December 23, 2014

Life Lately

It's crazy to think that this is probably the last Life Lately post we'll be doing in 2014. 
Although the holidays are just beginning, they'll also be over before we know it. So in the mean time, we need to cherish the red cups at Starbucks, eat plenty of Christmas treats & toast to friends and family with a glass of red wine – which we've been doing a lot lately.

From getting a new apartment to purchasing a real Christmas tree for the first time in over a decade, and visiting the famous LACMA museum to admiring the Gray Malin art installation at Westfield Century City, our life lately has been pretty special. Cheers to you all, your families & the holidays!

December 17, 2014

Holiday Lunch at The Ivy

Today we went to The Ivy – a trendy California restaurant with country cottage rooms and a patio filled with roses – for our company's holiday lunch and Secret Santa exchange. Since we were thrilled to finally dine at the celebrity hot spot, we wanted to share our experience with you!

Upon entering, we received glasses of Champagne on the house while we waited for our patio table.
Next, the team enjoyed delicious appetizers including fresh guacamole and goat cheese-filled zucchini blossoms. 
For the main course, we decided to split the Margherita pizza with fresh Italian mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and the penne pasta with fresh tomato sauce, imported buffalo mozzarella, and garden basil. 
We'd heard amazing things about the dessert, so we tried the the triple-layer chocolate cake à la mode. 
Everything was absolutely incredible & we can't wait to go back!

December 05, 2014

Four Eyes

K & I have always had perfect 20/20 vision. We used to brag to our friends that our eye doctor told us we had "fighter pilot eyes." Unfortunately, karma got the best of us when we started noticing street signs being a bit blurry. A little over a month ago, we left our eye examination needing a light prescription. Luckily, we both used to work at Oliver Peoples, so we had some great frames on hand so we could start seeing clearly right away.
About a week later, Firmoo offered to provide us each with a pair of their glasses! We couldn't wait to find frames that would make us (identical twins) stand out from one another.
K chose a large dark tortoise shell frame, and I chose a rectangular frame with a brown fade.

Jeans: Elizabeth & James | Booties: Rag & Bone

These glasses are cute & affordable – which is hard to come by. Plus, the frames come with a protective case that inspires us to book a flight across the world.

Lucky for you, Firmoo is giving new customers the opportunity to get their first pair free!! 
Click here to see the fun styles they have available & treat yourself to an early Christmas present.

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.


For more travel inspiration & wanderlust photos, follow our Travel Bug board on Pinterest!
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 entrées – 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.