Kate Spade had another BIG sale this week and I picked up these beauties:
Kate Spade had another BIG sale this week and I picked up these beauties:
Here is a recent invite I whipped up for my co-worker. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the party looks!
Doing these short 5k fun runs with my family and friends is becoming my new favorite past time. We did the Color Run at the Irvine Great Park last weekend and had a blast.
Our team name was “The Color Nerds”
Tailgating before and after is essential.
This weekend is bananas. Which is kind of what I need to keep my mind off the events of this week. Work is cray cray too.
Here is what’s on tap:
Hubby flies out to meet Miles our Nephew.
THE COLOR RUN
Not only is this held at my new favorite spot (the Irvine Great Park) but I get to run it with some of my favorite people!
Then Sat. night is girls night with Julie! We are hittin’ the town baby! She has been such a dedicated mama to this little nugget I can’t wait to help her have some “ME” time…with me.
(yes, this is her real baby. Adorbs)
Then on to the Mother’s day celebration at my Pops.
going to see this:
Wow, finding time to blog lately has been tough.
The NOLA trip was completely fantastic, I’m smitten with everything about that place. The food was made for me (Southern meets French) and there was literally music everywhere I went…real, good music at that. Bourbon street is definitely a must do experience but 1 night would have been enough for me.
Loved Jackson Square on Sunday morning. Ate breakfast on the steps of a church and listened to all the talented musicians. Even paid a poet to write us all a collective birthday poem:
Must check out the Carousel Bar at this place:
Luke’s was a great surprise, loved their food.
My favorite part of the trip by far was our trip to the Swamp. In my mind a swamp is a dirty, foggy, smelly place with mucky critter infested waters. I could not have been more wrong. The swamp lands were so beautiful and majestic. I actually felt serenity and peace on AN ALLIGATOR TOUR! Who would have thought?!
It made a great destination for a girls trip but I must come back and take my husband, NOLA is magically romantic.
It was an unforgettable trip.
With my big trip to France on the horizon I was not going to go on this “Let’s celebrate turning 30″ trip with my girlfriends to New Orleans. After a little convincing from my BFF Misha I decided it would be a great last irresponsible decision of my 20′s kind of trip and said YES! So tomorrow morning I head out with 8 friends to explore the french quarter. We will be taking a tour of the city and drinking our way through town. I picked out some top-notch restaurants to try based on a combination of James Beard award nominees and recommendations from friends:
[yes I made this because I am a crazy organized planner]
We tried to get in to Couchon but it didn’t work out.
So now we are going to try:
Incriminating photos to follow.
We recently got back from our trip to visit our god-daughter LOLA for her 2nd birthday! My best friend Brittany did an amazing job compiling supplies and crafting elements for the party. She delegated a few things to me and her Mom and we all pitched in to set up this very pink party. LOLA loves Minnie Mouse and had so much fun seeing all her favorite friends.
Let’s start with the decor:
Again, this was the invite I made for the party – we blew it up and made a big poster.
Pink, Black and White Poms were ordered from Express Poms on Etsy.
I made a ton of printables to stick around the house.
The Gift Table
Britt made these awesome sparkly mason jars to hold all the flowers.
I arranged the flowers and Britt’s mom made these amazing Mini heads.
Brittany makes some super fun garlands, you must check out her shop:
The photo op area turned out really cute too, Brittany took a bunch of different colored crepe paper and fringed/twisted it to make the backdrop.
Britt wanted to keep it simple so she served lots of snack options, a make your own sandwich type bar and some crockpots with Mac N’ Cheese.
And check out these adorable cupcakes!
The drink table had two kinds of pink lemonade, one for adults and one for kiddos [that were carefully labeled]!
Britt had planned tons of fun activities for the guests including: Cookie decorating, pin the bow on the Minnie, a coloring table, and a make your own Minnie bow headband station.
Britt made one of her famous thumbprint guest sign in pages:
The Birthday Girl
Other fun pics
All in all it was a super fun day!
My girlfriend at work introduced me to a great site to order unique but inexpensive pieces of art for your home.
Here are a few of my favorites:
You know I love me some chunky necklaces. With the new Spring brights I have been adding to my wardrobe I need to get some fun necklaces to pair with things. Here are a few sites I am using to find good pieces:
I am starting to collect some new pieces for Spring/Summer to brighten up my wardrobe. Here is an outfit I picked up at Forever this week:
I am loving ripped and torn pants and shorts right now. These are great if you’re like me and actually have a booty and they are pretty true to size unlike most pants at F21. The shoes are a cheap brand I found at a little boutique store in Aliso, they cost a whopping $13! I couldn’t find the actual floral top I purchased but this is a close second. Here is a shot of the one I picked:
My little nephews are so adorable I just had to share a few pics:
Lots of love to their beautiful mamas and papas too!
As most of you know LOLA is my god-daughter. Today is her 2nd birthday, I’ll be headed up on Friday to celebrate with her all weekend. LOLA brings so much joy to our lives, Jon and I are always excited to facetime with her and sing silly songs or play our funny face game. Having LOLA has certainly helped take our minds off our own difficulties having kids while simultaneously making us EVEN MORE excited to give her some pals. I am absolutely obsessed with her gorgeous red hair (duh) and all the funny sounding new words she is practicing. I can’t wait to spoil her and her parents with love this weekend! xoxo
I got to take a trip for a whopping 5 days to Las Vegas last week. It was a work trip where we got to play most of the time. Jon was able to join me and my boss and the three of us had a great time drinking and eating at some of the best restaurants in town.
We flew out of the newly remodeled Long Beach Airport which now has two terrific bars.
Upon arrival I went straight to the pool – I was in desperate need of a tropical drink and some sunshine. Success!
We enjoyed so many fancy meals I lost track, having a foodie boss is THE BEST (#spoiled). In no particular order we went to Bouchon, Le Cirque, Julian Serano, Wicked Spoon, Firefly, B&B Ristorante, PUB, La Cave, etc. they all were fantastic choices.
Le Cirque – Paul Lee
B & B Ristorante – Mario Batali
Bouchon - Thomas Keller
Wicked Spoon – aka best buffet in Vegas (at the Cosmo)
PUB – Todd English
Try the Adult Milkshakes
Firefly (the one on Paradise) – My favorite Restaurant in Vegas, the best sangria and tapas!
Julian Serano – A close second for best tapas
If you like lemon drop martinis order your next one with a splash of Chambord…trust me.
Late night exploits
Finding a healthy satisfying breakfast is always challenging for me. I usually crave eggs and bacon and we all know nothing can compare to a delicious bacon-y breakfast. The recipe I’m about to share does not beat out bacon BUT it was really satisfying and has been energizing my mornings all week. It never occurred to me to use Quinoa as a breakfast food!
Like my paper bowl? Haha. Sorry for the less than stellar picture I forgot to take one when I made it at home, so this was taken at work.
I was listening to the radio last week and this girl started talking about how she took a “Mega Bus” from Los Angeles to San Fran for only $18. The trip only took her an hour longer than it would if she had driven herself (because they make two pit stops) and the buses were brand new and had bathrooms on board. You can take this bus out of LA or Riverside and go straight to Vegas for under $20 each way. No driving just sit and read and bam you are there.
I just scored such a rad house for this years Ladiespalooza trip in Palm Springs!
You can check out the house here:
But here are a few pics: