Homespiration: Florals

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I have just one style when it comes to fashion and home decor.  I feel like its constantly evolving and changing…hopefully for the better.  My mom likes to remind me that in my younger years, I used to tell her that I liked the “lived in” look, to try to get out of cleaning. She’s pretty happy to know that I no longer prefer that style and care much more for a beautiful space that I can admire, but still relax in when at home.

I still wish that I had a little bit of a better idea of what I’d be content with for more than just a few years, so that I can start investing in pieces that will stick around for a while.  So my plan is to create a blog series called Homespiration, so that I can figure it out.  I’ll start with this one, focusing on florals.  I hope you enjoy!


floral artwork

floral bedroom

Flowers can brighten up any day or mood or living space, am I right?  I don’t think you could sleep in, dine in or just plain live in any of these rooms and not feel happy when being home.  I’d love to incorporate some of these elements into our home to make my day just a little bit brighter, especially the UH-MAZING dining room below.


floral diningFloral Chairliving room floralfloral bed


If you’re looking for an easy way to add a few floral pieces in to your home, here’s a great pillow, an interesting vase and a beautiful frame that would work perfectly.

Photos credits from top down: Apartment Therapy, A Storied Style, Jaclyn PaigeAB Home Interiors, La Dolce Vita,   Anthropologie


Trip to the Shore

Brent surprised me with a Sunday outing to the beautiful coastal town of Pt. Reyes. There is nothing a little drive out of town to the shore with some sun fog won’t do to clear your head.

Although it was extremely foggy, it was a truly gorgeous site. There are rolling hills covered in grazing dairy cows, creeks leading the path to the Pacific and jagged cliffs lining the shore as far as your eyes can see.

IMG_3126IMG_3149Daisy had a little too much fun while out on the beach and when she sufficiently tired herself out, we headed over to downtown Pt. Reyes station.

IMG_3146IMG_3142My love of cheese is what first put Pt. Reyes on the map of places I must visit and when I realized Cow Girl Creamery was based there as well, there was no question as to where we’d be stopping.

IMG_3165IMG_3158IMG_3164 If you find Cow Girl Creamery fromage blanc or truffle tremor in the cheese aisle, stop whatever you’re doing it and buy now!

We ended our trip with dinner in Santa Rosa. We’ve always loved visiting breweries together and sharing a sampler; so we ended our anniversary weekend how we started out six years ago, over a brew.





6 Fabulous Years and Counting….

I am a happy girl to say Brent has been my man for the past 1,2,3,4,5,6… yes, 6 YEARS!

So in honor of the past 6, here are 6 things that I love about him!


JB San Diego1)  He is the yin to my yang, the calm to my crazy! I have never met a more low key, calming person and he fits me perfectly!


JB Hawaii2)  He is my #1 fan and the ultimate supporter.  He is always there to remind me that I can do anything I put my mind to and to shoot for the stars.


JB Oregon3)  Hands down makes the best chai lattes in the world, and not a Saturday or Sunday morning passes by without him lovingly making me a cup.

Brent and Jaqui CocoHead4)  He LOVES to travel as much as I do and is always down to plan our next adventure.


JB Grand Canyon5) He lets me be me without ever passing judgement and loves me and all my quirks.


Bowl JB6)  Not a day goes by without him making me smile and I know he’ll be the reason I smile for many more years to come.


Bowl Champagne toastCheers to the past 6 and to our future!  Happy Anniversary my sweet.













Hemingway and Weekend Plans

big_hemingwayOver the Christmas holidays, Brent and I took the opportunity to fly to Florida and see family before our move from LA to the Bay. We took a couple days for ourselves and stayed down in the Keys.   After spending the night in Islamorada, we took the drive to Key West where I got to hang out only 90 miles from the motherland!  And of course, we visited some six-toed cats at the Hemingway House.  Hopefully that fun fact will come in handy if you happen to be in the Keys this weekend for the Hemingway Days Festival!  Make sure you bring your marlin fishing gear and high tolerance for rum cocktails.

This weekend we don’t have too much going on other than taking, Foxy, aka Silver Fox, aka my VW Tiguan to get her 20k service.  Exciting isn’t it?

Maybe I’ll also try and get to a yoga class in, since there will probably be a lot of room as thousands will be heading up to Tahoe for Wanderlust.

Here are some fun things happening around the Bay who had something a little more interesting in mind:

21st Annual Catalan Festival sounds like it won’t only have amazing wine and views as it’s taking place on a gorgeous Sonoma Vineyard, but will also have tasty Spanish bites.

I’ve always been a sucker for music in the park.  Check out the SF Symphony Annual Free Concert in Dolores Park this Sunday.

If you’re further down on the Peninsula, be sure to check out the 27th Annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace Festival  in Menlo Park.

Summer equals many things, but it especially equals Rose, in a glass.  The Midsummer Rose Party on Treasure Island is going on Sunday.  Only $10.  Go!  Maybe I should take my own advice…

Whatever you do, have a fabulous weekend!

The perfect Gin and Tonic

gandtMy key to a perfect G&T:  Hendricks and a slice of cucumber!  My good friend, Emily, taught me that.   I tried my best to enjoy them before, but realized I just couldn’t get past the smell of rubbing alcohol in other gins.

However, I will say it’s always good to give things another go, so over the weekend I tried a G&T using Tanquerey and it wasn’t all that bad.  But don’t worry Hendricks, I’ll always remain faithful to you.

They are very easy to make, but should you want the classic cocktail recipe here’s a great one.

And here’s a list of a few places in San Francisco to visit that I’ve heard have great gin cocktails (and the ones I’d try)…

Absinthe (Corpse Reviver #12)

Alembic (Charlie Chaplin)

Dosa (Bloody Marvelous)

And if you reeeealllly like gin, here’s a great book to pick up or perhaps gift.

Photo courtesy of Mariah’s Kitchen

Annual Road Trip: California Coast

I am so sorry for the radio silence this past week!

To be completely honest, while I am loving the world of blogging, I’m still getting the hang of writing posts every day and finding ways to push through the occasional writer’s block.  I also found it a bit difficult to post while on the road.

This past week, Brent and I took some time off work and drove down to Southern California to enjoy the 4th of July holiday, Brent’s birthday and my dad’s wedding in Newport Beach.  Since Brent’s birthday is July 1, and therefore always during a holiday week, we have made it our annual tradition to take the full week off and take a road trip.  In the past we’ve toured Oregon, seen the Grand Canyon, visited Death Valley in 110 degree weather and camped in Lake Tahoe.

The choice was obvious as to where we would be driving this year because of the wedding, but we had a wonderful trip  visiting with friends and family and then took our time driving back and stopping along the beautiful California coast.  We ended up getting back up to the Bay Area a couple of days before the 4th and took some day trips the rest of the week.

IMG_1747We visited our dear friends Jenna and Avery while on the trip and Jenna baked created this beautiful donut cake for Brent’s birthday!

IMG_1751Per Avery’s recommendation, we stopped at Bates Road and enjoyed the scenery.
IMG_1759Brent enjoying a fine brew from Firestone Brewery during his birthday dinner.

IMG_2985 IMG_1763We then headed to PCH to visit the beautiful Hearst Castle and lounged at the Neptune pool.

IMG_3080And we finished our road trip by visiting one of our favorite places on the planet, the Julia Pfeiffer State Park just south of Big Sur.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Although we already miss our vacation days, I’m happy to be back and writing!

Summer locks

Side Pony

When it comes to style, summer is a breath of fresh air.  Everything feels lighter, more flirtatious, feminine and romantic.  The need for a sleek, polished look goes out the window, to a certain extent, and it’s just so refreshing to let your hair down, (sometimes literally).

Since things are just a bit more casual this time a year, I’m inspired to try out a few of these hairstyles.

braid-tutorial-hair-cupofjo-Via Cup of Jo

double french braidVia Chictopia

Braided waterfallVia Love Maegan

And here’s a vintage-style pony and chignon via The Beauty Department you should check out as well.

Top photo via Love Locke