probably love. After looking … Read More

Santa Barbara Sunday: French Press Coffee, Long Boards, Carlitos…

January 8, 2012 |

Well, it is a new year. Dress and Dish has officially been around 1 whole year and with new beginnings come new ideas. I am 3 years in on my return to Santa Barbara from the City of Angels … Read More

How Do You Drink Your Champagne?

December 29, 2011 |


1. Classically.
2. At a game or on a yacht?
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East Beach Wine at La Arcada Santa Barbara

December 27, 2011 |

East Beach Wine is Santa Barbara’s largest specialty wine store, offering varietals from Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Argentina, New Zealand, and many from California. Their price points range from high to low, so overall there is a … Read More

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

December 19, 2011 |

After watching Anthony Bourdain all Sunday morning eat fresh seafood in Ecuador, I too yearned for crab, clam chowder, cold beer and the sea. We took the Santa Barbara shuttle to the wharf – only a quarter each to … Read More

Maison de Luxe at Greystone Mansion

December 5, 2011 |

Maison de Luxe at Greystone Mansion was an event I was fortunate to attend. Sotheby’s International Realty’s exclusive tour and cocktail reception was quite a treat. The estate is much like a smaller version of Hearst Castle with tours … Read More

Conscious Gift Giving

November 30, 2011 |

1. Josie Maran Argan Daily Skin Moisturizer $32
Note: All Josie Maran products are free of animal testing.
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Zaytoon of Santa Barbara: Lebanese Cuisine/ Middle Eastern Cafe

November 28, 2011 |

Zaytoon of Santa Barbara is a fabulous middle eastern restaurant. I have always spied Zaytoon from across the street from Panino and thought to myself, next time for dinner. Well, I have not been at Panino in a while … Read More

Apple and Pear Crisp: Barefoot Contessa Favorite

November 25, 2011 |

My mother and grandmother in-laws gave me a couple of Ida’s (Barefoot Contessa) books as wedding gifts. They are one of my most treasured tools in the kitchen! I tried out this recipe and loved it! Baking is probably … Read More

Pedro Garcia: Stacy Heel and Ke$ha

November 22, 2011 |

Not having television, this You Tube music video was like new to me! Amazing when you don’t have television or a radio and a year old video is something fresh! This music video is pretty strange like most of … Read More

Wax It! – Alternative to Leather

November 16, 2011 |


I am totally obsessed with finding the perfect leather pant. Unfortunately, I can’t afford any of the ones I want. Waxed or coated jeans are the next best thing! Waxed jeans are more economical and animal friendly too. Many of my favorite jean brands have killer alternatives to the rockin’ roller chic leather pant. Check them out!
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Yummy Treats – Rice Krispies Treats

November 14, 2011 |

It’s been so long since I have made Rice Krispies treats. This treat was something I used to make with my brother when I was a kid. Probably because it is so easy to make and my mom really … Read More

Cocktails at the Biltmore’s Ty Lounge

November 9, 2011 |

The Biltmore ‘s Ty Lounge is a fun place to visit when you are in Montecito. It is complete with an inviting fire place, living room setting and a terrace to sit seaside. The staff is always more than welcoming … Read More

It is Fall. Time to get organized.

November 7, 2011 |

Throwing away my shoeboxes and jewelry boxes is the best thing that has happened to me in awhile. I have a shoe rack and jewelry organizers now. Thanks for the tip Sarah! My life has totally changed for the … Read More

Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa: Palm Desert Get Away

November 2, 2011 |

In the past, we have rented out houses in Palm Springs with friends. Everyone was crammed into rooms. We ate, drank, and stayed up late. We are getting older and the last thing we want to do is be … Read More

Paul Smith: Autumn Fall 2011Collection Favorites

October 31, 2011 |


Paul Smith’s Autumn/Fall 2011 collection is one of my favorites. I have always loved the “women dressing like men” look. I think it is empowering and sexy. Although, my husband will counter that thought. Vibrant colors were used sparingly … Read More

Fade to Blonde: Blossom Salon Santa Barbara

October 26, 2011 |

After two hair appointments, I am finally starting to look blonde! I have one more visit until the shade I desire is possible! Tiffany, at Blossom Salon in Santa Barbara, is a miracle worker! My hair is naturally dark (not … Read More

Simone Camille: The Moon Bag

October 24, 2011 |


Moon Bag by Simone Camille

grey brushed lamb skin


I am officially obsessed with the Simone Camille Moon bag.

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Los Arroyos Montecito and Santa Barbara

October 12, 2011 |

Santa Barbara has about 10 billion mexican food restaurants. No joke, my friends and I tried to count all of the Mexican food restaurants one night and stopped when we got to about 23 places. With so many to choose … Read More

Bacara Spa Café and Resort: Santa Barbara

October 10, 2011 |


With Fall creeping in, the beach days in Santa Barbara are slowly becoming fewer and fewer. So, we decided to make the most out of our warm weekend day and enjoy the Bacara resort and spa. The spa facility … Read More

Pancetta and Spinach: The Perfect Tapas

October 5, 2011 |

Pancetta, pine nuts, and spinach combined together make a great tapas! There are little ingredients needed and large flavors produced. My husband really liked this dish. A plus? It is gluten free! I threw this together after watching the … Read More

Arigato Sushi: Santa Barbara

October 3, 2011 |

The best sushi in Santa Barbarbara is Arigato! There are more than a few good spots to go for sushi in Santa Barbara. But, this one is my favorite. It is clean and traditional. There is a small patio … Read More

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough…

September 28, 2011 |


Dear MJ, I wish you were still alive so I could wear these to your concert. Instead, I will just have to turn up the music and dance around my house in these…well, there IS always VEGAS!! I think … Read More

Sunday Catch Up with WWD

September 26, 2011 |

When I was younger, I was obsessed with watching E television Fashion File, on Saturday mornings.  I loved Saturday mornings because they did the weekend catch up and pretty much aired everything I missed all week because of school.   … Read More

Anya Hindmarch Bag: Alban Shoulder bag in Nude Velvet and Black

September 20, 2011 |


A little pre-share!  I can’t wait until my Anya bag arrives in a few weeks!  What do you think?  It took everything in me not to play it safe and get the grey and black version.  It’s a big … Read More

Lana’s Blueberry Bread Pudding

September 20, 2011 |

Blueberry season is coming to an end soon. So, I am taking advantage of them while they are still here! Bread pudding has always been a favorite dessert of mine. It is surprisingly easy to make and a guaranteed crowd … Read More

Carr Wine Tasting Room: Santa Barbara

September 14, 2011 |


Carr wine tasting room is off the beaten track from the majority of downtown Santa Barbara tasting rooms. However, it is located directly next to Telegraph Brewing Company‘s beer tasting room! So, it is best to plan a trip … Read More