Holiday Gathering

Photography// Julie Cahill
Floral & Event Design// Katarina Devine Design
Linens// La Tavola
Catering// Michaels Catering

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Decorating and gift giving is wonderful but ultimately the greatest joy of the season is gathering friends and family for beautiful meals. This year I whipped out my floral design skills and did some event styling for a recent dinner party at Devine Ranch. If you are having friends over and want to play hostess to a more formal dinner I recommend hiring a great caterer, but if it is just family I love it when everyone chooses one dish and have fun in the kitchen.

Happy Holidays!

Summer Breeze

All images via AD

Even though I live in California where the majority of homes exude a more Spanish style, I love a classic New England shingle home especially for summer. This one created in all of its beauty by New York designer Victoria Hagan is ultra relaxing and chic. The use of natural colors with pops of pale blue (my favorite it color of this season) are perfect for an airy summer oasis. I can imagine waking up to the sound of birds, lounging my the pool, and cooking lobster in the large kitchen. 



Photography via my talented sister Sabrina Devine

Summer is all about chasing the sun. Trips to the beach or lake, sunbathing, dining al fresco, and comfortable pajama like dresses. This one is a personal favorite because its so comfortable and actually flattering. Complete the look with fun bohemian jewelry and cute sandals.  

Orange Cake

1 cup sprouted spelt flour
1/2 cup sprouted rice flour
1 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 large egg yolks
6 large egg whites
1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
1/2 sunflower oil (or ghee)
2 organic oranges
3 tsp lemon juice
1/2 maple syrup
1 tsp orange blossom water
1 cup shredded coconut
1 orange for zest

1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Mix sugar, spelt and rice flour, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add egg yolks, oil, zest of 1 orange, and 1/2 cup of water and whisk together until blended. Set batter aside.
3. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in a stand mixer bowl. Beat whites until they are creamy white, then add 1/2 cup of coconut sugar and continue to beat for another minute. 
4. Combine egg white mixture with batter. Gently blend the two by folding the whites over the batter, so as not to deflated the whites. 
5. Place finished batter into ungreased and lightly spread 9 in cake pan. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
6. While your cake is in the oven combine the orange juice (2 oranges), lemon juice, maple syrup, and orange blossom water. When the cake is done, let cool for 10 minutes then poke holes in the top and pour mixture over cake, let sit for another 5 minutes. 
7. Once mixture is completely absorbed remove cake from pan and sprinkle with shredded coconut and orange zest (or in my case orange peels).

This cake serves perfectly with fresh whipped cream or almond milk ice cream (recipe coming soon).


{Free people top, Splendid skirt, Calleen Cordero sandals, Rag & Bone hat, and Lokai bracelet}

I'm not usually what you would call a boho child but since I was born and raised in sunny California, sometimes I can't help it. With the anticipation of summer beach days, road trips, and endless adventure I start to let my hair dry naturally and wear half the amount of clothing I should be. 

Sun drenched

All images via Veranda

One of the best things about living in California is the weather. Homes are usually sun drenched for the most of the year so I love it when I see interiors that flow seamlessly into the outdoors. Stone floors that become patios, walls of clear glass, and windows tall enough to let in the afternoon light. This home designed by the architecture/interior decorator duo from Giannetti Home brings the classic european architecture to the beautiful native hills of California.

Buy there book Patina Farm for more inspiration, I already have my copy!



{Theory top, Theory pants, Zara denim jacket, Celine bag, Fendi heels, and Gucci sunglasses}

Theory has the best trousers around. If you need a pair of structured pants for work or you just want to put together a tailored look, go for a solid black or a neutral print like this large check so that you can pair them with simple tops. I wanted to make this look go from the office to a casual lunch so I paired it with fun white pumps and a denim jacket. 


design + development by fabulous k