Hello, Friday! We’ll admit, it took all of our strength to make it to the end of the week. (Might it have something to do with a little getaway to The Saguaro in Palm Springs?? Perhaps…) However, as we worked through each day’s tasks, we made sure to log our favorite links. Here’s what we loved most:

We have a new favorite cook book! Eating Up the West Coast chronicles the West Coast’s best road trips, restaurants, and recipes… and totally defines our California lifestyle. We’ll be referencing it often!

Our founder had a busy week! You can catch Crystal’s latest interview on StyleR. Magazine. Or, tune into the latest episode of The Lively Show! Our Editor-in-Chief is the guest of honor on Jess Lively’s popular podcast, and talks about everything from Rue’s humble beginnings to dealing with vulnerability and perfectionism.

If you’re looking for a new source of retail therapy, we’ve got you covered. Malena contains an assortment of home goods, jewelry, scarves and other accessories. Sure, their products are beautiful, but they also empower their artisans economically – which we love!

If you’re feeling parched, MyDomaine has 4 refreshing sangria recipes you’ll want to try. Blackberry Orange Pomegranate Sangria – who could resist?

Finally, if you’re ready to party… you’ll want to check out this fabulous backyard bash. Mindy Weiss shows how to host an event on a teeny-tiny budget… and make it look like a high-end soiree. Happy weekend, indeed!!

Image originally appeared as part of The Venue Report in our August 2013 issue here.