Who would have known my birthday and my husband’s birthday would be in the same month? As mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I have rekindled our love for nature so we opted for a lovely day at the L.A.  Arboretum in Arcadia. My husband and I became members of this soothing place years ago, and we missed it so much we had to reinstate our memberships. But wait! We didn’t just go for a walk in the garden. I made it extra special and packed us a gourmet picnic! Mother bought me this adorable, practical picnic basket that I have used on numerous occasions. It’s been sitting dormant for months now, so you can imagine how excited I was to re-introduce it to some sunlight!!

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All ready for Monday fun day! Allllll aboard, Pinot Grigio, Farmers Market Hazel nuts, Toscano Cheese soaked in Syrah, Kalamata Olives, dehydrated figs, Pita crackers, pinot Grigo infused salami, Il Forteto Honey, sparkling mineral water, cod-fish on a bed of Arugula with a rustic Parisian nutty bread and can’t forget the green tea mints!

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Wondering where I got the practical appetizer plate? Create & Barrel! I originally bought these for an appetizer party at my house. I would  find myself eating away and thinking “ahh shucks! Where did I leave my glass?” (Let alone “is this one mine?”) If you’ve experienced this, come to the rescue with appetizer plates from Create & Barrel. Trust me, they will be great conversation pieces.

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Until a few years ago I had no idea that the male peacocks are the ones who got all the attention. They’re colorful, friendly, and darn gorgeous. You might see glimpses of sunlight, but the weather was a bit foggy, and my hats have been patiently waiting for me. I was having a bad hair day so I decided to wear this lovely 1920s hat mother bought me. hat: brand unknown, cardigan sweater: Nordstrom Curio,  sunnies:  House of Harlow and our essentjewels desert necklace.

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Enjoying the Peacock show: Peacock showing interest in peahen by displaying himself.

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Garden inspiration: Authentic Cacti arrangements.

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The reason why Spring is my favorite season.

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