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Raleigh Day 2

I woke up this morning in Raleigh and opened up my curtains and saw green trees for miles. One thing I dislike about LA is the lack of green, so this really made my morning. The fresh, crisp air was so nice to breath in!

For breakfast, I had a quick cup of coffee, some oats and a biscuit (when in the South right?).

And finally, yesterday’s travel outfit was one of my favorites:

(the dogs liked the outfit too)

The cashmere sweater was like a blanket on the plane and kept me warm. I was really excited to wear my new leopard print jeans. I was a little skeptical when I bought these (I mean leopard jeans?), but they actually work as a great neutral. I’ve had these cute little oxford shoes for a little while and wasn’t sure what to wear them with, so I was excited to finally be able to whip them out with this outfit. They are slip-ons, so easy for the airport.

Back to LA tonight!




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A Night in Raleigh

This morning I left rainy LA

and these snugglers

and headed to Raleigh, North Carolina for work. By the time we arrived, it was late and we were ready for food! We headed to Heron’s located in The Umstead Hotel. The restaurant serves American food made with local, seasonal ingredients (i.e. they grow their own lettuce in a garden in the back). The menu was interesting (very meat and game heavy), but they were very accommodating and catered to our requests.

For a small starter, they served two different amuse bouche: a vegetarian option with cucumbers and one with a small piece of toast topped with salmon puree. Both were light and delicious.

For my first course, I got a Farm Lettuce Salad (Local Goats Cheese, Figs, Wildflower Honey, and Walnuts). It was fresh, fresh, fresh! Another great salad was the Caesar (I loved how they plated it).

For main courses, I had the Risotto (Melted Leeks, Buffalo Parmesan Tuile, Black Truffle Cream) and another hit at the table was the Vanilla Spiced Sea Bass (Fingerling Potato, Braised Tat-Soi, Fennel Confit, Parsnip-Lobster Bisque). My risotto was very rich, so I only had a few bites and the sea bass was a little too sweet for my taste, but both were cooked well.

And finally dessert. None of us were too hungry for sweets, but the restaurant offered a few interesting options. On the left are the Sweet Potato Fritters with Sweet Brown Butter and Cream Cheese and on the right is “Cheese and Beer,” Edam, Poached Quince, Chestnut Puree, Bass Ale Ice Cream, and Hazelnuts. The fritters were basically doughnuts, but the “Cheese and Beer” was something I had never tried before and was similar to a light apple streusel. Delicious!

Leaving to head back home tomorrow night, but hoping to grab some quick pics of Raleigh tomorrow. I am loving the colder weather here in the South!


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The Parker Palm Springs + Giveaway Winner

This week I headed down to Palm Springs for work.

The past few times I’ve headed down there, I have stayed at either The Horizon Hotel (with Q) or The Ace Hotel (with my girlfriends). But this time, I stayed at The Parker Hotel, which was a nice change of scenery.

The hotel has cool decor and has a ton of green (grassy lawns, plants, and trees), which is really rare for Palm Springs.

One of my favorite things about the hotel is their breakfast restaurant, Norma’s, which serves such delicacies as Rice Krispie French Toast and Peanut Butter & Chocolate Waffles.

This picture doesn’t even do this French Toast justice, it was basically two loaves of brioche covered in rice krispies and syrup… yum!

And the highlight of my trip? Making this new friend this morning at breakfast. He just came right up to me and we were instant buddies. (It may or may not have been from the fact I was feeding him food under the table…)

And last but not least, the random giveaway winner for the $20 gift certificate to Foodzie is: Jillian @ Iron & Sunshine! I’ll be emailing you your certificate shortly.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment, I have another great giveaway coming your way next week!


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A Little Visitor

This morning I woke up to a beautiful day in New Orleans and when I went in the bathroom to clean my face, I found this little friend:

Apparently it is a salamander and it’s good luck…but I was still freaked out. But then I had one of these:

My first beignets! It reminded me of a country fair… in a good fried dough sort of way. Off to a full day in New Orleans!


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Palm Springs In Pictures

This weekend was one for the books. I forgot how much fun we have with each other.

Counting down until next year!

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Off to Palm Springs

I’m going to Palm Springs this weekend to celebrate this cutie’s birthday:

(yes Ashlee is famous for being my partner in crime and my muse during our New York trip)

Last year we started this tradition of taking a girls trip to Palm Springs for Ashlee’s birthday and had the best time.

Margaritas and sun burns were had.

I’m so excited to take a trip away with my best friends for the weekend. We did a small pre-birthday dinner tonight so more of our girlfriends could celebrate with Ashlee.

I FINALLY wore the $80 turban/headband that Ashlee convinced me to buy in NY. I still am not convinced… (PS this is Lily, another best friend I’ve had since 7th grade)

We ate a lot of this:

And I don’t regret one bite.

I know it’s dark and blurry, but I couldn’t help but post this, it had such potential 😦

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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Unpacking Is Not Fun

I feel like the more fun the trip, the less fun the unpacking is! I have already tackled half of this, but am working on the rest…sigh. I just wanted to share the pain with someone.


And yes, that is hot pink shag carpet. That is what happens when parents let their 12 year old daughter pick out their own carpet samples. I think the last 14 years have been punishment for my decision!


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