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Love you, Lanai!

Our February trip to the idyllic island sanctuary of Lanai couldn't have come at a better time.  We had just endured months of evacuations from Santa Barbara and then Mary lost her home in the ...

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44 Gratitudes by Mary

photos from top to bottom: the devastation that remains including the bathroom counter which was my refuge for five and a half hours.  And the healing beach-- moving towards the light- sun in front and moon ...

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Sparkling Wines for the Holidays! What to drink from our friend Hana Lee of Wander and Wine.

We love our wine!  Especially a sparkling wine.  A festive glass of bubbles makes any occasion feel more celebratory and special, all the more reason to pop some bottles over the holidays.  If you are ...

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Montecito Farmhouse Renovation by Mary

  Moving up to Santa Barbara from LA was a dream that we made happen a year ago.  Can't believe it has already been a year!  Finding our dream house in our budget was not ...

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Sip & Spritz at Somerset in Santa Barbara!

  From top: Somerset & The First; Mary (l) wearing BLQ dress and Jen's Pirate Booty kimono, and Lucy (r) in Figue; The First; Ready to spritz; The First; samples of The First; cousins!!; Men ...

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Girls Getaway to the Chesapeake Bay!

Making time for ourselves is harder and harder with kids, husbands, and jobs.  There is something magical that happens when women take time for themselves- especially to connect with other women!  Being with 11 of ...

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Spring Ski! The Goldener Hirsch Inn in Deer Valley, Utah

Park City has been a favorite getaway for us the last few years-- it is super easy to get to from California, incredibly quaint, and offers a plethora of skiing options.  As all of you ...

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Fragrantica Reviews our Perfume!

We are thrilled to have had our signature fragrance, "The First," reviewed by Fragrantica!  Check out the full interview and review here.  Woodsy notes of musk and sandalwood married with wild honeysuckle make this perfume ...

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Happy New Year! 10 days in and counting…

photos (clockwise from top left): family snapshot on Christmas Eve; sunset over Santa Barbara at the end of 2016; sunrise over Santa Barbara in 2017. 2017 is all about new beginnings.  We're especially energized by ...

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Cuyana: Fewer Better Things! To gift and to keep.

We've both packed up houses and physically moved within the past few months. Nothing makes you want to embrace Cuyana's mantra more - Fewer Better Things - than moving! Thankfully we discovered Cuyana almost two years ago ...

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