One of my most favorite things in life is the excitement of looking forward to something in the not so distant future. Whether it's a mini staycation or a night out with friends, the thrill of counting down to an event makes me giddy. It's a small thing, but it produces a noticeably positive difference in my life. Right now I'm looking forward to Coachella in April; the preparations have already begun & I can't wait! Until that blissful moment of packing up the car & heading to Indio, California, I must remain focused on the present. Here's what I'm loving right now:

cinnamon pull apart muffin

Cinnamon Pull Apart Muffin 

I purchased some organic biscuits at an irresistible price. I normally never buy them but couldn't resist. I figured I could integrate them into my repertoire to create a new dish. I hopped around, slightly followed a recipe while simultaneously creating my own concoction. The cinnamon pull apart muffins were a success & my boyfriend gobbled them up in record time.

valentine's day

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day comes & goes as does everything in life. I was pleasantly surprised when my boyfriend got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We're not very big on holidays so it was just a nice little token of love. I sincerely appreciated it & always love fresh flowers. Thanks babe!

undaria algae oil

Undaria Algae Oil* 

I briefly spoke about the Undaria Algae Oil from OSEA in my Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her & I'm still digging it. This oil is so rich & luxurious. I feel like a queen when I slather it on after a shower. It smells divine & works miraculously, especially if you're having issues with dry skin.

carlsbad california

Carlsbad, CA

I spend most of my days in Carlsbad & I have no regrets about this. It is genuinely one of my favorite cities in the world because it has everything Southern California & San Diego has to offer without the unnecessary crowds. Blue skies, the Pacific ocean nearby, warm weather, delicious food, fantastic shops,  & good vibes. Paradise found.

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Nana's Hand Me Downs

My Nana passed away about two years ago. Not only did I inherit her car but also a good deal of her clothes & accessories. This shiny purse is just one of the many items from my grandmother's collection. I love its sleek, Art Deco look. It seems retro but also could be modern.

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