May 24, 2019

How Oprah Inspires the Design of Graduates' Lives

Graduates, hello. Yay, you did it!

Another year, another graduation. Where has all the time gone? It’s been 19 years since I’ve graduated from the University of San Francisco. At the time, I was still trying to find my style, spirit and authentic voice. I’m so impressed by today’s youth — so many of you have your sense of style and are finding what elevates your spirit.

Today’s “Style Your Spirit” is for all recent high school and college grads and the parents/guardians who are helping guide you to your personal, professional and spiritual paths.

May 22, 2019

From Wilt to Wow, What These Petals Can Teach YOU About LIFE

I’ve been in a rosy mood lately — literally. It started during Mother’s Day weekend when I headed to the local farmer’s market at Fort Mason in San Francisco to get flowers for my mom and fave auntie. To my dismay, the good flowers had been picked through and the leftovers made my heart wilt. Dramatic, I know. But true!

I was running out of time before I had to drive two hours to Sacramento to be with Mom, so I headed to the supermarket across the street and bought this lovely bouquet of roses. The colors didn’t go together, but I knew I was going to separate them and get more for my money by making two arrangements. This bunch cost about $18. Score!

Preparing to arrange grocery store flowers

May 20, 2019

The MOST Important Thing to Consider When Decorating Your Home

In one of the most taboo "Style Your Spirit" episodes thus far, "Breaking Up with Your Place," I talked about how having a relationship with your home is similar to having relations with your boo. It's easier said than done, but breaking up with your place or the stuff in it is essential to moving into a new chapter in your life.

I have a few simple tips that will inspire you to create an aligned place that rises to meet your best self.

May 17, 2019

Are You Making an Appointment with Life?

One of the most important things you can do is put yourself on your schedule. Yep, make an appointment with life.

But how do we do this when we’re busy with work, kids and life’s hustle and bustle?

May 15, 2019

Breaking Up With Your Place

OK y'all, today's style and spirit topic and tips are around an uncomfortable subject: breakups. As in, is it time to break up with your place?

If your home makes you sad, mad, confused or frustrated, it's time to adjust, or break up, with it. I know it's not easy getting up and moving out — that's not what I'm suggesting, especially in dense, big cities where the rental markets are as hard to catch as that soulmate. But if the chemistry and energy aren't working, it's time to mix things up.

May 13, 2019

Morning Hack to Help You Breathe Easy

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Before you open that IG, Facebook or Twitter app, take a moment to breathe in that fresh air.

I’ve shared some of my morning routines, which include making tea and lemon water, meditating and other self-care tips I do before giving myself to the world for the day. You’ll feel refreshed if you do this one, too:

May 10, 2019

Top 3 Free Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Warning: Don't read this blog or watch this video while mom, grandma or the momma-figure is around. This contains a simple lifestyle tip that will create a big shift if executed well.

Hey y'all, today's "Style Your Spirit" is designed to bring any mom joy from the inside out. To save you time, money and heartache, I did a little research and asked a few of my momma-friends what they would really like to receive this Mother's Day.

Here are the Top 3 honest answers. The best thing about these ideas — they're all free! Yep, you don't have to buy something that will end up being discarded or donated.

May 8, 2019

My Secret Tidying Trick

Let’s be real, keeping a place tidy is hard for us busy peeps. Whether you’re in school, have kids or run a business, it’s hard to keep a home in order, much less read and touch everything you own to see if it brings you joy (for the record, I love me some Marie Kondo).

One of my secret tidying tricks is — using trays. I’m actually obsessed with collecting trays, haaay! I have metal trays, woven trays (baskets), wooden trays and bowls in almost every room of my home.

May 6, 2019

Listen to Your Home and Body

On a scale from 1 to 10, how physically healthy is your body? Chances are, if your body is in poor health, your home’s health is probably unhealthy, too.

Many of us have been taught to listen to your body. But are you listening to your home?

My abode, sanctuary, womb (home’s BODY) in San Francisco

If you’re paying attention, and hear me out, you’ll learn that like your physical body, your home embodies a body, too. This is one of the interior design and life lessons I learned from one of my favorite design books, “Apartment Therapy,” by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. Yes, this is the same Apartment Therapy media company/website many of us design geeks adore. I was deeply impacted both physically and spiritually after reading it.

Today’s “Style Your Spirit” takes a page out of the book.

May 3, 2019

One Thing Your Kids Need to Do Before Going to Bed Every Night

Busy mamas, papas and/or guardians of the youth, listen up. Just like it's a good habit to make your bed in the morning, this one important nighttime ritual for your children will bring more zen physically, mentally and spiritually. Ready for it?

Teach your kids that everything has a final resting place before going to bed. This key insight will help you and your young ones lay your heads down better at night, and y'all will reap the rewards of a calmer abode when you awake.

May 1, 2019

How Hygge Can Bring Joy to Your Heart and Hearth

Have you heard of “hygge”? How would you pronounce it? How can the hygge way of life bring more joy and simplicity into your home and heart?

#TeaWithToan anyone? Tea setup in my home.
It’s not pronounced “higgy,” like in the song “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It.” Nope, it’s pronounced “HOO-GA.”

The etymology comes from the Norwegian word for “well-being.” And who doesn’t need more well-being in their lives?

When designing my home, I try to design around the things I’m inspired by, whether it be places I’ve traveled to, books or magazines.

There are a few cultures I am drawn to: French, Danish and Japanese.

The Danish concept of hygge cannot be translated into one single word, but evokes feeling cozy, content and an overall well-being through enjoying “the simple things in life.”