Wedding planning is in full force and I am in complete heaven. However, aside from marrying Nathan, the wedding day is almost like a road block to the most exciting part: the honeymoon! A passion among many that Nathan and I share is traveling. Our days usually consist of at least one conversation about where we want to go, what we would do if we went there, and how we could make the trip happen. We are so fortunate to be heading to Europe the day after our wedding for a little over three weeks! We will start out in St. Tropez, France, head over to Paris, then Bruges, Belgium to Heidelberg, Germany, and finally England (we may squeeze Italy somewhere in there, too). Of course, with such an amazing trip less than two months away, my excitement is almost paralyzing! Today I decided it would be fun if I started baking and cooking dishes that represent the places we will soon be! What is more French than a classic tart?This tarte-aux-fraises is simply to die for, and a real crowd pleaser! I can’t wait to eat this on the shores of St. Tropez and along the Seine in wedded bliss!
I have been gone for so long. I have honestly thought and thought about what my first post should be about after such a lengthy hiatus, and it feels oddly overwhelming, for so much has happened in life, so I will start there! I am engaged! I have been so giddy and excited planning my wedding that I have neglected this part of my life – the part that makes my happier than anything – this blog! Today, I will neglect this blog no more, because I want to share the journey to my wedding with everyone. I will start with the story!
Nathan and I have been dating since our senior year of high school. As our friendship grew so did our feelings. We dated our senior year of high school all the way through college. Nathan’s college was only 30 minutes away from mine, and despite the drive and seemingly different lives with different majors one thing never changed: our love. Instead of growing apart, we only grew closer! After graduating I moved home to Santa Barbara and Nathan moved to LA, and even still, distance was no match for our love. Nathan finally moved back to Santa Barbara and we were together in the same city again! On February 16 of this year, our five year anniversary rolled around. Nathan told me we were going to visit Palm Springs (which happens to be my favorite place on planet earth) so it didn’t seem like anything too out of the ordinary. I love to poke around the amazing shops, soak up the sun, eat at the amazing restaurants, swim, and feel the colorful and exciting energy of the city. We were going to walk around the grounds of La Quinta Resort which is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place California offers, before getting dinner and driving home. Nathan started acting odd and moving the hotel’s outdoor furniture around. He told me he was going to give me my card and gift, but he did not have one in his hand, so I started to wonder what his deal was. He told me he memorized his card and wanted to tell me it to my face. He started to recite the most beautiful poem that he wrote and was shaking, and I finally began to understand what was happening. Instead of crying like any normal girl would do, I started laughing and kept telling him to “stop!” The poem concluded with “Will you marry me?” Instead of screaming an enthusiastic “yes,” I grabbed the ring from his fingers, making him pry it out of my hands as I realized I had not yet answered. This was the most special day of my entire life, and I cannot wait to share my planning process with everyone! Click to see some engagement photo’s! All photos are by the AMAZING Anna Joy Photo. If you are in the Santa Barbara area you must check her out! Continue reading
I am all about mid-century modern recently. The furniture is so classic yet whimsical at the same time in its interesting shapes. I found this gorgeous little table/desk for only ten bucks! Amidst all the junk at the thrift store I was drawn to its interesting leg shape and wood pattern on the front cabinet. By buying some new hardware and sprucing up the wood it looks so glamorous and expensive. I love it! I always am telling friends that you have to train your eye at thrift stores and antique shops to be able to single out pieces and see the vision of them outside of their cluttered surroundings! Click to read more about the transformation of this!
I started by rubbing this bees wax on the wood – always following the grain of the wood.
After removing the old pull knob, there were holes that did not match my new knob! I bought this wood filler to cover the holes.
I then drilled a hole for my new knob.
I love how glamorous this knob is! Knobs are a quick, effective, and cheap way to spruce up old furniture!
I added some fun accessories to spruce it up.
I just love how this turned out! So easy and fun!
While many men know how to slap a steak on the barbeque, they may feel a little awkward in the kitchen. The reality is that if you can cook on a barbie you can cook in an oven, and if you can read, a recipe is actually pretty easy! Since cooking on a barbecue is so fool proof guys seem to keep there culinary skills strictly at the barbecue. These skills can be translated directly to the kitchen, and what better time of year to take that leap of faith than around Valentines Day! In fact, the modern barbeque is becoming more and more like an outdoor kitchen where you can cook almost anything! Check out these awesome barbecues at BBQ’s Galore and see just how amazing some of these new up and coming contraptions can be! Why not treat yourself with a new barbecue AND spoil your significant other with the great meals you will make on one of these beauties!
Keep reading for a few easy meal ideas for the man who’s never cooked for himself but wants to make a big impression this Valentines Day!
One of my dearest friends Rachel has lived in San Francisco for the past two and a half years. She is packing up and moving back to Santa Barbara, so Nathan and I decided to visit her for one last hurrah in the city, and help her pack up of course! I LOVE this place! The eclectic vibe has excited me these last few days in a way it never did during past visits. I am so enamored by the detailed architecture, heavenly food scene, and overall energy that lies in the city’s streets. Here are a few pictures I have taken thus far.
[Rachel and I on her stoop! She lived in the most adorable neighborhood.]
[We walked the streets of China town on Chinese new years!]
[Nathan and I went to dinner on Fisherman's Wharf, Nathan enjoyed crab bisque and I went for caprese.]
[We visited The Embarcadero farmer's market! I loved all the gorgeous flowers.]
[We got lunch at what I would call the BEST sandwich place in the world! I have visited this place every time I have been in San Fran. They put 4, yes 4 avocados in my ten inch sandwich!]
[My cheese and avocado sandwich]
[Nathan' s roast beef!]
[We decided to take the 1 home to enjoy the breathtaking views!]
I am a HUGE fan of chow mein. However, I am not a huge fan of the baggage it leaves behind (remember the saying, “a moment on the lips forever on the hips?”) Since I am currently in the process of downsizing my hips, chow mein is not really in the cards for me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about it a whole lot. Spaghetti squash is my new saving grace. Whenever I crave noodles, spaghetti squash will do the job! I have grown to love this squash and in the midst of my health craze it makes me feel comforted and satisfied. This chowmein spin is so amazing I will make it over and over again! Enjoy.
Today was very green. Breakfast was a kale smoothie, lunch was avocado toast, and dinner was salsa verde. It rocked and it was healthy. Avocado toast has been one of my favorite foods since birth. I came into this world eating avocado, it is in my DNA. Avocado toast with a little lime, sea salt and a few chili flakes is really truly magical – it’s up there with grilled cheese for me. Anyways I know it is simple but I love it SO much I had to shout it from the rooftops by sharing with you. Enjoy!