Living

I know our lives are about to drastically change as we prepare for baby boy number two. Time really flies because, believe it or not, we have actually never had professional family photos taken of us besides Romeo’s newborn pictures. So, I really wanted to have someone capture us as the family we’ve been the […]

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A Santa Barbara Harbor Family Photo Session
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We rarely show glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes here at Sugar and Charm! So I thought it would be fun to team up with goodnessknows snack squares, to share some pics from our last photoshoot and also a must-have items list that saves us during a crazy day shooting and styling! goodnessknows snack squares are the delicious squares that […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Sugar and Charm Photoshoot!
Living

Zan, Romeo and I are very excited to welcome another baby to our family this November! If you follow me on Snapchat, I announced yesterday that I’m 21 weeks pregnant with another baby boy! Romeo was VERY excited about another boy joining the family. I made a surprise cake for him and the smile that came […]

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Another Baby on the Way!
Living

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 […]

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JCPenney’s Get Your Penney’s Worth Event
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Is there anything better than finding an amazing product that is totally affordable and can be purchased at your local drugstore?! If I ever read or hear about the perfect lip gloss or hair mask that I can buy at a drugstore, for a reasonable price, I’m on it! I’ve been buying drugstore beauty products […]

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10 Best Drugstore Beauty Products
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Happy Halloween! It’s always a little extra fun when Halloween is on a Friday! Romeo has now dressed up as 3 things for Halloween… he was the most adorable raccoon at Jen’s Halloween party, then an erupting volcano at pre-school and tonight he’s going to be Darth Vader. We couldn’t help it after seeing this genius […]

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Happy Halloween!
Living

Can you all believe itʼs September?! In honor of back-to-school we teamed up with Boden USA and took Romeo on a little educational “field-trip” to The Getty last week! Itʼs important to us that we immerse Romeo into art, culture and the fabulous surroundings we have access to here in Los Angeles. The Getty is […]

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Back-to-School with Boden and Mini Boden
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I’m actually a very low maintenance hair gal. To my husband’s delight, I only get it colored at a salon a few times a year, when I see my talented cousin Jenna, who lives in Sonoma. But after about five months of zero love, it hits me that my hair is in desperate need of […]

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Party Ready with L’Oréal Paris Preference Mousse Absolue
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I should start off by writing that this is not a sponsored post! Just letting you all in on a beauty secret… the Boscia Bright White Mask! Have any of you tried it? I’ve been obsessed since the first day I slathered it on my face, peeled it off and realized it actually worked… instantly! […]

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My Pre-Party Mask
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I thought it would be magical to cut down our very own Christmas tree this year. It seemed so adventurous and a little glamorous too, kind of like glamping. So this year I made my family go to the adorable tree farm about 40 minutes from our house to cut down our tree. In my […]

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8 Reasons Why I Won’t Cut Down a Christmas Tree Ever Again…
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Ah, the spirit of the holidays is finally in the crisp air! We’ve proudly partnered with Campbell’s Homestyle Soup to celebrate the holidays and like most people, this is my favorite time of year! This video perfectly sums up what I love most about the holidays… cozy fires, delicious food and creating special memories with […]

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Home for the Holidays
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Sometimes I feel like I don’t share enough about the one person that brings me an immense amount of joy every single day. My passion is this site, creating and sharing simple ideas and ways to add charm to everyday life. But my true joy and happiness is this boy right here, my Romeo. Everything […]

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My Romeo
Living

Today I’m turning 28! I’m an 80’s baby, 1985 to be exact. I graduated high school 10 years ago… silent pause. I was born in the wonderful era of big hair, neons and leotards… all trends that the fabulous Beyonce is keeping in style these days. I thought I’d just take a moment to walk down […]

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Looking back on 1985…
Holidays

Pinch me, I’m pinning for Martha! I’m honored and extremely thrilled that I’ll be guest pinning for Martha Stewart Living this next month. As if that isn’t enough, this write up about Sugar and Charm was more than flattering! I’ll be scouring the web to find the most charming DIY’s, recipes, party and entertaining ideas. I’ll be […]

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guest pinning for martha stewart living
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I was sitting in the sauna at Burke Williams and these were my thoughts… when I was pregnant with Romeo, it was imperative to me that I took care of myself and my body. I felt healthy, strong and full of nutrients, which made me feel happy all around. I did yoga, hiked and ate […]

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Tips for Living a Positive Life
Holidays

Is this what it looks like when your family gets together to capture a photo for a Christmas card? We took Romeo to the Christmas tree farm to snap a photo of him for our holiday cards. We were exhausted after about… two minutes. Although there were no tears, the child was covered in hay […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Christmas Card Photo Shoot
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Today is my 27th birthday… I’m 27… 27!!! Where has the time gone? I’ve been celebrating birthdays all weekend long. Zan watched Romeo on Friday night while I went out with my girlfriends for cocktails and dinner at the Fig and Olive. Then he treated my mother-in-law and me to a much needed massage and a […]

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snippets of my 27th birthday
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Here are a few snippets of life the past few weeks… Of course these are the good snippets, not the ones of me in my pj’s until 11am or me trying to rock Romeo to sleep after he’s been up for over an hour!! I’ll just show you all the good stuff! I’ve spent a […]

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a little snippet of life
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I registered at Diapers.com for Romeo and I was so impressed with the company! They have the best customer service, free 1-2 day shipping on all registry items and an amazing selection. The company is so organized and I can’t rave enough about them… and no they didn’t pay me to post this. Anyway, I […]

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baby registry picks
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Happy Valentine’s Day to the man who makes me smile everyday… You’re truly the best Zan and I can’t imagine life without you. Thank you for being my Valentine for the past nine years and making my life so special. xoxo   These photos were taken before we got married!! Also, check out my Style […]

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snippet of life: happy valentine’s day
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We hit a new stage in my pregnancy… it’s called “throw a party in my mom’s belly while she sleeps” stage. As soon as I lay down to rest (and I’m sure this is with all babies!) baby boy decides it’s time to kick, punch and throw his hands up. It feels like fireworks going […]

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snippet of life: I’ve got a kicker
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20 traits I  wish for my baby boy… Honorable, Benevolent, Trusting, Faithful, Humble, Humorous, Respectful, Well-Mannered, Ambitious, Appreciative, Wise, Confident, Explorer, Kind, Accepting, Genuine, Merry, Creative, Gracious and Charming. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but the most important thing in my life is to make sure you grow up to be all […]

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baby bump and traits for baby boy
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Merry Christmas! This is the holiday card we sent out to our friends and family via Paperless Post.  I’m hoping to fit in one more cookie recipe with you all tomorrow before Christmas is here!! Can you believe it? Now that my shopping and running around is done, I’m excited to fill these next few days […]

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2011 Holiday Card
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Dear Baby Boy, We were both shocked when the doctor pointed out to us that we are expecting a boy! Your dad was especially taken back because I had it in my mind that we were having a girl and I guess I was very convincing to him, ha! But you threw us all for […]

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snippet of life: a letter to my baby
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I was going to put some photos of Thanksgiving Day up, but I realized I don’t have that many! We were so busy working away that we didn’t snap away! I do have a few shots of my siblings that Zan took while we were outside playing in the snow. We like to have snow […]

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Snippet of Life: Snow Day
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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We had a weekend full of celebration and milestones! My family rented a cabin in Tahoe, so Zan and I did a little (eight hour!) road trip up the state of California ; ) We LOVE road trips and being in a car with Zan for […]

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Snippet of Life: Tahoe Road Trip from My iphone
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Today is my and Zan’s anniversary! Three years ago (feels like yesterday!) we got married on the beach in Malibu in an intimate ceremony of fifty friends and family members. It was truly everything I had imagined for my wedding day… the weather was beautiful (75 degrees on the beach) and as we sealed our vows with […]

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snippet of life: three year anniversary
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Yep, the title says it all… Zan and I expecting a little baby spring 2012! We’re thrilled and still can’t believe we’re going to have a little one hanging with us for the REST OF OUR LIVES, haha! But after 9 years together and 3 years married we’ve had our time to wine, dine and […]

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Snippet of Life: Oh Baby
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I have never seen so many tricker-or-treaters in my Halloween life! We threw a small get-together at a friend’s house in Toluca Lake. I’ve always heard it gets crazy there, but once I saw a bus of people being dropped off, I knew we were in for an interesting night. We had to take shifts […]

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snippet of life: halloween 2011
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Hi Charmers! I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you so much for entering the Wine Country Giveaway! If you haven’t, you still have today and tomorrow, so hurry! Zan and I went to the pumpkin patch/fall festival over the weekend. The weather was gorgeous and we were able to enjoy the beautiful colors […]

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snippet of life: fall festival
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I wanted to share these photos by a famous photographer named Elliott Erwitt. He started taking photos in the 1950’s and is known for his black and white documentary-style photographs. He was capturing the ubiquitous “just feet and holding something out” photos way back in the day 🙂 The charming photos below are ones that depict […]

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family life
Living

While in New York, I had the exciting opportunity to meet with gracious and talented Alanna Stang, the executive editor of Martha Stewart Living. I was able to tour the space where the hard work and magic happens for each issue of Martha Stewart Living. The creative office takes up the entire 9th floor of […]

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Lunch with Alanna Stang at Martha Stewart Living
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Zan and I had the best time chillin’ in Palm Springs at one of my favorite hotels, the Ace. When we got there, Joe at the Ace was kind enough to bump us up to a beautiful, one-bedroom suite! We sat by the pool, had lunch, drinks and just hung out… The Ace is seriously a […]

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snippet of life: a sweet two-year anniversary!
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it would look like this! I think this is the most charming candy store I have ever seen and I want to go! I’m a candy store FREAK and when I’m traveling, I like to visit them and eat everything… then I work out… sometimes… but that’s besides the fact. The fact is that this […]

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If I Owned a Candy Store…

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