September 30, 2014

Fall Must Haves

Some things I'm currently in love with and lusting over this fall! I was this close to
adding Chris Pratt to the list as well (because he's beautiful and perfect) but then that
might be seen as objectification and that's no good. So here's some items that are
actually attainable :)

1 // Knee High Boots // 
3 // Flash Tattoos // I've been seeing these everywhere and have been dying to try
them out. Maybe for the next festival or music concert...
4 // Fall Scented Candles // I love Voluspa candles and the more I look for a new
apartment, I find myself drawn to more and more things that'll make it cozy 
5 // Wordy Scarves // For the book nerds at heart


September 24, 2014

Pumpkin Latte Milkshake

T'is the season for pumpkin flavored everything. And so close to Halloween! How the
heck is Halloween only a month away?

I forget how much I love fall, although in California I don't know if you could really call
it that. The weather drops by about three degrees and all of a sudden people start pulling
out sweaters and cardigans. It's definitely not like the east coast where the leaves turn all
crisp and you have to bundle up to a cozy fire (or drink lots of fireball, either or).

But hey, I'll take any excuse for a pumpkin dessert recipe.

So here we go!


1 Ounce Patron Cafe (or other coffee Liquer)
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1 Ounce Vodka (if you feel so inclined)
1/3 Cup Milk
1/1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Dash of Cinnamon
Handful of ice

1. Grab all your ingredients, throw them in to a blender and press blend
2. Pour in to a glass and drink up!
3. Top with whip cream if you so like

See how easy that was?

September 21, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Now that's a view I could seriously get used to! And for a whole afternoon, I basked in
the sun streaming through the window at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with a view
of the big, blue Pacific ocean, wondering how I got so lucky with this life.

At $50 bucks a person, the afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel certainly
isn't on the cheaper end, but you're paying for the experience of it all. It is, after all, a
day at the Ritz, with top service and treatment. This is the place that started the word,
"ritzy" after all. You feel like royalty as the waiters rush over to you and you sip
delicately on tea and crumpets.

The afternoon tea begins with bellini's -champagne topped with a fresh peach nectar.

The waiter or waitress then walks you through the selection of tea's, all bottled up in
tiny vials where you have to sniff each one to find just the perfect one. I settled on the
caramel, chocolate truffle tea which tasted like chocolate milk- (but for adults and much

And finally, a selection of delicate sandwiches and desserts arrive along with scones and
devonshire cream.

The sandwiches are all delicately portioned and perfect bite-sized pieces, which you
have to savor and nibble on. Most of them, I just ended up stuffing them whole in to
my mouth while exclaiming, "wris is really grood," with each one.

There's a jambon sandwich, egg salad, cucumber, the blue cheese tartlet and the
stuffed tomato on crostini. The size is deceiving because after delicately nibbling
on these and between swigs of tea, you'll somehow begin to feel perfectly satisfied.

And then just when you think it doesn't get any better, there's dessert. There's the
fruit tart, a baklava, nutty one, a raspberry macaron and a petite chocolate mousse cake.

Can everyday have a tea time? I think the Brit's had the right idea about this.

And with a view like that, it's hard to find anything to complain about.

September 17, 2014

Faith & Flower

The Faith & Flower in downtown L.A., is one of those gorgeous restaurants that's as
easy to take in as the food. And in always in need of a refreshing cocktail and a delicious
lunch, I headed out for the day.

What time is it? Cocktail hour!

I can't tell you how long I've been waiting to use that.

We were promptly seated and sat down in a beautiful rounded booth that felt a bit
Gatsby-ish, but with a sexy modern twist.

The decor itself at the Faith & Flower is worth the visit and would be the perfect setting
for a romantic evening. I took mental notes as I hope my future home someday looks
like all of this. I say that about a lot of places I go. Don't even get me started on Anthropologie.

I started off with the mimosa noir, which was light and frothy. I could easily sip
down six of these! But of course didn't because that's how mistakes and all sorts
of mischevious things happen.

We decided to go on the light side and started off with an appetizer of country
potatoes, covered in sauce, bacon and chives. They were good, although nothing
completely memorable. We rounded it out with the eggs sunny side up.

But the best part had to be the cookie board. A half a dozen assortment of cookies from
thumbprint cookies to brownies to blondies arrived on long, wooden board.

I'm very much ready to go back and try the rest of the menu at the Faith & Flower!

September 14, 2014

Bacon Mango Guacamole

It's my strong belief that bacon should be added to most things. Bloody mary's, salads,
sandwiches, really anything and everything with a dash of bacon just makes it that
much better. The inventor of bacon should really have a statue made in honor of them
(and made out of bacon, perhaps? Can someone do this please?).
On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I whipped together a few things lying around the
kitchen for some seriously delicious bacon mango guacamole. 

Here we go!Bacon Mango Guacamole
2 Ripe avocados
Roughly 1/3 of a mango
1/3 red onion, chopped
Juice from 1 lime
1 teaspoon of salt
4 slices of bacon
Dash of Cholula
Pinch of pepper- for seasoning
Tortilla chips

Directions- Bacon Mango Guacamole:
1. Cook bacon thoroughly. Once finished, chop in to pieces. 
2. Chop your mango in to tiny pieces.

3. Gather all ingredients in to a medium sized bowl and mash away!
4. Take a tortilla chip and dip in to guacamole with every other ingredient and slowly
begin to feel full but also incredibly satisfied.
5. Add pepper for seasoning and top off with Cholula (or other preferred spicy sauce).
6. Bring to the table and enjoy! And try to get the perfect bacon to mango to avocado
ratio before others start intruding on this bowl of happiness.

Hope everyone's weekend has been going well! :) I'm headed to a concert later tonight
which should make for a very interesting Monday morning... ah, c'est la vie.

September 7, 2014

Crystal Cove

There's something about being at the the ocean, that makes one feel like anything is
possible. For a few hours, your biggest concerns are limited to sand, sun, and salt.
And for the most part, things are ok. After yet another failed fling, an overnight
stay at Crystal Cove cottages does the soul wonders.

I'd reserved the Crystal Cove cottages about six months earlier (they go fast), so 
I'd pretty much forgotten about the reservation completely until just this past week.
Me and a few friends quickly packed swim suits, towels and sunscreen and headed 
out to Crystal Cove. 

All the cottages have been restored to their original 1930-1950 state, so it's a bit of
a throwback to step in to the cottages. They're equipped with the bare essentials of
beds, tables and an unbeatable ocean view. No tv's, no radio's, and no sign of modern
technology which is actually quite refreshing!

And some fresh fruit to boot!

After frolicking in the rocky ocean and getting plenty sandy, we headed over to the 
Beachcomber Cafe to start the evening. 

Some of us got a little silly there!

We watched the sun go down and talked late in to the evening back in the cottage,
looking for shooting stars (of which I saw zero!), and fell asleep to the sound of
crashing waves.

I've been hesitant to let go of summer and all the good things that happened this
season but Crystal Cove reminded me there's so many things to look forward to in
the fall, when things get crisp again and start all over.

Thanks for reading :)
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