Endless Summer

23 Sep

Today marks the first day of Fall, a season that I’ve recently realized is my favorite time of the year (stay tuned for why). In my last post, which was a very long time ago, I set some goals for the summer months and although I didn’t achieve all of them it was a pretty great summer in San Diego! Here’s a quick look back…

My Best Friend's Wedding

A trip to LA for the NKOTBSB concert

A planted herb "garden" (check!)

Countless trips to San Francisco for work (and play!)

Time spent at the beach (and I went in the ocean, check!)

Add many hours spent lounging by the pool sipping homemade sangria, a fabulous trip to the Del Mar Race Track (check!), some “unforgettable” nights out in PB and some fantastic FAWs to the list and I’d say it was a perfect San Diego summer.

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Summer Lovin’

17 Jun

Sure, we are still a few days from the first “official day of Summer” but I’ve always considered Memorial Day Weekend the kickoff to the summer season. Living in a climate that is practically perfect 365 days a year, this whole “summer” thing seems a little less relevant. However, being a Wisconsin girl, where it is totally possible there will still be snow on the ground in May, I think the summer months are something to celebrate! Summer means sundresses and flip-flops, BBQ’s, sun-kissed skin and naturally bleached hair. It’s a time to re-charge your batteries, eat outside, and enjoy a little extra time with friends as the sun stays out longer each night. In honor of this fabulous season I’ve decided to put together a little list of things I’d like to do this summer.

We’ll see come August how many things I can check off this list, but I’m excited to have some ideas of ways I’d like to spend these next few months. Happy Summer everyone, enjoy it!!

Crispy Orange Chicken {Good Food}

5 Jun

I am a huge fan of Chinese food. I love the idea of “family style”; ordering a ton of different dishes and sharing. This always means there will be  leftovers! In college I was a waitress at P.F. Changs and fell in love with their Orange Chicken (as well as everything else on the menu). When I found this recipe I was beyond excited to try it and although I was hopeful it would turn out I was sure it wouldn’t measure up to my beloved P.F. Changs dish. Boy was I wrong! The chicken pieces had the perfect amount of crunch and the sauce was delicious. This Orange Chicken is a must-try! I paired it with rice (duh) and these Crispy Parmesan Asparagus sticks – yum yum yum! Happy cooking!

Orange Creamsicle Cookies {Good Food}

15 May

Who doesn’t love an orange creamsicle? The yummy orange flavor mixed with creamy goodness, it is a match made in heaven. I recently came across this recipe for creamsicle cookies and they turned out better than I could have hoped for! I might even go as far to say they are my new cookie and are SUPER easy to make. Grab an orange and some white chocolate chips next time you go to the grocery store, you need to mix up a batch of these.

Pup-iversary

13 May

Today marks Mozzarella and I’s 1 year anniversary. It was a year ago today that I fell in love with a little fur ball of cuteness in a McDonalds parking lot in PB – note to all potential puppy buyers this is not an intelligent way to purchase a puppy. All sketchiness aside, that little fur ball has become the love of my life and I can’t imagine a day without her. Happy Anniversary peanut, looking forward to many more.

Pink & Black Perfection {Dazzling Decor}

6 May

When I first saw this ADORABLE room on Arianna Belle I’m pretty sure I let out a squeal of pure delight and yelled “I NEED THAT COUCH!” I immediately headed over to High Gloss Magazine (a digital magazine filled with TONS of fabulous inspiration) because I needed to get the full story behind this picture of Pink Perfection. From there my jealousy only grew because this Bachelorette Pad is my ULTIMATE dream.

The dinning room has an effortless sense of elegance. I love the texture of the black chairs and cannot get enough of the framed map used as the central piece of art. This is such a wonderful way to pay tribute to a special place in a clean, classy way.

Along with being gorgeous, this kitchen really makes the most out of the alloted space. The open design is ideal for a small space and I prefer it for entertaining. Can’t you imagine all of the fabulous cocktail parties you could host in this chic pad? I am in L-O-V-E  LOVE! Be sure to get the whole scoop at High Gloss!

Pure Barre

3 May

Shortly after my move to San Diego I heard about this new workout trend called the “bar method”.  It is a workout that draws on the technique and principals of ballet combined with small isometric movements  and strives to create a lean, firm sculpted body.  As a past ballerina I was immediately intrigued and when Groupon had a deal for classes at Pure Barre I decided to give it a try.

I’ve gone to 4 classes and think I am FINALLY getting the hang of it. Every time I leave utterly exhausted but feeling amazing. I highly suggest giving it a try!