Friday, November 21, 2014

A walk in the park...

As my time in San Diego draws to a close, and I look forward to real winters and Broadway shows across the country in New York, I am using my days off to visit some of my favorite places in this beautiful city.  Balboa park being on the top of my list.  Not only is it where I worked at The Old Globe Theatre, but it's also where I have spent countless hours walking the grounds, learning from the museums, and picnicking with dear friends under the trees.

I was lucky enough to come here on field trips as a kid, but many don't get that option...many don't get the option of an education at all.  Did you know 1 billion people in this world are unable to read a book, or sign their own name?

 Stone and cloth is a wonderful giveback brand that supports educational scholarships for students in need.

 Carry and education, because every child deserves the opportunity to learn.

Backpack: Stone and Cloth // Jacket: Target // Skinny Jeans: Articles of Society // Rain boots: J.Crew (now 30% off if you use the code SHOPNOW)

Photos by a wonderful San Diego/LA based photographer who is a cause driven lady in her own right, Ellie Coburn. Check her out at


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter White Sangria

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to share the perfect holiday cocktail to transition from fall to winter!  We teamed up with Diabolo all natural sparkling refreshments and came up with a light and fruity winter white sangria that is sure to please friends and family!

2 Bottles White Wine (we used Sauvignon Blanc)
1 Can of Diabolo Mint Lemonade French Soda
1 Orange, sliced
1 Apple, sliced
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
Fresh Mint leaves

Pour all ingredients into a pitcher, refrigerate overnight, and take out when you're ready to serve!  This recipe makes for 6-8 servings, and you can prep it ahead of time.  Your winter white sangria will last two days before the wine starts to go sour.

    To see more refreshing and festive Diabolo cocktail recipes, click HERE!

    Cheers to a fabulous holiday season!

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gratitude Dinner

    We love this Gratitude Dinner party trend from Evite Gatherings!  What a fabulous way to get together with your close friends before you all go home for the holidays!  Throw a dinner party in honor of your closest friends to show your appreciation for them.  See Evite's tips on how to host a Gratitude Dinner, HERE!

    Make hosting stress-free by throwing a potluck style dinner, and have friends bring either an appetizer, entree, side, or dessert.  See Jess in this DIY Mini Pie in a Jar video, and learn how to make this simple and adorable treat!  Download the free printable tag, HERE.

    For favors, attach a "Grow in Gratitude" favor tag to a plant and pass them out to all your guests.

    However you decide to celebrate this fall, we hope you are surrounded by people who love and cherish you and show you how grateful they are to have you in their life!


Jen & Jess

Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY: J.Crew inspired Tassel Earrings

It's time to start making Holiday gifts! We decided to start a series of hand made Holiday gift ideas to help you fill the stockings of the ones you love, without draining your bank account.  

The first one is Tassel Earrings! Inspired by the always fabulous J.Crew, I thought I'd add a little more fun to earrings I already had...double the tassel, double to fun...or something like that.

Here is my inspiration...sigh

What you will need to make your own:
1. I used yarn, but upon further review, a softer and silkier cording would have made for a more polished look. (I got my yarn at Michaels Craft Store, and they have the other cording as well.) 
2. Earrings...something that sparkles is always nice.
3. Cardboard, or something sturdy to wrap the yarn around.  It needs to be the right size.  I lucked out with post-its, but cardboard is more customizable.
4. Scissors.

 First I wrapped a piece on the yarn around the earring on me, so that I could choose the length I wanted.

 Next I chose how thick a tassel I wanted.  I went for long and thin, but if I had used a thinner cording, then I would have made a 16 - 20 strand tassel.  This one was 6 loops, which made a 12 strand tassel.

Now you've upcycled some old earrings, and you can give them as a gift or keep them for your own Holiday cheer!

Jen & Jess

Monday, November 10, 2014

31 Days of Party!

Tis the season! Evite has a great webpage up with party ideas for every single day in December! Yes please! It's a great way to get excited about all the different ways you can celebrate the Holidays.  AND they are throwing a Twitter Party on Wednesday to continue the brain storming with party experts, and we are one of them!

(Just click the date and it gives you that day's party idea! 31 great ways to spread the yuletide cheer! )

Join us (Linen, Lace, & Love), Evite, Play Party Pin, and Grey Grey Designs this Wednesday 6-7pm PST for a Twitter party about all things holiday entertaining.  Click here for the party!

See you there!

Jen & Jess

Friday, November 7, 2014

I moustache you a question....

Have you heard of "Movember?"  The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to raising funds and awareness for men’s health through the power of the moustache. TOMS (who we already love for their buy one, give one mission) and Movember have reunited for a fifth year to educate the world about men’s health issues...and they have launched a limited edition line of TOMS shoes to go with it!

All with the Movember moustache logo on the heel.  Adorable, and comfortable for a cause...yes please!

Buy one, give one, and giveback to men's health.  Since I'm grateful for the fact that I can't grow a moustache, I will happily wear one on my shoes...we can't let the boys have all the fun.

Jen & Jess

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We're in a Good Mood!

We still can't believe we were asked to be in this amazing magazine, let alone be on the cover! with a 6 page feature!  Humbled and grateful, we introduce you to the "Movement Magazine" Good Mood Shopper.  

Aptly named because Good Mood Shopper connects and educates people on good fashion and apparel companies. They confront poverty and bring awareness to good people and companies that make a difference by giving back   Also, $1 of every magazine sold goes to help fight illiteracy. 

This magazine features all of our favorite giveback brands, plus new ones we didn't even know about!  We have never seen a grouping of this many amazing companies, stories, and brands in one place before.  Meet the world changers!

We could not be more proud to be the cover story for this month's issue!  Click here to purchase your copy, learn more, and get a subscription! 

And a HUGE thank you to Jeff Whetstone Photography for the beautiful photos! and our dear friend, Mara Bartholomew for the makeup and help on set!  It takes a village, and we have the best village around!

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Are you Party Ready?

'Tis the season to celebrate! Whether it's a formal sit down dinner, or just a casual night with good friends, here are some tips to make sure your home is always ready to entertain...
Hummus: Healthy and delicious!  Hummus is a great alternative to chips and salsa (even though we have nothing against chips and salsa...we are from San Diego after all.) Store-bought hummus can last over a month unopened (check the expiration date on the package) and about five days once opened. Serve it with a little olive oil and paprika on top and fan out flatbreads or pita chips around the dip. 

Hard cider: Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the crisp, bright apple flavor of hard cider. Such as Strongbow Gold Apple, pictured here.  It's great middle ground between wine and beer. We always have some standing by as a Gluten Free option.

Baguette, olive oil, and vinegar: Take it from the French — a baguette adds a simple, elegant touch to any gathering. Even better, you can cut a fresh one in half, freeze, then serve it toasty warm anytime you’re ready: Just wrap it in foil and bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Pair it with very good olive oil accompanied by a swirl of balsamic vinegar.

Cheese: One sliver of a well-aged cheese trumps half a loaf of processed cheddar cheese any day. Invest in two or three good hard cheeses, such as Spain’s Manchego, English cheddar, or Dutch gouda — they’ll last at least a month in the fridge.  We like to pair them with honey, for a sweet and savory treat.

Cookies and dark chocolate: Don’t skip the sweets! Keep it simple but quality with an understated selection of good dark chocolate and pure butter cookies. Packaged cookies will last at least a month before opening and two weeks afterward, and dark chocolate is good for even longer. It's the perfect way to end a lovely evening with friends.

See 5 more ways that you can be party ready at Evite!  

Jen & Jess

Post sponsored by Evite and Strongbow, but the thoughts are 100% our own!