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 falafels...so 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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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Laguna Beach, California

Hi friends & family!

I'm in-flight as I type this, en route to Washington D.C! D.C is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world and was so happy when work decided to send me there. I haven't been back there for about 4 years - definitely due. That Travel Tuesday will come next week.

August 1st was Adam and my 4 year anniversary. He was out east for work, I was all over SoCal also for work and had agreed to a quiet night in to celebrate. On Thursday night, my other job demanded I pack for the weekend for a consulting appointment in Laguna. It might sound obvious to you but I honestly thought I was going for work. Little did I know Adam and my other job were working together for a surprise. Friday after work, I headed down to Laguna and checked into the Pacific Edge Hotel right on the beach. I walk into the room and was surprised by Adam hanging out on the patio with some champagne! He had been planning this for about a month! I'm very rarely surprised but I certainly was this time!

It was my first time in Laguna Beach and I'm still in awe. Yes, I admit I was obsessed with MTV's Laguna Beach back in the early college days (Team Kristin!) but it's actually a lot more beautiful than they portrayed (and they did a fantastic job!). The weather was perfect, Adam went all out on the hotel and room, people were friendly, the beach was gorgeous...I can go on and on.

I think it was the first time we actually relaxed during a trip. We always have this strict agenda we follow to maximize the experience but this time around, we truly were beach bums. We walked along the beach endlessly, played in the water, ate at local restaurants, shopped local businesses, visited the Sawdust Art Festival where I bought my first big-girl art photography piece, ate some more and kept the patio door open while we slept, listening to the ocean.

Seriously, a huge thank you to Adam. Even after 4 years together and 2 years of living together, he manages to surprise me and keeps things fresh. I had one of the best times I've ever had in my life this past weekend and it's all thanks to him. Looking forward to many more years of fun and adventures together!

This is a little nerdy of a topic but we couldn't help but check the real estate situation in Laguna Beach. Living in Laguna Beach is for the 1%. A 350 sq ft, 30+ year old, no A/C, no fridge studio apartment costs a whopping $2k a month. For that much, you can live in a newly renovated studio apartment in freaking downtown L.A - with some change! All the houses 'on the hill' (you know, where LC and friends lived ;) ) are at least $3 million up to $12 million!. Insanity. We'll settle for vacationing there for now...

Sunset view from our patio. So beautiful. 


The sand and water felt so good!

Happy 4 years, Adam! 

Best room in the house.

Loved our room. 

Again from our room.

Our friend, Walter. He visited every morning! 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Redondo Beach, California

Hi friends & family!

I'm going to skip the "I can't believe I haven't written in so long" so, <insert whining here>.

This past week, I've been lucky enough to have stayed 3 nights in Redondo Beach, here in Southern California. It's about 30 minutes west of Los Angeles and it was my first time there. I was thrilled when my company decided to have a conference there! Living in L.A can get kind of lame when it comes to conferences and summits because they tend to 'bring' the events to L.A - and of course, since I live in L.A, I don't get to pack up and fly. I guess it's a form of a #humbebrag?

Anyway, since Redondo Beach happens to be quite far from my home and can be a traffic nightmare, I got the OK to to stay at the hotel where they held the conference. I. Was. Stoked. 3 whole days to spend in Redondo Beach - yay!

I had such a blast at the conference, too. My two bosses attended as well but we weren't seated together and I ended up meeting a ton of new people. I continuously feel blessed that I've been given this opportunity because every single person there was older and more experienced than I am in this position. I learned so much from them and excited about the new connections I've made.

I ended up not having that much time to explore the city but I was just happy to be by the beach. Who knew this city girl's heart gets tugged by the beach? I loved it. I never hang out on my hotel patio but I spent hours there this past week just absorbing the beach fragrance and view (our hotel was right by the beach).

I'm halfway through the busy work schedule. I'm mid-convention again that started Sunday until tomorrow and then I'm off to D.C the following Monday for a whole week. That will temporarily end my conference season - phew!

View from my patio

Evening stroll <3

Soooo pretty

View from my patio during sunset. Too gorgeous. 

We all got personalized snacks - how creative, right? Made my day! 
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Let's Go Wine Tasting!

Let's Go Wine Tasting

Friends ask me all the time what they should wear and/or bring with them to wine tastings and thought I would do a little introduction to this fun activity!

Above, I made a basic set of what I like to wear and bring with me.

Attire: Being comfortable is a must. I know a lot of people think of wine tasting as this outing where you need to make a fashion statement but please, not to the point where you're uncomfortable. During the summer, I love wearing dresses. Always, always bring a shawl or a cardigan with you. Most wine countries tend to get cool in the evening. 
Shoes: Flats! I roll my eyes at people wearing heels (#sorrynotsorry). I prefer sandals or flats depending on the weather. If you must accentuate your legs, go with wedges. You're almost always standing and consuming alcohol. You don't want to be in pain. 
Accessories: No bracelets. If you go wine tasting as much as I do, you realize bangles and bracelets become a nuisance. Cross-body bags are a must; Rebecca Minkoff's Mini Mac is my favorite - the goal is to be hands-free. Sunglasses and a hat. Some wineries will give you tours of their facility and vineyard; protect your eyes and pretty head! 
Misc: Lip balm because your lips get dry (especially from dark reds), water because you need to stay hydrated, mints & toothbrush for after your day of wine tasting and a notepad and pen (I'm old school like that) to take notes from all your favorite wines.

I'll get a post going soon on wine tasting tips & tricks, do's & don'ts soon!

Hope everyone had a fabulous and safe 4th weekend!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Portland, Oregon

Hi friends! As I virtually dust off my blog, I'm declaring myself as the worst blogger ever. I don't think I even qualify as a 'blogger' anymore. Yes, just like everyone else, my excuse is that I've been too busy - I really have! My new job is keeping me in my car 150 bleeping miles a day and on top of that, it's one of the most challenging jobs I've ever had!

Anyway, this past weekend was the long awaited wedding of my best friend Maya. Adam & I flew up on Thursday evening, attended the rehearsal dinner at Andina (one of the best restaurants in town!) and I even got to visit my last job to see my old bosses and have lunch with one of my former front desk agents - seriously, best day ever! Saturday was the wedding day at the Portland Yacht Club and it shockingly didn't rain! There, I also got to see all of my former airline friends, all who I just adore and miss like crazy. It was such a cute wedding and my toast was successful (thank you, Mandy!).

Sunday was a lot more relaxing. One of my best friends Kristy, Adam & I had brunch downtown and had coffee at Stumptown (my fav!). I got some tax-free shopping done at Nordstrom too!

Such a fabulous weekend. I LOVE Portland and I miss it so. Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you to all my friends that made it such a special weekend for me! xoxo

At Andina <3

Can I live here?

Such a pretty Portland day!

The beautiful couple. 

Our other bestie <3 Loved the hashtag!!!


The Airline table (aka the best table!)

Token couple selfie. 

Pretty & delicious Beaverton Bakery cake. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wine Wednesday: Updates

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Happy #WineWednesday!

I love how I launched this "wine blog" and have only posted maybe 1 or 2 wine related entries. What a major fail. Not only have I abandoned this blog but I've abandoned wine this past month. I know, ri-diculous.

Work: Leaving your job unplanned and starting a new one that you feel may be a little over your head is outright stressful. I should of tried to sneak in a week off between jobs! Waaahh. I also need to mention that my commute is now at least 1.5 hours (on average) and that sucks. There is NOT enough caffeine in this world to get you up at 5am for that drive.

Wine: I discovered 12 Signs Wine the other day and I'm itching to try them. I'm the epitome of a Scorpio and I'm hoping it tastes perfectly Scorpio.

Random: I have an amazing support group. My family, Adam, friends and Brooke - even my new colleagues. In the midst of this stressful transition, it's special to be able to feel supported and welcome. Poor Adam has to listen to me bitch about the commute almost on a daily basis, Brooke gets to hear from me almost every day and my other friends probably think I'm dead - I really do feel horrible, friends. I'm sorry! I'll be back on the grid here soon - I can only hope!

TV: I can't believe the Mindy Project is over. It makes my heart sad. What a great finale, though! I love that show a little too much.

Weekend: I'm going to go watch the Book of Mormon for the second time this Saturday! It's been over a year since I watched it the first time; I'm so excited to see it again. I've watched and been in many musicals and it's hands down in my top 3...maybe even #1.

Lay Me Down - Acoustic Version - Sam Smith
Not a Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake
Helicopter - Martin Garrix

Blog: 2 Wine List posts coming up (finally, jeez). Also planning some fun guest-blogging by my former colleague Bethany from the It Girl World - can't wait!

Pour yourself a glass of wine tonight, you're half way done! Have a great day! xo

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