November 23, 2014

Sunday Inspiration

After a long & tiring week at work closing the winter issue, we were so thankful for this weekend. We both used it as a time to unwind & take a mental vacation, dreaming about future vacations once the pressures of work and deadlines die down. It may not be for a few months or even a year, but we can't wait to jump on a plane & see the world like we used to when our schedules were more permitting. For now, looking at these photos & transporting ourselves into an imaginary vacation is all we need to start fresh on Monday.


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How was your weekend?

November 20, 2014

Farewell John Lennon Wall

You may have already heard the news, but the famous John Lennon wall in Prague was painted white earlier this week. A group of art students "vandalized" the popular tourist attraction as an art project – to mark the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. And while commemorating the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia with an art piece was a great concept, in reality, the students' act erased our memories, along with hundreds of thousands of others, along with it. 

Now, we have to forget our hope to revisit the wall with our future husbands to show them our signatures, as well as our dad (who passed away last year) and mom's signatures. When you look at it that way, it clearly becomes more than just an unfortunate article on a news website.

We much prefer the wall how it was, graffiti and all, so luckily we have pictures to remember it by. When we visited in 2012, we found that someone had already graffitied the word "Twins," which was perfect for us since we only brought Sharpie pens to sign the wall with.

What do you think about this news? 
Did you have the opportunity to see this famous dedication to John Lennon before it was destroyed?

November 11, 2014

Neighborhood Favorite: Casablanca

A couple weekends ago, we discovered our new go-to Sunday brunch spot, Casablanca. Best known for Mexican and seafood specialties, it's also the best-kept secret in town when it comes to affordable bottomless brunches!
For only $13.99, you get to choose from a long list of delicious entrĂ©es – we got huevos rancheros & Olivia got the Mexican scramble – PLUS bottomless champagne, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and/or sangria, as well as dessert (flan). Most bottomless brunch places make you stick to one type of drink, but here we started with Bloody Marys and moved onto sangria! Oh, and did I mention they have freshly-made tortillas that are unlimited & come to your table hot, along with a bowl of salsa verde & avocado dipping sauce (our favorite part of the meal!)? Yum.

Casablanca is named & styled after the Oscar-winning movie of the same name. Walking into the restaurant puts you in another world with daily live music and a great vibe.


We can't wait to go back soon for the best bottomless brunch money can buy! 
& we also want to re-watch Casablanca thanks to all of those pictures of Humphrey Bogart they have hanging on the walls. 

November 09, 2014

Book Club: The Circle by Dave Eggers

One Sunday a month, we get together with a great group of girls for book club. Typically, the girl who picks that month's book hosts the gathering, and we pick the next book (from suggestions placed in a hat) when we're done discussing the latest read. We've been doing this since March, and we think it's about time to start sharing the books that we really enjoy with you all for our own blogger book club! Today, we're discussing The Circle by Dave Eggers.

This book was so much fun to read because it's set in the very near future. The main character, Mae, gets a job at one of the coolest places to work in the world – a tech company called The Circle (kind of Facebook/Apple/Google all rolled into one). The story is a fictional account of what could happen if technological companies started to gain as much (or more) power than the government – it's basically 1984 meets The Internship. In a time when oversharing has become a normal practice and we're constantly seeking the validation of others through likes, comments, reviews, etc., this book will probably make you put your phone down the next time you're having dinner with your boyfriend or family.

Let us know if you've read the book, plan to read it, or what we should read next in the comments! 
We're looking forward to having a blogger book club with anyone who wants to join.

October 31, 2014

Luke Bryan at the Hollywood Bowl

We've wanted to see Luke Bryan in concert for the past three years, and our dream finally came true last Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Since going to a country concert was on our Spring/Summer bucket list, we were literally counting down the days until we could see Luke singing to us (and thousands of other people) on a beautiful autumn night in LA.

We grabbed some build-your-own sandwiches from Whole Foods & ate them at the picnic benches outside of the venue before grabbing some beers & finding our seats at the Bowl. We've never seen so many cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and PLAID. There was so. much. plaid. Since we didn't have any of these necessary country-concert wardrobe items, we did our best with what we had in our closets.

Lee Brice opened for Luke Bryan and sang one of our favorite country songs ever: "A Woman Like You." He seemed so sweet & down to earth – and he even cracked a beer on stage which was so country star of him and pretty cool. Luke Bryan came on next & sang ALL of his hits, which we totally loved – like this, this, this, and this

Did anyone else go see Luke Bryan on his That's My Kind of Night tour? 

October 27, 2014

Chestnut Praline Latte

I don't know if you've been keeping up with the latest news when it comes to delicious holiday beverages, but for the first time in five years Starbucks will be unveiling a new holiday drink. They call it the Chestnut Praline Latte (or as we'll all be calling it, CPL) & it will be treating all of our tastebuds on November 12th!

I can imagine it will taste as wonderful as the roasted chestnuts on the streets of Italy smell. 
I'm embarrassed to say that I never tried them while there (I studied International Business in Milan for a semester during college & have even visited Italy during Christmastime twice)! 
Until I have the chance to visit again, I'll have to down as many CPLs as possible before the holiday season is up.

Do you think you'll replace your holiday favorite with the CPL?

October 21, 2014

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We know what you're all thinking... "About time!"
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