Monthly Archives: March 2015

fragrances that flatter

fragrances that flatter | the original mb15

Don’t you just feel better when you’re wearing a nice scent? I do. I wear fragrances daily because it makes me feel feminine and fresh and ready for my day. Historically I’ve obsessed over my “one true scent” which was Estee Lauder’s Miracle. But in the last few years I’ve branched out a bit. I’ve built a small army of similar fragrances that are light, fresh, fruity, floral and make me smell like #freshlypickedwarmlaundrysuckingonajollyrancherduringasunnyspringday.

Ya know –  clean. A few of my favorites are Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet and L’Occitane’s Eau Spontanee. What scents are at the top of your list?

this stuff right here

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel | the original mb

Good afternoon, ladies & gents. Since moving to NorCal a few years ago, I’ve noticed that I feel more comfortable taking certain liberties that I wouldn’t have before. It doesn’t bother me to go a few weeks or months without a pedicure – naked toes are good enough! Furry eyebrows, underarms and legs? NBD, boo boo! Roll those cuffs up anyway. These are things that would never fly when I lived in LA or Orange County. But this is the Bay Area, nobody is looking at your hairy legs…they’re staring at the guy pissing in the corner of the train car like nobody else is there. So when it comes to my skin and haircare products, I’ve started to relax on the average stuff and transition to the more organic/natural stuff…and it rocks. Thayers Witch Hazel is one of those products. Happened upon it at Whole Foods and never looked back. I’m a sucker for anything with a Rosewater essence so when I came across this product I was excited to switch out my Proactiv toner and give this a try. It not only cleans my skin thoroughly but it doesn’t strip it and leave it dry like other products I’ve used. It soothes. It leaves my skin so incredibly soft. It just feels better. BONUS: Thayer’s Witch Hazel comes in flavors like Cucumber, Lavender and Lemon for those that aren’t bonkers over Rose scented items (like I am). So do yourself a favor, ditch the Sea Breeze and treat yourself to a bottle of this.


daydreaming | the original mb

Lately, life has been crazy good. Not perfect, not by any means…but good. Holly and I are moving forward. Our dreams are being realized one step at a time. Lots of huge and exciting things coming our way this year and next.  When I was in therapy last year for a short while my shrink would ask me to visualize my perfect place [read: perfectly safe place]. It could be a fantasy or a real memory – anything that would lead me through my meditation practice. Surprisingly, I wasn’t really able to do it. It sounds so absurd thinking back but my mind wasn’t in a space where I could imagine a perfect scenario where no details, no fears, no worries existed. My mind doesn’t work that way, I told myself. I’m too neurotic, too much into the details. Flash forward to now: my anxiety is under control, my path is clear and life feels quite fulfilling. I have a recurring daydream that has turned itself into a goal. It’s a vision of myself and a young child swaying on a porch swing attached to a beautiful, cozy home. I’m wearing a sundress and it’s a hot, sticky summer evening. I’m pregnant with a second and there’s a dog romping around in the yard. We watch. We sit. We relax and enjoy the warm air. I feel calm and content. Nothing is said and no pressure is on. It’s just stillness in that moment; and pure joy. I’ve only just recently come to the realization that this daydream is the meditation fantasy that I wasn’t able to achieve before. It brings me such hope. It makes me feel warm and I aspire to make this daydream a reality some day soon. Now that I’ve shared mine, what’s your meditation | daydream | fantasy | goal?


photos c/o RachelRenee



A Birthday in the Woods

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb14

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb06

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb04

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb08

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb05

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb15

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb11


A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb10

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb13

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb16

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb12

A Birthday in the Woods | the original mb02

My friend Rachel is a nature baby; so of course it’s fitting that she wanted to have a day amongst the redwoods for her birthday celebration. We packed supplies for a big ‘ol picnic and drove up into the Oakland Hills to Joaquin Miller Park. It was a magical day that didn’t end until sun down. Amy (Rachel’s gf) did most of the cooking and I made her a special cake with lavender and lemon. We sat by the fire pit and ate s’mores, played with the puppies and basked in the sun. Happy Birthday, friend. Thanks for bringing our asses back to nature!

the perfect cup

the perfect cup | the original mb

Good mooorrniiinnngggg, ladies & gents. Your girl woke up on the right side of the bed today. Popped right up, did some sun salutations, made a cup of coffee that made it seem like all is right in the world. *releases white doves* While I was waiting for my soft boiled eggs to cook I brewed up some of the Pantheon blend from Starbucks and flavored it with the best cream I’ve ever tasted and a bit of coconut sugar. All of the ingredients that you see above make one of the BEST cups of coffee ever consumed in this household. Why coconut sugar, you ask?  Because the wife is on a Paleo kick. Why Straus Family cream? Because it tastes like the most delicious cup of cold milk that you’ve ever drank times a hundred (also, it’s local!).  Here’s to a great day, people. Cheers!