Palm Springs Getaway

June has been the month of travels over here and it has been so much fun! This month I'm off to Palm Springs for a pre-anniversary celebration with my sweet. We're coming up on our first wedding anniversary next week and I'm so excited to spend a weekend away, just the two of us poolside in the desert unwinding and indulging in some serious much needed time at the spa. We have plans to check out one of the Jose Garces restaurants and snoop around the Movie Colony.

West Elm
Pass the mojitos please!
Desert collage available at Etsy

 What do you like to do in the desert? Any favorite places to eat or stay? What do you have planned for the weekend?


Get Ready for Summer with a Little Help from Deanna

Hey there! My name is Deanna and I am the writer and deal finder over at Deanna's Deals. Deanna's Deals is a blog dedicated to finding the best deals on the hottest trends!

Today, I'd like to share with you some awesome deals on my favorite summer pieces! Want to know the best part? Every item presented below…is UNDER $25!

This summer is all about colors, prints, and interesting shapes! My biggest piece of advice is to be creative with your outfits! Your outfits are an outward expression of you, and should show your personality! And when in doubt, start with neutrals and classic shapes, then accessorize!


Floppy Hat, $4 



Hi-Low Skirt, $12 



Happy Saving!


Lately Loving: Tart Deco

Found it! Another new favorite summer nail polish cover (and surprise, it's Essie) Tart Deco! This borderline neon orangey peach has quickly worked its way into my heart. I was a little apprehensive about trying this color because it looked a little too bright for my comfort zone, but I'm really happy that I did. The more I wear it, the more I'm loving it.

Tart Deco
I'd love to hear what colors you are really into right now. Do you have a favorite go to nail polish for the summer months?


Craft Bar

Craft is unquestionably an awesome restaurant in LA and NY, but sometimes these awesome restaurants are awesomely pricey and certainly can be tough to dine at often. Some of these restaurants offer a bar menu in addition to the menu offered in their dining rooms (check out Nobu and Jar). While waiting for a movie I popped into the bar at Craft and had a few bites from their bar menu. Just as you'd expect, the food is top notch and the service is up to par. Portion sizes were very generous and prices were pretty reasonable making this definitely a viable option for any occasion and not just limiting Craft to special occasions.

Veal Meatballs

Kampachi with Apricots

Salmon Rillette

Orange and beet salad

Have you been to Craft? What about the bar? What did you think? Do you have a little secret for dining at spendy spots on a not to spendy budget?


It's Gonna be a HOT Summer

Guys, it's finally here- SUMMER! We're predicting it's going to be a hot one and what better way to get into the spirit of the season than with some neon to liven things up.
Via La Modella Mafia

Via Chictopia

Via Lockerz, Similar short here

Via Kate Spade
Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Clutch

Via ASOS Fashion Finder

Sweet Scandal Lulu Necklace
Via The Blonde Salad

Zesty Curved Bobbies from Anthro

Via Oh So Pretty

Neutral and Neon Engagement Session via Style Me Pretty
 Around here we like to see neon paired with neutrals to keep it sophisticated and playful. How do you like to wear your neon?


Married Couple Seeks Eats in Seattle

Beecher's mac and cheese
 When we went to Seattle in 2009, one of our favorite places was Pike's Place Market. We loved the food, the flowers, and the hustle and bustle of the city. We had to get back there and sample the food we remembered being so amazing. It was! First stop- The Crumpet Shop and then onward to Pike's Place Chowder for some chowder and crab rolls. I was stuffed, but had to pick up some Beecher's mac and cheese just for a taste. Everything was just as we remembered and just as Beecher's claims it to be the "World's Best", it really is the best mac and cheese I think I've ever had.

I could not get enough of all the peonies- seriously impressive!

I apologize now if your lunch is disappointing you, we can't all have crab rolls and mac and cheese everyday. Sigh!


Lately Loving: A Good Mani & Pedi

Ladies- we all know it is hard work hunting for a great spot to get our nails done. It has to be clean, staff should be friendly, have a good color selection, be reasonably priced, and be able to squeeze you in when you're short on time. It's a hard job, but someone's gotta do it- and I'll happily take on the job of finding the perfect nail shop!

I live near Robertson Blvd and just north of Olympic there is a bevvy of nail shops. I've tried a few and have been disappointed (ahem...Contempo, JB Nails) time and time again. I got out of work early a few weeks ago and went to get my nails done with a friend. I found this shop next to my favorite place to get a massage (Touch Massage Boutique...go immediately!) and figured it looked nice enough. Enter Nature's Nails! It's definitely a step up from some of the other shops on Robertson, but it won me over and I'll definitely be back! Let's talk about what I liked- the staff was very friendly which immediately puts me at ease. They had a pretty great selection of nail polish and of course having Essie doesn't hurt in my opinion! The price was great and on par with other shops in the area, but I liked their more "spa" like adds on- like  really good smelling salt scrubs, paraffin wax, etc. What really sealed the deal for me are the traditional looking wooden barrels to soak your feet in with hot water, lemon slices, and rose petals- well hello relaxation! My mani lasted a few days longer than normal which could be due to any variable, but I'll throw it in there!

I'd love to hear where you go to get your nails done and if you have a favorite shop!


Hungry in Washington?

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that one of my favorite parts of traveling is snacking along the way.  Our first day in Washington proved to have some pretty tasty eats in store for us. We went wine tasting with my parents at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and grabbed lunch at Purple Cafe (and had some awesome crab cakes). The winery grounds were absolutely gorgeous- full of beautiful flowers and ducks. We toured the winery and then were treated to some tasty wine. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

After our early afternoon drinking stopped at one of the most impressive grocery stores I've ever been into, Central Market. It's not everyday I go into a grocery store with tanks of live spot prawns and oysters at the ready for shucking.

I was majorly in the mood for seafood and took full advantage of this at every opportunity I could. We had plans to make a dinner with my family and prepared oysters with a mignotte, roasted bone marrow, pan seared scallops, sauteed prawns, a salad, and some roasted veggies. It was a pretty yummy meal and not too shabby for a night in.
bone butter

We ended the night in the backyard with my parents' neighbors and their kids roasting GIANT marshmallows.

A good first day in the Evergreen State. Stay tuned for our Pike's Place picks!


Snapshot of Seattle

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Judging by facebook updates and instagram pics, it looks like we missed a bright and sunshiney LA weekend. We opted for a cloudy, but lovely Washington weekend instead.
We had such a great time in Seattle. It feels great to be home and due to the intense sleepy factor, this post is going to be short. Highlights to follow soon!

What did you do this weekend?


Sleepless in Seattle

Keeping with the theme of travel that I've been writing about all week, husband bundts and I are off to Seattle for a long Father's Day weekend to visit my parents who recently moved to the Northwest. R and I took our first trip to Seattle in 2009 and we totally fell in love with this city. I'm excited to visit again and spend some time with the parentals. I can't wait for my reunion with Beecher's mac & cheese and to get my hands on some really great oysters.

You know I'll have plenty to share when I'm back next week and to stay up to date on all our food finds and sightseeing, follow me on Instagram and Twitter


Wined and Dined in Los Olivos

We didn't stay in Solvang for too long - there's not that much to do for these girls, onward to Los Olivos to go wine tasting! First stop- Carhartt Winery to relax on their patio and enjoy some wine.

 Wine tasting makes a girl hungry. We happily found ourselves at the Los Olivos Cafe for lunch. Such a good lunch find! If you're in Los Olivos, you'd be missing out if you did not stop here! We shared a few dishes and I fell deep in olive oil love with their olive oil dipping sauce. Oh.My.God deliciousness! I bought a bottle to bring home and use on grilled veggies or meats. We had a pizza with sundried tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olive tapenade, feta cheese, and pesto, a salad with burrata and tomatoes, and a parmesan gnocchi with pesto, pea tendrils, and fava beans.

One of our last stops of the day was at the Saarloos and Sons tasting room. A lot of thought went into the decor and I really loved their look! It was one of the busier tasting rooms and they had a great front yard to lounge in, a photobooth, and cupcakes. We passed on the cupcakes, but couldn't resist a photo op!

I had the best time with my girls and hope to take more trips with my girlies soon!


Solvang Gets Taken By Storm!

We landed in Solvang for the night after our dinner in Santa Barbara at Opal. I hadn't been to Solvang since I was probably 10. We stayed at the Hadsten House which was really cute and the perfect place to crash, indulge in some Fashion Police, and get a hot meal for breakfast in the morning. As soon as I realized we were staying in Solvang, I was on a mission- Aebelskivers! I remembered having these on my previous trip and apparently they left quite an impression on me as I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to partake in the Danish treat from Solvang Restaurant. We also had to get our chocolate fix from Ingeborg's- what's a girls weekend without a little chocolate?! We also particularly enjoyed the Mole Hole which had a rather interesting assortment of merchandise- ranging from Voluspa candles to tacky rhinestone jean jackets and teeny clay mouse art.

That wrapped up our Solvang adventure. Stay tuned for the next stop!
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