I wore my favorite blue dress to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve last weekend.

Okay, this is my only blue dress but we’ll gloss over that fact. 

To my non-local readers, the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is a sprawling park about an hour’s drive outside of Los Angeles. Every year between March-April the poppies in this huge field all bloom at once, appropriately called a superbloom. Being surrounded by miles of golden wildflowers was a nice relaxing break from the bustle of L.A. life.

The dress I’m wearing here is from Forever 21 [similar here]. I’ve had it for a few years and it’s one of those dresses that I don’t wear often solely because I love it so much and don’t want to overdo it. Does anyone else do this? 

By the time you read this the superbloom may be over, but here’s some advice on how to enjoy it when it rolls around again this time next year:

  • Get there early. We left L.A. at around 11 AM on a Saturday morning and there wasn’t a lot of traffic, but there were wayyyy more cars coming in as were were leaving in the afternoon.
  • The official address of the poppy reserve is 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536, but here’s a tip: put this address in your GPS but don’t enter the park. There are huge fields of poppies on the drive right up to the park that you can frolic in for free. A lot of people, present party included, just pulled to the side of the road and walked around the fields on our own. This way you avoid the $10 parking fee and the long line of cars trying to get in.
  • Bring water. It was quite hot when we got there, and the fields with the thickest groups of flowers were quite a walk away from the road. We avoided the crowds of people by walking a little bit and had a nice sprawl of poppies to enjoy to ourselves. 
  • Don’t step on/pick the poppies! Respect Mother Nature 🙂

I’ve been really, really lazy lately when it comes to my hair.

I was quite motivated and consistent with my hair regime up until a few weeks ago, and I’m currently struggling to get back into it. My high maintenance natural hair has been such a chore for me lately. These days I’m lucky if I moisturize my hair more than once a week.

I genuinely do like taking care of my hair, but we all go through periods when the things we like to do just aren’t enjoyable anymore. When those times hit, I find myself using headscarves to style (read: hide) my hair as a way to still look stylish and put together. 

Whenever I wear headwraps out, I always get compliments and questions from people asking me how I did it. So, I’m not keeping the knowledge to myself any longer – here’s a quick video showing you how to wrap your headscarf. I hope you find this tutorial helpful! I have other headwrap styles that I like to wear but this look is by far the easiest. I may do a part two to this video showing another quick tutorial on a different style in the near future. 

The headscarf I’m wearing here is from World Market, but there are many other places such as Aso Dara and The Wrap Life that offer beautiful designs. Check either of these sites out if you’re in the mood to spice up your hair game!

Sam

Spring Summer Sam is ready for spring 😉

I love this fresh-faced, purple-accented makeup look, and I look forward to wearing more bright colors in the months to come! In particular, I am in love with the Weenie Colourpop Cosmetics eyeshadow, and Julep Snapdragon lip creme that I am wearing here. They are such pretty shimmery purples and I love how they look together!

Here is everything else that I’m wearing:

  • Ulta Cosmetics Demi Matte Foundation in Warm Deep (full review here)
  • Colourpop Cosmetics Weenie Supershock Shadow
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow
  • Elf Cosmetics Jackie Aina palette (brown shade used for brows)
  • Milani Cosmetics Trifecta Mascara
  • Julep Beauty Lip Mousse in Snapdragon 
  • Mother Earth’s flowers

Rosemary Butter Cookies

Oh, hi.

You see these here?

Rosemary Butter Cookies

These are some darn good cookies, and surprisingly easy to make! Rosemary Butter Cookies have quickly become a go-to recipe of mine for when I’m craving a crispy, flavorful cookie that I can eat with one pinky raised up. In fact, I think this recipe for Rosemary Butter Cookies is probably the best, ever. 

Rosemary Butter Cookies

This is a Martha Stewart recipe, so you know it’s good. It has the right amount of sugar and butter that you’d want in a cookie. This isn’t something you want to bake during your “diet week” because it’s really hard to eat just one. 

The rosemary in these cookies add a nice fresh flavor that is not overpowering. I’d love to try making these cookies again with other ingredients like crushed pistachios, or cranberries. 

So, what are you waiting for? Your best Rosemary Butter Cookies are ready to be baked!

Rosemary Butter Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 egg white, beaten
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  7. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  8. fresh rosemary
  9. 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  10. 1/2 cup fine sanding sugar
Instructions
  1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, rosemary, and salt, and mix until combined.
  2. Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment. Roll in parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Transfer to paper-towel tubes to hold shape, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375. Brush each log with egg white; roll in sanding sugar. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
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Reformation Striped Pant

Photo credit: Ashlee Lanzi Photography

You’ll find me in these pants from now until forever.

These striped Sorrenti pants from Reformation are my everything. I got them at a sample sale a few months ago and I am completely obsessed! I love the wide-legged breezy material. They are so freakin comfortable and look great with a pair of wedges. I can’t wait to wear these out more this summer, dressing them up with blouses or down with graphic T-s. 

By the way, summer is almost here (well, basically here in L.A.). Do you have your summer outfits picked out? What are you wearing?

Sam