January 29, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Minnesota

Last week, I took two days off of work to spend a long weekend with my boyfriend visiting his family in Minnesota. It was so great to take a break from the 80-degree weekend in Los Angeles and spend some time in snow country with Nick. Luckily, the temperatures weren't nearly as bad as I had predicted, so we had some fun playing around in the snow, throwing snowballs & building my first full-size snowman. 


Alright this is LA, but it was my first time remembering to put my phone in Airplane Mode, so I had to snap a pic.

Most of our days were spent inside drinking beer & wine, bowling, watching movies & playing with his mom's adorable dogs (& new puppy!). Since the trip went by way too fast, I'm looking forward to going back and hopefully seeing what The Land of 10,000 Lakes looks like in the spring or summertime.

Side Note: 
Who's taken Delta Airlines before? It was my first time & I was so impressed with their service! Nick forgot to assign our seats on the way back, and they were able to seat us together once we got to the gate. 
And...all of the seats had individual entertainment screens so we could watch movies & satellite TV, play games, and listen to music – just like international flights! 

January 24, 2015

Sunday Inspiration

This Sunday, I'm inspired by snacks. I usually stay clear of snacking – apart from The Bachelor(ette) Mondays with the girls – but I am so excited that the Superbowl is next weekend because what's the Superbowl if it's not an excuse to graze all day on anything and everything?

Last year, K & I made buffalo quinoa bites that we found on Pinterest. Let's just say... They didn't go over so well. By the end of the night, the party was littered with rolled up napkins tucked under plates and plants trying to hide the cold "buffalo wing" cheese bites. But this year, our goal is to bring an appetizer that everyone will love to regain our reputation! 

I don't think we can go wrong with any of the hors d'oeuvres below... Right?
Click on the photo to visit the recipe link – we'll be doing the same over the next week!

I just realized that every single one of these options is made up of two main ingredients: carbs & cheese. But, those happen to be my favorite go-to food groups, so I'm not complaining.

January 15, 2015

Currently Coveting: Boots & Outerwear

Growing up in Arizona & living in LA has made me such a baby when it comes to cold temperatures. I usually think "cold" is anything below 70 degrees; but in two weeks, I'm heading to Minnesota with my boyfriend to visit his family. For all of you midwesterners & east coasters, a 5 degree high and -8 degree low is normal, but I need to prep for this... big time. So, I'm currently coveting these affordable – and not-so-affordable – pieces that I would love to pack in my suitcase before heading to snow country.

"Laine" boots in black, $248 by J.Crew

"Ecote Madison" sweater in dary grey, $79 by Urban Outfitters

Slouchy Lurex knee-high socks in grey, $26 by Kate Spade New York

Cropped trench coat, $32.90 by Forever 21

"Ciarra" tall boot in black, $225 by Banana Republic

 Seam front V-neck jumper in grey marl, $70 by TopShop

"Majesty" peacoat in dark bone, $298 by J.Crew

 ASOS Midi Coat in black wool, $180.03 by Asos

Where are your favorite places to shop for boots & outerwear? 
This west coast girl needs all the help she can get!

January 12, 2015

Best Dressed: 2015 Golden Globes

The 2015 Golden Globes aired last night & after tuning in, I can't wait to start watching The Affair, Normal Heart, Boyhood, and The Missing. As always, some of the fashion choices were outstanding and others were cringe-worthy. 
Here are my top 10 favorites & 5 "questionable" mentions. 

Top 10 Best Looks:

Sienna Miller in Miu Miu

Amal Alamuddin Clooney in Dior – if she gained a couple pounds.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad – minus the underwire poking her breast.

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen – why did Kevin Hart force her to say the name?!

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Carolina Herrera

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad – minus the jock strap-look.

Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace – she looks like a Golden Globe!!

Naomi Watts in Gucci – minus the rhinestone belt buckle.

Katherine Heigl in Zac Posen – although she looks a bit top heavy.

Leslie Mann in Kaufmanfranco – perfection.

5 Least Favorite Looks:

Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang – she's too thin to look this thick!

Lana Del Rey in Travilla – K thinks this looks like a dress you'd find in Macy's Junior section.

Keira Knightley in Chanel – I don't get fashion if this is fashion.

Katie Holmes in Marchesa – her pony tail looks like a literal PONY tail.

Maria Menounos in Gabriela Cadena – again, she's too thin and fit to look this thick!

I'll miss watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the awards (even though they were funnier last year), but I look forward to learning who will host in 2016! 

Who were your choices for best & worst dressed?

January 10, 2015

Book Club: Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar

This past month, our book club read Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor TobarI think we can all remember back to August 2010 when we heard the news that 33 men were trapped in a mine – a.k.a. my worst nightmare. They were buried thousands of feet underground for 69 days, the first weeks of which were spent not knowing if they would ever be found and having only two days worth of food supply. 

This was the first non-fiction book our book club has read, and I thoroughly enjoyed every part – from the stories of the men's lives prior to the fateful day when they became trapped, to their courage and brotherhood underground, to the lengthy rescue mission that saved them, and their adjustment to life above ground in the wake of their underground "fame." We've all heard the news stories, but if you're interested in reading a true account of how these men handled an impossible situation before it's turned into a movie, give this book a try! You won't be disappointed & I can guarantee it will make you NEVER want to enter a mine. 

& in case you doubted that they had a little fame, here's their TV spot to promote Chile's 2011 World Cup soccer team. (Make sure to turn English subtitles on using the "CC" button.)

January 03, 2015

Sunday Inspiration

Hope everyone had a fantastic New Year! This is the first Sunday Inspiration of 2015 & I'm starting it by drooling over these gorgeous rooms. I recently moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend & have been trying to figure out what style fits us both. Through countless pins and viewing tons of home tours on sites like Domaine & Homepolish, I've found a style that is a delightful mix of masculine & feminine. The decision? California Eclectic with Global Accents. 


I love the bold prints, pops of color, wood accents, mid-century inspired furniture & live plants that come with this décor style, and I can't wait to slowly start building the design into my own LA apartment. Happy Sunday!