Happy February, friends! Is that wild or what? I blinked and January was gone, but I did notice this week that the days seem to be getting a smidge longer, and I have to say, I am here for it. Maybe it’s because last spring was effectively cancelled by Covid, but I’ve never been so ready for the time change to happen. (Perhaps that’s why I’m pulling out the white jeans a tad early…)
Today I’m back with some of my recent fave finds from Amazon, and these might be some of my favorite ones yet. (Hello, Kindle Paperwhite.)
White skinny jeans that don’t suck – I could NOT tell you why I found myself perusing my arch nemesis – white denim, obviously – on the interwebs late at night last week, but somehow I found myself doing just that. I’ll go ahead and blame that dry January boredom and the fact that Amazon Prime gets me every time, but a few clicks later and I had three pairs headed to my doorstep. I don’t wanna talk about the other two pairs, but I was pretty shocked at how much I like the pair above. For under 50 bucks, I’m just as surprised as you are.
The tastiest cinnamon tea – Well since I mentioned dry January, I’ve got to let you guys know about the Bengal tea, a nice little nighttime replacement for that glass of wine. Eric and I have actually been big hot tea drinkers for a while, but this one is definitely our new favorite. My mother-in-law introduced us to this tea, and we were hooked from our first cup. So what’s a girl to do besides immediately ordering six boxes of it??
My Kindle Paperwhite – I’ve been an off and on reader for years now – a book here, a book there, three books back to back, and then a few months off – but after watching ALL the shows we could in 2020, I’ve been on a serious reading kick. I’m a hundred years late to the Kindle game, but a friend recently convinced me to get one, and I’m just so mad that I didn’t buy one sooner. I think my main concern was how reading on a Kindle might affect my eyes, but it’s 100% not the same as looking at a computer screen all day. I love how small and compact it is and especially love it for reading in bed at night. The screen is so crystal clear. Another bonus is that I don’t have to have a “next book” ready and on deck for when I finish one – I can just grab whatever I want to read next on the spot from the Amazon store. (A reader also just told me about the Overdrive App that allows you to use a library card to check out books to your Kindle – mind officially blown and will definitely be checking that out.). If you’ve been waiting to get one like me, now’s the perfect time because they’re currently on sale – $35 off.
Personalized nameplate necklace – I was HIGHLY skeptical when I ordered this necklace, but I was so pleasantly surprised when I received it. A custom, nameplate necklace that’s made of sterling silver and plated in 24k gold for under $20? It certainly sounds too good to be true. It feels a little lightweight for sure, but I’ve been wearing it a ton over the last three months and so far, so good. Can’t recommend this one enough for yourself or as a cute little gift for a gal in your life.
These super flattering joggers – I saw Beth from Seersucker + Saddles chatting up these joggers and decided to give them a try. I wasn’t sure about the fabric at first, but it actually grew on me really quickly. It’s sort of a silky, more workout material if that makes sense? I don’t know, just know that they’re super comfy and somehow very flattering – I put them on and felt instantly slimmer.
Affordable workout leggings – New year, new me, new workouts, right? Well for me, new workout goals and new workout gear go hand in hand, but I always get a little sticker shock when it comes to grabbing the new gear. Holy money bags, workout clothes can be SO expensive. While I do think some of the pricey pieces can be worth it (I gotta admit, I really freaking love these Alo leggings), I also am a sucker for a good deal. I’ve heard so many good things about these $25 Amazon leggings, and for the price, I have to say they really are great. I would probably pay much more for them – the fabric is really nice, and they stay put through workouts. I did order a return one of the lighter colors though because I found them to be pretty see-through, so I’d stick with black or the darker colors.
A pickleball net and paddle set – While we’re getting sporty and talking workout gear, let’s talk about our new favorite weekend game, pickleball. I feel like pickleball popped up everywhere during the shutdown and for good reason – it’s really fun. We had no idea how the game was even played, but we ordered the net and paddles, watched a Youtube video or two, and then used sidewalk chalk to draw out a court right in the street in front of our house. It’s basically like life-size table tennis, and it’s actually a pretty good workout. (This household admittedly had some very sore muscles the next morning.)
Happy Tuesday, friends! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you probably noticed more than a couple of snaps from a snowy winter wonderland recently, and today I’m sharing a bit more about our trip to Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana.
Eric and I first laid eyes on Lone Mountain Ranch during this road trip last summer, but they were completely booked at the time so we settled for a quick lunch before hitting the road again. We knew we wanted to eventually make it back for a stay, so we started looking into packages and summer dates sometime around January of this year. Obviously within a couple of months Covid-19 was the new reality, and that trip was shelved for the future.
Fast forward to sometime around the end of summer and I came across an Instagram ad that Lone Mountain Ranch was staying open through the month of October (something they don’t normally do) and offering incredible cabin rates for that month. For reference, LMR offers a bunch of different packages, but for the most part, it’s an all-inclusive experience that includes your meals, trail rides, horse-back riding, and tons of different activities. (And for additional reference, the packages are pricey.) But because it’s 2020 and nothing is normal, we were able to book a cabin for a sort of a la carte stay that was so perfect for us.
We stayed in the “Ouzel” cabin, and given the chance, I would 100% book it again. It was spacious but so cozy with a wood-burning stove fireplace and a clawfoot tub that I loved. There are no TV’s (which we both enjoyed), but the wifi and cell service on the property is excellent which made it easy to get work done when needed. Horn & Cantle, the restaurant on the property, is seriously delicious, and we ate there for every breakfast and almost every dinner. The Korean Chicken Wings were probably the best wings I’ve ever had, and the Vegan Enchiladas were a surprising favorite for a couple of meat-eaters. The entire staff was beyond friendly, warm, and so helpful, and going during Covid restrictions, we felt completely safe – mask rules were in effect in any building we entered.
When I first booked it, I figured we would get some pretty chilly weather. I wasn’t really thinking it would be covered in snow and -6 degrees during one of the days, but it honestly just added to the trip. We spent one full day exploring Yellowstone National Park, and after seeing it last summer on our road trip, it was pretty cool to see it again in the winter. The snow really does add a magical layer to the park. We spent Saturday eating and shopping in downtown Bozeman (about an hour from the ranch) and then a lazy Sunday in the cabin, sitting by a fire, reading a book, and watching the snow. (I had scheduled horseback riding that had to be cancelled due to the weather – even the locals were surprised by the amount of snow and negative temps in October.) Overall, the trip was incredible, and Eric and I both agree that we’ll be back to Lone Mountain Ranch, hopefully sooner rather than later.
P.S. – We were supposed to leave on Monday and fly home, but we decided we were just too close to Jackson Hole to NOT go. (Jackson has been a favorite of ours that we try to visit at least once a year.) So we extended our trip a couple of days and took the rental car the four hours to Jackson. It was a short stay but totally worth it. (You can see a bunch of my favorite spots to visit in Jackson Hole here.)
I could probably ramble off a million reasons why I love fall – sweater weather, a favorite chicken chili recipe, football season, boots and booties, the countdown to Thanksgiving, all things pumpkin – the list goes on and on. And somewhere at the top of my list is definitely seasonal home decor. It’s just so nice having a few fresh updates in our everyday decor, and I tend to focus on our dining room and entryway.
So today I’m sharing a couple of peeks into our fall home decor, and I have to say, it just makes me so happy. I’ve been collecting things here and there over the years from HomeGoods, Target, Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and other stores, but I’m linking lots of similar finds here. Also, you can check out other shots of our seasonal home decor here. What are you guys most excited about this fall season?
Well, folks, we’ve reached that time of year. Chances are every blogger you follow is currently talking “fall transition pieces” or “sweater weather” or “the booties you need” right now, and truthfully, it’s for good reason. Fall is the season that most people will be shopping next. Sweaters and jeans and booties and such are the pieces that lots of gals will be looking to add to their closets.
That said, we’re also in the season that I consider to be SoCal’s true summer. August, September, and even October are when things tend to seriously HEAT up around here, making me think a little more about beating the heat than fall fashion. So while I’ll no doubt still be wearing (and posting) breezy, airy dresses and denim shorts for a while, I’ll also be sprinkling in some lightweight fall pieces that I can’t wait to wear like my favorite black skinnies.
Happy Tuesday, friends! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you probably saw a few snaps from a recent vacation and road trip that Eric and I took through Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. All in all it was a great trip, the longest one we’ve taken together actually. Can you believe I got Eric out of the office for two whole weeks? That’s never happened before, but it sure was great spending lots of time on the road with my best bud.
We kicked off the trip in Sandpoint, Idaho with a whole bunch of family members from Eric’s side – 18 of us, including a couple of kiddos and one all-star 5-month-old traveler. We stayed in this Airbnb which was really great for a large group – plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious living spaces to hang out together, its own dock on the lake, and a great neighborhood for our morning walks.
We mostly just hung out, took it easy, spent some time puzzling, caught up on a little reading, ate 1,000 Doritos, spent a beautiful day on a pontoon boat, made s’mores with the littles, and watched one hell of a lightening storm one night. In the town of Sandpoint, here were a few of our favorite spots.
Lunch at Matchwood Brewing Company – One day a big group of us roamed around downtown Sandpoint for a little shopping, sipping, and general tourist-ing. We ended up at Matchwood Brewing Company for a late lunch and flights of beer. We loved that we could mix and match and choose the beers included in our flights, and the food was really good. If in doubt, get the soft pretzel because the stoneground mustard and spicy maple syrup that accompany it are the real stars of the show.
Dinner and Drinks at Forty-One South at The Lodge at Sandpoint – There were lots of restaurants to try in Sandpoint, but somehow we found ourselves at Forty-One South at The Lodge at Sandpoint for three different dinners. And for good reason. The view is beautiful, the outdoor deck seating is so ideal, and the food was delicious. Everything we tried – House-Smoked Trout Plate, Crab Lettuce Wraps, Crab Bisque (OMG!), Goat Cheese Salad, the Smoked Filet – was something I would absolutely order again.
Wine Tasting at Pend d’Oreille Winery – This is a cute little wine spot right in the heart of downtown that’s definitely worth a stop if you’re a wine-lover. Flights and tastings are really affordable, and I actually tasted and purchased a couple of bottles that changed my (previously prejudiced) California mind about Washington wines. The Bistro Rouge, Pinot Gris, and Red Dessert Wine were group favorites.
Shops at Cedar St. Bridge – Cedar St. Bridge is home to a public marketplace right in the middle of downtown Sandpoint offering touristy tees and souvenirs as well as some really great local shops. We loved all of the flavored oils, vinegars and sea salts at Gethsemane; the spicy, sweet pecans from Panhandle Nut House; and ALL the pickled things at The Pickled Kitchen.
We had gotten several suggestions for Bozeman, Montana, so we figured we’d check it out. While trying to “loosely plan” the trip ahead of time, I had searched and searched for Bozeman hotels that would fit our vibe, but my searches kept coming up short. This is probably because we were both last minute and traveling smack in the middle of summer when all the families with kids are traveling. By the end of our first day of driving though, we found the perfect spot.
Gallatin River Lodge – I had seen Gallatin River Lodge coming up in my searches for boutique hotels in Bozeman, but I never really considered it because, full disclosure, it was pretty pricey. When we were an hour outside of Bozeman with no other appealing options, I decided to give them a call anyway, and it turns out, if you call around 8:00 pm (when it’s still plenty sunny out in Montana in the summertime), you can get a really significant discount.
After separating from Eric’s entire family earlier in the day and driving 6+ hours, this place could not have been more perfect for our first night on the road. It’s actually about 20 minutes outside of Downtown Bozeman, in a pretty remote area, on a beautiful piece of property. It’s crazy quiet with huge rooms and a restaurant that served up one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. They also offer guided fly fishing trips, but we just enjoyed a couple of meals, caught up on sleep, and hit the road again the next day. The one (and only) thing we might have changed about Gallatin River Lodge would have been some comfy rockers, hammocks, or chairs outside to enjoy the beautiful views by the pond. Other than that, we would 100% recommend this cozy spot.
Gallatin River LodgeGallatin River LodgeShorts; Tee; Cardigan; Slides; Handbag; SunglassesOver the river and through the woods and several lookout points later, we found ourselves in Big Sky around lunchtime. The whole Gallatin area was so pretty and made for such an easy drive. We first made our way up to Big Sky Resort (which we quickly decided wasn’t really our jam) but lucked out and stopped at Lone Mountain Ranch on our way back down.
Lunch at Lone Mountain Ranch – This ranch resort was like something out of a movie – the prettiest grounds dotted with a bunch of idyllic cabins, outdoor firepits, horseback riding, trailrides, and one seriously yummy restaurant. The cabins were completely booked (I’m guessing months out and for a pretty penny), but we stayed for lunch on the deck of Horn & Cantle which was 100% worth it.
320 Guest Ranch in Big Sky, Montana – Someone at Lone Mountain Ranch told us that we should check out 320 Guest Ranch, so we called from lunch and booked it, site unseen. And it didn’t disappoint. Check-in was a bit of an unorganized mess (remote location technology problems), but once we got to our riverfront cabin, we were thrilled. The cabin was spacious, updated, and cozy, with a wood-burning fireplace and the cutest porch looking out on the river. The ranch itself offers tons of land to explore, a variety of horseback riding options, and great casual dining at the on-property restaurant. We loved our stay and would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.
320 Guest Ranch320 Guest RanchOn day number three on the road, Eric woke me up at 5:30 (IN THE AM) and we booked it to Yellowstone National Park. The entrance to the park was less than an hour from 320 Ranch, but Eric insisted that we had to get there early to beat the crowds and see the park at dawn. (Also, he’s a morning person. I am…NOT. But it was his vacation too, so I somehow made it into the car before he left without me.)
Yellowstone was awesome. It’s as beautiful as I was hoping it would be, a place that’s seriously worth seeing, and as much as I hate to admit it, it was really beautiful seeing it first thing in the morning. (Don’t tell Eric.) We hadn’t really planned on staying in the park, but once we were there, we figured we should try. We stopped at one of the lodges and asked if there were any cancellations for the night. (Lodges in national parks can be notoriously hard to book last minute, but Eric and I have had some great luck with cancellations in the past.) The lodges had nada, not a single room available in the park. I had seen something about Lake Yellowstone Hotel online the day before, so we headed that way thinking maybe we’d get lucky.
Lake Yellowstone Hotel– As soon as we turned a corner and saw this beautiful yellow hotel facing the most gorgeous blue lake, we had our fingers and toes crossed for an available room. It’s the oldest hotel inside of a national park, and it’s just plain cool. Keeping our string of luck going, we totally scored on a lake-facing suite (and a same-day discount to boot).
The room was updated and beautiful, with a comfy bed, spacious living room, and a black and white bathroom that I’d expect to find on Pinterest. The restaurant was SO good, good enough that we ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. (Pro tip – if you can only get a 10:00 pm reservation for dinner, show up at 5:00 and get on the waitlist. It moves quickly.) The lobby area is HUGE with tons of oversized, comfy leather chairs and couches looking out of giant windows onto Lake Yellowstone. Eric and I finished up dinner, grabbed a glass of wine, and hung out in the lobby with a book (for me) and a newspaper (for him). Staying here and waking up to the glass-like lake was a total experience that I won’t forget.
One thing to note: Lake Yellowstone Hotel does NOT have WIFI, and cell service is pretty minimal. It’s great if you’re looking to unplug, but if you need access to email or are looking to work a bit while you travel, you may want to look into one of the other lodges that does offer WIFI. There was a plug-in internet connection in the room, but it was very limited.
After one last meal overlooking the lake, we headed out of Yellowstone and onto the last leg of our trip, and if you know us, then you won’t be surprised to hear that we spent it in Jackson Hole. We’ve visited a few times in the past and really just always love going back.
The Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole – This time we stayed at The Rustic Inn, and it might be my new favorite place to stay in Jackson. The property is beyond beautiful, the location is great, and the creekside cabins were really nice, perfect for lazy front porch hangs. Dinner at the restaurant was really good, and the included breakfast every day was delicious. (Eric and I are still trying to figure out how they get the bacon so perfect and crispy.) The spa was small but nice, and we enjoyed getting to hang by the pool for a few hours one day. The one (pretty big) downside to The Rustic was the customer service. It was almost comically bad. Everything from scheduling a shuttle to luggage delivery to even getting acknowledged when standing right in front of a check-in/checkout desk was met with so much resistance. I would probably still stay here again, but for a resort this nice (with a price tag to match), they really need to get it together on the service side.
Dinner at King Sushi – We’ve had LOTS of great food in Jackson over the years, and King Sushi is now at the top of that list for me. Holy moly, this place is so good. The fish was all super fresh, and the ramen was a serious day-maker. I’m not even a big ramen fan, but inspired by someone sitting by us at the sushi bar, I had to try it. And it was delicious. I could live off of that broth, and I’m still thinking about the tempura fried soft boiled egg. As we were finishing up our meal, I looked over and saw Ina Garten and her husband Jeffrey sitting down to a patio table. I mean, it’s gotta be good if it’s approved by the Barefoot Contessa herself, right?
Sandwiches and Sloshies from Creekside Market & Deli – My love for a good sandwich runs DEEP, and Creekside Market makes one hell of a sandwich. We discovered “Sloshies” at Creekside during our trip last summer but had no idea we were missing out on some seriously killer sandwiches. Now that we know, we’ll definitely be back. The fact that this place is literally right next door to The Rustic Inn meant that we were popping in and out of here like a couple of regulars.
Dinner at Snake River Grill (again) – I’ve chatted about this place before, but it really is a must for us anytime we’re in Jackson. Eric has to get his fix of the Steak Tartare Pizza, and this time we added on the Fried Duck Spring Rolls, Truffle Fries, and Crispy Pork Shank which were all delicious. If you’re looking to try SRG, I’d probably recommend reservations.
Burgers and beers at The Bird – I’ve also chatted about The Bird here before, but it really is one of our favorite spots for brunch or lunch. As soon as we made it to Jackson this time, we made plans to hit The Bird before heading to the airport to go home. What better way to fly than with a belly full of English muffin burgers and some sort of yummy craft beer? No better way to end the trip either.
Spring has finally arrived in SoCal, and I am one happy camper. Can we even believe that it’s almost May already? This weekend we spent some time in the sun and even made it to our first baseball game of the season. The year is flying by, but I gotta say I’m pretty excited that summer is right around the corner.
While spring is normally my cue to pull out ALL of the dresses, this year I’m also having a real obsession with wide leg pants. To be fair, I’ve always had a thing for wide leg pants (still loving this polka-dot pair from last year), but this year I just keep finding more and more pairs to love. Worn with a knotted tee, easy blouse or linen shirt and heels or wedges underneath, they’re such a flattering and fun wardrobe staple.
Happy Hump Day, my friends! This last week or so has really been signaling that summer is indeed upon us, so I did the predictable thing and decided to try out a new workout this morning. Ha! Last minute or not, there’s no time like the present to get back on that workout train, am I right? I take the pups on a three-mile walk everyday, but lately I’ve been feeling like I wanted to start adding something else to the mix.
I’ve been a Pilates reformer gal for a while (chatted about a favorite studio here), but friends have been telling me I need to try out a class with a “Megaformer”. And so I did. This morning was my first class, and while I really liked it, I’m gonna wait and chat more about it once I’ve taken a few classes. But after one class and a three-mile walk with the pups today, let’s just say I’ve REALLY earned my Sol Grill happy hour tonight. (The happy hour was pre-planned with a friend, so obviously, I can’t NOT go and try out the cauliflower crust pizza I’ve been dying to try, right?)
And since summer is officially creeping right up on us, today I’m sharing these white shorts that I’ll be wearing all summer long. I love that they’re high rise, roomy through the legs, and have the cutest contrast stitching, and right now, during Shopbop’s big sale, you can snag them up to 25% off. If you follow other blogging gals, I’m sure you’ve seen ALL the coverage of the Shopbop sale, but just in case you need a bit more shopping inspo, I’m rounding up some of my favorite picks below. Happy shopping, friends!
It’s almost April, and we FINALLY got a little taste of Spring weather over the weekend. Oh man, it was SO nice out on Sunday that I actually pulled out a dress for the first time in a long time. We spent all afternoon sitting outside in the sunshine, and it really had me thinking that spring and summer are seriously right around the corner.
Well hello, old friends! It’s been a (long) minute since I’ve updated the old blog, but today it’s good to be back. It’s been a wild couple of weeks around here with a little surgery, closing on a new home, SO much furnishing and decorating, and jumping into becoming an Airbnb host for the first time. Lots to digest, right? Where do I start?
I’ll start with the whole surgery thing. I mentioned it over on this post last week and then completely forgot that I ever said anything. Over the past few years I’ve dealt with ovarian cysts on a regular basis. It was always uncomfortable and slightly painful but nothing too crazy and something that always came and went in waves. A hereditary sitch, not much I could do about it.
Recently though, something changed, and I was experiencing really painful, debilitating flare-ups. The kind that left me curled up in a ball on the floor, unable to stand or crawl into bed without Eric’s help. Something had to give. An ultrasound revealed that I had a cyst on my (hugely swollen) left ovary the size of a tennis ball and a pretty large cyst on my right ovary as well. These were large enough that they weren’t going to go away on their own, so last week, I had them both removed.
Perhaps it seems like a little TMI, but I wanted to share for anyone else going through something similar. The surgery was pretty routine with three small incisions and about two hours under anesthesia, and after a weekend full of sleeping, this week I’m definitely on the mend. (I had high hopes of catching up on blog posts and such while hanging out in bed, but nope – I blame the painkillers and HGTV.) While I’m feeling pretty good this week, I’ve got a bit of lingering nerve pain near one of the incisions that we are still trying to get a handle on. That said, I’ve been hobbling around at a slower pace than normal these days which has made my current home decor project a little…difficult.
Which brings me to the next tidbit of news – we bought a house! Interesting timing, I know, but we are so excited, and I can’t wait to share the full details with you guys so soon. I’m waiting on a couple more furniture and decor deliveries and will have a full blog post up next week, but you can take a sneak peek here. I hope you guys will follow along!
And so here we are – surgery, nonstop rainy forecasts, and a few wild days behind me, I’ve got my sights set on spring and some fun projects ahead. But first? The weekend. Happy almost Friday, friends!
It’s here again, friends – the spring sale from Shopbop. And while I’m a couple of days late sharing the sale, I couldn’t let today go by without doing a little roundup of some of my favorite snag-worthy pieces. It can be a little overwhelming combing through the entire site, but I always like to start by thinking of the pieces that I KNOW I’ll wear a bunch during the spring and summer months ahead – denim shorts, an easy sandal, a neutral sun hat, a versatile sundress, and a classic handbag. (Eek, so excited for that handbag to arrive!)
It’s also the perfect time to stock up on those season-less basics or to pull the trigger on the designer investment piece you’ve had your eye on. I wear the HECK out of the classic skinnies, slip-on loafer style and black turtleneck above, and while the Ferragamo handbag is a total splurge, you can currently snag it for 25% off if a designer bag is something you’ve been saving for.
It’s a Buy More, Save More sale, so the more you spend, the more you save. Check out a few more of my favorite finds in the sale below, and remember to enter code GOBIG19 at checkout. Happy shopping, friends!