Embracing A New Scent

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One of the many things my grandmother and I had in common was our shared love of and taste in perfumes. Whenever either one of us would discover a new fragrance, we’d buy two and eagerly gift the other. I think we both cherished knowing that even though we were across the country from one another, we both were ‘G’s’ and always smelled the same.

My grandmother passed away last summer, and the new Vera Wang Embrace is the first perfume I’ve wanted to buy her since. I know that she would have loved the gardenia and sandalwood notes just as much as I do. I made this short video about our love, highlighting how much we cherished what the two of us shared.

The photographs are of my grandmother and I when I was a baby, and then again on my wedding day. It was so special having her there on that day. The ‘G’ necklace and diamond ‘G’ ring were both once hers and she passed them onto me while she was still alive. If you look close enough, you can see her wearing the ring in the baby picture.

I stopped wearing the perfumes we both wore once she was gone—it was too painful—so I welcome this new Vera fragrance with open arms. It reminds me so much of her, but when I wear it there’s no sadness, just fondness.

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LeSportsac at The Village at Topanga Opening

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This past Saturday I had the privilege of hosting the grand opening of LeSportsac at The Village at Topanga and it was so much fun! We opened up the doors of their darling glass boutique with a little soiree which included nail art by Stephanie Stone, Pressed Juicery, Fōnuts (my absolute favorite!), a photo booth and of course, accessoriesaccessories and more accessories!

It’s always so wonderful meeting readers in person so a special thank you to everyone who came out. I love love love getting to know each and every one of you.

If you’re in the hood, please be sure to check out their new shop which you can see more of in the party pictures after the jump!

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What A Traumatic Experience Taught Me About Unconditional Support

They say that hard times reveal great friendship and I felt this more than ever over the last couple of weeks. The support that swarmed around us during my husbands heart attack is what helped get us through it.

In the past, when I was on the other side, I  wasn’t always sure what to do for others during emergency situations. Is it my place? Am I reaching out too much? Should I back off? These and other insecure questions would be on my mind but having gone through a crisis and been on the receiving end of incredible support, I now know the answers. Here’s what our friends and family did for us that made all the difference:

1. Show up. Having people there, sitting in the waiting room, was not underrated. We had lots of friends and family fly across the country, we had countless people at the hospital 24 hours a day (including those that slept in the waiting room) and even though they weren’t sitting in my husbands room with us, knowing they were out in the hallway gave us great strength. It also gave us a reason to walk outside, take a breath and receive much needed hugs.

2. Handle it. One of the things I learned about being in crisis is that the last thing you’re focused on is yourself. That’s where great friends and family come in. There was never ever a time when I needed something to eat, a fresh pair of clothes, another venti coffee or a shoulder to cry on. Everyone else was handling that for us, no questions asked. There was an endless supply of everything we could possibly need even though in that moment we weren’t aware of what we needed. We stayed hydrated, caffenaited, nourished and warm without having to leave the ICU.

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