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Let’s Focus on what IS working! by Lucy

By |April 10th, 2020|MIND & BODY|

For me the last couple of weeks have felt a bit like an emotional roller coaster. On the high days, I am appreciating a slower pace, more time with my family, time for self-development and neglected projects.  I feel grateful and calm.  On the low days, I feel anxious, overwhelmed, irritable, annoyed, stressed and confined. ...


Staying Light in the Darkness: Tips & Tools by Mary

By |March 23rd, 2020|MIND & BODY, UNCATEGORIZED|

The other day I went hiking in the hills above Montecito in an area that had been devastated by the Thomas Fire of late 2017, and then released as the harrowing Montecito mudslide that followed in January 2018. I hadn't been up there since, and for some reason I was drawn there with Napper that ...


Snowpine Lodge! A luxury lodge in Alta, Utah.

By |February 19th, 2020|TRAVEL|

We love a good ski trip!  We don't love the tedious drive to Mammoth or June Mountain, the inevitable delayed connections through Denver to Aspen or other ski towns, and the schlepping around of yourself and all your gear that seem to come with most ski trips we've been on.  We do love a fluffy ...


Maggie’s Monterey Peninsula

By |October 8th, 2018|TRAVEL|

Our Director of Development, Maggie Catbagan shares her insider tips for where to stay, eat, drink and play on the Monterey Peninsula. Her hometown of Pacific Grove may look and sound familiar if you, like us, are fans of “Big Little Lies…” Here at the Firestone Sisters, we love a good road trip, especially one ...


Love you, Lanai!

By |May 21st, 2018|TRAVEL|

Our February trip to the idyllic island sanctuary of Lanai couldn't have come at a better time.  We had just endured months of evacuations from Santa Barbara and then Mary lost her home in the January 9th Montecito mudslide.  Arriving at the Four Seasons Lanai was like being enveloped in a warm, tropical hug far ...


44 Gratitudes by Mary

By |February 28th, 2018|MIND & BODY|

photos from top to bottom: the devastation that remains including the bathroom counter which was my refuge for five and a half hours.  And the healing beach-- moving towards the light- sun in front and moon behind.   As I have shared on social media, the early morning hours of January 9, 2018 forever changed my ...


Sparkling Wines for the Holidays! What to drink from our friend Hana Lee of Wander and Wine.

By |November 22nd, 2017|EAT & DRINK|

We love our wine!  Especially a sparkling wine.  A festive glass of bubbles makes any occasion feel more celebratory and special, all the more reason to pop some bottles over the holidays.  If you are like us, although we love it, we find ourselves staring at the shelves of wine bottles wishing we could actually ...


Montecito Farmhouse Renovation by Mary

By |October 17th, 2017|HOME|

  Moving up to Santa Barbara from LA was a dream that we made happen a year ago.  Can't believe it has already been a year!  Finding our dream house in our budget was not going to happen on that timeline.  Having survived two renovations since our marriage ten years ago, we were pretty determined ...


Sip & Spritz at Somerset in Santa Barbara!

By |June 13th, 2017|STYLE & BEAUTY|

  From top: Somerset & The First; Mary (l) wearing BLQ dress and Jen's Pirate Booty kimono, and Lucy (r) in Figue; The First; Ready to spritz; The First; samples of The First; cousins!!; Men behind the women, Napper Tandy and cousin, Andrew Firestone; with Jenny Schatzle; with Sam Wennerstrom; man behind the women and ...


Girls Getaway to the Chesapeake Bay!

By |May 10th, 2017|TRAVEL|

Making time for ourselves is harder and harder with kids, husbands, and jobs.  There is something magical that happens when women take time for themselves- especially to connect with other women!  Being with 11 of my best friends from Princeton to celebrate our collective 40th birthdays was an absolute blast.  We let our hair down ...