Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Favorite Finds from Uncommon Goods!

J and I have been on a mission to spruce up our place lately, so I was super excited when UncommonGoods contacted me to share some of my favorites from their site. Let's just say - there's sooooo many cool things that I had a hard time choosing! ;)

UncommonGoods started with a mission to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking from truly special goods, regardless of the distance between the maker and shopper. UncommonGoods features a variety of unique finds, from home decor, art, gifts, and more! Their company also places a strong emphasis on sustainability, which not only means working with their suppliers to create their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner, but also to treat every individual inside and outside their company with dignity and respect. They also have a program that will donate $1 on your behalf to a non-profit organization when making a purchase from their site.

Check out their collection of awesome home decor goods here! I love the unique, clever details on everything they have! Lots to ooh and aah over. :) Some of my favorites:
left to right, top to bottom: 
1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Those camera pillows may be the cutest things I've ever seen! I love the stained glass on the feathers and the raindrop mobile - the colors are so vibrant! I love the suspension bridge shelves - so clever - and the wood on the wall shelf (and you can never go wrong with shelving space). J and I are big wine drinkers, so I love the wall mount wine bar. I also love the cool texture and bright colors of the rug. And the cork map would be great for pinning mini travel photos to, of places J and I have been.

J has also been on the lookout for more art to put up on our walls. Uncommon Goods definitely has a great selection of art here. There is something for everyone's tastes and styles. Here are some of my picks:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

I loved the Venn Diagram heart print - so cute (plus I love the woodgrain design). I apparently am very much loving wood right now, because I love the wooden skyline piece and the wooden block takara piece. And, since I'm a coffee fiend, and I love graphic posters, I had to include the espresso poster.

They also have a great selection of gifts for couples here. I see lots of fun goodies that we can fidt our coupled up friends this holiday season.

Be sure to check out the rest of the site - you will get lost looking for hours! ;)

note: This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions and text are my own.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Twirly Time

I love twirling. I love wearing things that are fun to twirl in. This dress had "twirly" written all over it! I was super excited when Shabby Apple contacted me to collaborate - lots of super cute pieces, all with a vintage flair, and perfect to twirl in!

I am wearing the Bonheur Blue dress here. It is from their From the Archives collection. I love this dress - it is a classic, timeless piece. It is super flattering, with a defined waist and a full skirt. I joked that I kind of felt like a 50's housewife in it, but I loved it! (J and I have talked about hosting a dinner party, and if we do, I think I should wear this dress, with an apron, and pin curls - HA!)

I was a little afraid that it would be too long, and fall at an awkward length, but it ended up being the perfect midi length. I knew as soon as I tried it on and saw how full the skirt was, that I would be twirling in this thing.

My friend June and I had been planning a photo outing for ages now (me being super busy lately, she made plans with me 2 months in advance. Smart girl). We kind of failed at the photo taking part, and took photos of each other for like 10 minutes total (FAIL), but she did get these cute shots of me. I am sure we had a bunch of weird looks from passerbys who were like "what the heck is that girl doing randomly twirling in a doorway," but whatever. We had fun anyways! Next time we will have to plan the photo outing part a liiiiiittle bit better.

Dress: c/o Shabby Apple
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Glitter heels: a random mall store around these parts

Friday, August 28, 2015

Adventures in Palm Springs

Took a quick weekend getaway to Palm Springs last weekend - my (belated) 30th birthday present from J - where the highs were well over 100 degrees!

"WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!" is the reaction that I got every time I told someone I was going to Palm Springs in August, and after awhile, I started to think the same (especially after I started figuring out that a lot of businesses close in he month of August)...but actually, the heat wasn't toooooo bad.

I had been dying to go to Palm Springs for awhile after admiring all the super cool photos that a lot of bloggers have posted about their own trips, so I was super excited to head there myself!

Our first stop in Palm Springs was Cheeky's. I had read lots of good things about this place, so I was excited to try it for myself! The wait was short since we headed there on a Friday afternoon, and we were there during their slow season (they actually took their summer holiday for the month, and had just happened to reopen the day before we arrived - yay!). It has a super fun, funky vibe, and the menu has some unique items. We ordered a bunch of stuff: the chilaquiles; buttermilk waffles with figs, ricotta, and almond slivers; the bacon flight; pesto fries; and a cheddar scone. Everything we had was super tasty.

Birba, which is Cheeky's sister restaurant and next door, was at the top of my list of dinner, but was sadly still closed for their summer holidays.

We then drove out to Joshua Tree for a little bit. It was probably 10 degrees cooler there than in Palm Springs proper, and there was a nice breeze so we took a little stroll around. It was super empty, so it almost felt as if we had the entire place to ourselves which was awesome. And of course, there were lots of cool photo ops!

We went down to Keys View to admire the view of the So-Cal smog  the valley and the surrounding mountains.

Drove back into town to check into the hotel. The real reason I dragged us to Palm Springs in the midst of the scorching hot summer? There was a really good deal for The Saguaro that I couldn't pass up (geez, I wonder why - it was only 105 degrees!). I'd seen so many photos of this hotel and was dying to stay there because of the cool design.

It is seriously the most photogenic hotel. I took a million photos of it. I loved all the color! Could not stop admiring it all weekend long. The lobby and rooms were superbly decorated as well. Everything there is just a feast for the eyes.

We spent a lot of time at El Jefe, the in-house tequila bar/Mexican restaurant. It is owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces, and known as one of the best tequila bars in the country. I am not usually a huge tequila drinker (I have been turned off by bad reactions to the super cheap stuff), but I was all about the margaritas here.They let you order the drinks to go, and take them to the pool, so we kept doing that instead of ordering from the pool bar. The nachos and the guac there was are also ah-maaaa-zing. Wanted to try the tacos too, but never had enough room in my stomach.

Dinner the first night was at Johannes. It is a favorite of locals - our Uber driver even told us that we were in for a treat when we told him we were headed there. It has a really classy vibe without it being  super stuffy. The food was super delicious - I didn't even take photos of my meal! We started with the Cheese Spatzle, and both ordered Schnitzels, which is their specialty (they have a bunch of different versions of it). The portions were huge - I was stuffed after half of dish.

Stopped by Great Shakes for some milkshakes for dessert. Totally hit the spot. Had a mint oreo shake - it was super intense but super yummy.

Our first stop the next morning was Koffi. The coffee was great - we both enjoyed the honey vanilla latte. We enjoyed it so much that we HAD to make a stop the next morning on the way to the airport and almost missed our flight because of it. OOPS.

Headed over to the Parker...

The entire hotel is pure eye candy - it is designed by Jonathan Adler. I just wanted to move in, IMMEDIATELY.

We had brunch at Norma's. Definitely one of the best brunches we have ever had! J had the turkey and sweet potato hash, and I had the Norma's Benny, which was on pancakes instead of English muffins. So good!

After brunch, we headed up to the Aerial Tramway.

There were some amazing views on the way up. One of us had a shirt soaked in sweat because of a fear of heights (hint: not me!). The elevation at the bottom is about 2600 feet, and the tram takes you up to the top, which is at about 8500 feet.

The biggest selling point for doing this was that it was 30 degrees cooler at the top - all of a sudden, you are out of the desert, and in the mountains. We did the desert view trail, which had some awesome views of the valley.

Afterwards, we headed to the Ace Hotel and made a stop at King's Highway, where I had an excellent burger. Also had a pina colada, which really hit the spot. They filmed a scene of Mad Men, so it was cool seeing it in person.

We also jumped in the photo booth, and then of course i had to take a photo in front of the Ace sign!

Back to our hotel, and of COURSE we had to have more pool time with margaritas.

We had dinner that night at Tinto, which is the other restaurant in the Saguaro (and also owned by Jose Garces). We ordered a million things, and everything we had was delicious. My favorites were the bacon wrapped dates (pictured on the right), and shrimp in a garlic-lemon sauce (the table next to us ordered and we just HAD to get it ourselves, because the sauce smelled sooooooo good).

Til next time, Palm Springs...

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Dirty Thirty

I turned 30 today.

Another decade older, and a whole lot wiser? ....or not.

When I turned 29 last year, I was in a state of panic because I kept thinking about what I thought I should be as I approached my 30s, and how I was nowhere close to that. As the year went on, I think I slowly started accepting the fact that maybe I wasn't exactly where I thought was supposed to be at this age, but that's okay because I have a lot of good things going on in my life.

It's funny thinking about what the 20-year-old me expected life to look like at 30...I thought I would be working in magazine publishing, living in or have just finished a stint living in New York, married with a kid. I ended up moving to San Francisco, ditched the work in magazines plan (funny thing is that even though I said journalism was not for me after all, a big part of my current job guessed it, writing), and have no rush to have any kids anytime soon (although I keep biological clock is ticking!).

But when all is said and done, I feel incredibly lucky to be happy, healthy, to have had amazing experiences and opportunities come my way, and to be surrounded with incredible people who love and support me.

As I enter a new decade, I've started about how my life will look like when I turn 40. To be honest, I'm not really sure what 40 will look like. I'm sure it will be completely different than what I had in my mind.

But I'm ready for the new adventures, and all the experiences that this new decade will bring. Bring it, 30!
(and yes, I hope to start blogging again)