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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Family Table || Giveaway!

Head over to my Instagram (@jmtrovato) today for a sweet giveaway! The Family Table is a lovely cookbook full of approachable and wonderful recipes from husband and wife Ariana and Grant and their six children. You can win a copy of the cookbook yourself and also get a code for a nice discount:)
I'll be doing a few more giveaways leading up to Christmas so keep an eye out for more!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

California 2015 || San Francisco

California in August 2015. Horace and I got to go on a trip sans kids for about a week. We drank so much coffee (woke up to Blue Bottle in my hand one morning), ate so much amazing food and took so many photos. We flew into San Francisco, drove down to LA and then ended in San Diego. I was thinking of writing it all out, but decided that bullet points are my favorite way of remembering our trips:) For San Francisco, we stayed at Hotel Whitcomb (cool old hotel, right downtown, we would stay further north next time) and we got an awesome deal on a rental car from Alamo, just fyi. I'll share the Pacific Coast Highway, LA and San Diego another day!

San Francisco

- Blue Bottle all day every day. We went to a few locations and loved how simple they have their setup. Everything is very low key and basic. Simple really great espresso. No flavors. No craziness. And the friendliest baristas we've ever met.
- Alta CA - Beef Tendon puffs | Gin and Tonic (house made citrusy tonic)
- Deli across the street from Hotel Whitcomb | Delicious sausage and egg breakfast sandwich
- Muir Woods
- Foreign Cinema - Brunch was amazing - Goat cheese with figs, ham and cheese sandwich, smoked tuna on greens, beautiful restaurant

- We took the afternoon to do some photography galleries and managed to see a few before closing time. SF Camerawork was sweet and the Book and Job Gallery had a great exhibit.
- Twin Peaks - Highest point on SF. We drove through really cute neighborhoods and loved seeing the city at moonrise.
- Ino Vino - tiny Italian wine bar/pizza. We happened upon this place coming down form Twin Peaks and we loved it. A cheese plate with big pieces of cheese! Great pizzas and bruschetta.
- Alice's Restaurant- We visited Horace's cousin in Palo Alto and he and some friends took us up this crazy drive to Alice's at the top of a mountain. Great beer and hearty road food.
- Pescadero beach - Amazing cliffs and perfect beach.
- Philz Coffee - This place was kind of a pour over coffee bar without any pretension? It was SO good.
-Alamo Square - Beautiful view of the city and who doesn't want to see the Full House Houses, amiright? This whole area was just gorgeous at sunset.

p.s. we got our film developed at Citizens Photo, our recent favorite. To see more photos of the restaurants we visited and the stupid amount of succulents we came across, head over here :)

Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles and San Diego coming up next!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Booboos' Bonnets || Instagram Giveaway!

Little L is such a sweet bean. She is smiling most of the time and if she's not smiling, she's squishing her face up to make you laugh. It amazes me how much personality you can see if kids at such a young age. The only thing that makes L even cuter is when she is wearing a bonnet (for O, whenever he wears overalls, he can basically throw milk on the floor and it'll look adorable). Booboos' Bonnets are the best mix of classic, playful and wearable bonnets for kids up to 4 years old. I'm seriously in love with the bonnet Sophie sent Lenora. The fabric is thick, but even in the summer sun, it didn't make L overheat or seem uncomfortable (perfect for the nice fall weather we're seeing now!). Sopie makes sure to use really fine materials for her bonnets, which makes these so special and really something to treasure. There are a lot of girl colors, but there is this beautiful Navy one for the boys (yes, I totally would have had O in one when he was a babe:). L is wearing a 12-18 month size, so while a tad roomy right now, she'll have plenty of time to grow with the bonnet. Thank you so much Sophie for the sweet bonnet!

Check out Booboos' Bonnets and make sure to follow Sophie on Instagram and Facebook.
While you're browsing her shop, pick your favorite and head over to my Instagram (@jmtrovato) for a giveaway where you can win your choice of a bonnet!
The giveaway will be open until next Friday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I came across Xiokat over on the ever amazing connector of all things awesome, Instagram. Xiokat is a studio founded by Xio and Katty, sisters in Florida. Their current offerings include The Keila Kimono seen below (in a few more colors) as well as really cute pouches and bags. Their next line will include more clothing in their sleek and wearable style. Xio and Katty sent me one of their kimonos to bring along on our trip to California and I couldn't get enough of it. E Camino Cielo was the perfect spot for photos, overlooking Santa Barbara and the hills beyond. The Keila Kimono is so soft, falls in the most perfect way and this is a great piece to add to a t-shirt and jeans or a little black dress. The blush color is just pink enough to get out of completely neutral territory, but its also not overly girly. Thank you so much ladies and I can't wait to see what's in store for you all:)

Make sure to stop by Xio and Katty's Shop and keep an eye on their Instagram for updates!

When he wasn't catching tarantulas, Horace was taking these photos, telling me to strut my stuff and making me goofy laugh:) Thanks love!

Horace and Mae Photography
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Nate + Christina + Eva || Maryland Family Session

 Joy, love and red hair. 

Horace and Mae Photography
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