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The Joys Of Summer

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What do you think of when you think of summer? We think of lighter schedules, more downtime, longer days, sweet memories, and relaxed vibes. The joys of summer are like no other- simple, fun, and relaxing. Growing up, summer is greatly looked forward to in anticipation as a break from school and basically a season-long vacation.

As an adult, summer is different, but we still have that lighthearted-summer-feeling in our hearts. Even though work continues throughout the week, summer nights are a special thing. When people are in summer mode, they are definitely in the mood to hang out more, which makes us think of summer as a season of socializing- how fun!

There is nothing like the feeling of summer sunshine on your skin; it is refreshing and warming to the soul! Let’s hold on to the childhood memories of fresh squeezed lemonade, running in the sprinkler, and eating chunks of watermelon as we build new summer memories as adults; ones that include late nights with friends, beach escapes, dining al fresco and so much more. xx


sunnies | dress (similar + similar) | lip color | sneaks

images by felicia lasala 


A Surprise Malibu Escape

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My husband might be the sweetest thing in the world. There is a way he loves that is displayed through the most thoughtful actions. He has been planning a secret trip for months, and it’s better than I could have imagined! Any getaway with him is magical, but he also surprised me with my entire family for a weekend in Malibu!

Time with my family fills me with so much life and joy! Long walks on the beach, competitive Dominoes matches, baby Kate’s first time in the ocean, homemade dinners, lunches at Soho Malibu and Malibu Farm, and lots of laughs created memories for the books!

Sending the biggest hugs to our friend, Natalie Kouzouyan for being his partner in crime to plan this special time and leading us to the most darling cabin right on the sand! P.S. Any of you who are looking for a vacation rental home in Malibu, Rent Dream Villas (http://www.rentdreamvillas.com/) is a lifesaver! With vast local knowledge, they offer baby sitting, grocery delivery, private chef services, event coordinating services, car rentals or personal driver services, personal shopper services, and maid services!

Summer Vibes From Zara

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We are feeling all of the summer vibes from Zara right now! Their current editorial page is so good and has us feeling inspired for easy breezy summer days, long summer nights, and clothing that is relaxed, effortless, and cool. Below you will find a few pieces from Zara right now that we are loving from denim to white tops and easy slides. These pieces would be perfect to pack for a weekend getaway, wear to a summer cookout, or just throw on for a day of errands, maybe a coffee date, or market run.

embroidered floral denim

denim skort

top with lace-up back

linen shirt

buckled leather slides


gingham mini dress

long dress with exposed shoulders

embroidered high waisted shorts

multicolored shorts

wide open neck shirt

Lo’s Favorite LA Restaurants

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Hey guys! Today we are sharing Lo’s favorite spots in LA for good food, lattes, acai bowls and more. Scroll down for the spots + her favorite things at each place. Send this list to anyone you know in LA or save it if you are considering taking a trip to the west coast. P.S. Reading this will make you hungry, just a heads up! xx

Soho Malibu


*forbidden rice bowl and the squash soup

The Montage

(Beverly Hills)

*acai bowl with crunchy almond butter

Moon Juice

(West Hollywood)

*matcha pearl and chai tea spirit dust latte


(West Hollywood)

*reishi cappuccino

M Cafe

(Beverly Hills)

*teriyaki bowl and almond milk matcha latte


(Laurel Canyon)

*the best salmon with sauteed spinach and green beans, vegan soup of the day



*homemade pomodoro pizza


(West Hollywood)

*wagyu short rib tacos, hellfire roll


(West Hollywood)

*spaghetti squash primavera, sesame crusted salmon



*crispy rice spicy tuna, baked hand crab roll, spicy acai martini


(West Hollywood)

*long-cooked cavalo nero, sweet potatoes, grilled pork tenderloin, arctic char

Son of a Gun

(West Hollywood)

*chilled peel & eat shrimp, fried chicken sandwich, crispy brussel sprouts

The Springs


*sweet miso salad, spaghetti alla carbonara


images of Lo via ragdoll LA 

May Mood

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Our May mood when it comes to style is all about shades of white- ivory, cream, and everything in between. With summer around the corner, the fresh, light, and carefree color is calling our name. An all-white outfit is so versatile and the pieces on their own can easily be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe. Traveling this summer? Timeless pieces in white are the way to go- light sweaters, white denim, bone color leather slides, etc. Scroll down for links to the items below.

*feature image via Anthropologie 

skirt | sweater | hat | slides | dress

The Nespresso Life

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Spring makes me feel refreshed and enlivened; it gives me extra ambition to clean out the closets, fill our house with fresh, colorful flowers, and make extra time for rest and peaceful morning rituals. The change of seasons consistently seems busy but yet there is always a sweet, subconscious reminder to slow down. Coffee in the morning (and sometimes in the afternoon) seems to be the perfect way for us to escape the daily grind, and it’s how I make sure to have a little “me time” in between all my to-do’s. What do you incorporate in your daily routine to rest from the hustle and bustle? To think. To reflect. To just sit. P.S. Sometimes a cup of coffee is a fun excuse to invite your bestie over to sip a cup with you!

My mom introduced me to Nespresso a few years ago when she made me a frothy cup of coffee that was dairy free (win win). This goodness in a cup won me over from the very first sip, and now it is a staple in our house. We are kind of obsessing over the new Nespresso VertuoPlus because it always delivers an extraordinary cup of quality coffee or espresso with ease. We are all about the quality of coffee in the Kennedy household, hence the fact that we are big fans of Nespresso, and we love the all-new design and fresh new colors of VertuoPlus. Cheers to Spring renewal! Not to mention, I love that this dreamy coffee company brings together the know-how of all its coffee experts, who have sourced the top coffee beans from around the world and perfectly roasted each coffee blend.

When I am researching kitchen products, I love to know what it does. The VertuoPlus machine conveniently makes two cup sizes, 8 oz. Coffee and 1.35 oz. Espresso, all at the touch of a button. It uses two different capsule sizes: large capsule for Coffee, and a small one for Espresso. And it’s easy! What to do: press the lever (it automatically opens), insert a capsule, and press the lever again (it automatically closes). Then press the button, which will start the brewing process.  The machine delivers the optimal in-cup results for each blend using barcode reading technology to recognize if it’s espresso or coffee, how much water, how hot, etc. Then you get a beautiful cup of crema-topped quality coffee or espresso. Umm…taking a writing break to go make a cup now.

The most fun part: Nespresso’s Aeroccino milk frother is ideal for preparing hot or cold milk froth. The milk frother creates a soft and finely textured milk froth in a convenient way. Who else is on that homemade almond milk latte kick?

A major bonus: Sustainability is at the heart of everything Nespresso does. They are committed to having a positive impact, including giving their capsules a second life through recycling. With the Nespresso recycling program, they provide several options to send in your used capsules for them to recycle, free of charge.

The Nespresso VertuoPlus truly is one touch to extraordinary!

P.S. You know we are all about health over here, so I am kind of obsessed with the fact that all of the water tanks are BPA free.
This post was created in connection with my participation in Nespresso’s VertuoPlus program.




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