Tuesday, May 2, 2017

#offline

YOU GUYS... How is it already May?! And I haven't blogged in a minute. Well, life has been busy offline. We have been exploring this new state of ours and keeping busy despite not really having much of a social life here in Long Beach.  But, we are having fun in the meantime! I can't believe Jake is only weeks away from finishing his first year teaching. This year is truly flying by.

I am definitely in a groove in my work-from-home life but could improve my eating and workout habits (always room for improvement there). I find that the older I get, the more I want to focus on goals, improving my daily life and just being happy. Because -- to me, that is what life is all about.

So, what have we been up to?


In the first four months of 2017, we (I):

  • Explored Downtown Pasadena
  • Finally went to The Grove (fave shopping center in LA so far!)
  • Went to the Getty Villas
  • Purchased a wifi extender and now the internet works in our bedroom and outside. Best purchase of 2017 so far. 
  • Dropped a bookend on my foot from the 2nd highest shelf and possibly crushed a few bones. NBD. I am currently on ~2 weeks of R&R and I have been instructed to avoid unnecessary walking. And I just got back from a 4-day work trip to Nashville where we walked all over and also ziplined... oops. 
  • Got to see Gonzaga play at Pepperdine (reminded me of the OLD KENNEL!)
  • Went to Malibu Farm and ran into some Instagram models. 
  • Discovered Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar (The houses there are insane! Does anyone have a couple mil I can borrow?) 
  • Stumbled upon Lido Marina Village. Went back 3x since. 
  • Went to Palm Springs. Again. You know I love that place!
  • Got to experience Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Incredible! 
  • Discovered my favorite lunch spot - LEMONADE! Think: healthy foods, cafeteria style + a bunch of different kinds of lemonade 
  • Walked along Huntington Beach for 3 miles 
  • Had lunch and walked around the Promenade in Downtown Long Beach -- for the first time!
  • Headed down to San Diego for a conference over a long weekend  
  • Saw the Superbloom in Lake Elsinore 
  • Made a spontaneous trip to Phoenix to see the ZAGS in the Final Four. Didn't get to see the Championship game since Jake had to get back to teach a class. Educating the future generation is important, too. And it was for the best anyway since we all know how that turned out. 
  • Shopped at the Rose Bowl Flea -- you can bet we will be back! 
  • Had drinks at the wine bar in my new favorite grocery store -- Gelsons -- where have you been all my life? 
  • Flew out of LAX during rush hour traffic -- it took me 1.5 hours to get to the airport and I live 20 miles away. So I can officially consider myself a Californian now... I think. 
  • Ate In-N-Out too much -- we had set a new rule, only once a month from now on. Wish us luck! 
  • Have a few other exciting things up our sleeves which will reveal themselves in time... (#notpregnant though). 

Still on our list for 2017:

  • Go to Disneyland (Jake will probably veto this until someone comes to visit us) COME VISIT US! We only live 20 minutes away. 
  • Visit Catalina Island for my birthday weekend 
  • Try almond charcoal ice cream from Little Damage in LA 
  • Make a trip to Hawaii to see the fam (this is now an annual requirement in my book) 
  • Take a Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip (if that bridge near Big Sur will ever open again?!)
  • Drive up to Santa Barbara -- in the books for this summer! 
  • Try Open Sesame (Lebanese restaurant in Long Beach (LB)) 
  • Find a good nail salon (ongoing)
  • Find my favorite coffee shop in LB 
  • Explore Temecula -- in the books for this summer! 
  • More celeb sightings! I now keep a list in my iPhone notes to keep track of who we run into! Ha! And the funny part is that most of the sightings took place outside of LA (or Cali, for that matter). I do love flying in/out of LAX though cause two of my celeb sightings have been on a plane in First Class (one day I will be sitting up in First Class with them... one day)
  • This list could be never-ending... but I will stop now. 

As you can see, I have an ongoing list, so if you have any rec's, send them my way! And as you also know, I am always planning my next trip.

Cheers!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

NEWport Beach

As you may know, one of my favorite things is discovering new places. Sort of on accident, Jake and I stumbled upon a new outdoor shopping area in Newport Beach (it's still under construction) that I am totally obsessed with. Let me backup: In January, I had a bad eye infection and needed to take a break from wearing my contacts. I decided to get new glasses from Warby Parker. I did a home try on but you might know how difficult those are -- it is so hard to tell what will look good in person and I ended up not liking any of the ones that I had tried on.

Then I remembered there are a few b&m Warby Parker locations in Socal. I noticed they had a location in Orange County which meant that we didn't have to drive to L.A. Cue our first trip to Lido Marina Village.

It started out as a surprisingly chilly and rainy day. I bundled up in this super cozy Tobi coat and then the sun peaked out. We got coffee from a little coffee shop called Honor Coffee and got lost in a few shops for a couple hours.






We've been back three times in the last few months, so you can tell how much we truly love it. It's still under construction, so it's not completely filled up yet, but I can't wait to see what other stores pop up here.  Some of my faves so far: aesop, Warby Parker, Clare V, Faherty (Jake's fave).




Get the Look: 

Coat | c/o Tobi
Denim | Levis 711
Sandals | Old Navy (sold out), similar

I ended up picking out Warby Parker | Keene in Beach Glass in case you were wondering.

xoxo,

Friday, February 24, 2017

Desert Style

Jake and I just got back home from a week in Palm Springs and let me tell you, it is just what I needed. Things have been crazy busy on the homefront as well as work so it was nice to just get my heart rate down and relax a bit. This was my third trip to Palm Springs in less than a year -- can you tell I like that place a little? I'll be sharing a City Guide soon -- so keep your eyes peeled. 

We spent a lot of time at our rental house and also visited a few new-to-us spots. Below are a few photos from the Ace Hotel restaurant called King's Highway where we took a bunch of pictures. I love a good mid-century modern rock wall -- and Palm Springs is filled with them! I wanted to share some photos of a few looks that I have been really living in lately. Both of these Tobi dresses are perfect for "dressing up" or down (pun intended) and relaxing at home or going out. 





Golden hour in Palm Springs is THE BEST. 


These photos below were taken at our rental house in Racquet Club Estates (I'll share more photos soon). I've stayed in this neighborhood twice now and really love it the best. Hoping we can get a house around here someday... Stay tuned, folks! (Also, say hello to Craig photobombing me during my sunset photo shoot ;)) 


<3 Cactus love 


... On our last day in Palm Springs, we headed out for pre-dinner drinks at Escena Golf Club... Of course, I found another rock wall... Imagine that?! 


Outfit Details: 

Dresses: c/o Tobi Gray | Blue

Sandals: jcrew (no longer available), similar

Sunglasses: Etnia Barcelona

Purse: jcrew

xoxo,

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

CITY GUIDE | L.A.

So we've lived in the L.A. area for just over seven months (time flies, right?) but I thought I would put together a list of a few of our favorite things to do in the city, just in case you are ever in the area. This will be my first city guide and hopefully not my last -- so here goes!

L.A. is similar to New York City in that each time I go, I can create my own unique experience. Each time we visited NYC, we stayed in a different area -- and each area has such a different vibe. I feel the exact same way about L.A. It is so versatile and you can go from people watching on Venice Beach to watching a Red Carpet event in Hollywood. Celeb spotting is fun too. It can be a crazy place, but you can really customtize your experience -- the possibilities are endless!



Shall we begin?

We like to go to L.A. on Sundays because traffic is almost non-existent and everything is so much less crowded.

Coffee: my favorite coffee shop is Alfred Coffee on Melrose Pl. It is Instagram Gold, trust me. And my favorite drink is not even coffee - it's an iced chai tea. So good! They also have a Tea spot really close. It is also a must try! 


Others to try: Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, Verve Coffee, RUBIES + DIAMONDS



Healthy Spot: Sweetgreen. I wish we had this place closer to home, because it's so good. Have you ever had Chopt? - it's on the East Coast but sadly has not made it's way to the West coast yet. This is one way to get me to eat salads and I will definitely take what I can get.

Others to try: Simply O Juice Bar, Lemonade 

District: The Flower District. We picked up a bunch of fresh flowers here that lasted over 3 weeks! The prices are insanely cheap and the flowers are so good and fresh. Not quite Pike Place Market, but I'll take it. Beware, the areas around it are sketchy at best. We decided to get some steps in and walked here from the Broad near the Financial District which I do not recommend, so much so that we had to uber back to the car. Let's just say I was clutching onto my purse for dear life ...which brings me to...

Museum: (so far) The Broad. The architecture of the museum is spectacular and one of my favorite things is that you can even see how they store items they are not currently showing -- a behind the scenes look, if you will. Jake and I got to spend 45 seconds in the Infinity Mirrored Room below and it was amazing. Highly recommend! It's hard to get into, but if you can get tickets right when the museum opens (they're free), you should be able to get a time to see this room. In other exciting news, the museum is getting 6 more rooms like this in October 2017. 


Others to try: LACMA, Griffith Observatory 



Fast Food: In-n-out (duh). Except there is a Shake Shack in Hollywood now, so... Shake Shack.

Beach: Santa Monica. The mountains in the background (not pictured in the photo below) are so picturesque. Must see!


Others to try: Huntington Beach (for surfing), Venice Beach (for people watching), Hermosa Beach (shopping / outdoor cafe vibe)


Restaurant: Gracias Madre. Makes me want to seriously become a vegetarian. Everything here is good, the drinks + the food + the atmosphere. You get the idea. 


Others to try: Fig + Olive, By Chloe, Urth Caffe, Bottega Louie, Eggslut, Mendocino Farms (I have so many!)



Drive: Pacific Coast Highway. Believe me, what they say is true. We are dying to go on a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco. Hopefully we can make that happen this year. We are still working on our travel plans this year. So far the list is shaping up quite nicely: Palm Springs, San Diego, Nashville, Seattle, Austin, Catalina Island, Hawaii ... and hopefully an international location if we can squeeze it in! 

Hike: Runyon Canyon

Viewpoint: Griffith Observatory

Roadtrip: Palm Springs! We're going again next month and I cannot wait! 


Others to try: San Fran, Napa/Sonoma, Newport Beach, Pasadena



Still on my to do list: Getty Villa, LACMA, Laguna Beach, The Grove. Basically the list of things to explore in this area is endless. I have never lived in a place with so much to do before. At times it can be overwhelming, but it's important to decide what your priorities are first. Then it helps you to narrow down what kind of experience you want to have. 

xoxo,

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