Mani Monday – Mad for Plaid Edition

It is no secret that I am mad for plaid.  My first nail art was a plaid nail like this one with red nails a year ago.  I have been hooked on nail art every since.  My love of plaid is shown in It’s time for Plaid! , Plaid and Leopard, Pink and Plaid, Black Watch, Stripes, Sequins and Lace, Matchy Matchy , Beam Me Up , and Plaid Tidings.  In case you clicked on any of the items (like the amazing plaid shoes) and received a a sold out notification, several items come back in stock a few times.  It is worth a second try.


The color is“Rouge Red” by CND Vinylux.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Happy Monday!



Out and About – Bondi Harvest

It has been a while since I did my first and only “Out and About” post.  I am only inspired  to post about places that are unique that I really love.  My previous “Out and About” post is here.  I happened upon Bondi Harvest through Instagram (this best source for finding things in cities you plan to visit and in this case, my own home town) and immediately wanted to share my find. Bondi Harvest is tucked away in a corner of Santa Monica in a parking lot among several production companies.

They are also known for their coffee which is Vittoria.  It is the largest coffee company in Australia and is in several restaurants in the US.  The story of Vittoria is an interesting three generation success story that you can read about here.

It has a great laid back Australian beach vibe that suits the healthy, but super yummy menu. It is very comfortable and serene.

Their shelf game is strong and includes Organic Vittoria coffee, tea by Art of Tea, spices and every surfer’s best friend Dr. Zog’s sex wax (which really reminded me of my high school days and the surf crowd).

They serve breakfast and lunch and are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm with breakfast all day.  I opted for one of their tartines and a green smoothie.  The smoothies are not huge (and are also at a reasonable price) so they are perfect with a tartine.  The Sweet Halloumi was my tartine of choice.  It combined avocado toast with grilled halloumi cheese, pistachios and a touch of wild honey  I am always disappointed when places only have huge smoothies and you just want something a little extra with your smaller meal.  When I ordered, I considered the Peanut Butter Bomb, but was encouraged to get the On the Green as it would taste great and I would leave feeling healthy.  That was 100% correct.  The combination was perfect!


I left already thinking about my next visit and, in fact, came back the same day with my son to try the Peanut Butter Bomb.  He was fresh from camp and already in swimwear, so he fit right in with the decor.  He is always happy to help with blog post research when it involves trying new treats.  We both liked it, but I prefer the On the Green as it is packed with greens and still tastes amazing.IMG_8018

My visits to Bondi Harvest helped to satiate the wanderlust I mentioned last week in this post.  Australia is definitely on my travel list.  It was nice to see a different corner of Santa Monica and feel like I had a taste of Australia.  The sign on the fruit basket says it all.  It was real, healthy whole food that left me feeling great and was delicious.


Bondi Harvest
1814 Berkeley Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Here’s to eating  healthy whole foods that taste amazing and finding hidden gems in your own neighborhood!