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The Day We Celebrated A Mama-To-Be DIANI Girl

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It’s always fun to celebrate life changing experiences with your co-workers, and we especially enjoyed showering our VP of Web and  Mama-to-be, Whitney last summer. The baby shower was safari themed and set up in our back garden with seating on low cushions under Indian print umbrellas to keep...
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Christmas ’13 – “We Were Together. I Forget The Rest”

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We hosted eleven of our family this Christmas and I was feeling nostalgic about my Christmas’s growing up in England. So, the hubby and I got to work making all the traditional British Christmas dishes my family served up. That meant turning to our trusty Brit, Jamie Oliver for the menu. Images...

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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We finally got a moment to buy our Christmas tree yesterday and get it standing in it’s new home in our dining room. It’s funny how an eight foot Noble Fir can completely change the feel of our house (and the smell!). In turn, I’m now officially feeling the Christmas spirit and ready...

Gathering

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I think this Brit is finally getting the hang of this Thanksgiving holiday thing. I love that we take the time to gather with friends and family and feast together. It feels so nurturing. We’ll be making turkey with friends tomorrow and, although I don’t eat meat, I’ve been discovering...
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Fiesta Libations

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Two of my favorite things are tequila and guacamole. For this very reason, I love Fiesta! It’s a time to indulge, guilt-free in the festivities. Here are two of my favorite tequila cocktails. I like a stiff drink, so if they’re a little strong, add a splash of French lemonade (Trader Joe’s...
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Jamie Oliver’s Lincolnshire Poacher Pie

 
One of our Christmas presents this year was Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook, Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain (thanks Jo and Ben). We’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve made from it so far, so much so that we had to make the Lincolnshire Poacher Pie again. It’s a little time...
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Bring on 2013!

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Part 2 – DIANI Birthday Bash

 
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The Perfect 10 – A Birthday Bash for DIANI

 
We had such a fun night at our celebration of 10 years of DIANI. We had wine from wonderful local wineries, Saarloos & Sons and Sunstone. Bubbly toasts, Enjoy cupcakes, delicious appetizers and tons of style. Thank you to all who came and made it such a special night. And,...
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10 Years of DIANI Style

 
I’m still recovering from a magical birthday celebration for my business, DIANI. It’s been 10 years of incredible learning and growth, hard work and tears, laughter and new friendships. I can’t say this enough, but the greatest gift is being around such a fantastic team. Mary, Liz,...
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Boo!

 
With Halloween falling mid-week, it seemed almost impossible to create the proper creepy atmosphere to greet the neighborhood ghost and ghoulies! But with just a few quickly carved pumpkins, some candles, and lots of darkness, it seemed like I had planned it for weeks! And, a little tequila with an orange...
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Shopping for Dreams

 
I love and support the Dream Foundation and last night, DIANI co-hosted a shopping event with the wonderful, Arlene Montesano with a portion of sales proceeds going to the Dream Foundation. It was a beautiful evening filled with generous, special people who all have two things in common: They love to...
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Hearty Lentil Soup

 
Now that we finally have a little chill in the air and can throw some logs on the fire, it’s time for me to bust out my favorite lentil soup recipe. It’s so easy, so delicious, so healthy and so vegan. HEARTY LENTIL SOUP SERVES 4 Ingredients 1 cup lentils 1-2 carrots 1 large onion 3-4 cloves...
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A Sunstone Winery Wedding

 
After touching down in LA from Paris Fashion Week, I drove up to Santa Ynez to be at the wedding of DIANI‘s beautiful Web and Media Manager, Whitney. The celebration was held at the breathtaking vineyard estate of Sunstone Winery. All the details of the day were perfection, from the mason glasses...
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What’s SUP?

 
Stand up paddle boarding is fun! (SUP-ing) An awesome way to exercise and get amongst marine life. What makes it even cooler is taking your pooch along for the ride. My little mutt, Raisin has become a fearless surf warrior and for the first time, dove in this weekend, as she got close to the shore on...
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The Amazing Chia Seed Breakfast

 
I wasn’t too familiar with Chia Seeds until my nutritionist introduced me to them and their amazing health benefits. Did you know they’re: Nutritious. Chia seed provides ample calcium and protein to your tissues. The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium.
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It’s All in the Details – A Baby Shower

 
The moment right after I volunteered to host my assistant Victoria’s Baby Shower over the weekend, excitement started rushing headlong toward “I’ve never thrown a baby shower, what do I do!?!”  Her little boy, Dylan will be appearing at the beginning of July, and I wanted this...
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Baby Shower Brunch Dishes – All Vegan!

 
I’m almost (if it wasn’t for my love affair with fish) vegan now and sometimes get stumped on some hearty, protein filled summer salads. However, I recently found this recipe with lima beans, and now I’m hooked! SUMMERTIME SUCCOTASH INGREDIENTS Serves 6 1 tbsp Earth Balance butter 1...
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Cirque du Papier Ball

 
I was honored to be invited to be a judge at the 3rd Annual Paper Ball – Cirque du Papier – benefitting the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara’s Accessible To All Program, to help those with financial difficulties.  Part Cirque du Soleil, part Alice In Wonderland, this event was a hand-made...
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