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.
With my new traveling work schedule (2-3 weeks on, a few days home, repeat), I wanted my first trip back to Tennessee to be a special one (especially because I am missing spending Q’s 30th birthday with him). I decided to take the boys (Q and Carl) on a little staycation. I had read about the Inn at Fontanel in a random issue of Southern Living (how Southern am I now?). The Inn was a Southern Living idea home, which basically means it was built by Southern Living to give homeowners ideas of how to design their own homes. The idea home was built in 2013 and originally was just for tours. After 8 months, they divided the home up into 6 rooms and turned it into a bed and breakfast.
Once I had read about it, I looked online and saw only fabulous reviews, so I thought we would give it a try. We rented the South Queen Bunkie for three days, which is a mini cottage next to the main house with two queen beds. It was SO charming and quiet! The room was dog friendly, so Carl got to enjoy our little vacation as well. The staff at the hotel were incredibly accommodating and helpful. They even called a cab for me this morning at 5AM and were outside waiting for me to come out. Each morning there is a private chef who cooks you breakfast at whatever time you wish (spoiled!) and there is a 5PM hot snack each night in the main house. There is a restaurant, winery and distillery all on site as well, so that made for a fun day! Seriously no need to ever leave the property.
We did venture out on the 4th of July to celebrate Q’s birthday. We went down to Franklin (about 20 minutes south of Nashville) for a fun dinner at a restaurant called Gray’s on Main. Oh my word, the food was soooo good. Farm to table, shareable plates, and some of the top rated cocktails in the nation. We were in heaven. And are now convinced we want to live in Franklin when we are older.
Stay: Inn at Fontanel, White’s Creek, Tennessee
Eat: Gray’s on Main, Franklin, Tenneseee