• A Stowaway Giveaway + 5 Tips for Packing Light


    We have a great giveaway for you today with Stowaway! I love the idea behind this new cosmetics company. They’ve created portable, mini makeup that’s perfect for travel and small enough to fit in your pocket for a quick re-application on a summer date. The two friends who started the company, Julie and Chelsa, were both lamenting that they rarely finished their makeup before it went bad, and it took up so much space in their travel bags.

    The colors are simple and really well curated so you know you can’t choose wrong. Ashley and I both loved the creme lipstick in peony and the cantelope creme rouge. The lipstick is a the size of a battery (!!) so it can fit easily in your pocket, and goes on super smooth. stowaway

    Today Stowaway is giving three lucky readers a full kit which includes including beauty balm, creme lipstick, rouge, concealer, eyeliner and mascara. They’re all the perfect travel size for your summer adventures and can easily fit in the palm of your hand or pocket.

    To enter the giveaway, sign up for their newsletter here and then comment on this post. You can enter up to three additional times by liking Stowaway on facebook, sharing an image on pinterest from this post, or retweeting on twitter tagging @stowaway. Comment again for each additional entry you make. Giveaway ends Sunday at 10 PST. Winner announced on this post Monday.

    Plus, here’s something sweet for everyone! Use the code SAYYES and you’ll get their summer collection trio (fig lipstick, cantaloupe blush and extreme lash mascara) for FREE with purchase of a custom kit.

    And keep reading for a few tips on packing light for your summer trips…


  • The Easiest BBQ Chicken Recipe

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    We don’t have any outdoor space at our flat here in San Francisco; not even a porch or balcony to call our own! I’ve missed bbqing like crazy, especially during the summer, but I’ve figured out a great way to cheat it! Today I’m sharing a delicious family bbq sauce recipe and a tip for bbqing indoors. I promise, this homemade bbq sauce is way better than the bottled stuff, and all the ingredients are probably in your cupboard right now. I attempted Ina’s homemade bbq once and I had to take a nap halfway through it was so exhausting. Way too many ingredients. This one is really easy and a crowd pleaser. Especially when your crowd includes babies in diapers…

    Keep reading for the recipe…


  • Look for Less

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    When creating a look for less you sometimes have to sacrifice having the “brand name” pieces, but not always! For example the Timex watch above is sold at J.Crew for $98 but if you do a quick google search you can find the same piece on a range of sites, including Target for $35. Don’t forget to do a little research when creating your looks for less!

    The look: J.Crew
    For less: top | watch | clutch | pants | shoes

  • Tuesday Tip: The Best 3 Minute Corn on the Cob


    I’ve got a great trick for making delicious corn on the cob inside in 3 minutes, without having to wait for that huge pot of water to boil. This is always how it was made in our home growing up…


  • A two minute mom pony

    By beauty contributors Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant


    To all the mom’s that want to have style but have less than 30 seconds to do anything to themselves. And to all the mothers out there that haven’t showered, this one’s for you. No really, the dirtier the hair the better! (watch out for the grease though, we don’t want that. Dry shampoo is your best friend!) We came up with a simple and cute way to pull your hair up in a low side pony. You can do this straight back too, but we like it swept to the side for a little bit of femininity!
    Keep reading for directions…


  • Maine


    I’m catching an early flight to Boston today for a week long canoe + camping trip on the Allagash Waterways in Northern Maine. No boys or kids allowed! Just some girlfriends. I’m SO excited, we’ve been planning this since January. Even though I grew up in on the east coast in New York, I’ve never been to Maine! Hoping to eat some lobster, word on the street is you can buy lobster anywhere, even at gas stations. You can see the map of where we’re going here. Be sure to follow along on instagram; when I have service I’ll post some photos and trip details.

    We’re going to take a little break here at Say Yes while I’m gone. If you’re in the mood to browse, check out some favorite summery content from the archives after the jump. See you back here in a week! xoxo, Liz


  • 20 Favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    It’s that time of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially starts today! They markdown new fall styles items in every category and we’ve picked 20 of our favorites. It’s the perfect time to pull the trigger on some of those higher priced items that you’ve been eying. Happy shopping!

    one / two / three / four / five / six (in black too!) / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven / twelve / thirteen / fourteen / fifteen / sixteen / seventeen / eighteen / nineteen / twenty

  • Summer Activity Bins


    Today I’m sharing the second of the three video spots we produced with Cottonelle around topics of home efficiency and storage. The one today is focused on making these summer activity bins for the whole family. When kids are bored and need an activity during the long summer days you can pull them out and easily find something to do, before everyone goes completely nuts! Having everything neatly labeled makes it an easy clean up as well that the whole family can help with.

    Keep reading to see the video about the summer activity bins…


  • A Simple Summer Cheese Plate + 5 Cheese Plate Tips

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    Because picnics can happen year round here in San Francisco, people can really get into it. I once was invited to a picnic that was so high brow, I felt kind of embarrassed pulling out my tubberware with strawberries and cans of warm seltzer. I hadn’t gotten the memo! They had this incredible cheese plate that was something you’d serve at a nice dinner party. It did seem like a lot of work, all the carefully prepared foods arranged so deliberately and delicately (they were lucky it wasn’t windy!). It was really amazing but it made me wonder about the possibility of making an outdoor cheese plate fancy, but will little or no preparation. So today I’m sharing an idea for a fancy but easy summer cheese plate in partnership with Blue Diamond Almonds and their classic roasted salted almonds.  No prep will need to be done beforehand, just a stop at the local market and a handful of wild flowers found on the way.

    And as a special treat, I asked my friend Kiri from The Cheese School of San Francisco (one of my favorite venus for parties) to share with us some easy tips for putting a cheese plate together for any occasion.

    Keep reading to see read the tips…


  • Trend Crush: Embroidered Pieces

    By fashion editor Ashley


    I’m not usually one to sport the bohemian style but I can’t resist this summer’s embroidered dresses and tops! Most pieces are very light weight and breezy (perfect for summer) and come in the best colors.

    Keep reading to see the kimono I’m in love with and 11 other affordable embroidered pieces… (more…)

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