Loving Lately: TV Shows


I happen to really love television, but can’t bring myself to pay the incredulous hundred bucks for cable every month. Like most people, I’ve turned to Netflix, Hulu and a few other options to satisfy my need to be entertained. It’s a win win; we save some money and have the luxury to binge watch when we want.  Here’s what I’ve been binging on and  loving lately.

The Walking Dead // I started the series, a few years ago and couldn’t seem to get into it.  I’m also a scaredy-cat and tend to stray from anything that seems the slightest bit spooky. But I’ve been dipping my toe into more thrilling shows and movies lately with  zombies. Enter Rick and his crew. It’s a great story that’s action packed and has just enough scare factor to keep me hiding under a blanket to cover eyes at times,  but not enough to induce nightmares. We aren’t completely caught up to the end of Season 6 yet, so no spoilers please. 

The Good Wife //  I can’t! This show has me all sorts of giddy, mainly because Alicia Florrick (played my Juliana Margulies) is just a freaking badass. She’s the perfect example of women having it all.   It’s a smart show that I feel also makes me smarter and inspires me to get what I want in life. I love a good story about women who kick ass, and The Good Wife definitely takes the cake. I’m currently watching the shows final season. Two words: Jason! Crouse! (played by  Jeffery Dean Morgan, who also coincidently has a role in The Walking Dead)

Scandal // The title says it all. It’s pure juicy goodness. I can’t get enough of the love triangle between Olivia, Jake and Fitz. Also, Olivia is another badass woman who does badass things and says badass things like “Don’t Be a BitchBaby!”  (So good, right?) It’s May, so we just watched the current season finale. Suffice it to say, I’m anxious to see what comes next!

Grey’s Anatomy // An oldie, but a goodie. I started watching the show on Netflix a few years back and since have followed it religiously every week through Hulu. I don’t mind waiting an extra day to watch the current episode because the show always delivers. After 12 seasons, I’m completely invested in the characters: laughing with them, crying with them and dance partying with them too! PS. Jeffery Dean Morgan also played a role here too! Can you sense a pattern, here?

I’d love to know what shows you’ve been loving lately! Any recommendations? 

Splurge or Save: Rainbow Block Sandals

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Manolo Blahnik //  Dune London

Last week, after setting my eyes on these babies, I could not stop thinking about them. I literally have had daydreams about prancing around in them this summer. Other than my wedding shoes, I’ve never spent more than $200 on pair of shoes and I don’t ever intend to (the Manolo Blahnik version retails for $745). So, when I came across these Dune London sandals for $69 I had to share them with you. They have a remarkably uncanny similarity, not just in color, but the silhouette is almost identical. I’m so in love.

Add to cart, checkout…done! Come to mama! 

xo, Carina



I’m at the point in my life when I seem to be surrounded by a growing number of mothers each year–that is, more of my friends and relatives are having children. It’s such a joy to witness these women grow into their new roles as mothers.  Suffice it to say, I’m taking mental notes until I have a child of my own.

In the past, while putting together my Mothers’ Day gift ideas, I did so mostly with just my mom in mind. This year, I made especially sure to think of my girlfriends and cousins too!

x, Carina

  1. rose petal topped petite fours from Valerie’s in LA
  2. for those days when only ice cream can get her through the day
  3. gorgeous hydrangeas to spruce up her office
  4. the prettiest pale pink  leather tote
  5. this sweet hand woven bag that’s perfect for the beach
  6. a curated collection of family photos in a beautiful album
  7. a monthly subscription for all things beauty (my mom is subscribed and loves it!)
  8. i mean….
  9. a little luxury for the lips
  10. this statement piece for a gift with purpose

Loving Lately: Podcasts

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I have found that podcasts keep me more entertained than the radio or Pandora during my mundane commute to and from work. I’ve been obsessed with Serial, even listening to the first season AGAIN after season two’s finale a few weeks ago.

So far, I’ve come across some really great podcasts. Here are 4 that I’ve been loving lately.


Thin Air //  While researching podcasts with the same investigative tone that Sarah Koenig does so well, I stumbled upon Thin Air and was hooked from the jump. The podcast covers one story every episode about a missing person’s cold case. Jordan Sims and Daniel Calderon dive deep into each story, pulling up case files and interviewing everyone they can get a hold of that has some relation to the case and the listeners are taken along for the ride. They are a brand new podcast, just 5 episodes in–so you know, at this point, i’m dying for their next one to go live.

Stuff You Should Know // It’s just a damn good podcast hurling information at you, but in the form of conversation between hosts Chuck Bryant and  Josh Clark. Each episode is devoted to one topic. They discuss it all– from female puberty (which they did very well!), to zombies, to Jim Henson.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her // A light-hearted, casual and super fun podcast in the form of breezy conversations between Lauryn Evarts  of The Skinny Confidential lifestyle blog and her fiance Michael Bosstick. Their discussions, spurred by listener questions, range from the business of blogging, to inappropriate Snapchat photos to plastic surgery. It makes for a fun commute home after a long day at work.

Ladies Who Lunch //  I’m a huge fan of influencer and Youtuber, Ingrid Nilsen. She’s bubbly and real and has such a fun personality. Ingrid and her friend, Youtuber, Cat Valdes dive into questions about online dating, friendship and more. They are just 3 episodes in, but I’m eager to tune in for whatever comes next!

A few more notable podcasts to check out  Criminal and Not Too Deep with Grace

I’d love to know what your favorite podcasts are. Any suggestions?

x, Carina

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Holiday Gifts: $25 and Under



  1. The sweetest stocking stuffer, complete with chic packaging.
  2. Easy Italian-American recipes from Laura Vitale. ( a personal fave!)
  3. Brassy candlesticks for romantic dining.
  4. Festive holiday jewels.
  5. For when mood strikes, while traveling .
  6. The perfect orangey-red lip.
  7. For the world traveler’s everyday fix.
  8. The cutest and coziest socks.
  9. An essential with friends.
  10. Tiny animal pots.
  11. Travel size fragrance for day to night.

Sunday Morning.

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Woke up this morning with no plans. Just me, the hubby and the dog on this lazy lazy Sunday. We made pancakes, lounged around in our jammies and watched some FRIENDS (what’s new?). Oh, I did have my laptop open to allow myself the illusion of feeling somewhat productive.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a lazy Sunday too. In case you find them interesting, here are some links I’ve been loving lately.

x, Carina

  1. A breakdown of font choices...one of my favorite things in life
  2. Cute LA stationary boutique…another one of life’s simple joys
  3. Just placed an order today
  4. The most adorable stickers
  5. A true gift that keeps on giving
  6. My living room dream
  7. My favorite Youtube personality’s dreams come true
  8. F.R.I.E.N.D.S super nerd quiz (ps. it’s timed too!)
  9. Voted Best Restaurant in San Diego

Favorite Things.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 6.25.04 PM{vintage Carina, I was nine years old}

It’s officially Fall, my favorite time of year. And even though the days are still really warm, there’s been a cool crisp breeze every night this week. I’ve even had to put on a sweater –I can’t wait for more sweater weather.

These are a few of my favorite things this week.

x, Carina

20150914_181638{a sunset photo from my travels a few weeks ago}


{a pretty color combo: fuschia, denim and gold}


{sad page from a really cute book}