life is effort – and so is your happy {spring gardening}

“Life is effort, and I’ll stop when I die.” – Jerry Smith, Rick and Morty Anyone else watch Rick and Morty? I can’t get over how ridiculously absurd and hilarious (albeit often gross) the show is. If you aren’t familiar, it’s an animated series (for adults) following the adventures of a kid and his scientist grandfather as they […]

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vancouver travel diary

The Pacific Northwest is one dreamy place. Maybe it rains a lot, but man, it sure does some beautiful things – take a look at all the GREEN. I’ve been to Portland and Seattle, but I made my first trip further north to Canada this spring. My husband was in Vancouver for work, so I took the opportunity […]

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how to define your personal style

As an actress, I’m so often advised to specify my “type”, to brand myself, to come up with a three word description of who I am in order to sell myself. I get the intention behind that. I get the point of figuring out the impression you leave on people, the niche of programming into which your […]

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east coast meets west coast : spring style

 It’s been a minute since my last East Coast Meets West Coast style feature (winter always seems to drag on forever, doesn’t it?), but today I am so relieved to be back with Nikki’s and my respective spring styles – all the way from New York to LA. Samantha, Los Angeles We joke about LA not having […]

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happy friday and a giveaway {closed}!

If you caught this post on Monday, you’ll remember I mentioned a fun giveaway with JORD Wood Watches. Watch the video above and head to my Instagram to enter (P.S. You’ll get something just for entering!). Good luck, and HAPPY FRIDAY! 🙂 Camera work by Tony Castillo. Editing, script, and voiceover by me. This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. […]

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antelope valley poppy reserve

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the best part about living in Southern California is that we are always a quick drive away from innumerable weekend destinations and landscapes. Whether it’s the beach, the mountains, the desert, or wine country, there’s no shortage of beauty around these parts. This past weekend, to celebrate the start of spring, […]

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remember time this spring

Human nature is a funny thing. We can freely give advice…but so often fail to take it. We both love unconditionally and irrationally have an aversion to others. Sometimes, we even willingly do those things that scare us. And though time is the one constant in our lives of which we may never be granted […]

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new york, new york

  Last week I got to take a last minute work trip to NYC to shoot some video and herd the big dogs to their happy hours/dinners. To say I was excited for this trip would be an understatement – getting PAID to travel to New York? Yes, please! I was hoping to make a […]

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springtime

Spring is in the air – and with that, warmer temperatures. It’s a little absurd how happy the sunshine makes me. AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE LONGER DAYS. I’ve tried to take lunch outside as often as I can to soak it all in and am anxiously awaiting summer. But until then, here’s what […]

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gardening – diy planter

A couple of years ago I thought I’d be ambitious with my first foray into gardening and attempt to grow herbs from seeds. Well, it was very exciting the first couple of weeks when the seeds sprouted and little one inch plants were born. But that’s where it ended. While the parsley quickly did not […]

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