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All hail my fellow glampers - the gals who bring glam to the campsite to avoid all the typical dampers. I mean something's gotta give because chillin with the bugs all day just isn't happenin' - so I say FIRST bring on the good stuff THEN let's go camping!

A detailed checklist for your convenience:

1. The Glamper - aka the NEW airstream bambi

2. The Guard-Bird - large, plush flamingo to guard the door from danger

3. Bonfire Log - for late night warmth, smores + storytelling

4. Rad Rug - to roll out in or outside the glamper

5. B-fly Chair - an uber chic butterfly chair for loungey-like circumstances

6. Clam Shell Pool - a plastic sand pit that doubles as a fabby, portable pool in the summer heat

7. My Book - for some guidance on how to booze + shmooze once the sun sets







Do you make like Moby Dick? Do you live the life aquatic? Well then of course you don a  wetsuit when you frolic! Nowadays this species of gear is wildly at the ready - heck even your sister Sue paddles out passed the jetty! I must say, if you're going to wallow in the waves you ought to do it right - zipping yourself into one of these bad boys and you're bound to look dynamite! Who cares if you flop about like a seal pup or even sink - at least you'll look good while splashing around in the drink!

Surf's Up!



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Fashion, Leisure, Australia

Mrs. Grand Marshal



I weep for the ones who don't get to partake in the small town 4th parade - I mean, it's almost MORE American than fresh squeezed lemonade! Every year my family, along with every other person in Sahn Diago - line the main drag and patriotically cheer on this festive fiasco. Nary a year passes that we don't see the same thang - but believe it or not it always ends with a celebrated bang! One day, perhaps when I'm at my cutest, old and gray - I hope to be the MRS Grand Marshal of this 4th of July Parade! If granted this wish, I'll solemnly swear to don my patriotic best - and lead the line of festive carnies as they lead their troupes Americana zest!


Fashion, Leisure

Livin' La Vida Lilien #palmspringsbreak



Here are but a few snippets of our fabby Palm Springs vacay - we truly made the most out of every single day! The kids have all officially been introduced - to my favorite little getaway that always leaves me so optimistically seduced! Now that they've had a taste, they never want to leave - I can't help but commiserate + wholeheartedly agree! For more on the above you can follow along here - and don't blame me if you end up with a jealous grin from ear to ear!


Palm Springs Here I Come!



I'm doing my happy dance as I put the last little goodies in my duffle - the fam and I are off to Palm Springs to stir up some trouble! We'll be cannon balling, boozing + carousing - paying our respects and doing a bit of schmoozing! I plan to engage all of my sunspots and bronze up my outer layer - a little over-indulging sun is good for you, so 'boo-hiss' to the naysayers! I'll be instagraming up a storm - leisuring loudly, so please be forewarned. Cheers to you all + may your weekend be just as merry - and be sure to enjoy a little sunshine, even if just momentary.




Image: Kristina Nilsson


Must-Have Pool Floaties


Spring is here + Summer is near - so for us Cali folk, pool-time is dear. There's no better feeling then fabbily floating around in high (pool) tide waters - and if you so dare, take it out to the ocean and see what it offers! You can catch me on the sunflower, smiley or PRETZEL but come Spring Break i'm afraid anything BUT the Party Pong floaty would be quite regretful!

Do it - I dare you!!

Happy Floating!



Date Night Planning


In lieu of some major pre-Spring planning - I decided to add a little bit of heat (and not the type resolved by excessive self-fanning). Every Mr + Mrs can get carried away with all the responsibilities that flood their day-to-day! And for those of us with little time on our hands, sometimes it's easier to have someone else arrange the plans! So here I am, little Mrs. Daymaker, with a step-by-step date guide that'll have you all prepped + primed for the day you get to shake your little moneymaker! (btw it's totes cool if you're not that kind of partaker)

Happy Planning!!



Friday Fruit Faces


If you aren't already panting/eyes bulging/on the floor you are not human! I just about dropped dead at the sight of these fabby fruit faced photographs - taken by the brilliant + talented world-renowned photographer, Philip Karlberg. If there's one thing that can make this Friday go by a little faster (and in style) it's THIS! So go check out the rest + enjoy!!!




Leisure, Beauty

Breakfast Energizers


A morning sans energy can truly make your day feel like the WORST of the century! Everything seems to be all kinds of contorted + you cant seem to get yourself any kind of assorted. Well here's the kick that always nails ME in the rump - a quick and fresh brekky that is totes yum in the tum! When oatmeal won't do it, and cereal isn't happening...pull out a few of these and you'll be feeling juiced (not to mention they're flattening!!)

P.S. They were inspired by THIS find!

Happy Brekky-ing!


Leisure, Beauty

The Cocktailer's Garden



Who wouldn't love a garden burgeoning with boozy delights? Where the fruits of your labor literally turn into citrusy spikes. I keep a Cocktailer's Garden right outside my door - and I both nuture and abuse it furthermore! I can't express the utter satisfaction I get when picking, juicing, zesting + muddling - the intoxicating end result is always doubly delicious + doubly befuddling! It's really quite simple to plant a Cocktailer's Garden - and better yet, it CAN be done on a rather modest margin! With my 2nd cocktail book merely 2 months away -  I've been tending my Cocktailer's Garden nearly every single day! Just like people, plants need water, sunlight + food - and starved plants yield fruit that is moot! When I see one of my cocktail yeilding plants lacking a bit of luster - I douse them a dose of Scotts Miracle-Gro and those suckers thrive like no other! A happy Cocktailer's Garden will provide nothing but endless joy + intoxicants - and not for nothin' but also a sense of boozy accomplishments!!

Now get those plants planted so they're ready come harvest - for she who drinks thy own crop is she who is smartest!

Cocktails, Leisure

Mrs. Forever Young



The idea of youth can mean many different things - and if you ask me, a life of vibrancy is what it brings! Let's discuss the #YouthList for a moment, shall we? I promise, you'll like what you read, feel and see! This fabby concept of the #YouthList was introduced to me by the peeps at StriVectin - I immediately fell for their inspiring take on living the forever young lifestyle and thus made it my own current obsession! So, I took a long hard look into what I define as a youthful existence - I pulled together my Mrs. #YouthList, outlined above 1-6.  Each one of these components is essential to fulfilling your youthful dreams - and when pulled off successfully, a forever young vibrancy truly reigns supreme. Things like 'Live in the Moment' + 'Ditch Your Doubt'  - in their own way reverse the signs of aging and reduce the urge to louse about.  'Hold Onto Your Daydreams' and 'Nurture The Skin You're In' - give way to confidence boosting juices which is a total win-win! Allowing yourself to 'Make Fairytales A Reality' and 'Paint Thy Lips, Nails + The Town Red' - forces you to reduce stress + get out of your head. All of the above certainly lend themselves to feeling and thus looking young - just as much so as limiting your tanning time in the sun. Now that I'm drinking the youth serum I want to spread the love - so I've partnered up with StriVectin so that I can help you out with all of the above! Panting?? Read on...


I'm going to be crowning a MRS FOREVER YOUNG + gifting her a year of youth - she who wins gets a 1 year supply of StriVectin SD Advanced, yes it's the TRUTH! In order to properly enter you must leave a comment below - telling me which one of my (above) #YouthList items you need to harness, work on and grow. Then re-pin the corresponding pin and state your case in the caption - include the link to your pin in your comment, cross your fingers and wait for my reaction! I'll select the winner that I feel best deserves the crown - she can then do that happy dance, recharge her youthful ways and start to eradicate the lines from her frown!

Beauty, Leisure

Mrs. Green Bubbles



Why don't we all try something a little different this year?! I'm thinking green bubbles instead of the usual green beer! As long as it's festive, green and does the jolly trick - I'm almost certain it'd be approved by that Mr. St. Patrick! I say pop a bottle or two and douse it with that green no. 3 - guzzle it down and enjoy a rather elevated St. Patties Day jubilee!!

Oh Joy! Jade Pitcher / Oh Joy! Goblets / Veuve Clicquot

Cocktails, Leisure

Fabby Spring Break Spots


All you last-minute Lucys gather round far + wide, as i've thrown together a bit of a surprise! Were you totally stuck - in that just-before-spring dreadful type of rut...daydreaming about how much your Spring Break is going to totally suck. Well wait just a minute my worldwide Lucys cuz this MRS has got a mini guide that'll dry the sweat off your wearisome brow! No, truly!!! I've rounded up three very different picks - I mean, let's face it while some of us just want to down drinks like it's a chore, others would rather a poolside snore or better yet, go explore!

So go on, take your pick!!




A So-Cal Getaway at Rancho Valencia


Do you remember this little blurb on my holiday getaway? It was a first-time, last-minute trip that lead into an entirely outrageous one-night stay! Perhaps you recognize the spot from my insta-feed last month, where the above photos were taken/where I caught some sun. The spacious villas had me speechless, the pool had me enthralled, the food and fitness were a plus but the spa was what practically made me BAWL!

It was after my spa treatment when my MRS radar beeped...everything + this had been perfection and it just made me want to leap! So if you're ever on the hunt for a spot with everything, just remember this post and give my MRS mailbox a ring!!


Villas at Rancho Valencia


Mrs. Sage



Lately I've found myself giving all kinds of advice - which I've come to realize are really fabulous wisdom sound bites! So I decided to compile my most widely used life perscriptions - these really are words of high wisdom + tactics I use to help make life desicions. I hope you gobble them up and store them in a special place - they may come in handy one day when you want to punch someone in the face!!

You're welcome.






One step inside San Diego's El Camino Restaurant - and I'm inspirationally ambushed, creatively bombed!! This mexican joint is a mecca of high color + bold decorative statements - a place that evokes the need to revamp your own space + make it just as awesomely audacious! Having a meal there and contemplating your home decor can be rather treacherous - for your need to go crazy + repaint your whole house will be most generous! Why not paint your front door Blooming Fuchsia?! Or, stencil bold Cool Cobalt flowers all over your entry way, hallelujah!! Perhaps an adventurous black and white statement wall is more your speed - then a can of Onyx Black is really all you need! What ever your fancy or level of creative ambition - Glidden's got your back + is capable of fueling any wild painting expedition. Go ahead and rid yourself of decorating doubt - get inspired, paint it up bold + make this MRS proud!!!

Interiors, Leisure

Halloween No.1 // Costume and Craft



It's about time for some serious Halloween madness and by that I mean craft making + hunting for costume badassness!!! I'm all for a clever, collaborative cost-y...ones that work for the whole fam is even better, its SAUCY! Aside from the costumes are fun crafts for the kiddos, one's that won't take hours to read through directional info. So here are some of my Halloween faves! But please, leave a comment with the ones that you crave!!!  

All of the above can be found on THIS very Halloween Pinterest board...have fun, delve in + you'll totally score!! 







Lately I've been bundting, I believe it's the phase that follows nesting - what ever the irrational reason behind it, my taste buds certainly are not protesting!! I stumbled upon the frantic urge to Bundt right after my mini mister was born - and what transpired next was pure unadultrated bundt porn!! I proudly present you with the two recipes that were wildly requested - once these bundts hit your lips you'll know why they came so highly recommended!!


1 cup butter, at room temperature, plus more for bundt pan

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 large eggs

3 cups unbleached flour

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cup mashed very ripe bananas

1 cup sour cream

2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter bundt pan; set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in chocolate chips, Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in bundt pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a pretty plate to cool.


1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter, at room temperature, plus more for bundt pan

3 large eggs

1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour le bundt pan. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in chocolate chips. Add batter to prepared bundt pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in bundt pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a pretty plate to cool.

Happy Bundting!!



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