Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blogtober: Studio Loft Ideas

Studio Loft Ideas


After driving 150 miles and 4+ hours a day for my commute, I finally snapped. I just can't do this anymore. My social & personal life has taken a steep decline and it's taking a massive toll on my personal life. I've always firmly believed that having a fruitful personal life is what keeps me going in my professional life. Not everyone is lucky enough to be in love with their job 100% of the time - don't get me wrong, I enjoy my job but let's be realistic, I'm not always that excited about it. My commute is costly financially but the most important things I'm sacrificing are things I can't put a price on; my relationships, my hobbies, my continuing education (ok, so you can put a price on that. Ivy League education ain't cheap) and finally, my sleep/health.

So I decided to move to downtown L.A in January!!!!!!

Originally, Adam and I were planning on getting a condo in DTLA together but since he owns the house, it's going to take a while to renovate some parts, clean, rent out and move out - that could take months and a lot of money. I don't want to pressure Adam into expediting that process either, so I decided to get myself a 'crash pad' if you will. I found a few studio lofts in the heart of DTLA and I'm thrilled! Yay, a light at the end of the tunnel!

I think studio loft apartments are so adorable and I can't wait to move into one. I love our house and all but it'll be fun to have my own place - maybe the last place I'll have that's my own!

Like in my set above, I'm thinking of a black/grey/gold/white color combination for my studio. It's just so chic and modern. I'm really not that into interior designing or decorating but I'm still pretty freaking excited.

Stay tuned for updates.....xoxo


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blogtober: Year End Travel Schedule

Hi friends & family!

I think this year has been the most travel-some for me and that says a lot coming from me. I feel really blessed that my new job since May has flown me to all sorts of fun places as well as given me the time and resources to take leisure trips.

October 30th - November 2nd: #DeeMaWeekend

November 6th - November 10th: Honolulu, HI

November 14th- November 16th: San Diego, CA

November 17th - November 21st: Auburn, CA

November 28th - December 3rd: Seattle, WA

December 3rd - December 5th: Sacramento, CA

December 5th - December 7th: Napa, CA

December 25th - January 4th: Tokyo, Japan

About half of the trips are work-related but who cares, right? I freaking love traveling whether it's for business or leisure! In August, only two of the eight trips I actually knew about so they're definitely last minute. Because of this, I surprised so many friends & family with the gift of seeing me (haha, I'm totally kidding - it's quite the opposite!) sooner than we thought.

Are any of you traveling for the holidays?


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pinterexperiments: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug-Cake

Hi everyone!

Ok so first of all, why hasn't anyone told me about mug-cakes? I was on Pinterest looking for some fun pumpkin recipes and found a ton of mug-cake recipes! I love baking but I rarely do it because I make an entire loaf or tray and feel guilty...and most of the time end up eating more than I should - I can't possibly be the only person that feels this way, right?

Well these mug-cakes are perfect! Serves one, no cleaning, no heating the oven - so genius! I pinned this pumpkin chocolate chip mug-cake and tried. I almost didn't believe a cake would form in that mug in just two minutes but it totally did!

Oh my goodness, it's delicious! I highly, highly recommend it. I can hardly wait to try all the different varieties of these mug-cakes. I'm pretty sure this has changed my life :)

♥Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug-Cake
Serves 1

♥ 1/4 Cup Flour
♥ 1/4 Cup Sugar 
♥ 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (I used Cinammon) 
♥ 1 Egg
♥ 3 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Filling or Pumpkin Puree 
♥ 2 Tablespoon Chocolate Chips 

♥ Combine flour, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a microwave safe mug
♥ Stir in egg
♥ Add pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined 
♥ Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate chips on top
♥ Microwave at high for 2 minutes 

Enjoy! Thank you Or So She Says for this delicious recipe!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blogtober: Travel Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone! If any of you had Columbus Day off, I'm very jealous - but I do thank you for making my commute only 1 hour (it's usually 2)!

I've skipped a few Travel Tuesdays and this one is barely 'travel' but when you stay at a hotel, I consider it travel! :)

This past weekend, Adam and I drove out to Long Beach, California for the Long Beach International Marathon. Obviously I wasn't running (I hate running!) but Adam was finishing his Beach Series Marathon event, where you participate in 3 beach cities marathons in 1 year. Since I couldn't score an employee rate at the hotels in the area, we booked at the Hyatt Regency by the pier. I love having mini vacations like that, don't you?

I'm kind of a horrible girlfriend because I won't wake up and cheer him on for the starting part of the race. But hey, I'm up at 8AM and at the finish line waiting for him by 9 so that's good enough! :)

The weather was absolutely perfect this pat weekend. Cool breeze, warm but not too hot. Ah, I can't wait to live by the beach someday! 

We hung out all day Saturday, eating carbs (good for the runner, horrible for me!) and enjoying the beautiful hotel room at the Hyatt Regency. Sunday morning was race day and Adam did such an amazing job! So proud of him for completing the Beach Cities challenge! 

Not a shabby view to wake up to!

So comfy <3

A Carnival Cruise view via the Queen Mary post Sunday Champagne Brunch! 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Blogtober: 10 Reasons Why I Heart Fall

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I absolutely have no excuses as to why I haven't blogged in forever other than just being busy. I should be better about blogging and I respect all my blogger friends that are so good about keeping theirs current! 

I'm not into YouTube but for years, I've adored Allison Anderson's (@Amarixe) channel and blog. She's so mature, eloquent and put together. This month she's doing "Blogtober" where she blogs every day. I was inspired by it and thought I would join in although mine won't be daily - obviously, looking at my track record this year!

I. Love. Fall. It's probably my favorite season and it's too bad that Los Angeles hit 103 degrees a few days ago. Ugh, where are you, cool weather?!

1. Sweater Weather 
Not that I get to enjoy sweaters as much as I would like down here, I still do it anyway. V-neck cashmere, dainty gold necklace and a scarf. Perfection.  

2. Pumpkin everything! 
Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin decorations, Pumpkin Tart from Trader Joe's, Pumpkin Candles, Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from DQ. Get the drift? 

3. Fall Candles 
Bath & Body Works, I heart you. Fall candles are the best. My favorites from BBW are: Leaves, Pumpkin Apple, Tailgate & Cranberry Woods. 

4. Halloween 
I love Halloween. Halloween candy, decorations, costumes. I just adore it. Second to my birthday it's my favorite International holiday ;) 

5. Birthdays
My favorite International holiday is on November 5th and it's called Deena's birthday. This year is even better than usual because I'm off to the Aloha state for 5 days! I. Cannot. Wait. 

6. Fall leaves 
So pretty. Need I say more? 

7. Fireplace usage 
Is there anything more cozy than a fireplace? I think not. I can't wait to use ours (for the first time, haha)! 

8. Sleep 
No more A/C that dries my skin and throat, no more loud fan blowing at me, no more sunlight super early in the morning - I can finally get some peaceful sleep. I sleep best during the fall and winter!

9. Soup 
I love anything soupy. Miso, corn, stew...whatever it is, I love it but I am extremely against it during the summer. Can't wait to bring out the crock pot again! 

10. Wine Season
I mean, harvest season is the best season! As much as I would love a trip up to Napa in mid to late September, I also can't afford paying $500+ per night for a hotel room! Plus, red wine becomes so important in my life in the fall and winter. I appreciate the deepness more as I stop craving the roses and whites. Mmmm, I can't wait to explore more red wines this season! 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Washington, D.C

Hi friends & family!

I'm a weekend behind but wanted to share my Washington, D.C trip! I was out there during the week for work and stayed the weekend for fun (what's a business trip if it's not fun, right?). I've been to D.C several times and it just doesn't get old. I'm in love with D.C, I would totally live there. In a freaking heart beat.

If you ever visit D.C, I highly recommend the Night Tour on the double-decker buses. I had never done that before but one of my colleagues from the work event wanted to and ended up tagging along. It was about $45 and totally worth it. It was about 3 hours long, you learned so much from the guide and was able to go around some distance during that time. Loved seeing the city through a different view.

I'm a huge brunch connoisseur; I think most of you know that. My friend Monika, who lives in D.C, took me out to brunch on Saturday at Founding Farmers. I've heard of them and was so excited. The food was amazing. I don't even know how to explain how delicious it was without getting sad that it's so far away from me. We had some beignets with three dipping sauces to start, some Intelligentsia french-pressed coffee and I got the stuffed Banana Foster french toast which was to die for! Monika had the blueberry pancakes (sounds simple but out of this world!) and shared some hash browns (soooooooo tasty).

Since I've been there so many times, I didn't end up doing too much touristy stuff. Monika and I visited the Air & Space Museum since that was the final Smithsonian I hadn't visited yet. We hit a bar, snacked on some much fun! Thanks, Monika - it was great seeing you and catching up! :)

Like I said, loooooooooooooove D.C. Can't wait to go back!

I got picked up at my hotel (for the work week) by a limo to get to The InterContinental Hotel in D.C! Fancy!
The historical Willard InterContinental Hotel
My hotel was so cute! I felt like a princess from the 1800's.

The 'back' of the White House. There's my friend David taking a selfie, haha.
So beautiful. 
Love the monument. You can see D.C so perfectly from the base of it.
WWII Memorial
The 'front' of the White House. Obama was home! 
The Capitol Building. The lights nor the flags were up, which means that Congress is not in session. #FunFact
My FAVORITE in D.C. The Lincoln Memorial. 
Hi, Abe!
View from the Lincoln Memorial stairs. 
MLK Jr. Memorial
Founding Farmers brunch: the bestest bestest bestest brunch in the WORLD.
Gorgeous arrangements at my hotel; The Willard InterContinental Hotel. 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Golden Home Bar

Golden Home Bar

Now that Adam's Bachelor Pad is finally (2 years later...) turning into a 'home', I'm starting to put my ideas together for a home bar. We have a wine fridge, rack and a variety of liquor and mixers for when we have friends over. The problem is, it's just crammed into the corner of our dining area. Since our dining area is fairly large, I'm thinking of creating a home bar on one side.

Our floors and dining table are dark brown and I'm obsessed with the combination of brown and gold. It gives off a warm yet classy vibe, which I love.

First of all, how sleek are those bar stools (similar)?  They would give such an amazing pop that's needed in my dining area right now!

Second, one of my favorite things in that set is the Pineapple Candle Holder. Aside from loving the fruit, the pineapple is the symbol for hospitality, which if you didn't know is my industry! Subtle personalizations are key to keeping your home unique!

Finally, my final favorite is the Imperial Glass Gold Decanter. How gorgeous is this? It's too beautiful I don't think I would be able to use it!

What do you guys think? Do you have a home bar already or have ideas?

A special thank you to Chairish for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to explore their massive, marvelous collection of home goods and letting me rave about my finds here on the blog! Make sure you check them out!

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