Before Q and I took off for London, we spent a weekend in San Francisco. Well technically we spent 24 hours in San Francisco. Q and I both are big mileage status people aka we like our airline status! Q was going to be short 960 miles if he didn’t take a last minute trip, so we decided San Fran it would be. We took it as an opportunity to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin who live there. We had fun drinks and then a delicious dinner at Wayfare Tavern (highly recommended PS).
My New Year’s Day treat is always a burger from In N Out. I hardly ever eat red meat, so this is my once a year burger. And I love every minute of it, and then don’t want to eat another burger until next New Years.
I’m more of a seafood girl, you know what I mean?
PS this is not a great photo, but the new portobello mushroom salad at Sweetgreen is to die for. Their winter menu is on point.
I woke up to 60 degrees this morning and Q and Carl woke up to SNOW! Carl actually tolerates the snow quite well, what a trooper!
I attended a bridal shower this weekend and wore one of my favorite dresses (Kate Spade) with some fun leopard heels (Jessica Simpson).
This Christmas, Q and I took a trip over the pond to visit his mom in London! A little known fact about me: I studied abroad in London for 6 months while I was in college, so I have a real affinity for it. We spent just under a week exploring and loved every minute of it. Although much of London was closed during the holidays (they sure do love a good holiday break), we still managed to fit a ton in our short stay.
We went up The Shard (the tallest building in the UK), rode the London Eye (great views of the city), we ate Indian on Curry Mile (the best Indian), and went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (basically one huge carnival). We got the chance to eat at one of my favorite cookbook author’s restaurants, Ottolenghi, and even saw Star Wars on Christmas Day. We saw a play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night), which was fabulous, and ate noodles at Wagamama. We explored the local pub and enjoyed a few pints with the locals (they even allow dogs inside).
Q’s mom loves in a great neighborhood outside of town called Woolwich Arsenal, which is where the British used to keep and manufacture weapons. It is made up of beautiful old buildings and the area still has canons and old war memorabilia around.
Ottolenghi, one of my favorite cookbook author’s, has a fabulous restaurant in the East End. It reminds me of Joan’s on Third in LA, lots of salads and side dishes. It’s mainly vegetarian, and the food was fabulous!
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park was an absolute blast. There were carnival games, rides, tons of food and drinks. We spent a good 4 hours there and could have stayed all day. Definitely a highlight of the trip.
Overall, a fantastic trip where we fit in SO much and got to spend some much needed time together!
Hi friends! This weekend I took a super quick trip to Hawaii to visit my grandma. Tough life, I know right? It was SO hot and humid and my mom and I sweated our way through the weekend. I loved being able to spend a few precious days with my family, heat and all.
(Top is Lilly Pulitzer and glasses are Kate Spade)
Over the weekend, I found the most magnificent hydrangeas that I’ve ever seen at the local Whole Foods.
We also found a great local breakfast spot called The Nook. The chef mixes traditional Japanese with all American favorites (think pancakes with fresh mango and pineapple or Jidori chicken and waffles). So good.
I met the cutest 16 week old Frenchie named Biscuit. That one ear up, one ear down thing just kills me!
And of course, I did a little shopping with my aunt. I’m conflicted on this neon J. Crew blazer. Part of me loves it and part of my is scared of it (does that make sense?). I did grab the striped tee, which is super cozy and not too pricey.
And I really wanted this clutch, but held back in hopes it goes on sale at some point…
Back to the real world today Recipe coming on Wednesday!
Oh hi friends! I’m so sorry for being MIA for 9 days, where did the time go? Well… I went on a fun weeklong vacation! I, of course, thought I was going to blog while I was gone and, of course, didn’t! So here I am: back and refreshed!
It was a great trip filled with friends, lots of laughter and good food (and a solid new tan!).
I think I mentioned last week that I started my LA job! Two-three weeks in LA followed by a week or so back in Tennessee. It has been so great to be in LA with my friends and living back home with my parents. (PS There is nothing like having your mom do your laundry and grocery shopping again! Although I have already gotten chastised about a dirty room.) But I miss Q and Carl dearly! I will be bringing Carl out here to live once Q’s work schedule gets more intense and he can play with his LA cousins (who are less than thrilled to add a third dog to the mix).
While in LA, I’ve been working out using this amazing app/website called Class Pass. Basically you pay $99 a month and can go to hundreds of boutique workout classes across the city. There is a ton of variety of times and classes to choose from. You pump in a location and time slot and dozens pop up. Today I went to spin, tomorrow a sculpt class. It works perfectly with my needs and my schedule (sometimes I take class at 7AM, other days at 10AM). If you are in LA or a big city, you should definitely check it out.
On a food note, this week my girlfriends and I are trying to get into Jon & Vinny’s for pizza- I’ll let you know how it goes! And if you ever go to New Orleans, the pizza at Domenica’s is insane. We had it on our flight home from vacation and were loving it.