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Susanna's Favorite Item in Her Home

At the front door of Susanna’s Carlsbad home you’re greeted by a welcome mat and a sweet outdoor seating area that screams “Welcome, come on in”. As you walk further in her sweet dog, Luna, is the first to say hello followed by her husband, Tyler. In the background you can hear "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross playing on an old record player. Their living room is the first room you enter. With its beautiful high vaulted ceilings and natural light pouring in, it’s easy to feel right at home! Her comfortable L-shaped sectional, eclectic pillow collection and stunning vintage area rug make you want to curl up with a blanket, grab a glass of wine and stay awhile. One of Susanna’s favorite pieces in her home lives in this room. It’s a family heirloom with a lot of history. It sits front and center in her living room and is a piece you probably wouldn’t expect.

Susanna's story:

 
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Growing up as a child I was surround by eclectic pieces that my mother and father had collected over the years in our well curated home. Our mother was and still is an avid antique collector. Some of value and some not, but that didn't mean much to her. The piece had to speak to her. In fact, I'm sure many of the pieces chose her, knowing they would have a well suited home and someone to care for them. She taught me all about antiquing and I remember as a small child she would pull over suddenly in the middle of our errands to hit up an antique shop that she had spotted. 

So often, I was surround by the smell of old things, the dust of a shop that's never been dusted and the voice of my mother chatting softly and intently with the shop owner.  Asking questions of it's origins, or discussing the possible age group of the piece. Going back and forth between the 40's or maybe the 50's. Turning the item upside down and looking for markings or clues of it's history. 

"Made in Germany" it would say. Then quickly wondering how it got from there to a tiny shop in Carlsbad.  Every piece we owned had a story. The story of it's maker, the story of it's journey, the story of the original owner, and the story of the chip on it's side. My mom was able to see the beauty even in a chipped piece and to me that meant she chose with her heart.

 
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So now, as I sit here and ponder over the idea of my favorite piece in my own home, filled with randoms collected over the years, I have started to think about the stories on why they live with me, and wonder about their lives before me. I started looking at artwork that I've collected from family members, dealers or flea markets, as well as my expensive area rug that I shouldn't have bought. Along with a solid teak dining table from Bali, and the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought together, and after much thought on the many pieces I love, it dawned on me that my favorite piece is a piece I grew up with. A piece my mother and father collected from a garage sale just before they married. A piece that sits in the center of my home where the majority of our meals are shared at, game nights played at, a foot rest during movie night and has a long history of being the stage for countless nights of dancing. My coffee table.

 
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When I moved back to San Diego after my college days, I of course as one kid would, hit up their parents for some hand me down furniture. The coffee table was one of them. I've since moved this coffee table to a handful of different apartments, and homes. First as a single lady, and now my poor husband is stuck with it. A true piece of family history, or quite possibly another family member.

 
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This table, as I mentioned was picked up at a garage sale just before my parents married in 1976. We think the table was designed/made in the late 50's early 60's and made of solid pine. It's been refinished a few times over the years, and due for another refinish soon. But the video footage of my parents and aunties dancing on it at late night parties, to the gum my brother stuck underneath it, down to the nail polish remover stain from my teenage years of self manicures, these memories will never be able to be refinished. For this table has lived with our family before us kids were born, it was a staple of our childhood, and as an adult now, I write about this pieces as though it's been a life long family member. Or possibly more like a live-in nanny that offered a seat for me while I watched countless hours of Sesame Street, and held my homework as I pondered over mathematics, and assisted in my teenage manicures. To now, a place to rest my feet as my husband and I watch movies. And maybe someday, this table will be apart of my own child's history.

 
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Thank you coffee table. For always being there.

To watch an epic old school video of my family dancing on our coffee table click here.

Love, Susanna

Elaina's Favorite Item In Her Home

As you step into Elaina’s home the smell of incense rushes over you! An inviting energy carries you in. You’re greeted by two sweet kittens and two young boys eager to say hello! Her husband Nathan in the background is serenading you with his guitar! The interior of her home is colorful and eclectic, emanating happiness! A few items stand out right away. The vintage Turkish rug in the entry and a beautiful velvet turquoise sofa that sits in her living room. Every item in her home seems to have a purpose and a story. But there’s one item that she claims is her favorite piece in the home and it’s hard to miss. It’s a beautiful Balinese tapestry that lives above the sofa in her living room! It screams life and most definitely has a story…

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While I was living in Bali, managing our Bali projects, I would constantly be sourcing for our various villa projects over the course of a decade. During that time, I fell in love with some of the vintage Balinese textiles. Pieces you would find throughout the markets and small shops in Bali. I particularly loved the textiles that told a story, held history and shared a meaning. 

Within the first year living in Bali I found the most amazing textile shop in Ubud that sold antique textiles from all over Indonesia and south east Asia. The woman that ran it was the sweetest Balinese woman who knew the history and origins of every textile in the shop. During one of my early visits to her shop I discovered a gorgeous colorful piece that was indigenous to Bali and depicted a scene from the epic Hindu tale, The Mahabharata. Having studied this text while in college I was immediately drawn to it. The Balinese have such a distinct style of illustrating their Hindu mythology and it spoke to me.

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I purchased the textile, framed it and hung it in one of our villa projects. As the years went on I came to realize that these particular textiles were hard to come by. They were rare, therefore all the more special. Those that knew me well knew how much I treasured these pieces of history and art. I think because of my studies and understanding the meaning behind the design, I appreciated these particular textiles and grew to cherish them. They were a special way to tie Bali’s history and roots into the villa designs that we did over the years. 

My last year living in Bali, my closest friends sourced one of these rare textiles. They had to search far and wide and talk to the right people and they found the perfect one. They framed it beautifully and gifted it to me on my birthday. It meant so much to me and it was the perfect gift. As I was preparing to leave the island, a place that had embraced me and blessed me with so much during my time living there, I carefully packed it away.

It was loaded onto a container and sent back to California where it now lives centerstage in my home. I look at it everyday and am flooded with memories of my beautiful Bali life.

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Do you have a favorite item in your home? Is there a sentimental piece in your space that has a story? We would love to hear! Share your stories with us, we're suckers for this stuff!

Love, The Sisters

The Sisters Tips When Starting a Renovation

We've all had that moment. The moment you decide you want to renovate your home, but have absolutely no idea where to start. Well buckle in because the adventure is about to start here. We've done this a few times and have a few tips that might help you get started. The first thing to recognize is that renovation is a rollercoaster - there will be highs and there will be lows. If you're not a big rollercoaster fan don’t worry we'll be riding it with you with our hands up in the air, screaming and laughing until the end! Because we've been on this ride before we're sharing our tips and tricks to help you navigate this new adventure! Okay hands up… let the ride begin!

 
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Create a Road Map

Sit down and map out your vision. Literally, write it down on a sheet of paper or draw it out. Answer these questions - What is your scope of work? When do you want this completed? Physically writing all of this out will help you understand what phase of the project you are in and help you understand each step, including timelines, lead times and deadlines.

In our office we have a white board that maps out each project and what phase of the project we are in. Every week we discuss the status of each project as a team and update it accordingly. Seeing this road map visually helps us organize our priorities for the week.

Make Sure You Have a Plan

Everyone loves a plan, at least we do. Making a plan will make your life so much easier when it comes to renovating. Write it down on paper - just like your road map. In addition, make sure each of the members on your team know the plan too. That's silly to say because it seems so obvious but things can always get lost in translation and pour communication can really f*** up a job. Communication is key in construction and design.

Commit To The Plan

This is very important for you as the client and for us as the designers. We'll say it again, COMMIT TO THE PLAN. Know that when you start making changes it will cost you more money and more time in the end. 

Susanna's Kitchen Renovation

 
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Have All Materials On Site

This is something as designers that we highly suggest! We like to have everything ordered and onsite before construction starts. This makes the building and installation process so much easier. If you start ordering at the same time construction is starting, a number of things can go wrong, for example stock of an item may change or lead times may be longer than expected. Ordering everything ahead of time will alleviate stress during construction and installation! Trust us!

Phase Things Out

If you try to do everything all at once you may get overwhelmed. Many of our clients like to do their projects in phases. It’s easier financially and it allows for a less stressful process overall.

Walk The Site

This is very important! It’s so easy to just look at the plans two dimensionally on a piece of paper, but it’s so important to walk the site and the space before starting anything. Everything looks different in person! This is one of the first things we do with every client! As designers we are visual learners and this is one of the most important aspects of our job. There are so many details that go into a renovation and walking the site allows you to see the space in a three-dimensional way. In addition, verify ALL dimensions on site! The plans are never the same as the actual dimensions. We also suggest walking the site after you've conceptualized a design. This is a great opportunity for you to tape out all walls and large furniture pieces to help visualize the space.

Trust Your Team

This is the MOST important advice we could give you. Trust us and trust the process! We know what we are doing, we promise! This also means taking the time to choose the RIGHT team! Make sure you are comfortable with all the parties involved and let them do their job! This is our full time job and we will guide you! WE PROMISE!

 
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Make sure throughout the entire process you ask questions. Your team is there to help you make this new adventure a little smoother and more manageable for you! And just think, when the adventure is over you’ll feel overwhelmed with joy and satisfaction… AND you’ll have a brand new space to call your own!

Love, The Sisters

Meet The Sisters - An Interview With Susanna

It's Susanna's turn! Her birthday is today, April 13th! Here's a little blast from the past with this always stylish birthday girl!

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What is one of your favorite childhood memories? 

I remember one Christmas as a young girl, the night before Santa coming I realized that I forgot to put a bike on my Christmas list. So I prayed and prayed all night long that Santa would bring me a bike. When I woke and ran downstairs and saw the bike, I was blown away! Literally, shocked and so thankful. That is when I first believed in the power or prayer.

If you had to describe your childhood in one word what would you say? 

Happy

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Are you named after anyone or is there a reason your parents gave you the names they did? 

Yes! I'm named after my mom Susanna. Her mom was Susanna and so on. I’m the 7th Susanna on my mom’s side.

Where did you grow up? Where was your first childhood home? 

I was born in Philly! However, we moved to Encinitas when I was around the age of two. So my first memory of my first home was in Encinitas, on Oceanview. It was my grandparents vacation home. They lived in LA, but had a vacation home in Encinitas. Eventually they retired and moved into the vacation home permanently, after we had moved out. They tackled a big renovation and for the remaineder of my life, my first home was now my Grandparents home. Our grandmother just recent passed away, but the house is still in the family (for now!).

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Is there a habit you just can’t seem to break that you’ve had since your childhood? 

My childhood habit was biting my nails. Thank god I grew out of that. In terms of what has stuck is the fact that I hate mushrooms. I was able to get over a handful of things I disliked eating as a child, but mushrooms still gross me out to this day! Yuuuck! Not sure if that's considered a habit, though??

Did you play any sports growing up? Which did you play and which was your favorite? 

Yes! Growing up I played soccer and basketball. As I got older in High School, it was basketball and cross country/track! I do none of that anymore! I've run a few marathons recently, but no more! PLEASE! Ha. 

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What was the first country you ever visited and when? 

Mexico was my first country, mainly because we grew up so close to the border, and Mexico City because of family. However my first big trip, by myself, was to the Czech Republic, Prague as a student ambassador of Carlsbad in my early teens. That made me fall in love with Europe and travel!

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When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in design? 

College! My 4th year in fact. I was a theater major and by my 4th year in college I realized that I wanted to switch! It killed my parents, but I stuck around another 2 years and solely took interior design classes. I loved art and architecture, so I tried interior design 101 and was hooked. I changed my major instantly!

What would you say is your best quality and what is your biggest flaw? 

My best quality is to laugh, and have a good time. My biggest flaw is that I cuss a-lot. "Fuck" is a regular word for me. My parents are mostly proud of me, but they cringe when the F-bombs get dropped. Sorry mom and dad!

What or who inspires you?

My mom inspires me for her loyalty and compassion, My best friend Venessa for her strength, my sister for her determination, Kelly Wearslter for her design work (her work blows my mind), My husband for his clarity and calmness. I could go on and on… I’m blessed to have such inspiring family and friends.

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How would others describe you? 

Ha! I would hope they would say, “ For a good time call, Sus!”

Does living in San Diego influence your work?

Yes! Love the “California Cool” that So-Cal is. You will see pop’s of this relaxed vibe in all our designs.

What does design mean to you? 

Design is: thoughtfully executed, functionality and/or thoughtfully executed expression. It’s magic when both can happen.

Love, Susanna

Meet The Sisters - An Interview With Elaina

Happy April! Did you know both sisters have birthdays this month!? Elaina's is first on April 7th and we're celebrating by walking down memory lane! Here's a few things you may or may not have known about Elaina!

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What is one of your favorite childhood memories? 

Playing with all of my cousins at my grandparent’s house in LA. 

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If you had to describe your childhood in one word what would you say?

Happy

Are you named after anyone or is there a reason your parents gave you the names they did?

My mom always liked the name Elaine, but she said when I was born I had so much black hair on my head that she had to add an “a” on the end to add more umph! 

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I grew up in Carlsbad, CA. My first home was in LA then the East Coast then back to the West Coast.

Is there a habit you just can’t seem to break that you’ve had since your childhood?

I still spazz out…

Did you play any sports growing up? Which did you play and which was your favorite?

I did, I played soccer, basketball and I ran track. I loved all of them. Soccer was probably my favorite though.

What was the first country you ever visited and when? 

Mexico. My parents were taking me to Mexico City from the time I was a baby.

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When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in design? 

I believe I was in my twenties. I was working as a chief of staff for a high wealth individual and that evolved into running his private interior design firm and managing large and big budget design projects, collections etc. I was constantly designing new spaces, sourcing new things, managing projects and I loved it. I had a lot of responsibility and it taught me so much. The experience was my schooling.

What would you say is your best quality and what is your biggest flaw?

I listen to people. I try not too, but I do suffer from taking things personal, that's probably my biggest flaw.

What or who inspires you?

Definitely my friends and my family. They inspire me all of the time!

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How would others describe you?

Passionate.

Does living in San Diego influence your work?

At times yes. I think I’m more influenced by my time living abroad in Bali, Indonesia.

What does design mean to you?

Design is everything. It’s a feeling and a place. It’s creation in motion. It’s the intangible to the tangible

Love, Elaina

Interview- Stephany Erlbeck of BODY ROK

This week we are interviewing one of our newest clients, Stephany with BODY ROK. BODY ROK has become on of our favorite workouts in the last few months! It is an experience that sculpts your body and elevates your metabolism levels. It involves a three-stage lighting system that guides you through the workout. There is currently one studio in San Diego, however, soon there will be a second location in the One Paseo development in Del Mar designed by yours truly!

With the NEW YEAR, and the NEW YOU we wanted to take a moment to interview the amazing woman behind it all! Stephany is so inspiring and we are excited to share her story with you! She explains her journey as a business owner, single mom and health guru! 

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How did you come to own a BODY ROK Studio?

I started my career in finance, but always had a passion for health, fitness and fashion. Early on, I had an entrepreneurial spirit and in my spare time I designed clothes, jewelry, developed plant-based recipes and taught group fitness classes. After years in the finance world, I decided to pursue my passion for fitness by opening BODY ROK in Encinitas, California – a Pilates and spin studio that has transformed the way people work out. I was good friends with the founders of BODY ROK and their goal was to expand BODY ROK in San Francisco and other larger cities and I had agreed to franchise and grow BODY ROK in San Diego. I also added a small boutique to the studio with a selection of active wear brands that are a unique studio to street wear collection which will be available at the One Paseo location as well. We have some very cool brands such as Noli Yoga, Niyamasol, Alo Yoga, Spiritual Gangster, Goldsheep, Track & Bliss, and many other lines that you don’t often find elsewhere.

I’ve lived in North County for nearly 20 years where I have influenced a large following of clients and friends to transform their lives through fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. 

Can you explain the BODY ROK workout for those who aren't familiar?

The workout at BODY ROK is a pilates inspired, 40-50 minute, full body, strength training group class on the custom BODY ROK reformer. Each challenging class ROKs your body with a curated playlist, inspiration, motivation and the best instructors in San Diego that will help you strengthen, tone & build lean muscle. What makes this workout so special is that there is nothing else like it. The machine allows you to target smaller muscles that help build strength, lean definition and a youthful body. Because you are on a moving/spring based machine, you literally have to engage your core the entire workout and so you work those abs and obliques even when you are doing leg and upper body exercise.  People see huge results and that is what keeps people coming back! Our teaching pros guide you every step of the way with personalized attention throughout your 40-50 minute class.  

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How often do you workout?

I typically take a BODY ROK class almost every day. I love the workout and the great thing about it is that you don’t get bored with it. All of our teachers come up with their own routines everyday – so unlike some group classes where they are stuck teaching the same routines for weeks or months – every day is a different routine. Plus… no other workout works as well for me, so I try to get in a BODY ROK workout 5 to 6 times a week. When I’m not working out at BODY ROK, I like to do yoga at CorePower Yoga or Yoga Six! It's the best combination for a long and lean look to your body.

Do your kids workout with you?

Yes! My kids are all really into working out and love taking classes at the studio too. I think because they grew up around it and were exposed to it at an early age, they all are really great at pilates, spin and yoga and it’s something we all do together! I think it’s great to start kids at an early age appreciating working out and finding fun group classes that make them feel good about themselves but are also fun. It’s a lifelong gift!

How do you keep a balanced lifestyle and daily routine?

It’s not always easy. Being a single mom of 4 and a business owner, I have to be really mindful of my time and the things I choose to put my energy into.

I find that if I start my day with my typical morning routine, I tend to accomplish more. I get up and do 10 minutes of meditation. Then I write down 5 things that I absolutely, non-negotiable have to complete that day, 1 thing that I have been putting off and 1 thing that I will do for myself. Then I drink 16 ounces of lemon water, followed by 16 ounces of celery juice 30 minutes later. Then I have an all fruit smoothie for breakfast. I usually go to BODY ROK in the morning and take a class. When I stick to that routine, I feel like I have set myself up physically and mentally to be efficient, get a lot of things done and also do something for myself every day!

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What motivates you?

I lost my husband 5 years ago to a heart attack and was left to raise my 4 kids on my own. THAT is what motivates me. It has been my mission to live my life in a way that shows my children, and other people that have had adversity or tragedy, that you can find strength to overcome difficulty and still have a beautiful life. I find so much motivation in watching and helping other people finding their strength and being the light for other people.

How do you challenge yourself and those around you?

There are always improvements you can make in yourself and how you live. Every month I pick one fear or limiting idea I have about myself and I attack it by going outside my comfort zone. I push myself to confront those limiting ideas or things that I’m not exactly pleased about and I try to make little changes every week. It doesn’t have to be big/huge things. For example, I don’t love cardio exercise so one month, I really focused on trying to mix up my exercise routine. Another month, I focused on my lack of organization and my propensity to put things off until the last minute. This month, I’ve focused on trying to reconnect with friends because it’s easy for me to get lost in my busy schedule with my kids and work and become a hermit!! I try to challenge others around me by leading by example. I encourage my clients and friends to challenge themselves when it comes to fitness and nutrition. For example, at the studio, we are going to do a 28 day challenge:

No animal products.

No chips or fries.

No soda.

No cakes or donuts.

No white bread.

No ice cream.

No candy.

No alcohol.

No fast food.

No cookies.

No fried food.

People love a little competition – so why not make it healthy.

What is your astrological sign?

Gemini – and I am soooo Gemini lol. My youngest recently told one of my friends that “my mom is like Buddha and then sometimes she is the devil.”

What is your favorite vegan recipe?

I have so many but one of my kids favorites is my banana, oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies:

3 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup barely warm coconut oil

2 cups rolled oats

2/3 cup almond flour

1/3 cup shredded and unsweetened coconut

½ cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tsp baking powder

6-7 oz vegan choc chips

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla and oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon and salt and baking powder. Add dry to wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Make dough into balls - 2 teaspoons in size and put on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. 

Any New Years Resolutions?

My New Years resolutions for this year are:

Hydration! - It’s easy to get so busy that you don’t have time to drink enough water! That’s why I’ve switched up my morning routine to include 16 ounces of lemon water, 16 ounces of celery juice and 16 ounces fruit smoothie. Hydration is the absolute key to good/youthful/glowy skin, healthy hair, relief of muscle pain/fatigue and better energy.

More Yoga and stretching.

More mediation.

Be more social. - I’ve gotten complacent and have used my busy schedule with kids and work as an excuse not to do things! 

Look for BODY ROK San Diego location #3! - I really would like to open another one in the Little Italy area of San Diego. I'm putting it out into the universe!

What do you want to be known for?

I want to be known as someone that lived with compassion and that helped people live healthier and happier lives. I want to help people feel good about themselves and feel healthy and youthful. The power to do that is in eating more plant based, avoiding the use of toxic products, low impact strength training and movement, meditation and limiting medications. I try to lead by example always and hope this is how I am remembered.

  

Coffee or Tea – Tea

Lipstick or Chapstick – Chapstick

Heels or Flats – Flats

Red Wine or White Wine – Vodka (LOL)

Beach or Mountains – Beach

Hike or Stroll – Hike

Jeans or Skirt – Jeans

Less or More – Less things… More love!

Follow Stephany on social media at @stephsfitculture, where she shares more of her everyday nutritional routines, beauty regiments and lifestyle content!

Stephany was kind enough to give us a promo code for you guys to get your first class at BODY ROK free! See below! 

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Valentines Day 2019 Gift Guide
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1) Hoop Earrings - The perfect little hoops for any occasion! 

2) Vegan Lipstick - Pucker up! You can't go wrong with this gift, especially if your name is Bianca because that's the name of this amazing lip color!

3) Cheetah Clutch - You'll never leave the house without this sexy little number!

4) Leaf Supply - Keep your beautiful house plants happy with this plant supply guide! Perfect for all plant lovers!

5) Red Leopard iPhone Case - You won't loose your phone with this baby!

6) Ryder Tote - The perfect tote for any getaway! 

7) Dream Stone Necklace - Well aren't you dreamy! Lets face it they say… diamonds are a girls best friend. And whoever "they" are, they're completely right! Number one gift rule:  jewelry is always a good idea!

8) Communal Coffee Gift Card - You can NOT go wrong with a coffee gift card, especially to this cute cafe! 

9) Plants - One can never have enough plants! A little air-plant is the perfect gift! All it needs a little water, sunshine and love!

Love, The Sisters

The Sisters Beauty Guide

Let's face it… we all make those resolutions to work-out more and eat healthier at the start of the new year, but what about our beauty routine? We're switching it up this week on the blog and sharing our favorite local beauty products to get you started for the new year!

We're not experts in this field, we'll stick to design, however we're digging these products! One of our favorite shops to get great health concuss products is SHOPGOOD located in North Park. She carries a number of amazing brands! We swear, just walking into her shop you feel better!

One of our favorite products is the Aether Beauty – Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette. It comes with 12 different shades and is infused with organic rose hip oil to benefit radiant looking glowing skin. The radest part is that each shade is infused with REAL Rose Quartz powder, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness! Yeah you heard that right, real rose quartz! In addition, the packaging is all made of completely sustainable materials and is fully recyclable. The best part, 10% of the proceeds go to The Water Project, which provides clean drinking water across Africa. 

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Shop at Shop Good

Are you like us, always searching for the perfect red lipstick? Well, we got you, this is it - Alima Pure’s – Velvet Lipstick. Made from all natural ingredients including Sea Buckthorn, which is rich in Omega 7 and hydrating, Avocado Oil that provides rich amino acid protein, vitamins and potassium. Our favorite shade is Olivia a vibrant, juicy red!

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Sold at Shop Good

We love our morning coffee, however we’ve recently discovered Golden Milk Lattes, and we are obsessed! A blend of organic turmeric, black pepper and ginger combined with milk and coconut oil. This drink has so many benefits. It's loaded with antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation and joint pain. It also boosts your immune system and eases your digestive system. We love THE NEW NEW AGE Golden Milk Powder from Shop Good. Mix it with some warm milk and it’s the perfect grab and go drink with so many benefits!

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Sold at Shop Good

Raise your hand if your obsessed with podcasts. Well after listening to How I Built This Podcast with Emily Weiss from Glossier we were immediately intrigued and quickly obsessed with the brand! Emily Weiss started a beauty blog called Into the Gloss which rapidly gained an enormous following and four years later she launched her own beauty lined called Glossier. This make up brand is unlike any other. The objective of the makeup is to portray a completely natural look. Which is genius by the way! Our favorite product is The Makeup Set – a staple to your everyday makeup routine. It includes Boy Brow, Lash Stick and Cloud Paint. Made from natural ingredients, Boy Brow consists of beeswax that helps hold your hair in place and a number of other natural ingredients that help nourish, moisturize and strengthen your hair fibers. Cloud Paint is another favorite and is the perfect cheek stain! It's smooth and provides a seamless application for your cheeks, but can also be applied to your lips and eyelids - whhhaaatt!?

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Shop at Glossier

It's a new year, which means a new you. Check out these amazing products and let us know what you think! 

Love, The Sisters

QUIZ: Which Interior Style Are You?

Holy heck, how is it the end of the year already? This past year just flew by for us! We’ve been reflecting on some of the projects that came out of this year and years past and each one is totally different than the last. Interested to see which style you relate to the most? This could set the tone for your 2019 design style!

First things first, which drink would you choose on a girl’s night out?

A. Wine

B. Hot Toddy

C. Pina Colada   

D. Espresso Marini

 

Which color palette below are you most drawn to?

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What is your spirit animal?

A. I’m a bird

B. I’m a bear

C. I’m a monkey

D. I’m a horse

 

If you had to choose one, which of these plants would we find in your home?

A. A cactus

B. A stag-horn fern

C. The classic palm tree

D. A fiddle leaf fig tree

 

Choose a wood type:

A. White Oak

B. Maple

C. Teak

D. Walnut

 

You’re given a ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A. A tropical beach

B. A cool new city

C. The jungle or rainforest

D. The mountains

 

Pick a shoe:

A. Flats

B. Sneakers

C. Flip Flops

D. Boots

 

When I have a free moment to myself, I like to:

A. Spend time at the beach

B. Cook and create new recipes in the kitchen.

C. Go on a hike and explore.

D. Sit down and read a book.

 

Finish this sentence: I love the smell of __________

A. The ocean

B. Freshly baked cookies

C. Burning incense

D. A bonfire

 

HOW DID YOU SCORE?

If you answered “A” for most of your answers you relate most to our California Cool project. You love the beach and can’t be too far away from it. You enjoy the feeling of your toes in the sand and the warmth of the sun on your skin. You’re the hostess with the mostest and enjoy entertaining. You’re easy going and love spending time with family and friends!

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If you answered “B” for most of your answers you relate most to our European Getaway project. This project undoubtedly reflects our love for Europe. The eclectic culture, the beautiful buildings and the history. If you relate most to this project you’re an adventurous soul. You love to learn and try new things. You’re spontaneous and enjoy the company of others. You love road trips no matter where the destination.

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If you answered “C” for most of you answers you relate most to our Bali Villa projects. These projects have a special place in our hearts. They are different and each one has a different personality. Each one has lots of color and vibrancy. You too are a colorful soul. You crave adventure and travel, but you also love community and connecting with others. You’re creative and others are inspired by you!

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If you answered “D” for most of your answers you relate most to our Modern Farmhouse project. This was one of our favorite projects this year. Simple, yet sophisticated. You enjoy spending most of your time with family. You like the comfort of your own home and on a Sunday afternoon we can find you curled up on the couch reading your favorite novel with a fresh cup of tea.

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Happy New Year!

Love, The Sisters

A Stress Free Holiday from the Sisters

The smell of fresh Christmas trees, the twinkle of holiday lights, the warmth of fire at your feet next to the fireplace… there is so much to love about the holiday season but with it comes a lot of stress and planning. Stress that makes you want to rip all of your hair out. We get it! We feel that stress!

During the holidays there’s so much going on, especially in our family and we are so busy trying to take care of others that our own health gets put on the back burner. The to do list gets longer and the days shorter, it gets harder and harder to take a moment for yourself. But it’s so important. Slow down and breathe. Take a moment to take care of yourself and prioritize.

Don’t do it. Don’t pull all that beautiful hair out! We got you! We’ve put together a little guide that helps us live a stress free holiday! 

Meal Prep

We’re big fans of meal prepping. Prepare your meals on the weekends, specifically lunches and dinners. This helps alleviate time in the morning while you’re trying to juggle getting the kids off to school and get those last minute holiday gifts. You’ll feel 100 times less stressed when you have all your meals planned out and don’t have to think about where to get lunch in the middle of the day between all the running around! Promise!

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Get Your Greens

Make sure your getting the right nutrition for your body. Definitely get the burger, but make sure there’s some greens on that plate. Getting the right nutrition will give you the energy you need to get through the day and that holiday list.

Make A List

Jot down who you’ll be buying for. What you’ll be getting them. Check it off once you do so. This will help you stay organized and hopefully not forget anyone along the way! Wink Wink…

Plan Ahead

It’s easy to overlook things during the holiday season and the idea of missing a flight is making us cringe just writing this, but planning ahead will help. Trust us! Whether it’s holiday travel or hosting a holiday dinner, you will feel so much better if you plan it all out ahead of time. It doesn’t hurt to plan for the worst as well, always have a plan B. Look ahead for traffic patterns, maybe drive during the evening or fly out earlier in the day. Think about what everyone else may be doing and just do the exact opposite. Ha!

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Ask For Help

It’s easy to think you can do everything yourself but asking for help will make your to do list seem more manageable. Enlist your sister, brother or a friend to help with your shopping list or gift wrapping! We can’t do everything, even though we think we can! We’re the biggest culprits of this! Make it fun! Get all your gals together with a bottle of wine and get it done together! 

Practice Self Love

This is something we truly believe in, no matter how stressed we are, no matter how long the to do list is. It’s so important to make sure you are doing things for yourself in addition to others. Take that yoga class. Use that extra time in the morning to meditate. Eat that extra cookie! Don’t feel guilty! Taking the time to care for your mind and body will help you feel more like yourself. It will also allow you to stay present while spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Welp that’s all folks! Disclaimer we are not experts on dealing with stress, however these are some of the things we practice that help us stay sane during the holidays. Overall make sure you’re enjoying yourself and holidays! It’s stressful no matter what. Embrace the holidays in all it’s stressful glory!

Let us know how if any of these worked for you! We’d love to hear!

Happy Holidays!

Love, The Sisters

Holiday Gift Guide
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1) Winter Cook Book – Warm recipes for cold nights!

2) The Carlo Mack-Speckled Fedora Hat – Naughty or Nice, I’m really hoping this hat will be under the tree this year!

3) Plant Pots – If you’re ever in a pickle for a good gift, just get her a cute vase and some flowers, trust us!

4) Herkimer Diamond “Starburst” Stud Earrings – Look-in good girl, these are the perfect addition to any holiday outfit!

5) HOMEBODY – Raise your hand if you’re a “homebody” like us! Cuddle up on the couch with this baby and get inspired to create spaces in your home you’ll never want to leave.

6) Shema Wallet + Clutch – ATTENTION! We’ve discovered the perfect catch all wallet/clutch.

7) Kingston Tasseled Mule – GOLD – Everyone will be asking you where you got your shoes at this year’s holiday party in these babies!

8) Tiled Margot Monogram Mug – I mean can a mug get any sexier? Cheers!

 

Happy Shopping!

Love, The Sisters

Father's Day-Gift Guide

The eye of the storm is that peaceful calm in the center of chaos.  That’s where you find good ol’ dad.  Dads are special like that.  Our pops is no exception.  He has inspired us in so many ways and we carry his life lessons in everything we do. “Conformity is the hobgoblin of little minds,” our father used to say. That desire to strive for authenticity and to be true to who we are is what drives our designs.

So how do we honor dad this year?  Only with local goods of course!  Let us help you with our handy Father’s Day gift guide. 

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1) Brass Bottle Openers - Nothing better than pops poppin’ bottles up in here with these. Available at Design 4 Corners.

2) Swee’ Pea Bing Surfboard - Hang ten daddy-o with a Swee’ Pea surfboard. Shop the collection at BingSurfboards.

3) SUPERbrand Fin - Help the surfer dude in your life accessorize in the most righteous way.  SUPERbrand Surf Accessories is your local choice for all your dad’s quintessential needs.  Available at @allday_allgoods in Del Mar

4) Proximity Book - Surfs up - A picture says a thousand words they say - If that’s the case this book should do the trick. Shop this book and many more coffee table books in our shop at Design 4 Corners.

5) Raen Sunglasses - Retro shades, like these Raen Sunglasses, will keep dad lookin’ fresh to death. 

6) Luau Socks - Sometimes the socks make the man.  Ok, maybe not…but it doesn’t hurt.  Check out Richer Poorer socks, available at @allday_allgoods in Del Mar.

7) Evil Eye Flask - Theres nothing evil about this gift, make sure you keep an eye on it! Available at SALT Culture.

8) Havaina Sandals - Just make sure dad doesn’t wear his socks with these Havaiana sandals, also at @allday_allgoods.

9) Rustic Iron Wine Opener - You can’t wrong with a good wine opener, this one’s for all the men who believe its 5’oclock somewhere! Also available at SALT Culture.

10) Malabar Shorts (Brown) - Dad can rock these “Malabar” shorts land and sea! Shop the collection at SALT Culture.

11) Towel - This Slowtide beach towel is so divine, you’ll gift it…and then continuously borrow it. Available at @allday_allgoods.

 

Without dads, we wouldn’t be here.  Let’s all slow clap together and celebrate how awesome they are. Make this Father’s Day one to remember.

 

Love, The Sisters

A Fiesta For Your Tastebuds
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! As San Diego natives with a Mexican background, us sisters, are obligated to know how to make a good margarita and taco. That being said we wanted to spread the wealth, or should we say tacos, by sharing some easy to make recipes for the holiday! See below for a Guilt Free Queso Dip to start, some Sweet Potato Tacos and Cucumber Margaritas to share with all your amigos on Cinco de Mayo.

Guilt Free Queso Dip (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(2 cups, soaked overnight) Raw Cashews

Salt

(1/2 tsp) Cumin

(1/2 tsp) Chili powder

(1/2 tsp) Garlic Powder

(1/2 tsp) Turmeric

(1/2 tsp) Red Chili Flakes

(1/2 tsp) Tomato (chopped)

(3 - 4 cups) Almond Milk or Coconut Milk

(1/2 tsp) Hot Sauce

Instructions:

1) Puree the raw cashews in a food processor until smooth and no chunks remain.

2) Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor adding almond or coconut milk as needed. The less milk the creamier the dip.

3) If you’d like it to be spicier add more hot sauce as desired.

4) Serve with chips or veggies of your choice.

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Sweet Potato Tacos (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(3) Sweet Potatoes

(1 can or 3 husks) Corn

(1 can) Black Beans

Corn Tortillas

Cilantro

Onion (diced)

Salt

(1) Lime

(1-2) Avocado

Lettuce

(1 can) Chickpea

Tomato (chopped)

Instructions:

1) Cut up your sweet potatoes into small dice size pieces.

2) In a large pan sauté your sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. When cooked put to the side.

3) In a large pan sauté your chickpeas in olive oil for about 10 minutes on high heat.

4) Warm up your tortillas in the oven or microwave if you like them warm. 

5) Add the remaining ingredients together for your tacos or a taco bowl! Enjoy!

Taco Dressing (Vegan, Gluten Free)

(1) Avocado

Cilantro (lightly packed)

(1 tbsp) Onion (chopped)

(1 tbsp) Lime Juice

(1/2 tsp) Sea salt

(1/2) Olive oil

(1/2 tsp) Cumin

(1/4 cup) Water

Instructions:

1) Add ingredients above to a blender and serve on top of your tacos or taco bowl.

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Cucumber Margaritas

Tequila

Margarita Mix 

(1 large cucumber) Cucumber (chopped)

(1 tbsp) Lime Juice

Salt

Cilantro

Instructions:

1) Add a large (peeled) cucumber to the blender with the lime juice, salt and 1/4 cup margarita mix.

2) Use a strainer to remove the excess pup from the cucumber juice.

3) Add cucumber juice, margarita mix and ice to a chilled glass and top it off with tequila!

4) Garish with cilantro and salt. Enjoy!

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Shop our teak bowls here!

Love, The Sisters

Mothers Day - Gift Guide

The swarm that is motherhood is notably discerned by the bundles of moments that are forever etched in heart and mind. Like the first time I made eye contact. The first time they fell asleep and I couldn’t stop staring at them. Or the terror in giving them their first bath.

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And it changes so fast. Blink speed.  Like the time I woke up to find Hudson in the kitchen sitting on the kitchen counter throwing flour and pouring oil all over the floors. Or the way Quinn would scream my name, MOMMY at the top of his lungs. The way they search for your hands or wrap them selves around your legs so tightly when we’re walking through a crowd. The way they run to you so excited and so happy to see you. Or the endless car rides when they screamed the whole ride because they hated their car seat. Or, my personal favorite, the amazing snuggles in the morning when they first wake up.   Like I said, blink speed.

It’s a long series of overlapping, jumbled moments, as my memory has been compromised with sleep deprivation and the intense focus on trying to keep them alive. Most of the time, I feel I’m on the verge of losing my mind, but just as I get close to the zenith of complete insanity, I hear their sweet voices tell me how much they love me or feel their small hands caressing my face.  And like magic, I’m transported to the basecamp of motherhood, the home of unconditional love.

Being a mother is like riding a roller coaster that never docks. It’s a tough and, at times, nauseating job. The love is so massive it can feel terrifying. Whether they’re telling you how yucky dinner tastes or they’re both screaming for different things at the same time or one is throwing up while the other is battling a high fever; the struggle is most definitely real, but nothing competes with the relentless devotion a mom has for her child. You don’t question it, ever. It’s the most natural feeling. And so you get through the sleepless nights, the thankless cooking, the throwing of food, the tantrums in the middle of a store, the projectile vomiting on the person sitting next to you on the plane, the utter fear the first time you lose sight of them in a busy place, their first cut, fall or bruise. You don’t stop. They keep you on your toes and they bring you to your knees. It’s a beautiful thing. A wonderful, scary and incredibly exhausting, majestic thing. And I love it. They are my everything.

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Let’s not forget that we moms need a little celebrating now and again. I have a newfound respect for my own mother and all the mothers out there. We’re in this together. Whether you have a human baby or a furry baby, we are all devoted. And that devotion makes the world go around. So, here is a little round up of some of the things that I would get myself as a treat. Perhaps, a reminder to take care of yourself. You deserve it.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Style Tips from our Local Creative Guru: Jackie Percy

Creatives make this world go round and there’s nothing we love more than highlighting our local visionaries. Introducing the stylist herself, Jackie Percy. Her acute fashion sense brings us to our knees and she does classic and edgy like no one else. She is the jack of all aesthetic trades- photographer, graphic designer, jewelry designer, and stylist. Her creativity will inspire you…seriously.

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Here’s Jackie’s top 6 insights to inspire your own inner sense of style.

1. Where and how did you gather your sense of style?

It’s always evolving really. I think I’m constantly gathering inspiration from the world around me, from studying different types of art, to sculpture and film. Studying art I was always analyzing forms and colors and textures. Naturally, I grew to apply a similar curatorial eye to my style and the way I put myself together. As my style has evolved, I’ve found myself more drawn to pieces that feel classic and clean, but also have something unique and fresh about them. I try to collect pieces that aren’t solely defined by trend so they will fit within my wardrobe longer as my taste continues to evolve and change.

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2. What’s your go-to piece that every woman should/needs to own?

A nicely tailored black jumpsuit. Or, a good pair of high-waisted, wide leg trousers.

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3.  What tips can you offer on defining or discovering your true self or sense of style?

Listen to yourself. Pay attention to what you find yourself drawn to, what you admire, and ask yourself whyyou like these things. Then assess how you could apply those styles, trends or pieces to yourself. I think it’s important to keep in mind your frame and unique features and learn what styles and silhouettes compliment them best. There are styles that I love aesthetically, but just don’t work that well on my short, petite frame or don’t mix well with my blunt bob, and that’s okay.

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4.  Where do you shop for clothes? What’s your favorite shop?

I love to go virtual window shopping on sites like Bona DragNeed SupplyReformation. Then, once a piece sticks in my head long enough as a special or super useful piece, I’ll pull the trigger.

5.  What color do you recommend paying attention to right now?

I’m drawn to frosty sage hues lately. I’ve always been a sucker for all shades of green.

6.  What is a must for you to have in your home? What’s your home style like?What are your favorite design mags or blogs?

My husband and I have been living in a little place that was built in the1920’s for the past eight years, so the uniqueness of the spot has lead to a simple, modern vintage sort of design style. A must for me would be bringing touches of nature into the space. Plenty of natural light and some nice greenery in clean, neutral planters or simple glass vases goes a long way. Gather Journal and Above Sea Level are my absolute favorite magazines right now. While their subject matter is more food and beverage oriented, the creative direction (especially Gather Journal) is ridiculously good.

Quick round of:

Coffee or Tea:TEA

Lipstick or chapstick: CHAPSTICK. I’m addicted.

Heels or flats: These days FLATS (even though I’m short :/ )

Red wine or white:BOTH

Beach or mountains:BEACH

Hike or stroll:HIKE

Jeans or Skirt:TROUSERS?

Less or More:LESS

Read below to hear more about Jackie’s story…

What is your skill? What were you trained in?

I got my BA in Visual Arts at UCSD. While I took classes like Drawing, Sculpture & Performance Art, the skills that I cultivated most were critical thinking, conceptualization and curation. I was really pushed to learn how to communicate ideas through a variety of mediums with consideration of how people experience artwork. It was a really interesting time of exploration for me. Over the years I have taken additional courses in jewelry design and fabrication, learning mold making and lost wax casting.

What do you do now?

I have been working in digital marketing for the last two and half years. I spend my time in graphic and web design, art direction, email marketing, and content creation.

What would you prefer to be doing?

I’ve wanted to be an illustrator since I was a child. Jewelry design and photography bring me immense joy as well, and I’m very interested in other types of design like interior and landscape design. I’m drawn to creating spaces and experiences for people. When it comes down to it, I guess I’m still trying to hone in on what I’d most prefer.

When did you feel you came in to your own? Can you explain this a bit?

In my mid-twenties I guess. I was doing more jewelry design within this period and spending a lot of time researching and exploring designers of all different mediums. It really broadened my perspective on fashion and design and helped evolve my personal style.

What’s your favorite past time?

Drawing. And jigsaw puzzles. I love jigsaw puzzles.

What’s your current obsession?

I guess cooking. I really enjoy preparing meals and utilizing our local farmer’s markets to source ingredients. Purchasing food directly from farmers and producers helps me feel a bit more grounded and connected.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

Exploring the Basque country of Spain.

We dig this blunt bob goddess.  Like really dig her.  From her earlier days serving at Tomiko’s (RIP Tomiko’s) to present day, Jackie Percy inspires us to stay curious and push our own limits of creativity.

Love, The Sisters

How to Stay Sane as a Working Mom

Motherhood…just when you think you figure things out, you find that there’s just more to figure out.  My biggest realization as a mother is the sanctity of centering.  The endeavor of finding balance, presence, and mindfulness is just that- an endeavor.  It takes work and practice, but when I’m not centered, I find it more difficult to be present, patient and calm with my kids.  It’s non-stop action with two little boys running around and let’s be honest, it’s exhausting. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Except, of course, to be a little less exhausted.

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Self-care is essential to motherhood. My goal is to look after myself as best I can to have the strength and energy to show up everyday for my kids, my husband and my business.  Here’s how I do it:

  1. MEDITATE.  It’s the first thing I do before the sun rises and my kids wake up.  Meditation is crucial to centering.  Nope, scratch that…meditation IS centering.  Side note: getting to bed on time is essential to being able to wake up before the sun comes up.  “Early to bed, early to rise…”

  2. EXERCISE.  Ever hear the phrase “eat the frog?”  Getting the big thing out of the way first naturally elevates the rest of your day.  Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  I don’t have time to hit the gym, so I opt to work out at home with online videos.  This too takes place before my kids wake up.

  3. CLEAN.  Metaphorically, if my house is like my brain, then a clean house means a clear mind…and clarity is sanity. I keep the house tidy during the week and I invest a few hours on the weekend to deep cleaning. However, I admit, I’m currently in the market for a regular housekeeper. After 10 years of living in Bali with amazing help, it’s the biggest treat to come home to a clean house.

  4. MEAL PREP.  It’s a pain in the ass. But nothing is more a pain in the ass than making dinner decisions for a family after a long day of making decisions at work. Sunday meal prep eliminates the daily stress of trying to figure out what to do for dinner, provides the opportunity to get creative with meals, and it frees up my weekday afternoons so I can spend more time with the kiddos.

  5. DATE.  So this working mama is dating…her husband. It’s important that we check in with each other and date night helps us remember that it really does start with us.

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These are simple pillars of which I attempt to live by.  I stress “attempt,” as I’m no superhero. This is my formula. Your routine may look completely different than mine. In fact, it would be great to hear what self-care methods keep you sane. Let us know in the comments.

 

In that case, maybe I should add #6: KEEP LEARNING.

 

Love, Elaina

The Sisters Favorite Spots in San Diego

Sharing is caring.  And we care dammit.  So we’re sharing our favorite San Diego hot spots.  Who knows, you just might run into us.

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Elaina’s Favorites-

Fully Loaded Micro Juicery

High fives to our new neighbor and favorite locale for cold pressed juice. These juice wonders hit it out of the park, er garden.  With 3-4 pounds of produce in each bottle, Fully Loaded is doing their damndest to keep us healthy.

Napizza

This place may not be new to you, but after coming back to Cali after 10 years, this place is certainly new to me.  So I can’t go to Naples after work…but there’s always Napizza.

 

Susanna’s Favorites-

Lofty Coffee

Coffee shops are a dime a dozen, but Lofty makes coffee an experience.  I love the lattes with homemade almond milk and nosh on the arugula and fig salad for a delectable treat.  Ok, so the real treat is the the gluten free bread and butter.

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Birds Eye Kitchen

Speaking of nosh fests, I love Bird’s Eye Kitchen.  It’s the healthiest Southeast Asian food around with organic, non-GMO ingredients.  The Mussamun Curry is my go-to favorite obsession.

 

Now get eatin’, shoppin’, drinkin’ friends.  And don’t forget to share with us your favorite local spots!

 

Love, The Sisters

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House Clearings

There’s a reason we say “Happy New Year” and not “Happy Another Year.”  New- it’s such a beautiful word. The word itself carries the blessings of starting fresh.  A house clearing is a divine way to clean our slate, purify our space, and free ourselves from the negative.

What is this sorcery I speak of?  Think of your home as your computer.  After awhile your computer begins to become slow because you have too many open folders on your desktop, old programs you haven’t used in years, or photos upon photos upon photos taking up space. When you’ve had enough, you reboot, clear your “cookies,” or drop it off to the experts to clean out your hard drive.  Suddenly your computer is working with grace and the frustration is gone. Think of a house clearing like the geek squad coming in and cleaning up shop. It’s as simple as that.

If a house clearing is still over your head, ask yourself the following.  Is your home inspiring you?  Is it invoking productivity and creativity?  Is it a safe place? A place of love and nourishment?  If you can’t answer these questions with a “hell yeah,” then it’s time to get your woo woo on with your very own house clearing.  Don’t worry, the Sisters have your back.

What You Need:

  • A heat safe bowl: Pyrex or cast iron pot (our preference)

  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol

  • Epsom salts

  • Long stemmed match or taper

How To Do It:

  • Place ¼ cup of Epsom salt in your heat safe bowl

  • Gently pour your isopropyl rubbing alcohol onto the salt.  You want your salt to be damp, not soaking wet.  If you add too much alcohol, add more salt to even out the ratio.  You are looking for a 2:1 ratio of Epsom salt to alcohol.

  • Make sure everyone at home is part of this house clearing ceremony.  There should be a clear intention to free any stagnant energy.  Ask for assistance from your guides, angels, ancestors, or God.

  • Open all your windows.  All that bad energy needs an exit route.

  • Light your long stemmed match or taper.  Touch the flame to the salt/alcohol mixture.  It will instantly ignite and burn blue with a little bit of a yellow flame.  There will be no smoke or smell.  If your salt/ alcohol mixture does not ignite, add a bit more alcohol.

  • When the salt is lit, imagine the blue flame eating up all the dense, stale, and negative energy.  Affirm that it is leaving your home.  The flame will burn as long as it needs to.

  • When the flame extinguishes itself, say a prayer of thanks to your deity of choice or spirit protector for helping you clear the energy from your home.  Ask that the energy be sent back as a source of love and forgiveness.

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The results of this house clearing ceremony are immediate and powerful.  Sounds are sharper and clearer and the energy feels lighter.  Your sleep may be more restful.  You may feel more creative or productive.  You may even feel more connected to those in your home, loved ones you have lost, or the spirits around you.  You don’t have to wait for a new year to do a house clearing.  If you’re planning on moving, experiencing difficulty with family, changing careers, or when you feel stuck and stagnant, break out that heat safe bowl and get ready to start anew.

Love, The Sisters

Office Tour
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Earlier this year we moved into our bungalow-style studio located near the beach in Encinitas, CA and it’s where we work when we’re in San Diego.

We keep the vibe relaxed and cozy, a typical day starts with lighting some candles, turning on the music and brewing a pot of coffee.

With it’s natural light and ocean view our bungalow is the perfect space to work on projects and gather inspiration!

Our Current Blog Crushes

You may already know about these fabulous bloggers…but these days we find ourselves frequenting them on the regular for design inspiration.  If you haven’t stumbled across these creative do-er’s then get your lil butts to their design mecca’s and check them out.

  • Brittney Makes:  For project tutorials, and color overload!

  • New Darlings:  For a freakishly adorable husband and wife duo with mad mid century modern style, and MAJOR hair envy.  (Christina, your hair is to dye for!!!!)

  • House of Hipsters:  For “down to earth, I can actually achieve this look” design inspiration! Love it!

  • My Scandinavian Home:  For everything you wish your home was.