Costanoa Lodge Glamping

Costanoa Lodge, Pescadero CA Costanoa Lodge, Pescadero CA

We did a previous post on what to pack for “Glamping” a few weeks ago.  We stayed at Costonoa Lodge in Pescadero, CA and here are a few images of our tent bungalows.  Steph and I both reserved  tent bungalows right next to each other which came with 2 beds.   We made our bungalows feel a little more homie and cozy with our own quilts and candles.  We had fire pits in front of our bungalows and for the first time learned how to start our own campfires, sounds like a little feat, but a big victory coming from some “city girls.” The first morning we got wonderful massages from the spa.  After we visited the small town of Pescadero and picked up a few groceries from the local market, Arcangeli, which had fresh baked bread and their own line of jams and sauces.  Next we headed to tour Harley Goat Farms (recent post) and sampled different types of goat cheese.  When we got back, we laid out a picnic in front of our bungalows and just had a chance to sit out and relax.  On the drive back, the next day we stopped at one of the many beaches along the way and let the girls splash around a bit and collect some cool rocks.  We all had a great experience glamping and will try to make it a yearly ritual.

Fluently lived,

Kriselle, Steph & the girls

What to wear to a Formal Attire Wedding

Dressing for a formal attire wedding can be overwhelming and nobody wants to go on a panic shopping trip last minute. One thing to keep in mind is that despite the formal attire requirement, you do not necessarily need to conform to a certain style. You can wear a formal dress and still be true to your personality. Otherwise, how fun could a wedding be if you don’t feel like yourself.

So we edited and searched for what’s out there and narrowed the choices down to 3 dresses. Each one is styled to show two looks. First thing we kept in mind when picking these dresses is function. We don’t believe in one-occasion dressing so we selected gowns that you could wear even after the wedding. These can be worn at an office holiday party, nice dinner out, to the beach, etc. With the right accessories, you can dress these up or down.

Additionally, we selected silhouettes that will work for most body types, flowy, stretchy and forgiving so you can dance confidently even after enjoying that slice of cake. Enjoy!

fluently lived,

Stephanie and Kriselle


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Home Color: Varying Shades of…

home: orange

Orange is one of my favorite colors, it’s sunshine and bright. It’s vibrant and fun. I love it as an accent color in home decor, at my house I pair orange with tiffany blue.


Shopping List:


1. Orange and gray make a great combo in this geometric pillow from Horchow.


2. These lacquer boxes by Gramercy & Co remind me of Hermès boxes and would be chic storage in the home office.


3.  I use a blender everyday for smoothies and like the fact that KitchenAid blenders come in a variety of colors.  The kitchen is a great place in the house to have fun with color.


4. Every time I pass a Jasmine tree, the fragrant scent it gives off, reminds me of summer and what better way to capture the fresh clean scent with a luxurious Jasmin candle by Diptyque.


5.  These latte bowls from Anthropologie are perfect for not only lattes, but cereal, soup and ice cream.


6. Canvas bins in a stripe pattern by Pehr that are too cute to be tucked away in a closet,  would also work great as a toy bin.


7. This bold zebra print rug  by Jonathan Adler is hand loomed by Peruvian artisans and sustainably produced.  Adds a bold statement to a room, I would use it in a kids’ nursery/bedroom.


8.   The Panton Chair will remain a 20th century design icon, back in 1967 it was the very first chair ever to be made from a single, continuous piece of material.  It’s not just a piece of furniture, but a modern art sculpture.


9. I’m not a huge fan of taxidermy, but I like the look when it’s made in papier-mâche form, like this Giraffe , from Anthropologie.  Cute as wall decor, but also works for hanging necklaces and scarves.


10.  Orange & fuchsia make for a bright color combo to add to the table.  Another cool geometric pattern designed by Jonathan Adler.


11. Playing cards are a good pastime (I grew up with my cousins’ playing Speed tournaments), this deck by Hermès comes in it’s own Hermès signature case.


12. Kids’ need their own space and work area too, this desk by P’Kolino is ideal for it’s modular compact style.


13.  Staying organized is a priority and these magazine file bins from Container Store help contain my magazines.

Home Color: Varying Shades of…

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Gray is neutral. It goes with everything. It’s less harsh than black. It’s less stark than white. It has a myriad of shades that suits most moods. I am in love with gray.


Shopping list: 

1. Chair from my favorite design couple Robert and Cortney Novogratz. Can you believe they have 7 kids & still manage to do what they do? True inspiration.


2. I can never get enough of Dyptique candles. They are a main stay at fluentlife33.


3. Giant doily in a rug form. From Anthropologie. The gray color makes it look less granny.


4. From my ultimate lamp designer, Barbara Cosgrove. This sconce is a statement piece you’d love to have in your home.


5. Gray mongolian lamb pillow cover from West Elm. A great texture to add to your sofa or bed.


6.  A coffee table shaped like the US map. What’s not to love? This is from the design studio 900 Blok, sold at Urban Outfitters.


7. Different shades of gray paint from Benjamin Moore. I’ve tried almost all brands and to me, Benjamin Moore has the best formulation out there. It makes painting easier for the novice, and the fumes are not that strong.


8. Wallpapers are not old-fashioned anymore, specially the ones from Farrow and Ball.


9. Slate frame from Nate Berkus for Target. It is less than $15!


10. If you are in doubt about what to get for a wedding present, this set is surely going to make the bride smile. Based in San Francisco, Heath Ceramics is one of the few mid-century American potteries around today. Every thing they make is a work of art.


11. I have this pouf at home. It’s been tossed around and moved several times -from my office to the kids’ room to my bedroom…. a truly versatile piece that works wherever you feel like putting it.


12. This is an elegant bench from Jonathan Adler. Again, this is a piece that can go anywhere, and it’s something that can grow with you as your home decorating style evolves.


fluently lived,