September 11, 2014

FILMography

The Lunch Read did it again!
Every Wednesday they send subscribers like me an email with links to the most entertaining and thought provoking articles from the past week. This week, my favorite was a collection of photos from Canadian photographer Christopher Moloney's FILMography project. He traveled around the world to track down scene locations from iconic movies we all know and love.
My personal favorites are below, but if you'd like to see more click here.


 Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Home Alone
The Avengers 
The Adjustment Bureau
Sex And The City 2
The Dark Knight Rises
Elf
Annie Hall
Maid in Manhattan
Catch Me If You Can
You've Got Mail 

Aren't those fun?! Which is your favorite?

September 08, 2014

Life Lately

Labor Day came & went so quickly – we're still shocked that it's already time for PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) to grace the menu board at Starbucks along with other fall flavors. Where did this summer go?! We refuse to believe it's almost over... although we are excited to go shopping for boots.

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We're going to a concert tomorrow & can't wait to fill you in!
What are you looking forward to this week?!

September 02, 2014

Now Streaming: Sea of Love


For someone who lives in LA (and only about 2 miles from the ocean), I sure don't get to the beach enough.
There's something so calming about the sea, and I'm making it my goal to get take in the smell, sound, and sight of it more often. While the ocean is vast and makes me feel so small, it also makes me feel alive and infinite – like I can accomplish anything if I set my mind to it. "Sea of Love" by Lily & Madeleine is a romantic acoustic cover of one of my fave oldies-but-goodies. I hope you enjoy!



August 29, 2014

Neighborhood Favorite: Stella Barra

We shut down our computers right at 6pm today because that time marked the start of a long-awaited Labor Day Weekend! Not to mention, our stomachs started growling at 4pm in anticipation of our 6:15pm reservation at Stella Barra – a trendy pizza place with two California locations: one in Hollywood (near our office!) and the other in Santa Monica. 
P.S. They have a third location in Chicago!


K & I toasted to the long weekend & sipped our respective glasses of St. Hallett Faith Shiraz and Zonin Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
We were thrilled that they offer half & half pizzas, so we opted to split a single appetizer and a pizza. Is it bad that we're still hungry?



She never stops working...
I clearly need to learn how to take a serious photo.
First up was their daily special – oven-roasted cauliflower with jalapeño pesto. Next, we enjoyed two slices each of the Applewood Smoked Bacon & Goat Cheese, without bacon (gruyère, local goat cheese, parsley, scallions & charred tomato oil) and the Fennel Bianco (hand-shaved fennel, burrata, fresh rosemary, torn basil & organic olive oil). I couldn't tell you which half I liked best because they were both absolutely amazing.





I would highly recommend this place if you're ever in the LA or Chicago area! I know that we're happy we work within walking distance & I'm seeing plenty of lunch and dinner twin dates here in the future!

August 24, 2014

Sunday Inspiration










We have officially been MIA from this lovely little blog & now we're ready to get organized and back on track – you can hold us to that! We've been extremely busy trying to hold on to the last days of summer, and are still trying to get those bucket list items checked off! 

What are your plans for the rest of the summer season??

July 16, 2014

Now Streaming: "Stay With Me"

July has been off to a great start! 
We moved into our new apartments, and I started working with K at Inside Weddings. I absolutely love it! 
We've been working from home while the new office is being set up & it's given us the opportunity to blast some of our favorite songs without disturbing our colleagues. We discovered Songza – which has actually been around for awhile – and love that the website/app suggests playlists for your mood, time of day, etc. Our favorite playlists so far are "Today's Male Singer-Songwriters" and "Today's Female Singer-Songwriters."
Tangent aside, we wanted to share a new version of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" featuring the lovely Mary J. Blige. They make singing with soul look so easy.


I hope you enjoy this version of the song! 
K & I are hoping to start blogging more (& working out, eating well, etc.) on a regular basis starting next week once we're back in the office...stay tuned!

June 30, 2014

73 Questions

You may have heard of Vogue's "73 Questions" video series,
which features interviews with celebrities in their own homes using a single take of footage. 
So far, they've interviewed Olivia Munn and Sarah Jessica Parker.


We thought it'd be fun to answer the 73 questions they asked fellow-LA resident, Olivia Munn.
K's answers are in pink & B's are in blue.

1. How long have you been in LA?
Two years this August.
Me too.
2. What's the most underrated thing in LA?
I'm drawing a blank...
Central air-conditioning.
3. What is a perfect weekend trip out of LA?
Laguna Beach.
Santa Barbara.
4. What are three words to describe living in LA?
Busy, crisp & humbling.
Lively, hectic & fun.
5. What's your favorite spirit animal?
Lion.
Red Panda.
6. What genre of music should we have behind this interview?
R&B.
Solo piano.
7. Who is your favorite living musician?
Andrea Bocelli.
Luke Bryan.
8. Who is your favorite non-living musician?
Etta James.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole aka IZ.
9. If your life was a song, what would the title be?
"Listen hear sweet child."
"Fly feather, fly."
10. What's the last hobby you picked up?
Re-learning piano.
Learning French via DuoLingo - highly recommended!
11. What's the geekiest thing about you?
What I find funny.
I enjoy reading & staying in more than going out...even though I'm single.
12. What topic would you own in trivia?
Pop culture.
Entertainment.
13. If you constructed a college class, what would the subject be?
All The Things You Need to Know in Life That Aren't Taught in School.
Budgeting for Beginners.
14. If you taught a kindergarten class, what would the subject be?
Sign Language.
How To Be Polite.
15. What's something you can't be subjected to for too long?
Loud screaming.
Hunger.
16. What is one thing you would want to be asked if you were interviewed by Zack Galifianakis?
Anything.
"Why are you laughing?"
17. What's the best exercise?
Dancing.
That's what I was going to say.
18. What's your favorite yoga move?
Child's pose.
I hate yoga...
19. What's your favorite movie in the past five years?
Love & Other Drugs.
Argo.
20. What's your favorite movie of all time?
The Titanic.
Agreed.
21. What's the movie you laughed the hardest during?
Horrible Bosses or Step Brothers.
This Is The End.
22. What's the movie you cried the hardest during?
The Titanic.
A Walk to Remember.
23. What's the best animated movie ever created?
The Lion King.
Finding Nemo.
24. What's the coolest thing in your house?
My bright yellow chaise.
My keyboard.
25. What's the coolest thing you've ever seen?
Wild baby elephants.
The Colosseum.
26. What's the coolest thing about Japan?
Never been.
Me neither.  But I heard they have nap pods.
27. Is it true you speak Japanese?
Nope.
Not at all.
28. What's the best first date idea?
A fun activity.
Dinner & a movie.
29. What's the worst first date idea?
Going to a workout class.
Hiking.
30. What is love?
Love is when someone else is sad & you feel just as sad when you have no reason to be.
Love is when someone else's happiness is your own.
31. What's the weirdest thing a guy has said or done to try to impress you?
Insult me.
Called the conversation I was having with my friends boring.
32. What's the funniest pick-up line a guy could use on a girl?
"Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?"
Any of the pick up lines from A Night at the Roxbury.
33. What's the best pick-up line you would use on a guy?
I don't know any pick-up lines...
"Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just excited to see me?"
34. Roses or orchids?
Peach roses.
Roses.
35. Who is the last person you texted?
Mom.
Chloe.
36. Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?
Instagram.
Instagram.
37. Best comic book ever created?
No idea.
I've never read one.
38. Best super hero ever created?
Batman.
Spiderman.
39. Best video game ever created?
Pokemon Snap.
Police 911.
40. Best video game console ever created?
Super Nintendo.
Gameboy.
41. What monster would you destroy?
Dragon.
Yeti.
42. What color dress did you wear to prom?
Navy blue for Junior Prom & black/white for Senior Prom.
Bright blue for Junior Prom & red for Senior Prom.
43. Blow dry or air dry?
Blow dry.
Blow dry.
44. Do you dress up every morning?
No.
Only if I have to.
45. Who is your fashion icon?
Olivia Palermo.
Rachel Bilson.
46. What are three things that are always in your purse?
Chapstick, hand sanitizer & hand lotion.
A pen, sunglasses & gum.
47. What's your favorite food?
Indian.
Mexican.
48. What's your least favorite food?
Chinese.
Most Asian cuisine minus Indian.
49. Favorite dessert?
Crème Brûlée.
S'Mores.
50. Favorite thing to order at a bar?
Mojito.
Margarita.
51. Who is a person you'd love to have a drink with?
Jennifer Lawrence.
Zac Efron.
52. Who is a historical figure you'd love to have a drink with?
Abraham Lincoln.
Princess Diana.
53. If you had a drink with President Obama, what would you ask him?
Where he was born.
If he misses his privacy.
54. If you could play a historical figure in a movie, who would it be?
Amelia Earhart.
Grace Kelly.
55. What's been the best thing about 2014?
Lots of positive change.
Accepting a new job!
56. Do you have a goal for 2015?
Be the fittest I've ever been.
Find more time for hobbies.
57. What is a current trend that you hope doesn't exist in 100 years?
Worrying about how many "likes" you get.
Contouring.
58. Do you like kitties or puppies?
Kitties.
Kitties.
59. What was your first pet?
A cat named Alex.
A cat named Shadow.
60. What was your first pet's name?
Oops.
We already said.
61. What's the ugliest breed of dog?
Anything hairless.
Chinese Crested.
62. Favorite country to visit?
France.
Moi aussi.
63. Last country you visited?
Slovakia.
Slovakia.
64. Country you wish to visit?
Greece.
Back to France - but this time the South of France.
65. Under water or outer space?
Outer space.
Me too.
66. Where would you spend retirement?
A cozy beach town.
A vineyard.
67. Best gift you've ever received?
A car.
My laptop.
68. Best gift you've ever given?
Weekend getaway.
Not sure.
69. What's your favorite board game?
Taboo - but only when B is my teammate.
Me too!!
70. Biggest learning experience of your life?
Moving away from home.
All of the travels we've been lucky to experience.
71. Proudest moment of your life?
Fulfilling my goal of moving to LA after college.
I'm going to steal K's and say ditto.
72. What are you most excited about life right now?
That the best days are ahead.
New job & new apartment.
73. Life advice in Japanese?
We'd have to use Google Translate for that one...
Arigatō.

Now you know 73 more things about each of us!