Notes No. 1

  • If you haven’t started following my new Instagram account @abbybudgetbuys yet – do it! I’m updating it daily and everything is under $100.
  • I’ve been spending a TON of time in this robe that my parents got me for Christmas. It feels so cozy and luxe and I’m totally obsessed.
  • I’m loving these two new coffee table books: India Hicks: Island Style , Dreaming Small: Intimate Interiors
  • If you shop on eBay or are thinking about it (I like it!), this is a good article with some tips on being eBay shopping savvy.
  • I’ve really been trying to be good about drugstore beauty buys, but after reading this post, I’m dying to scoop up a few to try…
  • If you want some cool style inspo, make sure to check out Beth Jones’ YouTube channel and Instagram. I love how she mixes and matches things and puts pieces together.
  • Love looking at these tips for keeping your closet clean and edited!
  • I bought this top in black and gray before Christmas and have worn them an embarrassing amount of times since then – so comfy and perfect for working from home or weekend wear etc.

Photo by @collagevintage via WhoWhatWear


abby-lately: holidays 2016 & welcoming in 2017

laguna beach sunset

Happy 2017!

I’m coming out of a super busy and eventful stretch so I thought I’d finally check in here. Between the usual Christmas and New Years activities, Chris and I had visits from his side of the family, his sister’s wedding and a visit from my parents. Christmas was great, the wedding (despite the pesky weather) was absolutely beautiful and showing everyone our home/life in Laguna was so much fun – but I have to admit, I’m a little exhausted – I am 30 after all. I’ve been having a good time today looking through some photos from the past few weeks so I thought I’d share a few!

Hope your year is off to a great start!

Christmas Eve

California Christmas

Christmas in Cardiff by the Sea

Christmas Eve

Cardiff by the sea sunset

Cheers to 2017

california christmas

I bet $20 that Chris wouldn’t go surfing on Christmas day. I lost, but it was worth it!

My “Christmas Wish” from last year that my parents texted me. My wish came true!



Last In n Out of 2016 ^

Ojai when it wasn’t raining!


The most gorgeous post-rain post-ceremony sunset & sparkler send off!

Back in Laguna Beach to show my parents around. Lots of walking was done and drinks consumed!