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This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions are my own.  We had such a blast participating in Benihana’s Be the Chef Program, that we decided to go back to try out some of their other dishes and see how they paired with the Japanese beers on the menu. We happily ate and drank our […]

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Benihana Food & Beer Pairings
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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 […]

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Be the Chef Training Program with Benihana
Living

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 […]

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The Tradition of Making Savon de Marseille Soap
Entertaining

One of my favorite magazines for years has been Sunset! It’s consistently full of new and adventurous content from travel to home and it’s always a great source of inspiration. So when they invited us to their Camp Sunset party in Malibu, to launch their book, we were ecstatic! I wanted to share the photos my friend Sarah […]

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Camp Sunset with Sunset Magazine!
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“Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto” is the famous quote I think of when I reminisce about our time in Italy! It means “Eat well, laugh often, love much,” and it perfectly describes what Italy is all about. We spent the last 4 days of our adventure with Princess Cruises exploring different areas of Italy… […]

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Charming Travels: My 10 Favorite Things About Italy
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 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 […]

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Don’t Forget these 11 Chic Beach Essentials!
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 I’m excited to share more photos from our charming travels trip to Spain and Gibraltar on Princess Cruises! It’s always been a dream of ours to visit Spain and although we spent only a short amount of time there, it left an indelible impression on us and we definitely want to go back! We stayed in […]

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Charming Travels: Spain and Gibraltar
Living

 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 […]

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A Charming Beach Outing!
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\We just got back from our trip to the Mediterranean with Princess Cruises! 10 days, 4 countries and so many wonderful memories!! One of the countries we visited was France, and we luckily had a private driver and guide spend the day showing us the beauty of Marseille and Cassis. The driver and guide are […]

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Charming Travels to Marseille and Cassis France
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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 […]

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Packing for the Mediterranean Sea!
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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 […]

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In the Mix: Viviane Beverly Hills
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 It’s Charming Travels London! London Town was calling, so we booked a last minute trip to do a little work, tour the city and visit family. I was a little nervous about the 11 hour flight with a toddler, but it went exceptionally well! Zan and I both hated the red eye over there and didn’t […]

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Charming Travels: London!
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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 […]

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In the Mix with Sidecar Doughnuts
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 “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 […]

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In the Mix with Alfred Coffee
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We couldn’t resist our wanderlust this holiday, and took a magical trip to Stowe, Vermont for New Years! It was the winter wonderland I’ve always dreamt about and more, and the perfect way to ring in the new year. I actually contemplated bearing their 6 months of winter to live there… that’s how charming Vermont […]

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Charming Travels: Stowe Vermont
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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, […]

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In the Mix: The Assembly West Hollywood
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Oahu captured my heart… it was everything I picture Hawaii to be. Truth be told, we went to Maui earlier in the year and while I thought it was absolutely beautiful and we had an incredible time, it wasn’t really the Hawaii I had always dreamt of. When we had the chance to visit Oahu […]

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Charming Travels: Oahu!
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 When Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa ask you to hang out with them in Sonoma for a few days, you respond with a big huge YES! It was an honor to attend the event hosted by Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa at The Fairmont, with some of my favorite bloggers in the industry!! Fortessa, a fabulous, family-owned dinnerware company teamed up with Williams-Sonoma to host […]

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Coming Home to Sonoma with Fortessa
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A few months ago, I took a 13-hour direct flight to visit Zurich, Switzerland. I was there for 72 hours and it was such a wonderful experience! You can see more about that trip here! I highly recommend going if you love to travel! Since the time was fairly short (ha!), I packed a small carry-on spinner […]

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Charming Flight Essentials
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We stopped by the very colorful and absolutely delicious ICDC to chat with co-owner and pastry chef, Mariah Swan! They’re serving up 3 of our favorite things – ice cream, donuts and coffee! We wanted to know more about this charming dessert shop and how they make their yummy treats, so we went In the […]

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In the Mix with ICDC
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I’m so excited to share my sister’s wedding today!! Bethany and Andrew got married this past summer and it truly was one charming Astoria, Oregon wedding! They chose a location that only hosts 1 to 2 weddings a year called, Alderbrook Station. It’s a 15,000 square foot, three story netshed built in the early 1900’s, that sits […]

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A Charming Astoria Oregon Wedding
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I’ve watched Willy Wonka more times than I would like to tell you and my childhood dream was to be a chocolatier… not surprising, right? In my early twenties, I actually thought about going to school to learn everything chocolate, then flying to South America to source out my own beans and starting my business…. […]

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In the Mix with Compartes Chocolate
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Last week, I had the most incredible opportunity to visit Zürich, Switzerland with Zürich Tourism! I didn’t have Zan on this trip with me (my talented photographer and director!!) and since I knew we’d be walking a lot, I actually opted out of lugging the pro camera around! Instead, I captured the city from my iPhone and a […]

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Charming Travels: Zürich Switzerland
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Every year, as summer comes to an end, we love soaking up the last few weeks by hitting the mountains or a camping trip to El Capitan. We rent a cabin, cook over the fire, ride bikes, hike and enjoy being outdoors. I always pack a few charming camping essentials, like all of the ingredients […]

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Charming Camping Essentials
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Tomorrow I’m on a plane to Zurich, Switzerland! The last time I was in Europe, I was 16 so I’m thrilled to be able to explore the beautiful city of Zurich! Before traveling I always research fun and interesting facts about the destination and of course, the best things to do. So I gathered a few […]

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Charming Facts about Zurich
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This summer started off with a 12-hour road trip from Southern California to the very top of Northern Cali! My little family of 3 piled into the car and headed up to Crescent City for a 2-week adventure to spend time with family, rest and relax. We stopped at several fun spots along the way […]

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California Road Trip with Nature Box
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If there’s one thing we’ve had a lot of, it’s ice cream… but definitely not flavors like green corn tamale, peking duck and bratwurst and mustard ice cream!! Those are just a few of the incredibly unique flavors developed by some of LA’s top street vendor chefs, in collaboration with Salt & Straw! And you […]

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In the Mix with Salt & Straw!
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We’ve shared a stunning video Madcitizen created for Princess and our adventures aboard the Ruby Princess and I’m excited to finally share our photos of our time in each charming city! This Charming Travels Alaska trip was so memorable to us and we were excited to spend it with my husband and two of my […]

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Charming Travels: Alaska!
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Before our trip to Alaska with Princess Cruises, I had never been on a cruise before and it was never on my list of things I had to do. I was actually a little nervous since I’m very prone to getting sea sick and the thought of being in the middle of the ocean with […]

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Charming Travels: Aboard The Ruby Princess
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Charming Travels: Alaska Video
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We’re gearing up for summer with travel plans, beach trips and much needed family time and with all of the traveling we’ll be doing, I wanted to share this travel safety video Air New Zealand created. Let’s be honest, I never pay attention to safety videos (gah!!), so I absolutely love how Air New Zealand […]

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Travel Air New Zealand
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We have been long time fans of Jeni’s over here at Sugar and Charm, stopping in for scoops in Charleston (see that in our video!) and most recently Chicago. So when we heard Jeni was opening up shop in Los Feliz, we might have busted out our happy dance of pure joy! Jeni’s is the real deal. […]

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In the Mix: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream LA
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Ojai, California has been a mini-travel destination for us over the past 7 years! Aside from having a history of celebrities making their home there, Ojai is a charming little California town that’s perfect for day trips. It’s just a quick drive from Los Angeles and is a place where you can really relax and enjoy […]

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Charming Travels: What to do in Ojai
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We heard it through the grapevine that Créme Caramel LA is a MUST try bakery tucked away in the valley. It’s a quaint space serving up some of the most delicious desserts in LA. It started as a Farmers Market booth and became widely popular for their créme caramels, bread puddings and upside down pies. They […]

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In the Mix: Créme Caramel LA
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We’re In the Mix with California Donuts today! A very cool and retro donut shop that’s been serving up creatively delicious donuts to Angelinos since 1982! What really drew me to this awesome donut shop are the amazing cereal toppings and charming donut letters! You can pre-order any words or phrases you want and customize it with […]

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In the Mix with California Donuts
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To celebrate the New Year we spent 10 days in Maui with my wonderful and crazy family. We have a tradition that every other year we choose a different destination to explore and this year it was the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui. This is my first time going, but my dad spent a year […]

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Charming Travels: Maui + a Video
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A few weeks ago Zan and I took a quick weekend trip to Chicago to visit my sister. I went to Chicago last year in the summer and fell in love with how clean, beautiful and thriving the city is. I wanted to go back with Zan, so we booked a trip that consisted of […]

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Charming Travels: Chicago
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A few weeks ago, Zan and I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon (alone, which rarely happens) in Santa Monica. We decided to take advantage of our beautiful city and go somewhere we normally don’t, the Santa Monica Pier! We ate at the newly renovated and revamped seafood restaurant The Albright, formerly SM Pier […]

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The Albright Santa Monica
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A few years ago Zan and I spent two weeks in beautiful Costa Rica. We traveled throughout the country, enjoying everything from the city and serene beaches to the incredibly lush mountains and villages. Being the coffee fanatic I am, it was on our list to visit a coffee plantation. I start everyday with a […]

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Touching Video on Direct Trade Coffee
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This past weekend we took a trip up the coast to an area we love so much, Napa Valley. We’re pretty familiar with wine country since we visit our family there a few times every year. It’s always a treat to spend a few days in Napa, trying new wineries, restaurants and of course hitting […]

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Travel Diaries: Napa Valley
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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Ready for a full on ice cream explosion?! We’re In the Mix with Los Angeles’s popular ice cream shop, Sweet Rose Creamery! I was impressed not only with how incredibly tasty the ice cream was, but also with the Sweet Rose Creamery philosophy. They’re a farm-to-table ice cream shop, sourcing high quality ingredients from local […]

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In the Mix with Sweet Rose Creamery
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I’m very excited to share ‘Lette Macarons on Sugar and Charm today! I was thrilled when they invited us to check out their gorgeous boutique in the Larchmont Village area of LA. The all-white interior is beautiful and I adore how the cookies add pops of color throughout the shop! I was honestly very curious if […]

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In The Mix with ‘Lette Macarons
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 And now for Charleston part two… there were way too many pics for one post! As I’m writing this, I’m dreaming of the day we return with Romeo and family. While Zan and I explored the city we kept pointing things out that Romeo would love, especially the beach. We also tried to pack in […]

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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part Two
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Charleston, Oh Charleston… we completely fell in love with you! If Romeo was with us on our trip, we might have never left. The charming city lived up to all of its expectations and more! We felt the Southern hospitality before we even left and it was present throughout our entire vacation. People are simply […]

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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part One and A Video
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This post brings me back to an old post I wrote in 2010 titled If I owned a candy store and I think it’s safe to say I have a small candy addiction. When I heard about a new gourmet candy shop called Sugarfina in Beverly Hills, I had to “sugar” rush to get down there! Not surprisingly, it’s […]

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In the Mix with Sugarfina
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Zan and I spent the day exploring colorful Venice, California. Itʼs an artsy town with an abundance of chic cafes, diverse shops and quirky architecture. From the historic manmade Canals to the lively circus-like boardwalk, there is no shortage of interesting things to see in Venice. Comfy and chic in my Boden “Boho” boots, I was […]

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A Day in Venice
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Today I’m on a sugar high because we’re In the Mix with Brown Butter Cookie Company! When sisters Traci and Christa started getting more attention for the cookies in their small Central Coast sandwich shop, they knew they were onto something. And that something just happens to be one of the most delectable, melt-in-your-mouth cookies […]

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In the Mix With Brown Butter Cookie Company
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We spent the holidays on the East Coast this year and made our way into NYC several times to explore and enjoy a few date nights. The day we took Romeo, it was sunny and 60 degrees outside! We made a quick stop at Levain, the best cookie shop in the city, and then walked […]

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Snippet of our NYC Trip
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Here is a little Charming Travels video from our trip to New Orleans. I can’t take credit for this because my husband is crazy talented and would shoot little things as we went about our day. He edited it for me too! Oh the things this man does for me, haha! I’m very happy we […]

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Video: A Charming Trip to New Orleans
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Last week Zan and I escaped to New Orleans for a few days. After hearing it has some of the best food, amazing jazz bars, baby alligators that you can hold and it’s Britney Spear’s home state, I knew I had to go ; ) We got  some delicious recommendations for restaurants from ex-New Orleaners, […]

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New Orleans Travel Diaries
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There’s no doubt about it, Zan and I are enamored with good food and we love that our city provides us with such a wide variety of incredible restaurants, culture and chic bars to explore. But there’s another side of the food world in our city and that’s through the lens and minds of incredible […]

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Amazing Los Angeles Food Blogs
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Last week I had the opportunity to attend BlogHer 2013 with Turning Leaf Wine  in the gorgeous city of Chicago. It was my first time attending BlogHer and touring Chi-town so I was extremely excited to go. I went on behalf of Turning Leaf, which was great because I was able to hang out in the […]

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Chicago with Turning Leaf Wine
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How many times have you daydreamed about moving to a tropical beach, far away from the hustle of everyday life to open a tiny beach bar? For me, it’s a bakery. Somewhere to enjoy a simple life, where time slows and you truly focus on what you love. Zan and I let ourselves daydream often, […]

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Daydreaming
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Happy Monday! Thought I would keep the weekend alive by bringing a little virtual Malibu to your computer! We did a Malibu travel guide for Style Me Pretty Living last week. It’s full of great tips for a weekend vacation and gorgeous photos taken by my talented hubby : ) We have so many wonderful

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Travel to Malibu
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I heard whispers around town that Proof Bakery is incredible and that I must try it. So one early morning, I took my friend Kim (who snapped the lovely photos) down to check it out. When we arrived there was already a line of people waiting before the doors even opened… good sign. Once we […]

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In the Mix with Proof Bakery
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I’m definitely a glamper! Zan and I went “glamping” at El Capitan last May and if you’re in Southern California I highly recommend it! It’s an idyllic camping spot next to the ocean, with cabins, teepees and a creek running through it. You can see that post here. I used to do the tent thing when […]

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Are you a Camper or a Glamper?
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I discovered Deluscious Cookies when I was working at the W Hollywood Residences. I was making gift bags for an event and we dropped one of the most amazing, individually wrapped cookies inside each bag. I was so wishing there to be extras because the look and aroma of these cookies and not eating one […]

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In the Mix with Deluscious Cookies + Milk
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  Flavors like Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Earl Gray and Guinness are  what grabbed my attention when reading about this charming ice cream shop that had just opened a new location on Third Street in Los Angeles. Carmela is a bright and airy ice cream parlor, scooping up artisan flavors (in the most beautiful waffle […]

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In the Mix with Carmela Ice Cream
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When we were in San Francisco, we paid a visit and went In the Mix with Miette! Being a fan of the charming Miette cookbook, it was on my list to visit the delightful sweet shop! When you step into Miette you’re greeted with floral-covered walls, mint green tables, rows and rows of candy and adorable […]

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In the Mix with Miette San Francisco
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This week we’re In the Mix and tasting some sweet treats with The Hart and The Hunter.  This uber trendy restaurant located in the Palihouse Hotel, Melrose is not only cooking up some good ol’ market-fresh food, but Le Cordon Bleu graduate and pastry chef, Sarah Lange is baking some insanely delicious treats. I sat […]

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In the Mix with The Hart and the Hunter
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We’re starting a fantastic new series here on Sugar and Charm. I better invest in a treadmill because we’re going “In the Mix” with best bakeries, sweet shops and little cafes around Los Angles and other fabulous cities! We’re getting a glimpse of the bakery, tasting the goods and drinking divine coffee. Sometimes we even […]

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In the Mix with Short Cake
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Paid a little visit to Miette… I’ll have a full post on this next week : )   Breakfast of champs… Our adventure continued in San Francisco with a visit to Plow for brunch, which was incredible! The lemon ricotta pancakes were the best I’ve ever had. I’m working on making my own! I loved […]

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San Francisco Part Two
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We left our hearts in San Francisco and I fell even more in love with the stunning city. We had the most beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday. We even went to the beach for a picnic… in SF! It was a great little get away for Zan and I. As soon as my mom […]

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San Francisco Part One
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Read below for the best, quick Santa Ynez Wine Country guide!! Ah Santa Ynez Wine Country, we love you! Our weekend started off a little rocky after my mother-in-law, Romeo and I were in a pretty crazy car accident. It could have been a lot worse, so thank God no one was hurt, but my […]

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Snippet of Life: Santa Ynez Wine Country Guide
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We spent Christmas in Turks and Caicos. I tried to bring a little holiday tradition to our villa and I made salted-caramel hot toddies Christmas morning. We also made a big Christmas breakfast and opened secret Santa gifts. I have to be honest, it felt like Christmas for about an hour and then we all […]

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Snippets of Life: Turks and Caicos
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Last week Zan and I took a weekend trip sans the sweet baby boy : ) We both needed a little time together without having our attention diverted every few minutes! We missed the little guy so much, but it was nice having a free schedule to do whatever we wanted! It was a great […]

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Charming Travels to La Jolla
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In a few pics to the right are the yummy treat I mentioned yesterday. It’s called a Dirt Bomb muffin and people flock to the Cottage Bakery to taste it, then go home and try to figure out what the heck is in it. I think I might try that too. It’s pretty amazing. I […]

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Cape Cod Day Two
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Okay I’m going to continue with our East Coast trip pics. Sorry if it gets old, but I have family members that read this blog too and you know they want to see the pics! Anyway, Cape Cod is stunning! We stayed in Brewster and it was everything I imagined it would be. I absolutely […]

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cape cod day one
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We’re back from our East Coast trip to New York, New Jersey and Cape Cod. We had an amazing time and we’re already missing it. We stayed with Zan’s parents in the charming house he grew up in (pictured to the right). It was super sweet to have Romeo there for the first time and […]

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our charming east coast trip
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Zan and I went “glamping” this weekend… Yes, camping, but “glamorous” camping, it’s glamping! ; ) We went up to El Capitan Canyon to celebrate Zan’s birthday weekend. The campground is located across from the beach, north of Santa Barbara and it’s incredibly beautiful! We stayed in an adorable little cabin that sat next to a creek. […]

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Snippet of Life: Glamping for Zan’s Birthday
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I took a small break from the blogosphere while my in-laws were in town visiting. We decided last minute to drive up north to one of my favorite little towns, Paso Robles. We managed to fit in Malibu, Cambria, Paso, Ojai, Ventura, Morro Bay and a few other towns in one week! It was awesome! […]

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snippet of life: weekend in paso
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Costa Rica was one of the best traveling experiences for me and Zanny. We first stayed in Montezuma, which is a hip little beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula. We did most of our adventure activities there – like atv’s, zip-lining, hiking, refuges, etc. The hotel we stayed at, Ylang Ylang, was like a second […]

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Snippet of Life: Costa Rica Part Two
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Wow, Costa Rica is more than I expected it to be! Full of adventure, wonderful people, amazing wildlife, nature and good food and drinks. Honestly, we’ve had so many amazing experiences (500 pictures to go along with them) so far and we’re only half way through our trip! It wasn’t a breeze getting here… we […]

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Snippet of Life: Costa Rica Part One
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Yup, that’s right… we went to a drive-in and it was awesome! Okay, the sound was a little staticky and it was in the middle of an industrial parking lot, but hey I’m down if this is all we have left of the drive-in era. I actually grew up going to a drive-in theater because […]

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snippet of life: meet me at the drive-in
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I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and Easter! On Saturday Zan and I headed to the Renaissance Fair to check out the shows, food and “renaissance people” walking around. It was actually pretty amusing and intriguing to see people dressed in costume, spinning yarn and hammering metal. They take it very seriously too… talking […]

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snippet of life: renaissance fair
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Zan and I had an excellent weekend! A little antique shopping (I picked up a yellow cake stand and a really old sugar sack!), hanging with friends and a nice visit to one of my favorite restaurants in Los Alamos, California, called Full of Life Flatbread. You wouldn’t know one of the best restaurants is located […]

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snippet of life: full of life flatbread!
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Zanny and I went up to Ojai for a some good’ole R&R. We often drive to this little restaurant, Boccali’s,  to enjoy the fresh air and the wonderful weather. It’s nestled in orange groves and surrounded by breathtaking views of the Ojai mountains. All of the produce they serve is fresh from their farm right […]

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snippet of life: beautiful saturday in Ojai

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