Whenever there is a celebration during the week I feel like my schedule gets thrown off, for good reason of course. We celebrated Paul’s birthday over multiple evenings this week, one at home and another at our favorite spot for margaritas and tacos, Mission Cantina. It’s a little place that never gets packed, nestled near the border of Los Feliz, with some of the best chips and tacos in town. It was a bit of a foodie adventure this weekend as we headed over to another favorite to start the morning with fine herb omelets and crusty baguettes at Republique. This has become the pride of my neighborhood (according to me and Paul) because you feel as though you’ve stumbled into a French cafe and are welcome to sit with the paper while waiters prepare for the busy evening ahead. While their dinners are crowded and bustling, the morning is free form, seating wherever you like, only a few lingering guests, fabulous coffee, and chefs busy at work on pasta, bread, and other delicious smells that waft from the kitchen.

This week I also shared a new trend in event styling and home decor; It’s the bright colors and natural elements found in Southwest style. I’ve seen this popping up on wedding tables…in the most fashionable and modern receptions of course, and could not be happier to see the use of collected plants like cactus, driftwood, bougainvillaea, and ferns. Paired with bold colors and heavy ceramics the style becomes completely approachable and fills my love for that southern desert living. A set of dishes like these desirable ones from Heath Ceramics make the perfect understated impression on a table.

I can’t end the weekend without another celebration, this one for the beginning of spring. I know not all areas have experienced the rise in temperatures, but here in LA the mornings have that clean smell that only comes around these months. I’m looking forward to switching up my style this season, playing around with dewy makeup like the cheeks from the Dolce and Gabbana runway, mid-calf skirts like this graphic black and white one or this blush version, and testing out the tribal look in small doses with these embellished flats.

One last celebration is going to carry over this week as Paul and I get ready for a trip to Vienna! We haven’t traveled anywhere far since our honeymoon so a getaway was definitely called for. By the end of this week we’ll be strolling the streets, undoubtedly stopping into Cafe Hawelka, one of my favorites from a previous visit, admiring new and old master artists at MAK, and sipping cocktails at Loos American Bar. Don’t let the name fool you, this mahogany and marble decorated jewel box of a bar established itself in 1908 by a founder who welcomed names like Egon Schiele and Sigmund Freud into his group of influencers.