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Retreating at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay!

photos by Nicole Berry We’re still basking in the glow of our latest Wild Precious Life Retreat!  Hosted at the sublime Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay perched above the Pacific Ocean on cliffs that look ...

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts!

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Our signature scent, The First, $165. If Christmas has snuck up on you too, there is still time to get something very special for the women in your life!  Our ...

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Maggie’s Monterey Peninsula

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 ...

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Love you, Lanai!

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 ...

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44 Gratitudes by Mary

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Montecito Farmhouse Renovation by Mary

  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 ...

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Sip & Spritz at Somerset in Santa Barbara!

  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 ...

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Girls Getaway to the Chesapeake Bay!

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 ...

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Spring Ski! The Goldener Hirsch Inn in Deer Valley, Utah

Park City has been a favorite getaway for us the last few years-- it is super easy to get to from California, incredibly quaint, and offers a plethora of skiing options.  As all of you ...

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