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East Coast Adventures

by Koko on September 5, 2014 · 0 comments

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So, I want to retire in Greenwich. Truly the most beautiful and picturesque city I have ever been to. This past weekend, Q and I traveled up there for a wedding. And while it was a real version of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” the whole trip was magical.

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We landed in New York (La Guardia) Saturday afternoon, took a shuttle to Grand Central, hopped on a train up to Greenwich, and took another shuttle to the hotel. I am not going to lie- I was VERY nervous when I planned the trip that all of this would not run as smoothly as it did. But we made it!

Once in Greenwich, we stayed at the uber modern J House Hotel. It was so modern that everything from the TV to the lights to the shades were controlled by an iPad. Fancy. We had a great dinner at the restaurant at the hotel Saturday night. Sunday we had the wedding, which was fun and beautiful. On Monday, we decided to get dropped off in Downtown Greenwich to experience it. Greenwich Ave. blew me away. From high end stores to small boutiques to cute little eateries – it was the perfect downtown.

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We headed back to the city that afternoon and stayed at the W Midtown. After reading “Heads in Beds,” I was convinced that if we gave the front dest attendant a $20 that we would get upgraded. And sure enough- our $180 a night room was upgraded to a corner suite! Guys- seriously you must try this trick. Slip a $20 behind your credit card when you check in and say “I was wondering if there is anything you can do for us.” Worst case, you lose $20. Best case, upgraded suite!

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We went to dinner at Q’s favorite NY staple – PJ Clarke’s before meeting a bunch of my girlfriends who were in town for the weekend. On Tuesday, we ate lunch at Tavern on the Green. I had never been before and Q hadn’t been since they renovated it. Beautiful! And great food!

And then we were off, back to ATL and real life!

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Happy Labor Day Weekend

by Koko on August 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Travel

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Q and I are off to Greenwich and New York for the long weekend. Surprisingly enough, we both love New York, but have never been together! We each have our own “New York favorites” and are excited to show them to one another (mine involves shopping in Soho and Q’s is PJ Clarke’s). We are going to learn how to master the trains and somehow get from LaGuardia to Greenwich (my always organized Q has a great plan). It should be an awesome time in two very fun places.

PS suggestions of things to do and see in Greenwich are welcome!!

PPS is a flag picture an appropriate one for Labor Day? In our house, flag pictures are ALWAYS appropriate. :) 

PPPS No good post is complete without Carl.

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Hawaii

by Koko on August 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Travel

There is nothing better than arriving in Hawaii. My shoulders relax, my mind settles, and I just mellow out. There has been lots of reading (Heads in Beds), long walks with my mom, homecooked dinners on the deck and lunches with grandma. I love going to my grandma’s because I get to see her collection of old photos of my mom and aunts and uncles. They always make me smile.

Last night, we prepped for Hurricane Iselle by moving furniture inside and blockading doors. Luckily, we just had some heavy rain and wind and nothing too crazy. We are housebound today, so there is a lot of baking, reading and relaxing going on today. Tomorrow and Sunday look promising in the sun department, so cheers to that.

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PS fun gold and leopard shoes are my favorite Loeffler Randall pair and are perfect for vacation. 

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This & That

by Koko on August 6, 2014 · 1 comment

in Tangent Tuesday, Travel

1. At this moment, I am waiting for my flight to my favorite place ever: Hawaii. This last minute trip sprung about a few weeks ago. My mom planned on going to visit my grandma and I sorta-kinda decided to tag along. We are headed there for a few days before I head back to the humidity of the south. And lucky for me, it looks like not one, but two tropical storms are hitting Hawaii during my visit (serious sarcasm implied). But it will be great to spend time with family and relax.

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2. Whenever I fly to Hawaii, I try and pad my trip with a few days in LA. Not only does it make the 6-hour time change more bearable, but I get to see my best friends and eat at all the new places I’ve only been reading about. This trip we did Blue Plate Oysterette in West Hollywood and AdoTeca in Brentwood. Both were superb and highly recommended.

Dessert at Blue Plate- heaven. 

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3. On my flight over, I watched Saving Mr. Banks and Despicable Me 2. I’m pretty sure my neighbor in the seat next to me thought I was 13. I loved both of them.

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4. These are my favorite travel shoes ever. Totally embracing the hippie life. (Top and shorts are J. Crew)

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5. Like my mom (this is her 30 years ago).

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6. Q and I got tickets to go see Eric Church in concert when he comes to Georgia. For those non-country music fans out there, he’s the best. I went outside of the norm and I used ScoreBig.com to get the tickets. The website is sort of like Priceline.com, but for concerts and events. You name a price and they either accept or deny it. And there were no Ticketmaster fees. Score. Super easy to use, highly recommended.

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7. Have you heard of the site, WireCutter.com. So basically they review products- from home stuff to tech to cars- and they write the BEST reviews. They take reviews from the web and other bloggers and do months of testing before they come up with their results on what is best. I won’t buy anything without consulting them first.

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