On My Radar.

On My Radar.
Happy Saturday! It’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend in San Francisco and last night I kicked off the three day weekend with some fun at BottleRock with eBay to celebrate the launch of their new wine marketplace. I plan on spending the next three days kicking back and relaxing a bit while also tackling a few blog projects I’ve been putting off. In case you’re in need of some weekend reads while you’re lounging, I wanted to share a little roundup of what’s caught my eye recently:

Blair’s Iceland trip recap has me so excited for our trip in July

Kicking back and relaxing this weekend? A huge roundup of the best shows to stream

How dreamy is Danielle’s latest Chicago apartment? That brick! 

10 rules of easy entertaining

Really interesting read on the power of the mid-tier blogger (it ain’t all about the big guys!)

Everything you need to know to do SF MoMa right

Loving all of the color in Julia’s guide to Palm Beach

10 summer reads for 2016

This DIY lobster buoy photobooth backdrop would be the cutest for a summer party

Molly’s Red Velvet Cake recipe has me drooling

There are some SERIOUS sales happening this weekend! The details so you can get your shop on:

50% off Ann Taylor with code SUMMER50

20% off Serena and Lily with code HEREWEGO

Extra 20% off ASOS with code HISUMMER

40% off Banana Republic with code BRTAKE40

Up to 50% off at Revolve

35% off Gap with code EVENT

30% off J. Crew with code WEEKEND

20% off Joie sale items with code MD2016

Extra 50% off Old Navy tees, tanks, swim & shorts

Up to 25% off at Pottery Barn

30% off Sam Edelman with code VIPSUMMER

50% off at J. Crew Factory

And some recent favorites from Pretty & Fun in case you missed ’em:

My very favorite morning smoothie

What I’m craving this month

The perfect everyday jumpsuit (so comfy!)

5 tips for finding vintage pieces online

These cherry lime margaritas are DELISH

Sharing the scoop on my nighttime skincare routine

Have a great weekend! Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸

Our Balcony Makeover with method.

#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.

One of the things I was most excited about when we moved into our new apartment was our balcony space. While it’s barely large enough for a bistro table and far from the 2 acre backyard I grew up with, it was a little outdoor space to call our own right smack in the middle of San Francisco. I immediately envisioned creating a space full of greenery where we’d be able to enjoy a glass of wine after work or a sunshine filled breakfast on a weekend morning. It was a vision so clear but I also had absolutely no idea where to begin.

You see, as I’ve bounced from apartment to apartment (and city to city) over the years, I’ve  never had an outdoor space, so while decorating the interior of a new space is no sweat for me, the outdoors were a whole new ballgame. I also happen to have a less than stellar track record with plants, so my vision of lots of greenery was a bit ambitious and to be honest, pretty scary stuff.

#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method. #fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.But you know what? Sometimes you’ve just gotta give it a shot and go with it. All too often we get ourselves hung up on the idea of having every single little detail figured out before we dive in – we create countless excuses for why we shouldn’t (um, hello black thumb!) but the real fun happens when we step outside of that comfort zone and make bold choices.

And that my friends, is how I went from serial plant killer to proud plant mom to a whole slew of little green guys.

Okay, maybe it didn’t happen quite that quickly – let’s back up for a second… This whole endeavor began when method (my absolute favorite cleaning brand!) challenged me to #fearnomess – to forget about perfect and step outside of my comfort zone to tackle a project in our home. This little challenge came at just the right time as I had been stressing myself out about getting the interior of our apartment done, hence perpetually stalling on our balcony space. So challenge accepted, and off I went on my mission to take the balcony from blank to bold.

#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method. #fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method. #fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.

Given that I’m clueless in the plant department, our first stop was at Flora Grubb Gardens (if you’re in San Francisco and have not been yet, please step away from your computer and head there immediately. You’ll thank me later). The gorgeous location was the ultimate boost of inspiration while their staff was incredibly helpful in helping me make some solid plant selections and find the perfect pots for my new plant army. We ended up with several California staples: succulents and cacti, and even added in our very own herb garden and little lime tree! It’s the perfect little blend of textures, shapes and sizes and I’ve gotta say… there’s nothing better than cooking with herbs grown right from your own balcony!

#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.

Once we had wrangled our plants, things got messy. As in, dirt covering every square inch of my balcony and myself, as well as tracked throughout our apartment and all over the kitchen sink which had been used both as a plant watering hub and a hand washing station. I quickly realized there was a reason that gardening was typically left for those with true backyards… Planting in a small space means you’re left with a BIG mess.

Luckily our apartment is always stocked with method’s all-purpose cleaner – it’s our do-it-all product that we know we can count on for every surface of our home. We always choose method products because they’re animal friendly, both in the sense that they’re safe to use around Callie AND that they don’t test any of their products on animals or use any animal bi-products. Bonus points for also smelling amazing – the Lime & Sea Salt scent is delicious!

#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method. #fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.#fearnomess // Adventures in Urban Gardening with method.

We put our beloved method all-purpose cleaner to the test to literally live up to its claim to put the hurt on dirt and help our balcony bistro table recover from the planting madness and clean up its act to become worthy of Sunday brunch al fresco. And that it did. A few sprays later and we were back in business. Our balcony has become my happy place in our home and while my new crazy plant lady role is a lot of work, it’s been the perfect reminder of the awesome things that can happen when you take risks, make a mess, and try something that makes you a little uncomfortable.

Have you tackled any big projects around your home lately? Anyone else completely obsessed with method products? 

This post was sponsored by method and as always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own – authenticity is a top priority and I only partner with brands I truly love. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Pretty & Fun! 

New Beauty Faves.

Since I’m always testing new products and experimenting with my skincare, beauty, hair & nails routine (I’m a bit of a product junkie!), New Beauty Faves is my way of letting you know what’s been tried & tested and has landed on my radar as a new favorite.

A few products I’ve tried recently and loved:New Beauty Favorites // May 2016.

Origins Night-A-Mins Cream // Cosmedix Radiance Serum c/o // Essie “Bikini So Teeny”
// Goop Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facial c/o // Pinrose Scents “Secret Genius” c/o //
EO Grapefruit & Mint Body Lotion // Clinique Chubby Stick Eyeshadow in “Lots o’ Latte”
// Nerium Eye Serum c/o // Cosmedix Serum 24 c/o // Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner //
Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in “Rosy” // Beachwaver 1.25″ Curling Wand c/o

Did you find any new beauty faves this month? What are some of your go to products? Any recommendations for me?

PS. You can check out past New Beauty Faves here!

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