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san francisco love.

One of the many reasons I love traveling is to infuse myself in a city’s culture, meet locals, and stumble across new unexpected places. I took a 24-hour last minute trip last weekend to San Francisco, and it was truly a magical experience + I am amazed at how different a city’s lifestyle can be even when it is only an hour plane ride away. Jason was working at the Billboard Music Awards in Vegas (side note: so proud of my man), so I decided to go see one of my dear friends, Shannon and her precious boyfriend, Nick! We were two peas in a pod in this adorable city full of character, adventure and pure beauty.

13237739_10108205929403574_3364917124725278355_n On Sunday, we woke up to brunch at the lovely vegetarian eatery called Greens. I had the most delicious over-easy egg bowl with carrots, kale, leeks, and local yellow finn potatoes (AKA my dream). This amazing farmer’s market was bustling next door, and we met the most amazing people with the coolest stories + had a few ‘small world’ instances!

13241404_10108205929653074_4226761693402590683_nI met the most fascinating botanist, Giovanna Marie, who was selling essential oils. For those of you that know me, essential oils are a huge part of my life. I love making my house feel like a spa + they are so good for a healthy body. Win win!

Giovanna told me glimpses of her story that you can read here. She explained that she collects flowers from Big Sur and makes her own oils that serve many healing purposes for our bodies. I was sold for many reasons, but here is one of them – for Jason and I’s one year anniversary, we escaped to Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, and it has become one of our most loved locations. I purchased the Wild Rose Oil because they are made from roses she has collected in Big Sur. It is like a delayed souvenier from this special place + bonus: this oil is amazing for replenishing skin!

Here was another favorite shop called 60 Foot Farm that made the most delicious jam from their urban farm in San Francisco. The best gift or pantry staple!

See my look below + my new Hobo bag that I wear on the daily here!

four seasons staycation

Is anyone else freaking out that March has already come and gone?! March was a big month for me – one of the reasons being, last weekend Michael and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. We also just closed on a house so going somewhere far wasn’t really the best option for us right now, so we had the privilege of doing a staycation at The Four Seasons last weekend! In case you’ve been curious about The Four Seasons, or are just looking for an amazing place in Dallas to stay, I’m going to give you a little peek into our weekend!

First of all, the resort is absolutely beautiful. It’s on one of the most well-known golf courses in Texas, and truly makes you feel like you’ve escaped Dallas into somewhere far away and beautiful. But everything on the inside of the hotel is equally as stunning – from the beautiful lobby filled with fresh flowers, to the immaculate rooms. We were blown away! (Another bonus about the room – the bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever slept in. And I’m a bit of a bed snob).

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Another thing that really blew me away about this resort was the incredible service. When we checked in, the concierge already knew we were there for our one year anniversary and showed us so much kindness + was super helpful. When we got to our villa, we were surprised with a bottle of champagne & chocolate covered strawberries, with “happy anniversary” spelled out in chocolate!

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The first morning we woke up, we enjoyed an amazing breakfast at Cafe on the Green. Everything on the menu looked amazing, but we decided to try out the breakfast buffet because it just looked WAY to good to pass up! The buffet seriously had everything your heart could desire- from fresh fruit, to coconut quinoa, to freshly made breads and croissants. There was also someone there to make a custom-made omelet or any type of eggs. My husband also enjoyed their “juice of the day” which was some type of blend of banana, pineapple, and strawberry juice! So fresh and so yummy.

IMG_1369-1 Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAfter breakfast we enjoyed the rest of our morning (and into the afternoon!) at the amazing Four Seasons Spa. It truly felt like we were in another world, and if you stay at this hotel, you must treat yourself to one of their spa treatments! My husband and I had scheduled a couples massage, but before the massage you get to enjoy all of the spa facilities. You are brought into the spa and given a locker with a clean robe. Following this, you can enjoy the sauna, steam room, hot tub, or cool plunge pool. There are also cool towels and cucumbers for you to use, as well as peach tea, lemon water, or cucumber water. I seriously could live there.

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After enjoying the facilities for a while, our massage therapists came and got us for our 50-minute couples massage. Hands down, the best massage I have ever had! I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed in my life.

That evening, we enjoyed such a special & romantic dinner at Cafe on the Green. The restaurant itself is beautiful and has a wonderful view of the golf course. But, the food is equally amazing. Upon being seated, our waitress brought us complimentary champagne to say “Happy Anniversary” from the hotel, which was so yummy! Next we ordered the salumi plate, which was the perfect appetizer to snack on while we enjoyed our champagne. We both ordered the filet for dinner and cleaned our plates. If you come here for dinner, I beg you, do not skip out on dessert! I got the banana pudding tower for dessert and Michael got a molten cake that was filled with nutella and topped with ice cream. We were in dessert heaven!

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We truly had such a beautiful weekend at Four Seasons and I highly recommend this resort for anyone looking for a romantic getaway, or even a fun girls weekend! The staff is so friendly and treats you so well. Our room alone was absolutely perfect. The pool feels like you’re in a tropical oasis and the spa is one of the most relaxing experiences you’ll ever have!

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Thank you to the Four Seasons for making our weekend so special!


3 Days of Thanksgiving

There might be 12 days of Christmas but there are 3 days of Thanksgiving: travel day, turkey day, and black friday. All of which require their own distinct outfits! Have you planned yours out yet?

Travel day: Whether you’ll be in a car or on a plane, comfort & layers are key. I love this legging pant because it can still look dressed up but they are comfortable enough to sleep in!FullSizeRender-3 copy 3 FullSizeRender-2 copy 4
Nordstrom snood // Milk & Honey plaid shirt // LOFT skinny ankle jean // / Ray ban sunnies // Michael Kors Watch // Steve Madden riding boots

For Turkey Day: We all want to look our best on Thanksgiving Day with all our loved ones, but also need something that allows for lots of turkey and lots of lounging. I love this sweater dress look below from Madewell because it looks so chic but so comfortable at the same time!

For Black Friday: If you dare brave the crowds on black Friday, you’re gonna need your sneakers on. Lo’s favorite sweatpant jean is now 50% off and would be perfect for black Friday shopping! Pairing these jeans with a white tee & Vince sneakers is the perfect comfy/chic look

Shop our 3 days of looks here:

Back to the basics

Seeing as this is my rookie year at NY Fashion Week, I’ve had my fair share of panic attacks when trying to decide what to pack. When in doubt though {or, in my case, panic mode}, go back to the basics! Below are some staple items that I knew would need to be in my suitcase, regardless of what outfits I put together. {Also, item #1 is seen below worn by our lovely Lolo!}

1. This okala pump is the perfect complement to any outfit, and the heel height allows for all-day wear. Lo loved them so much, she bought them in two colors! 2. I’ve been obsessed with this J. Crew tote for quite some time now {bonus, it’s currently 25% off!}. Perfect for traveling and trips when you’re needing to look chic on-the-go. 3.  I recently discovered these amazing faux leather pleated shorts. The leather gives you an edgy look but the pleat makes them comfortable and still classy – perfect for going from day to dinner. 4. You really can’t do NYFW without a red lip! This NARS lipstick in jungle red is my personal fave – bold color, matte finish, long-wear. 5. I’m a sucker for Ray-bans, and this black matte pair  keep you looking trendy and classy all at the same time. 6. Lo was so sweet to send me this adorable Ted Baker cosmetic bag for my upcoming trip to NY! I love the gold bow and light pink color. 7. Please, do yourself a favor, and don’t travel anywhere without a good pair of flats! My Caroline leather Tory Burch flats were such a good investment and have amazing durability. Be on trend this season and get yours in this cool grey color!

Whew. Now that I’ve got my basics down, it’s time to get packing. Happy Fashion Week everyone!


the weekender bag.

In Cali with my new favorite Nena & Co. ‘weekender’ bag. Head on over to my Instagram (@laurenscruggs) to see how to win one! xoxo.

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Exploring the Wine Country: Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the home of hundreds of wineries, bed & breakfasts, spas, golf courses and restaurants. The lush rolling hills of this wine country are immersed in tons of legendary award winning vineyards. Napa is ideal year round with an average temperature of 70 degrees! Green, gold and red color palettes contribute to the natural beauty of the hills. You can experience Napa by train or limousine tours or by taking a hot hair balloon with Balloons Above the Valley.

The valley has so much to offer, from kayaking the Napa River and attending outdoor concerts, to visiting art galleries and shopping in the delightful town of Napa. Along the stretch from Yountville to Calistoga, spectacular five star restaurants are found along the drive. With seafood restaurants, steakhouses, and tapas bars, Napa is known for his impeccable cuisine and world-renowned eateries.

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Established wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Folie a Deux, Sutter Home and many more are home to Napa Valley, offering wine tastings, tours, and classes. They enclose basements with underground tasting bars and dim cellars containing hundreds of wooden barrels of wine. The knowledge and keenness of the vineyards’ employees is inspiring in their understanding of the science behind and creation of wine. The valley’s diverse architecture lets you experience French looking plantations and manors, along with Mediterranean, Italian and English enthused buildings.

The Castello di Amorosa is an enormous Tuscan Castle in the most northern part of Napa Valley. The fortress has a drawbridge, moat, dungeon and carriage rides for the full experience. Napa is a short one hour drive from San Francisco, though it seems as if one day isn’t enough to obtain it. The romanticism of the countryside is breathtaking and great for a dreamy vacation, not just for the wine lover but for adventure seekers and photographers as well!