Month: March 2016

Finding Professional Inspiration from Other Working Women

I have a whole page on my website dedicated to women I admire, which you can see here BUT this list is constantly growing so today I decided to add a few to my list. Throughout my career and in each season of my life I have found new role models and women that inspire me. I’ve noticed that where I am living at the moment also contributes to who I am looking up to and who I enjoy learning from. When I lived in New York I found my list of role models to be an ever revolving door. Now, living in Los Angeles, that is still the case and many of the women who’s careers I follow are the same but I’ve found even more that inspire my career and help me dream bigger. Being married and now sharing in the west coast lifestyle I’ve found many of the working women I am learning from currently are well-rounded, outdoorsy and creative. Allow me to introduce them! Amanda Brooks: @AmandaCBrooks Amanda Brooks, former Fashion Director at Barney’s, is one of …

Our Malibu Favorites: Hiking

Luke and I have had many visitors the past few weeks and one of my favorite things to show them is some of our amazing hiking trails here in Southern California! I’m sure this list will grow but for now, here are some of our favorite trails in Calabasas, the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu. Solstice Canyon: Malibu, CA Solstice Canyon is the first hike Luke and I went on knowing that I would be moving to Malibu. I couldn’t believe I was going to be able to do this hike any Saturday I wanted! Since our first go at it I have taken my parents, one of my best friends, BriAnn, and two of my three sister-in-laws. Solstice Canyon is a park within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Malibu, California. Located off Corral Canyon Road from Pacific Coast Highway, the canyon runs north-to-south about a mile east of Point Dume. This hike lasts anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on how leisurely you walk. Winding Way Trail: Malibu, CA This …

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love baking! It’s fun, therapeutic and tasty. Most of the time I try to stick with healthy alternatives while baking. My goal is to make healthier options taste just as delicious as their indulgent counterparts. These cookies are some of Luke’s favorites. 🙂 And with only 88 calories in each..they’ve quickly become a favorite of mine as well. Here’s what you’ll need: Ingredients 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup) 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg ( 1/4 cup egg-whites as an alternative) 2 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped Cooking spray Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Arrange coconut in a single layer in a small baking pan. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once. Set aside to cool. 3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine …