DIY Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

Here it is! Take a look into my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s shabby chic bridal shower that we threw for her! My aunt and the bridesmaids teamed up to try to make this the most beautiful, chicest, memorable bridal shower ever! I think we achieved it!


When the guests arrived, they were directed to a name tag table, where they wrote their name and relationship to the lovely couple. We used clothes pins to attach the name tag. IMG_2871

After getting a name tag, the guests were led to the next area, where they filled out advice cards and provided date night suggestions. I thought the date night jar was a very cute idea – the guests wrote down fun date ideas on a popsicle stick and placed it in the decorative jar. When the couple finally gets hitched, they can choose random date night activities from there, keeping it fun and spontaneous! I’m pretty sure I had the worst advice and date night suggestion… what a single girl to do?? haha. 

Below is how we decorated the guests tables

We bought all the bird cages and filled them with moss and flowers, which served as the main center piece decoration.


We put together bridal shower favors with ‘Wedding Day Essentials’. Mostly all of the items in the bag were customized – chapstick, lotion, mints, kleenex, mints…

This was the bridal party table.


We rented this chair for the bride to add to the Shabby Chic theme!IMG_2867IMG_2883

A shower is not complete without a candy bar! IMG_2918IMG_2897IMG_2899

Homemade cake pops/balls – red velvet and vanilla! The vintage piece the cake balls are placed on can also be used as a jewelry rack! IMG_2898IMG_2895

Customized mints!


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I am just going to end on the cupcakes… let that soak in for a bit



Restaurant Review: Phlight

Restaurant Name: Phlight
Location: 6724 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★½
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Wine/Tapas Bar
Great for: Sharing, dinner, wine, a date, or catching up with friends


Right in the uptown area of my hometown, resides one of my favorite restaurants, Phlight.  This Spanish inspired, tapas restaurant, provides a delectable selection of food, and international wine and beer to choose from. There is such a warm, amorous, and cultivated atmosphere, that will make you want to go back for more. My friends and I love going at the end of a stressful week to dine and unwind. We love getting a few different dishes to share, accompanying glasses of vino, and of course, ending our delicious meal with some sweets.

What we ordered: Sangria/Vino, Sweet Potato Fries, Pork Belly Tacos, Empanadas, Paella, & Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

Recommend: Paella, Sangria, and Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

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Weekend Wardrobe: Levi’s, Nordstrom Rack, Victoria’s Secret







This weekend I went for a casual and beach ready look! I wore some old cut-off daisy dukes with a sheer blouse and bandeau bikini top. I tied it all together with a long chunky necklace + statement sunglasses!

This week’s look:

◊ Shorts – Levi’s ◊
◊ Top – Nordstrom Rack ◊
◊ Necklace – Nordstrom Rack ◊
◊ Sunnies – Nordstrom Rack ◊
◊ Bandeau – Victoria’s Secret ◊


Travel Diary: Spain

After 2 weeks in Spain, I feel like I’m on a high of sangria & sunshine! If you’re planning an upcoming visit to Southern Spain (if you’re not, you should be!), I hope you visit some of my favorite spots! These are MUST-DO, MUST-VISIT places in beautiful Andalusia.


This little gem of a town is set in the hills of Spain and is known as the “White City” overlooking the Gorge El Tajo. The most famous bridge in town is absolutely breath-taking, and is over 100 meters tall (that’s like a 30 story building!!). You can have a drink at a cafe or stay in a hotel that sits on the cliffs overlooking the gorge and the beautiful bridge. Make sure to stop at the museum inside of the bride for a more detailed look!

Have a picnic in the Alameda Park and catch the view of endless rolling hills and vineyards! There’s also a historic bull ring in Ronda with a small museum to visit.

This town is GORGEOUS and definitely one of my favorites in Spain. There are endless tiny cobblestone roads to explore, littered with cafes and shops. Ronda is must when you’re in Spain!



When you’re this close to Gibraltar, there’s no excuse not to visit! There’s a gondola line that can take you to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, where you’ll see views of Africa. Beware of the f*@$* crazy monkeys (Barbary macaques) that have taken over the rock – they’re completely desensitized to humans and will jump on you and steal your snacks!

If you have time, stop to see St Michael’s Cave, the Apes’ Den, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish castle, Military Heritage Centre, the 100-tonne supergun and the ‘Gibraltar: A City Under Siege’ exhibition. This is a FULL DAY with TONSSSS of walking (but worth every step!).



Sevilla is cultural overload and worth way more than one day of your time! Make sure to visit the Cathedral, which is the third largest in Europe. It’s full of artifacts and incredible architecture, so allocate at least 2 hours to see the entire thing.

Other must-sees include the  Plaza de Espana, the Alcazar Palace, the Plaza de Toros, and one of the many Arab baths!



Granada is such a fun city to just stroll around and explore! Make sure you’re ready to WALK, because the Alhambra Fortress is one of Granada’s main attractions! The fortress is full of patios and gardens and culture! It’s super picturesque and a great place to take photos! When you’re done, stop at St Nicolas Point. Make sure to see the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, and the Great Mosque. If you want to shop, walk along the tiny street of Alcaiceria to find tourist shops and souvenirs.



Marbella is a BABE of a town. It’s the chicest beach town around and is THE party scene of Andalusia. I had more fun here than I ever would have thought. This town is Spain’s best kept secret — it’s the beachier, more laid-back Barcelona of Spain! Don’t plan to go out before midnight, and make sure you’re ready to fiesta until past 4am!

Marbella also has gorgeous beaches where you can rent cabanas / beach chairs for a few euros! The food is to die for, and if you’re trying to shop for some haute couture, Louis V, Dior, Hermes, Ferragamo, and all their friends basically line the sand. Heaven on earth?



Super cute city with great history. Stop at the Moorish Fortress, and go to see Picasso’s house! The Cathedral is gorgeous (aren’t they all?) and is lined by adorable squares where you can grab a beer and listen to street musicians.



(You can take a ferry across from several locations in Spain! Read more about my trip to Morocco in a separate post, coming soon!)



AWESOME TURQUOISE WATER!! But beware, this beach is pretty windy and the waves are much bigger than those on the Mediterranean side.



Love this little beach city! It’s known for sitting on beautiful ocean side cliffs. There are so many small private beaches that you have to take a little bus down the cliffs to reach the most exclusive among them! When you’re there, rent a small sail boat and get lost at sea.



Noteworthy beach! Check it out if you have time.



Another beautiful beach city! The ruins are super cool and the cathedral is gorgeous, but spend most of your time at the beach.


 I’m basically ready to become a professional adventurer! My trip to Spain consisted of new sites and experiences every single day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! What I’d do to be back on my €6 floatie, dozing in the midst of the Mediterranean, sangria in hand.

Where did you spend your summer holiday!? Where should Halfsies go next?? Share below!! 


Street Style: Navy + Mustard Fall Hues

This girl has it all right! We love love the way she paired two different textures / patterns but stuck to classic, deep color hues. The navy and mustard are beautiful colors that announce the coming of Fall, while the little patterns embedded in her top & skirt are still playful and Summery! This is an outfit for all seasons, so beautifully paired with booties that look comfortable and chic!


Have you started thinking about your Fall wardrobe??


LA Arts District Flea Market


I LOVE LOVE LOVE hunting for treasures. Flea markets & farmers markets have quick become my favorite places to visit on the weekends due to their super low-key, earthy, peaceful vibes. I’ve been frequenting the Brentwood Farmers Market forever but just went to the downtown LA Arts District Flea Market for the first time and was so impressed that I couldn’t help but share!

The Arts District Flea Market is as artsy-crazy as the Arts District itself. The market is hosted inside a warehouse in DTLA, and stepping foot inside is like stepping foot into vintage wonderland. If you’re looking for an impossible-to-find antique fridge, typewriter, sewing machine, table, lamp….. ETC! this is your place.

There’s also a whole mess of eclectic art, jewelry, clothing, and home decor! Prices are a little higher than an average flea market, but considering the quality of the gems you find here, I’d say it’s well worth it!

Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, the Arts District Flea Market is a ton of fun to stop by and walk around! There’s music, a super fun crowd, and occasionally there are games to play too! (Check out the vintage arcade basketball set below!). When you’re done at the market, go have dinner at one of the many eateries in the Industrial / Arts Districts of DTLA.

The market is open 11AM – 7PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Happy treasure hunting!!














Restaurant Review: JiST Cafe

Restaurant Name: JiST Cafe
Location: 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American (Asian Fusion)
Great for: Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

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What first started out as a mom-and-pop joint, that was known for its chashu dumplings in the 1940s, is now a happenin’ breakfast and lunch dive with heavy Japanese influence.

JiST Cafe is a lovely little breakfast and lunch spot, that sits on first street in the heart of Little Tokyo. Not only is the food great, but the employees are so welcoming and attentive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The decor inside is so artistic and gives the small cafe such a big personality. I love how they placed the plants on the wall, and how they used desk lamps as ceiling lights! So creative!

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Now, onto the best part… FOOD! As I mentioned before, JiST is well-known for all their chashu/pork base dishes. The first time i came here, I had the Chashu Hash Skillet, although a little on the oily side, it was DELICIOUS! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. nommmssss!

I decided to change up my order during my recent visit. I ordered the Katsu Sandwich, which was huge! It was a little difficult to eat because it came in more of a flatbread form. I didn’t even attempt to try to make it into a real sandwich – probably because I was STARVING, and ain’t nobody got time for that! My co-worker got Porky Omurice, and based on her silence, I am guessing she enjoyed it.. Did I mention she loves to eat just as much as I do, and persuaded me to share an order of the French toast, which by the way was filled with custard.. OMG! My thighs were very happy.

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I highly suggest you check out this great cafe for breakfast or lunch! Take a look at their website! ENTER WITH CAUTION: WILL MAKE MOUTH WATER.




San Diego Adventures!

This weekend, my friend and I made our way to San Diego to go see Sara Bareilles in concert. We had a great time eating, drinking, catching up with friends, and seeing Ms. Sara B!

Our first stop of the mini adventure was playing catch up with one of our very best friends, London! You may recognize this lovely lady from some of our past blog posts, or even her own reputable blog, ‘London, like the city!’ She took us to Caroline’s Seaside Cafe, which overlooked the beach! It had a great atmosphere, with an even greater selection of food. I ordered the Pan Seared Salmon Salad – there is no full sized photo, because I was too hungry from the drive! Whoopsies :)

Before heading off to see Sara B, my brother and his fiancé, who also live in SD (and attended the concert with us) took us to a local favorite and popular brewery called, Ballast Point. We all ordered a Sculpin, I had the IPA on Nitro, it was smooth and very refreshing! I am just dipping my feet into the IPA pool, so it was a good starting point for me. After we finished our pre-dinner/concert drinks, we headed on down the street to get our grub (and more drink) on!

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We went to a gastropub called, Craft & Commerce for dinner, and it was AWESOME! For appetizers, we got season fries and bacon cracker jacks (sounds a little odd, but so delish)! For dinner, my friend and I split the Mac & Cheese and Korean Fried Chicken Wings. The wings were as hot as they look in the photo below. As for drinks, we both got IPA cocktails and Amber Ales! Oh we are NOT done! Wait until you see where we went next…
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Yes, we were all pretty full, but everyone knows that there is a second stomach for dessert! Twenty minutes before the start of the concert, we rushed over to the BottleCraft Beer Shop to go pick up some Pubcakes! Yup, beer + cupcakes. The flavors of the cupcakes rotate every week, showcasing a different beer in each one. (Clockwise) The one with the yellow frosting was Cup O’ Hefen, which had Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Coriander spice cake & citrus buttercream; Punkin Vegan, which had North Coast Old Stock Ale Pumpkin & maple frosting; Irish Carbomb, which had Guiness chocolate cake, Irish cream frosting, & whiskey ganache; Portzilla, which had Stone Smoked Porter cake, chocolate coffee ganache, & caramelized coconut.  They were all sooooo delicious and not too sweet! My favorites would have to be the Portzilla and the Cup O’ Hefen!

The following morning, we got up early and stopped at a local spot in Encinitas, called Swami’s Cafe, which is known for their Acaí bowls. This cafe was located in the cutest beach community, where people were either riding bikes, running, soaking up the sun at the beach, or eating at this local spot! We both ordered the Acaí bowls for breakfast, and boy, were they yummy! The granola, fruit, bee pollen, and coconut shreds made for such great toppings! I definitely recommend trying it out if you are ever in the area!
IMG_3090 IMG_3091That basically concludes our trip! Unfortunately, we did not come across Carmen San Diego, but hopefully this clip of Sara Bareilles covering ‘Chandelier’ by Sia, will make do! She is breathtaking!


Sister Post: Peanut Butter Brownie Bites!

My little sis is pretty much a baking genius, and I’m guilty of stealing her very-original, totally made-up-as-she-goes-along recipes ALL the time. Sometimes I try to claim them as my own, but if anything sounds too creative, it was probably all her. She’s pretty much a #boss in the kitchen and in life. So much so, that she’s starting her own YouTube channel where you can get step-by-step tutorials on how to perfect her delicious recipes!

Check out the video above, or follow along with our Halfsies notes below :)

What you’ll need:

♥Brownie Mix + fixings (we love Ghirardelli brownie mix!)
♥Peanut Butter of your choice
♥Chocolate chips (or anything else you love)

The how to:

Use as much peanut butter and chocolate chips as your heart desires (that’s why there aren’t any measurements listed above). Soften the peanut butter in the microwave for 20-25 seconds. Meanwhile, get your goodies for inside the peanut butter ready (I personally chopped up a 1/2 bar of chocolate). Once the peanut butter is out, immediately mix in the goodies. Once done, GENTLY hollow out the brownie bites and fill with peanut butter mixture using your fingers or a small spoon.

And there you have it! So simple it’s hard not to make these weekly!  And now you can put your bites into the fridge, freezer, pantry, or straight to your mouth! Enjoy(:


Juice Cleansing: Halfsies Pros & Cons

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I just completed my first ever juice cleanse, & I’m having mixed emotions. Don’t get me wrong – I loveeee juices and can spend hours on end reading nutrition labels at Whole Foods & learning about cold-press techniques at pop-up juiceries. Several times per week, I’ll easily replace a late dinner with a green juice (Suja <<above>> is my fave because it’s crazy delicious and nutritious and doesn’t taste like green vom like some others). I’m a huge fan of the meal replacement philosophy, because juices are a great way to get nutrients when you just don’t have time for a  meal. But ONLY. DRINKING. JUICE?!

Let’s talk about that…

Before starting my three day cleanse, I boldly claimed that I couldn’t imagine that I would miss chewing things. Note: I did. Especially while everyone around me was carelessly nomming away. Find a buddy to juice with you and I promise you’ll appreciate the moral support! And even though you’re supposed to drink more juice than I was able to stomache, I never really felt satisfied. I wasn’t ever hungry because I was always full, but it was more of an I’m-so-bloated-with-juice full than an I’m-not-hungry full.

In the end, I felt super clean and rejuvenated and healthy and… OH YA: light-headed, crabby, ready for some vino, and down to chew on some almonds or kale or the carpet or my fingernails or ANYTHING I could get my hands on.

My ultimate conclusion: Juicing feels great if you need to detox from a vacay or if you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle change. But for someone who’s already pretty health-freakish, I really just missed eating quinoa and steaming my veggies. Sure, you can’t jam as many nutrients into your stomach when your veggies are in solid form, but there’s a certain happiness that you get from eating food that makes the process irreplaceable. Happiness is a nutrient too people!!!

I love the way I felt after juicing, but think I’ll probably stick to drinking juice for snacks or skipped meals here or there. I’ll save the intense cleansing for post-Vegas trips and other detox worthy times!

In case you’re interested in doing your own cleanse, I suggest trying Suja, Nekter, Organic Avenue, or Pressed Cleanses.

If you’re down to weerrrkkk for it, you can make your own juices with some of our fave recipes from Well & Good kills it too, with tips & inspo to get you through the process

Have you done a juice cleanse? Where from? We’d love to hear about your results & tips!