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Better Latte Than Never

Sometimes I feel so lucky to have found someone like my husband. I read this New York Times article that claimed America’s best iced latte came from a small coffee stand in Los Angeles. An iced macadamia almond-milk latte getting rave reviews only a drive away? I informed my husband that we had to try it.

So, this weekend we forged traffic, bypassed the parking lots with flat fees and found a lone metered space a couple blocks away. Then we realized we didn’t have change. We scoured the seats and found a few random coins; enough to afford us 28 minutes. That’s plenty of time for a quick coffee run, we thought. Until we stood in line for 25 minutes to get our order. Iced mochas are actually my drink of choice, so we strategically ordered the one we came for as mine and the tried-and-true for him–just in case. After one sip of mine, I made the switch, and my dear, wonderful husband just shook his head and accepted his new beverage.

It was actually our first time at the Grand Central Market in LA, and it’s a shame that we didn’t have more time to walk around. There were tons of food options and several menus were definitely calling out to us. But, our time was slipping away and we had to get back to our car. We then drove another 25 minutes to scope out the venue of a conference I am going to in a couple weeks. He circled around until he could point out exactly where I would have to go to park, and then we went back home. After we arrived in Orange County, we realized we had just taken a 3.5 hour trip, with a total of 28 minutes not driving–all for an iced latte that I didn’t end up liking. Then we looked at each other and laughed.

He then informed me we will be going to San Diego in a couple weeks for a baseball game.

Lots of Lovely: Flamingos

Maybe it’s because warm weather brings out a playful side in us, but flamingos are definitely having a moment lately. I’m not complaining. They’ve shed their reputation as a tacky lawn ornament and now their unique looks are being embraced. C’mon, I dare you not to smile at the sight of them, with their legs tucked in their bright pink bodies. There’s something beautiful in their oddness, and they bring a bit of whimsy to any outfit or home.

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1. Seedpod Flamingo 2. Lele Sadoughi Charm Necklace  3. Piamita Kate Maxi Dress  4. Alice + Olivia Hale Middie Skirt  5. J. Crew Girls’ Sweater  6. Minimum Men’s T-Shirt

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Lovely Blooms

My husband and I went took a day trip to Carlsbad to see the famous flower fields. With all the vivacious colors, it’s impossible to be there without feeling cheery and in awe of the beautiful, abundant blooms. When we stood at the top of the hill, we could even see the entire field, plus the ocean in the distance. I think I stopped every five steps to snap a photo. Can you blame me? The day was topped of with some delicious BBQ for lunch and some serious deals scored at the outlet shopping center nearby. Spring is officially here!DSC_0105 DSC_0108 DSC_0111 DSC_0119 DSC_0124 DSC_0130 DSC_0137 DSC_0170

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A Warm Winter’s Day

Yesterday was such a beautiful day, so my husband and I decided to take a walk on the beach. Since he is from the Midwest, and often talks about us moving to his hometown, I like to take these moments to ask him what the weather is like there. It helps when we’re driving with the top down in February. These playful back-and-forth sessions are a regular occurrence for us, and I will admit that I am impressed by his unwillingness to ever admit any city is superior to his hometown. Even when he is forced to name stark contrasts that you’d think might change his tune; his overall perspective remains the same. I think his fierce loyalty bodes well for our marriage, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As long as we can still go to the beach whenever we want.

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Lots of Lovely: Lace

Perhaps it’s all the Valentine’s Day romance in the air, but I’ve really been gravitating toward lace lately.  Today I’m wearing a lace blazer to work and I feel like I should take a moment to enjoy some afternoon tea or some other Victorian lady activity. Isn’t it funny how an outfit can affect your mood? Even if it’s on a casual piece like a crop top or maxi dress, the delicate embellishment adds some sophistication and oomph to any ensemble. Today’s lace is not your grandmother’s–it’s everywhere now, especially in bright colors, and I suspect it’s not going anywhere for spring. For this Lots of Lovely collection I gravitated toward more neutral tones for a soft, dreamy feel with a cool modern edge. I don’t know about you, but those Anthropologie shorts are going on my wish list ASAP. Enjoy!

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1. ASTR Sequin Lace Layered Tank
2. Rhyme Los Angeles Alice Striped Lace Tank
3. Anthropologie Scalloped Lace Shorts
4. Free People Lace Bomber Jacket
5. ABS by Allen Schwartz Bust Collar Lace Dress
6. ASOS Jarlo Sienna Maxi Dress with Lace Hem

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New Orleans

Last week I took a business trip to New Orleans. I’d been there before, and the thing I was looking forward to the most was definitely the food. I remember even the street hot dogs tasting like heaven, so the thought of trying out some new restaurants was pretty exciting. Here are some of the dishes I ate and places I visited:

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I liked Port of Call because it was away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, and it looked like a place locals frequented for burgers.

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Lots of Lovely: Black and White

This week I was watching the Golden Globes when I was inspired by Zosia Memet to create my next Lots of Lovely collection. Aside from her amazing new haircut, which I think looks great on her, her Reem Acra gown really stood out to me for its classic look. Black and white is simultaneously timeless and modern, and I think it’s always a good answer to the “What should I wear?” conundrum we all face from time to time.

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1. Carolina Herrera
2. Madewell sweatshirt
3. Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily
4. Paul Andrew Zenada Pointy Toe Pump
5. Vince Camuto watch

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

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Some food for thought to go with my morning cup of coffee. I’ve decided to take a class with my girlfriends so we can see each other on a regular basis and do a fun activity together. I think that’s something you take for granted when you’re in college. After graduation, friends disperse all over the world, and life just gets busier. But, I truly believe positive friendships are worth cultivating, and that means putting in the time and effort to see them. Let the social time begin!

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This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com.

It’s easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver.

One example: While I’m definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burstor a lifetime, or things you should not do every day), probably the best way to be more productive is to just be happier. Happy people accomplish more.

Easier said than done though, right?

Actually, many changes are easy. Here are 10 science-based ways to be happier from Belle Beth Cooper, Content Crafter at Buffer, the social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social media updates.

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1. Exercise: 7 Minutes Could Be Enough

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Lots of Lovely: Radiant Orchid

I’ve decided to add a new section to voila lovely! dedicated to collections of great finds. The “Lots of Lovely” roundup will focus on a new theme each week based on current trends or whatever is out there that I really like. The first post of its kind is inspired by Pantone’s color of 2014, which is radiant orchid. This purple/pink hue is supposed to inspire innovation and encourage creativity, so maybe some of these gorgeous must-haves will spark your next great idea.

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1. butter London  2. Jaime by Joe’s  3. Michael Kors Bracelet Watch  4. Tory Burch Robinson Chain Wallet  5. J. Crew Belt  6. Tibi Simona Jacquard Skirt