Beauty & Fashion

Product matters because I didn’t wake up looking like this.

  Don't kid yourself, the natural look takes time and effort. Hair product choices are overwhelming. Not only is product selection extensive at grocery stores & pharmacies, product exposure on the internet and in TV commercials is ubiquitous, and, at times, exhausting. I say exhausting because if you buy a product based on pretty packaging… Continue reading Product matters because I didn’t wake up looking like this.

Beauty & Fashion, Health

Hair matters

Travel and lifestyle writing is a passion of mine, on the other hand, what some of you may not know about me is, I moonlight as a hairstylist. Or, is it the other way around - a hairstylist moonlighting as a writer? However you look at it, I love both! A maven by nature, trading… Continue reading Hair matters

Beauty & Fashion, Health

Hair Matters 101 – Healthy hair lifestyle

Maintaining healthy luxurious hair is similar to maintaining a fit and healthy body. Results don't happen overnight and it’s not a hair diet - it’s a lifestyle. My clients find my salon through Google, Yelp, Styleseat, and word of mouth. Most are searching for a stylist to manage their mane and nurse their hair back… Continue reading Hair Matters 101 – Healthy hair lifestyle

Home & Garden

More bloom for your buck

Spring blooms aren’t always about budding flowers. Get the best bang for your buck by cultivating indigenous drought-resistant plants that offer vibrant color year-round. My clients often ask, “How do you plan your garden; where should I start?” Planning a garden can be a daunting task. It was for me in the past. I had a brown… Continue reading More bloom for your buck

Food & Wine, Travel

Discover the day tripper in you

Did you know there are thousands of free views in the city of San Francisco, and driving a car isn’t the best way to take advantage of the region’s stunning natural beauty? Discover the day tripper in you, and follow us from Sonoma County to San Francisco. With Sonoma County’s SMART train on the brink… Continue reading Discover the day tripper in you

Food & Wine, Travel

Cultured burbs

Sonoma County is a quaint sleepy community with seemingly more vineyards than people. At first glance, things may appear a tad western here, but given a closer look, Sonoma County lights up the senses. Nine incorporated cities sprinkle the county and each has an incredibly charming square or downtown. Except for Santa Rosa. For decades,… Continue reading Cultured burbs

Food & Wine, Health

Technology chomps at the bit

America’s eating habits are changing as fast as technology changes while gourmet meal delivery has people taking a byte out of traditional meal planning. We’ve come a long way since ‘Super Size Me’ hit the mainstream and created a cultural culinary shift with how we view nutrition as a nation. People are trading their microwave instant dinners and… Continue reading Technology chomps at the bit

Community, Food & Wine, Travel

Sip and see on a rainy day

Need a pre-summer fix? Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things. When winter lingerings on like this,… Continue reading Sip and see on a rainy day

Community, Home & Garden

Whittling water worries

In 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on more than $1 billion in spending for water projects. Hundreds of millions of those dollars are allocated for long-term projects associated with flood control, desalination, water recycling, and conservation. Gov. Brown’s water fund measure is one piece of a much larger effort to help those most… Continue reading Whittling water worries

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Community

Human Nature ~ from the ground up

  “No boy dreams of growing up without a dad, dropping out of school, doing drugs or going to prison, yet millions do,” Boys to Men USA. The number of US urban fatherless children is astounding - 43%. And, a mere 1% of the 43%  have a relationship with their father. According to Journey Men -… Continue reading Human Nature ~ from the ground up