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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October 20, 2014

5 Favorite Oscar de la Renta Red Carpet Looks

When we heard the news that Oscar de la Renta passed away today, we couldn't believe it. While the legendary man was 82 years old, his sophistication, design aesthetic, and eloquence made us believe he would live forever – and he will, in the timelessness of his brand. In celebration of the designer's life and work, we picked five of our favorite red carpet looks of some beautiful actresses wearing, of course, Oscar de la Renta.

Cameron Diaz wearing Oscar de la Renta at the 2010 Academy Awards

Freida Pinto wearing Oscar de la Renta at Cannes 2014

Jessica Alba wearing Oscar de la Renta at the 2013 Golden Globes

Julie Bowen wearing Oscar de la Renta at the 2011 Emmy Awards

Lea Michele wearing Oscar de la Renta at the 2011 SAG Awards

While we have never worn (and may never wear) an Oscar de la Renta piece, we will always appreciate not only what he's done for women's fashion but his passion for making women feel beautiful.

"The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness."
- Oscar de la Renta

October 18, 2014

Sister Saturday with Cake & Cupcakes

Today we met up with two of our twin friends at Duff's Cakemix on Melrose & had a blast! 
You have the option of choosing a cake or cupcakes to decorate, then decide which color you'd like your balls of fondant, cups of frosting & sugar sprinkles to be. Since we no longer live together, we opted for cupcakes so we could each take four home!
It's much harder than it looks to be a cake decorating master like Duff Goldman, but we did our best.

Step 1: Roll the fondant.

Step 2: Stencil!

Step 3: Place the fondant on the cupcake.

Step 4: Place the stenciled fondant onto the cupcake.

Step 5: Pipe the buttercream frosting around the edge!

Step 6: Add sugary sprinkles to every cupcake you frosted & smile because you're done!

Have any of you tried cake decorating? 
We had so much fun and love how therapeutic it actually is!

October 13, 2014

Ocean Kayak Adventure

For our birthday this year, two of our best friends (Paige & Taylor) took a note from our Spring/Summer Bucket List & bought us kayak adventures in Marina Del Rey!
We finally went over the weekend & had such a blast – it's an amazing arm (& whole body) workout, while also being fun. We picked out our favorite yachts & even saw a couple of drowsy sea lions relaxing on a boat 6 feet away from us!

We can't wait to go back again soon! 

October 11, 2014

Sunday Inspiration

I have to say, I'm pretty jealous of all the girls across the country posting blogs and Instagrams wearing scarves, rocking their bulky sweaters, and drinking HOT pumpkin spice drinks from Starbucks. 
In LA, the weather still feels very much like summer – so it's hard to choose going to the pumpkin patch over the beach and staying inside by the fire reading a book over kicking my legs in the pool.

Which is why this Sunday, I'm not inspired by fall... yet. 
Instead, I'm inspired by glittering gold, the glint of the sun telling us she will set earlier this season, and the world of golden possibilities.

& to end off with one of our favorite quotes (& because it uses the word "gold"):

              “All that is gold does not glitter,
           Not all those who wander are lost;
     The old that is strong does not wither,
   Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
                                           J.R.R. Tolkien