Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Help Wanted

As many of you know, I'm jet setting to the West Coast for a Californian vacation at the end of this month - leaving the blog unattended. That's where you come in. I'm looking for nine to 13 bloggers to guest post while I'm gallivanting.

The Topic
Share your top five summer essentials for 2010. Maybe your must-haves include a passport for a European jaunt, a tube of sunscreen or a pair of glittering earrings - just show us what you're coveting this season.

The Requirements
  • Either create a collage of five items or send five separate images of your selections. Please size the images to 400 pixels wide.
  • Draft a written portion describing what you're choosing and why.
  • Include the URL for each item - I'll link to the items in your description.
  • Include your name, title of your blog and your URL - I'll link to your site.
  • First, send an e-mail to me at and let me know you'd like to take part. I'll put you on the schedule.
  • Send your post to the above e-mail address no later than Wednesday, June 16, 2010. (Kudos to those who send something earlier!)
Look Forward to Posts From ...
The creative minds behind these blogs: 20something Cupcakes, A Wonderfelle World, Amy's Afternoon Reading, Cafe Fashionista, Chic on the Cheap, Closet Fashionista, Fashions on the Fly, I Don't Think Prada is the Answer They're Looking For, Lovely B., Narcissista, SogniSorrisi, Steak & Cakes, The Iconic Blog, The Pink Boudoir

Update: It didn't take long to fill each of the spots! I'm so thankful for the support - and excited to share their posts!

One More Request
Nate and I are flying into Los Angeles. We're staying in the area for a few days to attend a wedding before embarking on a Californian road trip to the redwood forest. We'll loop back down for our flight departing from LAX in early July.

This means we'll have an amazing opportunity to explore the state. Please send along any suggestions for the trip: ecological must-sees, quaint towns with incredible restaurants, the best place to pick up seashells, unique shopping destinations, ...

Thank you!


  1. I'm very jealous of your vacation, but I'd be happy to help you out.

    Chic on the Cheap

  2. I love this idea! I am totally up for it & will send something your way!

  3. i can barely keep up with my own blog, otherwise i would love to help out!
    hopefully you can stop by my shop (faire frou frou) when you come to LA!
    xox alison

  4. Oh, how exciting! I hope you and Nate have a fantastic time in Cali. I don't think you'll be far enough north for me to recommend any places to you. Norcal is my stomping ground. :)

  5. I am so happy for you...Lucky girl! I need a vacation too:)))
    Kisses and have a great day sweetie:)

  6. How exciting! Sounds like it's going to be a great trip. What part of LA will you be visiting? You should make a trip to Sprinkles if you like cupcakes and Mastro's is the BEST steakhouse around (both in Beverly Hills). The Malibu and Manhattan beaches are both amazing. There are awesome hikes in Hollywood and in the Palisades. Sushi Roku and Katsuya are my favorite sushi spots. E-mail me if you have specific questions or are looking for a certain type of activity/food.


  7. I love pacific palisades beach and you have to go to aroma and get apiece fo cake in Valley Village- then do a little shopping on Ventura...THEN take a drive through Laurel Canyon and have dinner at Pace!

  8. I haven't gotten a chance to e-mail you back - I will later on today - but I would love to participate! :)

  9. Wow, what a wonderful vacation you have coming up!!! That sounds amazing!! I hope you two have a fantastic time and I think your idea of having guest bloggers is great. Maybe I'll try to cook something up.. but I'm sure you will be beating off guest bloggers with a stick! =)

  10. Jessica - I've been thinking about this all morning. As someone who is not a native of SoCal and from a quiet place I can give you a blend of everything if you'd like. Let me know what kind of food you like and if there's anything specific you're looking to take in and I'll see what I can do.


  11. um, i'll do the vacation for you! :)

  12. would love to guest post on this fabulous blog of yours

  13. I just sent you an email and would love to take part. As for LA you MUST go to the Getty Museum. Amazing architecture and art and a killer view of LA. I hope that you enjoy your visit!xx

  14. Like Carole, I'm too far up north to offer any great suggestions, but I just wanted to say that your trip sounds so exciting and I am glad you are making it out to my coast. Have a great time!!

  15. I'm jealous of your vacation. I don't know northern cali very well or else i would help you out! Have fun!

    Fashions on the Fly

  16. Hey! If you'll be up this far North, which I think you will be because of the redwoods, definitely stop in Big Sur and Carmel! definite must-sees/dos!


  17. There's lots to do in LA! I've been in LA for almost a year and I still have my own To Do List.
    -Tons of outdoor activities at the beaches (Venice, Palisades, Newport, etc) like hiking, snorkeling, kayaking.
    -Drive around Hollywood and see the Grumman's Chinese Theater, Runyon Canyon, Walk of Fame, etc.
    -Old Town Pasadena.
    -Santa Monica (Pier, 3rd Street Promenade shopping, shops along Main).
    - Other shopping areas: Citadel, Americana, Glendale Galleria (next to Americana), The Grove, along Melrose, Fashion District (downtown LA).
    -The Getty Center (Los Angeles)
    -The Getty Villa (Malibu)
    -Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara
    -Solvang - Dutch Village

    Here are just a few things I've done and still want to do. I hope it helps. Feel free to contact me with questions, etc.

  18. Oh, and if you go to SF, stop by Tartine Bakery and Cafe if you can. There might be a line out the door, but it's worth it.

    On the way from LA to SF, my friend stopped at a house that belonged to an art collector, which has now been turned into a museum. I forget the name...

  19. I found your blog from your comment on mine. It's great! I'm soooo jealous of your California trip!! I'm headed to San Diego at the end of the month but I'd really like to go back to L.A.!

  20. Oh you're coming over here? How nice ^^ What have you got planned?


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