More APMU on New Blog!

My darling APMU readers,

I know it has been some time since I’ve written… I’ve been keeping busy 🙂 But I’m happy to announce I have a new blog where you can find more travel, fashion, lifestyle and career tips, with a swanky new design and name to boot!

Check out the recently launched In Tote Blog here, here, here, and here!

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5 Ways Avocados Can Help You At Work


I absolutely LOVE avocado, I put it in everything (not joking; omelets, sandwiches, pasta). Coming from an Italian-SoCal family, I grew up on avocados, my grandparents grow them and would always send us home with a great big basket.

In addition to being absolutely delicious, avocados have tons of health benefits that can help you through a long day at work!  Here’s 5 reasons you should be eating more avocados: Continue reading

6 Tips For Changing Career Paths

pink adhesive note on white background with "i quit" noteYou’ve done it.  You’ve quit the soul-sucking job that used to leave you counting down the hours till the end of the day, and then frowning more than a little when you realized it was only Tuesday.  Good for you!  This life is too short to stay in a position (or industry for that matter) that you have to convince yourself “isn’t so bad” on a daily basis…

…now what? Well, what you’re not going to do is stress!! That doesn’t help anyone.  Maybe you were prepared and have another job lined up, but if you don’t, that’s totally okay too!  There are jobs to be had out there, and even if you don’t have a bulging savings or back up plan (read: parents’ couch) in place, there are excellent resources to help ease you into finding a new career that you actually want! Check out these 6 tips for changing career paths. Continue reading

Work to Weekend Wear: Parisian

Easy PBonjour, chiclets! I am having a romantic affair with midi/maxi skirts right now (I know, how French of me!) and thought I’d share an easy peasy way to channel your inner bon vivant for the office!

I’m all about being comfortable, but let’s face it, we don’t want to look sloppy either.  Pairing this breezy striped Bobo House tank with a blush tone is so effortlessly chic, yet totally comfy and office-appropriate! Add a floral scarf (floral + stripes = genius) and some fun Parisian accessories (Read: Eiffel Tower everything) and you’ll be the envy of the office! Psst! Check out Bobo House’s French inspired tees too… I’m a big fan!

Love the Work-to-Weekend Wear? Check out my other WTWW posts:

Work to Weekend Wear: Sherbert at the Office

Work to Weekend Wear: Italian Romance

Work to Weekend Wear: Envelope Skirts for the Office

8 Top Cruise Destinations for 2013

rainbow_hat_largeIn anticipation of my upcoming Alaskan cruise, I started searching for other top cruise destinations, and wrote this little piece…

Lounging on deck all day before pulling into port at some Conde Nast Traveler hot spot will conjure your inner Deborah Carr (or Carey Grant for that matter) in An Affair To Remember.  While slightly more expensive than the backpacking-and-hostel routine, cruises are an excellent way to travel in style without having to plan out every little detail about your trip.  Whether you’re in the mood to cover as much ground as possible while you sleep, or you enjoy the thought of endless amounts of gambling, pre-paid dining and testing out your sea legs, you’ll want to choose your cruise destination for 2013 wisely. Continue reading

Happy Hour: Caribbean Sangria

-1Continuing Cinco de Mayo festivities today with an AMAZING sangria recipe!  Try this easy breezy cocktail with a little Malibu rum for an island flare and Lambrusco, a sparkling wine from Trader Joe’s…


One bottle of Lambrusco (available in red or white)

1/2 cup of Malibu rum

Fruit: oranges, blueberries, mango, pineapple, kiwi, lemon

Try: a pinch of cinnamon

To Make:

Cut fruit and toss into a pitcher or carafe. pour wine into carafe, add rum, and squeeze juice from orange into mixture. let sit overnight.



Happy Earth Day! Five Fun Ways to Celebrate…

c4e03ada5ed007b41a140f87aead04145 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day:

1. Make art with discarded objects.

2. Magnolia Bakery’s “Earth Day” cupcakes, proceeds benefit Urban Green Walk.

3. Host a beach clean-up BBQ!

4. Shop Green: Eco-Friendly (and adorbs I might add) clothing from Modcloth.

5. Plant a small garden! Just think how amazing it would be to get fresh strawberries, basil, or squash!