DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of…

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of documenting our travels within an inch of their lives when we are out on adventures so I can remember every single thing. So I made myself some new journals to fill up this summer. (And a little zebra print never hurt anybody, am I right?)

Hope you make some! xoxo

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LA Travel // Where to Eat

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up…

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up being a good-food-fest, with one meal after another that was totally bangin’. So if you find yourself hungry in Los Angeles any time soon, I thought I’d share our favorite spots so you can get in on the culinary action.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Dinette is just a little walk-up window on the street in Echo Park, but it’s got a short menu full of winners. I can never turn down avocado toast and it didn’t disappoint. Turns out the avocado toast also pairs perfectly with a waffle. You guys know I’m a waffle fiend and this one was the best I’ve had in recent memory.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LAMILL is the perfect spot if you like to sit with a great cup of coffee or tea. Located in Silverlake, the land of the painfully cool hipster, it’s full of big leather chairs and banquettes and has a beautiful coffee bar. The breakfast menu is pretty great too (I told you I can’t say no to avocado toast — this one is a little fancier than Dinette’s but they’re equally delicious); Mr. Lovely was totally into the Silverlake Breakfast.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Joan’s on Third (Studio City) is a perfect spot for lunch. This second location of Joan’s is a carbon copy of the first, but slightly larger and way less frantic — there’s more patio seating, too. The space is beautiful and airy and black + white perfection. I love to get a trio of salads from the deli (this winning combo was couscous, kale salad, and tarragon chicken).

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Lemonade is one of my very favorite spots in LA. And they’re everywhere, so you don’t have to schlep to one part of town to eat there! It’s cafeteria-style California comfort food, and it’s all crazy fresh and flavorful. I usually like to just get a bunch of market side dishes and call it a meal. Mr. Lovely swears by the truffle mac and cheese + the strawberry lemonade mini cupcakes. And if they have watermelon rosemary lemonade when you’re there, you’d be a fool not to get it.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre was one of the new spots we tried and it was so incredible I forgot to take any photos except this foot selfie of the tile in the bathroom. It’s actually vegan and organic Mexican food, but don’t let that scare you if you’re a carnivore — it was so filling and hearty and stinking delicious I want to go back ASAP. Our menu recs: the flautas, the bowls, and the margaritas!

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Sockerbit is an old fave but I had to go back to stock up on my very favorite sour cola chewy candy. This place is just the most beautiful candy store you could hope for, with all kinds of crazy Swedish candies. Get a bag and try one of everything. You think I’m kidding but I’m totally not.

Are any of your favorites on our list? I’d love to know if you’ve ever ended up at one of these spots! Happy eating, Angelenos! xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Summer Travel // Packing for an Overnight

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips…

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips we have planned for the summer. We’ve got everything from overnighters to our big anniversary trip (and lots in between!), so I’m already thinking about packing. First up, a couple of overnight trips! Overnights can be tricky, right? Seems like it should be easier than packing for a long vacay, but you really have to pare down and just take the essentials. Here are mine.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

On a quick overnighter, my go-to is a romper, especially in the summer. It takes up no room in your bag, it’s super comfy, and you can fudge it for a day or night ensemble. (And for me, they’re easy nursing access. Bonus!) Dress it up with a couple of accessories like a snazzy watch or some hoopie hoop earrings and BAM you’re done.

On your feet? Sandals, duh! And may I recommend my new favorite pair? These bad boys from Payless are on repeat in my wardrobe right now. They’ll be coming with me on all of our travels for sure. Perfect for a car or plane ride because they’re so comfy, great for walking around all day, and sleek enough to take them out on the town at night. (Not to mention they’re on sale. Sale!) I may or may not be wearing them as I type this. Okay, I definitely am.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

A few other necessities: some cooler than cool sunnies (I’m digging a bit of an oversized situation these days), and a small clutch for going out. Put it all in a simple tote and you’re good to go! And for all of you cactus lovers, there’s a DIY tutorial coming up soon to make that little cactus tote. I’ve got ya covered.

What are your summer travel essentials? And where will you be heading this summer?! Share your travel plans so we can all daydream that we’re already on vacay. xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Air Travel With a Baby

Give Me Your Tips for Air Travel with a Baby

You lovelies were so helpful when I took to Instagram last time to ask for tips on road tripping with a babe! I thought it would be best to just…

Air Travel With a Baby

You lovelies were so helpful when I took to Instagram last time to ask for tips on road tripping with a babe! I thought it would be best to just stick with what works and ask for your help again. In about a month we’ll be taking little dude on his first flight, and I’d love to know your tips for flying with your tiny people!

He’ll be close to 7 months for his first flight, which is crazy because I know some of you mamas have been flying with your babies since they were just weeks old. So all of you baby travelin’ veterans, get up in those comments and let me know what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep little dude happy in the air. Thanks in advance, lovelies! xoxo

Let's Hit the Road

Planning a Road Trip (And a $500 Giveaway!)

It’s about that time! Every year instead of exchanging gifts, Mr. Lovely and I plan an anniversary trip and it’s time to start thinking about where we’ll be headed this year.

Let's Hit the Road

It’s about that time! Every year instead of exchanging gifts, Mr. Lovely and I plan an anniversary trip and it’s time to start thinking about where we’ll be headed this year. Last year I was preggo so our trip was pretty low-key. And this year we’ll be taking Henry with us! In thinking about what might be a fun and easy way to travel with the little dude, we hit on a pretty rad idea: Let’s Go RVing.

Go RVing

Aaahhh doesn’t that sound so fun?! Just us three crazy kids, out on the open road, cruising along in an RV. You know I love a road trip. And with the kiddo along with us we can take it easy and go at our own pace. We started putting together a dream itinerary and came up with a pretty sweet plan: West Coast, Top to Bottom.

Here’s what we’re kicking around. Start off in Seattle. Introduce Henry to Pike Place Market, the waterfront, and that whole beautiful city. Hop in the RV and cruise down to Portland. Stop by Pok Pok, and bug Chelsey for a while. Continue south and spend some time in Napa and California wine country. (My crazy husband has never been!) Keep heading down the west coast all the way to LA, and spend some time in our favorite haunts. Finish up by cruising just a little farther to Palm Springs and wrap up with a day or two in the desert!

Does that sound insanely fun or what? I just love the west coast and it’s been so long since we’ve gotten to experience all of our favorite cities. I got so pumped on the idea I put together a little road trip-inspired mood board full of things that I’d use to stock the RV.

gorvingString lights. Outdoor rug. Picnic table. Wine glasses. Camera. Flamingo towels. Baby bath robe. Speakers.

Have you ever been RVing? I’d love your input! And here’s the fun part: Go RVing is having a little contest over on their Facebook page. 20 of us bloggers have put together our dream RV trip, and you can vote on who will win. The winner blogger will hit the road for some travels, and two lucky voters (that’s you!) will win a $500 gift card, just for voting! Voting is open during the month of May, and winners will be announced June 1. So head over and vote for your chance to win 500 smackers.

So where would you Go RVing? I’d love to know if you have any parts of the country that you would explore. And if you’re planning a summer road trip, hit up Go RVing’s Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube channels for planning and inspiration! xoxo

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Icon design: Space Needle. Guy. Wine. Camera. Cactus. Map.
Image sources: Desert. Feet. Airstream.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go RVing via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel // San Francisco

Now that we live near San Francisco we’ve been spending days here and there exploring the city, and it’s just. so. beautiful. We took a little belated birthday trip to…

Travel in San Francisco

Now that we live near San Francisco we’ve been spending days here and there exploring the city, and it’s just. so. beautiful. We took a little belated birthday trip to the city and had the most perfect day! If you find yourself in San Francisco and are looking for an easy one day itinerary, we’ve got you covered.

Start at brunch, because duh. We tried Sweet Maple, which is known for it’s Millionaire’s Bacon. (Bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red, and black pepper. Boom. You’ve also gotta try the Dixie Bacon while you’re at it. Might as well really go for that heart attack.) Expect a wait but the line goes quickly. We didn’t booze but they have bottomless mimosas if you’re into that sort of thing, which you definitely should be. Side note for you mamas — they were so accommodating of Henry and we even were able to keep him in his stroller next to our table. Win.

Travel in San Francisco

After brunch, head to Hayes Valley to shop around and walk off the bacon. If you’re there, our top shop picks to hit are Lavish, Public Bikes, Miette Confiserie, and Fiddlesticks. Lavish is a paper lover’s dream, and Public Bikes is worth a peek even if you’re not into cycling. At Miette you’ll find lots of fun imported candies and delicious little cakes & cookies. And Fiddlesticks is a kid’s shop with one of the coolest selections of toys I’ve come across.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

After you shop around, lounge in the sun by the park and people watch. Or grab a little coffee at one of the food trucks.

Travel in San Francisco

Next, hop in your car and drive up the hill so you can drive back down Lombard Street, the curviest street in the world. My dad used to drive us down all the time but Mr. Lovely had never been. So we made his inaugural journey. Keep driving and head up to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. Circle the little lot until you can find a parking spot, then hop out and take in the crazy views. On a clear day you can see the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate, and the downtown skyline. You also might find a couple of dudes wearing matching sunnies.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

We ended the day in Union Square kind of wandering around and doing nothing too special, but I will say that if you’re looking for a photobooth you can find one in the Westfield Mall. Ya know, just in case.

And a couple of random mom thoughts for day trips with little dude: Hank totally loves the Beco Gemini carrier, and so do we. It’s comfy to wear and he’ll totally nap in it, so we were able to keep to his sleeping schedule. Also, dressing in layers were key for the little one because SF can be toasty in the sun but freezing in the shade.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

I’m thinking that as time goes on I’ll have lots more one-day itineraries in the city, so keep your eyes peeled! xoxo

Betsy and Iya

Out & About // betsy & iya

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Rachel of The Crafted Life. Here she is!

Hi all, Rachel from The Crafted Life here! If you’re ever in Portland, brace yourself and your wallet because you’re going to want to spend all of you money at betsy & iya! Located in the NW part of the city, this brick mortar shop is part retail and part studio… and everything dreams are made of.

Betsy and Iya

(Photo: betsy & iya)

Because they make all of their jewelry onsite, you can even take a tour of their studio when shopping. That’s right! You might get a chance to meet the person who crafted the pieces you’ll be looking at/buying. And let me tell you, their staff, and boss lady Betsy, are nothing if not delightful.

Betsy and Iya

(Photo: betsy & iya)

Aside from their own line, they also carry a variety of work from other independent artists, ranging from body care, to accessories, clothing and more. Like I said, you’ll want everything.

Betsy and Iya

Betsy and Iya
(Photo: betsy & iya)

Betsy and Iya

(Photo: Rachelle Hacmac)

What’s really exciting is the launch of their new collection, You + Me, pt. 1 (part 2 is coming this spring!). I was lucky enough to see these pieces first hand, and rest assured that they are even more beautiful in person. The necklace above might just be one of my favorites. The center actually becomes a ring that can be worn with or without the necklace. How cool is that?!

Even if you aren’t coming to Portland soon, you can still find their collection in other shops around the country and online. Be sure to follow them on Instagram too for more behind the scenes!

Thanks Rachel! For more inspiration, crafty DIYs, and pretty images, head over to The Crafted Life.

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Out & About // Max & Moritz

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Kelly of Studio DIY. Here she is!

Hey folks! Kelly here from Studio DIY and I’m gonna take you on a tour of one of my favorite little shops in Los Angeles while Chelsea and Ryan are off snuggling little Henry (!). Max & Moritz calls itself “a not so general store” and I couldn’t think of a better description. You can find everything from gilded trivets to handcrafted wooden cutting boards to colorful and quirky ceramics and one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories. Basically, if you need a not-so-average gift, it’s your one stop shop. Any store that has mini pink saucepans and marble wall clocks is a place to frequent, in my book. Let’s dive in!

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Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store3

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If you’re a fan of MUD Australia, they’ve got a STELLAR collection. I’m eyeing those pink pieces so hard. Their selection of REISS pieces is another favorite, along with table (or two!) you see when you walk in which is choc full of gold…. everything!

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Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store8

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store9

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store10

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store11

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store12

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store13

They have an online shop too (BONUS!) but if you want to check it out in person, Max & Moritz is located at 7209 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046. They also happen to own FOODLAB which is a block away and DELISH! Shopping with a slammin’ sandwich and Bon Nuage cake waiting for you afterward? Sign me up!

Photos by Jeff Mindell

Thanks Kell! For more LA adventures, fab DIYs, and general good times, head over to Studio DIY.

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Travel // San Francisco

If you happened to see on Instagram last week, Mr. Lovely and I made a quick trip to San Francisco with a few of our pals! Ryan and two of…

San Francisco Travel

If you happened to see on Instagram last week, Mr. Lovely and I made a quick trip to San Francisco with a few of our pals! Ryan and two of his best man friends all turned 30 within a week of each other, so we celebrated by gathering in the city and running around finding fun things to do. It was a quick trip but so fun, and if you find yourself in SF any time soon you can hit up some of these good spots!

Hang out on the piers and hop a ferry to Alcatraz. I had never been before, even growing up just an hour or so from San Francisco! It was a pretty incredible tour, and the buildings are so beautiful in a really broken-down, creepy way. Take the cheesy audio tour — there’s so much interesting info that you’d never get otherwise. Take the ferry back and hit up Fisherman’s Wharf for some clam chowder to warm up after being on that windy, cold island.

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel

Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop on the Sausalito side at the Vista Point and obviously take the obligatory photos. Then head into Sausalito and wander around near the yacht club — there are enough little shops and restaurants to fill up an afternoon.

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Head into the Haight and wander around. If you can manage it, have brunch at Pork Store Cafe (a tiny, delicious, hole in the wall). Mr. Lovely was particularly fond of Recycled Records, a vinyl shop just down the street. And swing by Haight and Masonic to snap a photo in front of this insane painted wall.

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel

If you’re looking for a place to stay with a group of people, we used this airbnb and it was really killer. In a great location, walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants, and plenty comfy for our group of 6. And hey, if you have a favorite spot in SF, let me know in the comments! Now that we’re so much closer to the city we’ll be there plenty. xoxo

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Last week the mister and I headed out for a couple of days on an anniversary adventure! We decided during our first married year that instead of exchanging gifts on…

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Last week the mister and I headed out for a couple of days on an anniversary adventure! We decided during our first married year that instead of exchanging gifts on anniversaries, we’d take trips. So we’ve been alternating big trips and small trips each year, and because last year was our big Paris extravaganza this year we kept it close to home. We just hopped in the car and headed down the road about an hour to Newport Beach!

Even though it’s a quick drive, it feels like a different world. We stayed in a little airbnb on Balboa Island, a tiny little island with mostly really pretty houses, lots of boats, and one great street with shops and restaurants. There’s not a ton to do except for wander around and exclaim about how pretty everything is, which is just about how we filled our couple of days. But if you’re headed that way, I do have a few recommendations.
Click for lots of photos and our favorite Balboa spots!

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Travel // The Getty Villa

A week or two ago, Mr. Lovely and I took a drive through the canyons and over to the Getty Villa. I’ve been to the museum a few times, but…

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

A week or two ago, Mr. Lovely and I took a drive through the canyons and over to the Getty Villa. I’ve been to the museum a few times, but never to the villa, and it was so worth the trip! I actually was so taken with the place I forgot to ever take out my big camera so these are all cell phone shots. But you’ll get the point. It’s gorgeous there.

The villa is actually modeled after a 1st century Roman house, which is crazy. It’s set up on a bluff that overlooks the ocean between Santa Monica and Malibu, and it feels like another world. I loved wandering around and looking at the art on exhibition, but what really got me were the gardens and the actual buildings. It’s such a beautiful, symmetrical place. And the day was so sunny and the sky was so blue it was almost unreal.

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Sometimes I snap a picture of my husband and look at it later and I can see what he’s going to be like when he’s an old man. This is one of those.

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Not the cutest photo of moi, but I kind of love it anyway because of that little baby hiding under my striped skirt. He’s sure taking up a lot of stomach room these days.

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

My favorite piece on display — a golden crown. Don’t you just want to snatch it up and put it on your head and run around drinking wine out of a bottle?

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

And if this one makes you laugh, we are destined to be friends forever.

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

If you’re in LA and looking for a way to spend the morning, hit up the villa! Make a reservation online — it’s free to go and parking is $15 per car. So load up your car and hop to it. I recommend hitting it as soon as it opens, so there aren’t loads of people photobombing your shots putting a damper on your museum experience. Go there! xoxo

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa

Los Angeles Travel // The Getty Villa