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Moody, dark floral dresses are really “in” right now. Every time I look at one I love it in pictures but don’t like it on me…I’ve simply never been a floral girl. But, here my niece Georgia pulls off a sweet black floral dress for our dinner date. As I sat in my typical black dress with navy nails I couldn’t help but sit back a bit and smile at the next generation of smart, confident women coming up behind me in the next generation. With her black floral dress and navy nails she clearly discussed being at camp, who she met, what she liked as well as some pretty mature topics and what makes her hesitant about going into 8th grade.

Sakura was perfect and we both had yummy dinners (and finished them!) but I think the best was our stop at Lancaster Cupcake on the way back to the car. Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake for her and Toasted Coconut Caramel for me! She played some of the Hamilton soundtrack for us while we sat outside enjoying our treats. Such fun…if you need cupcakes for anything, this is the place to go.

Georgia turns 13 in a few days and I hope we have many, many more dinner dates and chats like this…it’s always good to get a fresh perspective on life.


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Fortune cookie of the night…I think this is pretty spot-on.


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I’ve been working for the past few days from LA and thought I would share a little of what we’ve been doing. This is one of my favorite places to be. The weather is always beautiful, there is so much to do, and the food is incredible.

We started out with a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the Hollywood Bowl. This iconic venue for concerts hosted Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons and Beth Hart. At the end they all were on stage performing Purple Rain…it was so moving. We had box seats, dead center and for this gig you could bring in your own alcohol which was nice. We sprung for a catered meal which was definitely the way to go!

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Some of the concert street style! I loved how this woman mixed patterns; she looked great.streetstyle HB1

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We’ve been staying in AirBNBs now when we’re here. This time we’re in the Hollywood Hills in a fun bungalow with 40+ steps to reach it. It’s tucked on the side of a hill with challenging parking spots but gorgeous views. What has surprised me is the amount of wildlife…I walked out yesterday to find a doe and her baby in the side yard (I couldn’t get my phone out quick enough for a picture!) and hummingbirds everywhere. I’ve never seen one land but they actually do! A short walk down the hill leads to a quaint neighborhood general store where you can get everything from an espresso to wine to toilet paper!

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I’m not sure if this little calico kitty is part of the “main house” but she kept me company most of the day Friday while I was working on the patio. She is very friendly and has the most amazing green eyes–I’m sorry the picture doesn’t do her

Last night we went to a jazz club for dinner…I had a spicy vodka cocktail with fresh blackberries, we shared tuna ceviche and lamb kabobs (I did not partake in those!) and then I had spaghetti squash with grilled veggies and Rob had salmon. Music was great, crowd was fun.

Today is our last day here and we’re going to start with a walk to the general store for coffee and sweets and then we might hit a museum or outdoor market. The sun is already streaming in our windows so I’d better get moving!


Enjoy your weekend!