Scenic vista

Road Trip, Party of Four

We’ve taken a few day trips since Maggie came along, but this was our first longer trip as a party of four! We headed back down for a few days…

Scenic vista

Cherry blossoms

We’ve taken a few day trips since Maggie came along, but this was our first longer trip as a party of four! We headed back down for a few days in our old LA hood and it felt so good to get out of town. Now that the little one is more and more a person every day, we’re getting our travel plans in order and we’re excited to be hitting the road more.

The kids did great (see here for all of our travel tips with kids!) and we were so happy to spend some time with our LA friends. I helped out at a dear friend’s baby shower and got to pat her little baby bump. We hit up Universal Studios for a few hours to see all of the Harry Potter stuff, but Henry was mostly excited to hug a Minion. He also got his very first barbershop haircut, which was the most adorable (we usually cut his hair at home). We ate at some of our favorite Studio City spots, and I was even able to sneak away for a mani with a friend and some shopping at Bonjour Fete, the cutest little new shop on Ventura.

I took my big camera but forgot a memory card, so these snaps are all old-school blog post style, straight out of my phone. Which maybe is a little bit refreshing? Because this is truly what our trip looked like. Playgrounds, baby snuggles, a little sunshine, and a lot of fun. xoxo

Paper poppy centerpieces

Culver Hotel

Hogwarts Castle

Boy hugging a minion

Baby snuggles

Toddler's first haircut

Playground

Boy eating a waffle

Bonjour Fete

Bonjour Fete

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 Store2

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.

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

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Beachy Bikey

The husb and I spent a couple days recently in Manhattan Beach with my sister and her family. They rented this pretty boss beach house for their family vacay and…

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

The husb and I spent a couple days recently in Manhattan Beach with my sister and her family. They rented this pretty boss beach house for their family vacay and we obviously went and crashed it. One day while the kiddos were napping Mr. Lovely and I snuck out with our bikes to ride the bike path.

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Okay first of all, that path is amazing! It goes for miles and miles and passes really cool stuff like the 90120 beach house, which you will only appreciate if you are old like me. And it’s smooth and beautiful and it has mile markers so you know how far you’ve gone. It’s awesome. If you’re in Manhattan beach, you should at least rent some bikes for a while and take a cruise.

And speaking of bikes, I keep meaning to share more about the best bike in all the land, A.K.A. The Bike that My Husband and Parents Got Me For My Birthday (months ago). It’s probably the best bike I’ve ever ridden — it’s The Crosby from Pure City Cycles, and oh my gosh is it a dream. I have all of these bike DIY ideas stored up to make for it, to share with all y’all who are bike fans too. So stay tuned there. But for now we just took it on a field trip to the beach and it was the best. Enjoy some more gratuitous photos and have a gorgeous day! xoxo

Manhattan Beach Bike Path
Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Hinoki & The Bird

Out & About // Hinoki & the Bird

Happy President’s Day! Since today’s a big beautiful vacation day for most of you, I thought I’d just share a bit about what Mr. Lovely and I did on Valentine’s…

Hinoki & The Bird

Hinoki & The Bird

Happy President’s Day! Since today’s a big beautiful vacation day for most of you, I thought I’d just share a bit about what Mr. Lovely and I did on Valentine’s Day. We wanted to do something a tiny bit special but still pretty chill, so we headed to a V-Day lunch at a spot we’ve been wanting to try, Hinoki & the Bird.

Let me just start off by saying that during the business lunch hours on a weekday, the two of us stuck out like sore thumbs. We were surrounded by dudes in suits, who were saying things like “merger” and “investments.” And while we had these silly grins pasted on our faces because the place was so beautiful and the food was so good, everyone else kind of seemed cranky to be in a business meeting on Valentine’s Day. All of that is to say that this is definitely not the kind of place that we frequent. We’re more a taco stand type of couple. But stepping it up every once in a while is super fun.

Hinoki & The Bird

Hinoki & The Bird

Anyway! If you go, definitely try to sit outside — the patio is beautiful and I couldn’t stop staring overhead at the hanging air plants. You definitely feel like you’re transported to a different place, with all of the sleek wood paneling and simple, natural elements. I was totally taken by their pretty mismatched flatware. And the food… well, the food is ridiculous.

Hinoki & The Bird

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We ordered a smorgasbord of little things to share. My absolute faves were the pumpkin toast with miso jam and goat cheese, and the persimmon and burrata salad. (You could probably put burrata on an old shoe and I would still love it.) Mr. Lovely couldn’t get enough of the fried chicken sandwich. And if you want to finish with a little something sweet, try the miso mochi with butterscotch. It’s just a few tiny bites but packed with more flavor than you can probably handle.

Hinoki & The Bird

After we left we decided to hit up the Journey of a Dress exhibit — bonus! Mr. Lovely didn’t even mind too much because of the crazy awesome patterned walls. The Diane von Furstenberg dresses were awesome and all, but those walls were all I was focused on. So obviously we had to have a full-out photo shoot.

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

And that’s a wrap! Mr. Lovely ended the day by sending me a hilarious Red Stamp invitation to our couch for a House of Cards marathon. Probably the best Valentine ever. Have a great week! xoxo

Out & About // Lemonade

I love sharing food. If you ask me, it’s the best way to eat out, because if you share you get to taste more things! Everybody orders their fave, and…

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

I love sharing food. If you ask me, it’s the best way to eat out, because if you share you get to taste more things! Everybody orders their fave, and everybody gets to sample it all. My new favorite place for sharing food is Lemonade. It’s a bright and cheery cafeteria-style spot, perfect for a quick bite or for sitting and relaxing with pals for a while.

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

Mr. Lovely and I recently stopped in and shared a plateful of their maketplace sides – gorgeous salads full of fresh ingredients. They call it “California comfort food,” and that’s about as perfect a description as I can think of. Definitely try our fave – avocado, cherry tomato, pine nuts, and lime. Excuse me? It was like grown-up guacamole and I never wanted it to stop. We also fought over who got the last bite of the chili roasted butternut squash. And a super cool thing is that at the counter while you’re ordering, they’ll let you do a little taste test if you can’t decide. (They also have a full menu of salads, soups, and hot dishes.)

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

The joint is called Lemonade, so clearly you have to try the beverage of choice. My dude got the Old Fashioned (classic, sweet, and tart), and I got Watermelon Rosemary. And I hereby proclaim that henceforth if my lemonade doesn’t have watermelon or rosemary in it, heads will roll.

Eat Out // Lemonade

And like any good eatery, there’s a glorious little case full of adorable looking sweets. Mr. Lovely opted for a Pink Lemonade cupcake (they’re only a buck!). I was trying to abstain, but I will say that I stole some frosting when he wasn’t looking and it was perfection.

If you’re in LA, you gotta try it! xoxo

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Urbanic Paper Boutique is one of those shops that seems like it was made out of my dreams. I swear, walking into that place is like walking into one of…

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Urbanic Paper Boutique is one of those shops that seems like it was made out of my dreams. I swear, walking into that place is like walking into one of my Pinterest boards that came to life. It’s packed full of all of my favorite good stuff, from paper to pencils to candles. Mr. Lovely and I headed in recently and shopped around a bit, and the lovely Audrey (owner and creative director) let us snap some photos.

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique
Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

I can’t get enough of those Illume candles! My favorite scent is the pineapple cilantro — amazing.

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

So many fun little treasures are tucked everywhere! When we left I felt like I still hadn’t seen it all because there’s so much good stuff. I did, however, manage to find a couple of things to take home. I’m a Maptote fan, so we brought home a little LA map for visitors who we have coming to stay, and a zipper pouch for myself. Duh.

And FYI, they’ve got a new online shop coming soon, but in the meantime you can check out their pop-up shop for any goodies that you might need. Thanks, Urbanic! xoxo

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // On the Lot LA

I know the whole food truck thing is so trendy right now, but I gotta say — I love it. It’s such an easy way to try all kinds of…

Eat Out // On the Lot LA
Eat Out // On the Lot LA

I know the whole food truck thing is so trendy right now, but I gotta say — I love it. It’s such an easy way to try all kinds of different foods, especially when the trucks are all gathered in one place. On the Lot LA is a traveling smorgasboard of varying trucks that set up all over the city on different evenings. Monday nights they are in Los Feliz, so a couple of weeks ago we headed over to see what was there!

You can check their Twitter feed to find out what trucks are participating on a particular evening, and Mr. Lovely was pretty stoked on the hot dogs from Tokyo Doggie Style so we had to try the Hoagie. I stole most of it from him because it was beyond good. He also got an order of takoyaki — deep fried balls of octopus. Not gonna lie, they were a little fishy for me. You can’t win ’em all. But the lychee lemonade is not to be passed up! I got a few Vietnamese tacos from Mandoline Grill, which were also amazing — perfect summer food.

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

But the grand finale was from Chunk-n-Chip: peanut butter ice cream and white chocolate ice cream sandwiched between hot chocolate chip cookies. It was rude how good that thing was.

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Needless to say, we’ll be back for our favorites and for some new trucks too! Will we see ya there? Let’s have a food truck date. xoxo

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Eat Out // On the Lot LA

Out & About // fōnuts

Sometimes you just really want a donut. And sometimes you want that donut to have bacon on it. Enter fōnuts. Like, faux donuts. Because the deal at fōnuts is that nothing…

Eat Out // fōnuts

Eat Out // fōnuts

Sometimes you just really want a donut. And sometimes you want that donut to have bacon on it. Enter fōnuts. Like, faux donuts. Because the deal at fōnuts is that nothing they serve is ever fried — it’s all either steamed or baked. So naturally, Mr. Lovely and I had to go and check this place out to see how good a steamed donut can be.

Eat Out // fōnuts

Eat Out // fōnuts

We popped by on a lazy Saturday morning and found a seat in the sunshine. While we were trying to decide on our order the kind folks behind the counter let us try a mini version of the Strawberry Buttermilk, which tasted like the best strawberry milkshake I’d ever had. After much deliberation, we decided to sample a few and got a half dozen: Rosemary Olive Oil, Maple Bacon, Chorizo Cheddar, Blueberry Earl Gray, Lemon, and a good old Glazed with Sprinkles.

Eat Out // fōnuts

Eat Out // fōnuts

We just wanted a couple bites of each, so we got down to business. Weirdly, I think my fave was the Chorizo Cheddar! It was like a breakfast sandwich — savory and filling. Mr. Lovely was loving the Maple BaconEach one kind of had its own vibe — the Rosemary was like bread before a meal, the glazed was cakey, the blueberry made you feel like you were 8 years old again and you needed a glass of milk. Truth be told, I can’t vouch for the lemon; that was Mr. Lovely’s choice through and through. I don’t really do lemon pastry. Blech.

But long story short, it was all delicious and it’s a quick, easy stop for sharing a sweet! Grab a couple of coffees and split a fōnut or two. You won’t be sorry. xoxo

Eat Out // fōnuts

Eat Out // fōnuts

Eat Out // fōnuts

Eat Out // fōnuts

Out & About // Joan’s on Third

If you’re in LA, have you been to Joan’s on Third? A new pal from the show we’re doing (by the way, come see our show!) works there and has…

Joan's on Third
Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

If you’re in LA, have you been to Joan’s on Third? A new pal from the show we’re doing (by the way, come see our show!) works there and has been telling us forever that we needed to try the place out. So we went the other day, and sure enough — it’s my new favorite place. It’s clean and white and beautiful, and stuffed full of delicious things everywhere you turn. And apparently, it’s totally a must-do in LA (we struck up a conversation with the women sitting next to us, who said, “Oh, it’s an institution!” Haha!). That, and it totally feels like Eataly or Dean & Deluca, a couple of my favorite spots in NYC.

We pretty much let our buddy order for us, since he knows the ropes. For me, he recommended the butternut squash soup and grilled cheese — they do a half soup/half sandwich lunch plate if you ask for it! Mr. Lovely got the fried chicken sandwich with a side of brussels sprouts. And there was not one thing that wasn’t delicious. Even while we were walking out, completely full, we kept spying things that we wanted to come back and try.

Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

Long story short, go give it a try! Or if you’ve been there, what’s your fave? I need recommendations for our next trip! xoxo

Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

how to do disneyland with a two-year-old

Disneyland with a little one is kind of awesome, and here’s why. Usually when I go to Disneyland, I push really hard and try to run around and do everything…

Disneyland with a little one is kind of awesome, and here’s why. Usually when I go to Disneyland, I push really hard and try to run around and do everything that I can possibly fit into the day. But with my sweet niece, we had to kind of slow down a little bit, and that’s awesome! I saw things that I wouldn’t usually notice with an adults-only crew. Like how cute the details are on every little thing, and how much interactivity there really is in the park. So here are some friendly suggestions if you’re doing Disney with a little one.

Hang out in line and get excited.

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

Once you’re in the park, hop on the train at Main Street (take your stroller), and ride it to Toontown. Hop off and let the kid run amok. Goofy’s house has a playground where the little ones go bonkers.

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

Take her to Mickey’s house. Try to convince her to take a picture with Mickey, and show her it’s not scary by taking one yourself. Fail at getting her close to any character whatsoever. (Kid quote: “I mostly like to look at them from far.”)

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

Get her some baby sunnies. Preferably the kind with Minnie Mouse ears on them, that flip open like Dwayne Wayne.

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

Head to Fantasyland early, especially if she wants to go on rides there. It’s bonkers how the lines on some of the baby rides are the longest in the park. Peter Pan’s flight is awesome, but a 90 minute wait? Really?! Opt for the Carousel instead, and other storybook rides like Pinocchio or Snow White. Walk on with no wait and feel awesome.

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

Take her to Tomorrowland and ride the Astro Blasters. Let her steer the cart. (Kid quote: “Auntie, are you blasting them away?”) Eat lunch at the Pizza Port but check the expiration date on the milk, because you may later suspect that it was responsible for a bout of the pukies.

When you’re all tired and could use a rest, head through Downtown Disney to the lobby of the Grand Californian. Snag a rocking chair in front of the fireplace and warm up your toes.

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old

When she’s all partied out, put her to sleep in her princess jammies to dream of the day. xoxo

Disneyland with a Two-Year-Old