Dating LA: No. 2


 ^^^going up!^^^
 ^^^i could easily live in the clouds^^^
 ^^^the prettiest shades of blue ever^^^
 ^^^his serious business, co-pilot face^^^
 ^^^just a wee bit excited over here^^^
 ^^^our mini plane^^^
 ^^^apparently that's how gas is pumped into planes^^^
 ^^^the sea or the sky?^^^
 ^^^never ending grid^^^

Date number two in our Dating LA series was hub's turn and he opted for the surprise route. All I was told was to dress warm enough for an outdoor activity (yes LA has finally, somewhat, sometimes cooled off) and in layers so I would have the option to remove some if necessary. We got up bright and early to head off to the Santa Monica Airport, at which point I suspected the date involved either a small plane or a hot air balloon ride... but still, hubs would not budge! And with good reason as I was right about the small airplane part. A co-worker of hubs recently got his pilot's license and now eagerly needs to log in hours, something I'm sure we'll be taking full advantage of! Yes we trusted him, and I'm so glad we did since the experience was incredible. I've been on too many planes in my lifetime to keep track and yet somehow, this was completely different. For starters, this plane was a three seater! Ok maybe we could squeeze in a fourth but that's really about it. Hubs sat co-pilot and it was kind of surreal to be able to see all the instruments on the dashboard. We also had to wear headphones with little microphones attached to them to be able to hear each other over the loud roaring engine. Take-off and landing were surprisingly not scary, which they sometimes are to me on big planes. And maybe because the plane was so small, it felt like I was actually flying in the sky... like I was a part of the sky myself! Doesn't make much sense? I guess it's because when you're in a big plane, after a while you forget you're even in the air because you're so detached from it all. Not in this little guy though, I felt it all and I mean that in the best possible way! I couldn't stop grinning and mouthing to hubs- "best date ever!" Flying over the mountains made me completely forget about the rough work week I had just been through. I mean how can much else matter when you're floating through the air on possibly the most beautiful day ever right?! In that moment I felt so free and all my worries seemed so small in comparison to what I was experiencing. We flew to another mini airport north of where we started (I can't remember the name) and had brunch with our pilot/friend. Another first on this date, having a chaperon... just kidding. But it was fun to share this with someone obviously just as passionate about flying as we were. On the way back we took the coastal route and that was breathtaking too! The shades of blue and where sky and sea melted together were just so beautiful and try as I might, I still don't think those pics up there quite do them justice. I'm not really sure how I'm going to top this one guys... I may have to get creative. This is something I definitely recommend for anyone that likes adventure and isn't scared of flying (for obvious reasons). We were lucky that a friend of ours took us but I'm sure you could find pilots that regularly take people out. If not, my advice is to find a friend with a pilots license and needs to log in the hours ;)

***Today I am thankful for the chance to fly in a mini plane... it was just beyond words!^^^


Pumpkin Scents...


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As it's the last day of September, I feel it is now socially expectable to bust out the pumpkin scented candles right? And in the name of research (and possibly border line obsession), I have taken it upon myself to seek out the best of the best when it comes to pumpkin candles and here are my findings... you are welcome!

1 / Williams-Sonoma Essential Oils Candle in Pumpkin: In love with everything Williams-Sonoma, this candle doesn't disappoint! With hints of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, this candles leaves a spicy aroma in the air. Perfect for a romantic night in, cozily sipping wine by the fire side.

2 / Yankee Candle in Spiced Pumpkin: This is a tried and tested, good ol' favorite of my. I mean, you can never really go wrong with a Yankee candle can you? I especially like to light this one before having friends over or after just cleaning the house since it gives the allusion of a delicious pie baking in the oven. The only downside, my cause sporadic pumpkin pie cravings!  

3 / P.F. Candle Co. in Spiced Pumpkin: Comparable to it's Yankee counterpart, this one also smells of mouthwatering pumpkin goodness. This one however smells slightly less sugary and more cinnamony (which I prefer) and the packaging basically had me at first sight. And it's locally handmade! A new favorite of mine that will definitely be sticking around for a while I think.

4 / Boulangerie Jar in Pumpkin Souffle: True to it's name, you may end up craving desert here too (am I sensing a pattern?) With sweet lingering smells of maple syrup and vanilla, this candle has that little extra something to set it apart from the traditional pumpkin candle we have all come to love.

5 / Nest Candle in Pumpkin Chai: Obviously the splurge in the group and I am totally ok with that! This one is probably the least sweet smelling of the group which was a refreshing take on the pumpkin candle. Hints of spicy masala chai, cardamom, and ginger play down the sweet and instead extrude a mysterious, almost flirty aroma.

***Today I am thankful for whoever invented pumpkin scented candles in the first place... simply genius!***


A Lovely Month: August Edition


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Possibly the most shameless month recap in the history of monthly recaps (on my end anyways) and yep, I'm so sharing August when we are so nearly done with September. But hey, at least my calendar reflects the current month and that's always great right?! So August... it was so long ago that it's getting fuzzy and hard to remember. But if my Instagram feed is anything to go by (and please know it's not the most accurate account of my life, just the edited version) it seems to have been a good one. There was meeting up with old college friends that were traveling through which was nice and also a little surreal. Realizing that the last time we had seen each other had been at my wedding... which forced me to realize that it was nearly four years ago... which in turn lead me to realize it's been over seven years since I graduated college... that then smacked me right in the face with the fact that we are all turning 30 next year... THIRTY! I mean, I can't even. So I won't...

I also went and saw Arcade Fire with hubs and the gang and that was amazing! They are just so good and I nearly leaped for joy (and slight drunkenness) when they played some of my old favorites like Keep the Car Running, which also made me very aware of old I am. Hubs was the one that introduced me to them back when we were courting. Ha! more like awkwardly dating but not really admitting it since neither of us wanted to acknowledge that we had fallen for each other despite the fact that we lived oceans apart. But courting sounds way more romantic so we'll leave it at that. August was the month of reflection, meditating, and just being still. I tried really hard with all sorts of things. From pampering myself, to anti-gravity yoga, to taking in more sunsets than I can remember. It was all very good for the soul which is in turn is good for my mind and heart. I also found myself re-decorating and de-cluttering. Two things I do when I 'm feeling unsettled. Surround yourself with beauty, whatever that might be for you, and it can work wonders a know. I guess that's why I'm always buying flowers too (I am my mother's daughter after all)... they just fill any space with instant positive energy and good vibes. They also smell nice which is a plus. I tired jumping back on the fitness bandwagon which was going strong about a week or two and then life got in the way. Silly things like work and late hours. So I settled for good food and great company. It's a balancing act that I don't know if I'll ever quite master. And thinking about it now it's pretty ridiculous of me to try seeing as how I don't have the best balance in general. I love hard, I work passionately, I give it my all till I have nothing left to go give, and spread myself thin (the ever people pleaser)... sigh. I read somewhere (or heard somewhere) something about there not being such a thing as the perfect work-life balance. I can't really remember it and I'm probably already butchering it but you get the idea. Trying to achieve that perfect balance in life is like trying to find a unicorn. Some may claim to achieve it but few will have proof. Anyways, enough late night philosophy from me. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how I want to view things), I've got work in the early morning so I best be getting myself to bed.

***Today I am thankful for mythical unicorns... lovely in theory but do they actually exist is my question*** 


Happy Birthday Mama!


I pretty much lucked out in the mom department you guys. For as long as I can remember, my mama has been my go to person with most of life's joys, sorrows, gossip...

The one that would let me play dress up in all her fabulous clothes and tap dance on the glass coffee table in her heels. Alright, so maybe not the latter but I did try...

The one that would drive me around from dance practice to cheer practice, even sewing costumes for me and at least 5 others because I always volunteered her... #bestmomever

The one I would test limits and fight with because she was so unfair and let's face it, I was a bratty teenager...

The one I gushed to about friends and boys as she blow dried my hair (yes I wore straight hair every. single. day in high school, oh high school!) It was a fair trade off I suppose...

The one I ran to the first time I experienced a broken heart...

The one that encouraged me when I said I wanted to study fashion design and insisted I got my artistic inclinations from her...

The one that would overnight me packages of homemade frozen cuban food while in college because she feared I would starve...

The one I picked up my love of flowers and slight obsessive cleaning habits from which really, actually complement each other quite nicely I think...

The one I still crave when I'm feeling sick, sad, or blue...

And the one I look up to most and hope to be like someday when motherhood comes. If I could be half the mother and friend she's been and continues being, I would happy...

I love you to bits and although there may be many miles between us, please know that you are always in my heart and thoughts. Happy Birthday mama!

***Today I am thankful for my mama, she's seriously the best friend a girl could ask for!***


Link Love 8.17.14


1/ Sarah from Harper & Harley is one of my new favorite style icons that I've been crushing on as of late...

2/ Will Rodgers is where you can find me today, probably snapping away at everything in sight!

3/ A little haircut inspiration via Pinterest because I'm going for that disheveled put together look...

4/ I just NEED this dainty skull ring in my life from Michelle Chang Jewelry over on Etsy...

5/ I'm low and parted mainly, sometimes the high pony... which pony tail are you?

Happy Sunday everyone! Sundays are always pretty bittersweet for me and they seem to come way too fast! It's like I just left work only to turn around and go right back. Am I the only one feeling this way? I'm not too upset about this weekend coming to a close though because I had Friday off and a long weekend is always appreciated... and sometimes needed. I've been on a fitness and self pampering quest as of late and I made sure to indulge extra these last few days. I had some girly me time with a much needed haircut (inspired that pic above) and some eye brow threading (also desperately needed!) along with a few face masks, some new skin/hair product splurges. I even painted my nails guys! I nicely complemented all of that with an early anti gravity yoga class, started the 30 day yoga challenge at home, did loads of meditating/stretching, and I even squeezed some running in there. Oh and today I'll be off hiking! I have this habit you see, when things outside of my control are well, out of control, I usually turn to improving my fitness and well-being since those are things I can control. I need to be able to feel like I'm still the boss of something in my life and luckily those are things that benefit me too. A healthy body makes for a happy mind and heart ya know. Have a good one!

***Today I am thankful for the extra day off... it was definitely needed!***


Walking The Line...


hat: urban outfitters (similar) | sunglasses: coach | top: madewell (similar) | jeans: diesel | shoes: dvf | purse: camden market | watch: michael kors | bangle: madewell | bracelet: mint julep | lipstick: m.a.c. (lady at play)


Dating LA: No. 1


 ^^^enjoying the architecture of downtown^^^
 ^^^the famous ace hotel^^^
 ^^^drawings on the walls, literally^^^
 ^^^always looking up^^^
 ^^^love the street art^^^
 ^^^one of my favorite street art pieces^^^
 ^^^trying to take a couple's selfie^^^
 ^^^hubs loves his popsicles, but especially on a hot day^^^

A few weekends ago hubs and I decided to start "dating" again. I mean, we hang out all the time right? So what exactly is different? For starters, it's so easy to get stuck in a rut and only go to our local spots that have been tried and tested. There's still so much to explore in this large city known as L.A. that I thought it would be fun to explore the unknown. One of my favorite things ever is sharing new experiences with hubs, it helps us create a stronger bond and keeps our relationship fresh. So what exactly is the catch you may be asking? Well, when it comes to our individual ideas of what a perfect date is, we tend to differ... sometimes a lot! So here are a few simple rules we are (hopefully) sticking to:

1/ one person gets to plan a whole day (A WHOLE DAY!) of fun activities in the neighborhood of their choice...

2/ all activities (food spots too) should be completely NEW to the other person...

3/ the other person MUST go along with EVERYTHING planned, no vetoing....

So their it is folks... 3 simple rules that will help me get hubs to those museum exhibits I've been dying to go to and probably also end up with me on a segway sometime in the near future. Obviously his idea, not mine. The surprising thing (and maybe it shouldn't be) is that in our time together, I'm always caught off guard by how much fun I have with the things he proposes that I'm resistant to... and the same goes for him. I guess we both need to be more open minded and that started with date number 1, my date!

While I worked downtown for some time, hubs hasn't really ventured that way much and so I thought it was time to change that. We started with a late brunch at the Ace Hotel, LA Chapter that opened up earlier this year. Normally we tend to order different things so we can try more (food gluttons, I know!) but this time we were both craving the same thing and so the Chapter Breakfast with a side of sauteed mushrooms it was. Downstairs seating was pretty full so we opted to sit upstairs on the sofa and coffee table settings they have up there instead. Not a lot of people know this but you can order food up there. It was a different vibe from downstairs, quieter and a bit moody which I actually preferred. Plus the view of downstairs with that amazing checkered black and white tiling was well worth it. Hubs enjoyed it and we both agree, we need to come back for roof top drinks at a later date.

From there we strolled around downtown, making our way to the Renegade Craft Fair, taking in the architecture and graffiti as we did. I got to point out to hubs all the different buildings that always catch my eye and some cool new shops I knew he would love. He agreed, the shopping is way cooler now that new brands keeping popping up (hello Aesop and Tanner Goods!) compared to Santa Monica. Now here's where I went wrong... while I love to walk... could walk for miles on end, hubs claims to have heavy bones and therefor hates walking. I plugged the address of where we were going and assured hubs it was a mere 5 minutes... until 30 minutes later, we were still walking in the sweltering heat. What happened was I was reading the time distance for a car, not walking speed, whoops! I still insist that the best way to really see a city is to walk (or run) through it so whatever. We eventually made it and hubs made a bee-line for a popsicle stand that was selling freshly homemade ones in the craziest flavors imaginable. 3 popsicles later (I kid you not) and hubs was back in the game.

The fair was filled an array of vendors, all selling homemade or homegrown stuff, each more inspiring than the next. I was in heaven and just kept wondering to myself- why am I not out here doing stuff like this, selling my own product?! Oh sigh... one day. Anyways, I got the cutest little dream catcher for Beoynce (my car) from Lady Lu of the Wolves and also a few candles from P.F. Candle Co. (the teakwood & tobacco burn lovely with the amber & moss, fyi). Hubs got some specialty honey and contemplated a teddy for our new nephew back in England. I was even able to squeeze in a surprise visit from one of my friends and her baby boy that live in the area. Little I instantly warmed up to hubs and then deal was sealed when hubs climbed over a fence to retrieve a thrown (almost deemed lost) ball.

Overall, I would say it was a great date... long and tiring, the kind where you go to bed with a happy heart. Hubs liked it for the most part, though he wasn't impressed with how spread out downtown was and the fact that walking everywhere isn't always enjoyable. It's true, downtown can be an eyesore in spots with all the run down buildings and homeless people hanging about, not to mention the heat made it that much smellier. I think it's an area where you really, truly have to look hard for the beauty. But it's (sort of) there. He's not sold on the area yet, but I'm sure I can make him come around in future dates!

***Today I am thankful for these little dates of ours... love exploring and sharing new adventures with this man!***

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