A Charming Holiday Gift Guide

I decided to do something different with this years gift guide! I chose some of my personal favorite things we’ve purchased this past year and items we absolutely love and use daily! I kept it pretty simple with just a few selects, but I truly think these items make great gifts and I’m grateful for…read more

Be the Chef Training Program with Benihana

This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions expressed are my own. If there’s one place I absolutely love going  for dinner, it’s Benihana. Not only because the food is delicious, but also because it’s always been such a fun family experience. I would actually eat there every single day if I could just for…read more

The Tradition of Making Savon de Marseille Soap

A few months ago we traveled to Marseille, France. We were there for the day, exploring the city on one of our stops with Princess Cruises! You can see more of our day here! I had to be selective on what I wanted to see, and being the Home Economics junkie that I am (it was…read more

Modern Fall Baby Shower Shopping Guide

 I had so much fun putting together my modern fall baby shower, I wanted to share a shopping guide with a few of my favorite fall decor items! I kept it pretty simple in regards to decor. The flowers, pumpkins and items below made the event special and easy for me to put together being 33 weeks…read more

10 Charming and Chic Baby Showers

We’re teaming up with our friends at Munchkin to throw a baby shower for our second little boy! I debated having a shower since it’s my second, but I also love any excuse to throw a party and entertain, so I’m getting very excited about it! It’s more of a celebration and probably my last…read more

Don’t Forget these 11 Chic Beach Essentials!

 Before you hit the surf and sand this summer, check out these 11 chic beach essentials to help make your beach trip smoother and a little more charming! For us, we practically live at the beach during the summer, but I will say that I couldn’t last more than a few hours without an umbrella…read more

A Charming Beach Outing!

 We were excited to recently team up with goodnessknows snack squares to create a charming beach outing! We spend quite a few summer days at the beach because Romeo is a total beach bum and loves everything about it! It’s his favorite thing to do during the summer and luckily, it’s free too! My fave…read more

Oh baby! A Charming Baby Shower Trait Game Printable!

Who doesn’t love a good baby shower game and free printable! This baby shower trait game was one of my favorite games from my own baby shower a few years ago! I like it because it didn’t involve eating gross baby food or candy bar diapers, ha!! I thought it was very interesting and funny…read more

At Home Spa Day with Yogurt Bowls!

I have always been fascinated with taking care of my skin, trying the best products and enjoying fun, DIY pampering sessions at home in between my spa facials! There is nothing better than taking a morning to give yourself a special mini-spa session. Starting with a healthy, light breakfast is the perfect way to get…read more

A Charming Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Time to celebrate the hardworking, loving, dedicated father’s in our lives! We’ve chosen a variety of our favorite gifts for dad to make a charming Father’s Day gift guide!! From the newest technology in luggage to a handcrafted leather football… there’s something here for all dads! I left out the wooden hair brush without bristols (it looked like…read more

10 Useful Summer Entertaining Etiquette Tips

 Summer is here and I know many of you will be hosting fabulous summer parties! We asked Diane Gottsman to share some useful tips for summer entertaining with us! Diane is an etiquette expert in modern manners and owner of the Protocol School of Texas and has years of experience in entertaining etiquette! Study and learn! And…read more

Packing for the Mediterranean Sea!

Zan and I are heading on a Mediterranean cruise with Princess soon and I’m SO excited to explore Barcelona, Tuscany, Rome and other beautiful European cities and countries we haven’t been to yet!! We went on a cruise with Princess last year to Alaska and it was one of the best vacations we’ve ever taken, so you…read more

Charming Baby Gift Ideas!

Is there a baby boom happening right now?! I feel like I know SO many people who are expecting this year. Both my sister and my sweet friend are just a few months apart, both due with their first little babes! Of course, I love to buy items off a registry for close friends and…read more

Edible Potted Floral Garden

As you know, we love effortless, charming entertaining ideas here at Sugar and Charm! One of the easiest ways to add a little charm to a dessert, salad, cocktail… even ice cubes is by using edible flowers. They add a pop of color and look gorgeous garnished on food and of course you can even…read more

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Every year, we round of up some of our favorite gifts for moms of all ages for our charming Mother’s Day gift guide! From the softest, organic sheets to the most charming gold pineapple necklace, there’s something lovely about all of these products. The Herbivore coconut soak and scrub are some of my favorite bath…read more

A Charming Cinco de Mayo Party!

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays to entertain for, so we teamed up with Martha Stewart to throw a charming Cinco de Mayo party! We’re all about throwing a party that features margarita popsicles, tacos and horchata and a festive Mexican folk art papel picado!! We shopped downtown on Olvera Street, set our Cinco party up…read more

11 ways to use Lemon Essential Oil

If there is one essential oil I use the most, it’s lemon essential oil!! Everyone should keep a bottle of it around! There are SO many uses for it, from relieving stress to diluting a few drops in water for health or even removing odors. It’s also great to get the toughest, stickiest stains out!!…read more

In the Mix: Viviane Beverly Hills

First, let’s all just gawk at the decor of this place?! It’s GORGEOUS!! Designed by the brilliant Kelly Wrestler, Viviane is a gorgeous Mid-Century gem located inside the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills! The restaurant leads out to the colorful, iconic pool where even Marilyn Monroe enjoyed a dip! Award-winning chef Michael Hung serves up…read more

In the Mix with Sidecar Doughnuts

I honestly love doughnuts. I don’t just post about them and pretend to like them… I really do love and eat them. I first tried Sidecar Doughnuts while waiting for an appointment in Orange County, and after one bite of a salt and butter doughnut, I was hooked!! I don’t think I’ve tried a better…read more

In the Mix with Alfred Coffee

 “But first, coffee”… it’s all over Alfred’s walls, cups and retail items and we love it. Alfred’s is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Los Angeles. Not only do they have a cute slogan and brew Stumptown coffee, but they also sell so many other unique teas, juices, iced drinks and pastries. Alfred’s has…read more

JCPenney’s Get Your Penney’s Worth Event

This week, we headed to downtown Los Angeles with JCPenney and Jerry O’Connell (who is extremely nice and so fun to hang with!), for a really commendable event called Get Your Penney’s Worth! JCPenney wants to bring the value of the penny back and they’re doing some pretty cool things to make sure you never…read more

Williams-Sonoma Must-haves

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge Williams-Sonoma fan! I can just lose track of time shopping in-store or online. And I’ll drive hours just to go to the Williams-Sonoma outlet! Although I use several items from Williams-Sonoma, I’m sharing just a few that I adore and use almost everyday! Are there any must-have items from…read more

Charming Friday Links: Pie Day!

With National Pie Day right around the corner, on January 23rd, we’ve rounded up some charming Friday links all about… well, PIE!! There’s something so nostalgic about pie and I love that you can celebrate with pie all year long! From history and yummy flavors to fun ideas, we have some pretty awesome links below! I’m going to…read more

2015 Reader Survey Answers!

Remember that reader survey we posted in September?! Well, I finally sat on the couch and dove head first into it! Not the couch… the survey. ; ) You all provided some really wonderful feedback and I’m so thankful! It was so interesting to read different opinions and what readers like from the site. Your…read more

In the Mix: The Assembly West Hollywood

I wholeheartedly appreciate a well-designed, artisan coffee shop! I will admit, I’ve become a total coffee snob… it probably started with my second job ever, as a barista. I had just turned 16, and making coffee drinks was my jam… wait, jam and coffee? Does that sound good?! Hmmmm. Anyway, moving on… I absolutely love,…read more

15 Sugar and Charm Highlights of 2015!!

2015 was a great year for Sugar and Charm! We reached many milestones, collaborated with some of our favorite companies, added a wonderful new team member and traveled to some charming destinations. It was our most successful year thus far, which I am so grateful for. Thank YOU ALL for your support, encouragement and being the…read more


Happy New Year!! We’re starting the year out with a clean sweep! Over the past 6 months, I’ve been cleaning out every nook and cranny in my home and donating items to local organizations. I went through my closet and donated 13 bags of clothes! I can’t tell you how freeing and rejuvenating it is…read more

Ringing in the New Year with a Charming Table Setting!

Ring in New Years with a charming table setting! We’re “ringing” it in by using gold rings, hanging over the table, as a pretty display. We used Rose Quartz in our color palette, since it’s the Pantone color of 2016! We placed a gorgeous arrangement in the center of the table and placed our DIY fortune…read more

Charming Gift Wrapping and Holiday Tags

     We brought our wrapping paper, fresh greens and charming tags to the Clinique counter, at South Coast Plaza Macy’s, yesterday for a gift wrapping workshop! We spread some holiday cheer and wrapped presents for the customers who bought Clinique! Everyone loved the fresh greens, charming gift wrapping and holiday tags, and the best…read more

Charming Friday Links: Holiday Cookies!

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and I can smell the aroma of cookies baking in the air!! We figured Charming Friday Links all about holiday cookies were in order to inspire your cookie baking this week! SO, turn up those cheery holiday tunes, make a hot toddy and start baking! We had the wonderful Holly…read more