May 2012

I would be embarrassed by how long it’s been since my last post, but I’ve been out of town every single weekend since then and just as busy during the week so it’s understandable I guess. Spring has sprung in Los Angeles — finally! I’ve been lazy about carrying around my big camera but luckily the iPhone has kept me snapping away. Below are some of my favorite recent shots: Beverly Hills, Marissa’s porch and my office courtyard.

I’m just starting to hit that magic age where my friends are beginning to get married, and I’ve discovered that there’s actually a fifth season each year — wedding season! In California, that spans from May to August and it’s in full swing. Just four weeks after Marissa’s bachelorette in Vegas, I traveled to Sin City again to celebrate with Coley. Even though we stayed in the same hotel, the weekend was totally different and uniquely Nicole. Everyone had so much fun and I got some quality time with Nicole when she joined me on the drive back to LA. The drive out to Vegas was not nearly as fun (ahem! blown tire, I’m talking to you) but on the way home, we talked for five hours and played Bon Iver on repeat the entire time — my dream. Since we live so far apart, I’m grateful that her wedding is bringing us together not just once but three times this year! Here we are all decked out to celebrate. Thanks to my sister for the super sparkly shorts!

The first wedding is Marissa’s and coming up this weekend! Rather than just one big event, we have a 3-day weekend packed with fun things, including a sound meditation hour, hiking, BBQ and pool time in addition to the outdoor ceremony and dinner/dancing. The resort is small, but every single guest will be there for this wedding. I think it will be a great bonding experience with both old and new friends. Marissa and I have been DIY fiends the past few weeks. We’ve had a couple of crafting nights to churn out place settings, banners, welcome bags and other custom touches. I can’t wait to see everything come together at the reception! It’s been really cool getting to help Marissa; it’s left me feeling even more invested in the wedding weekend. Luckily we’re of the same mind when it comes to decor and style.  As a sneak peak, here are a few of our inspirations…I can’t wait to share the actual photos!


Every single time I bake banana bread, I wind up using a new recipe. This time, I only had two bananas, so I added pumpkin in lieu of a third. From there, I made it up as I went along…brown sugar, walnuts and even espresso made it into the batter. The only thing missing was chocolate chips — otherwise, this recipe is definitely a keeper!

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 shot espresso (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Simply add all the ingredients in the order listed, mix and pour into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and ta da! Delicious, moist (yup, I went there) banana bread that’s worth repeating.