Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Weekend Wanderings

We made a trip to visit family this past weekend.

We did a little shopping and a lot of visiting.

I loved these flowers made of tissues in the storefront. It gave me a little inspiration for planning Nel's baby shower decor. 

The trees are blossoming here, and I can tell spring is right around the corner.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Think Pink

Maybe it's just that spring is in the air, but I've been thinking a lot about pink lately. 

It's such a pretty color, whether it's in the blossoms that signal the start of a new season... 

...or in your favorite dessert.

Pink seems to pop up everywhere I look these days. Like this pink porcelain tea cup...

or this pretty pink scarf.

Aren't these little pink ballet slippers darling?

Okay, so maybe there's another reason why I'm noticing so much pink lately...

We're having a girl!

I couldn't be more thrilled. Last year, the three girls at Red Rose Alley became four...and this year we'll become five. Here's a pink cupcake for you to help us celebrate!

~ Nel

Monday, February 26, 2018


When my husband got home from work a few weeks ago, he gave me a well deserved baby break. All I wanted to do was stop by my favorite French bakery for a coffee and a treat. 

I was craving macarons, but I've had to follow a dairy-free diet while nursing, so I couldn't eat any of those pretty little cookies behind the display case (often due to the filling.) 

So, I decided to make my own dairy-free macarons!
I've heard macarons are difficult to make, but I've been wanting to try them out for some time now, so I figured it was the perfect time. 

Isn't it funny how a photo can sometimes disguise reality?

To be completely honest, this is how most of my macarons really turned out! 

These little guys are temperamental. I've been following this straightforward recipe on Pinterest, but my shells keep turning out flat and hollow. 

I'm determined to make successful macarons! I've made them a couple times, and I've been trying to trouble-shoot and fix the flat, hollow shells, but I haven't had any luck so far. (Any suggestions would be appreciated!) It has definitely been a learning experience though. I now know some fancy macaron terminology, like "folding in" and "feet".

I will let you know when (or if!) I master the macaron. 

Have you made macarons? What's your favorite bakery treat?


Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day

I don't have a lot of Valentine's decor, 

but here are a few pink and reds around my house. 

Wishing you a week of love!


Monday, February 5, 2018

A Very Special Announcement

I have some exciting news to share, friends...

You know how I just love books, right?

Well, I am delighted to announce that this year my husband and I will be adding a whole new collection to our home library... ( ;

We're having a baby!

I'm finally out of the first trimester (goodbye morning sickness!), and our little one is due to join the family this August. Baby Francesca is so excited to meet her new cousin and BFF!

Of course, my mom is thrilled to be a grandma again. I prepared a sweet little surprise for her when I came back for Christmas.

We should know the sex in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for the big reveal...

~ Nel 

Monday, January 29, 2018



ocean views

a warm cup of coffee

beautiful landscapes




Tell me, what are your loves?


Monday, January 22, 2018


This is Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Many homes look like little European cottages. 

The downtown village is full of charm. 

There are restaurants, art galleries, bakeries, coffee shops, and high-end boutiques. 

You can see the famous Pebble Beach in the far distance. 

Isn't this the truth?