Tuesday, May 31, 2016

my favorite cookbooks

I love food. If you're new to this blog, then one thing I would say you should know about me is that I really, really love food. I think it has a lot to do with the places that have shaped me. I was born and raised in New Orleans...incredible food, definitely not healthy, but some of the best. I got married in Paris... also, some of the best food and restaurants on the planet. I currently reside in Los Angeles, and although there are places with much more renown food scenes, ours is definitely making a name for itself. 

I also really love to cook. I've loved to cook for as long as I can remember, and over the years I have accumulated quite the cookbook collection. Today I've narrowed it down to my top 5 favorites. I think you'll see quite a range in just these 5. No matter what you're into, healthy, not healthy, vegetarian... I've got a book for you. 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

erin condren life planner launch

If you saw my last Erin Condren post, then you know how much I love Erin Condren. My desk is where I spend the majority of my time, so having cute desk supplies is key to my productivity. (That's what I tell myself anyway.) I was super pumped to get invited to the launch of the new life planner. Not only was it held at a place that is Instagram heaven (and owned by Jessica Biel,) but it was also really exciting getting to see all the new goodies. Her main focus is obviously the planner, but do not overlook the stickers, notebooks, pens, markers...and the list goes on. Seriously, y'all... how many of you had a sticker book when you were little? I definitely did, and Erin recreated it, but made it for grownups. I think it might be my favorite out of all the new items.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

things i loved in may

Today I'm sharing some things I have been loving during the month of May. This was a month full of lots of new and exciting things, so honestly it was a little hard to choose. I'm also showing you my new Erin Condren life planner that is launching in a few days! Just in case you're thinking about buying anything from the Erin Condren site, here's a link for $10 off your first purchase: https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/meghannanderson0721 Let me know if you've used any of the favorites I mention below!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

easy summer cocktail

With summer quickly approaching I thought I would share my favorite cocktail with y'all. This one is perfect for summer because it's light and refreshing.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

summer date night

There is something about going on a date in the summertime that makes it a little more special. Growing up in the south, I really enjoyed being able to throw on little dresses and sandals, and feeling the warmth on my skin at 9pm.  [The smell of BBQ is also probably my favorite sense memory of all time.] There is a feeling of relaxation in the air, and everything is just a little more casual. I really loved creating this look, and my dress was a total steal! Check out the video below if you want to see the look from start to finish.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

joan's on third

Although I really enjoy finding new and undiscovered hidden gems, a long lunch at a classic spot is equally as nice sometimes. Joan's on Third is a pretty happening place, especially at lunchtime, but the commotion can actually be refreshing when you spend the majority of your days at a desk. It also didn't hurt that it was one of those perfect LA days... 70 and sunny with not a cloud in sight. I met one of my good friends today for an overdue birthday celebration. Don't you just love those friends that completely get you, and are super easy to talk to?? Me too.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I don't get as much time to sit down and read as I would like, so when I actually do get time, I'm super picky about what I choose to read. I know I'm super late with my current choice, but I'm so thankful I wandered into the bookstore on a lazy afternoon and grabbed this gem.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

lush bath

I recently decided to step up my exercise game, which also means a lot more baths. I love a good soak after killing myself in the gym. I've been using Epsom Salts, which are amazing, but decided to treat myself to a trip to Lush. I think every girl deserves a good bath bomb or bubble bar tossed into their bath from time to time. First of all, they smell incredible, and secondly, they give you the softest skin. Not to mention, they make bath time a little more interesting with all their colors and surprises (I'm talking about you glitter.) Last night I decided to try out Intergalactic, and now I'm disappointed that I didn't grab more of them. The smell was so soothing and delicious, and it left my skin crazy soft. I have a feeling another trip is in my near future.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

the wizarding world of harry potter

I live for a good theme park, so I'm ashamed to say that I've lived in Hollywood for 5 years and had never been to Universal... until this week. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so when they added the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the park, that was the final push I needed. Universal is definitely a must for movie lovers. The Studio Tour and the Mummy ride were my favorites! As for the Harry Potter portion of the park... it's definitely magical. My only complaint is that I wish it had all the rides Orlando has. Hollywood needs more Harry! [P.S. The frozen butterbeer was so good we went back for seconds!]

Thursday, May 5, 2016

flawless foundation

Thinking of buying a new foundation? Don't spend any money until you hear about this one. Guys... I may have found the one.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


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view from the top

Los Angeles is known for incredible views, and if you don't mind a little bit of a hike, the Griffith Observatory offers one of the best views of the city. Once you step inside there is also a really interesting museum with shows and beautiful exhibits. It would be especially appealing to someone interested in space. My in laws and I visited the Observatory this past week, and I'll let the pictures do the talking...


Sunday, May 1, 2016


Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in Echo Park, is a brand new restaurant that resembles an old school diner. Winsome is everything I'm looking for in a brunch spot: brightly lit, friendly vibe, and a menu that contains the staples [lattes, fried eggs and pancakes]. For whatever reason I rarely venture into this part of town, but it's spots like this that make me want to change that.